Desperation movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant desperation movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, tense, bleak, interesting, clever and suspense films and TV shows about / with desperation, death, violence, storytelling, dialogue, blood, mentor, brutality, murder and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
desperation
 1090
desperation movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as desperation: Breaking Bad (2008), Buried (2010), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Cast Away (2000), Death Parade (2015), All Is Lost (2013), Battle Royale (2000), I Am Legend (2007), The Walking Dead (2010), Downfall (2004).

List of desperation movies

 9.5
 1.5M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's ...
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, serious, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, drug lord, life is a bitch, master criminal, drugs/alcohol, life turned upside down, unlikely partners, family problems, peril, ambition, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, usa
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 7.0
 150K
Buried (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, UK, USA, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, suspense, one man show ...
Plot: survival, captivity, confined, buried alive, isolation, danger, desperation, race against time, trapped, fear, terrorism, characters in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east
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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. ...
Style: feel good, touching, uplifting, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, life changing experience, angel, family, desperation, holiday, road not taken, suicide attempt, generosity, self discovery, small town, alternate reality ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states
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 7.8
 527K
Cast Away (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Chuck, a top international manager for FedEx, and Kelly, a Ph.D. student, are in love and heading towards marriage. Then Chuck's plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He's the only survivor, and he washes up on a tiny ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspense, cerebral, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: survival, loneliness, isolation, desert island, island, human spirit, solitude, courage, adventure, stranded on an island, determination, sole survivor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: moscow russia, russia
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 7.9
 11K
Death Parade (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: There is a place after death that’s neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you one chance to win. You cannot leave until the game is over, and when it is, your life may be too. From Studio Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon) comes a thrilling ...
Style: psychological, suspense, suspenseful, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: death, afterlife, game of death, heaven and hell, memory loss, morality, regret, gambling, fear, desperation, murder, reincarnation ...
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 6.9
 76K
All Is Lost (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly into a violent storm and ...
Style: harsh, touching, suspenseful, rough, captivating ...
Plot: survival, storm, forces of nature, boat, isolation, desperation, adventure, ocean or sea, human spirit, overcoming, hopes, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.6
 170K
Battle Royale (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
Style: bleak, disturbing, exciting, futuristic, controversial ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: game of death, contests and competitions, death, cruelty, desperation, survival, island, captivity, survivor, massacre, teacher, future dystopia ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.2
 689K
I Am Legend (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, post apocalypse, survival, apocalypse, plague, future dystopia, loneliness, isolation, heroes, experiment, deadly creature, quarantine ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, near future, year 2012
Place: new york, usa, vermont, manhattan new york city
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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, captivating, suspenseful, serious, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, apocalypse, survival, zombie apocalypse, post apocalypse, plague, danger, supernatural, future dystopia, walking dead, fear, graphic violence ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, georgia, atlanta
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 8.2
 332K
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, national socialism, ss, war crime, paranoia ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1945
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, munich germany, prague czechoslovakia ...
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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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It Comes at Night (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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, rough, brutal, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: post apocalypse, pandemic, forest, fear, nightmare, paranoia, hopelessness, survival, murder, infected, family relations, desperation ...
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 7.1
 282K
The Mist (2007)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten ...
Style: bleak, bad ending, suspenseful, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, monster, apocalypse, stephen king, fog, fear, trapped, deadly creature, creature, chaos and mayhem, tentacle, alternate dimension ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
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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, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, life is a bitch, depression, hallucination, drug use, downfall, insanity, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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Berlin Syndrome (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.
Style: suspense, disturbing, atmospheric, exciting, psychotronic
Plot: stockholm syndrome, trapped, kidnapped, psychopath, held captive, captive, missing person, desperation, one night stand, sex scene, murder, obsession ...
Time: 2010s
Place: berlin germany, europe, germany
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 7.5
 349K
127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: suspense, inspirational, uplifting, psychological, cerebral ...
Plot: survival, trapped, isolation, human spirit, courage, desert, loneliness, adventure, desperation, cave, extreme sport, climbing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: utah, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 240K
Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, sentimental, heartbreaking, tense, bleak ...
Plot: missing child, missing person, investigation, fighting the system, uncover truth, insanity, life is a bitch, disorder, serial killer, twists & turns, pedophile, corruption ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle, seattle washington ...
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 8.9
 202K
Attack on Titan (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by Titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A ...
Style: tense, serious, disturbing, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: giant, life turned upside down, friendship, danger, loss of parent, transformation, friends, survival, attack, army, military, future dystopia ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
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 8.1
 605K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, bleak, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, police investigation, investigation, missing child, crime, brutality, child abduction, disappearance, vigilantism, torture, neo noir, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 3K
Shiki (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Sotobamura is a small village with around 1300 residents; so small the village isn't even connected to a single highway. An isolated village in which old customs, such as the burial of the dead, are still practiced. One day, the bodies of three ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, offbeat, suspense ...
Plot: supernatural, vampire, dark fantasy, mass murder, imaginary, murder, insanity, danger, deadly, mysterious death, good versus evil, panic ...
Place: japan, asia
Is relevant ?
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, twists and turns, dark, suspense ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, fear, panic, paranormal activity, supernatural, nightmare, danger, videotaping, evil force, desperation, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2006
Place: usa, california, los angeles, san diego california
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Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and ...
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, deception, corruption, police, undercover cop, police detective, desperation, robbery, undercover, rookie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
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 7.5
 125K
The Hours (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK, France, Canada, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a ...
Style: psychological, intellectual, captivating, serious, sincere ...
Plot: depression, suicide, aids, housewife, suicidal, drowning, writer's life, mental illness, terminal illness, writers, bipolar disorder, human nature ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1920s, contemporary, 21st century ...
Place: los angeles, new york, england, london, europe ...
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The Great Escape (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, world war two, freedom, prison escape, pow, optimism, capture, soldier, desperation, escape attempt, officer, prisoner ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, alps, switzerland, europe, poland
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 225K
21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: mind bending, gloomy, psychological, non-linear, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, redemption, tragedy, suicide attempt, guilt, crimes, death in the family, mathematics, grief, loss, desperation, hit and run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
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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, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: future dystopia, survival, young heroes, contests and competitions, heroes, rivalry, youth, against the odds, society, danger, death, killings ...
Time: future
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The Turin Horse (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, France, Switzerland, Germany, USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A monumental windstorm and an abused horse's refusal to work or eat signals the beginning of the end for a poor farmer and his daughter.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, serious, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: horse, poverty, desperation, everyday life, animal life, family relations, human nature, destiny, society, tragic hero, survival, isolation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe
Is relevant ?
 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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 7.2
 44K
Candy (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A poet falls in love with an art student, who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and ...
Style: touching, emotional, surprise ending, romantic, disturbing ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, destructive relationship, marriage, life is a bitch, junkie, obsession, lovers, artist, professor, theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, sydney australia
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 189K
Run Lola Run (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. She has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, surreal, mind bending, non-linear ...
Plot: destiny, running, alternate reality, self sacrifice, race against time, desperation, choice, redhead, red hair, heroine, hopes, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe
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