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, reflective, cerebral, enigmatic and emotional films and TV shows about / with storytelling, loneliness, death, dialogue, weird, bittersweet, mentor, life & death, life philosophy and destiny plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Sci-Fi genres shot in USA, Germany, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as melancholic: Her (2013), Lost in Translation (2003), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Into the Wild (2007), The Light Between Oceans (2016), American Beauty (1999), Mommy (2014), The Handmaid's Tale (2017), Life of Pi (2012), Corpse Bride (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: melancholic, psychological, mind bending, surreal, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, introspection, existentialism, love, deja vu, love and romance, couple relations, love story, power of love, brainwashing, couples, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 8.0
 506K
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: melancholic, philosophical, futuristic, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, philosophy, a.i., unlikely relationship, existentialism, love, cyberspace, computers and web, unlikely couple, impossible love, human nature ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, actor, couple relations, dull life, photographer, advertising, marriage, friendship, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university
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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: melancholic, emotional, sincere, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: homosexuality, gay relationship, gay, gays and lesbians, homosexual, forbidden love, gay romance, cowboy, tragic love, gay slur, closeted homosexual, male nudity ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 80s, 20th century, 70s ...
Place: texas, usa, wyoming, mexico
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 8.1
 547K
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, melancholic, inspirational, philosophical, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, freedom, wilderness, journey, isolation, life philosophy, adventure, on the road, introspection, lifestyle change, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1990, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, california, south africa, south dakota ...
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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, philosophical, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, tragic love, true love, life philosophy, aging, child as adult, impossible love, odd, adult as child, supernatural romance, age difference, life & death ...
Time: 30s, 50s, 20th century, 60s, 20s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, russia, manhattan new york city, atlantic ocean ...
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The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, New Zealand, USA, India, Australia
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: melancholic, touching, realistic, scenic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: love, lighthouse, isolation, ocean or sea, miscarriage, moral dilemma, island, lost child, mother love, childless couple, husband wife relationship, wanting to have children ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, year 1918
Place: australia
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 8.3
 1.0M
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, melancholic, sexual, cynical, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, character study, coming of age, older man young girl relationship, age difference, existentialism, virgin, older man younger woman relationship, dysfunctional family, family problems, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.1
 47K
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, sincere, psychological, touching ...
Plot: oedipus complex, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, 15 year old, sexual relations, family in crisis, teenage life, life is a bitch, family problems, anti conformity, rebelliousness, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2010s, near future ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
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The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: violence against women, rape, slavery, infertility, protest, sexism, surrogate mother, kidnapping, society, totalitarianism, belief, lesbian ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future, 21st century
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 7.9
 559K
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: melancholic, dramatic, captivating, motivational, scenic ...
Plot: survival, hopes, beautiful scenery, adventure, storytelling, ocean or sea, human nature, tiger, isolation, teenage boy, lost at sea, ship ...
Place: india, paris france, montreal quebec, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada ...
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 7.3
 233K
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, melancholic, captivating, offbeat, stylized ...
Audience: horror for children, date night, preschoolers
Plot: dark fantasy, corpse, afterlife, supernatural romance, supernatural, loneliness, shyness, romance, marriage, disagreement, fiance fiancee relationship, couples ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: europe, england
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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: meditative, philosophical, atmospheric, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, meditation, monk, redemption, teachers and students, mentor, guilt, isolation, life, buddhist monk, solitude, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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 7.0
 84K
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, psychological, emotional, philosophical, reflective ...
Plot: death of wife, car accident, father in law son in law relationship, destruction, correspondence, hospital, death, depression, existentialism, father daughter relationship, gay bashing, mother daughter relationship ...
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 6.6
 46K
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, emotional, romantic, sexy, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: infidelity, adultery, cheating wife, temptation, old love, lovers reunited, love and romance, ex couple relations, couple relations, trust, moral dilemma, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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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 ...
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, disability, siblings relations, mental illness, parents and children, small town, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, family drama, obesity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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 7.6
 26K
Loveless (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening ...
Style: melancholic, heartbreaking, rough, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, missing child, divorce, husband wife relationship, disappearance, search party, search, selfishness, missing son, dysfunctional marriage, dispute, anger ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
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: atmospheric, rough, melancholic, breathtaking, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rape, organized crime, friendship, criminal heroes, corruption, gangster, torture, murder, prohibition, gunfight, regret ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 60s, 1960s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, usa
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Bicentennial Man (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
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, melancholic, philosophical, sentimental, inspirational ...
Plot: androids and robots, robot, life philosophy, artificial intelligence, dystopic future, utopia, human nature, romance, society, self discovery, opposites attract, androids ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s, 22nd century, 2000s ...
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 8.5
 310K
Mr. Robot (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
Story: A contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, melancholic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hacker, split personality, computers and web, secret society, rebellion, fighting the system, childhood trauma, psychological thriller, talking to self, crimes, society, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.2
 222K
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, artsy, atmospheric, melancholic, stylized ...
Plot: immortality, metaphysics, queen, reincarnation, tragic love, terminal illness, loneliness, love of one's life, death, cancer, loss of loved one, tree ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, latin america, europe, guatemala, central america
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: Germany, USA
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: stylized, offbeat, witty, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Plot: inheritance, existentialism, hotel, greed, twists & turns, mentor protege relationship, legendary, escapades, disorder, adventure, servant, friendship ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1960s, 30s, year 1968 ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, alps, central europe
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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, 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, melancholic, gloomy, artsy, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: vampire, musician, supernatural romance, goth, lovers reunited, immortality, love, true love, family relations, love and romance, blood, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1975, 2010s, year 1968
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 8.1
 96K
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, tense, melancholic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: lesbian sex, lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, lesbian love, lesbianism, lesbian, seduction, escape, inheritance, lust, jealousy, maid ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, south korea, tokyo
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 8.0
 666K
The Revenant (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, 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: atmospheric, suspenseful, rough, tense, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, vengeance, lone hero, violence, snow, native american, grizzly bear, bear attack, native americans, betrayal, violent ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
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Five Feet Apart (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love.
Style: thought provoking, talky, meditative, melancholic
Plot: falling in love, forbidden love, fighting illness, star crossed lovers, suffering, true love, couple relations, disability, destiny, danger, life turned upside down, long distance relationship ...
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 7.9
 11K
The Island (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the ...
Style: psychological, cerebral, breathtaking, philosophical, meditative ...
Plot: redemption, monk, christian, loneliness, religion, life philosophy, hopes, psychic, sin, navy, mentor, forgiveness ...
Place: russia
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Death in Venice (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Composer Gustav von Aschenbach, travels to Venice for health reasons. There, he becomes obsessed with the stunning beauty of an adolescent Polish boy named Tadzio who is staying with his family at the same Grand Hôtel des Bains on the Lido as ...
Style: psychological, serious, sentimental, melancholic, scenic ...
Plot: obsession, pedophilia, fall in love, gays and lesbians, unrequited love, vacation, beach, forbidden love, unfulfillment, lifestyle, resort, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: italy, venice, europe, tokyo
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 6.1
 23K
10 Years (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A group of friends reunite ten years after their high-school graduation.
Style: sincere, semi serious, melancholic, sweet, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: reunion, friends, high school reunion, destiny, happy ending, coming of age, buddies, relationships, unlikely friendships, reunited friends, coming-of-age, nerds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, new jersey
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The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: incest, single parent, sexual exploration, parents and children, first sex, teenage life, rebelliousness, innocence lost, island, virginity, commune, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, california
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