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The Best Movies About Tragedies

Updated January 8, 2021 7.9k votes 2.4k voters 323.8k views156 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.


  • Grave of the Fireflies1

    Grave of the Fireflies

    Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi


    Directed byIsao Takahata

    Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao...  more
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  • Titanic2


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet


    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A...  more
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  • Schindler's List3

    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by...  more
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  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith4

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor


    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    (19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi...  more
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  • Joker5


    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro


    Directed byTodd Phillips

    Joker is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Todd Phillips, based on the DC Comics...  more
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  • Hachi: A Dog's Tale6

    Hachi: A Dog's Tale

    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander


    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a 2009 drama film. Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, the...  more
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  • Gladiator7


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix


    Directed byRidley Scott

    Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott,...  more
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  • Requiem for a Dream8

    Requiem for a Dream

    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto


    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky...  more
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  • Million Dollar Baby9

    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by...  more
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  • Romeo and Juliet10

    Romeo and Juliet

    Laurence Olivier, Michael York


    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian romance film based on the tragic play of the same...  more
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  • Endless Love11

    Endless Love

    Tom Cruise, Brooke Shields


    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Endless Love is a 1981 romantic drama film directed by Franco Zeffirelli starring Brooke...  more
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  • The Wolf Man12

    The Wolf Man

    Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains


    Directed byGeorge Waggner

    The Wolf Man is a 1941 American drama horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and...  more
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  • No Country for Old Men13

    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones


    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel...  more
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  • Dark Victory14

    Dark Victory

    Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis


    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    Dark Victory is a 1939 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding, starring Bette Davis...  more
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  • Taxi Driver15

    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin...  more
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  • Marley & Me16

    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston


    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the...  more
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  • Philadelphia17


    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington


    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to...  more
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  • Shutter Island18

    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The...  more
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  • Hamlet19


    Richard Burton, John Gielgud


    Directed byJohn Gielgud, Bill Colleran

    1964 Richard Burton Broadway production of "Hamlet", deliberately staged in the style of a...  more
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  • Brokeback Mountain20

    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal


    Directed byAng Lee

    Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a...  more
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  • The Rose21

    The Rose

    Bette Midler, Alan Bates


    Directed byMark Rydell

    The Rose is a 1979 American drama film which tells the story of a self-destructive 1960s rock...  more
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  • Gran Torino22

    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also...  more
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  • Double Indemnity23

    Double Indemnity

    Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson


    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Double Indemnity is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder...  more
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  • Blood Diamond24

    Blood Diamond

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly


    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Blood Diamond is a 2006 American-German political thriller film co-produced and directed by...  more
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  • La Bamba25

    La Bamba

    Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano


    Directed byLuis Valdez

    La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows...  more
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