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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 Instant

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. Impact the order of this list by sharing it with your Google + circles so that they can vote too. 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 your'e 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 Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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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 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 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 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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Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
ShujaShakir added Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen 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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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on ...more

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Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Marley and Me added Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane 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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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank 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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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
HalimahChoudhry added Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more

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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Laurence Olivier, Michael York, Olivia Hussey 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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Blood Diamond is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Sheen Blood Diamond is a 2006 American-German political war thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers ...more

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
abarton added Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more

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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 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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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson (19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When ...more

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The Reader is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin 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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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Hamlet Richard Burton, John Gielgud, Hume Cronyn

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
nick-reddoch added Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, 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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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by ...more

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Guy Fleegman added Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter ...more

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal 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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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
nick-reddoch added Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr. Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia ...more

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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, ...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 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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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 2007 musical slasher film directed by Tim Burton. It is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning 1979 musical ...more

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Bicentennial Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt Bicentennial Man is a 1999 American science fiction family comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams. Based on the novel The Positronic Man, co-written by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, ...more

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
MaryannBarboza added Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a 2018 American dystopian science-fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball. In the conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) leads his ...more

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Ran is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Tatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Terajima, Jinpachi Nezu Ran is a 1985 Japanese-French jidaigeki epic film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku-era warlord who decides to ...more

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Revolutionary Road is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American-British drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates, directed by Sam Mendes. This is the second collaboration between Leonardo ...more

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World Trade Center is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello World Trade Center is a 2006 disaster drama film directed by Oliver Stone and based on the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael ...more

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
nick-reddoch added Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more

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End of Watch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
willfarr27 added Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera End of Watch is a 2012 American drama thriller film written and directed by David Ayer. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as Brian Taylor and Miguel Zavala, two Los Angeles Police ...more

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Tristan & Isolde is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
James Franco, Henry Cavill, Mark Strong Tristan & Isolde is a 2006 epic romantic drama film based on the medieval romantic legend of Tristan and Isolde. It was produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, directed by Kevin Reynolds ...more

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Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
nick-reddoch added Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the ...more

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Titus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Titus is a 1999 Italian-American-British fantasy thriller film adaptation of Shakespeare's revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus, about the downfall of a Roman general. Starring Anthony Hopkins and ...more

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Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
nick-reddoch added Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film ...more

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Endless Love is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Tom Cruise, Brooke Shields, James Spader Endless Love is a 1981 romantic drama film directed by Franco Zeffirelli starring Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Tom Cruise in his film debut, and James Spader in his second film role. The ...more

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Christopher Lee, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons Hamlet is a 1948 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, adapted and directed by and starring Sir Laurence Olivier. Hamlet was Olivier's second film as director, and also ...more

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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
rob6239 added Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name; the first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film ...more

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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more

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Throne of Blood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Isuzu Yamada Throne of Blood is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film transposes the plot of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth to feudal Japan, with stylistic elements drawn from Noh

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La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond ...more

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Ladder 49 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Martin O'Malley Ladder 49 is a 2004 American drama film, directed by Jay Russell, about the heroics of fictional Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison, who is trapped inside a warehouse fire, and his recollection ...more

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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Mahers added Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen Carlito's Way is a 1993 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David ...more

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21 Grams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro 21 Grams is a 2003 American drama film directed by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu from a screenplay written by Guillermo Arriaga. It stars Sean Penn, Naomi ...more

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Jack is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Jennifer Lopez, Robin Williams, Diane Lane Jack is a 1996 American comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Jennifer Lopez, Fran Drescher, Bill Cosby, and Brian Kerwin. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Williams ...more

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Milk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, ...more

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The Rose is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Harry Dean Stanton The Rose is a 1979 American drama film which tells the story of a self-destructive 1960s rock star who struggles to cope with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless ...more

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Tess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Lesley Dunlop Tess is a 1979 romance film directed by Roman Polanski, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1891 novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles. It tells the story of a strong-willed, young peasant girl who finds ...more

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg. Produced by Brooksfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film stars Jeff Goldblum, ...more