Grief movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant grief movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, psychological, emotional, touching and gloomy films and TV shows about / with grief, death, husband wife relationship, storytelling, father son relationship, family relations, mentor, flashback, mother son relationship and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
grief movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as grief: P.S. I Love You (2007), A Ghost Story (2017), Rabbit Hole (2010), Beginners (2010), Broadchurch (2013), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), Jacob's Ladder (1990), Beautiful Boy (2010), The Forgotten (2004), Flightplan (2005).

List of grief movies

P.S. I Love You (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, romantic, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: love and romance, romance, starting over, love story, terminal illness, death, loss of spouse, family relations, grief, couples, dealing with death, letter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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A Ghost Story (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife, only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip ...
Style: art house, melancholic, psychological, touching, psychotronic
Plot: grief, ghost, loss, piano, husband wife relationship, house, children, construction, party, catastrophe, destiny, time ...
Time: future
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Rabbit Hole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: loss of child, death in the family, grief, estrangement, marriage, family problems, housewife, loss of son, support group, memory, therapy, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
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Beginners (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional, sad ...
Plot: gay father, father son relationship, coming out, grief, terminal illness, gay, secret, dying, cancer, self discovery, love affair, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1953, 50s, year 1955 ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new york
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Broadchurch (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
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Story: The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.
Style: twists and turns, emotional, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, murder investigation, multiple suspects, uncover truth, small town, murder, courtroom drama, partners, parents and children, loss of child, loss of son ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Extremely shy Lars finds it impossible to make friends or socialize. His brother and sister-in-law worry about him, so when he announces that he has a girlfriend he met on the Internet, they are overjoyed. But Lars' new lady is a life-size ...
Style: touching, psychological, humorous, sweet, sentimental ...
Plot: loneliness, mental illness, doll, human relationship, young man, shyness, delusion, psychologist, grief, social relations, fear, introvert ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, wisconsin, new jersey
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Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, psychological, bleak, scary ...
Plot: hallucination, paranoia, haunted by the past, nightmare, mind game, delusion, dealing with death, heaven and hell, losing-it hero, post traumatic stress disorder, tragic event, grief ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: new york, vietnam, asia, usa
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Beautiful Boy (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life.
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: mass murder, grief, murder, death, parenting, college, haunted by the past, couples, family problems, death in the family, couple relations, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Forgotten (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Telly Paretta is a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her 8-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist reveals that she has created eight years of memories about a son she never had. But when she meets a man who has had a ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, twists and turns, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: memory loss, missing child, mind game, loss of son, abduction, memory, estrangement, psychiatrist, conspiracy, life is a bitch, delusion, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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Flightplan (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A claustrophobic, Hitchcockian thriller. A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plane.
Style: surprise ending, suspenseful, psychological, mind bending, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: airplane, missing child, mystery, family relations, search, child abduction, disappearance, female protagonist, family problems, grief, pilot, stewardess ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: berlin germany, newfoundland, new york, germany
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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: orphan, asperger's syndrome, 9/11, autism, childhood, grief, search, family relations, loss of spouse, funeral, quest, death of father ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, touching, contemplative, captivating ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, philosophy, dinosaur, outer space, family relations, suffering, child abuse, grief, hopes, spirituality, parenthood, family problems ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, funeral, love and romance, haunted by the past, grief, best friend, white male black female relationship, starting over, marriage, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: mystery, vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, death in the family, sexual abuse, child molestation, loss of child, loss of daughter, child rape, neo noir, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, contemporary, 21st century, 60s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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Collateral Beauty (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
Style: twist ending, sad, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: death, anguish, grief, loss, life philosophy, ex husband ex wife relationship, christmas eve, anger, christmas, father daughter relationship, group therapy, male protagonist ...
Place: united states, usa, manhattan new york city, new york
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Mourning for Anna (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A mother deals with the violent murder of her daughter.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: murder, death of daughter, grief, country house, teenage life, family relations, crimes, hopes, family problems, deadly, youth, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Australia, Germany, Italy, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The O'Neills lived happily in their house in the Australian countryside. That was until one day fate struck blindly, taking the life of Peter, the father, leaving his grief-stricken wife Dawn alone with their four children. Among them, ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, grief, death in the family, parents and children, family problems, little girl, loss of father, small town, introspection, tree, storm, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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Pet Sematary (1989)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Dr. Louis Creed's family moves into the country house of their dreams and discover a pet cemetery at the back of their property. The cursed burial ground deep in the woods brings the dead back to life -- with "minor" problems. At ...
Style: scary, macabre, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: afterlife, stephen king, zombie, family in danger, pet, pets, supernatural, coffin, back from the dead, indian burial ground, grief, loss of pet ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa, new england, chicago illinois
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Tell No One (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A man receives a mysterious e-mail appearing to be from his wife, who was murdered years earlier. As he frantically tries to find out whether she's alive, he finds himself being implicated in her death.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, psychological, serious, suspense ...
Plot: frame up, investigation, murder, crimes, serial killer, corpse, crime, haunted by the past, disappearance, deadly, dishonesty, grief ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
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The Guest (2014)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Plot: danger, soldier, mysterious character, family relations, family in danger, ex soldier, dishonesty, family problems, murder, grief, killing spree, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, quarry, 80s
Place: usa, new mexico
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Love Happens (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Dr. Burke Ryan is a successful self-help author and motivational speaker with a secret. While he helps thousands of people cope with tragedy and personal loss, he secretly is unable to overcome the death of his late wife. It's not until Burke ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: florist, grief, motivational speaker, romance, love and romance, love affair, writer's life, unfulfillment, lifestyle, men hatred, dealing with death, life is a bitch ...
Place: seattle, seattle washington, new york, hawaii, new jersey
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Incendiary (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An adulterous woman's life is torn apart when her husband and infant son are killed in a suicide bombing at a soccer match.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: terrorist, love triangle, grief, guilt, adultery, dangerous attraction, starting over, betrayal, haunted by the past, love affair, death in the family, deadly ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: london, england, europe
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The Dying Gaul (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A powerful and seductive Hollywood mogul convinces an impoverished West Hollywood writer, whose lover has recently died of AIDS, to sell his autobiographical screenplay for big bucks. The writer, Robert, knows he'll have to make major changes ...
Style: psychological, melancholic, twists and turns, emotional, absurd ...
Plot: gay, writers, grief, family problems, betrayal, aids, love triangle, secret, hollywood, chat room, solitude, tragedy ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, contemporary
Place: los angeles, rome italy, egypt, new york
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Already Dead (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When Thomas Archer's happy & successful life is all but ruined following a horrific attack he is presented with a perfect opportunity to exact physical revenge upon the man who caused all his grief. However the immediate consequences of ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: grief, vengeance, vigilantism, crimes, dishonesty, life is a bitch, family problems, couple relations, loss of son, revenge, death, missing child ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
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Burning Man (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An English chef with a chic restaurant on Bondi Beach trying to put his life and his relationship with his son back on track while surrounded by women.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, sexy
Audience: date night
Plot: grief, marriage, pain, coping, chef, family relations, cooking and food, parents and children, restaurant, couples, romance, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia
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A Christmas Visitor (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they lost their son to the Persian Gulf War. Now a stranger has ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: grief, gulf war, christmas, introspection, family gatherings, family life, parents and children, redemption, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran
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The Melancholy Fantastic (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Suffering from her mother's recent suicide, a delusional young girl falls for an alluring Goth, against the objections of a life-size talking muslin doll. The Melancholy Fantastic is a psychological thriller set during the holidays.
Style: suspenseful, surreal, christmas horror, gothic, fairy tale ...
Plot: loneliness, grief, christmas, losing-it hero, fall in love, imaginary character, objects come to life, imaginary, holiday horror, surrealism, self discovery, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Woman in Black (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, estate, gothic horror, ghosts, afterlife, curses spells and rituals, isolation, supernatural, village, tragic event, loss of son ...
Time: 1900s, victorian era, 20th century, 1910s, edwardian era
Place: england, europe, london
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Another Earth (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.
Style: psychological, touching, surreal, contemplative, philosophical ...
Plot: parallel world, mysterious planet, redemption, human existence, guilt, tragedy, earth, planet, cosmology, solar system, musician, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa, yale university, connecticut, boston, mojave desert
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The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other -- to become brothers again like they used to be. Their "spiritual quest", ...
Style: talky, touching, humorous, road movie, emotional ...
Plot: introspection, dysfunctional family, train, suicide attempt, reconciliation, journey, grief, train ride, on the road, sibling relationship, encounter, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, himalaya, asia, new york
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