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, serious, emotional, realistic and dramatic films and TV shows about / with mentor, tragedy, storytelling, runaway, bittersweet, loneliness, redemption, death, honest and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Romance and War genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as poignant: Schindler's List (1993), The Way (2010), Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Elephant Man (1980), Million Dollar Baby (2004), The Pianist (2002), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), Frances Ha (2012), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).

List of poignant movies

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: emotional, touching, thought provoking, realistic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: date night
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, genocide, nazi, war, concentration camp, anti semitism, violence, against humanity, wartime, brutality ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, vatican, europe, israel ...
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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: poignant, touching, emotional, thought provoking, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: travel, road trip, journey, self discovery, redemption, grief, death of son, survival, loneliness, life & death, destiny, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, france, california, europe
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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, sad, sentimental, heartbreaking ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: dog, friendship, animals, loyalty, human animal relationship, loss of friend, loneliness, life & death, pets, friends, death, family ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
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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: inspirational, touching, emotional, sentimental, tragicomedy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, jewish, nazi, human spirit, life philosophy, life & death, nazism, survival, fascism, love ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939
Place: italy, europe, poland, tuscany
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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, surreal, touching, poignant ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: disability, dignity, hospital, disfigurement, melancholy, social misfits, freak, cruelty, life is a bitch, exploitation, isolation, humanism ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s
Place: london, england, europe
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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, sad, touching, depressing, harsh ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: boxing, sport, determination, euthanasia, female boxer, mentor protege relationship, underdog, human spirit, female athlete, athlete's life, strong female lead, boxing trainer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, europe, london, las vegas ...
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The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK
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: emotional, harsh, bleak, heartbreaking, suspense ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, survival, nazi, genocide, jewish, war, anti semitism, nazism, pianist, hunger, nazi occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1944, year 1945 ...
Place: poland, germany, eastern europe, europe, warsaw poland ...
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, war, childhood, nazi, friendship, boy, military, gas chamber, german ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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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, thought provoking, sad, poignant ...
Audience: kids
Plot: childhood, autism, asperger's syndrome, quest, acceptance, 9/11, grief, single mother, orphan, disability, tragedy, coming of age ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s, contemporary
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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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: mumblecore, realistic, feel good, melancholic, sweet ...
Plot: friendship, female friendship, love, relationships, dancer, bittersweet, loneliness, coming of age, self discovery, life philosophy, existentialism, direction and purpose ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, paris france, new jersey, france ...
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: inspirational, emotional, motivational, dramatic, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: life, rags to riches, human spirit, life philosophy, rise to the top, against the odds, life is a bitch, ambition, down on your luck, homeless, single father, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco, california
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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: disturbing, realistic, depressing, poignant, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, gigolo, hustler, cowboy, fish out of water, male prostitute, cripple, homosexual, gay, homosexuality, prostitution, gay slur ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, texas, usa, manhattan new york city, florida ...
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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: psychological, intellectual, captivating, depressing, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: suicide, mental illness, aids, depression, writers, lesbian, bipolar disorder, writer's life, literature, poet, women, housewife ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, 20th century, 50s, contemporary ...
Place: new york, england, california, los angeles, usa ...
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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: sad, depressing, psychological, melancholic, touching ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: distopia, boarding school, friendship, childhood, cloning, sadness, love triangle, existentialism, loneliness, transplant, love and romance, jealousy ...
Time: 50s, year 1985, year 1978, 70s, 80s ...
Place: england, europe
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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: disturbing, rough, realistic, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rape, courtroom drama, sexual abuse, lawyer, injustice, violence against women, rape victim, sexual assault, gang rape, courtroom, legal, justice ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, boston, usa, washington d.c., washington state
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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: realistic, emotional, harsh, touching, poignant ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, cheerleading, teachers and students, family in crisis, poetry, high school, youth, power relations, parents and children, family problems, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
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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: touching, thought provoking, depressing, emotional, sad ...
Plot: infidelity, father daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, teenage daughter, dying mother, marriage, family, family relations, cheating wife, bittersweet, greed, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: hawaii, usa, california
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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: emotional, suspense, suspenseful, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: coming of age, river, friendship, ex convict, childhood, bittersweet, fugitives, obsession, first love, destiny, adventure, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arkansas, mississippi, usa
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The Boy and the Beast (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he's looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That ...
Style: breathtaking, touching, intense, visually appealing, poignant ...
Plot: training, mentor, beast, childhood, martial arts, friendship, father son relationship, destiny, loneliness, orphan, good versus evil, fantasy world ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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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: romantic, sincere, touching, emotional, sad ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: long distance relationship, romance, love, forceful separation, relationships, love story, parents, couples, fall in love, immigration, lovers apart, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, england, london, usa ...
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Brothers (2009)
Genre: 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: psychological, realistic, tense, touching, emotional ...
Plot: adultery, family problems, war, marital infidelity, presumed dead, military, american soldier, brothers, suspicion, twists and turns, iraq war, civil war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, iraq, usa
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The Weissensee Saga (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 50 min.
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Story: Weissensee is a German television series. The series is set in East Berlin in 1980 and 1987 and follows two families.
Style: poignant, realistic, compassionate, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: stasi, communism, berlin wall, spy, adolescence, parents and children, first love, dysfunctional family, social differences, forbidden love, star crossed lovers, family feud ...
Time: 80s
Place: east germany, berlin germany, germany, german democratic republic, east berlin
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Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ip Man 4 is an upcoming Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip and produced by Raymond Wong. It is the fourth in the Ip Man film series based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster of the same name and features Donnie Yen ...
Style: poignant, inspirational, atmospheric, uplifting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, wing chun, master warrior, fight, human spirit, chinese, warrior, philosophy, duel, mentor, racism ...
Time: 60s
Place: china, usa, san francisco, hong kong, california
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The Water Diviner (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1919, Australian farmer Joshua Connor travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Holding on to hope, Joshua must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
Style: touching, emotional, compassionate, sentimental, dramatic ...
Plot: world war one, war, missing person, redemption, destiny, courage, world war two, parents and children, family relations, graphic violence, escapades, family ...
Time: 1910s, year 1919, 1920s, year 1915, 20th century
Place: australia, ottoman empire, england, istanbul turkey, turkey
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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, suspenseful, scary, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: camping, serial killer, rape, dog, doctor, baby, violence, murder, travel, survival, husband wife relationship, teenage girl ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
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Tallulah (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.
Style: touching, sentimental, melancholic, emotional, reflective ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: homeless, loneliness, kidnapping, friendship, existentialism, subway, coming of age, abusive mother, baby, mentor, women, nanny ...
Place: new york, new jersey, california, ireland
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Map of the Human Heart (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Australia, UK, Canada, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Fantastic improbabilities, happenstance and the undying bridge of love are part of this romantic fantasy about an Inuit who crosses years, oceans and the ravages of WWII to find his childhood love, a Metis girl, but finds that their cultures are the ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sexy, poignant ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war two, romance, destiny, friendship, bittersweet, bomb, loneliness, runaway, hospital, native american, mentor, love ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 90s, year 1931, 60s ...
Place: canada, germany, england, london, montreal
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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: sad, art house, sentimental, gloomy, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: world war two, nazi, jewish, friendship, nazism, anti semitism, holocaust, catholic, coming of age, schoolboy, childhood, school ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, germany, poland, vatican, paris france ...
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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, philosophical, emotional, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: afterlife, eternity, memory, heaven and hell, death, videotaping, destiny, childhood, hospital, bittersweet, melancholy, magic realism ...
Time: 20th century
Place: tokyo, japan, the philippines
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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.
Style: gothic, surreal, fairy tale, atmospheric, dark fantasy ...
Audience: teens, kids, date night, family outing
Plot: loneliness, goth, surrealism, love, romance, freak, social misfits, christmas, love and romance, inventor, castle, snow ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 90s, 50s
Place: usa, florida
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