Psychological dramas (films)

List of the best psychological drama films selected by our site visitors: The Roads Not Taken, Revolutionary Road, Ema, Bronson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Unsane, Tully, Seven Pounds, Fight Club, Under the Skin.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

The Roads Not Taken (2020)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Sweden, USA, Poland, Spain

The film follows 24 hours in the life of father and daughter Leo and Molly as she grapples with the challenges of dealing with her father’s chaotic mental state. But as they weave their way around New York City, their ordinary but stressful day takes on a hallucinatory and epic quality, for Leo is seamlessly flowing in and out of several parallel lives; a passionate marriage with his childhood sweetheart Dolores in Mexico and a life of solitude on a remote Greek island, where a chance encounter with two young tourists unmasks the uncomfortable truths of a family life left behind...

Revolutionary Road (2008)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:54

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.

Ema (2019)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryChile

A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.

Bronson (2008)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Cayman Islands, Denmark, USA
Duration01:32

A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:35

After seven months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at Bill Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Jason Dixon, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Unsane (2018)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:23

A woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear.

Tully (2018)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:11

Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging nanny named Tully.

Seven Pounds (2008)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:58

An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

Fight Club (1999)
Markimdb: 8.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:11

A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Under the Skin (2014)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Luxembourg
Duration01:48

A seductive alien prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey: unsuspecting men who fall under her spell.

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Se7en (1995)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:07

Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

Arrhythmia (2017)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryRussia
Duration02:35

Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works as a nurse at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She tells him she wants a divorce. The new head of Oleg’s EMA department is a cold-hearted manager who’s got new strict rules to implement. Oleg couldn’t care less about the rules – he’s got lives to save; his attitude gets him in trouble with the new boss. The crisis at work coincides with the personal life crisis. Caught up between their patients, alcohol-fueled off-shifts, and an evolving health care system, Oleg and Katya have to find the binding force that will keep them together.

The Platform (2019)
Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountrySpain

A mysterious place, an indescribable prison, a deep hole. An unknown number of levels. Two inmates living on each level. A descending platform containing food for all of them. An inhuman fight for survival, but also an opportunity for solidarity.

Room (2015)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama
CountryCanada, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, USA
Duration02:32

Jack is a young boy of 5 years old who has lived all his life in one room. He believes everything within it are the only real things in the world. But what will happen when his Ma suddenly tells him that there are other things outside of Room?

Trance (2013)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, France
Duration01:41

A violent gang enlists the help of a hypnotherapist in an attempt to locate a painting which somehow vanished in the middle of a heist.

Schindler's List (1993)
Markimdb: 9
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:15

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Collateral Beauty (2016)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:23

Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:29

The unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941.

Serena (2014)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryCzech Republic, France, USA
Duration01:49

North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.

12 Years a Slave (2013)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:13

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Another Earth (2011)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:32

On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.

Perfect Strangers (2016)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama
CountrySpain, Italy
Duration00:47

Seven friends meet up for dinner on a full moon Friday night and deep secrets will come to the surface, shaking their lives and threatening their relationships.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:30

Greg is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But both his anonymity and friendship threaten to unravel when his mother forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia.

Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:33

After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Markimdb: 8.7
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:13

While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.

Zodiac (2007)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:38

The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.

Demolition (2016)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:10

An emotionally desperate investment banker finds hope through a woman he meets in Chicago.

The Handmaiden (2016)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:01

1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.

The Reader (2008)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:04

The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that fact at the expense of her freedom.

Black Swan (2010)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:43

A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.




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