Troubled past movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant troubled past movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, suspense, realistic, psychological, suspenseful and serious films and TV shows about / with troubled past, haunted by the past, dark past, blood, confronting the past, family relations, mystery, flashback, secret and murder plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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troubled past movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as troubled past: Say "I love you." (2012), Bringing Up Bobby (2011), Inner Demons (2014), Sky Rojo (2021), Tell Me Your Secrets (2021), Happy Sugar Life (2018), The Charnel House (2016), Hide and Seek (2013), The Wonders (2014), Brothers (2011).

List of troubled past movies

Say "I love you." (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Friends suck, and trusting someone is just setting yourself up. That's the lesson Mei Tachibana learned after her heart was ripped out and only a shell was left where a girl used to be. But unlike so many, she found an easy solution: ...
Style: touching, emotional, shoujo, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, friendship, high school life, friends, fall in love, teenage life, social relations, school, haunted by the past, love and romance, youth, troubled past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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Bringing Up Bobby (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Netherlands, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bringing Up Bobby is the story of a European con-artist and her son Bobby, who find themselves in Oklahoma in an effort to escape her past and build a better future. Olive and Bobby blithely charm their way from one adventure to another until ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: single parent, troubled past, family, starting over, family relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, hopes, mother, rich man, european, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
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 5.2
 2K
Inner Demons (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: INNER DEMONS follows an 'Intervention'-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary
Plot: heroin addiction, rehabilitation, kids in trouble, supernatural, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, hopes, found footage, intervention, supernatural power, troubled past, revelation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 6.5
 7K
Sky Rojo (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 31 min.
TV show
Story: On the run from their pimp and his henchmen, three women embark on a wild and crazy journey in search of freedom.
Style: captivating, exciting, tense
Plot: prostitute, runaway, money, criminal, freedom, fugitives, escapades, on the run, escape attempt, troubled past, women, gang ...
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Tell Me Your Secrets (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
TV show
Story: A complex thriller revolving around three characters, each with troubling pasts clouding their intersecting motives: Emma is a young woman who once loved a dangerous killer, John is a former serial predator desperate for redemption, and a grieving ...
Style: suspense, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: victim, mysterious past, troubled past, missing daughter, dark past, secret past, haunted by the past, mystery, tragic past, criminal, relationship problems, past coming back to haunt ...
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Happy Sugar Life (2018)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Satou Matsuzaka, a girl who has never loved anyone before, falls in love with a girl named Shio Koube. The two girls are drawn to each other, and begin a happy life together. Satou won't let anyone endanger their new life, and would do anything ...
Style: psychological, bleak, suspenseful, captivating, romantic ...
Plot: insanity, female psychopath, obsession, murder, dark secret, secret, delusion, dysfunctional family, teenage boy, dark past, borderline personality disorder, abusive father ...
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The Charnel House (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A modern loft reveals its past when new tenants arrive as this former slaughterhouse exposes the evilness still existing within the walls.
Style: futuristic, psychological, suspense, contemplative, scary ...
Plot: spirit, haunted, fear, secret, torment, hi-tech, property, troubled past, serial killer, artist, blood, barking dog ...
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Hide and Seek (2013)
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A missing brother. Hide and seeks codes. A shocking truth for two different families and the struggle to save their families from someone who is already living inside their house.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, tense, captivating ...
Plot: family in danger, uncover truth, family relations, siblings relations, mystery, grudge, estrangement, family secret, hide and seek, troubled past, poverty, missing brother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
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 6.5
 5K
The Wonders (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Gelsomina’s family works according to some special rules. First of all, Gelsomina, at twelve years of age, is head of the family and her three younger sisters must obey her: sleep when she tells them to and work under her watchful eye. But the ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: teenage girl, countryside, family life, life turned upside down, siblings relations, parents and children, radical, disorder, farm, nature, beekeeper, wound ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 1990s
Place: italy, tuscany
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 5.8
 159
Brothers (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The script of this film was very loose and most of the dialog was improvised by the cast
Style: psychological, suspense, captivating, sincere, contemplative
Plot: brother brother relationship, father son relationship, father son reunion, family relations, jealousy, death, haunted by the past, dark past, troubled past, half brother half brother relationship, father son estrangement, birthday party ...
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A Silent Agreement (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Reuben, a sensitive writer, grapples with a speech impediment as his boyfriend, Derek, a profoundly deaf Human Rights activist, provides strategies to restore his confidence and communication skills. When Reuben approaches an over-the-hill film ...
Style: intellectual, queer cinema, realistic, compassionate, romantic ...
Plot: deafness, deaf, discrimination, lawyer client relationship, emotional breakdown, altruism, parent child relationship, marital problem, single parent, tragic event, sociopath, gay son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia
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Frankie & Alice (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: dissociative identity disorder, split personality, mental illness, racism, dancer, illness, power relations, drugs/alcohol, identity crisis, haunted by the past, doctors and patients, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, year 1957, 1950s
Place: usa, los angeles
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 7.2
 30K
Mom (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Aan irreverent and outrageous take on true family love‐and dysfunction. Newly sober single mom Christy struggles to raise two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls. Testing her sobriety is her formerly estranged mother, now back in ...
Style: sitcom, humorous, realistic, light, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, support group, recovering alcoholic, dysfunctional family, starting over, family relations, parents and children, single parent, family life, politically correct, workplace situations, immaturity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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Anger Management (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Charlie is a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. He has a successful private practice and he performs pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison. Prior to his career as a therapist, he was a major league ...
Style: sitcom, humorous, not serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: therapist, anger management, anger, rage, therapy, sarcasm, unconventional method, doctors and patients, silly humor, disorder, frustration, psychiatrist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 4.4
 2K
Psych:9 (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Czech Republic
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young woman with a troubled past takes a job at recently closed down hospital. Working the night shift alone she begins to experience a series of unsettling events that lead her to believe that the hospital may be connected to a number of recent ...
Style: psychological, scary, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, hospital, haunted by the past, terror, mystery, mentally unstable, danger, deadly, troubled past, nightshift, nurse, serial killer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 7.6
 13K
Cable Girls (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: In 1920s Madrid, four women at the National Telephone Company ring in revolution as they deal with romance, envy and the modern workplace.
Style: captivating, stylized, atmospheric, romantic, motivational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: female friendship, female protagonist, job, workplace, women, telephone, love and romance, class differences, workplace romance, independence, woman, spanish civil war ...
Time: 1920s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: spain
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Before the Fire (2020)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Deep in the throes of a global pandemic, up and coming TV star, Ava Boone, is forced to flee the mounting chaos in Los Angeles and return to her rural hometown. But as she struggles to acclimate to a way of life she left behind long ago, her ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: pandemic, small town, virus, homecoming, chores, danger, quarantine, fear, troubled past, female protagonist, dark past, survival ...
Place: usa
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 7.3
 27K
Palmer (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie's past threatens to ruin his new life and ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, touching
Plot: ex convict, little boy, tough guy, friendship, grandmother grandson relationship, funeral, death of grandmother, starting over, mockery, family problems, social problems, confronting the past ...
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 5.2
 10K
Inconceivable (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A mother looks to escape her abusive past by moving to a new town where she befriends another mother, who grows suspicious of her.
Style: captivating, sexy, suspense, artsy, disturbing ...
Plot: female nudity, family relations, pregnancy, murder, obsession, mother daughter relationship, child, surrogate mother, dealing with the past, manipulative behavior, troubled past, manipulative person ...
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Love Taste like Chocolate (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After losing her boyfriend, Moni decides to focus on her thesis, which consists on chocolate pastry-making. When she starts seeing other guys, the ghostly figure of her abusive boyfriend Javi appears, provoking funny situations since Moni is the ...
Style: psychological, captivating
Plot: chocolate, haunted by the past, love and romance, relationships, confronting the past, unrequited love, tragic past, dealing with the past, troubled past, couple relations, male female relationship, new love ...
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 7.6
 13K
Hinterland (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: Tom Mathias comes to Aberystwyth having abandoned his life in London. He's a brilliant but troubled man. Despite his faults he is an excellent detective, who knows that the key to solving the crime lies not in where you look for truth, but how ...
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: buried truth, police investigation, hidden truth, forensics, partners against crime, crimes, law enforcement, partners, police, small town, murder investigation, homicide detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wales, europe
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 6.9
 272
The Secret (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: A tale of suspense and intrigue set in 19th century Tyneside, 'The Secret' is based on Catherine Cookson's only thriller novel. Freddie Musgrave's life is in turmoil when a letter implicates him in murder, things are further ...
Style: entertaining, humorous, captivating
Plot: secret, mystery, bandit, past coming back to haunt, smuggling, haunted by the past, smuggler, troubled past, confronting the past, life, social problems, male female relationship ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1880s
Place: united kingdom, europe
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 6.1
 65
The 4th Life (2006)
Genre: Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In this surreal thriller, mysterious blond Marie March takes a journey to the town of Darckeville to scam a priceless set of antiques from an eccentric collector, but also to get away from the clutches of her overbearing older husband. On the ...
Style: psychotronic, gothic, psychedelic, neo noir, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: murder, revenge, surrealism, chase, blood, insanity, death, unrequited love, lesbian, hallucination, innocence, memory ...
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This Wretched Life (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Awakening from a near fatal overdose, Chris embraces a second chance at life. Required to enroll into a 12-Step Program, and mandated to state psychiatrist appointments, Chris is forced to revisit his chaotic past; a history that revolves around his ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking
Plot: rehabilitation, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction, second chance, confronting the past, dealing with the past, new life, troubled past, escape, love
Place: connecticut
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The Kane Files: Life of Trial (2010)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Scott Kane (Drew Fuller), a man with a checkered past is trying to live a clean life. When his son Owen falls ill, Kane finds his only option is to turn to Daniel Morgan (William Atherton), the local kingpin of the criminal underworld. Morgan offers ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, captivating, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: wanted, danger, betrayal, crimes, going straight, rivalry, vengeance, family relations, fight, on the run, escape, showdown ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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HeartLand Blues (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story Follows Reid Morrison, a down and out musician who tries to escape his hometown mistakes and start over in New Orleans. Thinking the mistakes he has made will never be forgiven, he attempts to seclude himself from anything worth while. ...
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: blues, musician's life, confronting the past, male female relationship, secret past, lifestyle, lifestyle change, changing lives, troubled past, dealing with the past, life, dark past ...
Place: new orleans
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Forbidden Secrets (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: While going through a difficult divorce from her domineering, businessman husband, Alexandra moves back into her old childhood home, where she's forced to re-examine the circumstances surrounding the murder of her aunt by her insane mother ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, serious, atmospheric
Plot: drowning, murder, insanity, haunted by the past, investigation, mental institution, mystery, childhood trauma, family secret, troubled past, dark secret, flashback ...
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Stolen Season (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A therapist spirals into obsession as evidence points that a troubled teen could be her own child surrendered 17 years ago.
Style: contemplative, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense
Plot: obsession, adoption, mother son relationship, troubled past, uncover truth, surveillance, pursuit, child abandonment, lifestyle, destiny, chase, mystery ...
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Naa Peru Surya - Naa Illu India (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Despite having serious anger management issues, Surya, an Indian Army officer is a brilliant officer but when anger takes control of him he is impossible to subdue. In spite of this issue, he achieves his goal of serving the country by overcoming ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting
Plot: soldier, border guard, society, crime, troubled past, crimes, army, martial arts, border patrol, politics, rivalry, anger ...
Place: india
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 6.8
 2K
The Factory (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When a factory is bound to close, a group of workers decides to take action against the owner.
Style: psychological, suspense, disturbing, captivating
Plot: problem solving, hostage, social problem, class conflict, uncover truth, truth, conflict, injustice, eccentricity, social injustice, workplace problem, wrath ...
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