Downfall movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant downfall movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, bleak, rough, gloomy and disturbing films and TV shows about / with downfall, life is a bitch, society, crimes, drug abuse, murder, addiction, nudity (full frontal - brief), storytelling and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
downfall movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as downfall: Christiane F. (1981), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Lilya 4-Ever (2002), The Quack (1982), Child of God (2013), Material Girls (2006), The Borgia (2006), Life Stinks (1991), Sweet Sixteen (2002).

List of downfall movies

Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, gloomy, serious, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, life is a bitch, drug abuse, friendship, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, youth, drug addiction, destructive relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
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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, bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, drug addiction, depression, downfall, drug use, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol, degradation, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Style: emotional, disturbing, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, teenage life, downfall, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, basketball, antisocial behavior, juvenile delinquency, friends, diary ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
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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, serious, sincere, harsh, thought provoking ...
Plot: life is a bitch, prostitute, human trafficking, sexual abuse, poverty, rape, teenage prostitution, prostitution, downfall, social decay, teenage life, sex slavery ...
Place: sweden, europe, estonia, russia, denmark ...
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The Quack (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A famous surgeon is beaten by drunken bullies, loses his memory and cannot recollect who he was before. He gets to a village, lives in a not so well to do family and becomes the Quack - he slowly regains his talent for medicine and saves the lives ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: memory loss, polish, witch doctor, life is a bitch, downfall, losing-it hero, surgeon, love and romance, healer, village life, road not taken, prodigy ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: poland
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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, atmospheric ...
Plot: downfall, psychopath, necrophilia, social decay, serial killer, dehumanization, human nature, social misfits, misfit, life is a bitch, crimes, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: tennessee, usa, southern usa
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Material Girls (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two wealthy sisters, both heiresses to their family's cosmetics fortune, are given a wake-up call when a scandal and ensuing investigation strip them of their wealth.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, exciting, witty ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, fall in love, family relations, downfall, fish out of water, rise to the top, ambition, rise and fall, youth, wealth, disorder, family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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The Borgia (2006)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A portrait of the bloody dynasty that spawned a pope, Alexander VI, as well as the role model for Machiavelli's "The Prince," his son Cesare Borgia, and a legend of femme duplicity, daughter Lucrezia Borgia.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing
Plot: leadership, betrayal, rivalry, society, state affairs, dishonesty, uninhibited rivalry, downfall, family relations, royal family, religions or cults, ambition ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy
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Life Stinks (1991)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A rich businessman makes a bet he can survive on the streets of a rough Los Angeles neighborhood for 30 days completely penniless. During his stay he discovers another side of life and falls in love with with a homeless woman.
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, funny, entertaining ...
Plot: homeless, wealth, switching roles, social differences, self discovery, survival, downfall, society, goofy hero, fish out of water, wager, rise and fall ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
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Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, family problems, siblings relations, society, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
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Downfall (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Austria, Italy
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still ...
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: hitler, world war two, third reich, nazism, war, suicide, desperation, confined, ss, war crime, paranoia, national socialism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1945
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, prague, frankfurt germany ...
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O (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hot young stars, a hip, driving soundtrack, plus a provocative tale of jealousy and betrayal combine to create this controversial modern-day version of Shakespeare's classic, "Othello." O is Odin James (Mekhi Phifer), the ...
Style: tense, serious, suspense, intense, clever ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: high school, friends, betrayal, interracial relations, basketball, downfall, teenage life, love and romance, youth, couple relations, society, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
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Bo (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Fifteen year old Deborah meets Jennifer who steers her into a career as an escort. Under the alias Bo she begins a new life that she cannot handle and starts a downward spiral that only she can end.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, rough, bleak
Plot: teenage prostitution, prostitute, downfall, lifestyle, teenage life, destructive relationship, woman in danger, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, drug abuse, youth, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: antwerp, europe, belgium
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The Happy Prince (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: THE HAPPY PRINCE tells the story of the last days of Oscar Wilde. This great man of letters, once one of the most famous authors in England, is now a superstar on the skids. As Oscar lies on his death bed, the past comes flooding back to him, ...
Style: touching, exciting, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: gay lead character, downfall, portrait of an artist, gay romance, lgbt, love, writers, death, irony, father son relationship, death of wife, artist ...
Time: victorian england, 19th century
Place: paris france, naples italy, london
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Days and Clouds (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Switzerland, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set in Genoa, the film concerns the financial struggles and emotional strain that occur after Michele loses his job. He and his wife Elsa are forced to give up their affluent lifestyle and cope with the tensions of moving into a smaller home, ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: unemployment, ambition, lifestyle, downfall, self discovery, relationship vs career, crumbling marriage, romance, dysfunctional family, survival, family problems, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venice, italy
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Welcome to New York (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Fiction inspired from the story of the rise and the fall of french politician and former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Style: cynical, realistic, serious, captivating, sexual ...
Plot: infidelity, prostitute, downfall, human nature, obsession, addiction, life is a bitch, dishonesty, arrested, strong sexual content, housekeeper, sex addict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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We All Fall Down (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In this dark independent drama, Michael (Darcy Belsher) is an out of work actor who has been trying to pull himself out of a downward spiral of drug abuse that set in after the death of his mother. Michael's best friend Kris (Martin Cummins) ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: life is a bitch, downfall, addiction, drug abuse, actor's life, rehabilitation, best friends, unfulfillment, youth, prostitute, friends, performer's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, vancouver british columbia canada, vancouver
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The Monk (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A well respected monk, Capucino Ambrosio compromises himself with his carnal lust for a pupil, a woman disguised as a monk (Matilda), she tempts the monk to transgress and he is soon found desiring another, the innocent Antonia. Matilda uses magic ...
Style: gothic, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: monastery, murder, nun, femme fatale, downfall, monk, deadly, life is a bitch, religions or cults, abandoned baby, seduction, temptation ...
Time: 18th century
Place: madrid, europe, spain
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Caged (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After years of suppressing her desires, Stella finds she can no longer ignore her deep-rooted longings. Breaking out of her cage and starting a secret double-life, Stella transforms into a "unicorn", a nickname for single women who indulge ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, erotic, rough ...
Plot: sex therapist, introspection, uncover truth, female masturbation, captivity, downfall, sexual torture, confined, crimes, life is a bitch, family problems, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Othello (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: With freshly rechristened characters and brand-new dialogue, this British TV production of Othello is a "rethinking" of Shakespeare's play, albeit still retaining the original's power and potency. The story is set in the London ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: interracial relations, downfall, power relations, vengeance, tragic love, couple relations, murder, betrayal, life is a bitch, infidelity, modern day adaptation, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
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Self Medicated (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on true events. On the edges of Las Vegas, 17-year-old Andrew's life is spiraling out of control. Unable to cope with the loss of his father, Andrew's descent into drugs and violence is gaining momentum, and the once promising young ...
Style: rough, psychological, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: drug abuse, mental institution, rehabilitation, downfall, kids in trouble, addiction, self discovery, youth, life is a bitch, mental illness, parents and children, uncontrollable ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
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Sleep Tight (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Apartment concierge Cesar is a miserable person who believes he was born without the ability to be happy. As a result, he decides his mission is to make life hell for everyone around him. A majority of the tenants are easy to agitate, but Clara ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: stalking, domestic disturbance, obsession, apartment building, home invasion, blackmail, concierge, caretaker, downfall, unlikely criminals, danger, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: barcelona, spain, europe, barcelona spain
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Manila (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A tribute to filmmakers and National Artists Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. In the "Day" segment, Piolo Pacual portrays the role of William, a drug addict who tries to rebuild his sense of self and reconnect with the people around him. ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, serious, tense, captivating ...
Plot: downfall, losing-it hero, on the run, addiction, boss and employee, nothing goes right, crimes, gang, life is a bitch, human nature, drug abuse, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
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Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, family problems, family relations, downfall, introspection, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, misfit, drug addiction, drug dealing, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, new jersey
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A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, downfall, haunted by the past, family problems, dysfunctional family, addiction, down on your luck, life is a bitch, going straight, society, crimes, re-education ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, harlem, usa
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Our Children (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Young and full of life, Murielle (Emilie Dequenne, Rosetta) has a promising future ahead of her when she meets and falls head over heels for Mounir (Tahar Rahim, A Prophet). A wedding soon follows, and the happy couple quickly set about preparing to ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: generosity, love, children, downfall, family relations, domestic disturbance, losing-it hero, family problems, fall in love, tragic love, destructive relationship, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: belgium, morocco
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Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, downfall, going straight, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, destructive relationship, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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Screwed (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons. Based on Thompson's book of the same name, the project stars ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence spree, prison life, prison, fish out of water, life is a bitch, downfall, haunted by the past, corrupt officer, law enforcement, deadly, crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, britain
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Madame Bovary (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A young woman in her late teens, a reader of novels and with high hopes of romance and passion, marries a widowed country doctor. Although he dotes on her, she is soon bored and discontent. First, she gives her imagination to a law student in town, ...
Style: emotional, psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: forbidden love, dishonesty, adulteress, extramarital affair, love affair, destructive relationship, downfall, infidelity, tragic hero, life is a bitch, society, romance ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: france, europe
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MacArthur Park (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A portrait of a homeless park community bonded by crack cocaine addiction. In the park's drug-fixated shantytown, Cody is a kind of crackhead father figure who helps his friends when they are in trouble or in desperate need of a ...
Style: disturbing, rough, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: drug abuse, downfall, life is a bitch, social decay, addiction, youth, rehabilitation, lifestyle, crimes, social misfits, down on your luck, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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