Suffering movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant suffering movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, bleak, psychological, gloomy, realistic and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with suffering, death, storytelling, violence, blood, mentor, brutality, nudity (full frontal - brief), murder and hospital plots mostly in Drama, Horror and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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suffering movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as suffering: Silent Hill (2006), Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995), Five Feet Apart (2019), The Passion of the Christ (2004), Million Dollar Baby (2004), You Don't Know Jack (2010), Elfen Lied (2004), House (2004), Hunger (2008), Claymore (2007).

List of suffering movies

 6.5
 214K
Silent Hill (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The eerie and deserted ghost town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child's illness. Unable to accept the doctor's diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalized for psychiatric ...
Style: scary, surreal, dark, suspenseful, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, supernatural, monster, insanity, evil, good versus evil, suffering, mysterious place, parallel world, ghost town, torture, missing child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, west virginia
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Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: At the turn of the century, the Angels returned to Earth, seeking to wipe out humanity in an apocalyptic fury. Devastated, mankind's last remnants moved underground to wait for the day when the Angels would come back to finish the job. Fifteen ...
Style: psychological, serious, mecha, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suffering, depression, self doubt, alien encounter, young heroes, future dystopia, chaos, loss, cloning, insanity, save the world, super weapon ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2015, 2010s
Place: japan
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Five Feet Apart (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, talky, meditative
Plot: falling in love, fighting illness, forbidden love, suffering, star crossed lovers, true love, couple relations, destiny, danger, fall in love, long distance relationship, life turned upside down ...
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The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, ...
Style: biblical, rough, bleak, factual, epic ...
Plot: christianity, jesus christ, betrayal, jesus, religion, religions or cults, torture, bible, life philosophy, sacrifice, suffering, mission ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 30s, 1930s
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, bleak, sad, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, athlete and trainer, female boxer, sport, determination, athlete's life, unlikely friendships, human spirit, mentor protege relationship, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas, england, california ...
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You Don't Know Jack (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Angel of mercy… or murderous “Doctor Death”? Jack Kervorkian is one of the most polarizing figures in modern American history, a man whose passionate belief that people have the right to die has brought him both praise and vilification. ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, suffering, lawyer, district attorney, judge, moral dilemma, murder, against the rules, society, legal action, historical figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: michigan, detroit, usa, california
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 8.0
 30K
Elfen Lied (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The Diclonius, a mutated homo sapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possesses two horns in their heads, and has a "sixth sense" which gives it telekinetic abilities. Due to this ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, bleak, futuristic ...
Plot: split personality, gore, supernatural, life is a bitch, childhood trauma, sexual abuse, mutant, supernatural ability, sadism, social misfits, memory loss, experiment gone awry ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
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 8.7
 415K
House (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.
Style: clever, witty, cynical, dark humor, psychological ...
Plot: prodigy, doctor, intelligence, patient, talented, human nature, mastermind, hospital, peril, loner, antisocial behavior, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
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 7.6
 66K
Hunger (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sincere, rough, serious ...
Plot: prisoner, prison, ira, suffering, prison life, humiliation, protest, hunger, police brutality, dying, fighting the system, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, 70s
Place: northern ireland, ireland, europe, belfast
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 8.0
 12K
Claymore (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: In a world rife with deadly creatures called "youma", a young silver eyed woman, Clare, works on behalf of an organization that trains female youma halfbreeds into warriors with the ability to destroy these creatures. Considered a rogue ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: adventure, supernatural, danger, supernatural ability, monster, good versus evil, imaginary, suffering, heroic mission, imaginary kingdom, heroes, battle ...
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 7.5
 410K
A Quiet Place (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
Style: suspense, scary, disturbing, surprise ending, psychological ...
Plot: post apocalypse, survival, sign language, survival horror, monster, self sacrifice, deafness, creature feature, child in peril, silence, pregnancy, chase ...
Time: 21st century, near future, 2020s
Place: new york state
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 7.1
 84K
Martyrs (2008)
Genre: Horror
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Style: disturbing, rough, twists and turns, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: torture, child abuse, cult, brutality, violence, torture chamber, kidnapping, torment, gory, suffering, afterlife, death ...
Time: contemporary, year 1971
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The Lovely Bones (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, New Zealand
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.
Style: psychological, emotional, tense, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: pedophile, afterlife, rape, loss of child, death in the family, family drama, loss of daughter, dealing with death, serial killer, child rape, tragic event, neighbor ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, pennsylvania, united states, delaware
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The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, harsh, surreal ...
Plot: disfigurement, social misfits, freak, dignity, life is a bitch, exploitation, disability, human nature, suffering, hopes, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.7
 19K
Mildred Pierce (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 336 min.
TV show
Story: A newly divorced, uniquely independent woman struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family in Depression-era California.
Style: emotional, serious, clever, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, family relations, divorced divorcee, single parent, struggle, lovers, tragic event, suffering, friendship, ambitious, divorce, heroine ...
Time: 30s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
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 7.7
 420K
Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: touching, sincere, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: racism, police corruption, interracial relations, prejudice, suffering, social differences, parents and children, pursuit, hopes, police officer, family relations, vandalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, california, santa monica california ...
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 6.0
 22K
The Woman (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A lawyer puts his family in jeopardy when he captures the last member of a violent clan and tries to forcibly tame her.
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: torture, sadism, incestuous relationship, brutality, suffering, captivity, confined, unlikely criminals, mysterious character, small town, gory, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Girl Next Door (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters are placed in the care of their mentally unstable Aunt Ruth. But Ruth's depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that ...
Style: scary, rough, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, torture, child abuse, sadist, child molestation, cruelty, nudity (full frontal - brief), torment, sister, suffering, suburbs ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, contemporary, year 1958
Place: new york, america
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The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: When hundreds of videotapes showing torture, murder and dismemberment are found in an abandoned house, they reveal a serial killer's decade-long reign of terror and become the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives have ever ...
Style: macabre, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, sadistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: found footage, serial killer, sadism, murder, maniac, psychopath, investigation, pedophilia, torture, violence, torment, suffering ...
Time: year 2001
Place: new york, usa, pennsylvania
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 6.6
 117K
Antichrist (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Style: psychological, disturbing, scary, bleak, sexual ...
Plot: violence, fear, cruelty, insanity, nudity (full frontal - brief), guilt, explicit sex, obsession, death, isolation, brutality, suffering ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 5.0
 58K
A Serbian Film (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Serbia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life trying to make ends meet. Presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to financially support his family for the rest of their lives, Milos must participate in one last mysterious film. From ...
Style: banned film, brutal, macabre, rough, scary ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, violence, pedophilia, sadism, insanity, murder, strong sexual content, necrophilia, pornography, gory, incest ...
Time: 21st century, ancient history
Place: serbia, europe
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The Flowers of War (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, atrocity, world war two, brothel, sino japanese war, rape, forced prostitution, prostitution, life is a bitch, suffering, student, japanese occupation of china ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, germany
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The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, touching, contemplative, captivating ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, philosophy, dinosaur, outer space, family relations, hopes, grief, suffering, child abuse, spirituality, parenthood, family problems ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After seven months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at Bill Willoughby, the town's revered chief ...
Style: ambiguous ending, psychological, dark humor, cynical, sentimental ...
Plot: rape, small town, guilty conscience, anger, regret, loss of daughter, desperation, suffering, name calling, small town life, police brutality, pain ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: usa, missouri, idaho
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 7.1
 57K
Perfect Sense (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Susan is a scientist searching for answers to important questions. So important that she has given up on other things, like love - until she meets Micheal. Susan and Michael find themselves embarking on a sensual adventure while the world around ...
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, enigmatic, serious, romantic ...
Plot: chef, love affair, human existence, scientist, suffering, chaos, human nature, romance, couples, rage, society, apocalypse ...
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
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 7.3
 28K
Another Year (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mike Leigh’s much praised 2010 tragicomical drama. During a year, a very content couple approaching retirement are visited by friends and family less happy with their lives.
Style: touching, psychological, emotional, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: loneliness, funeral, midlife crisis, friendship, jealousy, everyday life, family life, parents and children, suffering, desperation, unrequited love, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, paris france, ireland ...
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 7.5
 99K
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him...
Style: surprise ending, bleak, twist ending, scary, psychological ...
Plot: hallucination, paranoia, haunted by the past, nightmare, mind game, delusion, dealing with death, heaven and hell, losing-it hero, post traumatic stress disorder, tragic event, grief ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: new york, vietnam, asia, usa
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 8.1
 165K
Mary and Max (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, friendship, letter, depression, correspondence, unlikely friendships, neighbor, asperger's syndrome, mental illness, suffering, young woman ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, new york, usa
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 7.7
 51K
ER (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Explores the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital and the critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of its overburdened emergency room.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: doctor, hospital, emergency room, doctors and patients, surgical operation, workplace situations, workplace romance, surgery, nurse, coworker, interracial relations, intern ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
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 7.5
 86K
Biutiful (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 148 min.
Story: This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate ...
Style: bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing, psychological ...
Plot: terminal illness, redemption, single father, death, family relations, suffering, parenthood, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, parents and children, reconciliation, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: barcelona, spain, barcelona spain, mexico, senegal
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