Harsh movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant harsh movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out harsh, intense, suspense, interesting, dramatic and serious films and TV shows about / with violence, brutality, death, murder, storytelling, violent, mentor, blood, dialogue and visceral plots mostly in Drama, Action and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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harsh movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as harsh: The Road (2009), 300 (2006), Street Kings (2008), Logan (2017), Dunkirk (2017), The Dark Knight (2008), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Gangs of New York (2002), The Elephant Man (1980), Scarface (1983).

List of harsh movies

 7.3
 201K
The Road (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the ...
Style: bleak, rough, harsh, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: apocalypse, survival, father son relationship, starvation, post apocalyptic, single parent, dying, cannibalism, on the road, selflessness, worldwide chaos, loss of family member ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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 7.7
 672K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band ...
Style: epic, exciting, harsh, scenic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, courage, master warrior, war, legends and myths, battles, soldier, gory, army, historical character, ancient, state affairs ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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 6.8
 101K
Street Kings (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a ...
Style: tense, serious, twists and turns, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, violence, dirty cop, police investigation, tough law enforcer, twists & turns, right and wrong, doubts and hesitations, undercover cop, corruption, police, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.1
 524K
Logan (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
Style: futuristic, suspense, harsh, emotional, scenic ...
Plot: superhero, chase, redemption, survival, immortality, death of protagonist, father daughter relationship, fight scenes, road trip, mentor, anti-hero, little girl ...
Time: future, near future, 2020s
Place: usa, mexico, north dakota
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 7.9
 434K
Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Style: atmospheric, dramatic, realistic, based on true events, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, war, evacuation, british army, german, wartime, survival, soldier, rescue, rescue mission, surrounded, german army ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: france, europe, english channel, england, battleship ...
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 9.0
 2.0M
The Dark Knight (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, secret identity, organized crime, master villain, heroes, double life, good versus evil, rivalry, moral dilemma, psychopath, batman, dark hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, hong kong
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, society, against the odds, street kid, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, rags to riches ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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Gangs of New York (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 167 min.
Story: It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by ...
Style: suspense, tense, brutal, harsh, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, organized crime, vengeance, gangsters, gang war, criminal heroes, revenge, social decay, irish, corruption, mob boss ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 1860s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, surreal, bleak ...
Plot: social misfits, disfigurement, freak, disability, dignity, physical appearance, life is a bitch, hospital, human nature, exploitation, hopes, suffering ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1880s, 1800s
Place: england, london, europe
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 8.3
 633K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug dealing, drug abuse, gangsters, cocaine, gunfight, organized crime, criminal heroes, rise and fall, ambition, mafia, mob boss ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia
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 8.5
 604K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, suspense, emotional, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, pianist, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, atrocity, jewish, nazi occupation, hunger, deportation, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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 7.2
 40K
Kon-Tiki (2012)
Genre: Adventure, History
Country: UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Style: exciting, serious, harsh, inspirational, factual ...
Plot: survival, ocean, ocean or sea, adventure, expedition, escapades, against the odds, human spirit, adventurer, survivor, obsession, courage ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1947, 1940s, 1930s
Place: pacific ocean, peru, south america, norway
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 6.6
 14K
Shaft (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, police, gangsters, rescue, crimes, vigilante, urban, violence, organized crime, gunfight, hitman, anti-hero ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.7
 194K
First Blood (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When former Green Beret John Rambo is harassed by local law enforcement and arrested for vagrancy, the Vietnam vet snaps, runs for the hills and rat-a-tat-tats his way into the action-movie hall of fame. Hounded by a relentless sheriff, Rambo ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, intense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, manhunt, lone wolves, soldier, tough heroes, small town, danger, ex military, humiliation, police brutality, deadly, survival ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam, usa
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 6.9
 68K
All Is Lost (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly into a violent storm and ...
Style: suspenseful, touching, captivating, rough, harsh ...
Plot: survival, sea disaster, isolation, boat, adventure, ocean or sea, storm, desperation, forces of nature, human spirit, human nature, sailor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.3
 53K
Shot Caller (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A newly-released prison gangster is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.
Style: harsh, suspense, twist ending, tense, clever
Plot: prison, violence, desperation, criminal, gang, murder, life is a bitch, existentialism, criminal heroes, tough guy, moral ambiguity, arrest ...
Place: california, usa
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Tanks For Stalin (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A prototype of a new cutting edge tank is being taken on a secret mission to Moscow, to Comrade Stalin. Soon the cross-country run turns into a ruthless race. Followed by Nazis, the tanks' team defeats their pursuers and proves the great ...
Style: harsh, suspenseful, suspense, tense, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, soldier, armored vehicle, weapons, inventions and discoveries, explosion, hopes, twists & turns, wartime, engineer, gunfight, friendship ...
Time: 1940s
Place: soviet union
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 6.7
 7K
Taken (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 41 min.
Story: The origin story of younger, hungrier, former Green Beret Bryan Mills as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job ...
Style: brutal, suspense, harsh, exciting
Plot: cia agent, lone hero, kidnapping, daring rescue, human trafficking, father daughter relationship, father, heroes, crimes, protective parent, organized crime, divorced parents ...
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 7.8
 263K
Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, harsh, disturbing ...
Plot: slavery, survival, adventure, manhunt, chase, solar eclipse, tribe, native, sacrifice, prophecy, death, on the run ...
Time: ancient history, 16th century
Place: central america
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 6.4
 50K
Blood Father (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
Style: suspense, stylized, harsh, tense, road movie ...
Plot: drug dealer, father daughter relationship, parent child relationship, gunfight, redemption, ex convict, revenge, teenage girl, rescue, road trip, survival, chase ...
Time: 2010s, 80s
Place: california, new mexico, santa monica california, los angeles
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: touching, stylized, harsh, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, hunger, war, theft, firefly, loss of parent, danger, navy, fighting illness, desperation ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, harsh, serious ...
Plot: cannibalism, desert, blood, survival, rape, gory, kidnapping, incest, family in danger, stalking, danger, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, mine, southern california
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 7.6
 413K
American Psycho (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
Style: dark humor, psychological, surreal, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, hidden identity, millionaire, wall street, insanity, unlikely criminals, fear, confession, victim, yuppie, maniac ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, harvard university
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Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: bleak, serious, tense, suspenseful, melancholic ...
Plot: vengeance, criminal's revenge, gangsters, manhunt, hitman, betrayal, mafia, great depression, crime, loss of son, death, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
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Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK, Spain, Germany, Morocco
Duration: 144 min.
Story: After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.
Style: epic, serious, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: knight, battles, king, warrior, war, siege, muslim, army, christianity, public execution, anti war, loss of brother ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: holy land, middle east, england, israel, jerusalem ...
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Boarding School (2018)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When troubled 12-year-old Jacob Felsen is sent away to boarding school, he enters every kid’s worst nightmare: a creepy old mansion, deserted except for six other teenage misfits and two menacing and mysterious teachers. As events become ...
Style: harsh, rough, suspense, emotional, scary
Plot: corporal punishment, boarding school, boarding school life, life is a bitch, child abuse, boy, brutality, violence, betrayal, moral ambiguity, lifestyle, compassion ...
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 8.6
 118K
The Punisher (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: A former Marine out to punish the criminals responsible for his family's murder finds himself ensnared in a military conspiracy.
Style: brutal, exciting, harsh, intense, bloody ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: vigilante, violence, superhero, vigilantism, vengeance, comics, violent, murder, revenge, blood, gory, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Coldest City (2017)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Sweden, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Style: surprise ending, sexy, atmospheric, suspense, harsh ...
Plot: double agent, undercover agent, cold war, spy, shooting, bisexual woman, sexy woman, blonde, brutality, man fights a woman, vodka, undercover ...
Time: year 1987, year 1989
Place: germany, east berlin east germany, europe, berlin germany, east berlin ...
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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Style: epic, stylized, biblical, harsh, serious ...
Plot: destiny, bible, ancient egypt, god, religion, miraculous event, religions or cults, christianity, uninhibited rivalry, royal family, human spirit, siblings relations ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, holy land, middle east, israel
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American Gangster (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, heroin, rise and fall, police corruption, organized crime, drug lord, mob boss, smuggling, drug traffic, mafia, criminal heroes, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, harlem, usa, new jersey, bangkok thailand ...
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