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The Best Movies About Tragedies

Updated November 13, 2020 8.5k votes 2.3k voters 320.1k views125 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite tragedy films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best tragedy movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. To see a more general overview of dramas currently streaming, go to The Best Dramas on Amazon Prime and The Best Drama Films on Netflix

This tragedy movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director, and more. This list of tragedy films also contains tragedy movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This tragedy films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best tragedy movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This tragedy movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Vote for your favorite movies by giving them a thumbs up.

List of tragedy films includes tragedy movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. These films are all horribly tragic movies, so you can choose the best examples of tragedy here. Lots of them are tragic love movies, if you're into tragic romance, which if you're here, you probably are. This includes golden age tragedy movies as well as some great modern-day tragedy examples. Though modern tragedies don't really seem to carry as much weight these days unless they're tragic films about someone you already know is going to die from the beginning of the movie. 

These are the top films in the tragedy genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the tragedy genre in it. Be it the motifs of the tragedy genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Make sure to give movies you favor (like Yousuf Khan Sher Bano or Distant Journey) a vote. If we missed any tragedy movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous tragedy movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about tragedy movie lists. You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the tragedy movies. List includes photos and tragedy movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

Strauss: Elektra and La Bamba are included on this list along with many more.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these tragedy movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good tragedy movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest tragedy movies, here is the full tragedy movies list, ordered from best to worst.

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  • 1
    Titanic
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 2
    Grave of the Fireflies
    269
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    Grave of the Fireflies

    Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi

    Released1988

    Directed byIsao Takahata

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  • 3
    Schindler's List
    316
    130

    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 4
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    210
    90

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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  • 5
    Joker
    104
    25

    Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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  • 6
    Hachi: A Dog's Tale
    165
    75

    Hachi: A Dog's Tale

    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander

    Released2009

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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  • 7
    Requiem for a Dream
    174
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    Requiem for a Dream

    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto

    Released2000

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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  • 8
    Gladiator
    195
    106

    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 9
    Romeo and Juliet
    174
    103

    Romeo and Juliet

    Laurence Olivier, Michael York

    Released1968

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

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  • 10
    Love Story
    82
    32

    Love Story

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Million Dollar Baby
    136
    77

    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released2004

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 12
    Titus
    58
    19

    Titus

    Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange

    Released1999

    Directed byJulie Taymor

    Titus is a 1999 Italian-American-British fantasy thriller film adaptation of Shakespeare's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 13
    No Country for Old Men
    64
    28

    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Boyz n the Hood
    57
    23

    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • 15
    Shutter Island
    70
    35

    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • 16
    Taxi Driver
    63
    29

    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • 17
    Marley & Me
    102
    69

    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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  • 18
    Philadelphia
    59
    33

    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • 19
    Hamlet
    61
    35

    Hamlet

    Richard Burton, John Gielgud

    Released1964

    Directed byJohn Gielgud, Bill Colleran

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  • 20
    Mystic River
    67
    43

    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 21
    The Rose
    40
    16

    The Rose

    Bette Midler, Alan Bates

    Released1979

    Directed byMark Rydell

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  • 22
    Brokeback Mountain
    74
    54

    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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  • 23
    Double Indemnity
    31
    11

    Double Indemnity

    Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1944

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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  • 24
    Blood Diamond
    88
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    Blood Diamond

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly

    Released2006

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • 25
    Somewhere in Time
    41
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    Somewhere in Time

    Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer

    Released1980

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

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