Social decay movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant social decay movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, disturbing, bleak, weird, realistic and psychological films and TV shows about / with social decay, society, brutality, violence, life is a bitch, storytelling, vengeance, blood, murder and revenge plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as social decay: Taxi Driver (1976), Fight Club (1999), Black Mirror (2011), Joker (2019), The Class (2007), The Purge (2013), The Divide (2011), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Detachment (2011), Lilya 4-Ever (2002).

List of social decay movies

Taxi Driver (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Style: psychological, bleak, neo noir, cerebral, disturbing ...
Plot: loner, character study, vigilante, loneliness, lone wolves, obsession, psychology, social decay, alienation, taxi driver, vigilantism, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, vietnam, harlem
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Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
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, psychological, twists and turns, twist ending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: self destructing, fighting the system, split personality, psychology, losing-it hero, against the rules, nihilism, social decay, insomnia, life philosophy, dissociative identity disorder, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
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Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: philosophical, thought provoking, twists and turns, serious, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alternate reality, human nature, distopia, computers and web, social decay, society, satire, dark humor, media satire, technology, media, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: suspense, thought provoking, bleak, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: mental illness, psycho, social problems, insanity, psychological trauma, loneliness, mental patient, villain, evil clown, mental disorder, social decay, psychopath ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1981, 20th century
Place: new jersey
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The Class (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: school shooting, life is a bitch, social misfits, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, society, youth, humiliation, friendship, social relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: estonia, europe
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The Purge (2013)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, twist ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: home invasion, survival, family in danger, self defense, violence spree, society, social decay, violence, escapades, chaos, distopia, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2020s
Place: usa, california
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The Divide (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.
Style: suspense, tense, bleak, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: survival, isolation, survival horror, torment, confined, losing-it hero, nuclear holocaust, social decay, group of strangers, bunker, disaster, apocalypse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, north korea, new york
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Genre: Crime, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the ...
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, cerebral, psychedelic, bleak ...
Plot: rape, gang, insanity, surrealism, distopia, brutality, violent, violence, psychopath, nihilism, violence spree, controversy ...
Time: future, year 1995, 70s, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: britain, london, england, united kingdom, europe
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Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, bleak, serious, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teacher, depression, suicide, teachers and students, unhappy, social problems, dedicated educator, human relationship, social decay, life is a bitch, school, unhappiness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, harsh, sincere, depressing, sad ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: prostitution, human trafficking, poverty, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, suicide, prostitute, teenage prostitution, rape, sex slavery, russian, downfall ...
Place: sweden, europe, russia, denmark, eastern europe ...
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Idiocracy (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: To test its top-secret Human Hibernation Project, the Pentagon picks the most average Americans it can find - an Army private and a prostitute - and sends them to the year 2505 after a series of freak events. But when they arrive, they find a ...
Style: thought provoking, absurd, futuristic, humorous, not serious ...
Plot: stupidity, distopia, future dystopia, evolution, satire, dimwit, social decay, time travel, society, hibernation, brainwashing, adventure ...
Time: future, year 2005
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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Green Street Hooligans (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After being wrongfully expelled from Harvard University, American Matt Buckner flees to his sister's home in England. Once there, he is befriended by her charming and dangerous brother-in-law, Pete Dunham, and introduced to the underworld of ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, factual, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soccer, gang, friendship, buddies, rivalry, friends, obsession, lifestyle, self discovery, uninhibited rivalry, bar fight, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, harvard university
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Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: life is a bitch, teenage life, youth, friendship, dysfunctional family, high school life, friends, family problems, society, family relations, parents and children, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, crimes, coming of age, gang war, juvenile delinquency, society, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, photographer, organized crime, street gang, poverty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 60s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A vigilante homeless man pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in urban chaos, a city where crime rules and where the city's crime boss reigns. Seeing an urban landscape filled with armed robbers, corrupt cops, abused prostitutes and ...
Style: disturbing, bloody, twists and turns, rough, macabre ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, homeless, brutality, bum, vigilantism, violence, social decay, violence spree, vengeance, massacre, prostitute, fighting crime ...
Time: 80s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
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Batman Begins (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal ...
Style: dark, exciting, suspense, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, batman, heroes, double life, secret identity, good versus evil, ninja, martial arts, crime fighter, vigilante, justice, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, africa, himalaya, tibet
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Gomorrah (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, Germany
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Robert Saviano's bestselling book, this gritty Italian crime drama paints a portrait of the brutal Neapolitan crime organisation the Camorra, as seen through the eyes of Ciro Di Marzo, the obedient and self- confident right-hand man of ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: mafia, gangsters, drug lord, gang war, mob boss, rivalry, crimes, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, social decay, camorra ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: italy, naples italy, napoli italy, europe
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, disturbing, futuristic, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing
Plot: survival, death, contests and competitions, youth, rivalry, future dystopia, female protagonist, young heroes, against the odds, killings, heroes, society ...
Time: future
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Shank (2010)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Mo Ali’s futuristic knife-crime drama brings the dystopian environment of CHILDREN OF MEN and DISTRICT 13 to London’s East 17. SHANK delivers a ruthless vision of forthcoming urban life, where guns have been superseded by knives and are fiercely ...
Style: captivating, tense, rough, futuristic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: social decay, gang, society, youth, life is a bitch, uninhibited rivalry, future dystopia, crimes, revenge, gay, hip hop culture, gangsters ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s
Place: england, london, europe
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Sin City (2005)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, neo noir, dark, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, corruption, crimes, dark hero, distopia, justice, multiple storylines, hitman, tough heroes, vigilante, killings, stripper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s, 2000s ...
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The Walking Dead (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, scary, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: zombie, post apocalypse, survival, zombie apocalypse, supernatural, apocalypse, virus, plague, pandemic, walking dead, graphic violence, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, america, georgia, atlanta
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The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Leo Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. On ...
Style: brutal, suspense, intense, bloody, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: distopia, survival, murder, politics, violence, class differences, election, gunfight, social decay, death, fighting the system, revenge ...
Time: near future
Place: washington d.c., florida
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Gangs of New York (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by ...
Style: tense, stylized, rough, epic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, vengeance, organized crime, revenge, street gang, betrayal, gang war, crime boss, courage, criminal heroes, social decay ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 50s, 1860s, 1840s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: sexual abuse, bullying, bully, teenage rape, teenage sex, violent, murder, rape, teenager, revenge, rivalry, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa, bronx new york city
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Child of God (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A dispossessed, violent man's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, downfall, necrophilia, psychopath, social decay, dehumanization, human nature, social misfits, crimes, misfit, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, usa, southern usa
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A Second Chance (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Detectives and best friends Andreas and Simon lead vastly different lives; Andreas has settled down with his beautiful wife and son; while Simon, recently divorced, spends most of his waking hours getting drunk at the local strip club. But all that ...
Style: touching, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: babies and infants, life turned upside down, losing-it hero, social decay, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, family tragedy, injustice, law enforcement, society, domestic violence, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, eastern europe
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Antiviral (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After becoming infected with the virus that killed superstar Hannah Geist, Syd March must unravel the mystery surrounding her death to save his own life .
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, futuristic, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: virus, infected, celebrity, injection, uncover truth, social decay, society, celebrity culture, distopia, obsession, infection, survival ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: toronto ontario canada, california
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.
Style: futuristic, bleak, suspense, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: distopia, female protagonist, survival, strong female character, rebellion, future dystopia, society, youth, game, teenager, revolution, rivalry ...
Time: future
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A New Life (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: France, Bulgaria
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, tense, exciting ...
Plot: life is a bitch, obsession, social decay, society, prostitute, destructive relationship, nihilism, couples, starting over, dancer's life, sexual relations, female nudity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, new york, europe, france
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Serpico (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
Style: realistic, neo noir, suspense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: police corruption, police, fighting the system, corruption, undercover cop, police investigation, whistleblower, idealism, crimes, social decay, life is a bitch, partners ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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