Atmospheric movies

List of the most atmospheric movies selected by visitors to our site: Only Lovers Left Alive, The American, Igor and the Cranes' Journey, The Gateway, Looking for Simon, Absentia, The Four, Mars and April, Birth of the Dragon, The Crossing.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, fantasy, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, Greece, France
CharactersZombie, Vampire, Musicians, Immortals
PlotLove, Supernatural, Depression, True love
StylePhilosophical, Atmospheric, Fancy, Gloomy, Serious

A depressed musician reunites with his lover in the desolate streets of Detroit. Though their romance has endured several centuries, it is tested by the arrival of her capricious and unpredictable younger sister.

The American (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersSnipers, Hired assassins
PlaceVillage, Italy, Sweden, Small cities
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Tense

Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, assassin Jack embarks on a double life that may be more relaxing than is good for him.

Igor and the Cranes' Journey (2013)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genreadventure, family
CountryIsrael, Germany, Poland
CharactersFamily, Fathers
PlaceRussia, Israel
StyleBy books, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

An estranged father and son are brought together by a young crane named Karl as they trace a family of the birds on their migratory journey from Russia to Africa.

The Gateway (2018)
Markimdb: 5.4
CharactersFamily, Scientists
PlotTime travel, Death, Teleportation
PlaceParallel worlds
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Tense

A particle physicist grieving over the loss of her husband in a car crash uses a revolutionary machine to bring him back, with dire consequences for her family.

Looking for Simon (2011)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryGermany, France
PlotMissing people
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Serious

Simon, a young German doctor who lives and works in Marseille, goes missing. His appartment is empty. His mother Valérie is desperate. She doesn't understand the reason of his disappearance. Therefore she asks Jens, Simon's former boyfriend, to come to Marseille and help her find him.

Absentia (2011)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, drama, detective
PlotSupernatural, Mythology, Missing people
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleAtmospheric, Smart, Serious, Disturbing

Tricia's husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him 'dead in absentia.' As Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house. As she begins to link it to other mysterious disappearances, it becomes clear that Daniel's presumed death might be anything but 'natural.' The ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia... and Daniel might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp.

The Four (2012)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, fantasy
CharactersTeens, Gay
PlotMartial Arts, Basketball, Cars, Investigation, Supernatural
PlaceChina, USA, Asia
StyleExciting, Soulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Serious

An undercover agent is assigned by his corrupt chief to infiltrate a rival department and sabotage their investigation of counterfeit currency. What he discovers is the counterfeiter's real plan. To overthrow the capital. Not by flooding it with funny money, but with an army of undead.

Mars and April (2012)
Markimdb: 6
Genrefantastic, fantasy, drama
CharactersGeniuses, Models, Photographers, Friends
PlotLove, Travel, Virtual Reality, Obsession, Friendship
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Mars, Moon, Canada
StyleRomantic, Light, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Fascinating

In the near future, as humanity prepares to set foot on Mars, Jacob Obus, an elderly musician, takes pride in slowing down time by playing instruments inspired by women's bodies, designed by his friend Arthur. A love triangle develops when Jacob and Arthur both fall in love with Avril, a young photographer. Enter Eugène Spaak, Arthur's father, an inventor and cosmologist who unveils a new theory about man's desire to reach Mars and helps Jacob find the true meaning of life and love.

Birth of the Dragon (2017)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, drama, biography
CountryUSA, China, Canada
CharactersHeroes, Tough guys, Warriors
PlotOn real events, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Fight, Karate
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Tense

Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown, this cross-cultural biopic chronicles Bruce Lee’s emergence as a martial-arts superstar after his legendary secret showdown with fellow martial artist Wong Jack Man.

The Crossing (2012)
Markimdb: 5.2
CountryFrance, Luxembourg, Belgium
PlotWedding, Death, Hypnosis
PlaceIslands, Beach, Scotland, Hotels
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Serious, Disturbing

Lola Arendt, 8, vanishes while on vacation on a wild Scottish island. Shattered by her disappearance, her parents, Sarah and Martin, separate. Two years later, Lola is found at the exact same spot. Martin returns to the island to bring her home. His delight at being reunited with Lola soon gives way to suspicion and fear. Why won't Lola talk? Who are these men watching them? What did Sarah know about Lola's disappearance? And who is beautiful and mysterious Norah Kross? When the weather conspires to stop them leaving, Martin and Lola embark on a journey across the island with Norah, headed for a tragic discovery...

Little Italy (2018)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersCooks, Family, Friends
PlotLove, Friendship, Cheating, Rivalry
StyleRomantic, Light, To cry, Soulful, Atmospheric

Former childhood pals Leo and Nikki are attracted to each other as adults—but will their feuding parents' rival pizzerias put a chill on their sizzling romance?

Passion Play (2011)
Markimdb: 4.6
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama
CharactersAngels, Musicians, Losers
PlaceDeserts, Los Angeles
StyleRomantic, Exciting, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fancy

An angel under the thumb of a ruthless gangster is saved by a trumpet player down on his luck.

Christmas with a Prince (2018)
Markimdb: 5.2
TimeNew Year
StyleRomantic, Atmospheric

Pediatric specialist Tasha Mason is focused on one thing; keeping the kids in her ward as healthy and happy as possible. So when her high-school crush, who just happens to be handsome Prince Alexander Cavalieri, breaks his leg on a nearby ski-slope, Tasha is forced to allow him to secretly get well on her floor and she’s furious that a spoiled Royal is interrupting the precious healing time her kids so badly need. Soon, however, Tasha learns that some tough love and a lot of Christmas spirit, could turn this royal pain into a knight in shining armor.

Paradise Hills (2019)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrefantastic, thriller, fantasy
CountrySpain, USA
CharactersTwins, Surgeons
PlotTrue love, Bulimia, Flowers
PlaceIslands, Caves, Spain
StyleAtmospheric, Tense

A young woman is sent to Paradise Hills to be reformed, only to learn that the high-class facility's beautiful facade hides a sinister secret.

Nightcrawler (2014)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CharactersJournalists, Losers
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Mental disorders, Depression, Cheating
PlaceLondon, Los Angeles
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.

Foxcatcher (2014)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, history, sport
PlotOn real events, Sports, Obsession, Split personality, Mental disorders
TimeDark ones
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Heavy, Tense

The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.

Mercy Black (2019)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CharactersDogs, Family, Psychologists, Girlfriends, Psychiatrists
PlotSupernatural, Mental disorders, Internet, Evil spirits
PlaceForest, Psychiatric hospitals
TimeDark ones
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, Disturbing

Fifteen years after conjuring an imaginary phantom known as Mercy Black, a repentant woman returns to her hometown to live with her sister and young nephew. But as Mercy continues to haunt her and the death count rises, she must face her deepest terror and discover the truth of her past before Mercy Black claims her nephew. Daniella Pineda, Austin Amelio, Elle LaMont, Miles Emmons, Lee Eddy, and Janeane Garofalo star in this terrifying story of regret, redemption, and the dark side of belief.

The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, New Zealand, USA, India, Australia
CharactersFamily, Foster children
PlotLove, Adoption
PlaceIslands, Ocean, Lighthouse, Australia
StyleSad ones, To cry, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

The Possession of David O'Reilly (2010)
Markimdb: 4.6
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersMonsters, Demons, Heroes
PlaceEngland, London
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Serious, Disturbing

A supernatural shockumentary about a demonic presence in a young couple's home in London.

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)
Markimdb: 1.8
Genrehorror, thriller
PlaceSmall cities
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Serious, Disturbing

A platoon of eagles and vultures attacks the residents of a small town. Many people die. It's not known what caused the flying menace to attack. Two people manage to fight back, but will they survive Birdemic?