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, captivating, surprise ending, suspenseful, tense and neo noir films and TV shows about / with tragic past, haunted by the past, murder, dark past, death, blood, flashback, escape, photograph and violence plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, Canada, Japan and other countries.
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tragic past movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as tragic past: The Accountant (2016), Amnesia (2015), Word of Honor (2021), Night Hunter (2018), Ouroboros (2015), Last Friends (2008), Into the White Night (2006), The Repentant (2012), Safe Haven (2013), Sarah's Key (2010).

List of tragic past movies

 7.3
 288K
The Accountant (2016)
Genre: Action, 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, accountant, autism, sniper, justice, mathematics, money laundering, organized crime, gunfight, hitman, assassin, criminal ...
Time: year 2010, 20th century, 21st century, 2000s, year 2006 ...
Place: new york, germany, new hampshire, illinois, washington d.c. ...
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 6.1
 1K
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, thought provoking, psychological, realistic
Plot: electronic music, tragic past, older woman younger man relationship, nightclub, sea, friendship, couples, society, fish, german, boat, fishing ...
Time: year 1990
Place: ibiza
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Word of Honor (2021)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Zhou Zi Shu gets embroiled in a conspiracy in the martial arts world after quitting his job as the leader of an organization tasked with protecting royalty. He meets Wen Ke Xing, a mysterious martial artist who escapes from the Ghost Valley to ...
Style: yaoi
Plot: martial arts, homosexual subtext, tragic past, gay interest, sword fight, hidden identity, martial artist, seductive behavior, secret service, boys love, clan, magic ...
Place: ancient china
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 5.9
 22K
Night Hunter (2018)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
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, tense, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: profiler, schizophrenic, serial killer, tragic past, vigilante, father daughter relationship, psychopath, kidnapping, investigation, pedophile, mental illness, schizophrenia ...
Time: 2010s
Place: minnesota
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 7.2
 564
Ouroboros (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 54 min.
TV show
Story: "Ouroboros" is an ancient symbol that depicts a snake eating its own tail - meaning infinity. Based on a popular comic, a clumsy detective and a cool gang stand up to true evil. Ikuo and Tatsuya grew up in a children's orphanage ...
Style: suspense, exciting, unusual plot structure, captivating
Plot: yakuza, investigation, tragic past, revenge, tragedy, swashbuckler, japanese police, police, police officer, orphan, japanese mafia, pig
Place: japan
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 7.7
 888
Last Friends (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 56 min.
TV show
Story: The series follow the life of Michiru Aida, a beauty parlor assistant who returns to Tokyo after 4 years. Bullied by her seniors at work and abused by her boyfriend, she is reunited with her best friend during high school, Ruka Kishimoto, a skilled ...
Style: captivating, romantic, entertaining
Plot: tragic past, sexual harassment, domestic violence, phobia, friendship, abusive boyfriend, relationships, romantic relationship, love and romance, male female relationship, life, love affair ...
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Into the White Night (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: What happens with two children commit two different muders in order to protect each other? Does salvation exist for them? In order to walk beneath the sun once more, Ryouji and Yukiho find themselves in a twisted web from which neither can escape ...
Style: captivating, tense, disturbing, psychological, suspense
Plot: tragic past, life is a bitch, criminal, secret, vengeance, revenge, social misfits, love affair, secret past, family problems, mystery, family secret ...
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 6.0
 182
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: thought provoking, realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: starting over, terrorism, family relations, social relations, society, hopes, parents and children, homecoming, tragic past, haunted by the past, village, village life ...
Time: 90s
Place: algeria, africa
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 6.6
 110K
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, sentimental, emotional, suspenseful ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: small town, love and romance, starting over, fall in love, single father, abusive husband, small town life, domestic violence, love triangle, obsession, choice, power of love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, boston, south carolina, new jersey ...
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 7.5
 17K
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: disturbing, emotional, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, jewish family, nazism, investigation, journalism, family secret, haunted by the past, against humanity, crimes, confined, occupation, introspection ...
Time: 1940s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: france, europe, new york, manhattan new york city, paris france
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 5.1
 63K
The Snowman (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Sweden
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: surprise ending, serious, melancholic, suspense, neo noir
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, snowman, snow, clue, murder, missing woman, police detective, missing person, drunkenness, doctors, investigation ...
Time: 2010s, year 1945, 2000s, year 2006, year 1989 ...
Place: norway, oslo norway
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 7.1
 41K
Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
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, drug overdose, undercover, police corruption, police brutality, child abuse, police investigation, investigation, drug addiction, drug dealing, police detective, police shootout ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
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 6.4
 64K
Peppermint (2018)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A grieving mother transforms herself into a vigilante following the murders of her husband and daughter, eluding the authorities to deliver her own personal brand of justice.
Style: exciting, brutal, rough, suspense, neo noir ...
Plot: vigilante, justice, drug cartel, corruption, loss of child, one woman army, police corruption, murder, fighting the system, female martial artist, revenge killing, female protagonist ...
Time: year 2012, year 2017, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 5.2
 54K
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, surprise ending, scary, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: truth or dare, game, supernatural horror, group of friends, survival, murder, college, characters killed one by one, rivalry, demon, manipulation, adventure ...
Time: 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, big ben london, tijuana mexico, tokyo ...
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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: macabre, dark, enigmatic, melancholic, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural power, tragic past, death of mother, father daughter relationship, survival horror, deal with the devil, hospital, demon, witchcraft, voodoo doll, mysticism, greed ...
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Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young boy finds himself pursued by two assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert determined to protecting him - and a forest fire threatening to consume them all. Download : ...
Style: suspense, captivating, neo noir, psychological thriller
Plot: murder witness, female protagonist, murder, forest fire, assassin, runaway, fire brigade, tragic past, wilderness, hitman, fire, survival ...
Time: 2020s
Place: montana, florida
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 5.4
 1K
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, unusual plot structure, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: male rape victim, pedophile priest, revenge, haunted by the past, dark past, boy, rage, confession, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, fight, tragic past, child molester ...
Time: 21st century
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 6.6
 64K
21 Bridges (2019)
Genre: Action, 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: neo noir, surprise ending, suspenseful, bleak, enigmatic ...
Plot: police officer killed, murder investigation, corrupt cop, manhunt, nypd, hostage, conspiracy, police corruption, criminal, police detective, police officer, police ...
Time: 2010s
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city
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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: female agent, vendetta, violence, husband wife relationship, chase, tragic hero, conspiracy, political prisoner, male female relationship, brutality, assassination plot, husband wife estrangement ...
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, dark fantasy, semi serious, captivating, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: witch, teenage girl, young heroes, school, magic, wizards and magicians, surrealism, desire, magical girl, friends, good versus evil, youth ...
Place: japan
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 7.0
 10K
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, semi serious, suspenseful, psychological, tense ...
Plot: stuntman, on the run, mistaken identity, fish out of water, disorder, crimes, self discovery, showbiz, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, helicopter, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: amsterdam, california, guatemala, holland, korea
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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, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, tragic past, road trip, family relations, translator, winter, new year's eve, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, teenage boy, little boy ...
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 6.1
 8K
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: suspense, tense, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: witness, murder, rescue, moral dilemma, redemption, gunfight, killer, machismo, little girl, deception, brutality, escape ...
Time: 21st century, year 2015
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 7.7
 243K
Wind River (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, UK, France
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, forest, violence, rape, murder investigation, fbi, mountain, fbi agent, snow, female fbi agent ...
Time: 2010s
Place: wyoming, usa
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 8.4
 93K
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: rivalry, heroes, master warrior, determination, warrior, ninja, training, adventure, friendship, friends, good versus evil, supernatural ability ...
Place: japan
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A Mouthful of Air (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Julie is a new mom and children's book author, who escapes into the bright Crayola-colored world of her creation in order to leave behind the darkness caused by her post-partum depression.
Style: psychological, suspense, captivating, disturbing
Plot: postpartum depression, tragic past, parents and children, mystery, family relations, confronting the past, husband wife relationship, writer's life, family problems, psychological trauma, female writer, fear ...
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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: suspense, tense, rough, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: holocaust, vengeance, husband wife relationship, revenge, murder, captive, concentration camp, tragic past, moral dilemma, secret past, abduction, human relationship ...
Time: post world war two, year 1959, year 1946
Place: romania, europe, bucharest, greece, colorado ...
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Benny Loves You (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jack, a man desperate to improve his life, throws away his beloved childhood plush, Benny. It’s a move that has disastrous consequences when Benny springs to life with deadly intentions!
Style: mystical, suspense, surprise ending, parody, humorous ...
Plot: adult as child, stuffed toy, killer doll, bear, misfit, cold blooded murder, tragic past, grownups, mysticism, man child, multiple deaths, bloodlust ...
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 4.4
 113
The Red Dress (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, Malta
Story: Rainer and Patricia move to Malta to reinvigorate their marriage after the loss of their child.
Style: suspenseful, tense, disturbing, psychological, suspense
Plot: family problems, family relations, tragic past, family life, troubled past, relationship problems, death of child, couple relations, male female relationship, loss of child, life is a bitch, marital problem ...
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Tell Me Your Secrets (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A complex thriller revolving around three characters, each with troubling pasts clouding their intersecting motives: Emma is a young woman who once loved a dangerous killer, John is a former serial predator desperate for redemption, and a grieving ...
Style: captivating, suspense, suspenseful, psychological thriller
Plot: missing daughter, victim, troubled past, mysterious past, mystery, secret past, haunted by the past, tragic past, dark past, redemption, female victim, crimes ...
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