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, surprise ending, captivating, suspenseful, exciting and tense films and TV shows about / with tragic past, death, murder, gun, violence, escape, deception, betrayal, dark past and blood plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres shot in USA, Japan, Canada and other countries.
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tragic past movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as tragic past: The Accountant (2016), Amnesia (2015), The Repentant (2012), Safe Haven (2013), Sarah's Key (2010), The Snowman (2017), Truth or Dare (2018), May the Devil Take You (2018), 21 Bridges (2019), The Eleventh Hour (2008).

List of tragic past movies

 7.3
 254K
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, accountant, mathematics, sniper, organized crime, gunfight, money laundering, hitman, criminal, investigation, informant ...
Time: 2000s, year 2010, year 1989, year 2006, 80s
Place: illinois, germany, chicago illinois, washington d.c., new hampshire ...
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 6.1
 925
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, psychological, thought provoking
Plot: electronic music, tragic past, older woman younger man relationship, nightclub, sea, friendship, couples, society, wine, candle, cooking, dark past ...
Time: year 1990
Place: ibiza
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 4.4
 164
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, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: terrorism, starting over, social relations, family relations, hopes, society, homecoming, parents and children, haunted by the past, tragic past, village, village life ...
Time: 1990s, 90s
Place: algeria, africa
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 6.7
 103K
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, fall in love, haunted by the past, small town life, obsession, single father, love triangle, power of love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, boston, south carolina, san francisco ...
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 7.5
 16K
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, nazism, jewish family, world war two, investigation, journalism, haunted by the past, family secret, introspection, against humanity, confined, crimes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: france, europe, new york, manhattan new york city, paris france
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 5.1
 57K
The Snowman (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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, police investigation, missing woman, winter, police detective, snowman, snow, murder, clue, missing person, decapitation, blood ...
Time: year 1989, 2010s, year 2006, 2000s, year 1945 ...
Place: norway, oslo norway
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 5.2
 45K
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: suspenseful, exciting, scary, bleak, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, game, truth or dare, danger, characters killed one by one, survival, murder, demon, adventure, sacrifice, rivalry, suicide ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa, mexico, london, tokyo, tijuana mexico ...
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May the Devil Take You (2018)
Genre: Horror
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: stepmother, supernatural power, tragic past, father daughter relationship, survival horror, death of mother, deal with the devil, voodoo doll, hospital, witchcraft, demon, greed ...
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 6.6
 38K
21 Bridges (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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, tense, captivating ...
Plot: police officer killed, murder investigation, manhunt, hostage, corrupt cop, police corruption, conspiracy, police, police detective, police officer, criminal, police brutality ...
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, political prisoner, conspiracy, tragic hero, chase, husband wife relationship, little girl, paranoia, female agent, danger, 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.
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: dark fantasy, witch, young heroes, wizards and magicians, school, magic, surrealism, magical girl, desire, imaginary, friends, good versus evil ...
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, semi serious, suspenseful, psychological, tense ...
Plot: on the run, mistaken identity, film within a film, danger, stuntman, disorder, fish out of water, crimes, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, showbiz, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: amsterdam, holland, korea, guatemala, 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, captivating, touching, sincere, humorous
Plot: mother daughter relationship, teenage girl, father daughter relationship, tragic past, road trip, new year's eve, best friend, christmas eve, winter, translator, family relations, singing in a car ...
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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: psychological thriller, suspense, tense, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: murder, rescue, danger, moral dilemma, witness, gunfight, machismo, tragic past, killer, redemption, deception, brutality ...
Time: year 2015, 21st century
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 7.7
 196K
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: murder, investigation, native american reservation, violence, snow, rape, mountain, forest, fbi, murder investigation, death, violence against women ...
Time: 2010s
Place: wyoming, united states, usa
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 5.9
 13K
Night Hunter (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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: captivating, psychological, tense, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, father daughter relationship, profiler, investigation, kidnap, psychopath, pedophile, crime scene, escape, tragic past, ex husband ex wife relationship, vigilante ...
Time: 2010s
Place: minnesota
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 8.3
 65K
Naruto (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
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, friendship, heroes, ninja, training, friends, master warrior, adventure, danger, determination, good versus evil, supernatural ability ...
Place: japan
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 5.8
 3K
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, serious, realistic, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: love and romance, love affair, couples, disability, infidelity, dishonesty, writer's life, blind man, blindness, novelist, moral dilemma, new love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 4.8
 528
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: suspense, dark, exciting, disturbing, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: honey, inheritance, family drama, siblings relations, tragic past, haunted by the past, father daughter relationship, mental illness, family problems, parents and children, beekeeper, mass murder ...
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 5.8
 6K
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: haunted house, ghost, college, slasher, abandoned house, gory, deadly, student life, college life, stalking, serial killer, psychopathic killer ...
Time: 80s
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 7.7
 11K
Angel Beats! (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Angel Beats takes place in the afterlife and focuses on Otonashi, a boy who lost his memories of his life after dying. He is enrolled into the afterlife school and meets a girl named Yuri who invites him to join the Afterlife Battlefront — an ...
Style: touching, sentimental, psychological, light, stylized ...
Plot: supernatural ability, reincarnation, young heroes, school, afterlife, angel, rebellion, god or devil, christ allegory, singing, high school, girls with guns ...
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 8.6
 4K
Stranger (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Hwang Shi-Mok had brain surgery when he was a child, which caused him to lack emotion. Now, Hwang Shi-Mok works as a prosecutor. He is rational, but cold and lonely. He is also one of the only prosecutors not involved in corruption. One day, a dead ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, captivating, psychological
Plot: politics, investigation, corruption, prosecutor, crimes, murder investigation, police corruption, colleague colleague relationship, friendship, dishonesty, serial killer, police ...
Place: korea, south korea
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The Perfect Host: A Southern Gothic Tale (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: While sorting her dead grandmother's affairs, a young woman boards in an eerie, southern mansion and soon discovers the matriarch may desire more than just her company.
Style: gothic, macabre, suspense, surprise ending
Plot: old dark house, nightmare, host, grandmother, gothic horror, unrequited love, south, elderly, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, bar, death ...
Time: 1920s
Place: arkansas
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 7.7
 2K
91 Days (2016)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: During Prohibition, the law held no power and the mafia ruled the town. The story takes place in Lawless, a town thriving on black market sales of illicitly brewed liquor. Avilio returns to Lawless after some time away, following the murder of his ...
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, sentimental, thought provoking ...
Plot: mafia, betrayal, revenge, brutality, gunfight, tragedy, murder, violence, prohibition era, family, unlikely friendships, greed ...
Time: 19th century, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, united states
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: It is the Taisho Period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon ...
Style: exciting, captivating, humorous, absurd, suspense ...
Plot: adventure, demon, friendship, supernatural, danger, murder, death, teamwork, mentor, sword, violence, destiny ...
Time: 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the "classic Spider-Man mold", Miles Morales must juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero. Until he learns by Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, that there is a multiverse, called the "Spider-Verse", in ...
Style: exciting, light, colourful, feel good, romantic ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: superhero, secret identity, african american, alternate universe, teenage superhero, teenager, multiverse, physics, spider, father son relationship, justice, love ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
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The Darkest Minds (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After a disease kills 98% of America's children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps. A 16-year-old girl escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government.
Style: romantic, suspenseful, exciting, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: post apocalypse, super powers, telekinesis, mind control, love and romance, good versus evil, escape, superhuman powers, danger, friendship, teenager, soldier ...
Time: near future
Place: virginia
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 4.9
 8K
Proud Mary (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mary is a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.
Style: suspense, tense, captivating, exciting, surprise ending
Plot: female assassin, female killer, gangsters, little boy, gangster, guilt, car chase, organized crime, brutality, murder, betrayal, revenge ...
Time: 2010s
Place: boston
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 5.8
 13K
Kin (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young boy finds a powerful otherworldly weapon, which he uses to save his older adoptive brother from a crew of thugs. Before long, the two of them are also pursued by federal agents and mysterious mercenaries aiming to reclaim their asset.
Style: suspense, ambiguous ending, serious, brutal, social ...
Plot: abusive parent, released from prison, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, gun shooting, murder, adopted son, teenage boy, gunshot, police arrest, burglary, strip club ...
Time: 2010s
Place: detroit, nevada, las vegas, nebraska, iowa
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 6.1
 42K
Hotel Artemis (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, 'Hotel Artemis' follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.
Style: tense, exciting, captivating, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: nurse, hotel, female killer, survival, organized crime, crime boss, mysterious woman, chase, murder, arms dealer, top secret, mob boss ...
Time: near future, 2020s
Place: los angeles
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