Tragic event movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant tragic event movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, emotional, intense, interesting, dramatic and realistic films and TV shows about / with tragic event, death, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, tragedy, murder, runaway, mother son relationship and blood plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, New Zealand and other countries.
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tragic event movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as tragic event: Shutter Island (2010), Containment (2016), Pearl Harbor (2001), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Prayers for Bobby (2009), The Lion King (1994), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Mystic River (2003).

List of tragic event movies

 8.1
 989K
Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, serious, twist ending, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: investigation, mystery, mental institution, insanity, losing-it hero, uncover truth, paranoia, doctors and patients, island, plot twist, delusion, psychiatrist ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1954, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
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 7.3
 9K
Containment (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: An epidemic breaks out in Atlanta leaving the large city quarantined and those stuck on the inside fighting for their lives. This is the story of loved ones torn apart, and how the society that grows inside the quarantine reveals both the devolution ...
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense
Audience: teens
Plot: quarantine, tragic event, epidemic, virus, doctor, death, society, secret, vaccine, blood, conspiracy theory, police officer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, atlanta georgia
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 6.1
 291K
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, exciting, factual, epic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, war, love and romance, tragic event, friends, love, aerial combats, navy, military, childhood friend, airplane, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1941, 1920s, year 1942 ...
Place: hawaii, pearl harbor, asia, england, japan ...
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 7.7
 231K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, realistic, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, disappearance, tragic event, life is a bitch, private detective, conspiracy, crimes, peril, missing child, uncover truth, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and ...
Style: emotional, captivating, touching, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, loneliness, escape from reality, imaginary, social misfits, magical, childhood, loss of friend, secret, imaginary kingdom, classmates, tragic event ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Prayers for Bobby (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, tragic event, homosexual, suicide, christianity, lgbt, parents and children, society, life is a bitch, family problems, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco, portland oregon
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 8.5
 819K
The Lion King (1994)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young lion cub named Simba can't wait to be king. But his uncle craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, adventure, king, good versus evil, betrayal, family, righting the wronged, prince, redemption, pride and honor, lion, jungle ...
Time: 1990s
Place: africa
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 8.1
 834K
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, surprise ending, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, supernatural ability, mystery, afterlife, psychic, doctors and patients, untimely death, psychology, death, psychologist, tragic event ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, disturbing, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, against humanity, concentration camp, childhood, young heroes, jewish, nazism, wartime life, atrocity, gas chamber, innocence lost ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
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 8.0
 376K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, murder, death in the family, sexual abuse, childhood, vigilantism, mystery, loss of child, tragic event, guilt, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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 7.6
 266K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, emotional, sad, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: redemption, life philosophy, hopes, sacrifice, suicidal, self sacrifice, tragic event, fall in love, secret, life changing experience, doctor patient relationship, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 7.6
 175K
The Impossible (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of ...
Style: suspense, touching, realistic, heartbreaking, emotional ...
Plot: survival, tsunami, natural disaster, family in danger, courage, forces of nature, fear, parents and children, separation from family, tragic event, survivor, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2000s
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia
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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, bleak, disturbing, depressing, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, parents and children, haunted by the past, violence, mass murder, family relations, estrangement, family problems, prison visit, guilt, tragic event, massacre ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, new york
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill and other members of their assassination circle – but 'The Bride' lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who ...
Style: dark humor, rough, exciting, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, martial arts, danger, warrior, one man army, journey, master warrior, squad, peril, mentor, organized crime, massacre ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa, japan, pasadena california, tokyo
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 7.5
 136K
The Orphanage (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage, intent on reopening it. Before long, her son starts to communicate with a new invisible friend.
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, surprise ending, macabre ...
Plot: haunted house, orphan, haunted by the past, ghost, missing child, seance, afterlife, paranormal activity, psychic, fear, parents and children, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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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: psychological, emotional, touching, surreal, bleak ...
Plot: social misfits, disfigurement, freak, disability, dignity, physical appearance, life is a bitch, hospital, human nature, exploitation, hopes, suffering ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1880s, 1800s
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.5
 271K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: rough, thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: nanny, desert, multiple storylines, deportation, tragic event, police brutality, loss of son, doctor, redemption, illegal immigration, first time, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, mexico, japan, africa, asia ...
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The Woman in Black (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease ...
Style: gothic, scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, estate, haunted house, isolation, gothic horror, supernatural, lawyer, curses spells and rituals, revenge, dead child, secret, village ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe, london
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 5.5
 8K
Wildling (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young woman held in captivity discovers the realities of truth and lies in the outside world.
Style: suspenseful, enigmatic, sentimental, suspense
Plot: forest, transformation, small town, freedom, captive, sheriff, werewolf, tragic event, survival, single parent, mysterious past, teenage girl ...
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, depression, hallucinations, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 7.4
 74K
Jane Eyre (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meet the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close ...
Style: touching, captivating, gothic, atmospheric, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: social differences, love and romance, rich and poor, family secret, master and servant, estate, power of love, fall in love, haunted by the past, unlikely couple, society, young woman ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1840s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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 7.7
 211K
21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: psychological, bleak, captivating, mind bending, suspense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, redemption, suicide attempt, desperation, surgery, death in the family, guilt, cocaine, sadness, human nature, unfulfillment, tragedy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
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Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A film based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by American writer Jonathan Safran Foer, in which a young Jewish American man endeavors—with the help of eccentric, distant relatives—to find the woman who saved his grandfather ...
Style: tragicomedy, touching, sentimental, sincere, clever ...
Plot: culture clash, on the road, holocaust, jewish, anti semitism, journey, friendship, collector, human nature, grandparent grandchild relationship, search, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: ukraine, europe, eastern europe, kiev ukraine, berlin germany
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Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.
Style: disturbing, serious, psychological, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, obsession, murder, friendship, crime, destructive relationship, passion, love, opposites attract, insanity, best friends, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1954
Place: new zealand, australia
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 6.4
 33K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, grieving, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, mexico, tijuana mexico
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, thought provoking, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: a.i., adoption, artificial intelligence, androids and robots, future dystopia, destiny, adventure, parents and children, human nature, parenthood, society, family relations ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
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The Lovely Bones (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, New Zealand
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.
Style: suspense, emotional, tense, psychological, dark ...
Plot: afterlife, rape, death in the family, serial killer, pedophile, loss of child, family drama, dealing with death, loss of daughter, murder, loss of loved one, heaven and hell ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, delaware
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 7.2
 258K
The Mist (2007)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, bleak, psychological, bad ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, apocalypse, monster, fear, deadly creature, trapped, tentacle, fog, fight, supermarket, insanity, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
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 6.4
 510
Unforgiven (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true and tragic events in the life of Vitaly Kaloyev, an architect and family man. In 2002, his wife and children die in a mid-air collision along with 70 other people, mostly children. Vitaly is one of the first people to discover the ...
Style: psychological, based on true events, emotional, bleak, ambiguous ending
Plot: justice, tragedy, lone hero, grief, revenge, airplane accident, death of child, depression, death of wife, moral ambiguity, tragic event, catastrophe ...
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 7.1
 128K
Remember Me (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Still reeling from a heartbreaking family event and his parents' subsequent divorce, Tyler Hawkins discovers a fresh lease on life when he meets Ally Craig, a gregarious beauty who witnessed her mother's death. But as the couple draws ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, surprise ending, heartbreaking ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: young lovers, 9/11, death in the family, suicide, romance, loss of parent, parents and children, loss of loved one, college student, relationships, father daughter relationship, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 2000s, year 2001
Place: new york, usa
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