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, serious, melancholic, psychological, gloomy and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with melancholy, loneliness, storytelling, love and romance, mentor, dialogue, runaway, friendship, family relations and depression plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, Japan, France 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), Coming Out (2014), Bakerman (2016), Autumn Ball (2007), Born and Bred (2006), The Elephant Man (1980), The Wiz (1978), I Want You (1998).

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, dramatic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, organized crime, melancholy, criminal heroes, ambition, rise to the top, corruption, immigrants, pride and honor, family relations ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1920s ...
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, stylized ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, homecoming, single parent, alienation, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, family problems, hopes, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, psychological ...
Plot: hospital, doctors and patients, nurse, ambulance, surgery, paralysis, paramedic, terminal illness, public health, health situation, fighting illness, drinking problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: romania, europe, bucharest, canada, tokyo
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Coming Out (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Yo is a gay college student who doesn't have the courage to come out to his friends and family.
Style: unusual plot structure, sexy, psychological, tense, romantic ...
Plot: gay, coming out, gay subtext, lgbt, student, homosexual, gay bar, teenager, young man, youth, sexuality, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
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Bakerman (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jens has a midlife crisis and chooses to settle some old debts.
Style: neo noir, ambiguous ending, suspense, unusual plot structure, disturbing ...
Plot: killer, superhero, serial killer, love, forbidden love, paranoia, alienation, isolation, loneliness, sociopath, murder, ghetto ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: copenhagen, denmark, europe, copenhagen denmark
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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, touching ...
Plot: social decay, working class, hopes, solitude, suffering, society, family relations, suburbs, redemption, lifestyle, life is a bitch, melancholy ...
Time: 80s
Place: estonia, europe, soviet union, ussr
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Born and Bred (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Italy, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In Patagonia, a successful interior designer's life falls apart after he suffers a horrific accident.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: life turned upside down, dealing with death, life is a bitch, car accident, loneliness, melancholy, introspection, destruction, nudity (full frontal - brief), snow, death, dog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, patagonia
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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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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, semi serious, atmospheric, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: thanksgiving, melancholy, wizards, dog, african american, family, imaginary, master villain, hopes, getting home, adventure, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, brooklyn new york city, 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: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic, neo noir ...
Plot: mute, love triangle, danger, stalking, love affair, unfulfilled love, haunted by the past, family problems, voyeurism, eavesdropping, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dark past ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: england, europe, yugoslavia, former 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: gloomy, bleak, psychological, tense, realistic ...
Plot: mind game, friendship, redemption, family relations, poverty, melancholy, intimacy, revenge, sexual abuse, vengeance, betrayal, hungarian ...
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: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: hotel, jealousy, love triangle, love and romance, couples, unfulfillment, chambermaid, strong sexual content, pillow, bathroom, hotel room, dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, sentimental, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: swimming pool, love affair, human nature, family relations, writer's life, lifestyle, romance, artists and showbiz, parents and children, love, swimming, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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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, psychological, clever, emotional, non-linear ...
Audience: teens
Plot: looking for love, loneliness, family problems, unfulfillment, love and romance, multiple storylines, fainting, missing child, existentialism, melancholy, voyeurism, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 90s
Place: toronto ontario canada, milan italy, canada
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In the Aisles (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: After losing his brick laying job, Christian begins to work at a supermarket.
Style: sincere, psychological, melancholic, weird, touching ...
Plot: ex convict, suicide, christmas, tattoo, cemetery, forklift, funeral, supermarket, birthday, shyness, workplace, shy man ...
Place: germany
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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, contemplative ...
Plot: haunted by the past, coincidence, old friend, writer's life, romance, introspection, road not taken, changing the past or future, choice, identity crisis, mysterious place, understanding ...
Time: 60s, 21st century, 20th century, 1960s, 2040s ...
Place: hong kong, singapore, china, asia
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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: captivating, sentimental, dramatic, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: life philosophy, impossible love, love and romance, aging, true love, tragic love, life & death, child as adult, adult as child, existentialism, journey, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1920s, 1930s, 20th century ...
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana, pearl harbor, new york ...
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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: romance, love and romance, teenage love, first love, lovers apart, young lovers, hopes, friendship, train, love, letter, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 21st century, 1990s ...
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: atmospheric, realistic, psychological, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: stock broker, friendship, drug lord, betrayal, 9/11, race against time, organized crime, introspection, regret, rage, russian mafia, drug dealer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, 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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, rehabilitation, addiction, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, melancholy, loneliness, downfall, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe, versailles
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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, atmospheric, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: loneliness, romance, couple relations, love and romance, self discovery, hopes, waitress, diner, bar, introspection, life is a bitch, cross country ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, memphis, new york, las vegas, nevada
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Koi Kaze (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, psychological, serious ...
Plot: incest, high school, romance, forbidden love, high school life, family relations, introspection, moral dilemma, brother sister relationship, youth, separated, couples ...
Place: japan, asia
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The Godfather: A Novel for Television (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 434 min.
TV show
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, captivating, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, crime boss, mafia, fight for supremacy, crimes, rise to the top, tough heroes, parents and children, crime, criminal heroes, family relations, dishonor among criminals ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1930s, 1950s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, cuba, italy, europe
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Steptoe and Son (1962)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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, witty, clever, touching, humorous ...
Plot: working class, family business, son, father, reluctant partners, dealer, living with parents, family problems, family relations, family life, workplace situations, partners ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, london
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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, atmospheric, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music band, friendship, battle of the sexes, family relations, friends, when the parents are away, siblings relations, twentysomething life, strong female presence, best friends, dark humor, summer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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My First Girlfriend is a Gal (2017)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: A new school term begins, as does the season of new encounters. As he surveys his class full of couples, Hashiba Jun'ichi's mind is filled with distress as he asks himself, "Why am I still a virgin?!" Having heard from his ...
Style: ecchi, melancholic, romantic, touching, manga ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: romance, high school crush, teenage love, teen romance, teen angst, adolescence, love and romance, teenage sexuality, boy girl relationship, teenage angst, everyday life, japanese schoolgirl ...
Place: japan
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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, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, immortality, blood, small town, surrealism, deadly, supernatural, danger, hidden identity, deadly creature, plague, introspection ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 70s, 1920s
Place: romania, transylvania, bulgaria, europe, black sea ...
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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, romance, couples, love and romance, perfectionist, loneliness, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia, thailand, bangkok thailand, osaka japan ...
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The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
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: suicide attempt, suicidal, teenage life, coming of age, first love, suburban life, virginity, high school, suburbs, innocence lost, overbearing parent, generation gap ...
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, twins, writer's block, obsession, satire, siblings relations, thief, weirdo, mentally unstable, filmmaking, lookalikes, talented ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, new york, new orleans
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