Alienation movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant alienation movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, psychological, bleak, weird, melancholic and serious films and TV shows about / with alienation, loneliness, depression, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, misfit, melancholy, existentialism and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
alienation movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as alienation: Taxi Driver (1976), Suicide Room (2011), Other People (2016), Ordinary People (1980), Buffalo '66 (1998), Lost in Translation (2003), Balto (1995), Falling Down (1993), Day of the Wacko (2002), The Machinist (2004).

List of alienation movies

Taxi Driver (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Style: psychological, bleak, neo noir, disturbing, cerebral ...
Plot: character study, loner, violence, vigilante, obsession, alienation, loneliness, vigilantism, psychology, lone wolves, taxi, antisocial behavior ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, vietnam, harlem
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Suicide Room (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dominik is an ordinary boy. He's got loads of friends, the hottest girl in school, rich parents and money to spend on brand-name clothes. But one innocent kiss with a mate changes everything. He begins to isolate himself from the outside world, ...
Style: bleak, captivating, tense, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: suicide, gay, escape from reality, mental illness, addiction, youth, teenage boy, self destructing, life is a bitch, alienation, fictional reality, delusion ...
Time: 21st century
Place: poland, europe
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Other People (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: David, a struggling comedy writer fresh off from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and much-younger sisters for the first time in ten years, he feels ...
Style: sad, sentimental, touching, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: death, alienation, gay, cancer, misfit, gay son, lgbtq, father son relationship, gay brother, gay relationship, gay interest, breakup ...
Place: california, new york, sacramento california
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Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, depressing, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, psychiatrist, suicide attempt, suicide, father son relationship, grief, therapy, coming of age, loss of son, alienation, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, houston texas, texas, illinois
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Buffalo '66 (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry.
Style: psychological, art house, tense, touching, humorous ...
Plot: prison, kidnapping, stockholm syndrome, alienation, bowling, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, fall in love, gambling, relationships, blackmail, debt ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york state, usa, new york
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, psychological, intellectual, thought provoking ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: loneliness, friendship, midlife crisis, age difference, older man younger woman relationship, relationships, fish out of water, love story, unlikely couple, actor, adultery, culture clash ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, canada, yale university ...
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Balto (1995)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 78 min.
Story: An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.
Style: sentimental, feel good, suspenseful, exciting, sincere ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, preschoolers
Plot: dog, courage, wolf, animals, rivalry, goose, daring rescue, dog sled, against the odds, wilderness, cartoon wolf, alienation ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, year 1995, 90s
Place: alaska, usa
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Falling Down (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, bleak, cerebral ...
Audience: date night, manly
Plot: rage, anger, midlife crisis, violence, obsession, urban decay, police officer, vigilante, alienation, losing-it hero, gang, revenge ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Day of the Wacko (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: It is a bitter story about a middle-aged man, who hates his life and other people, including himself. Adam Miauczynski, the character known from director Marek Koterski's previous films, is a 44 year-old teacher, who reads poetry during school ...
Style: tragicomedy, humorous, cynical, surreal, mind bending ...
Plot: midlife crisis, nothing goes right, social satire, alienation, loner, teacher, obsession, suspense, self loathing, nervousness, dark humor, paranoia ...
Time: middle ages
Place: warsaw poland, eastern europe, central europe
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The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, surreal, surprise ending, mind bending ...
Plot: insanity, insomnia, hallucination, uncover truth, paranoia, obsession, twists and turns, mysterious character, suspense, losing-it hero, loneliness, schizophrenia ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Charts the troubled teenage years of students Yuichi Hasumi and Shusuke Hoshino, exploring the shifting and complex power dynamics of their relationship against the backdrop of Yuichi's love for the dreamy and abstract music of fictional pop ...
Style: atmospheric, meditative, intense, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, music, bullying, alienation, high school, friendship, internet, school, melancholy, youth, mind game, social misfits ...
Time: 2000s, year 1999, year 2001, year 2000, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, india, okinawa, asia ...
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My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the ...
Style: road movie, surreal, art house, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: gay, homosexual, homosexuality, friendship, lgbt, male prostitute, character study, friendship between men, love, gays and lesbians, prostitution, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: idaho, portland oregon, rome italy, seattle, italy ...
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Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: road movie, realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: character study, road trip, dysfunctional family, musician, alienation, working class, self discovery, drifter, pianist, on the road, bowling, music ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, texas, washington state, northern california ...
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Love & Loathing & Lulu & Ayano (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A timid young woman who lives with her domineering mother accepts an Adult Video scout's offer to "become somebody else" by performing in porn videos. As she rises in popularity, the boundaries between her two lives begin to ...
Style: psychological, realistic, atmospheric, captivating, erotic ...
Plot: porn industry, suicide, alienation, stalking, japanese woman, porn actress, popularity, employer employee relationship, jealousy, self discovery, sex work, couples ...
Place: tokyo
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The Girl from the Wardrobe (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This is the story of three characters (brothers Tomek and Jacek and their neighbor Magda), each of them is in their own way lonely and alienated. The title character makes herself secluded. Tomek's alienation results from his neurological ...
Style: psychological, realistic, atmospheric, touching, tragicomedy ...
Plot: alienation, suicide attempt, sibling relationship, loneliness, depression, hospital, dating, dreaming, brother brother relationship, estrangement, autism, family relations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
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I Stand Alone (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Butcher (known from Noe's short film Carne) has done some time in jail after beating up the guy who tried to seduce his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter. Now he wants to start a new life. He leaves his daughter in an institution and ...
Style: depressing, psychological, disturbing, controversial, bleak ...
Audience: adult
Plot: incest, alienation, butcher, loneliness, insanity, revenge, nihilism, violent, obsession, existentialism, misfit, character on the edge ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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The Conversation (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. ...
Style: psychological, cerebral, neo noir, disturbing, meditative ...
Plot: paranoia, surveillance, spy, conspiracy, suspense, loneliness, obsession, investigation, murder, character study, wiretap, dream ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, san francisco
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Carrie (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Style: suspenseful, rough, splatter, slasher, scary ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: bullying, high school, prom, suspense, telekinesis, social misfits, mother daughter relationship, humiliation, supernatural ability, teacher, supernatural, dead teenager ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: usa
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Naked (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very ...
Style: disturbing, talky, compassionate, realistic, philosophical ...
Audience: adult
Plot: existentialism, sexual abuse, rapist, loneliness, drifter, humiliation, voyeurism, nihilism, rape, stranger, sexual humiliation, alienation ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe, united kingdom, manchester
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You Wont Miss Me (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A kaleidoscopic film portrait of Shelly Brown, a twenty-three year-old alienated urban misfit recently released from a psychiatric hospital.
Style: psychological, realistic, humorous, captivating, mumblecore ...
Plot: alienation, misfit, introspection, mentally unstable, unfulfillment, social misfits, society, friendship, self discovery, love and romance, looking for love, twentysomething life ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, depressing, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: psychopath, evil child, depression, high school, guilt, mother son relationship, mental illness, prison visit, school shooting, family problems, childhood, parents and children ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa, new york
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Ghost World (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' ...
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, age difference, friendship, older man younger woman relationship, graduation, blues, teenage life, teenage girl, best friends, youth, adolescence, misfit ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, los angeles
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House (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.
Style: cynical, clever, emotional, psychological, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: doctor, hospital, medicine, talented, mastermind, prodigy, patient, loner, expert, surgery, human nature, unconventional method ...
Time: future, 2010s, 2000s, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
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Lonesome Jim (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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: small town, dysfunctional family, coma, single parent, homecoming, alienation, introspection, writers, family problems, couple relations, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: 21st century
Place: indiana, new jersey, usa, new orleans, texas
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My Guardian Characters (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: My Guardian Characters (Shugo Chara) is a magical anime, revolving around "cool and spicy" teen Amu, a feminine but tomboyish schoolgirl, who yearns but appears unable to display her sensitive side. One day, three magical eggs appear in ...
Style: anime, humorous, uplifting, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, popularity, school, alienation, teenage life, coming of age, classmate, youth, dream come true, artifact, high school life, love ...
Place: japan, asia
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Wonder Boys (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Grady (Michael Douglas) is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award winning "Great American Novel" 7 years ago. This weekend proves even worse than he could imagine as he ...
Style: melancholic, realistic, talky, humorous, touching ...
Plot: midlife crisis, professor, adultery, college, coming of age, divorce, literature, gay interest, gay, marijuana, eccentricity, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa
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Doc Martin (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Doc Martin is a British television comedy drama series starring Martin Clunes in the title role. It was created by Dominic Minghella after the character of Dr. Martin Bamford in the 2000 comedy film Saving Grace. The show is set in the fictional ...
Style: clever, witty, humorous, sincere, cynical ...
Plot: doctor, village life, social relations, doctors and patients, teacher, antisocial behavior, opposites attract, alienation, boss, unhappy, estrangement, surgery ...
Time: 2020s, 2010s, 2000s, 21st century
Place: england, cornwall, europe, london
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I'm No Longer Here (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In Monterrey, Mexico, a young street gang spends their days dancing to slowed-down cumbia and attending parties. After a mix-up with a local cartel, their leader is forced to migrate to the U.S. but quickly longs to return home.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, political, realistic ...
Plot: subculture, gang, deportation, teenager, alienation, gang war, war on drugs, immigration, party, immigrants, homeless, loneliness ...
Place: new york
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The Wind (2018)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A supernatural thriller set in the Western frontier of the late 1800s, The Wind stars Caitlin Gerard as a plains-woman driven mad by the harshness and isolation of the untamed land.
Style: scary, psychological, brutal, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: isolation, supernatural, paranoia, alienation, demon, exploitation, rescue, survival, women, chase, escape, wilderness ...
Time: 19th century
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Blue Valentine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in ...
Style: emotional, touching, romantic, psychological, sexy ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, adult
Plot: marriage, dysfunctional family, depression, couple relations, lust, crumbling marriage, husband wife relationship, love story, marital problem, relationships, strong sexual content, melancholy ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, pennsylvania, usa, florida, brooklyn new york city
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