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The Best Movies About Tragedies 

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Updated October 3, 2019 7.9k votes 2.2k voters 315.9k views 125 items

List Rules Vote 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.

John Gielgud and Bill Colleran have both directed Tragedy movies, as have many other great directors.

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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Grave of the Fireflies ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
OlanikeOlowo-Fela added Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi

Released: 1988

Directed by: Isao Takahata

Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

Released: 2000

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
ShujaShakir added Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

Released: 2009

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a 2009 drama film. Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, the titular Hachikō, it is directed by Lasse Hallström, written by Stephen P. Lindsey,Kaneto ...more

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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Laurence Olivier, Michael York, Olivia Hussey

Released: 1968

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian romance film based on the tragic play of the same name by William Shakespeare. The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and stars ...more

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Star Wars Episode III: R... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2005

Directed by: George Lucas

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

Released: 2004

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. This film is about an ...more

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Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Marley and Me added Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Frankel

Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the memoir by John Grogan. Newlyweds John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) learn ...more

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Joker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

Released: 2019

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Joker is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Todd Phillips, based on the DC Comics character. In 1981, a failed stand-up comedian (Joaquin Phoenix) is driven insane, turning to a life ...more

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Blood Diamond is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Sheen

Released: 2006

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. ...more

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
HalimahChoudhry added Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
abarton added Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Guy Fleegman added Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

Released: 2008

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
nick-reddoch added Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1976

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Hamlet Richard Burton, John Gielgud, Hume Cronyn

Released: 1964

Directed by: John Gielgud, Bill Colleran

1964 Richard Burton Broadway production of "Hamlet", deliberately staged in the style of a "dress rehearsal", but performed in front of a live audience.
21
Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
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Released: 1991

Directed by: John Singleton

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The Reader is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

The Reader is a 2008 German-American romantic drama film based on the 1995 German novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. The film was written by David Hare and directed by Stephen Daldry. ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2001

Directed by: Richard Kelly

Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, William H. Macy

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

Somewhere in Time is a 1980 romantic fantasy film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is a film adaptation of the 1975 novel Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay. The ...more

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La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer

Released: 1987

Directed by: Luis Valdez

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