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, reflective, emotional, cerebral, enigmatic and stylized films and TV shows about / with storytelling, death, loneliness, dialogue, life & death, destiny, mentor, life philosophy, friendship and solitude plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, Germany, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as melancholic: Her (2013), Into the Wild (2007), Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Light Between Oceans (2016), Lost in Translation (2003), Mommy (2014), American Beauty (1999), Life of Pi (2012), Corpse Bride (2005), Demolition (2015).

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: love, introspection, love and romance, couple relations, power of love, deja vu, brainwashing, love story, couples, existentialism, memory loss, mind control ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, mcdonald's restaurant
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 8.0
 477K
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, futuristic, philosophical, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, philosophy, unlikely relationship, unlikely couple, a.i., love, cyberspace, computers and web, impossible love, existentialism, human nature ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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 8.1
 530K
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, inspirational, road movie, captivating, philosophical ...
Plot: survival, self discovery, freedom, wilderness, isolation, journey, on the road, adventure, hitchhiker, introspection, life philosophy, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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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, touching, emotional, sad, sincere ...
Plot: homosexuality, gay relationship, gays and lesbians, gay, forbidden love, homosexual, cowboy, tragic love, gay slur, gay romance, love and romance, loss of loved one ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 80s, 20th century, 70s ...
Place: texas, usa, wyoming, mexico
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The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, New Zealand, USA, India
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, scenic, heartbreaking, compassionate ...
Plot: love, isolation, miscarriage, lighthouse, moral dilemma, ocean or sea, island, mother love, childless couple, husband wife relationship, wanting to have children, adoption ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, year 1918
Place: australia
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: 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, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, actor, couple relations, dull life, photographer, hotel, marriage, advertising, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university
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 8.1
 44K
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, sincere, psychological, touching, depressing ...
Plot: oedipus complex, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, 15 year old, sexual relations, family in crisis, teenage life, life is a bitch, family problems, youth, rebelliousness, anti conformity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, year 2010, 2010s ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
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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, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, age difference, older man younger woman relationship, older man young girl relationship, dysfunctional family, virgin, family problems, coming of age, existentialism, character study, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 7.9
 543K
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, motivational, philosophical, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, hopes, adventure, teenage boy, ocean or sea, tiger, isolation, ocean, beautiful scenery, human nature, lost at sea, ship ...
Place: india, paris france, pacific ocean, montreal quebec, toronto ontario canada ...
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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, true love, tragic love, life philosophy, aging, child as adult, odd, impossible love, supernatural romance, existentialism, hopes, age difference ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, manhattan new york city, atlantic ocean, india ...
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 7.3
 226K
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, stylized, captivating, offbeat ...
Audience: date night, preschoolers
Plot: corpse, dark fantasy, afterlife, supernatural, supernatural romance, shyness, tombs and skeletons, loneliness, romance, marriage, fiance fiancee relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: europe, england
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 7.0
 80K
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, homosexuality, correspondence, hospital, relationships, death, depression, existentialism, father daughter relationship ...
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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, melancholic, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: buddhism, monk, redemption, teachers and students, guilt, isolation, life, buddhist monk, solitude, mentor, human nature, meditation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, south korea, asia
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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, slavery, infertility, protest, sexism, rape, society, kidnapping, surrogate mother, belief, lesbian, torture ...
Time: future, near future, 2010s, 21st century
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 6.6
 45K
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, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: adultery, infidelity, temptation, cheating wife, lovers reunited, old love, couple relations, love and romance, trust, moral dilemma, marriage, ex couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, dysfunctional family, small town, family problems, responsibility, obesity, human relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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 8.5
 284K
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, melancholic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hacker, computers and web, secret society, rebellion, split personality, fighting the system, childhood trauma, crimes, friendship, society, brother sister relationship, drug addict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, atmospheric, witty, melancholic ...
Plot: hotel, inheritance, greed, friendship, mentor protege relationship, servant, disorder, adventure, twists & turns, legendary, escapades, murder ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1960s, 30s, year 1968 ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, alps, central europe
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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, melancholic, meditative
Plot: forbidden love, star crossed lovers, fighting illness, true love, couple relations, destiny, suffering, danger, disability, life turned upside down, falling in love, contact ...
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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: melancholic, atmospheric, artsy, offbeat, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: vampire, supernatural romance, musician, love, true love, lovers reunited, family relations, immortality, love and romance, supernatural, blood, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 1968, year 1975
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 7.2
 218K
The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, 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: surreal, artsy, melancholic, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: immortality, metaphysics, loneliness, tragic love, terminal illness, reincarnation, death, cancer, queen, medical experiment, loss of loved one, tree ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, latin america, europe, guatemala, central america
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 7.6
 25K
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, rough, bleak, heartbreaking, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, missing child, divorce, husband wife relationship, disappearance, search, search party, dispute, selfishness, dysfunctional marriage, missing son, anger ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 8.1
 83K
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, sexual ...
Plot: lesbian sex, lesbian relationship, seduction, inheritance, lesbian romance, lesbian, lust, escape, lesbian love, lesbianism, jealousy, maid ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, tokyo
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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, sadistic, bloody, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rape, gangsters, organized crime, friendship, corruption, murder, torture, prohibition, gunfight, criminal heroes, regret, gangster ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 60s, 1960s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, usa
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 7.9
 10K
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, philosophical, meditative, serious ...
Plot: redemption, monk, christian, life philosophy, hopes, monastery, psychic, sin, god or devil, navy, religion, mentor ...
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, fall in love, gays and lesbians, unrequited love, beach, vacation, forbidden love, unfulfillment, boy, gender, lifestyle, resort ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: italy, venice, europe, tokyo
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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, philosophical, melancholic, sentimental, inspirational ...
Plot: androids and robots, robot, artificial intelligence, utopia, human nature, society, romance, self discovery, opposites attract, androids, dystopic future, life philosophy ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, 22nd century, 23rd century ...
Place: cross country
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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, buddies, relationships, unlikely friendships, reunited friends, coming-of-age, nerds, high school ...
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, parents and children, sexual exploration, 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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 7.6
 220K
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: psychological, bleak, melancholic, emotional, compassionate ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, age difference, sexuality, sexual relations, sex scene, trial, first love, unlikely couple, female prisoner, guilt, secret, student ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, year 1980, year 1995 ...
Place: germany, europe, israel, west berlin west germany, hamburg germany ...
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