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, emotional, realistic, serious and dramatic films and TV shows about / with friendship, tragedy, bittersweet, loneliness, storytelling, mentor, runaway, honest, life philosophy and death plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
poignant movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as poignant: The Way (2010), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), Never Let Me Go (2010), The Pianist (2002), Schindler's List (1993), The Elephant Man (1980), Your Name. (2016), Mud (2012), Blue Car (2002).

List of poignant movies

The Way (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: When his son dies while hiking the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, Tom flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child’s life, he decides to complete the 500-mile mountain trek to ...
Style: touching, emotional, inspirational, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: road trip, travel, pilgrimage, death of son, redemption, obsessive quest, self discovery, family problems, search, on the road, hopes, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, france, europe, california
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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, bleak, sad, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: underdog, determination, sport, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, female boxer, boxing, follow your dream, human spirit, suffering, ambition, mentor protege relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, missouri, europe, england ...
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dog, friendship, loyalty, friends, loneliness, loss of friend, animals, human animal relationship, pets, death, life & death, owner dog relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
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Never Let Me Go (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy spend their childhood at an idyllic and secluded English boarding school. As they grow into adults, they must come to terms with the complexity and strength of their love for one another while also preparing for ...
Style: psychological, melancholic, sad, contemplative, heartbreaking ...
Plot: distopia, boarding school, childhood, existentialism, cloning, love and romance, friendship, loneliness, transplant, life is a bitch, alternate reality, couples ...
Time: year 1978, year 1994, year 1985, 90s, 80s ...
Place: england, europe
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The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, emotional, suspense, heartbreaking, dramatic ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, world war two, pianist, nazi, against humanity, ghetto, nazi occupation, jewish, genocide, anti semitism, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland, central 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, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, jewish, ghetto, survival, rescue, wartime, war, anti semitism ...
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, suffering, hopes, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
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Your Name. (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must ...
Style: touching, romantic, captivating, surprise ending, sentimental ...
Plot: body swapping, romance, school, time travel, love, beautiful scenery, girl, schoolgirl, boy, star crossed lovers, race against time, destiny ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Mud (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and make a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Style: atmospheric, touching, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: river, friendship, coming of age, first love, ex convict, teenage boy, bounty hunter, bittersweet, obsession, fugitives, peril, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arkansas, mississippi, usa
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Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, love and romance, poetry, youth, parents and children, power relations, teachers and students, family in crisis, teenage life, family problems, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A year after his father's death, Oskar, a troubled young boy, discovers a mysterious key he believes was left for him by his father and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock.
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: childhood, acceptance, search, family relations, 9/11, orphan, asperger's syndrome, grief, autism, funeral, death of father, quest ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Hours (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK, France, Canada, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, captivating, serious, sincere ...
Plot: depression, suicide, aids, mental illness, housewife, drowning, suicidal, writer's life, writers, terminal illness, bipolar disorder, human nature ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1920s, contemporary, 21st century ...
Place: los angeles, new york, england, europe, usa ...
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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: childhood, countryside, introspection, friendship, folk music, village life, deadend life, adolescence, childhood memory, self discovery, twentysomething life, marriage ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Descendants (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron, Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.
Style: emotional, touching, humorous, tragicomedy, thought provoking ...
Plot: cheating wife, infidelity, teenage daughter, dysfunctional family, marriage, family relations, dying mother, estate, bittersweet, greed, coma, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: hawaii, usa, california
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Frances Ha (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Brazil
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An aspiring dancer moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks.
Style: realistic, touching, humorous, semi serious, mumblecore ...
Plot: friendship, dancer, roommate, follow your dream, direction and purpose, bittersweet, dancer's life, loneliness, city life, profanity, ambitious, supportive friend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, japan, paris france, sacramento california ...
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Devdas (2002)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Devdas is sent away by his father so he can improve himself but upon his return his father still doesn’t welcome him back. Devdas and Paro are in love but Paro is a lower caste and is set to be married to an older widower. Devdas is devastated ...
Style: serious, captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: unfulfilled love, love triangle, self destructing, unfulfillment, bollywood, family disapproval, love and romance, love affair, forbidden love, tragic love, couple relations, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 1900s, 90s
Place: india, london, england, asia, europe ...
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The Sound of Silence (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A successful "house tuner" in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can't solve.
Style: realistic, dark, poignant, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: society, couple relations, redemption, tragedy, family drama, house
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Birch (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 15 min.
TV show
Story: A teenager seeks out the help of a monster who lives in the woods. Based on the short film 'The Birch'.
Style: whimsical, compassionate, visually appealing, poignant, touching ...
Plot: giant, friendship, teenager, unlikely friendships, nightmare, monster, life, school, boy, creativity, adaptation, family ...
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The Weissensee Saga (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Weissensee is a German television series. The series is set in East Berlin in 1980 and 1987 and follows two families.
Style: poignant, serious, compassionate, realistic, touching ...
Plot: stasi, berlin wall, communism, forbidden love, parents and children, prejudice, adolescence, family feud, social differences, star crossed lovers, first love, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 80s
Place: east germany, east berlin, german democratic republic, germany, berlin germany
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Brothers (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When his helicopter goes down during his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marine Sam Cahill is presumed dead. Back home, brother Tommy steps in to look over Sam’s wife, Grace, and two children. Sam’s surprise homecoming triggers domestic ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, tense, touching ...
Plot: marital infidelity, family problems, presumed dead, family relations, pow, suspicion, adultery, war, military, american soldier, mission, captivity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, usa, iraq
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Like Crazy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
Style: sincere, sentimental, realistic, affectionate, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: long distance relationship, forceful separation, couple relations, parents, customs, romance, bittersweet, lifestyle, love and romance, couples, lovers apart, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, england, london, california ...
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The Accused (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, tense, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rape, injustice, courtroom drama, violence against women, sexual abuse, rape victim, gang rape, lawyer, testimony, legal action, district attorney, sexual assault ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., boston, washington state, massachusetts
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Somefarwhere (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Price (Bryce Blais)goes to a Middle East country on a pretext of being a tourist. However his real purpose is to find his best friend/lover Bo (Drew Boylan) who suddenly disappear without a trace. In a country where homosexual acts alone can get you ...
Style: serious, emotional, poignant, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: tour guide, gay slur, friendship, star crossed lovers, love affair, tragic event, stereotypes, mysterious disappearance, loss of loved one, loneliness, gay romance, gay love ...
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The Lion Woman (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Germany
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Eva Arctander is born with hypertrichosis, meaning that she is covered from head to toe with fine blonde hair. Her father is so ashamed of her that he hides her away from the world in their apartment. However, Eva’s nanny fights for her right to ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, psychological, poignant
Plot: isolation, life is a bitch, physical appearance, father daughter relationship, human nature, hopes, dignity, disability, compassion, death of mother, brutality, health situation ...
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TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You (2020)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: First comes marriage, then comes an earthbound love that is out of this world! From the day his parents named him, Nasa Yuzaki has been destined for outer space...or so he believes. But while trying to join the space program, he is thrown for a ...
Style: romantic, poignant, sentimental, touching
Plot: love, romance, marriage, slice of life, understanding, encounter, looking for love, dream, memory, teenage girl, love and romance, dreaming ...
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The Male Gaze: The Heat of the Night (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Israel, Belgium, Spain, Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When darkness falls, temperatures rise in these six stories about late night confessions, intimacy for sale, high speed hookups and full moon frissons. But when the sun comes up and reality reveals itself, will it have all been worth it?
Style: thought provoking, touching, poignant, compassionate, sentimental
Plot: gay, lgbt, male male relationship, sexual relations, repressed sexuality, dating, coming out, nightlife, gay interest, friendship, competition, generation gap ...
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Tempting Fate (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two brothers, one of deep faith and the other buried in a life of crime have their worlds torn apart when the wrong one goes to jail and the other commits an unforgivable act.
Style: emotional, suspense, poignant, psychological, touching
Plot: family relations, brother, singer, betrayal, god, forgiveness, love, friendship, character on the edge, family problems, justice, life changing experience ...
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Twittering Birds Never Fly: The Clouds Gather (2020)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The sexually masochistic yakuza boss, Yashiro, isn't the type to warm up to others easily. But when Chikara Doumeki, his newly hired bodyguard, catches his interest, he reconsiders his "hands-off" policy with subordinates. As ...
Style: yaoi, manga, intense, controversial, enigmatic ...
Plot: gay, lgbt, bodyguard, yakuza, introspection, gay sex, lovers, friendship, homosexuality, gay romance, character study, star crossed lovers ...
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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, captivating, sincere, poignant ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: lost dog, family relations, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, brother brother relationship, marital crisis, family tragedy, brother sister relationship, shipwreck, survival ...
Place: central europe, prague, prague czech republic
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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: slasher, disturbing, captivating, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: camping, rape, dog, baby, duct tape over mouth, doctor, abandoned baby, murder, serial killer, husband wife relationship, violence, fear ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
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