Tragic past movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant tragic past movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspense, suspenseful, captivating, tense, surprise ending and disturbing films and TV shows about / with tragic past, murder, death, blood, haunted by the past, violence, escape, dark past, flashback and photograph plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, Japan, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tragic past: The Accountant (2016), Amnesia (2015), Night Hunter (2018), The Repentant (2012), Safe Haven (2013), Sarah's Key (2010), The Snowman (2017), Narc (2002), Truth or Dare (2018), May the Devil Take You (2018).

List of tragic past movies

The Accountant (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
Style: surprise ending, tense, suspense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: lone hero, autism, sniper, accountant, gunfight, organized crime, mathematics, justice, hitman, criminal, informant, federal agent ...
Time: 2000s, year 2006, year 1989, 2010s, 21st century ...
Place: new york, germany, washington d.c., illinois, new hampshire ...
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Amnesia (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Schroeder returns with this cross-generational relationship drama set against Europe’s electronic music scene.
Style: captivating, realistic, thought provoking, psychological
Plot: electronic music, tragic past, older woman younger man relationship, sea, nightclub, friendship, couples, society, german, fishing, dark past, dj ...
Time: year 1990
Place: ibiza
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Night Hunter (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A police task force traps an online predator, only to discover that the depth of his crimes goes far beyond anything they had anticipated.
Style: suspense, captivating, psychological, tense, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, profiler, tragic past, vigilante, ex husband ex wife relationship, father daughter relationship, fbi agent, investigation, psychopath, kidnap, pedophile, schizophrenic ...
Time: 2010s
Place: minnesota
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The Repentant (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Algeria, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Algeria region of the high flatlands. As Islamist groups continue to spread terror, Rashid, a young Jihadist, leaves the mountains to return to his village. In keeping with the law « of pardon and national harmony », he has to surrender to the ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: starting over, terrorism, social relations, society, homecoming, family relations, hopes, parents and children, haunted by the past, tragic past, village, village life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: algeria, africa
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Safe Haven (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.
Style: romantic, touching, emotional, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: small town, starting over, love and romance, domestic violence, abusive husband, single father, fall in love, small town life, haunted by the past, runaway, obsession, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, boston, south carolina, san francisco ...
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Sarah's Key (2010)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: On the night of 16 July 1942, ten year old Sarah and her parents are being arrested and transported to the Velodrome d'Hiver in Paris where thousands of other jews are being send to get deported. Sarah however managed to lock her little brother ...
Style: captivating, emotional, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, jewish family, nazism, world war two, investigation, journalism, family secret, haunted by the past, occupation, confined, against humanity, crimes ...
Time: 1940s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 40s ...
Place: france, europe, manhattan new york city, paris france, new york
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The Snowman (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, China, Sweden, Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous looking snowman.
Style: serious, surprise ending, melancholic, suspense
Plot: serial killer, missing woman, snowman, snow, police investigation, murder, clue, police detective, missing person, drunkenness, blood, suicide by drowning ...
Time: 80s, 1940s, year 1989, 2000s, year 2006 ...
Place: norway, oslo norway
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Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly ...
Style: tense, bleak, twists and turns, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, undercover, police brutality, child abuse, police investigation, investigation, violence, police detective, drug dealing, beating, drug overdose, drug addict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
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Truth or Dare (2018)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, scary, surprise ending, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: truth or dare, supernatural horror, game, danger, murder, survival, demon, college, characters killed one by one, rivalry, sacrifice, manipulation ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa, mexico, london, tokyo, big ben london ...
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May the Devil Take You (2018)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Indonesia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Hoping to find answers to her estranged father's mysterious illness, a young woman visits his old villa and uncovers a horrifying truth from the past.
Style: dark, macabre, bleak, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: tragic past, supernatural power, father daughter relationship, survival horror, death of mother, deal with the devil, voodoo doll, demon, witchcraft, hospital, greed, mysticism ...
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Romans (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An adult victim of childhood sexual abuse confronts the horrors of his past
Style: tense, suspense, suspenseful, unusual plot structure, disturbing
Plot: haunted by the past, dark past, revenge, child abuse, self mutilation, fight, borderline personality disorder, child molester, tragic past, psychopath, priest, brutality ...
Time: 21st century
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21 Bridges (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A disgraced NYPD detective after being thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, is given a shot at redemption.
Style: surprise ending, bleak, suspenseful, enigmatic, captivating ...
Plot: police officer killed, murder investigation, manhunt, hostage, conspiracy, police corruption, corrupt cop, criminal, police officer, police detective, police, police raid ...
Time: 2010s
Place: manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, new york
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The Eleventh Hour (2008)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An ex-Navy SEAL, Michael Adams, (Matthew Reese) was captured during a raid to free Japanese prisoners from a North Korean prison camp. He endures the North Koreans torture for three years -- seen only as flashbacks -- then released back into ...
Style: surprise ending, suspense, exciting, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: violence, vendetta, husband wife relationship, political prisoner, tragic hero, conspiracy, chase, betrayal, prisoner, attempted murder, female assassin, little girl ...
Time: 2000s
Place: korea, north korea
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: She has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time... Madoka Kaname, an eighth grader of Mitakihara middle school, is one of those who lives such a life. One day, she had a very magical encounter. She doesn't know if ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, captivating, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: witch, young heroes, school, magic, wizards and magicians, dark fantasy, surrealism, magical girl, desire, imaginary, friends, youth ...
Place: japan
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The Stunt Man (1980)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director (Peter O'Toole) he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, semi serious, psychological, tense ...
Plot: stuntman, on the run, mistaken identity, danger, film within a film, disorder, fish out of water, crimes, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, self discovery, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: amsterdam, guatemala, korea, holland, california
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Winter's Daughter (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For 11-year-old Kattaka it's an escape: she's looking for her biological father, a Russian sailor whose ship is currently moored in Gdansk and whose existence her parents have kept secret until now. For 70-year-old Lena it's a journey ...
Style: road movie, touching, humorous, captivating, sincere
Plot: teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, tragic past, road trip, old photograph, teenage boy, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, car trouble, translator, family relations, christmas eve ...
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Standoff (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A troubled veteran gets a chance at redemption by protecting a girl from an assassin after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl's life.
Style: psychological thriller, suspense, tense, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: witness, murder, rifle, rescue, danger, moral dilemma, killer, machismo, redemption, gunfight, tragic past, brutality ...
Time: year 2015, 21st century
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Wind River (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, surprise ending, bleak, sentimental
Plot: investigation, murder, native american reservation, violence, murder investigation, forest, rape, fbi, snow, mountain, finding a dead body, fbi agent ...
Time: 2010s
Place: wyoming, united states, usa
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Naruto (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Many years ago, in the hidden village of Konoha, lived a great demon fox. When it swung one of it's nine tails, a tsunami occurred. The fourth hokage sealed this demon fox inside a boy in exchange for his own life. Naruto was that boy, and he ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, semi serious, humorous, serious ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, kids
Plot: warrior, heroes, friends, master warrior, rivalry, friendship, danger, ninja, adventure, training, good versus evil, orphan ...
Place: japan
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The Secrets We Keep (2020)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In post-World War II America, a woman, rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband, kidnaps her neighbor and seeks vengeance for the heinous war crimes she believes he committed against her.
Style: psychological thriller, psychological, suspenseful, emotional, rough ...
Plot: vengeance, post world war two, revenge, husband wife relationship, murder, holocaust, captive, tragic past, moral dilemma, life turned upside down, redemption, suffering ...
Time: year 1959, year 1946
Place: okinawa, romania, virginia, bucharest, europe ...
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Far from the Sea (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A love story between a terrorist and his victim.
Style: tense, suspense, psychological, unusual plot structure, contemplative ...
Plot: victim, eta terrorist group, romance, marriage, terrorist, past, city, infidelity, sick, doctor, stockholm syndrome, friendship ...
Place: andalusia
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Gleipnir (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Shuichi Kagaya is an ordinary high school kid in a boring little town. But when a beautiful classmate is caught in a warehouse fire, he discovers a mysterious power: he can transform into a furry dog with an oversized revolver and a zipper down his ...
Style: ecchi, seinen, captivating, light, psychological thriller
Plot: creature, supernatural, combat, monster, school, school life, student, romance, rivalry, heroic mission, friendship, blood ...
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The Vigil (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, brutal, scary
Plot: death, jewish, monster, death of brother, humiliation, brutality, nazism, good versus evil, xenophobia, bigotry, escapades, dark past ...
Place: new york
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World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The scenery takes place in a private high school involving the concept of "saviors." They are known as people who possess awakened memories of their past lives. The story tells of a young boy named Moroha Haimura who comes to this private ...
Style: ecchi, tense, enigmatic, captivating, shoujo
Plot: harem, supernatural, romance, mysterious character, friendship, escapades, academy, magician, protecting from truth, rivalry, secret past, school ...
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Loki (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
TV show
Story: The mercurial villain Loki resumes his role as the God of Mischief following the events of "Avengers: Endgame".
Style: stylized, psychotronic, entertaining, twists and turns
Plot: norse mythology, time travel, super villain, god, half brother, murderer, evil alien, nanotechnology, back from the dead, magician, family relations, super strength ...
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Penance Lane (2020)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A hardened criminal fresh out of the joint takes a job as a handyman in a dilapidated house; but the twisted horrors he finds inside are enough to send anyone running. So why does he stay? And why are so many people drawn to Penance Lane?
Style: psychotronic, suspenseful, suspense, enigmatic, macabre ...
Plot: criminal, new job, new life, mass suicide, abandoned house, suburbs, unsolved mystery, tragic past, struggle for survival, ex convict
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Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion (2011)
Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 64 min.
Story: Second film of the Mardock Scramble series. Balot and a severely injured Oeufcoque seem to be at the mercy of an obsessed Boiled. Dr. Easter comes to the rescue and the group escapes to "Paradise" where many secrets of Mardock lie and ...
Style: disturbing, enigmatic, suspense, captivating, tech noir
Plot: artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, cyborgs, destiny, death threat, brutality, one woman army, laboratory, violence, tragic past, tough girl, combat ...
Time: near future, future
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Blind (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A novelist is blinded in a car crash that killed his wife and several years later rediscovers his passion for life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman.
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: love and romance, love affair, disability, couples, writer's life, infidelity, dishonesty, blind man, blindness, novelist, moral dilemma, new love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Blood Honey (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tortured by the memory of a childhood trauma, a woman returns after a decade to her family's fly-in hunting lodge to assist her siblings with their dying father, only to find herself stuck in a life threatening nightmare.
Style: dark, suspense, disturbing, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: honey, inheritance, haunted by the past, siblings relations, family drama, family problems, mental illness, father daughter relationship, parents and children, tragic past, mass murder, beekeeper ...
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Hell Night (1981)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion where they get killed off one by one by the monstrous surviving members of a family massacre years earlier for trespassing on their living grounds.
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, serious, cult film ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, haunted house, college, slasher, psychopathic killer, gory, deadly, student life, abandoned house, stalking, college life, serial killer ...
Time: 80s
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