Kids in trouble movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant kids in trouble movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, bleak, rough, disturbing and psychological films and TV shows about / with kids in trouble, youth, life is a bitch, society, teenage boy, friendship, crimes, violence, teenage life and coming of age plots mostly in Drama, Horror and Mystery genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as kids in trouble: The Visit (2015), Thirteen (2003), The Kid with a Bike (2011), 10 1/2 (2010), All the Invisible Children (2005), Mean Creek (2004), City of Men (2002), Hugo (2011), Engel & Joe (2001), Afterschool (2008).

List of kids in trouble movies

 6.2
 112K
The Visit (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful, suspense, dark ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: kids in trouble, danger, siblings relations, family relations, elderly, murder, farm, parents and children, grandfather granddaughter relationship, basement, found footage, sibling relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa, philadelphia
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 6.8
 79K
Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, coming of age, addiction, juvenile delinquency, peer pressure, underage drinking, theft, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
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The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.
Style: sincere, touching, bleak, meditative, atmospheric ...
Plot: kids in trouble, realism, childhood, petty criminal, social problems, life is a bitch, orphan, youth, society, responsibility, street kid, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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 7.1
 614
10 1/2 (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Tommy, 10 years old, is well known by Social Services. He is considered a danger to society. Gilles, his guardian at this halfway house, sees potential for redemption in this kid driven by violence.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: social worker, kids in trouble, child abuse, boy, hopes, life is a bitch, danger, power relations, redemption, teachers and students, violence, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec
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All the Invisible Children (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Seven short films - each one focused on the plight of a different child protagonist.
Style: touching, atmospheric, rough, captivating, serious ...
Plot: kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, homeless, aids, gypsy, social decay, young heroes, life is a bitch, child abandonment, danger, neo realism, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia, africa, sao paulo brazil, napoli italy
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 7.2
 30K
Mean Creek (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, psychological, intense, suspense ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: prank, kids in trouble, bully, birthday, unsupportive friend, boat, friends, small town, friendship, guilt, drowning, interrogation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon
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 8.2
 3K
City of Men (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: City of Men is a Brazilian television programme created by Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles, the directors of the film City of God. The series was watched by 35 million viewers in Brazil and was released internationally on DVD shortly after the ...
Style: stylized, rough, atmospheric, serious, captivating ...
Plot: kids in trouble, street gang, friendship, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, social decay, society, gang, crimes, crime, youth, young heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, sao paulo brazil
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 7.5
 301K
Hugo (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and ...
Style: touching, exciting, captivating, light, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, adventure, filmmaking, friendship, kids in trouble, hopes, toys, destiny, child's point of view, magical, clock, loss ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, post world war one, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 6.5
 883
Engel & Joe (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A love story of a 17 year old punk-rocker and a 15 year old runaway girl.
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: kids in trouble, pregnancy, fall in love, love affair, life is a bitch, on the run, society, youth, family relations, breakup, couples, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 6.1
 4K
Afterschool (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A prep-school student (Ezra Miller) accidentally films the drug-related deaths of two classmates, then is asked to put together a memorial video.
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: overdose, kids in trouble, boarding school, video camera, teenage life, social misfits, misfit, drug abuse, social relations, youth, life is a bitch, voyeurism ...
Time: contemporary, year 2006
Place: connecticut, new york, manhattan new york city
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 7.2
 1K
Jet Boy (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dave Schultz' feature debut Jet Boy is a drama about a boy attempting to figure out his future. Nathan (Branden Nadon) goes on a search to find his father after his mother dies of a drug overdose. Nathan has been prostituting himself in order ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: man boy relationship, child neglect, prostitute, kids in trouble, lifestyle, young heroes, orphan, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, youth, danger, overdose ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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In a Better World (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.
Style: emotional, bleak, disturbing, touching, depressing ...
Plot: father son relationship, friendship, bully, loneliness, bomb, divorce, bullying, kids in trouble, marital problem, moral dilemma, small town, anger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sudan, denmark, europe, africa, london ...
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 7.6
 10K
Scum (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the ...
Style: disturbing, rough, tense, serious, cult film ...
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, youth, rebellion, kids in trouble, violence, riot, racism, revenge, corruption, criminal heroes, prison life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england
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 6.5
 198K
It: Chapter Two (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, it chapter two brings the chapters - who've long since gone their separate ways - back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.
Style: scary, suspense, epic, macabre, suspenseful ...
Plot: clown, evil, evil clown, killer clown, inhaler, fear, giant, kids in trouble, asthma, killing spree, good versus evil, group of friends ...
Time: 2010s, year 1989, quarry, 80s, year 2016
Place: maine, los angeles, new york, usa
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 5.3
 161
1 Out of 7 (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Runaway teen Lexi find herself alone and pregnant on the streets. Seemingly beyond hope, she must turn to Devon, a woman with her own demons, to help her find a way back from her past mistakes.
Style: realistic, rough, sincere, serious, bleak
Audience: kids
Plot: life is a bitch, kids in trouble, teenage life, homeless, pregnancy, family problems, dysfunctional family, youth, society, love, urban ghetto life, escape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa
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 6.0
 1K
White Rabbit (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A bullied student sees visions of a rabbit he was forced to kill as a child, and those visions propel him into a state where his imagination causes him to carry out violent acts.
Style: serious, disturbing, rough, dark, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, high school, kids in trouble, rabbit, rebelliousness, friendship, life is a bitch, society, violence, bullying, vengeance, imagination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Hidden in the Woods (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Chile
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of two sisters who have been raised in isolation, subjected to the torment of their abusive, drug dealing father. When they finally decide to report him to the police, he kills the two officers and is put in jail. But things go from bad to ...
Style: rough, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: incest rape, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, on the run, kids in trouble, family problems, siblings relations, vengeance, feral man, in the woods, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile, latin america
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 7.1
 5K
Play (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children on about 40 occasions between 2006 and 2008. The thieves used an elaborate scheme called the 'little brother number' or 'brother trick', involving ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, crimes, rivalry, danger, mind game, society, youth, human nature, juvenile delinquent, friendship between boys ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, europe
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 7.6
 1K
Mirage (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Republic of North Macedonia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As Macedonia faces its difficult transition, a boy escapes into a world of his own creation.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, bleak
Plot: poet, hopes, family relations, kids in trouble, friendship, teenage life, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, parents and children, youth, soldier, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, macedonia, france, former yugoslavia, europe ...
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 5.7
 884
Self Medicated (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on true events. On the edges of Las Vegas, 17-year-old Andrew's life is spiraling out of control. Unable to cope with the loss of his father, Andrew's descent into drugs and violence is gaining momentum, and the once promising young ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, mental institution, downfall, rehabilitation, kids in trouble, addiction, self discovery, family problems, uncontrollable, parents and children, mental illness, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
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 5.4
 712
1-Ichi (2003)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: We follow Ichi during his high school years. Mr. Dai is the best fighter in school... whenever he fights Ichi is there and has a huge smile on his face. Mr. Dai thinks that Ichi is laughing at him but in fact he enjoys watching the violence that ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, dark humor, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang, vengeance, danger, high school, kids in trouble, mysterious character, misfit, youth, mind game, rivalry, save the day, violence spree ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Without Destination (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Sin Destino follows the life of a 15 year old Mexican boy, Francisco, as he struggles to survive on the streets. His primary source of income is money raised by prostituting himself to men for sex, and the film implies that this learned behaviour ...
Style: disturbing, rough, psychological, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: teenage prostitute, teenage life, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, society, life is a bitch, youth, haunted by the past, sexual abuse, drug abuse, urban ghetto life, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
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 6.6
 528
Our Father (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Chad, Netherlands
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two boys (Tamir & Amine) awake one morning to find that their father has abandoned their family. Shocked, they begin to misbehave. While surreptitiously watching a movie, they think they see their father speaking to them and steal the film to ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, contemplative
Plot: family relations, obsessive quest, young heroes, against the odds, missing person, kids in trouble, dysfunctional family, parents and children, teenage life, family problems, estrangement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, morocco
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 7.3
 535
Abandoned (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Áron is a happy child in his family. But at some point things take a different turn, and his mother starts to lose her health rapidly. As this happens, the man in charge decides what's best for Áron without consulting the young boy's ...
Style: serious, touching, sincere, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: corporal punishment, kids in trouble, friendship, teenage life, human spirit, boarding school life, orphan, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional family, custody ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: hungary, europe
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King of Thieves (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two amateur circus kids from a poor Ukrainian village, ten-year-old Barbu and his older sister Mimma, are sold to a circus artist called Caruso who promises them a career in the West.
Style: disturbing, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: child prostitution, circus, slave trade, kids in trouble, kidnapping, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, youth, sexual abuse, siblings relations, crimes, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ukraine, berlin germany, germany, europe, eastern europe
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 5.8
 314
Baby for Sale (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A couple discover that the baby girl they're trying to adopt is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The couple become part of a sting operation to bust the baby-selling ring.
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, black market, fighting the system, social decay, kids in trouble, family life, injustice, dishonesty, babies and infants, life is a bitch, legal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Morocco, Tunisia, France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib's ...
Style: rough, captivating, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, survival, friendship, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, homeless, youth, danger, society, gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa
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 7.2
 12K
Wild Bill (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Out on parole after 8 years inside Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11 and 15 year old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Unwilling to play Dad, an uncaring Bill is determined to move on.
Style: captivating, rough, suspenseful, touching, realistic ...
Plot: gang, working class, ex convict, parole, drug dealer, starting over, adulthood, kids in trouble, redemption, society, youth, social worker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
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 5.1
 562
Summer Scars (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 73 min.
Story: A group of teens are faced with a life-changing experience when they meet a deranged drifter
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, suspense, scary ...
Plot: survival, youth, psychopath, kids in trouble, kidnapping, teenage life, mind game, danger, in the woods, crimes, schizophrenic, exploitation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 5.2
 636
Crutch (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: coming out, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, drug abuse, suburbs, rehabilitation, lifestyle, kids in trouble, teenage life, social decay, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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