Moral ambiguity movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant moral ambiguity movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out interesting, realistic, thought provoking, serious, talky and intense films and TV shows about / with moral ambiguity, brutality, storytelling, dialogue, betrayal, violence, murder, corruption, justice and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as moral ambiguity: Death Note (2006), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Watchmen (2009), The Quiet American (2002), A Perfect World (1993), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Princess Mononoke (1997), The Method (2015), The Man Who Copied (2003), Into the Woods (2014).

List of moral ambiguity movies

Death Note (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Light Yagami finds the "Death Note," a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to create a Utopia by killing the world's criminals, and soon the world's greatest detective, "L," is hired to find the mysterious ...
Style: exciting, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: investigation, supernatural, mind game, vigilantism, battle of wits, supernatural ability, serial killer, crimes, youth, artifact, rivalry, investigator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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: twist ending, tense, disturbing, neo noir, suspenseful ...
Plot: kidnapping, pedophile, investigation, disappearance, missing child, kidnapped child, life is a bitch, private detective, tragic event, death, crimes, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: boston, usa
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Watchmen (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited ...
Style: neo noir, bleak, twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alternate reality, conspiracy, superhero, parallel world, superhuman powers, good versus evil, heroes, human nature, moral dilemma, hidden identity, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, year 1969, year 1970 ...
Place: usa, ussr, new york, manhattan new york city, los angeles ...
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The Quiet American (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany, USA, Vietnam, Australia, France, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A stylish political thriller where love and war collide in Southeast Asia. Set in early 1950s Vietnam, a young American becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist. As war is waged ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, talky, intense ...
Plot: love triangle, cia, politics, journalism, communism, older man younger woman relationship, war, crimes, state affairs, dishonesty, war crime, political unrest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952
Place: vietnam, asia, indochina, saigon, southeast asia ...
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A Perfect World (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.
Style: road movie, touching, sincere, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: prison escape, kidnapping, hostage, friendship, fugitives, manhunt, moral ambiguity, life philosophy, violence, dysfunctional family, prison, criminal heroes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: texas, usa, alaska, austin texas, birmingham alabama ...
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Western
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany
Duration: 178 min.
Story: While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
Style: epic, exciting, tense, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, treasure hunt, gunfight, greed, gold, good versus evil, heroes, cons and scams, cowboy, army, lone wolves, criminal ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, arizona, santa fe new mexico ...
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Princess Mononoke (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to ...
Style: captivating, exciting, stylized, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: wolf, adventure, mythology, princess, demon, talking animals, heroic mission, human spirit, master warrior, hopes, curses spells and rituals, good versus evil ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Method (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: The main character is an extraordinary and mysterious person, at the same time, he (Rodion Meglin) is an outstanding inspector. Rodion is used to work alone in order to keep the secrecy of his unusual method. Young graduate Esenya Steklova is ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspense, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: mental illness, investigation, murder, serial killer, psychosis, haunted by the past, crimes, brutality, human nature, uncover truth, good versus evil, love ...
Time: year 2015
Place: russia
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The Man Who Copied (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 124 min.
Story: André, 19, lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and works as a photocopier operator. He likes to see his neighbor Sílvia with a pair of binoculars. She works selling clothes. Becoming attracted to her, he tries to get nearer, and goes to her shop to buy ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, sexy, light, stylized ...
Plot: voyeurism, love and romance, shyness, neighbor, cons and scams, society, poverty, stalking, moral ambiguity, robbery, deception, painting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, brazil, rio de janeiro, spain, california ...
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Into the Woods (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In a woods filled with magic and fairy tale characters, a baker and his wife set out to end the curse put on them by their neighbor, a spiteful witch.
Style: fairy tale, stylized, melancholic, talky, lyrical ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, witch, wizards and magicians, curses spells and rituals, good versus evil, cinderella, forest, curse, lost in the woods, moral ambiguity, redemption, vengeance ...
Place: new jersey
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Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: mystery, missing person, police investigation, murder mystery, missing wife, investigation, manipulation, femme fatale, disappearance, infidelity, adultery, manipulative woman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, missouri, new york, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
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I My Me! Strawberry Eggs (2001)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: A compassionate young male teacher, with the help of his resourceful landlady, works in a sexist school disguised as a woman.
Style: humorous, entertaining, captivating
Plot: cross dressing, sexism, gender disguise, moral ambiguity, teenager, school, teacher, teaching, school teacher, teacher student relationship, escapades, female teacher ...
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One Nite in Mongkok (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader's son. Next day, he seeks revenge on his brother, a rival boss. He calls on Liu, a fixer, to import a hit man from the mainland. Lai Fu, a tough and youthful ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, atmospheric
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, murder, gangsters, hitman, vengeance, rivalry, crimes, gang, law enforcement, prostitute, impersonating a police officer, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hong kong
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Dollhouse (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series that revolves around a corporation running numerous underground establishments across the globe which program individuals referred to as "Actives" with temporary personalities and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: memory loss, life is a bitch, fbi, uncover truth, self discovery, human nature, mysterious character, undercover, memory, innocence lost, ethics, behavior control ...
Time: future
Place: california, usa, los angeles, tucson arizona
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Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, bleak, psychological, surprise ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, police investigation, missing child, brutality, vigilantism, child abduction, torture, disappearance, vigilante, desperation, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, boston, usa
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Imagine Me & You (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During her wedding ceremony, Rachel notices Luce in the audience and feels instantly drawn to her. The two women become close friends, and when Rachel learns that Luce is a lesbian, she realizes that despite her happy marriage to Heck, she is ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, sexy, romantic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: lesbian, lesbian romance, lesbian love, lgbt, lesbian relationship, coming out, gays and lesbians, lesbian couple, love affair, love triangle, couple relations, wedding ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, tower bridge london
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V for Vendetta (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as 'V' conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When 'V' rescues a young woman from the secret police, he ...
Style: captivating, futuristic, stylized, philosophical, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: revolution, fighting the system, distopia, vengeance, freedom, rebellion, vigilantism, society, future dystopia, mysterious character, revenge, dark hero ...
Time: future, 2020s
Place: england, london, europe, big ben london, britain
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The Hateful Eight (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Bounty hunters seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception.
Style: captivating, stylized, bloody, talky, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, old west, dark humor, blizzard, mountain, hitman, brutality, stagecoach, revenge, betrayal, greed, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, wyoming
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Capote (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.
Style: captivating, intellectual, talky, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: writers, journalism, literature, loneliness, murderer, murder, crimes, moral dilemma, lifestyle, manipulation, death sentence, investigation ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1960, year 1959
Place: kansas, usa, new orleans, alabama, turkey ...
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, tense, exciting, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, master criminal, justice, murder, fighting the system, vigilantism, prison, mind game, injustice, perfect crime, outsmarting, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, serious ...
Plot: prison, false accusation, supernatural, life philosophy, convict, death row, prison life, confined, healing power, justice, death sentence, electric chair ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 90s, year 1999
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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Orphans (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The star of Ken Loach's MY NAME IS JOE, Mullan proves that his talent isn't relegated to acting. As a writer/director, he has crafted a supremely entertaining motion picture. ORPHANS tells the grittily realistic, hysterical, and deeply ...
Style: emotional, intense, surreal, witty, depressing ...
Plot: siblings relations, death in the family, vengeance, dysfunctional family, children, family relations, cemetery, moral ambiguity, disability, justice, british, existentialism ...
Time: 90s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland, england, australia ...
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The Night Manager (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 358 min.
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Story: Former British soldier Jonathan Pine navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, arms dealer, spy, undercover, working undercover, hotel, secret service, crimes, arms dealing, mind game, murder, corruption ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, london, cairo egypt, spain, england ...
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Munich (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 164 min.
Story: During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, mossad, secret agents, vengeance, hostage, murder, assassination, jewish, politics, terrorist, justice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, munich germany ...
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Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: serious, captivating, atmospheric, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug addiction, drug abuse, drug dealing, rise and fall, drug cartel, drug use, gangsters, friendship, cocaine, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 50s, 90s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
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Neon Flesh (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, Sweden, Argentina
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Hoping to earn his mother's respect, a young hustler-turned-businessman tries to open a brothel with his two useless buddies.
Style: exciting, humorous, stylized, semi serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, crimes, lifestyle, criminal heroes, disorder, friends, pimp, redemption, female nudity, coitus, nudity (full frontal - brief), sibling relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, spain
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The Place (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The fates of an apparently random group of strangers who each come into contact with a mysterious figure who they believe possesses the power to grant any wish, in return for which they must carry out a task he assigns them.
Style: thought provoking, intellectual, philosophical, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: human nature, father son relationship, moral ambiguity, multiple storylines, escapades, mysterious man, rape, family relations, crimes, murder, crime gone awry, kidnapping ...
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The Experiment (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison life, psychology, gay rape, prison, prison rape, experiment gone awry, human nature, switching roles, confined, violence, brutality, punishment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
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The Infiltrator (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A U.S Customs official uncovers a massive money laundering scheme involving Pablo Escobar.
Style: suspense, tense, realistic, factual, intense ...
Plot: money laundering, drug lord, drug cartel, federal agent, undercover, death, fear, investigation, drugs, secret agents, drug addiction, addiction ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, 70s
Place: usa, latin america
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The Grey Zone (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando Jews – who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow-Jews – find themselves in a moral grey zone.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, factual, depressing ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi, rebellion, world war two, concentration camp, survival, anti semitism, redemption, smuggling, human spirit, against humanity, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: poland, europe, germany, budapest, israel
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