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, emotional, reflective, interesting, touching and enigmatic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, loneliness, dialogue, death, mentor, life philosophy, destiny, friendship, life & death and husband wife relationship 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), Into the Wild (2007), Brokeback Mountain (2005), American Beauty (1999), Mommy (2014), The Light Between Oceans (2016), Life of Pi (2012), The Handmaid's Tale (2017), 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, captivating, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: introspection, love, love and romance, couple relations, power of love, deja vu, brainwashing, couples, existentialism, memory loss, dreams, 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 couple, a.i., unlikely relationship, love, cyberspace, impossible love, computers and web, human nature, obsession ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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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, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: loneliness, age difference, midlife crisis, 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
 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, psychological ...
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, freedom, isolation, journey, introspection, hitchhiker, on the road, adventure, life philosophy, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, year 1991, year 1990 ...
Place: alaska, cross country, usa, california, washington state ...
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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, touching, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: homosexuality, gays and lesbians, gay relationship, forbidden love, gay, gay slur, cowboy, homosexual, tragic love, love and romance, love affair, lovers ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 80s, 70s ...
Place: texas, usa, wyoming, mexico
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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, dysfunctional family, virgin, family problems, teenage life, coming of age, youth, older man young girl relationship, older man younger woman relationship, parenthood ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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, 2010s, year 2010 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
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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, moral dilemma, ocean or sea, island, mother love, husband wife relationship, wanting to have children, adoption, kidnapping, redemption ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, year 1918
Place: australia
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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, philosophical, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: survival, hopes, ocean or sea, beautiful scenery, adventure, teenage boy, human nature, tiger, isolation, lost at sea, ship, storytelling ...
Place: india, paris france, montreal quebec, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada ...
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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: infertility, slavery, protest, violence against women, sexism, society, kidnapping, surrogate mother, belief, soldier, torture, lesbian ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future, 21st century
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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: dark fantasy, corpse, afterlife, supernatural romance, supernatural, shyness, tombs and skeletons, loneliness, romance, marriage, fiance fiancee relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: europe, england
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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: melancholic, touching, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: self discovery, mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, small town, mental illness, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, single mother, obesity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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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, supernatural romance, odd, age difference, impossible love, existentialism, puzzle ...
Time: 50s, 20s, 60s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, atlantic ocean, manhattan new york city, india ...
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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: destruction, car accident, death of wife, father in law son in law relationship, homosexuality, correspondence, hospital, relationships, death, depression, existentialism, gay bashing ...
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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: redemption, teachers and students, guilt, isolation, monk, buddhist monk, buddhism, mentor, human nature, meditation, life changing experience, philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, south korea, asia
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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, melancholic, realistic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hacker, computers and web, secret society, rebellion, split personality, fighting the system, crimes, friendship, society, brother sister relationship, workplace situations, childhood trauma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, stylized, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: vampire, supernatural romance, musician, love, true love, lovers reunited, immortality, family relations, love and romance, supernatural, blood, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1975, year 1968, 2010s
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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, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, 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, disorder, adventure, twists & turns, servant, escapades, murder, mentor ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1960s, 30s, year 1968 ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, alps, central europe
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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, meditative, melancholic, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: loneliness, immortality, metaphysics, tragic love, terminal illness, reincarnation, death, cancer, queen, loss of loved one, tree, afterlife ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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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, inheritance, seduction, escape, lust, lesbian, lesbianism, love story, lesbian romance, jealousy, lesbian love ...
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, epic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rape, gangsters, prohibition, organized crime, friendship, corruption, murder, torture, gunfight, criminal heroes, regret, gangster ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 30s, 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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, monk, christian, hopes, monastery, psychic, sin, god or devil, navy, mentor, forgiveness, russian ...
Place: russia
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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, 22nd century, year 2005, 2040s ...
Place: cross country
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 24K
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, missing son, dispute, anger, selfishness, dysfunctional marriage ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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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
Is relevant ?
 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, 50s, 20th century, year 1966, year 1958 ...
Place: germany, europe, israel, berlin germany, west berlin west germany ...
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Queen of Hearts (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Anne, a brilliant and dedicated advocacy lawyer specialising in society’s most vulnerable, children and young adults, lives what appears to be the picture-perfect life with her doctor-husband, Peter, and their twin daughters. When her estranged ...
Style: sexy, emotional, melancholic, thought provoking, disturbing
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: adultery, stepmother stepson relationship, older woman younger man relationship, incest, unfaithful wife, lovers, older woman younger man sex, child abuse, cheating wife, adopted son, love, family relations ...
Time: 21st century
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Steven Universe (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 11 min.
Story: A young boy takes his mother's place in a group of gemstone-based beings, and must learn to control his powers.
Style: stylized, humorous, offbeat, witty, touching ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: gem, goodhearted, adventure, coming of age, family, save the world, danger, imaginary, child protagonist, supernatural ability, palaces castles and temples, intergalactic ...
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 6.2
 26K
Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, teenage sexuality, youth, high school student, high school, high school life, older man younger woman relationship, adolescence, unfulfillment, teenage girl, coming of age, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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