Misery movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant misery movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing, weird and touching films and TV shows about / with misery, family relations, murder, poverty, life is a bitch, death, dog, society, sex and female nudity plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and History genres shot in France, UK, USA and other countries.
misery movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as misery: Capernaum (2018), Mudbound (2017), Sin (2019), Lilya 4-Ever (2002), The Golden Glove (2019), Stray Dogs (2004), Chicks (2020), Sounds of Sand (2006), Hunger (1966), When the Trees Fall (2018).

List of misery movies

Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France, Cyprus, Qatar, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.
Style: social, sad, thought provoking, rough, cynical ...
Plot: poverty, traumatic childhood, slum, misery, child abuse, refugee, neglected child, child protagonist, child labor, low lives, life is a bitch, child neglect ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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Mudbound (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the post–World War II South, two families are pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, tense, exciting, serious ...
Plot: african american, racism, misery, poverty, world war two, farm, drunkenness, post war, prejudice, civil rights, money, doctor ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, year 1941, year 1945, year 1939 ...
Place: mississippi, belgium
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Sin (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia, Italy
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The life of Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Style: uplifting, inspirational, intellectual, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: misery, renaissance, art school, artist, tudors, fight, power struggle, wealthy family, painter, sculptor, architect, talent ...
Time: 16th century
Place: florence, italy
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Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, depressing, sad, bad ending, brutal ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama, adult
Plot: prostitution, human trafficking, poverty, suicide, sexual abuse, prostitute, life is a bitch, friendship, russian, teenage prostitution, youth, rape ...
Place: sweden, europe, denmark, russia, eastern europe ...
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What's Wrong with This Picture? (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A snapshot of the state of the Danish nation: in one of the stories, a woman enters a pole-sitting contest in a desperate bid to reinvent herself. Another is about Erik, whose wife has been lobbying a Better Homes and Gardens type magazine to do a ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, serious, realistic, porno movie
Plot: european, social satire, misery, family relations, infidelity, loneliness, dysfunctional family, love, friendship, model, drunkenness, satire ...
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The Golden Glove (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.
Style: bleak, disturbing, controversial, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, mentally unstable, murder of a prostitute, murder, macabre, sex crime, loser, murderer, alcoholic, brutality, misfit, loner ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974, year 1970
Place: hamburg germany, germany, northern germany, west germany, central europe
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Stray Dogs (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Two children are orphaned in post-Taliban Afghanistan.
Plot: boy, child, dog, children, traumatic childhood, social injustice, street kid, misery, prison, ignorance, army, begging ...
Place: iran, afghanistan
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Chicks (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: In the south of Russia, where roadside cafes alternate with ripe fruit ruins, three friends of Sveta, Marina and Lyudka work in a brothel. Their former colleague - enterprising Jeanne - went to conquer Moscow, but returned to the girls with a ...
Style: sad, social, feminist film, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: women, business venture, provincial life, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, prostitute, new life, life is a bitch, parents and children, woman in danger, misery, country girl, female friendship ...
Place: russia
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Sounds of Sand (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On the one hand, there's the desert eating away at the land. The endless dry season, the lack of water. On the other there's the threat of war. The village well has run dry. The livestock is dying. Trusting their instinct, most of the ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: on the road, survival, life is a bitch, family in danger, starvation, parents and children, militant, social relations, village, escapades, desert, survivor ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa
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Hunger (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of reality is withering. One moment he is delighted and the next ...
Style: neurotic, philosophical, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: insanity, writers, society, hunger, scandinavian culture, existentialism, social injustice, unemployment, hopes, poverty, charity, on the road ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: norway, europe, denmark, oslo norway
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When the Trees Fall (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ukraine, Poland
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story revolves around rebellious five-year-old Vitka, her teenage cousin Larysa and Larysa’s boyfriend, a young criminal Scar. After the death of her father, Larysa wants a different life, even if the entire community condemns her love for ...
Style: psychological, captivating, disturbing
Plot: symbolism, domestic violence, abused woman, little girl, misery, sister sister relationship, teenager, love story, tragic love, life is a bitch, sister, women ...
Place: ukraine
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Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In which Scheherazade tells of how desolation invaded men : “It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that a Judge will cry instead of giving out her sentence. A runaway murderer will wander through the land for over forty days and will ...
Style: art house
Plot: dog, economic crisis, running from police, misery, police arrest, sign language, female nudity, female judge, lawyer, court, wanderer, janitor ...
Time: year 2014
Place: portugal
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Big Man, Little Love (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece, Hungary
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Hejar, meaning "Dispossessed", a little Kurdish orphan war victim, educates a Turkish judge!
Style: sincere, sentimental, political, banned film
Plot: racism, kurd, children, orphan, neighbor, political oppression, old man, cultural difference, nationalism, injustice, murder, police ...
Place: turkey, kurdistan
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One Foot in the Grave (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: One Foot in the Grave is a BBC television sitcom series written by David Renwick. The show ran for six series, including seven Christmas specials, two Comic Relief specials, over an eleven-year period, from early 1990 to late 2000. The latter Comic ...
Style: sitcom, funny, surreal, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: misery, young heroes, bbc, dark humor, retirement, oldtimer, family relations, retired, disorder, suffering, couples, golden years ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, england
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Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: art house, bleak, stylized, gloomy, emotional ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, suicide, existentialism, solitude, sexual abuse, betrayal, children, child abuse, youth, innocence lost, humiliation, poacher ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, tokyo, paris france, europe, japan
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Les Misérables (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 372 min.
TV show
Story: Television adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel which follows Jean Valjean as he evades capture by the unyielding Inspector Javert. Set against a backdrop of post-Napoleonic France as unrest beings to grip the city of Paris once more.
Style: romantic, touching, emotional, cult film
Plot: poverty, rebellion, redemption, forgiveness, father daughter relationship, manhunt, prostitution, thief, social problems, police officer, revolution, merciless ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, georgian era
Place: paris france, france
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Lamb (2021)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Iceland, Sweden, Poland
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An Icelandic couple live with their herd of sheep on a beautiful but remote farm. When they discover a mysterious newborn on their land, they decide to keep it and raise it as their own. This unexpected development, and the prospects of a new ...
Style: disturbing, enigmatic, scary, psychological, psychedelic ...
Plot: farm, parenthood, suspense, creature, husband wife relationship, supernatural, dysfunctional family, family relations, parents and children, family secret, family tragedy, fatherhood ...
Place: iceland
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The Innocents (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Poland, 1945. Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor, is on a mission to help the war survivors. When a nun seeks for her help, she is brought to a convent where several pregnant sisters are hiding, unable to reconcile their faith with their ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, thought provoking, tense, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, abbess, religion, syphilis, secret, lie, interracial relations, motherhood, catholic, hospital, gay, christian ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, year 1940, year 1945
Place: france, poland
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TORMENT (2017)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Freely inspired to the GACY's torture insane world, this film promise to tell what in other movies no one had the courage to push the limits!
Style: disturbing, depressing, psychotronic, scary, controversial ...
Plot: graphic violence, killer clown, gay, suspense, psychopath, serial killer, murder, nightmare, hallucination, sadist, suffering, mercilessness ...
Time: 21st century
Place: italy
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3 from Hell (2019)
Genre: Action, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly, Otis Driftwood and Captain Spaulding are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained. Teaming up with Otis’ half-brother Wilson, the demented Firefly clan escape to ...
Style: slasher, rough, suspenseful, scary, bleak ...
Plot: psychopath, panic, clown, evil, sadist, serial murder, serial killer, death, murder, murderer, brutality, insanity ...
Time: 80s, year 1988
Place: mexico, texas
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Glue Sniffer (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Oliver flees from abuse of his family and seeks refuge in the violent streets of Caracas, where survival is only possible in an environment of corruption, crime and sniffing glue to escape hunger, like other children in the same situation. Soon, the ...
Plot: homelessness, juvenile delinquent, children, misery, street life, poverty, desperation, survival, street kid, child in peril, brutality, domestic violence ...
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Molière (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 260 min.
Story: Jean-Baptiste Poquelin is raised by his father and his grandfather because his mother dies when he's still very little. He works as a handyman, studies the law at a university and travels the country as an actor before he becomes the celebrated ...
Style: weird
Plot: writers, art, historical event, playwright, carnival, misery, theater, king of france, killing a horse, starvation, law student, father son conflict ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, versailles, paris france
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Ugly, Dirty and Bad (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Giacinto lives with his wife, their ten children and various other family members in a shack on the hills of Rome. Some time ago he has lost his left eye while at work, and got a consistent sum of money from the insurance company, which he keeps ...
Style: disturbing, dark, realistic, humorous, ironic ...
Plot: sexual promiscuity, family relations, greed, poverty, insanity, satire, suspense, social problems, incest, melancholy, hitman, dark hero ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, harsh ...
Plot: world war two, genocide, against humanity, war crime, brutality, atrocity, occupation, anti war, war, military, children in wartime, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, 20th century
Place: germany, ussr, poland, europe, russia
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It's Winter (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The struggle to survive, for a generation, torn between wanting to leave its country, yet bound by blood to home.
Style: serious, sincere, atmospheric, touching, realistic ...
Plot: winter, society, unemployment, love affair, working class, social issues, marriage crisis, realism, human nature, life is a bitch, survival, family life ...
Time: 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
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The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, sexy, reflective, enigmatic ...
Plot: bestiality, existentialism, elderly, samurai, sex, female nudity, old age, snake, childhood, depression, obsession, brutality ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India, USA, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Before Slumdog Millionaire came Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated drama tells the moving story of life on the streets of Bombay as seen through the eyes of Chaipu, a twelve-year-old boy living rough in the city.
Style: realistic, touching, art film, art house, sad ...
Plot: coming of age, drug addiction, kids in trouble, childhood, youth, homeless, ethnic, sex, friendship, corruption, poverty, betrayal ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, bombay india
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Just Like a Woman (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two women get on the highway heading to Santa Fe. Marilyn dreams of winning a contest held by a famous belly dancing company, while her friend, Mona, has a secret: she's a fugitive from justice - accused of her mother-in-law's death.
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, disturbing, sex comedy ...
Plot: belly dancing, dancing, friendship, self discovery, starting over, lifestyle, hopes, on the road, unfulfillment, society, secret, escapades ...
Time: 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Crossing Borders (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Spain 1960, the dawn of the country's economic development. Industrial "reorganization" means that many workers have lost their jobs and are forced to emigrate. Martin is one of them. Martin, his wife Pilar and their son Pablito live ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, humorous, feel good
Plot: emigration, culture clash, society, family relations, politics, social relations, working class, workplace, family problems, unemployment, immigrants, job seeking ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: spain, switzerland
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Ridicule (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles.
Style: sexy, talky, witty, humorous, entertaining ...
Plot: royal court, manipulation, royalty, intrigue, courtroom, ambition, society, idealism, vengeance, morality, mentor, runaway ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s
Place: france, versailles, england, paris france
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