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, visually appealing, weird, thought provoking, complex and interesting films and TV shows about / with storytelling, loneliness, bittersweet, love, relationships, death, romance, beautiful scenery, love story and destiny plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as melancholic: Her (2013), Lost in Translation (2003), Mommy (2014), Into the Wild (2007), The Fountain (2006), American Beauty (1999), Demolition (2015), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Brokeback Mountain (2005).

List of melancholic movies

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, surreal, mind bending, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: love, memory, surrealism, memory loss, amnesia, introspection, couple relations, existentialism, borderline personality disorder, loneliness, love story, love and romance ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 8.0
 602K
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: philosophical, melancholic, futuristic, touching, clever ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, existentialism, love, philosophy, a.i., unlikely relationship, human nature, cyberspace, unlikely couple, impossible love, romance ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, depressing, cerebral ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, age difference, midlife crisis, older man younger woman relationship, friendship, unlikely friendships, adultery, fish out of water, culture clash, unlikely couple, actor, character study ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university, kyoto japan
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 8.0
 57K
Mommy (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A peculiar neighbor offers hope to a recent widow who is struggling to raise a teenager who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.
Style: melancholic, emotional, psychological, touching, depressing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: oedipus complex, dysfunctional family, incest overtones, single mother, mentally unstable, mother son relationship, teenage boy, violence, juvenile delinquent, family relations, arson, caught masturbating ...
Time: near future, year 2015, 2010s, contemporary, 21st century ...
Place: quebec, canada, montreal
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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: philosophical, melancholic, meditative, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, coming of age, buddhist monk, existentialism, isolation, guilt, life, meditation, buddhist, monk, solitude, lust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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 8.1
 617K
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: road movie, philosophical, inspirational, melancholic, motivational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, road trip, journey, adventure, solitude, freedom, isolation, life philosophy, lifestyle change, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, year 1990, year 1991, year 1992, 90s
Place: alaska, north america, usa, california, arizona ...
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 7.2
 238K
The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 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: surreal, philosophical, melancholic, artsy, atmospheric ...
Plot: metaphysics, immortality, afterlife, cancer, loneliness, reincarnation, life philosophy, terminal illness, multiple storylines, death, tragic love, love ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, guatemala, central america
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 8.4
 1.1M
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, melancholic, cerebral, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, existentialism, age difference, coming of age, dysfunctional family, loneliness, older man younger woman relationship, older man young girl relationship, obsession, youth, family problems, adultery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 99K
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: melancholic, philosophical, psychological, emotional, twists and turns ...
Plot: depression, death of wife, grief, death, existentialism, car accident, self discovery, father in law son in law relationship, destruction, psychology, relationships, widower ...
Place: new york
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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: touching, philosophical, atmospheric, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: true love, life philosophy, aging, tragic love, life & death, love and romance, existentialism, child as adult, impossible love, destiny, puzzle, melancholy ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, english channel, pearl harbor, louisiana ...
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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, melancholic, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: disability, dysfunctional family, mentally challenged, small town, self discovery, mental illness, responsibility, coming of age, siblings relations, character study, brothers, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 229 min.
Story: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Style: melancholic, epic, atmospheric, breathtaking, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, prohibition, friendship, rape, betrayal, mafia, gunfight, criminal heroes, corruption, crimes, police corruption ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 1920s, year 1984, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, miami
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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, melancholic, touching, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: gay, homosexuality, forbidden love, gay relationship, homosexual, lgbt, gays and lesbians, first gay sexual experience, closeted homosexual, gay romance, gay slur, cowboy ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, year 1963, 20th century
Place: wyoming, texas, usa, new york, mexico
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The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel.
Style: melancholic, psychological, bleak, rough, captivating ...
Plot: rape, surrogate mother, sexism, slavery, infertility, tyranny, totalitarianism, violence against women, violence, protest, distopia, torture ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, near future
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The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, India, Australia, 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: sentimental, melancholic, touching, heartbreaking, compassionate ...
Plot: love, lighthouse, lighthouse keeper, isolation, trying to get pregnant, mother love, missing child, husband wife relationship, motherhood, island, miscarriage, childless couple ...
Time: 1920s, year 1918, victorian era, 20th century
Place: australia
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 7.6
 244K
The Reader (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as ...
Style: melancholic, sexy, emotional, sexual, erotic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, age difference, first love, older woman younger man sex, sex, coming of age, sexual relations, nazi, sexuality, older woman teenage boy sex, secret, world war two ...
Time: year 1988, year 1958, year 1980, post world war two, year 1966 ...
Place: germany, israel, west berlin west germany, hamburg germany, berlin germany ...
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 7.3
 269K
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, dark fantasy, melancholic, captivating, gothic horror ...
Audience: kids, date night, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: afterlife, corpse, supernatural, marriage, romance, goth, death, wedding, disagreement, fear, loneliness, supernatural romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: europe, england
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In the Mood for Love (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A melancholy story about the love between a woman and a man who live in the same building and one day find out that their husband and wife had an affair with each other. More and more the two meet during their daily lives as they determine that they ...
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, art house, sexy, psychological ...
Plot: adultery, loneliness, infidelity, forbidden love, romance, love affair, marriage, newspaper, neighbor, love, human nature, life & death ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1966
Place: hong kong, japan, singapore, china, shanghai ...
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 7.9
 623K
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: philosophical, motivational, scenic, captivating, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: survival, ocean, adventure, human animal relationship, animals, beautiful scenery, life, stranded, hopes, journey, human nature, survivor ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada, montreal, mexico ...
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 102K
Malena (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who's moved to this Sicilian town to be with her ...
Style: erotic, sexy, sexual, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Plot: hot and sexy, older woman younger man relationship, coming of age, women, wartime, small town, adultery, jealousy, older woman younger man, first love, life is a bitch, sexual attraction ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, sicily, europe, southern italy, mediterranean sea
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 146K
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy spend their childhood at an idyllic and secluded English boarding school. As they grow into adults, they must come to terms with the complexity and strength of their love for one another while also preparing for ...
Style: sad, psychological, melancholic, depressing, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: distopia, boarding school, cloning, existentialism, childhood, friendship, love triangle, love and romance, sadness, loneliness, transplant, jealousy ...
Time: year 1994, year 1985, year 1978, 50s, 90s ...
Place: england, europe
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 142K
The Handmaiden (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 145 min.
Story: 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. ...
Style: erotic, sexy, melancholic, sexual, tense ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, lust, lesbianism, lesbian romance, lesbian sex, seduction, female nudity, sex, maid, inheritance ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, south korea, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 197K
Little Women (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Style: romantic, melancholic, sentimental, sweet, sad ...
Audience: chick flick, family outing
Plot: sister sister relationship, writers, sisters, love, female protagonist, generosity, women's rights, american civil war, mother daughter relationship, friendship, coming of age, relationships ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: paris france, massachusetts, new york, france, usa
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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, Greece, France
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, artsy, stylized, philosophical, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: vampire, goth, love, supernatural, musician, immortality, eternal life, supernatural romance, lovers reunited, love and romance, true love, vampirism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 1975, year 1968
Place: detroit
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The Garden of Words (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, colourful, sweet, melancholic ...
Plot: rain, unlikely couple, age difference, teen angst, grownups, shoemaker, shyness, youth, love and romance, overcoming, older woman younger man relationship, chance meeting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 81K
Paterson (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A week in the life of a bus driver and poet named Paterson, and his supportive wife Laura.
Style: melancholic, philosophical, tragicomedy, sincere, cerebral ...
Plot: poetry, bus driver, everyday life, husband wife relationship, notebook, poem, beer, social realism, poet, dog, married couple, chance meeting ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 49K
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: melancholic, sexy, romantic, twists and turns, thought provoking ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens
Plot: infidelity, adultery, temptation, love, love story, love and romance, old love, cheating wife, romance, lovers reunited, ex couple relations, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, paris france, philadelphia, new york
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 6.8
 59K
Lolita (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Urbane professor Humbert Humbert marries a New England widow to be near her nymphet daughter.
Style: erotic, melancholic, sexual, sexy, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: obsession, lolita, forbidden love, older man younger woman relationship, age difference, older man young girl relationship, incest, pedophilia, lust, pedophile, virginity, girl man relationship ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, 20th century, 50s, 1920s
Place: new england, cannes
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 574K
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: romantic, dramatic, melancholic, emotional, sad ...
Audience: chick flick, family outing, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: jazz, love, dancing, music, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, bigger dreams, musician, pianist, audition, jazz club, love story, dreams ...
Time: future
Place: los angeles, paris france
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Bicentennial Man (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Richard Martin buys a gift, a new NDR-114 robot. The product is named Andrew by the youngest of the family's children. "Bicentennial Man" follows the life and times of Andrew, a robot purchased as a household appliance programmed to ...
Style: futuristic, philosophical, melancholic, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: kids
Plot: robot, androids and robots, life philosophy, dystopic future, androids, cyborgs, existentialism, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, immortality, utopia, human android relationship ...
Time: future, 2040s, 23rd century, near future, 22nd century ...
Place: san francisco
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