Cautionary tale movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant cautionary tale movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, serious, tense, scary, realistic and suspense films and TV shows about / with cautionary tale, murder, danger, death, female nudity, sex, deadly, police, husband wife relationship and family relations plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Horror genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as cautionary tale: Return to Babylon (2013), 4/20 Massacre (2018), The Bay (2012), Richard Jewell (2019), Trust (2010), The Witches (1990), Blue Story (2019), Years and Years (2019), The Dead Don't Die (2019), Flame (1975).

List of cautionary tale movies

Return to Babylon (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Scandals and pratfalls abound in this satirical and sexy look at the silent movie era. With Jennifer Tilly, Debi Mazar, and Tippi Hedren.
Style: humorous, psychological, contemplative, unusual plot structure, light ...
Plot: father son relationship, love, depression, extramarital affair, jealousy, murder, actress playing multiple roles, fake marriage, cautionary tale, infidelity, mother son relationship, drinking ...
Time: 1920s
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 3.7
 576
4/20 Massacre (2018)
Genre: Action, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A group of five women go camping in the woods to celebrate a friend's birthday over 4/20 weekend. But when they cross the turf of an illegal marijuana grow operation they must struggle to survive the living nightmare.
Style: suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, serious, psychotronic
Plot: slasher, weed, friendship, smoking weed, sheriff, lesbian, birthday, danger, cautionary tale, youth, stalking, strong female presence ...
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 5.6
 26K
The Bay (2012)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: parasite, danger, small town, plague, ecological disaster, chaos, catastrophe, deadly, chaos and mayhem, mayor, infection, deadly creature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: maryland, usa, california
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 7.5
 64K
Richard Jewell (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Richard Jewell thinks quick, works fast, and saves hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives after a domestic terrorist plants several pipe bombs and they explode during a concert, only to be falsely suspected of the crime by sloppy FBI work and ...
Style: realistic, factual, tense, emotional, suspense ...
Plot: false accusation, wrongful arrest, investigation, interrogation, police, scapegoat, federal bureau of investigation, police officer, fbi, fbi agent, historical event, lawyer ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, year 1986, 1990s
Place: atlanta georgia
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 6.9
 41K
Trust (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, sincere, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: innocence lost, sexual abuse, investigation, youth, parents and children, pedophile, bullying, child rape, family in crisis, manipulation, teenage life, internet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, st. louis missouri, milwaukee wisconsin, chicago illinois ...
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 6.9
 44K
The Witches (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A young boy named Luke and his grandmother go on vacation only to discover their hotel is hosting an international witch convention, where the Grand High Witch is unveiling her master plan to turn all children into mice. Will Luke fall victim to the ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, atmospheric, semi serious, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens, horror for children
Plot: witch, hotel, adventure, good versus evil, mouse, magic, coven, young heroes, supernatural, chocolate, heroic mission, children ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: england, europe, norway
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 6.0
 3K
Blue Story (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Feature adaptation of Rapman's YouTube series about two young friends who become rivals in a street war.
Style: thought provoking, based on true events, heartbreaking, dark, tense ...
Plot: youth, ghetto, crime, gunfight, friends, rivalry, danger, conflict, deadly, teenager, society, crimes ...
Place: london
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Years and Years (2019)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: As Britain is rocked by unstable political, economic and technological advances, members of the Lyons family converge on one crucial night in 2019. Over the next 15 years, the twists and turns of their everyday lives are explored as we find out if ...
Style: captivating, feel good, entertaining, dark humor
Plot: political activism, family relations, political satire, society, rebel, female politician, lgbt, politics, lifestyle, family drama, distopia, gay couple ...
Time: near future, year 2019, 2020s
Place: london, manchester, manchester england
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The Dead Don't Die (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Sweden, South Africa
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a small peaceful town, zombies suddenly rise to terrorize the town. Now three bespectacled police officers and a strange Scottish morgue expert must band together to defeat the undead.
Style: dark humor, intense, suspenseful, scary, tense ...
Plot: zombie, small town, police officer, cemetery, recycling, police station, virus, decapitation, full moon, grave, police car, diner ...
Place: pennsylvania
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 6.9
 567
Flame (1975)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Light the Rock 'n Roll spark with a Flame in the guise of Dave, Noddy, Jim and Don and their showcase of the rise and demise of rock band Flame. Set in the hardships of North England's seventies working class society and music scene. This ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, sentimental
Plot: desire for fame, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, friends, innocence lost, rock, lifestyle, rise to the top, ambition, rise and fall, music, musician's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: england, europe
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 7.7
 64K
Open Your Eyes (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, captivating, enigmatic ...
Plot: psychiatrist, disfigurement, nightmare, love triangle, paranoia, jealousy, doctor, memory loss, dreams, mystery, love and romance, party ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid, europe
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 4.9
 26
On the Block (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Story: A stripper and a vice squad lieutenant become romantically involved in this contemporary drama set in the adult entertainment zone in 1980s Baltimore, Maryland. -- KillerMovies
Plot: pasties, stripper, attempted rape, black panties, strip club, burlesque, female nudity, g string, drug overdose, prostitution, cautionary tale
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Don't Talk to Strange Men (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 65 min.
Story: An innocent girl is "groomed" over the telephone, and nearly becomes the victim of an attacker.
Plot: creep, flirting, nanny, naivete, pervert, bus, gun, hunting, 14 year old, shakespeare's hamlet, fall in love, secret ...
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The Love Cult (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 65 min.
Story: A magician/hypnotist gets the idea that he can make more money (and have a better time) by starting a sex cult than by continuing his magic act, so he becomes Brother Eros whose motto is "Love is all that counts."
Plot: group sex, scam, greed, rape, female nudity, hypnosis, hypnotism, sex, cautionary tale, exploitation, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, cult ...
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Alice In Acidland (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Cute and perky college student Alice is invited to a "pool party" by Freida, a female teacher who is actually a lesbian and has designs on Alice. At the party Alice gets drunk, takes acid and immediately becomes a lesbian, taking a bath ...
Style: erotic
Plot: foreplay, hallucination, marijuana, eroticism, lesbian kiss, hippie, swimming pool, female bare feet, shared bath, strait jacket, sex, sex party ...
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Doctor Mabuse: Etiopomar (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Dr. Mabuse, criminal mastermind - returns in this epic steam punk thriller, in which six interwoven tales document the downfall of Dr. Mabuse and his city "Etiopomar".
Style: gothic, apocalyptic, suspenseful, suspense, epic
Plot: revenge, power struggle, scientist, good versus evil, murder, fight, race against time, politics, escape, conspiracy, betrayal, megalomaniac ...
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 5.8
 109
The Hard Road (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A cautionary tale. At 17, Sherman Oaks high schooler Pam Banner has a baby out of wedlock. The baby is adopted, but Pam's too embarrassed to go back to school, so her dad gets her a job as the receptionist for a talent agent. A rock star takes ...
Style: cult film, psychotronic, tragic ending, psychedelic
Plot: band, adoption, abusive relationship, musician, secretary, heroin, lsd, van, teenager, new job, ambulance, hallucination ...
Time: 70s
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 5.5
 12K
Cyberbully (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A woman tries to help her teenage daughter when she becomes the victim of online bullying.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: bully, betrayal, computers and web, bullying, teenage life, rumor, high school, suicide attempt, social awkwardness, intrigue, social misfits, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.3
 8K
Demon Seed (1977)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A scientist creates Proteus, an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.
Style: scary, serious, bleak, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: artificial insemination, rape, mind game, man versus machine, woman in danger, laboratory, captivity, computer, technology, artificial intelligence, rivalry, a.i. ...
Time: future, 70s
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To Build a Fire (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 52 min.
Story: A man travels by foot in the snow with his dog.
Plot: dog, snow, cautionary tale, field trip, frozen, hypothermia, husky dog, survival, hiking
Place: yukon
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No Blade of Grass (1970)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A strange new virus has appeared, which only attacks strains of grasses such as wheat and rice, and the world is descending into famine and chaos. Architect John, along with his family and friends, is making his way from London to his brother's ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating ...
Plot: chaos, family relations, survival, apocalypse, family in danger, contamination, farm, distopia, virus, graphic violence, human nature, plague ...
Time: future
Place: england, northern england, london
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The War of the Roses (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Roses, Barbara and Oliver, live happily as a married couple. Then she starts to wonder what life would be like without Oliver, and likes what she sees. Both want to stay in the house, and so they begin a campaign to force each other to leave. In ...
Style: dark humor, cynical, humorous, psychological, satirical ...
Plot: battle of the sexes, lawyer, suburbs, footsie under the table, uninhibited rivalry, divorce, marriage, greed, destructive relationship, family feud, death, relationships ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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 2.9
 494
SideFX (2004)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll will never be the same after a medieval sex drug makes a comeback on the college party scene. Everyone wants to try this "orgasm" drug but no one considers the side effects.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, enigmatic
Plot: survival, murder, violence, party, college, running, drug use, police, halloween, trip, travel, music ...
Place: texas
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 4.7
 16K
Shrooms (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, Denmark
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A group of American teens comes Ireland to visit an Irish school friend who takes them on a camping trip in search of the local, fabled magic mushrooms. When the hallucinations start taking hold, the panicked friends are attacked by ghostly ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious
Plot: in the woods, murder, mushroom, nothing goes right, uncover truth, slasher, bad trip, isolation, psychedelia, gory, psychopath, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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Hidden Agenda (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In Ireland, American lawyer Ingrid Jessner and her activist partner, Paul Sullivan, struggle to uncover atrocities committed by the British government against the Northern Irish during the "Troubles." But when Sullivan is assassinated in ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, investigation, conspiracy, terrorism, parade, torture, law enforcement, deadly, dedicated lawyer, dishonesty, state affairs, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, england, northern ireland
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 6.3
 1K
Frankenstein (2004)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 169 min.
TV show
Story: Frankenstein is a 2004 U.S. television miniseries (edited into a film) based on the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It follows the original book more closely than other adaptions. The story is of a scientist who brings life to a creature ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, captivating
Plot: frankenstein, mad scientist, experiment gone awry, danger, deadly creature, monster, laboratory, imaginary, rescue, social misfits, dangerous animal, vampire ...
Place: paris france, europe, france
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 5.1
 9K
Addicted (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A gallerist risks her family and flourishing career when she enters into an affair with a talented painter and slowly loses control of her life.
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, touching, sexual
Plot: cheating wife, infidelity, lust, temptation, obsession, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, lie, fatal attraction, couples, sexual relations, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Nagin: The Snake Woman (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: India, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Based on the Far Eastern myth of the snake woman who is able to take on human form.
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary
Plot: human becoming an animal, vengeance, supernatural, legends and myths, deadly creature, abduction, murder, bollywood, human becomes animal, attempted rape, snake woman, snake bite ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
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Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A marriage counselor's personal and professional life becomes complicated after she enters into a relationship with one of her clients.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, psychological, sentimental
Plot: infidelity, extramarital affair, cheating wife, couple relations, moral dilemma, dysfunctional family, family problems, life turned upside down, couples, disorder, unfulfillment, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 816
Night Visions (2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Night Visions is an hour-long, American television horror anthology series, with each episode comprising two half-hour stories dealing with themes of the supernatural or simply the dark side of human nature. Henry Rollins was the uncredited host of ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, scary, anthology ...
Plot: supernatural power, paranormal phenomena, mystery, danger, human nature, figment, cautionary tale, morality
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