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 thought provoking, melancholic, visually appealing, realistic, serious and weird films and TV shows about / with melancholy, storytelling, loneliness, dialogue, mentor, love, runaway, culture clash, kiss and pornography plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, Italy and other countries.
melancholy movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as melancholy: The Elephant Man (1980), Total Eclipse (1995), Last Life in the Universe (2003), Autumn Ball (2007), The Remains of the Day (1993), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978), The Godfather Part II (1974), My Blueberry Nights (2007), The Five Senses (1999).

List of melancholy movies

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, surreal, touching, poignant ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: disability, dignity, hospital, disfigurement, melancholy, social misfits, freak, cruelty, life is a bitch, exploitation, isolation, humanism ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s
Place: london, england, europe
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Total Eclipse (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle.
Style: sexy, serious, erotic, sexual, psychological ...
Plot: gay, lgbt, poet, melancholy, gay teenager, male nudity, older man younger man relationship, writer's life, sodomy, romance, art, writers ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, victorian era
Place: europe, paris france, africa, france, london ...
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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, atmospheric, lyrical, psychological, serious ...
Plot: suicide attempt, loneliness, suicide, friendship, self discovery, melancholy, perfectionist, destiny, relationships, opposites attract, couples, romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, thailand, tokyo, bangkok thailand, asia ...
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Autumn Ball (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young writer called Mati is stalking his ex-wife, while also trying to make unsuccessful passes at other women. Augusti is a barber living a dreary bachelor life who forms a bond with little girl, but his approaches are misconstrued as pedophilia. ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, atmospheric, art house ...
Plot: melancholy, solitude, hopes, social decay, working class, suffering, family relations, lifestyle, society, redemption, suburbs, apartment building ...
Time: 80s
Place: estonia, europe, ussr
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Style: touching, philosophical, atmospheric, dramatic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: aging, true love, life & death, life philosophy, child as adult, love and romance, existentialism, destiny, tragic love, impossible love, puzzle, journey ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, pearl harbor, new york, france ...
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The Remains of the Day (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A rule bound head butler's world of manners and decorum in the household he maintains is tested by the arrival of a housekeeper who falls in love with him in post-WWI Britain. The possibility of romance and his master's cultivation of ties ...
Style: emotional, romantic, touching, sincere, sexy ...
Plot: aristocracy, butler, master and servant, nazi, love, housekeeper, melancholy, nazism, class differences, master servant relationship, anti semitism, estate ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 50s, victorian era, 19th century ...
Place: england, britain, germany, europe
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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: depressing, sad, touching, emotional, scenic ...
Audience: kids, date night, teen drama
Plot: romance, love and romance, coming of age, relationships, young lovers, lovers apart, teenage love, hopes, love, friendship, melancholy, bittersweet ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 2000s, future ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Solange is depressed: she's stopped smiling, she eats little, she says less. She has fainting fits. Her husband Raoul seeks to save her by enlisting Stephane, a stranger, to be her lover. Although he listens to Mozart and has every Pocket Book ...
Style: sex comedy, sexy, erotic, sexual, satirical ...
Plot: mozart, teenage sex, sexual initiation, female nudity, sexuality, melancholy, pregnancy, teenage boy, sex education, menage a trois, older woman teenage boy relationship, sex with a minor ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 19th century
Place: france, tokyo, japan, paris france
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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: epic, cerebral, captivating, visually appealing, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, organized crime, revenge, melancholy, ambition, corrupt politician, murder, cosa nostra, criminal heroes, crime boss ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: new york, cuba, las vegas, sicily, italy ...
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My Blueberry Nights (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, France, USA, Hong Kong
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, sentimental, heartbreaking, emotional ...
Plot: loneliness, road trip, romance, self discovery, waitress, character study, love and romance, couple relations, love, hopes, melancholy, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, new york, memphis, las vegas ...
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The Five Senses (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Three sets of tenants in a live/work building have daily lives and/or current stories acutely involving one or more of the five senses.
Style: touching, emotional, clever, psychological, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: multiple storylines, loneliness, existentialism, melancholy, looking for love, family problems, love and romance, unfulfillment, voyeurism, missing person, polyamory, love ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, milan italy, toronto ontario canada
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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, emotional, depressing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, drugs, drug lord, betrayal, drug dealer, organized crime, gangsters, crimes, redemption, freedom, race against time, russian mafia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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The End of the Affair (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he succumbs to his ...
Style: romantic, erotic, sexy, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war two, infidelity, obsessive love, jealousy, love, obsession, romance, private detective, betrayal, love affair, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex scene ...
Time: 1940s, 19th century, 1930s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: london, england, europe
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I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Nothing is as it seems when a woman experiencing misgivings about her new boyfriend joins him on a road trip to meet his parents at their remote farm.
Style: suspense, disturbing, thought provoking, visually appealing, surreal ...
Plot: dementia, suicide, high school, snow, winter, farm, school, estrangement, parents and children, haunted by the past, melancholy, elderly couple ...
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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: touching, emotional, surreal, sexy, art house ...
Plot: writer's life, romance, love, haunted by the past, old friend, coincidence, memory, destiny, melancholy, introspection, road not taken, writers ...
Time: future, 60s, 2040s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: hong kong, china, singapore, asia
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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: touching, emotional, stylized, sincere, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, coma, single parent, homecoming, alienation, introspection, love and romance, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, new jersey, usa, new orleans, texas
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Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, emotional, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, childhood, teenager, divorced parents, dysfunctional family, youth, brother sister relationship, stepsister stepsister relationship, abusive husband, abusive relationship, divorce, bully ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, contemporary, year 2011 ...
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, austin texas
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There Will Be Blood (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. ...
Style: suspense, serious, disturbing, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: oil, greed, character study, ambition, rivalry, rise to the top, father son relationship, money, sign language, misanthrope, desert, religion ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1920s, middle ages, turn of the century ...
Place: california, pacific ocean, usa, san francisco, los angeles
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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.
Style: erotic, sexy, realistic, sexual, psychological ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian love, couples, coming of age, lesbian relationship, sexuality, youth, lesbianism, lesbian teen, gays and lesbians, sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe, california
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Persepolis (2007)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she ...
Style: adult animation, thought provoking, political, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, iraq iran war, revolution, politics, freedom, self discovery, women, culture clash, parent child relationship, family relations, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s, year 1986, year 1982 ...
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, france, sweden ...
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1900 (1976)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 317 min.
Story: Set in Bertolucci's ancestral region of Emilia, the film chronicles the lives of two men during the political turmoils that took place in Italy in the first half on the 20th century.
Style: epic, disturbing, thought provoking, compassionate, serious ...
Plot: fascism, italian history, world war two, politics, revolution, brutality, friendship, socialist, communism, class struggle, worker, peasant ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, 1930s, 1910s, victorian era ...
Place: italy, france, europe, paris france
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The Leopard (1963)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 186 min.
Story: As Garibaldi's troops begin the unification of Italy in the 1860s, an aristocratic Sicilian family grudgingly adapts to the sweeping social changes undermining their way of life. Proud but pragmatic Prince Don Fabrizio Salina allows his war ...
Style: epic, political, cerebral, visually appealing, stylized ...
Plot: decadence, revolution, melancholy, catholic, ambition, death, italian history, adaptation, art, culture clash, betrayal, catastrophe ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: sicily, italy, vatican, rome italy, palermo italy ...
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The Best of Youth (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 366 min.
Story: Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, director Marco Tullio Giordana's passionate epic 'La Meglio Gioventu' follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: idealism, society, dishonesty, friendship, politics, protest, musician, police brutality, character study, political corruption, psychiatrist, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 70s ...
Place: italy, rome italy, lebanon, europe, turin italy ...
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Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 283 min.
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Story: Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are happily married - unlike their friends Katarina and Peter ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, cerebral, talky, tense ...
Plot: divorce, marriage, infidelity, melancholy, dysfunctional family, couples, crumbling marriage, adultery, loneliness, nudity (full frontal - brief), crime gone awry, culture clash ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: stockholm sweden, europe, sweden, eastern europe, tokyo
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Jules and Jim (1962)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim... This is the ...
Style: art house, philosophical, talky, sexy, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love triangle, friendship, love, marriage, relationships, love story, melancholy, romance, adultery, promiscuity, unrequited love, polyamory ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, post world war one ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, germany
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Barry Lyndon (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 185 min.
Story: In the Eighteenth Century, in a small village in Ireland, Redmond Barry is a young farm boy in love with his cousin Nora Brady. When Nora engages to the British Captain John Quin, Barry challenges him for a duel of pistols. He wins and escapes to ...
Style: epic, stylized, cynical, realistic, visually appealing ...
Plot: rise and fall, aristocracy, nobility, card playing, jealousy, social climbing, escapades, glory, wedding, corporal punishment, gambler, cheating at cards ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, victorian era, 1780s, 1770s
Place: ireland, prussia, england, europe, berlin germany ...
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Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Otto and Ana are kids when they meet each other. Their names are palindromes. They meet by chance, people are related by chance. A story of circular lives, with circular names, and a circular place (Círculo polar) where the day never ends in the ...
Style: philosophical, cerebral, heartbreaking, art house, non-linear ...
Plot: destiny, brother sister incest, coming of age, incest, love, forbidden love, melancholy, magic realism, relationships, youth, romance, coincidence ...
Time: 90s
Place: finland, spain, antarctica, australia, antarctic ...
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Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, UK, USA
Duration: 197 min.
Story: Doctor Zhivago is the filmed adapation of the Russian novel by Boris Pasternak from director David Lean that was an international success and today deemed a classic. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie play two protagonists who in fact love each other ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, emotional, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: world war one, communism, love triangle, deportation, revolution, war, rape, train, poet, wartime, betrayal, love ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1940s, 1910s, 1930s ...
Place: russia, ussr, moscow russia
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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 229 min.
Story: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Style: melancholic, epic, ambiguous ending, atmospheric, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, friendship, prohibition, rape, betrayal, childhood friend, criminal heroes, gunfight, crimes, flashback ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 1920s, year 1984, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, miami, florida
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The Big Blue (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sport
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Two men answer the call of the ocean in this romantic fantasy-adventure. Jacques and Enzo are a pair of friends who have been close since childhood, and who share a passion for the dangerous sport of free diving. Professional diver Jacques opted to ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: diving, friendship, adventure, diver, dolphins, love affair, rivalry, escapades, haunted by the past, melancholy, death, sea ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s
Place: greece, italy, europe, new york, peru ...
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