Bittersweet movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant bittersweet movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out touching, emotional, interesting, melancholic, realistic and sentimental films and TV shows about / with bittersweet, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, life philosophy, destiny, runaway, honest, catastrophe and loneliness plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, Canada, Japan and other countries.
bittersweet movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as bittersweet: The Station Agent (2003), Sweet November (2001), In the Land of Women (2007), A Walk on the Moon (1999), Mud (2012), Ruby Sparks (2012), The Age of Adaline (2015), Frances Ha (2012), Secondhand Lions (2003), The Descendants (2011).

List of bittersweet movies

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
Style: romantic, touching, road movie, sad, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: road trip, end of the world, apocalypse, bittersweet, loneliness, romance, love, asteroid, friendship, catastrophe, dark humor, childhood sweetheart ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, england
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The Station Agent (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.
Style: tragicomedy, touching, humorous, sincere, depressing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: loneliness, bittersweet, friendship, depression, small town, solitude, loss, inheritance, grief, death, prejudice, loner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, canada, manhattan new york city, newfoundland
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Sweet November (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Nelson is a man devoted to his advertising career in San Francisco. One day, while taking a driving test at the DMV, he meets Sara. She is very different from the other women in his life. Nelson causes her to miss out on taking the test and later ...
Style: romantic, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: romance, terminal illness, love story, love, tragic love, love and romance, couples, self discovery, opposites attract, leukemia, fall in love, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, california, usa, new jersey
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In the Land of Women (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After a bad breakup with his girlfriend leaves him heartbroken, Carter Webb moves to Michigan to take care of his ailing grandmother. Once there, he gets mixed up in the lives of the mother and daughters who live across the street.
Style: touching, realistic, romantic, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: bittersweet, love, love story, mother daughter relationship, infidelity, writers, cancer, age difference, teenager, grandmother grandson relationship, depression, believe in yourself ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, detroit, michigan
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A Walk on the Moon (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The world of a young housewife is turned upside down when she has an affair with a free-spirited blouse salesman.
Style: sexy, touching, romantic, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: cheating wife, infidelity, bittersweet, adultery, coming of age, hippie, summer vacation, nudity (full frontal - brief), erotica, family relations, love affair, oral sex ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: california, new york, usa, woodstock, new york state
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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: suspense, emotional, suspenseful, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: coming of age, river, friendship, childhood, bittersweet, ex convict, fugitives, obsession, first love, adventure, destiny, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arkansas, usa, mississippi
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Ruby Sparks (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin ...
Style: feel good, thought provoking, psychological, absurd, philosophical ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: romance, magic realism, bittersweet, writer's block, love, loneliness, mental illness, dream, destiny, life philosophy, novelist, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
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The Age of Adaline (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After 29-year-old Adaline recovers from a nearly lethal accident, she inexplicably stops growing older. As the years stretch on and on, Adaline keeps her secret to herself until she meets a man who changes her life.
Style: romantic, touching, emotional, dramatic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: love, immortality, romance, love story, immortal, loneliness, love and romance, miraculous event, supernatural romance, aging, destiny, life & death ...
Time: future, 20th century, year 1929, year 1956, year 2014 ...
Place: san francisco, california, oregon, arizona, england
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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, relationships, love, dancer, bittersweet, loneliness, female protagonist, group of friends, female friendship, self discovery, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, paris france, new jersey, japan ...
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Secondhand Lions (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: "Secondhand Lions" follows the comedic adventures of an introverted boy left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles, whose exotic remembrances stir the boy's spirit and re-ignite the men's lives.
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: uncle nephew relationship, coming of age, greed, adventure, family, youth, bittersweet, fish out of water, weirdo, courage, childhood, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1910s
Place: texas, africa, austin texas, usa, middle east ...
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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, poignant ...
Plot: infidelity, father daughter relationship, teenage daughter, dysfunctional family, cheating wife, dying mother, marriage, family relations, family, estate, bittersweet, greed ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: hawaii, usa, california
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, depressing, cerebral ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, age difference, midlife crisis, older man younger woman relationship, friendship, unlikely friendships, adultery, fish out of water, culture clash, unlikely couple, actor, character study ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university, kyoto japan
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in ...
Style: sentimental, inspirational, touching, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, art, dedicated educator, femininity, teacher, college, coming of age, women, teenager, gender, art history ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: massachusetts, california, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: inspirational, motivational, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, life philosophy, parents and children, single mother, disfigurement, teachers and students, addiction, youth, school, child's point of view ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Due to a genetic disorder, handsome librarian Henry DeTamble involuntarily zips through time, appearing at various moments in the life of his true love, the beautiful artist Clare Abshire.
Style: romantic, touching, sentimental, emotional, sad ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: time travel, love affair, time traveler, love and romance, true love, time, time paradox, impossible love, time loop, disappearance, couple relations, love ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, surreal, philosophical, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: alternate reality, destiny, philosophy, time, surrealism, depression, utopia, life changing experience, immortality, parallel world, love and romance, butterfly effect ...
Time: future, year 1975, 21st century, 20th century
Place: canada
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: psychological, surreal, mind bending, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: love, memory, surrealism, memory loss, amnesia, introspection, couple relations, existentialism, borderline personality disorder, loneliness, love story, love and romance ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Minnie Goetze is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of the 1970s in San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl. Oh, except that she’s sleeping with her ...
Style: sexy, erotic, serious, touching, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, teenage girl, teenager, coming of age, sex with a minor, older man young girl relationship, sex, teenage sex, female sexuality, teenage sexuality, defloration, mother's boyfriend ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, san francisco
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The Best of Me (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.
Style: touching, romantic, sentimental, sexy, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: love and romance, true love, unfulfilled love, lovers reunited, small town, high school sweetheart, love affair, fall in love, teenage love, romance, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend reunion, road not taken ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1992
Place: new jersey, new orleans, usa, canada
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Love Actually (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in – and out – of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.
Style: feel good, romantic, sentimental, touching, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: christmas, love and romance, love, holiday, marriage, love story, relationships, couple relations, first love, looking for love, infidelity, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, marseille, milwaukee wisconsin ...
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Bo Burnham: Make Happy (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Combining his trademark wit and self-deprecating humor with original music, Bo Burnham offers up his unique twist on life in this stand-up special about life, death, sexuality, hypocrisy, mental illness and Pringles cans.
Style: witty, touching, talky, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: stand up special, obsession, existentialism, bittersweet, creativity, space travel, destiny, insanity, mental illness, humanity, death, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
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Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: road movie, philosophical, inspirational, melancholic, motivational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, road trip, journey, adventure, solitude, freedom, isolation, life philosophy, lifestyle change, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, year 1990, year 1991, year 1992, 90s
Place: alaska, north america, usa, california, arizona ...
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50 First Dates (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Henry is a player skilled at seducing women. But when this veterinarian meets Lucy, a girl with a quirky problem when it comes to total recall, he realizes it's possible to fall in love all over again…and again, and again. That's because ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, touching, feel good, funny ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: memory loss, romance, amnesia, love and romance, wooing, love story, love, creativity, life philosophy, deja vu, power of love, dating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa, alaska
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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: harsh, realistic, emotional, touching, poignant ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, teachers and students, poetry, cheerleading, high school, love and romance, youth, power relations, parents and children, innocence lost, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
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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: touching, breathtaking, stylized, intense, feel good ...
Plot: training, mentor, beast, martial arts, destiny, friendship, childhood, father son relationship, loneliness, orphan, fantasy world, good versus evil ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Exactly one year after Tom meets Violet, he surprises her with a wedding ring. By all accounts, Tom and Violet are destined for their happily ever after. However, this engaged couple just keep getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.
Style: feel good, romantic, humorous, light, funny ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: wedding, engagement, love, relationship vs career, couple relations, romance, wedding preparations and rituals, workplace, proposal, breakup, love story, wedding ceremony ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, california, michigan, usa, detroit
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The Snow Walker (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A bush pilot in nothern Canada who with the aid of modernity thinks he can handle it all & knows it all. After reluctantly agreeing to transport a local indian girl to a medical facility his light plane crashes & they have to survive whilst ...
Style: breathtaking, emotional, serious, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: survival, wilderness, nature, airplane, human spirit, friendship, adventure, arctic, stranded, rescue, isolation, friends ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1953
Place: canada
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Almost Famous (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater – fronted by lead guitar ...
Style: road movie, feel good, realistic, sentimental, semi autobiographical ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, journalism, on the road, music, rock and roll, rock, drugs, musician, musician's life, rock music, rock band, teenager ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, cleveland ohio, san diego california, phoenix arizona ...
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Matchstick Men (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A phobic con artist and his protege are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the con artist's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.
Style: twists and turns, psychological, suspense, twist ending, feel good ...
Plot: con artists, cons and scams, heist, mental illness, con men, criminal, crimes, slick, father daughter relationship, obsession, police investigation, crime gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Thursday Till Sunday (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Netherlands
Duration: 96 min.
Story: As she and her family embark on a short vacation, a Chilean teenager slowly comes to the realization that her parents might be splitting up.
Style: serious, tense, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, family problems, parents and children, on the road, bittersweet, crumbling marriage, protecting from truth, siblings relations, youth, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile
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