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, intense, realistic, interesting, emotional and dramatic films and TV shows about / with tragic event, death, storytelling, tragedy, mentor, dialogue, blood, murder, betrayal and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Spain and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tragic event: Prayers for Bobby (2009), The Orphanage (2007), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Shutter Island (2010), The Goldfinch (2019), The Lion King (1994), The Sixth Sense (1999), Containment (2016), Dead Like Me (2003), Gone Baby Gone (2007).

List of tragic event movies

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: touching, serious, sentimental, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: coming out, homosexuality, gay teenager, tragic event, lgbt, gays and lesbians, homosexual, gay relationship, gay, teen suicide, family relations, christianity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco, portland oregon
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 7.4
 142K
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, serious, psychological, surprise ending, macabre ...
Plot: haunted house, missing child, haunted by the past, orphan, death, ghosts, fear, paranormal activity, ghost, tragic event, psychic, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Genre: 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, imaginary, escape from reality, childhood, fantasy world, loss of friend, classmates, loneliness, magical, social misfits, tragic event, teenage boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 8.1
 1.1M
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, surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: mystery, mental institution, insanity, paranoia, investigation, plot twist, mental illness, uncover truth, losing-it hero, psychology, island, psychiatrist ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1945, 1940s ...
Place: boston
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 6.2
 10K
The Goldfinch (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals 'The Goldfinch', a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.
Style: atmospheric, non-linear, exciting, psychological, enigmatic
Plot: tragic event, friendship, parent child relationship, museum, art, foster home, bombing, painting, teenage boy, brother brother relationship, drugs, father son relationship ...
Place: manhattan new york city
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 8.5
 896K
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: adventure, lion, family, good versus evil, disney, friendship, betrayal, pride and honor, prince, jungle, king, redemption ...
Time: 1990s
Place: africa
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 8.1
 878K
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, surprise ending, twist ending, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, mystery, ghost, psychology, afterlife, supernatural ability, psychic power, psychic, death, psychiatrist, psychologist, life & death ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 7.2
 10K
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, epidemic, virus, tragic event, doctor, society, death, vaccine, trapped, conspiracy theory, murder, blood ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, atlanta georgia
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 8.1
 39K
Dead Like Me (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dead Like Me follows a group of undead grim reapers tasked with shepherding the recently departed into the afterlife.
Style: cynical, humorous, witty, dark humor, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, team, supernatural, dealing with death, deadly, death, mission, double life, family relations, young people, boss and employee, parents and children ...
Place: seattle washington
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 7.6
 242K
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: disturbing, suspenseful, twist ending, tense, realistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, disappearance, private detective, tragic event, pedophile, life is a bitch, crimes, conspiracy, missing child, peril, the underworld ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
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 6.2
 302K
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: romantic, sentimental, exciting, epic, factual ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, war, world war two, love and romance, aerial combats, navy, tragic event, friends, airplane, u.s. navy, battleship, love ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1941, 1920s, year 1942 ...
Place: hawaii, japan, pearl harbor, england, asia ...
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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, disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, life is a bitch, depression, downfall, insanity, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, degradation, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 7.1
 271K
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: bad ending, bleak, suspenseful, scary, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, apocalypse, monster, fog, fear, trapped, deadly creature, alternate dimension, creature, tentacle, insanity, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
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 7.9
 14K
The Class (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: vengeance, social misfits, life is a bitch, teenage life, social decay, juvenile delinquency, friendship, youth, high school life, society, humiliation, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, estonia
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 7.7
 18K
Mildred Pierce (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 336 min.
Story: A newly divorced, uniquely independent woman struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family in Depression-era California.
Style: emotional, serious, clever, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, tragic event, lovers, family relations, suffering, single parent, friendship, ambitious, divorce, struggle, heroine, social differences ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
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The Edge of Heaven (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Turkey, Italy
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's ...
Style: intellectual, touching, psychological, emotional, lyrical ...
Plot: funeral, tragic event, prostitute, student, loss of daughter, heaven and hell, search, immigrants, rebelliousness, coincidence, prison, arrest ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, turkey, europe, hamburg germany, black sea ...
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 6.8
 67K
Death Sentence (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, harsh, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gang, vigilantism, violence, brutality, murder, tragic event, justice, character change, crimes, loss of son, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 188K
The Impossible (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, Thailand, 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: heartbreaking, suspense, realistic, emotional, motivational ...
Plot: survival, tsunami, natural disaster, courage, family in danger, forces of nature, tragedy, catastrophe, disaster film, fear, destruction, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2000s
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia
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 7.6
 278K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama
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, sad, emotional, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: redemption, depression, life philosophy, true love, fall in love, hopes, tragic event, self sacrifice, sacrifice, secret, life changing experience, suicidal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 395K
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, emotional, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: police investigation, vengeance, child abuse, death in the family, sexual abuse, child rape, child molestation, pedophilia, loss of daughter, murder, vigilantism, childhood ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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 7.3
 78K
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, atmospheric, gothic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: social differences, love and romance, master and servant, rich and poor, romance, power of love, family secret, estate, love, couple relations, fall in love, haunted by the past ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1840s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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 6.7
 57K
The Brave One (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, twists and turns, melancholic ...
Plot: vigilante, vigilantism, vengeance, corpse, loss of loved one, crime, crimes, tragic event, suspicion, evidence, injury, self defense ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, san francisco
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House of Flying Daggers (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In 9th century China, a corrupt government wages war against a rebel army called the Flying Daggers. A romantic warrior breaks a beautiful rebel out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.
Style: atmospheric, exciting, emotional, intense, colourful ...
Plot: tragic love, warrior, martial arts, swords and armor, emperor, romance, adventure, heroine, track down, mission, resistance, tragic event ...
Time: middle ages
Place: china, asia, hong kong
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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: emotional, touching, heartbreaking, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, against humanity, friendship, childhood, nazi, nazi germany, world war two, wartime life, nazism, young heroes ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 61K
Rust and Bone (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Singapore
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: french, tragic event, disability, single parent, romance, redemption, opposites attract, family relations, unlikely couple, human spirit, accident, desperation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, french riviera, cote d'azur, europe, riviera ...
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The Woman in Black (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA, 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, atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, estate, gothic horror, isolation, ghosts, supernatural, afterlife, curses spells and rituals, tragic event, loss of son, village ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, edwardian era, 1910s, victorian era
Place: england, europe, london
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 7K
The Kennedys (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 346 min.
Story: The story of the most fabled political family in American history, told in a manner similar to The Godfather: a manipulative, egocentric father determined to live out his own ambitions through his sons, who in turn spent their lives dancing to his ...
Style: thought provoking, talky, realistic, serious, controversial ...
Plot: politics, white house, kennedy family, president, historical character, tragic event, cold war, family relations, ambition, patriotism, liberal, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1963, 1960s
Place: usa, cuba
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 79K
Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, police brutality, politics, civil rights movement, tragic event, racial slur, african american, self discovery, police, islam, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.9
 101K
Talk to Her (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.
Style: psychological, emotional, sincere, captivating, surreal ...
Plot: friendship, rape, suicide, tragic love, hospital, coma, obsession, tragic event, ballet, impossible love, life is a bitch, power of love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, jordan, latin america
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The Proposition (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Western
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Set in the Australian outback in the 1880s, the movie follows the series of events following the horrific rape and murder of the Hopkins family, allegedly committed by the infamous Burns brothers gang. Captain Morris Stanley captures Charlie Burns ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: brutality, psychopath, sadist, aborigine, violence, rape, retribution, track down, cowboy, savagery, torture, tragic event ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, victorian era
Place: australia
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