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 realistic, serious, bleak, emotional, captivating and disturbing films and TV shows about / with kids in trouble, youth, life is a bitch, friendship, society, teenage boy, teenager, coming of age, violence and family relations plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as kids in trouble: 10 1/2 (2010), The Visit (2015), The Kid with a Bike (2011), Jet Boy (2001), Thirteen (2003), All the Invisible Children (2005), Mean Creek (2004), Mickybo and Me (2004), City of Men (2002), Fifty-Fifty (2004).

List of kids in trouble movies

 7.1
 624
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, realistic, captivating
Plot: kids in trouble, boy, social worker, juvenile delinquent, child abuse, life is a bitch, isolation, danger, pedophile, hopes, youth, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: quebec, canada
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 6.2
 118K
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: twist ending, surprise ending, suspenseful, suspense, dark ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: kids in trouble, danger, siblings relations, family relations, elderly, murder, parents and children, farm, grandfather granddaughter relationship, dark humor, hide and seek, sibling relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa, philadelphia
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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, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: kids in trouble, realism, childhood, petty criminal, social problems, life is a bitch, orphan, society, street kid, goodhearted, family problems, abandoned ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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 7.1
 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, kids in trouble, orphan, child neglect, teenage prostitution, prostitute, lifestyle, young heroes, life is a bitch, youth, danger, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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 6.8
 81K
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, sincere, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, peer pressure, kids in trouble, underage drinking, juvenile delinquency, addiction, friends, family problems, friendship, life is a bitch, theft ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
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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, social decay, life is a bitch, young heroes, child abandonment, society, danger, youth, neo realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: serbia, africa, sao paulo brazil, napoli italy
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 7.2
 31K
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: bully, kids in trouble, prank, birthday, unsupportive friend, friends, small town, friendship, guilt, drowning, interrogation, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon
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Mickybo and Me (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Ireland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The film tells the story of two boys who become friends at the start of the Troubles in 1970. The boys share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with the consequence that they run away to Australia.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: mischievous children, kids in trouble, youth, friendship, obsession, society, political unrest, friends, ira, religions or cults, state affairs, wannabe ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, belfast
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 8.3
 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, friendship, street gang, social decay, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, social problems, struggle, street kid, crime, youth, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, sao paulo brazil
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 7.0
 987
Fifty-Fifty (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Sport, Thriller
Country: Kazakhstan, Russia, France, Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A teen involved in the world of underground boxing vows to take care of a dead fighter's family.
Style: sincere, psychological, touching, rough, serious ...
Plot: kids in trouble, teenage life, youth, gambling, redemption, tragic love, underdog, love and romance, survival, unfulfilled love, illegal fistfight, fight ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia, turkey, kazakhstan
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 7.5
 310K
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: visually appealing, touching, sentimental, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, adventure, filmmaking, magical, friendship, steampunk, street kid, kids in trouble, hopes, destiny, robot, danger ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, post world war one, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: kids in trouble, kidnapping, reunion, single parent, danger, confined, family in crisis, parents and children, captivity, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
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 7.3
 6K
Pellet (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 88 min.
Story: El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The arrival of a new boy at school changes his attitude ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Plot: abusive father, child abuse, kids in trouble, friendship, social worker, self discovery, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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 6.9
 264
Dummy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A coming of age drama about two young brothers whose lives are thrown into turmoil when their mother dies suddenly, leaving them to fend for themselves. While Danny loses himself in music, sex and drugs, his younger brother Jack transforms a life ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, humorous, gloomy
Plot: kids in trouble, teenage life, youth, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, death in the family, brother brother relationship, coming of age, death of mother, dealing with death, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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 7.6
 24K
Walkabout (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with ...
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, touching, meditative, contemplative ...
Plot: desert, survival, tribe, wilderness, kids in trouble, culture clash, suicide, adventure, human nature, danger, coming of age, trust ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, adelaide south australia, sydney australia
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 6.5
 900
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, society, on the run, youth, breakup, couples, family relations, 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: serious, disturbing, bleak, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: kids in trouble, overdose, boarding school, teenage life, social misfits, misfit, drug abuse, youth, life is a bitch, social relations, voyeurism, video camera ...
Time: contemporary, year 2006
Place: connecticut, new york, manhattan new york city
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 7.6
 11K
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: rebellion, prison, juvenile delinquency, youth, kids in trouble, corruption, revenge, racism, riot, prison life, criminal heroes, social misfits ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom
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 6.5
 220K
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, macabre, slasher, epic ...
Plot: clown, killer clown, evil, evil clown, inhaler, asthma, creature, fear, kids in trouble, killing spree, good versus evil, giant ...
Time: 2010s, year 1989, year 2016, 80s
Place: maine, usa, new york, los angeles
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 5.3
 163
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: rough, realistic, sincere, serious, bleak
Audience: kids
Plot: kids in trouble, life is a bitch, teenage life, homeless, pregnancy, family problems, youth, dysfunctional family, society, love, urban ghetto life, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, oregon
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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, bullying, vengeance, imagination, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Lilet Never Happened (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Philippines
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lilet Never Happened is the rollercoaster story of how a young girl, struggling to survive in the streets of Manila, spirals down into child prostitution. She is a fighter. She is a dreamer. She is a rebel and she thinks she can handle the world ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: kids in trouble, life is a bitch, social decay, youth, sexual abuse, danger, prostitute, society, pedophilia, child prostitution, social worker, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: manila philippines, asia, the philippines
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 7.0
 57
Begin Again (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 68 min.
Story: 12-year-old Jessica Jones world is torn apart when she is taken out of her abusive home and placed in to Foster care. Jessica will grapple with her past, present, and future, and meet numerous struggles along the way. Her story is the reality of so ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: custody, foster parent, kids in trouble, family life, haunted by the past, starting over, parents and children, youth, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, utah
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Mother, I Love You (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Latvia
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Raimonds, a 12 year old boy, falls into a world of petty crime while trying to stay out of trouble with his mother.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, entertaining
Plot: kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, single parent, crimes, youth, parents and children, family relations, bittersweet, childhood, teenager, money problems, financial problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latvia
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Ball in the House (2001)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Relative Evil (aka Ball in the House) - When JJ (Jonathan Tucker) returns home from rehab, he is greeted by a conniving family who are plotting to cash in on a life insurance policy before his 18th birthday
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, bleak, gloomy
Plot: teenage life, against the odds, dysfunctional family, going straight, kids in trouble, drug abuse, addiction, family problems, life is a bitch, youth, misfit, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary
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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, captivating, serious, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, kids in trouble, youth, society, mind game, danger, rivalry, crimes, human nature, juvenile delinquent, interracial friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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If You Were Young: Rage (1970)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: If You Were Young: Rage highlights the other side of post-war Japanese prosperity, focusing on the throngs of young people who missed out on the boom. We follow a group of young men that can't seem to get ahead, despite their willingness to ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: family relations, unemployment, social differences, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, society, crimes, hopes, youth, gang, city life, innocence lost ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 5.8
 316
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, emotional, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: adoption, black market, fighting the system, social decay, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, injustice, family life, society, dishonesty, crimes, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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: 90 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: captivating, serious, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, survival, friendship, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, youth, society, danger, gang, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa
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 5.1
 650
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, family relations, coming of age, drug abuse, rehabilitation, suburbs, social decay, teenage life, dangerous attraction, kids in trouble, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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