Melancholy movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant melancholy movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, gloomy, serious, atmospheric, melancholic and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with melancholy, storytelling, dialogue, runaway, loneliness, weird, mentor, existentialism, friendship and character study plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
melancholy movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as melancholy: The Godfather: Part II (1974), Lonesome Jim (2005), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), The Wiz (1978), I Want You (1998), Almanac of Fall (1984), Ploy (2007), Giulia Doesn't Date at Night (2009), 2046 (2004), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007).

List of melancholy movies

The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: captivating, epic, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, criminal heroes, ambition, rise to the top, organized crime, corruption, immigrants, melancholy, casino, death ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1920s, 1940s, 60s ...
Place: cuba, italy, new york, las vegas, sicily ...
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Lonesome Jim (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Failing to make it on his own, 27-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.
Style: sincere, touching, humorous, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, homecoming, single parent, alienation, introspection, couple relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, parents and children, hopes, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa, new orleans, new jersey, texas
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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Romania
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Mr. Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu) is a retired Romanian engineer, spending his time in the company of his cats and booze. When he starts feeling unusually ill, he first seeks painkillers from his neighbors. It soon becomes apparent that Lazarescu is ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: hospital, doctors and patients, nurse, ambulance, paralysis, surgery, paramedic, fighting illness, health situation, public health, terminal illness, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: romania, europe, bucharest, canada, tokyo
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The Wiz (1978)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A Thanksgiving dinner brings a host of family together in a Harlem apartment, where a 24-year-old schoolteacher named Dorothy Gale (Diana Ross) lives with her Aunt Em (Theresa Merritt) and Uncle Henry (Stanley Greene). Extremely introverted, she ...
Style: stylized, humorous, feel good, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: thanksgiving, wizards, melancholy, family, master villain, getting home, imaginary, escapades, adventure, imaginary kingdom, follow your dream, hopes ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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I Want You (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A young boy and his sister are drawn into one man's obsessive pursuit of his former lover.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: mute, love triangle, stalking, danger, unfulfilled love, love affair, haunted by the past, voyeurism, family problems, dark past, eavesdropping, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: england, europe, former yugoslavia, yugoslavia
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Almanac of Fall (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In this dense setting, the inhabitants of a large, claustrophobic apartment reveal their darkest secrets, fears, obsessions and hostilities.
Style: psychological, gloomy, tense, contemplative, experimental ...
Plot: mind game, redemption, friendship, family relations, intimacy, sexual abuse, melancholy, revenge, apartment, poverty, betrayal, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: hungary, europe
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Ploy (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Thailand
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A husband and wife are locked inside a single hotel room with a stranger named Ploy. Subtle suspicions build up to jealousy as the young woman triggers devastating consequences for the couple.
Style: sexy, sexual, psychological, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: hotel, bathroom, sex, dream, song, chambermaid, pillow, melancholy, very little dialogue, hotel room, jealousy, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand
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Giulia Doesn't Date at Night (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Guido, an acclaimed author, leads an idyllic life with his beautiful wife and teenage daughter. But despite his seemingly perfect existence, Guido's restless search for inspiration leads him into the arms of Giulia, a charming and mysterious ...
Style: emotional, captivating, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: swimming pool, love affair, writer's life, romance, family relations, human nature, parents and children, love, secret, swimming, melancholy, marital discord ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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2046 (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Hong Kong, China, France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Women enter and exit a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love.
Style: psychological, futuristic, emotional, touching, mind bending ...
Plot: haunted by the past, old friend, coincidence, symbolism, writer's life, romance, introspection, road not taken, mysterious place, choice, identity crisis, understanding ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s, 2040s ...
Place: hong kong, singapore, china, asia
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5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 63 min.
Story: Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their ...
Style: touching, emotional, scenic, sad, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: teenage love, train, young lovers, love and romance, lovers apart, romance, hopes, friendship, love, first love, letter, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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25th Hour (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: friendship, stock broker, betrayal, regret, introspection, drug dealer, redemption, arrest, girlfriend, drug lord, guilt, teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
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The Fire Within (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Alain Leroy is a recovering alcoholic who decides to end his life, but first decides to visit his friends in Paris one last time, in an attempt at finding a reason to continue living.
Style: bleak, gloomy, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, rehabilitation, addiction, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, melancholy, loneliness, human nature, introspection, family problems, couples, downfall ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe, versailles
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My Blueberry Nights (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, France, Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Elizabeth has just been through a particularly nasty breakup, and now she's ready to leave her friends and memories behind as she chases her dreams across the country. In order to support herself on her journey, Elizabeth picks up a series of ...
Style: psychological, touching, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: loneliness, waitress, bar, romance, introspection, couple relations, love and romance, self discovery, life is a bitch, hopes, cross country, drifter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, memphis, las vegas, nevada
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Love Wind (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: After a 27 year old man has chance encounter with a fifteen year old girl, they discover that they are actually brother and sister. They were separated over a decade before due to their parents divorce, but now she is coming to move in with him and ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: high school, incest, forbidden love, romance, brother sister relationship, introspection, youth, true love, wedding, family relations, family life, moral dilemma ...
Place: japan, asia
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The Godfather: A Novel for Television (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 434 min.
Story: A seven-hours-plus adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" and "The Godfather, Part II" - with new scenes added and some old ones lengthened. Originally broadcast on the NBC television network in November of ...
Style: epic, serious, rough, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, crime boss, mafia, family tradition, power struggle, family business, crime, gangsters, unfulfillment, rise to the top, crimes, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s ...
Place: italy, europe, cuba, new york
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Steptoe and Son (1962)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Steptoe and Son is a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about a father and son played by Wilfred Brambell and Harry H. Corbett who deal in selling used items. They live on Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherd's Bush, ...
Style: sitcom, clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: working class, family business, son, partners, society, odd couple, urban, lifestyle, workplace, reluctant partners, city life, workplace situations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: england, europe
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You're Sleeping Nicole (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Making the most of the family home while her parents are away, 22-year-old Nicole is enjoying a peaceful summer with her best friend Véronique. But when Nicole’s older brother shows up with his band to record an album, the girls’ friendship is ...
Style: humorous, stylized, semi serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music band, friendship, family relations, friends, when the parents are away, siblings relations, battle of the sexes, best friends, strong female presence, twentysomething life, melancholy, summer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ghoulish Count Dracula lures a naive estate agent, Jonathan Harker, to his decaying Transylvanian castle with the promise of easy money. But when he spies a portrait of the man's beautiful young wife Lucy, the vampire becomes obsessed and sets ...
Style: gothic, bleak, scary, atmospheric, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, blood, immortality, small town, surrealism, deadly, hidden identity, supernatural, palaces castles and temples, danger, deadly creature, plague ...
Time: 19th century, 70s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: romania, transylvania, europe, bulgaria, germany ...
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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, disability, human nature, hopes, suffering, cruelty, hospital, doctors and patients ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, victorian era, 1800s
Place: england, london, europe
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Last Life in the Universe (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Thailand, Japan, Netherlands
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An obsessive-compulsive Japanese librarian living in Bangkok spends most of his days contemplating suicide in his lifeless apartment. His life changes when he witnesses the death of Nid, seconds before he was about to jump off a bridge. This brings ...
Style: surreal, psychological, serious, atmospheric, lyrical ...
Plot: suicide attempt, friendship, suicide, destiny, self discovery, opposites attract, couples, romance, perfectionist, loneliness, gangsters, car accident ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, thailand, asia, bangkok thailand, tokyo
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The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.
Style: emotional, disturbing, atmospheric, thought provoking, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: suicidal, teenage life, suburban life, high school, youth, coming of age, suburbs, overbearing parent, first love, generation gap, virginity, suicide attempt ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: michigan, yale university
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Adaptation. (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, talky, witty, sincere ...
Plot: writers, writer's block, twins, obsession, mentally unstable, filmmaking, writer's life, odd, family relations, artists and showbiz, uptight character, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, new york, new orleans
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: melancholic, psychological, mind bending, surreal, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: existentialism, surrealism, introspection, love, deja vu, love and romance, couple relations, love story, power of love, brainwashing, couples, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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Blade Runner (1982)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.
Style: atmospheric, futuristic, thought provoking, tech noir, stylized ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, a.i., neo noir, artificial intelligence, killer robot, fugitives, existentialism, androids and robots, distopia, androids, confrontation with superior ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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The Band's Visit (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Israel, USA, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Once-not long ago-a small Egyptian police band arrived in Israel. Not many remember this... It wasn't that important. A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts ...
Style: humorous, sincere, enigmatic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: orchestra, musician, culture clash, small town, fish out of water, society, disorder, opposites attract, singer, stranded, small town life, ethnic conflict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, egypt
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Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France, Italy, Portugal
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is on his deathbed. Looking at photographs brings memories of his childhood, his youth, his lovers, and the way the Great War put an end to a stratum of society. His memories are in no particular order, they move back and ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: childhood, infidelity, baron, voyeurism, writer's life, couples, society, human nature, gays and lesbians, couple relations, artists and showbiz, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s, 1910s, 1890s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, normandy, tokyo
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The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Scotland, late 1950s. A struggling illusionist visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician.
Style: stylized, touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: loneliness, magical, magician, friendship, coming of age, age difference, odd couple, french, art, stage, frustration, imagination ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1959, 1950s
Place: england, paris france, france, scotland, edinburgh scotland ...
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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, melancholic ...
Plot: depression, suicide, drowning, writer's life, housewife, aids, mental illness, suicidal, terminal illness, letter, introspection, human nature ...
Time: 1920s, 50s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: los angeles, new york, england, usa, london ...
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Short Cuts (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Multi-storied, fish-eyed look at American culture with some 22 characters intersecting--profoundly or fleetingly--through each other's lives. Running the emotional gamut from disturbing to humorous, Altman's portrait of the contemporary ...
Style: captivating, sincere, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: suicide, cheating, multiple storylines, redemption, infidelity, loss of loved one, party, family relations, hit by a car, fishing, family in crisis, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california
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The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, mob boss, greed, cosa nostra, lawyer, power struggle ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
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