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, storytelling, death, tragedy, dialogue, mentor, murder, brutality, flashback and blood plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Spain and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tragic event: Prayers for Bobby (2009), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Shutter Island (2010), The Orphanage (2007), The Lion King (1994), Containment (2016), Dead Like Me (2003), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Pearl Harbor (2001), The Sixth Sense (1999).

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: serious, touching, sentimental, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, tragic event, gay teenager, suicide, christianity, gay, homosexual, parents and children, life is a bitch, family relations, homosexuality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco, california, portland oregon
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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, imaginary, childhood, loss of friend, escape from reality, magical, social misfits, secret, tragic event, classmates, imaginary kingdom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 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, suspenseful, serious, tense, surprise ending ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, investigation, insanity, paranoia, uncover truth, losing-it hero, doctors and patients, island, delusion, psychiatrist, mental illness ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
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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, surprise ending, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: orphan, missing child, haunted by the past, haunted house, disappearance, seance, ghost, paranormal activity, fear, hallucinations, ghosts, psychic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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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, king, good versus evil, betrayal, adventure, family, lion, redemption, prince, tragic event, death, pride and honor ...
Time: 1990s
Place: africa
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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, serious, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: teens
Plot: quarantine, epidemic, tragic event, virus, doctor, death, society, secret, vaccine, blood, twists & turns, conspiracy theory ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, atlanta georgia
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 8.1
 38K
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: humorous, witty, cynical, dark humor, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, supernatural, death, mission, double life, family relations, deadly, team, dealing with death, young people, parents and children, boss and employee ...
Place: seattle washington
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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, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, disappearance, kidnapping, tragic event, life is a bitch, private detective, crimes, conspiracy, missing child, peril, uncover truth, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
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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: romantic, sentimental, exciting, epic, factual ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, war, love and romance, tragic event, friends, airplane, navy, aerial combats, world war two, love, wartime, patriotism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1920s, year 1942, 1940s ...
Place: hawaii, pearl harbor, battleship, england, japan ...
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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, surprise ending, twist ending, dramatic, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, psychology, supernatural ability, ghost, mystery, afterlife, psychic, death, psychologist, psychiatrist, doctors and patients, untimely death ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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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, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, downfall, insanity, drug addiction, destructive relationship, depression, hallucinations, drug addict ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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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: suspenseful, bleak, scary, bad ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, apocalypse, fog, monster, fear, trapped, deadly creature, insanity, alternate dimension, desperation, tentacle, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
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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, realistic, touching, heartbreaking, captivating ...
Plot: survival, tsunami, courage, natural disaster, family in danger, forces of nature, disaster film, fear, tragic event, parents and children, tragedy, survivor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia
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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, depression, true love, hopes, tragic event, self sacrifice, suicidal, sacrifice, secret, fall in love, life changing experience ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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, emotional ...
Plot: vengeance, child abuse, sexual abuse, police investigation, murder, vigilantism, childhood, tragic event, loss of child, death in the family, loss of daughter, ex convict ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 70s, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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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, heartbreaking, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, against humanity, childhood, concentration camp, jewish, young heroes, wartime life, nazi germany, atrocity, nazism, tragic event ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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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: haunted house, estate, ghost, gothic horror, isolation, ghosts, curses spells and rituals, supernatural, lawyer, village, loss of son, tragic event ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe, london
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 7.7
 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: realistic, talky, thought provoking, serious, stylized
Plot: politics, white house, kennedy family, tragic event, president, cold war, ambition, liberal, historical character, patriotism, family relations, leader ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1963, 1960s
Place: usa, cuba
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 8.0
 96K
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, sincere, captivating, surreal, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, rape, coma, suicide, tragic love, hospital, obsession, tragic event, ballet, life is a bitch, self destructing, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, jordan, latin america
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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, massacre, mother son relationship, parents and children, family relations, haunted by the past, guilt, violence, family problems, estrangement, mass murder, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, new york
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 7.6
 92K
United 93 (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: hijacking, airplane, terrorism, 9/11, tragic event, death, self sacrifice, september 11 2001, passenger, peril, failed attempt, attack ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, 2000s
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, cleveland ohio, virginia ...
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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, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: nanny, loss of son, desert, deportation, tragic event, doctor, police brutality, multiple storylines, redemption, depression, guilt, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, asia, latin america ...
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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, gothic, captivating, atmospheric, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: social differences, love and romance, rich and poor, master and servant, estate, power of love, family secret, fall in love, couple relations, haunted by the past, unlikely couple, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1840s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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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, freak, disfigurement, disability, dignity, life is a bitch, human nature, suffering, hopes, cruelty, hospital, doctors and patients ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: psychological, disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, sexual abuse, homosexual, life is a bitch, teenage life, youth, haunted by the past, gays and lesbians, gay slur, friendship, coming of age, rape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 1983, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, new york, kansas
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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, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, one man army, journey, danger, martial arts, warrior, mentor, squad, peril, organized crime, duel, master warrior ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, asia, japan, pasadena california, tokyo
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Starship Troopers (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Set in the future, the story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry. Rico's military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, exciting, satirical, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, space and aliens, space wars, evil alien, spacecraft, soldier, heroes, future dystopia, friendship, rescue, space travel, survival ...
Time: future, 23rd century
Place: buenos aires argentina, argentina
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The Fisher King (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Two troubled men face their terrible destinies and events of their past as they join together on a mission to find the Holy Grail and thus to save themselves.
Style: touching, disturbing, compassionate, inspirational, surreal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: holy grail, self discovery, friendship, redemption, yuppie, insanity, guilt, tragic event, transformation, heroes, haunted by the past, depression ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 8.2
 263K
Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, suspense ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, rape, surveillance, corruption, deception, femme fatale, tragic event, secret, cover up, domestic violence, suspicion ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico
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House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. After losing the house in an ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: eviction, depression, loss of son, tragic event, human nature, life is a bitch, down on your luck, compassion, debt, muslim, suicide attempt, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, iran
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