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

List of kids in trouble movies

The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama
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: bleak, sincere, realistic, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: kids in trouble, childhood, realism, youth, abandoned by father, boy, adoption, orphan, life is a bitch, social problems, petty criminal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, erotic ...
Plot: man boy relationship, kids in trouble, orphan, gay, teenage prostitution, child neglect, youth, prostitute, teenage boy, lifestyle, life is a bitch, young heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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 7.2
 32K
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: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, dark ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: kids in trouble, friendship, coming of age, prank, bully, bullying, small town, teenager, vengeance, unsupportive friend, guilt, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 88K
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, sincere, tense, disturbing, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, underage drinking, peer pressure, dysfunctional family, friendship, addiction, drug addiction, friends, mother daughter relationship, marijuana, kids in trouble, teen angst ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, venice beach california, los angeles
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 7.0
 678
10 1/2 (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 108 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, child abuse, juvenile delinquent, social worker, life is a bitch, isolation, youth, police, violence, hopes, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: quebec, canada
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 6.2
 131K
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, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, kids in trouble, siblings relations, elderly, found footage, family relations, farm, basement, parents and children, grandmother granddaughter relationship, sibling relationship, grandfather granddaughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia
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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, neorealism, captivating, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: kids in trouble, homeless, juvenile delinquency, child abandonment, aids, young heroes, life is a bitch, social decay, survival, society, youth, cruelty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, serbia, sao paulo brazil, napoli italy
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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, humorous ...
Plot: youth, kids in trouble, mischievous children, friendship, obsession, society, political unrest, coming of age, friends, little boy, human rights, religions or cults ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, europe, belfast
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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, captivating, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: kids in trouble, friendship, street gang, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, social decay, society, crimes, youth, young heroes, gang, struggle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sao paulo brazil, rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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 7.5
 322K
Hugo (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA, UK, 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, visually appealing, light, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: steampunk, orphan, adventure, magical, robot, friendship, kids in trouble, magic, hopes, destiny, filmmaking, child's point of view ...
Time: 1930s, post world war one, 1920s, 20th century, year 1931
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 7.0
 1K
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: serious, touching, sincere, psychological, rough ...
Plot: teenage life, kids in trouble, youth, gambling, tragic love, redemption, underdog, love and romance, survival, unfulfilled love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, fight ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia, kazakhstan, turkey
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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: realistic, serious, touching, captivating, entertaining
Audience: teens
Plot: kids in trouble, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, family relations, single parent, youth, crimes, parents and children, bittersweet, childhood, financial problem, teenage boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latvia
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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, realistic, serious, emotional, sad
Plot: kids in trouble, kidnapping, hopes, confined, life is a bitch, single parent, captivity, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family in crisis, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 90s
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 7.2
 7K
Pellet (2000)
Genre: 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: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: child abuse, abusive father, friendship, school, youth, kids in trouble, social worker, life is a bitch, self discovery, family problems, teaching the ways of the world, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, madrid, europe
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 6.8
 310
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: serious, touching, realistic, humorous, gloomy
Plot: youth, kids in trouble, teenage life, family problems, family relations, family in crisis, death in the family, brother brother relationship, death of mother, coming of age, sibling relationship, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 26K
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, meditative, touching, road movie ...
Audience: kids, teen drama
Plot: desert, coming of age, survival, suicide, culture clash, wilderness, rite of passage, teenage girl, brother sister relationship, language barrier, australian outback, tribe ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, sydney australia, adelaide south australia
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 7.1
 359
Sister (2019)
Genre: Drama, Family, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: How many Yamil remembers himself, war has always been. He is very much waiting for it to end - after all, then the father will return, whom the boy knows only from photographs and letters. One day, Mom leaves for a distant city and brings the silent ...
Style: sincere, captivating, disturbing, touching, sentimental
Plot: wartime, traumatic childhood, kids in trouble, little girl, life is a bitch, family relations, world war two, struggle for survival, step siblings, brother sister relationship, fascism, war ...
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 256K
It Chapter Two (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: 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, slasher, macabre, epic, suspense ...
Plot: killer clown, evil clown, clown, evil, fear, creature, good versus evil, panic, carnival, murder, haunted house, asthma ...
Time: year 1989, 2010s, 80s, year 2016
Place: maine, usa, new york, los angeles
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 6.4
 937
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, sentimental, sincere, talky ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: kids in trouble, drug addict, punk, pregnancy, love affair, fall in love, life is a bitch, street kid, grownups, family relations, breakup, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Is relevant ?
 6.0
 5K
Afterschool (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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, cerebral ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: boarding school, kids in trouble, overdose, teenage life, misfit, social misfits, drug abuse, social relations, youth, life is a bitch, voyeurism, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, year 2006
Place: connecticut, manhattan new york city, new york
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 6.2
 29K
Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: atmospheric, melancholic, serious, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, coming of age, teenage life, teenager, adolescence, teenage girl, crush, depression, high school, loneliness, teenage sexuality, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 2K
Cold Water (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An outer suburb of Paris, 1972. Gilles and Christine, both sixteen, are classmates and lovers who have become frustrated with the aloofness of their families and the general monotony of their lives. When the pair are caught shoplifting, ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama
Plot: youth, kids in trouble, family relations, unfulfilled love, rebelliousness, teenage life, romance, parents and children, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, school ...
Time: 70s
Place: france, paris france, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 12K
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, captivating ...
Plot: prison, racism, youth, rebellion, riot, revenge, corruption, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, violence, humiliation, sadism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom
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I Won't Come Back (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Kazakhstan, Russia, Estonia, Finland, Belarus
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Anya, a young academic raised in an orphanage, is on the cusp of success when she’s accused of drug possession. While in limbo hiding from the police, she hits the road with Kristina, another orphan several years Anya’s junior, in search of her ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, tragic ending ...
Plot: orphan, friends, teenage life, obsessive quest, false accusation, escapades, odd couple, friendship, kids in trouble, on the run, escape, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, kazakhstan, eastern europe, europe
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Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India, USA, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Before Slumdog Millionaire came Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated drama tells the moving story of life on the streets of Bombay as seen through the eyes of Chaipu, a twelve-year-old boy living rough in the city.
Style: realistic, reflective, witty, sad, poignant ...
Plot: drug addiction, coming of age, kids in trouble, underage sex, childhood, youth, homeless, ethnic, drugs, corruption, betrayal, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, bombay india
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 456K
Divergent (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In a world divided into factions based on personality types, Tris learns that she's been classified as Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, futuristic, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: distopia, fighting the system, survival, rebellion, chosen one, heroine, society, youth, choice, teenage life, training, heroes ...
Time: future, near future
Place: chicago illinois, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 25K
Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, heroin, downfall, drug abuse, friendship, drug addict, life is a bitch, teenage life, youth, drug overdose, teenage prostitution ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: west berlin west germany, berlin germany, poland, europe, west germany ...
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 5.8
 919
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: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, mental institution, kids in trouble, rehabilitation, downfall, self discovery, addiction, family problems, uncontrollable, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
Is relevant ?
 5.6
 262
Blast (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Four high school friends believe the local myth that developer Swenson killed a kid for trespassing years earlier and got away with it. When one of the four friends disappears, the remaining three believe Swenson killed their friend and they take ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful
Plot: small town, kids in trouble, uncover truth, haunted by the past, teenage life, investigation, mind game, crimes, youth, rivalry, crime gone awry, murder ...
Time: 90s
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 6.6
 674
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, touching, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: against the odds, coming of age, family relations, obsessive quest, young heroes, kids in trouble, missing person, brothers, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, morocco
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