Melancholic movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant melancholic movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out melancholic, cerebral, talky, interesting, realistic and enigmatic films and TV shows about / with loneliness, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, destiny, life philosophy, catastrophe, death, life & death and beautiful scenery plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as melancholic: Into the Wild (2007), The Fountain (2006), Life of Pi (2012), Her (2013), La La Land (2016), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Brokeback Mountain (2005), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).

List of melancholic movies

 8.1
 505K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: melancholic, road movie, captivating, inspirational, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, wilderness, introspection, journey, isolation, freedom, obsessive quest, hitchhiker, adventure, on the road, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, arizona, georgia ...
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 7.3
 211K
The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: melancholic, surreal, stylized, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: immortality, loneliness, metaphysics, tragic love, reincarnation, couple relations, queen, death, cancer, tree, terminal illness, loss of loved one ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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 7.9
 511K
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Style: suspense, melancholic, atmospheric, captivating, scenic ...
Plot: survival, adventure, ocean or sea, hopes, human nature, teenage boy, ocean, young heroes, ship, starvation, isolation, journey ...
Place: india, pacific ocean, paris france, toronto ontario canada, mexico ...
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 8.0
 439K
Her (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In the not so distant future, Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every needs. To Theodore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. ...
Style: futuristic, offbeat, melancholic, philosophical, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, a.i., artificial intelligence, unlikely couple, impossible love, unlikely relationship, computers and web, love, romance, intelligence, love and romance, human nature ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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 8.1
 402K
La La Land (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile ...
Style: melancholic, colourful, emotional, dramatic, sad ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: pianist, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, music, jazz, jazz club, audition, passion, dance, bigger dreams, jazz musician, jazz music, destiny ...
Place: los angeles, paris france
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, clever, captivating, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: introspection, love and romance, couple relations, power of love, mind control, memory loss, couples, love story, dreams, disorder, destiny, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Style: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, melancholic, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: true love, love and romance, tragic love, aging, hopes, child as adult, imaginary, impossible love, life philosophy, odd, supernatural romance, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20s, 30s, 60s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, paris france, english channel, russia ...
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance ...
Style: atmospheric, offbeat, stylized, witty, melancholic ...
Plot: hotel, disorder, inheritance, mentor protege relationship, friendship, murder, cons and scams, adventure, escapades, greed, painting, unlikely partners ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1960s, 30s, year 1968 ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, central europe, alps
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Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
Style: emotional, sexy, touching, captivating, melancholic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, forbidden love, homosexuality, tragic love, homosexual, gay relationship, cowboy, male nudity, love and romance, introspection, love affair, lovers ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: wyoming, usa, texas, mexico
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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer's ...
Style: melancholic, humorous, road movie, entertaining, surreal ...
Plot: treasure hunt, obsessive quest, small town, on the run, adventure, prophecy, criminal heroes, ex spouse, prison escape, rescue, runaway, creativity ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Hungary, Canada
Duration: 164 min.
Story: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, ...
Style: melancholic, tech noir, futuristic, bleak, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: artificial intelligence, bounty hunter, cyberpunk, genetics, investigation, violence, police detective, dark future, genetic engineering, neo noir, mission, inventor ...
Time: future, 2040s, near future, year 1966
Place: las vegas, los angeles, california, san diego california
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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Germany, UK, France, Greece, USA, Cyprus
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A depressed musician reunites with his lover in the desolate streets of Detroit. Though their romance has endured several centuries, it is tested by the arrival of her capricious and unpredictable younger sister.
Style: atmospheric, offbeat, melancholic, stylized, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: vampire, supernatural romance, musician, immortality, lovers reunited, true love, family relations, supernatural, love and romance, human nature, blood, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1975, year 1968, 2010s
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This South Korean film takes place on an isolated lake, where an old monk lives in a small floating temple. The monk has a young boy living with him, learning to become a monk. We watch as seasons and years pass by.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, melancholic, meditative, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, lust, isolation, buddhist monk, redemption, buddhism, monk, human nature, guilt, philosophy, mentor, life changing experience ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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 8.0
 588K
The Revenant (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Western
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, violence, revenge, betrayal, vengeance, native american, manhunt, native americans, old west, greed, snow ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
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 7.0
 74K
Demolition (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emotionally desperate investment banker finds hope through a woman he meets in Chicago.
Style: psychological, melancholic, emotional, philosophical, reflective ...
Plot: death of wife, car accident, homosexuality, gay teenager, correspondence, destruction, father in law son in law relationship, relationships, death, depression, existentialism, guilt ...
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 8.4
 953K
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, sexual, cynical, biting, atmospheric ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, loneliness, youth, age difference, coming of age, american dream, parenthood, under the surface, marital problem ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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The Banishment (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.
Style: serious, emotional, melancholic, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, death, pregnancy, abortion, crumbling marriage, russian, countryside, family bonds, relationships, misunderstanding, family drama, adultery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, czech republic, russia
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 7.0
 68K
Frank (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young wannabe musician who discovers he has bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
Style: tragicomedy, semi serious, touching, melancholic, lyrical ...
Plot: music, identity, music band, eccentricity, suicide, mental illness, creativity, deadpan, loneliness, character study, depression, musician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, ireland, britain
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 7.4
 215K
Corpse Bride (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Set in a 19th-century european village, this stop-motion animation feature follows the story of Victor, a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious corpse bride, while his real bride Victoria waits bereft in the land of the ...
Style: gothic, captivating, offbeat, stylized, dark humor ...
Audience: preschoolers, date night
Plot: afterlife, corpse, supernatural, shyness, tombs and skeletons, dark fantasy, marriage, romance, loneliness, love and romance, fiance fiancee relationship, getting home ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: europe, england
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 7.2
 80K
Silence (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Mexico, Taiwan, UK, USA, Japan, Italy
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.
Style: bleak, philosophical, suspense, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, religious persecution, crisis of faith, torture, culture clash, clergy, betrayal, religion, japanese history, doubt, fish out of water ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.
Style: serious, scenic, heartbreaking, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: moral dilemma, kidnapping, husband wife relationship, wanting to have children, miscarriage, redemption, isolation, love, island, motherhood, mother love, infertility ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, year 1918
Place: australia
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, self discovery, small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, mental illness, responsibility, sibling relationship, family problems, human relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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 6.6
 44K
Last Night (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
Style: emotional, romantic, melancholic, sexy, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: infidelity, temptation, lovers reunited, cheating wife, couple relations, love and romance, trust, marriage, moral dilemma, family problems, old love, ex couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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 7.8
 90K
The Best Offer (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Virgil Oldman is a world renowned antiques expert and auctioneer. An eccentric genius, he leads a solitary life, going to extreme lengths to keep his distance from the messiness of human relationships. When appointed by the beautiful but emotionally ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: loneliness, forgery, mysterious character, collector, obsession, cons and scams, high society, old friend, painting, love and romance, solitude, estate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, prague czech republic, vienna
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The Luzhin Defence (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based upon the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, a chess grandmaster travels to Italy in the 1920s to play in a tournament and falls in love.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, touching, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: chess, prodigy, obsession, mentally unstable, supportive spouse, contests and competitions, ambition, genius, love story, eccentricity, loneliness, relationships ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: italy
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 6.5
 15K
Genius (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: New York in the 1920s. Max Perkins, literary editor at Scribner’s Sons is the first to sign such subsequent literary greats as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an unknown writer named ...
Style: intellectual, melancholic, talky, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: novelist, genius, writers, book, eccentricity, creativity, unlikely friendships, destiny, obsession, mentor, writer's life, life philosophy ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
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 7.3
 185K
Closer (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A witty, romantic, and very dangerous love story about chance meetings, instant attractions, and casual betrayals. Two couples disintegrate when they begin destructive adulterous affairs with each other.
Style: sexy, intellectual, melancholic, psychological, cynical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, love affair, passionate interest, divorce, marriage, obsession, love at first sight, depression, romance, photographer, adultery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, manhattan new york city
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A Walk in the Woods (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.
Style: humorous, light, road movie, melancholic, scenic ...
Plot: in the woods, hiking, friendship, adventure, elderly, escapades, wilderness, friends, camping, aging, midlife crisis, road trip ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: usa
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Veronika Decides to Die (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.
Style: touching, psychological, melancholic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: mental institution, suicide, terminal illness, starting over, psychiatrist, hopes, doctors and patients, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, depression, life, adaptation, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to ...
Style: sentimental, factual, melancholic, romantic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: star, movie star, filmmaking, showgirl, actor's life, celebrity, historical figure, artists and showbiz, showbiz, ambition, escape from reality, cultural icon ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: england, europe, california, london
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