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, enigmatic, talky, interesting, emotional and cerebral films and TV shows about / with storytelling, loneliness, dialogue, mentor, death, life philosophy, destiny, life & death, catastrophe and friendship 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: Life of Pi (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Into the Wild (2007), Her (2013), Corpse Bride (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), The Fountain (2006), American Beauty (1999), Lost in Translation (2003).

List of melancholic movies

 7.9
 528K
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, suspense, dramatic, atmospheric, scenic ...
Plot: survival, adventure, ocean or sea, human nature, hopes, isolation, ocean, storytelling, young heroes, ship, teenage boy, starvation ...
Place: india, pacific ocean, montreal quebec, toronto ontario canada, mexico ...
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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, captivating, melancholic, clever, mind bending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, introspection, couple relations, power of love, mind control, memory loss, love, couples, love story, brainwashing, dreams, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, mcdonald's restaurant
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, 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, stylized, offbeat, melancholic, witty ...
Plot: hotel, inheritance, mentor protege relationship, disorder, greed, friendship, murder, cons and scams, adventure, unlikely partners, escapades, prison escape ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1960s, 30s, year 1968 ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, central europe, alps
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 8.1
 519K
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, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, introspection, freedom, journey, isolation, obsessive quest, on the road, hitchhiker, adventure, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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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: love and romance, true love, tragic love, aging, life philosophy, hopes, child as adult, imaginary, impossible love, age difference, existentialism, supernatural romance ...
Time: 50s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, atlantic ocean, paris france, india ...
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 8.0
 458K
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, melancholic, philosophical, touching, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, a.i., unlikely couple, impossible love, unlikely relationship, love, computers and web, philosophy, cyberspace, existentialism, obsession ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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 7.4
 221K
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, offbeat, captivating ...
Audience: date night, preschoolers
Plot: afterlife, corpse, supernatural, dark fantasy, shyness, tombs and skeletons, romance, marriage, fiance fiancee relationship, loneliness, revenge, life & death ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: europe, england
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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, sexy, touching, captivating ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, homosexuality, forbidden love, tragic love, gay relationship, homosexual, cowboy, love and romance, male nudity, introspection, unlikely couple, love affair ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 80s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: usa, wyoming, texas, mexico
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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, offbeat, philosophical, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: vampire, supernatural romance, musician, immortality, lovers reunited, true love, family relations, love, supernatural, love and romance, human nature, blood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, year 1975, year 1968
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 7.3
 215K
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: surreal, melancholic, stylized, touching, artsy ...
Plot: immortality, loneliness, metaphysics, tragic love, reincarnation, death, cancer, tree, terminal illness, outer space, love, couple relations ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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 8.4
 978K
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, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, loneliness, teenage life, coming of age, youth, age difference, virgin, american dream, parenthood, lust ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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: atmospheric, melancholic, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, couple relations, culture clash, dull life, actor, hotel, unlikely couple, artists and showbiz, advertising, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university
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 8.0
 424K
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, romantic, colourful, emotional, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: pianist, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, music, jazz, audition, jazz club, passion, dance, bigger dreams, jazz music, jazz musician, destiny ...
Place: los angeles, paris france
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 8.1
 42K
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: dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, oedipus complex, sexual relations, family in crisis, parent child relationship, teenage life, single mother, family problems, life is a bitch, youth, anti conformity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2010s, year 2010 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
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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, on the run, small town, 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: tech noir, melancholic, futuristic, enigmatic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, bounty hunter, neo noir, genetics, investigation, violence, police detective, dark future, genetic engineering, main character dies, inventor ...
Time: future, 2040s, near future, year 1966
Place: los angeles, las vegas, california, san diego california
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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, scenic, heartbreaking, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: moral dilemma, isolation, mother love, husband wife relationship, wanting to have children, miscarriage, redemption, love, island, motherhood, kidnapping, infertility ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, year 1918, 1920s
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, family drama, parents and children, mental illness, responsibility, sibling relationship, obesity ...
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: melancholic, emotional, romantic, sexy, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: infidelity, cheating wife, temptation, lovers reunited, adultery, couple relations, love and romance, trust, marriage, moral dilemma, family problems, old love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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 8.0
 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, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, monk, psychic, god or devil, monastery, mentor, loneliness, hopes, forgiveness, christian, sin, life philosophy ...
Place: russia
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 7.7
 23K
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: bleak, melancholic, rough, psychological, heartbreaking ...
Plot: missing child, dysfunctional family, divorce, disappearance, search party, husband wife relationship, loveless marriage, search, dispute, anger, dysfunctional marriage, missing son ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 7.1
 106K
Let Me In (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. A remake of the movie “Let The Right One In” which was an adaptation of a book.
Style: gothic, bleak, melancholic, scary, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, loneliness, bully, gory, friendship, vampire human love, small town, transformation, unlikely friendships, blood, fall in love, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: new mexico, usa, california
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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, philosophical, melancholic, meditative ...
Plot: teachers and students, lust, isolation, buddhist monk, redemption, buddhism, human nature, guilt, philosophy, mentor, life changing experience, monk ...
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, suspense, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, vengeance, violence, revenge, betrayal, old west, native american, manhunt, native americans, lone hero, brutality ...
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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The Banishment (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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, abortion, death, crumbling marriage, russian, pregnancy, countryside, family bonds, relationships, misunderstanding, family drama, adultery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, czech republic, russia
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 4.3
 22K
Cell (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a strange signal pulsates through all cell phone networks worldwide, it starts a murderous epidemic of epic proportions when users become bloodthirsty creatures, and a group of people in New England are among the survivors to deal with the ...
Style: ambiguous ending, melancholic, scary, twist ending, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: apocalypse, virus, violence, cell phone, suicide, airport, murder, on the road, zombie, survival, teenage girl, paranoia ...
Time: 2010s
Place: boston, maine, new england
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The Boys Are Back (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When the wife of sports-writer Joe Warr dies of cancer, he takes on the responsibility of raising their 6-year-old son, and his teenage son from a previous marriage. As Joe rejects the counsel of his mother-in-law and other parents, he develops his ...
Style: touching, melancholic, sentimental, romantic, inspirational ...
Plot: single parent, parenthood, cancer, overcoming, adolescence vs adulthood, life turned upside down, family problems, step siblings, family relations, single father, father son relationship, party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, australia, tokyo, ireland ...
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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: rough, atmospheric, sadistic, captivating, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prohibition, gangsters, friendship, organized crime, torture, murder, rape, childhood friends, regret, corruption, criminal heroes, gangster ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 1920s, 1960s, 60s ...
Place: new york, usa
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 7.0
 69K
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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