Depressive movies

List of the most depressing movies selected by visitors to our site: Parallel, Big Time Adolescence, Alone, The Jack in the Box, Cruel Peter, The Wretched, The Mortuary Collection, The Dark and the Wicked, Vampires vs. the Bronx, Girl
In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Parallel (2021)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, drama
CountryCanada
PlotDeath
TimeFuture
StyleAction, Depressive, Disturbing

A group of friends stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a "multiverse", but soon discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences.

Big Time Adolescence (2020)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens
PlaceParty
StyleDepressive

A seemingly bright and mostly innocent 16-year-old named Mo attempts to navigate high school under the guidance of his best friend Zeke, an unmotivated-yet-charismatic college dropout. Although Zeke genuinely cares about Mo, things start to go awry as he teaches Mo nontraditional life lessons in drug dealing, partying, and dating. Meanwhile, Mo’s well-meaning dad tries to step in and take back the reins of his son’s upbringing.

Alone (2020)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller
CountryUSA
CharactersManiacs, Psychopath, Hunters
PlotSurvival, Pursuit, The escape, Supernatural, Death, Chase, Ghosts, Travel
PlaceForest
StyleDepressive, Tense, Disturbing, Action

A recently widowed traveler is kidnapped by a cold blooded killer, only to escape into the wilderness where she is forced to battle against the elements as her pursuer closes in on her.

The Jack in the Box (2020)
Markimdb: 4
CharactersDemons, Clowns, Monsters
PlotSupernatural, Death, Fear, Mystery
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Tense, Creepy

When a vintage Jack-in-the-box is un-earthed and opened, it's new owners soon have reason to believe the creepy clown doll within has a life of it's own.

Cruel Peter (2020)
Markimdb: 4.4
Genrehorror
CountryItaly
PlotSupernatural
TimeNight
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

It is Christmas 1908 in Messina, one of the richest merchant cities of the Mediterranean. Peter, the 13 year-old son of a rich English family is notorious for his cruelty to children, animals and servants. One night he is ambushed and wakes up in a coffin underground in the city's Gothic cemetery, buried in retaliation for his callousness by a servant boy from his mother's estate. When a powerful earthquake razes Messina to the ground, Peter is trapped and his whereabouts are forgotten. Until a century later an English archaeologist and his daughter arrive in the city.

The Wretched (2020)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, fantasy
CountryUSA
CharactersWitch, Teens
PlotSupernatural, Obsession, Superpowers, Witchcraft
PlaceUSA, Forest
StyleDepressive, Tense, Fascinating

A rebellious teenage boy, struggling with his parent's imminent divorce, encounters a terrifying evil after his next-door neighbor becomes possessed by an ancient witch that feasts on children.

The Mortuary Collection (2020)
Markimdb: 6.5
CharactersDemons, Thieves, Cannibals
PlotSupernatural
PlaceSmall cities
StyleDepressive, Tense, Creepy, Unexpected ending

In the phantasmagorical town of Raven's End, a misguided young girl takes refuge in a decrepit old mortuary. The eccentric undertaker chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales, each more terrifying than the last, but the young girl's world is unhinged when she discovers that the final story... is her own.

The Dark and the Wicked (2020)
Markimdb: 6.2
CharactersParents, Demons
PlotPursuit, Ghosts, Supernatural
StyleAction, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing, Creepy

On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. His family gathers to mourn, and soon a darkness grows, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over the family.

Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrehorror, comedy
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Vampire, Friends, Gangsters
PlotSupernatural, Pursuit, Fight
PlaceNew York
StyleDepressive

Three gutsy kids from a rapidly gentrifying Bronx neighborhood stumble upon a sinister plot to suck all the life from their beloved community.

Girl (2020)
CharactersTeens
PlotMystery, Pads
StyleDepressive, Disturbing

A young woman returns to her small hometown intent on killing her abusive father only to discover someone murdered him the day before. As the girl searches for answers, she uncovers a family legacy more dangerous than she'd imagined.

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Saint Maud (2020)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrehorror, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersTerminally ill, Nurses
PlotMental disorders, Cancer, Supernatural, Fear, Loneliness, Obsession
StyleDepressive, Tense

Having recently found God, self-effacing young nurse Maud arrives at a plush home to care for Amanda, a hedonistic dancer left frail from a chronic illness. When a chance encounter with a former colleague throws up hints of a dark past, it becomes clear there is more to sweet Maud than meets the eye.

The Dawn (2020)
Markimdb: 4.3
Genrehorror
CountryUSA
CharactersDemons, Family
PlotSupernatural, Fear, Loneliness
StyleDepressive, Tense

Following the murder of her family at the hands of her father in the wake of World War I, a young woman is sent to live in a convent. However, the demons that plagued her father follow, reawakening the nightmares of her past.

Darlin' (2020)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA
CharactersCannibals
PlotSupernatural, Survival
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAtmospheric, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing, For men

Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns, where she’s to be rehabilitated into a "good girl" as an example of the miraculous work of the church. But Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the "sins" she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman who raised her, equally fierce and feral, is ever present in the shadows of Darlin’s psyche and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to get in her way.

Once in Trubchevsk (2020)
Markimdb: 5.7
PlotLove
PlaceRussia
StyleDepressive

In a small town everything is visible. However much you try to hide something, some disturbing signals will reach the family sooner or later. And then you have to make a choice: start a new life in the same place with your new “half” or confess to the old half and return to the usual flow of life. The film’s heroes stand before such a choice.

The Craft: Legacy (2020)
Markimdb: 4.4
Genrehorror, fantasy, drama
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersFamily
PlotGhosts, Pursuit
StyleDepressive, Tense, Disturbing

An eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers.

Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest (2020)
Markimdb: 4.7
Genrehorror
CountryRussia
CharactersMonsters
PlotAbduction
StyleDepressive, Disturbing, For men, Creepy

The young family who moved to a new apartment on the outskirts of the city. The nanny hired by them for the newborn daughter quickly gained confidence. However, the older boy, Egor, talks about the frightening behavior of a woman, but his parents do not believe him. The surveillance cameras installed by the father for comfort only confirm everything is in order. Then one day, Egor, returning home, finds no trace of either the nanny or the little sister, and the parents are in a strange trance and do not even remember that they had a daughter. Then Egor, together with his friends, goes in search, during which it turns out that the nanny is an ancient Slavic demon, popularly known as Baba Yaga.

Joker (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 8.4)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:25
CharactersClowns, Comedians, Losers, Criminals, Killers, Psychopath
PlotMental disorders, Loneliness, Depression
StyleDC, Gloomy, Atmospheric, Depressive, Worth watching, Tense, Makes me think

During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

Light of My Life (2019)
Mark2 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrefantastic, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersFamily
PlotApocalypse, Travel, Survival, Fear
TimeFuture
StyleDepressive, Touching, Disturbing

Parent and child journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world's population. As a father struggles to protect his child, their bond—and the character of humanity—is tested.

Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrethriller
CountryUSA
CharactersJournalists
PlotInvestigation, Lost memory
PlacePsychiatric hospitals
StyleDepressive, Atmospheric

An investigative reporter Nellie Bly, who’s on a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, and feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie is an account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after she has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity.

Earthquake Bird (2019)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, melodrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, Japan, USA
CharactersPhotographers, Friends, Girlfriends
PlotInvestigation, Moving, Love triangle
PlaceJapan
StyleDepressive, Atmospheric, Exciting, Tense

Tokyo, Japan, 1989. Lucy Fly, a foreigner who works as a translator, begins a passionate relationship with Teiji, a mysterious man obsessed with photography.

Eli (2019)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrehorror
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
CharactersParents, Doctors, Family, Mothers, Fathers, Demons, Nuns, Childrens
PlotGhosts, Telekinesis
StyleCreepy, Depressive, Heavy, Tense

A boy named Eli with a rare autoimmune disorder is confined to a special experimental clinic for his treatment. He soon begins experiencing supernatural forces, turning the supposedly safe facility into a haunted prison for him and his fellow patients.

American Hangman (2019)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller
CountryCanada
Duration01:39
CharactersJudge
PlotInternet, Abduction, Social Media, Justice
StyleDepressive, Disturbing, Fascinating, Creepy

An unidentified man posts a live feed on social media showing that he has kidnapped two strangers and intends to kill one before the day is out. His intention is to hold a capital 'trial' online. As the authorities recognize what's happening, it becomes apparent that the online public is going to act as judge and jury.

Native Son (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 5.7)
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:39
CharactersDrivers, Poor
PlotMoney, Love
StyleDepressive, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

A young African-American man named Bigger Thomas takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever.

We Die Young (2019)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 5.2)
Genredrama
CountryBulgaria, USA
Duration01:59
CharactersVeterans, Criminals, Dogs
PlotMotorcycles, Money
StyleMakes me think, Heavy, Depressive, Tense, For men, Disturbing

Lucas, a 14-year-old boy inducted into the gang life in Washington D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother won't follow the same path. When an Afghanistan war veteran comes into the neighborhood, an opportunity arises.

Polaroid (2019)
Mark8 (imdb: 5.1)
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryCanada, Norway, USA
Duration01:28
CharactersPhotographers
PlotSupernatural, Damn things, Death, Ghosts
StyleDepressive, Disturbing, Creepy

High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn't take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end. Bird and her friends must survive one more night as they race to solve the mystery of the haunted Polaroid before it kills them all.

Prey (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 4.7)
Genrehorror, thriller, adventure, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersDemons, Teens, Parents, Psychologists, Monsters
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Travel
PlaceIslands, Uninhabited island, USA, Lighthouse
StyleDepressive, Disturbing

After being put on a supposedly uninhabited island as a form of behavioral rehabilitation, a high school senior finds that he's not alone on the island, and that getting discovered could be deadly.

Rabid (2019)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, fantastic
CountryCanada
Duration02:36
CharactersDoctors
PlotCancer, Experiments
StyleDepressive, Tense, Creepy

When a young woman is left scarred beyond recognition following an accident, she undergoes a radical untested stem-cell treatment. And while the procedure turns her into the belle of the ball, the experimental transformation comes at a price...

Girl on the Third Floor (2019)
Markimdb: 4.6
Genrehorror, drama, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersFamily
PlotMystery, Moving, Death, Supernatural, Curses, Ghosts
PlaceSmall cities
StyleCreepy, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

Don Koch tries to renovate a rundown mansion with a sordid history for his growing family, only to learn that the house has other plans.

Rattlesnake (2019)
Mark10 (imdb: 4.6)
CharactersWitch, Single mothers
PlotTime travel, Mystery, Supernatural
PlaceDeserts
StyleDepressive, Tense, Exciting, Disturbing, Fascinating

After a mysterious woman saves her daughter from a deadly snakebite, a single mother must repay the debt by killing a stranger before sundown.

The Poison Rose (2019)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 4.7)
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA, Italy
Duration02:06
CharactersDetectives, Heroes
PlotInvestigation, Chase
StyleAction, Depressive, Fascinating, For men, Tense, Disturbing

A down-on-his-luck PI is hired by his old flame to investigate a murder. But while the case at first appears routine, it slowly reveals itself to be a complex interwoven web of crimes, suspects and dead bodies.

It's Not Forever (2019)
Mark6.4 (imdb: 4.8)
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration01:32
CharactersFriends
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Loneliness
PlaceRussia
StyleDepressive, Soulful

Most of us say the word "Mama" without thinking. But there are children who have never uttered this word in their lives. The film is about these children, orphans. In these children, no less love than in each of us. And they are waiting. Sometimes too long. But they never cease to believe for a second that one day they will be able to say this simple word. The word "Mama" ...

The Death & Life of John F. Donovan (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada
CharactersActors, Celebrities
PlotPolitical
StyleMakes me think, Heavy, Depressive, Fascinating

A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces about the written correspondence he once shared with the former, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

A Dark Place (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrethriller, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersJanitors, Autistic
PlotMissing people, Investigation
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleMakes me think, Depressive

When a young boy turns up dead in a sleepy Pennsylvania town, a local sanitation truck driver, Donald, plays detective, embarking on a precarious and obsessive investigation to prove the boy was murdered.

The Nightshifter (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryBrazil
CharactersFamily
PlotDeath, Superpowers, Ghosts
StyleDepressive, Tense, Creepy, Disturbing

Stênio, the nightshifter of a morgue, has the ability to communicate with the cadavers that are brought to him every night.

DeadTectives (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, comedy
CountryUSA
PlotSupernatural, Obsession, Ghosts
PlaceMansions, Mexico
StyleDepressive, Light

A team of reality TV paranormal investigators go to Mexico's most haunted house in the pursuit of better ratings. However, when the true dark secrets of the mansion begin to reveal themselves, the hapless team quickly discover that this house is no hoax. With zero genuine ghost-hunting experience, they have to figure out how to stop the ghosts and escape the house with their lives.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, comedy, adventure, cartoon, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersSuperhero, Superhero, Ninja, Tough guys, Mutant
PlotMartial Arts
StyleFor children, Atmospheric, Exciting, Depressive

Batman, Batgirl and Robin forge an alliance with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to fight against the Turtles' sworn enemy, The Shredder, who has apparently teamed up with Ra's Al Ghul and The League of Assassins.

Fractured (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.4)
Genrethriller, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:08
PlotWeapon
PlaceUSA
StyleFascinating, Unexpected ending, Heavy, Disturbing, Depressive

Driving cross-country, Ray and his wife and daughter stop at a highway rest area where his daughter falls and breaks her arm. After a frantic rush to the hospital and a clash with the check-in nurse, Ray is finally able to get her to a doctor. While the wife and daughter go downstairs for an MRI, Ray, exhausted, passes out in a chair in the lobby. Upon waking up, they have no record or knowledge of Ray's family ever being checked in.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersHermits, Sisters, Family
PlotRevenge, Fate, Mental disorders
PlaceEstate
StyleTense, Gothic, Action, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing

In Shirleyville, Vermont, during the sixties, sisters Merricat and Constance, along with their ailing uncle Julian, confined to a wheelchair, live isolated in a big mansion located on the hill overlooking the town, tormented by the memories of a family tragedy occurred six years ago. The arrival of cousin Charles will threaten the fragile equilibrium of their minds, haunted by madness, fear and superstition.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.6)
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:34
CharactersPoor, Dogs, Students, Teachers
PlotSurvival, Hunger, On real events, Fate, Radio, Justice, Freedom
PlaceSmall cities, School
StyleTo cry, Heavy, Depressive

Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Judge
PlotLove, Chase, On real events
PlaceUSA, Prison
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing, For men

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

Black and Blue (2019)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
PlotSkirmishes
StyleAction, Depressive, Tense

A fast-paced action thriller about a rookie cop who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the one person from her community who is willing to help her as she tries to escape both the criminals out for revenge and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.

The Golden Glove (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrethriller
CountryGermany, France
Duration01:04
CharactersLosers, Psychopath, Serial killers
StyleDepressive, Disturbing, Creepy

A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.

The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
Mark6.2 (imdb: 5.3)
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:26
CharactersSingle mothers, Family
PlotGhosts, Death, Supernatural, Investigation, Fate, Chase
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

A social worker dealing with the disappearance of two children fears for her own family after beginning the investigation.

Marianne (2019)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrehorror
CountryFrance
Duration01:17
CharactersDemons, Family
PlotCurses, Ghosts
PlaceFrance
StyleAtmospheric, Creepy, Depressive

When a novelist realizes her terrifying stories are coming true, she returns to her hometown to face the demons from her past that inspire her writing.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:36
CharactersManiacs, Teens, Friends, Zombie, Spiders, Monsters
PlotDamn things, Supernatural, Investigation, Death, Ghosts, Fear
PlaceSmall cities
TimeHalloween
StyleDisturbing, For a group of friends, Depressive, Tense

Mill Valley, Pennsylvania, Halloween night, 1968. After playing a joke on a school bully, Sarah and her friends decide to sneak into a supposedly haunted house that once belonged to the powerful Bellows family, unleashing dark forces that they will be unable to control.

The Fanatic (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 4.1)
Genrethriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersActors, Maids, Autistic
PlotPursuit, Obsession, Mental disorders
PlaceUSA
StyleUnexpected ending, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star's life.

IO (2019)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 4.7)
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:12
CharactersScientists
PlotSurvival, Experiments
TimePost apocalypse
StyleDisturbing, Exciting, Depressive, Tense, Makes me think

As a young scientist searches for a way to save a dying Earth, she finds a connection with a man who's racing to catch the last shuttle off the planet.

I Am Mother (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama
CountryAustralia
Duration02:14
CharactersRobots, Childrens, Dogs
PlotSurvival, Artificial Intelligence, Mystery, End of the world, Apocalypse, Technology, Cheating
PlaceBeach
TimePost apocalypse
StylePhilosophical, For personal development, Makes me think, Worth watching, Atmospheric, Interesting, For a group of friends, Netflix, Womens in main roles, Unexpected ending, Depressive, Tense

A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot "Mother", designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

15 Minutes of War (2019)
Mark6.2 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:38
CharactersSnipers, Lifeguards, Terrorists
PlotHostage, On real events
StyleTense, Disturbing, Depressive

February 1976. Somalian rebels hijack a school bus carrying 21 French children and their teacher in Djibouti City. When the terrorists drive it to a no-man’s-land on the border between Somalia and French territory, the French Government sends out a newly formed elite squad to rescue the hostages. Within a few hours, the highly trained team arrives to the crisis area, where the Somalian National Army has taken position behind the barbed wire on the border. The French unit is left with very few options to rescue the hostages. As the volatile situation unravels, the French men quickly come up with a daring plan: carry out a simultaneous 5 men sniper attack to get the children and the teacher out safely. A true story.

Lost Girls (2020)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersSerial killers
PlotInvestigation, Death, Depression, Missing people, On real events
PlaceUSA
StyleDepressive, Tense, Disturbing, For single girls, By books

When Mari Gilbert's daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers.

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