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 serious, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, disturbing and tense films and TV shows about / with cautionary tale, murder, danger, death, female nudity, police, violence, sex, deadly and youth plots mostly in Drama, Horror and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as cautionary tale: The Hard Road (1973), Return to Babylon (2013), Nagin: The Snake Woman (2010), About Endlessness (2019), 4/20 Massacre (2018), Trust (2010), Don't Talk to Strange Men (1962), Demon Seed (1977), The War of the Roses (1989), The Bay (2012).

List of cautionary tale movies

 5.9
 151
The Hard Road (1973)
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: psychedelic, psychotronic, tragic ending, cult film
Plot: drug addiction, venereal disease, teenage pregnancy, drugs, cautionary tale, addiction, heroin, drug trip, drug abuse, jail cell, drug addict, abusive relationship ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, los angeles, southern california
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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, light, psychological, unusual plot structure, contemplative ...
Plot: mother son relationship, father son relationship, infidelity, fake marriage, extramarital affair, jealousy, depression, murder, love, cautionary tale, hollywood, dancing ...
Time: 1920s
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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: serious, suspenseful, scary
Plot: monster, snake woman, human becoming an animal, vengeance, supernatural, legends and myths, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, supernatural ability, law enforcement, murder, cautionary tale ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
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About Endlessness (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Sweden, Germany, Norway, France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendor and banality, guided by a Scheherazade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments have the same significance as historical events. Simultaneously an ode and a lament, presents a ...
Style: surreal, psychological, sincere, thought provoking, psychedelic ...
Plot: surrealism, meaning of life, reflection, family history, life, destiny, cautionary tale, love and romance, ambiguity, sin, art, interlinked stories
Time: future
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
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 3.7
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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: slasher, serious, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: lesbian, friendship, sheriff, birthday, psychopath, plantation, youth, nothing goes right, strong female presence, cautionary tale, stalking, woman with a gun ...
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 6.9
 43K
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: disturbing, emotional, realistic, sexy, psychological ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: sexual abuse, teenager, father daughter relationship, investigation, bullying, innocence lost, teenage life, lie, youth, crimes, child abuse, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, california, usa, cleveland ohio, milwaukee wisconsin ...
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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.
Style: noir
Plot: cautionary tale, phone terror, girl in peril, naive girl, child in peril, pedophilia, stranger, pedophile, lie, security, cockfight, naivete ...
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 6.3
 9K
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: erotic, suspense, macabre, depressing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: laboratory, computer, impregnation, cyberpunk, mind game, captivity, alien, artificial insemination, sex crime, monster, paranormal, babies and infants ...
Time: future, 70s
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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: psychological, satirical, cynical, humorous, funny ...
Plot: divorce, lawyer, battle of the sexes, dark humor, greed, marriage, relationships, death, manipulation, dysfunctional family, suburbs, obsession ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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 5.7
 28K
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: scary, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: infection, parasite, found footage, monster, disaster, catastrophe, plague, virus, ecological disaster, infected, small town, chaos ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: maryland, california, usa
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 7.5
 88K
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: thought provoking, tense, sad, realistic, factual ...
Plot: lawyer, false accusation, wrongful arrest, scapegoat, media frenzy, investigation, fbi, terrorist, federal bureau of investigation, friendship between men, media circus, newspaper reporter ...
Time: year 1996, 90s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: atlanta georgia, georgia, usa
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 5.3
 191
V.D. (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A high school track star's wedding plans are capsized by venereal disease and a bad, beautiful new girl in town. His coach and a physician steer him into the light again.
Plot: syphilis, venereal disease, high school, coach, prostitute, teenager, youth, doctor, dating, sexual intercourse, sexually transmitted disease, promiscuity ...
Place: southern california, california
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 8.1
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Three Girls (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: The story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale, for which nine men were convicted and sentenced. The drama explores how these girls were groomed, how they were ignored by the authorities ...
Style: captivating, psychological, suspense, tense, disturbing
Plot: rape, human trafficking, teenage girl, sex slave, police investigation, court case, true crime, sexual abuse, friendship, working class, sexualized violence, pakistani ...
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Megan Is Missing (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Fictional drama based on actual events, about two teenage girls who encounter an Internet predator.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, sexual, slasher, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: found footage, deathtrap, teenage girl, rape, internet, teenage life, missing person, murder, youth, missing child, rape of a minor, party girl ...
Time: year 2007, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, disturbing, depressing, emotional, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: addiction, heroin, drugs, drug addiction, insanity, junkie, hallucination, drug abuse, mental illness, loneliness, degradation, drug addict ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city
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 6.8
 51K
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, dark fantasy, scary, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens, horror for children
Plot: witch, magic, adventure, hotel, good versus evil, supernatural, chocolate, halloween, mouse, young heroes, transformation, children ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, norway
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 6.2
 7K
Blue Story (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
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, heartbreaking, tense, dark, controversial
Plot: ghetto, gangsters, gang, street gang, gang member, gunfight, youth, teenager, friends, rivalry, friendship, gang war ...
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, light, political, feel good, entertaining ...
Plot: family relations, political activism, female politician, society, politics, political satire, distopia, rebel, gay, lifestyle, lgbt, social relations ...
Time: near future, future, 2020s, 2030s, year 2019
Place: london, manchester
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 6.9
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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: captivating, serious, realistic, sentimental, cult film
Plot: rock and roll, friends, rising to stardom, unfulfillment, rise and fall, desire for fame, music band, music, musician's life, lifestyle, rise to the top, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe
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 5.2
 36
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: stripper, prostitution, drug overdose, female nudity, burlesque, attempted rape, strip club, cautionary tale, pasties, g string, black panties
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 4.2
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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."
Style: cult film
Plot: jealousy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, rape, group sex, scam, female nudity, greed, cult, sex, cheating, hypnosis, exploitation ...
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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: scientist, revenge, power struggle, good versus evil, conspiracy, murder, betrayal, race against time, politics, megalomaniac, escape, fight ...
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To Build a Fire (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 52 min.
Story: A man travels by foot in the snow with his dog.
Plot: dog, snow, frozen, survival, cautionary tale, freezing, husky dog, hypothermia, hiking, campfire
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: apocalyptic, depressing, disturbing, serious, tense ...
Plot: distopia, post apocalypse, survival, apocalypse, pandemic, quarantine, disaster, railway, virus, farm, contamination, family relations ...
Time: future
Place: england, northern england, london
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 3.1
 727
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, disturbing, enigmatic, suspenseful, scary
Plot: survival, murder, college, violence, running, drug use, party, religion, halloween, police, sex, masturbation ...
Place: texas
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 4.6
 17K
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, slasher ...
Plot: murder, mushroom, forest, uncover truth, nothing goes right, isolation, psychedelia, hallucination, drugs, self defense, redneck, camping ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, ireland
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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: political, suspense, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: politics, terrorism, conspiracy, lawyer, corruption, blackmail, irish republican army, torture, courtroom drama, killer, investigation, cia ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, england, europe
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 6.2
 1K
Frankenstein (2004)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 204 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: serious, suspenseful, scary, captivating, epic ...
Plot: frankenstein, mad scientist, monster, deadly creature, experiment gone awry, laboratory, rescue, social misfits, empire, disorder, mutant, escapades ...
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)
Genre: Drama
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: adultery, cheating wife, family problems, couples, life turned upside down, dysfunctional family, moral dilemma, couple relations, disorder, unfulfillment, dishonesty, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
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 7.5
 948
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: scary, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: paranormal phenomena, mystery, human nature, figment, secret, puzzle, paranormal, mysticism, paranormal activity, cautionary tale, morality, supernatural power ...
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