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, gloomy, rough and disturbing films and TV shows about / with downfall, life is a bitch, society, crimes, family relations, addiction, drug abuse, nudity (full frontal - brief), hospital and murder plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, Spain, Germany and other countries.
downfall movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as downfall: The Basketball Diaries (1995), Christiane F. (1981), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Lilya 4-Ever (2002), The Quack (1982), Child of God (2013), The Borgia (2006), Material Girls (2006), Bo (2010), Brainstorm (2000).

List of downfall movies

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, downfall, life is a bitch, teenage life, drug overdose, basketball, anguish, antisocial behavior, coach, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
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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, bleak, serious, disturbing, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, downfall, drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, friendship, teenage life, drug overdose, youth, drug dealing ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west berlin west germany, 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, depressing, atmospheric ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, drug addiction, hallucination, drug trip, depression, degradation, drug use, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city
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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, depressing ...
Plot: life is a bitch, prostitute, human trafficking, poverty, sexual abuse, prostitution, teenage prostitution, rape, downfall, russian, social decay, teenage life ...
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, sentimental, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: memory loss, polish, life is a bitch, love and romance, surgeon, witch doctor, healer, losing-it hero, downfall, prodigy, daughter, road not taken ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
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, realistic ...
Plot: necrophilia, downfall, psychopath, serial killer, social decay, dehumanization, social misfits, crimes, misfit, society, life is a bitch, human nature ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, usa, southern 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, downfall, uninhibited rivalry, family relations, royal family, religions or cults, ambition ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy
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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, witty, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, family relations, love and romance, downfall, fish out of water, rise to the top, rise and fall, ambition, youth, wealth, disorder, family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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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: serious, realistic, captivating, rough, bleak
Plot: teenage prostitution, prostitute, downfall, destructive relationship, lifestyle, woman in danger, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, youth, life is a bitch, society, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: antwerp, belgium, europe
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Brainstorm (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs on his pocket. The maconha cigarrete is just the final drop ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: downfall, mental institution, confinement indoors, teenage life, dysfunctional family, unsupportive parent, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america, sao paulo brazil
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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: funny, humorous, semi serious, witty, entertaining ...
Plot: homeless, goofy hero, wealth, survival, switching roles, self discovery, social differences, downfall, society, 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, adolescence vs adulthood, siblings relations, family problems, society ...
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, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: world war two, hitler, war, third reich, nazism, suicide, ss, desperation, confined, national socialism, dictatorship, dictator ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1945
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, prague, frankfurt germany ...
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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: suspenseful, touching, melancholic, sad, depressing ...
Plot: gay romance, gay, gay erotica, gay lead character, victorian england, downfall, gay relationship, older man younger man relationship, lgbt, gay slur, gay couple, gay friend ...
Time: 19th century
Place: paris france, naples italy, london
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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, society, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
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Good Time Max (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Two genius brothers grow up and grow apart as one becomes a successful surgeon and the other pursues a drug-fueled high life.
Style: captivating, serious, rough, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: social differences, downfall, family relations, misfit, human nature, family problems, prodigy, drugs, addiction, brother brother relationship, social relations, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, new york
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Runaways (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Steve Moore is sixteen and lives with his younger sister, mother Cheryl and her boyfriend John, in a modest house in Bakersfield, California. An abusive and often intoxicated man, John rules the household, and though his attacks on Steve result in ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, sincere, humorous
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, on the run, downfall, family problems, estrangement, family relations, destructive relationship, addiction, pregnancy, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
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Virgil Bliss (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Fresh out of a long stretch in prison, Virgil Bliss (Clint Jordan) vows to go straight in this gritty, character-driven drama. But finding a job, a wife and a sense of purpose doesn't come easy when you're living in a halfway house ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: prostitute, prison, going straight, starting over, downfall, redemption, haunted by the past, rehabilitation, life is a bitch, crimes, unlikely criminals, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, florida, brooklyn new york city ...
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Quitting (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: China
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An actor becomes increasingly introverted and psychotic and his entire family attempts to intervene.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, emotional, tense
Plot: addiction, mental institution, downfall, actor's life, rehabilitation, rise and fall, tragic hero, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, obsession, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: china, asia, beijing china
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The Christmas Secret (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: While her life is falling apart, single mother Christine finds a magical family heirloom that leads to love and good fortune during Christmas.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, romantic, realistic
Plot: single parent, holiday, christmas, true love, life turned upside down, love and romance, downfall, couple relations, down on your luck, custody, parents and children, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
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The Monk (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Spain
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, psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: monastery, nun, murder, femme fatale, downfall, monk, religions or cults, life is a bitch, abandoned baby, seduction, temptation, lust ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, spain, madrid
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Arbitrage (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A troubled hedge fund magnate, desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: corporate crimes, police investigation, infidelity, manager, moral dilemma, corporate world, downfall, billionaire, boss, corporate crime, lawyers and clients, mistress ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
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Sleep Tight (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Horror, 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: suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: stalking, obsession, home invasion, domestic disturbance, apartment building, maniac, woman in danger, blackmail, sleeping, caretaker, double life, concierge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: barcelona, spain, europe
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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: tense, serious, touching, atmospheric, neo noir ...
Plot: downfall, on the run, losing-it hero, nothing goes right, crimes, gang, life is a bitch, drug abuse, addiction, human nature, boss and employee, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: drug abuse, family problems, family relations, downfall, introspection, misfit, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, drug addiction, money, drug dealing, existentialism ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, 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, serious, touching, rough, bleak ...
Plot: male rape, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, downfall, family problems, addiction, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, going straight, society, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem
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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, realistic, serious, sincere, tense ...
Plot: generosity, love, family relations, downfall, family problems, life is a bitch, losing-it hero, domestic disturbance, mentally unstable, fall in love, family in crisis, tragic love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: belgium, morocco
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The Old Curiosity Shop (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts, he and his granddaughter flee.
Style: psychological, emotional, atmospheric, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: on the run, frame up, gambling, orphan, countryside, downfall, survival, self discovery, addiction, life is a bitch, mysterious character, society ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century
Place: europe, england, london
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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: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, friendship, juvenile delinquency, downfall, going straight, destructive relationship, drug abuse, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
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The Magnificent Ambersons (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The spoiled rotten and utterly unlikable rich kid George Amberson becomes horrified when his recently widowed mother rekindles her relationship with the wealthy Eugene Morgan, who she left decades earlier in order to marry George's father. As ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: family relations, mischievous children, downfall, family life, romance, society, love and romance, couples, family problems, social differences, human nature, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1890s
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