Poignant movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant poignant movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out poignant, touching, realistic, melancholic, emotional and reflective films and TV shows about / with storytelling, death, childhood, bittersweet, tragedy, melancholy, loneliness, honest, runaway and life & death plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in France, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as poignant: Only Yesterday (1991), The Outpost (2020), Extra-ordinary You (2019), Alone in Berlin (2016), Family Film (2015), Misbehaviour (2020), Killing Ground (2016), The Savages (2007), The Best of Youth (2003), Mary and Max (2009).

List of poignant movies

 7.6
 26K
Only Yesterday (1991)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: countryside, childhood, twentysomething life, introspection, friendship, village life, folk music, deadend life, adolescence, childhood memory, self discovery, marriage ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 6.8
 14K
The Outpost (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Bulgaria
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A small unit of U.S. soldiers, alone at the remote Combat Outpost Keating, located deep in the valley of three mountains in Afghanistan, battles to defend against an overwhelming force of Taliban fighters in a coordinated attack. The Battle of ...
Style: touching, suspense, captivating, brutal, compassionate ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: army, soldier, battles, war, deadly, u.s. army, british soldier, roadblock, sniper, death, gunfight, fight scenes ...
Place: afghanistan
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Extra-ordinary You (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 35 min.
TV show
Story: What would you do if you found out that you were, in fact, a character in a comic? And an extra character on top of that? Change the course of the story, obviously! Eun Dan Oh is a 17-year-old high-school student from a wealthy family who suffers ...
Style: heartbreaking, sentimental, poignant, tear jerker, brutal
Plot: love triangle, terminal illness, heart disease, crush, engagement, schoolgirl, destiny, teenage love, tragic love, unrequited love, broken heart, marriage for money ...
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Alone in Berlin (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Berlin in June of 1940. While Nazi propaganda celebrates the regime’s victory over France, a kitchen-cum-living room in Prenzlauer Berg is filled with grief. Anna and Otto Quangel’s son has been killed at the front. This working class couple had ...
Style: poignant, heartbreaking, disturbing, realistic, enigmatic ...
Plot: world war two, nazi germany, murder, gestapo, torture, death of son, violence, robbery, mechanic, suicide, bereavement, death of child ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943, year 1940
Place: berlin germany, germany
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 6.5
 369
Family Film (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, France, Slovakia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A couple embark on an early vacation. Left alone, their children cut loose until the boy gets caught for skipping school and things take an unexpected turn. Boasting exquisite camera work, the film is also unforgettable for its wholly original ...
Style: suspenseful, sentimental, sincere, sad, poignant ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: lost dog, family relations, shipwreck, brother sister relationship, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, brother brother relationship, family tragedy, marital crisis, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, boat ...
Place: central europe, prague, prague czech republic
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 6.2
 3K
Misbehaviour (2020)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of women hatch a plan to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.
Style: stylized, captivating, feminist film, realistic, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: beauty pageant, feminist, rehearsal, gender roles, feminism, contests and competitions, against the odds, farce, ambition, deception, tradition, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, london, los angeles
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Killing Ground (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When young urbanites Ian and Sam decide to go camping, they arrive at their isolated destination to discover another tent already set up, but no sign of its owners. With the other campers at large, Ian and Sam's discovery of a child wandering ...
Style: rough, scary, suspenseful, poignant, dark ...
Audience: teens
Plot: camping, baby, rape, dog, doctor, rape and murder, serial killer, slasher, murder, held at gunpoint, foot chase, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
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 7.1
 36K
The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: professor, midlife crisis, depression, family relations, family, mental illness, neighbor, dying, nursing, parents and children, siblings relations, responsibility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: arizona, new york, usa, poland, phoenix arizona ...
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The Best of Youth (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 366 min.
Story: Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, director Marco Tullio Giordana's passionate epic 'La Meglio Gioventu' follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: politics, society, dishonesty, pianist, police brutality, protest, musician, political corruption, photographer, psychiatrist, idealism, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 90s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: italy, lebanon, europe, oxford university, rome italy ...
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 8.1
 162K
Mary and Max (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, friendship, neighbor, asperger's syndrome, letter, correspondence, unlikely friendships, mental illness, young woman, suffering, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, new york, usa
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 8.0
 77K
The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, sad, philosophical ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, lawyer, freedom, dignity, mercy killing, wheelchair, fighting the system, nursing, suicide, euthanasia, understanding ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, galicia, catalonia
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A Sunday in the Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In France, before WWI. As every Sunday, an old painter living in the country is visited by his son Gonzague, coming with his wife and his three children. Then his daugther Irene arrives. She is always in a hurry, she lives alone and does not come so ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, poignant ...
Plot: countryside, family relations, aging, family gatherings, painter, elderly man, parents and children, siblings relations, down on your luck, human nature, world war one, performer's life ...
Time: 1910s
Place: france, europe, paris france, tokyo
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Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While ...
Style: sentimental, tragicomedy, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, world war two, human spirit, life philosophy, jewish, survival, nazi, optimism, self sacrifice, fascism, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1939, 1930s
Place: italy, tuscany, europe, poland
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Goodbye, Children (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: nazism, jewish, world war two, friendship, betrayal, anti semitism, boarding school life, priest, resistance, auschwitz, wartime life, childhood ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, vichy, jerusalem, paris france ...
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: heartbreaking, touching, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, world war two, hunger, hiding place, loss of parent, death of parent, bomb, theft, war, homelessness ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in.
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: friendship, disability, youth, life, character study, loneliness, human spirit, love triangle, friends, cerebral palsy, unlikely friendships, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, anti semitism, rescue, nazi, wartime, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
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The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, harsh, surreal ...
Plot: disfigurement, social misfits, freak, dignity, life is a bitch, exploitation, disability, human nature, hopes, suffering, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, victorian era, 1800s
Place: england, london, europe
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Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, serious, rough ...
Plot: friendship, cowboy, fish out of water, prostitute, dancer, male friendship, male bonding, fighting illness, society, homosexuality, eviction, gay slur ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 70s
Place: new york, texas, usa, dallas texas, manhattan new york city ...
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The Last Picture Show (1971)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
Style: realistic, captivating, sentimental, thought provoking, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: graduation, coming of age, friendship, small town, jealousy, american dream, self discovery, high school prom, christmas, youth, high school graduation, older woman younger man relationship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1951, year 1952 ...
Place: texas, usa, mexico, oklahoma, california
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 8.1
 358K
Stand by Me (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: coming of age, childhood, friendship, adventure, coming-of-age, youth, loyalty, innocence, young kid, camp, courage, teenager ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1959, 80s
Place: oregon, usa, normandy
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The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries ...
Style: touching, sentimental, clever, emotional, intense ...
Plot: dying, friendship, professor, illness, haunted by the past, culture clash, reunion, friends, death, cancer, homosexual, heroin ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, september 11 2001, middle ages
Place: canada, quebec, colorado, pacific ocean, china ...
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 7.7
 21K
Dear Frankie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, ...
Style: realistic, emotional, uplifting, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: single parent, letter, stranger, disability, ship, friendship, father son relationship, family drama, bet, child abuse, elementary school, newspaper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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 6.8
 2K
The Ogre (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very soon he is taken prisoner of war.
Style: realistic, disturbing, contemplative, serious, touching ...
Plot: world war two, youth, castle, hitler youth, friendship, redemption, palaces castles and temples, sexual abuse, wartime life, kidnapping, introspection, friends ...
Time: 1940s, year 1939, 1930s
Place: france, germany, berlin germany, japan
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My Life Without Me (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, introspection, farewell, responsibility, secret love, health situation, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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 7.7
 111K
Nebraska (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An aging, booze-addled father takes a trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim what he believes to be a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.
Style: humorous, meditative, touching, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: aging, small town, road trip, obsessive quest, elderly, delusion, on the road, alcohol abuse, family relations, father son relationship, father-son relationship, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: nebraska, usa, montana, california
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The White Countess (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Germany, China, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The last movie from the team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in 1930s Shanghai, "The White Countess" is both Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy, and a nightclub created by a ...
Style: atmospheric, romantic, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Plot: friendship, countess, couples, love and romance, unlikely couple, couple relations, fall in love, romance, politics, intrigue, russian, blindness ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1937, year 1936 ...
Place: china, asia, shanghai, hong kong, macau ...
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 8.4
 16K
Red Beard (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the gruff doctor Red Beard. Yasumoto rebels in numerous ways, but ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, compassionate, poignant ...
Plot: intern, clinic, samurai, doctor, family relations, generation gap, human nature, parents and children, doctors and patients, teenage life, power relations, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Cries & Whispers (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's suicide, caused by his discovery of her ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, gloomy, touching, psychological ...
Plot: terminal illness, maid, death, cancer, grudge, mansion, estate, human nature, family life, friendship, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden
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 7.6
 10K
After Life (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
Style: surreal, touching, stylized, contemplative, psychological ...
Plot: afterlife, videotaping, cloud, memory, teenage girl, heaven, memories, eternity, old man, bell, destiny, disneyland ...
Time: 20th century
Place: tokyo, the philippines, japan
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