Nihilism movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant nihilism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, stylized, cult film, disturbing and gloomy films and TV shows about / with nihilism, violence, brutality, blood, death, gun, crimes, storytelling, nudity (full frontal - brief) and murder plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
nihilism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as nihilism: I Stand Alone (1998), The Big Lebowski (1998), The Stranger (1967), Fight Club (1999), Melancholia (2011), Begotten (1989), Ex Drummer (2007), Bully (2001), American Psycho (2000), Kids (1995).

List of nihilism movies

I Stand Alone (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Butcher (known from Noe's short film Carne) has done some time in jail after beating up the guy who tried to seduce his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter. Now he wants to start a new life. He leaves his daughter in an institution and ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, gloomy, rough, psychological ...
Plot: nihilism, mistress, violence, revenge, suburbs, starting over, butcher, pornography, graphic violence, breaking point, alienation, rules and policies ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: paris france, europe, france
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The Big Lebowski (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Sport
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink white Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events ...
Style: absurd, humorous, surreal, cult film, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, dialogue, bowling, hippie, marijuana, kidnapping, slacker, crimes, mistaken identity, stoners, crime, neo noir ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, pasadena california, malibu california
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The Stranger (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Algeria
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Stranger is a literal (but still very cinematic) adaptation of the novel by Albert Camus. Marcello Mastrioanni stars as Meursault, a man who feels utterly isolated from everyone and everything around him. This alienation results in sudden, ...
Style: bleak, sincere, clever, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: nihilism, murder, death of mother, mourning, prison, funeral, legal, dealing with death, crimes, deadly, isolation, introspection ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: algeria, middle east
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Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, mind bending, thought provoking, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, self destructing, insomnia, against the rules, insanity, fist fighting, social misfits, fighting the system, nihilism, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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Melancholia (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, surreal, contemplative ...
Plot: depression, nihilism, human nature, wedding, suicide, apocalypse, collision, nervous breakdown, sister sister relationship, wedding reception, power outage, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Begotten (1989)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Begotten is the creation myth brought to life, the story of no less than the violent death of God and the (re)birth of nature on a barren earth.
Style: macabre, surreal, bleak, experimental, avant garde ...
Plot: nihilism, chaos, surrealism, self mutilation, necrophilia, obsession, postmodernism, supernatural, reincarnation, perversion, gory, religions or cults ...
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Ex Drummer (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them.
Style: dark humor, suspenseful, disturbing, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: rock, nihilism, profanity, loser, homosexual, manipulation, cocaine, rehearsal, sexual perversion, lifestyle, music band, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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Bully (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, bleak, stylized, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: sexual abuse, murder, nihilism, teenage sex, teenage rape, rivalry, gay slur, vengeance, youth, teenage life, bully, social decay ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, bronx new york city
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American Psycho (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
Style: dark humor, brutal, stylized, macabre, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, insanity, yuppie, nihilism, hidden identity, satire, wall street, millionaire, victim, fear, confession ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, harvard university
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Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: underage sex, coming of age, puberty, virginity, strong sexual content, first sex, urban ghetto life, innocence lost, street kid, youth, teenage life, loss of virginity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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Rape Me (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Manu has lived a difficult life. Abused and violently raped, she sets off to find herself only to meet Nadine, a prostitute who has encountered one too many injustices in the world. Angry at the world, they embark on a twisted, rage-filled road ...
Style: sexual, bleak, disturbing, controversial, sexy ...
Plot: strong sexual content, rape and revenge, violent sex, prostitute, gang rape, murder, violence, rape, nihilism, obsession, sexual relations, on the road ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, france
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Combat Shock (1984)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A dangerously disturbed Vietnam veteran struggles with life 15 years after his return home, and slowly falls into insanity from his gritty urban lifestyle.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: nihilism, haunted by the past, veteran, violence, post traumatic stress disorder, urban decay, unemployment, city life, down on your luck, wartime life, redemption, life is a bitch ...
Place: new york, vietnam, usa
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Shopping (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A dark, hip, urban story of a barren and anonymous city where the underclass' sport of choice is ram-raiding. An exciting game in which stolen cars are driven through shop windows to aid large-scale looting before the police arrive. For Tommy, ...
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: rivalry, criminal, nihilism, violence, gang, vandalism, crime, crimes, teenage life, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, heist ...
Time: future, 1990s, 90s
Place: england, europe, london, new jersey
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Noriko's Dinner Table (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 159 min.
Story: A teenager named Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Toyokawa, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", which grows darker after the mass suicide of 54 ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, scary
Plot: dysfunctional family, cult, family relations, nihilism, internet, suicide, woman in danger, youth, on the run, teenage life, leaving home, false identity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Counselor (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A lawyer finds himself in far over his head when he attempts to get involved in drug trafficking.
Style: cynical, talky, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: cocaine, femme fatale, drug cartel, drug traffic, drug dealing, greed, nihilism, danger, drug smuggling, crime gone awry, life turned upside down, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, texas, usa, el paso texas, chicago illinois ...
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Natural Born Killers (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Style: dark humor, controversial, brutal, sadistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: violence, sadism, serial killer, mass murder, psychopath, murderous pair, criminal heroes, cruelty, crime, satire, violence spree, gory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: tokyo, london, new mexico, paris france, arizona ...
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The Proposition (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Western
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Set in the Australian outback in the 1880s, the movie follows the series of events following the horrific rape and murder of the Hopkins family, allegedly committed by the infamous Burns brothers gang. Captain Morris Stanley captures Charlie Burns ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: brutality, psychopath, cowboy, aborigine, violence, rape, retribution, gang, savagery, tragic event, criminal, outlaw ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, victorian era
Place: australia
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The Little Death (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: An erotic thriller from the director of Psychopathia Sexualis, THE LITTLE DEATH offers a peek into the seedy boudoirs of a Victorian-era brothel, where a strong-willed reformer (Courtney Patterson) and a corrupter of innocence battle over the fate ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating, talky ...
Plot: culture clash, rivalry, prostitute, mind game, society, nihilism, seduction, sexuality, brothel, repression, forbidden love, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: usa
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A New Life (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A 2002 French experimental film directed by Philippe Grandrieux and starring Zachary Knighton and Anna Mouglalis. The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, exciting, tense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, prostitute, society, obsession, destructive relationship, social decay, voyeurism, sexual relations, starting over, dancer's life, couples, nihilism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, new york, france, europe
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Help Me, Eros (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ah Jie lost everything in the stock market due to a severe economic crisis. He spends his days in his sealed apartment, smoking joints and looking after the marijuana plants that he secretly grows in his wardrobe. In desperation, he calls a suicide ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: obsession, destructive relationship, social decay, society, downfall, life is a bitch, lifestyle, stalking, strong sexual content, nihilism, sexual relations, male female relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, asia
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It Comes at Night (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Style: suspense, brutal, rough, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: pandemic, post apocalypse, forest, infected, fear, hopelessness, paranoia, nightmare, murder, brutality, survival, darkness ...
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Daisies (1966)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Two teenage girls, both named Marie, decide that since the world is spoiled they will be spoiled as well; accordingly they embark on a series of destructive pranks in which they consume and destroy the world about them. This freewheeling, madcap ...
Style: dark humor, psychedelic, experimental, suspense, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: farce, feminism, nihilism, satire, dumbwaiter, collage, phallic symbol, teenage girl, flapper, society, youth, lifestyle ...
Time: 60s
Place: czech republic, prague, europe
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Black God, White Devil (1964)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: Brazil
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in the drought-plagued Brazilian badlands of the 1940s, Black God, White Devil explores the climate of superstition, physical and spiritual terrorism, and fear that gripped the country. The central characters, Manuel and Rosa, are on the run, ...
Style: serious, realistic, surreal, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Plot: nihilism, graphic violence, on the road, crime, crimes, unlikely criminals, opposites attract, state affairs, politics, society, adventure, rivalry ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: brazil, latin america
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Genre: Drama, Horror, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Four corrupted fascist libertines round up 9 teenage boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of sadistic physical, mental and sexual torture.
Style: banned film, controversial, bleak, rough, erotic ...
Plot: sexual perversion, sexual torture, rape, sex, perversion, deviant sex, fascism, kidnapping, captivity, obsession, youth, rough sex ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, latin america
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Bromwell High (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Bromwell High is an animated series about a British high school in South London. It first aired on Teletoon in Canada and Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. It is a co-production between Hat Trick Productions in the UK and DHX Media in Canada. ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, captivating, exciting
Plot: school, teachers and students, teenage life, youth, friends, high school life, school life, interracial friendship, nihilism, power relations, black british, british asian ...
Place: london, europe, england
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The Sword of Doom (1966)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopathic samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.
Style: bleak, stylized, tense, epic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, nihilism, psychopath, master warrior, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, atrocity, opponent, graphic violence, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Gopher (1970)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Mexico
Duration: 125 min.
Story: El Topo decides to confront warrior Masters on a trans-formative desert journey he begins with his 6 year old son, who must bury his childhood totems to become a man. El Topo (the mole) claims to be God, while dressed as a gunfighter in black, ...
Style: cult film, surreal, disturbing, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: desert, nihilism, tunnel, dwarf, monk, monastery, mole, vengeance, cult, violence spree, starting over, obsessive quest ...
Time: 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
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Il Mare (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Eun-joo moves out of her house "Il Mare", leaving behind a Christmas card for the eventual new owner of the house in 1999. In it she asks him/her to forward any mail of hers to her new address in the city. It is 1997 and Sung-hyun, the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, romantic, surreal
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: supernatural romance, fall in love, friendship, time travel, architect, impossible love, unlikely couple, supernatural, love affair, couples, changing the past or future, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
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Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, cult film, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, military, motorcycle gang, experiment, distopia, protest, mutation, government corruption, scientist, nuclear holocaust, save the world, hallucination ...
Time: future, 21st century, 80s, year 2019, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Crow (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Exactly one year after young rock guitarist Eric Draven and his fiancée are brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals, Draven -- watched over by a hypnotic crow -- returns from the grave to exact revenge.
Style: gothic, cult film, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: halloween, vengeance, vigilantism, afterlife, supernatural, goth, dark fantasy, superhero, vigilante, murder, back from the dead, dark hero ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: detroit
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