Emotional abuse movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant emotional abuse movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out psychological, captivating, suspenseful, disturbing, realistic and serious films and TV shows about / with emotional abuse, suspense, family relations, teenager, love, mother daughter relationship, revenge, violence, female nudity and murder plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as emotional abuse: No One Would Tell (2018), Whiplash (2014), Queen of Hearts (2019), Who's Watching Oliver (2017), Fanny and Alexander (1982), The Notebook (2013), Tomboy (2011), Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), F is for Family (2015), Backwaters (2006).

List of emotional abuse movies

No One Would Tell (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Laura Collins (Shannen Doherty), single mom to daughter Sarah (Matreya Scarrwener), has had a history of rocky relationships, so when Sarah begins dating the popular and charismatic Rob Tennison (Callan Potter), Laura is thrilled with what she sees. ...
Style: bad ending, rough, psychological, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: emotional abuse, abusive boyfriend, physical abuse, domestic violence, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, court, relationships, high school, suspense, mother daughter relationship, best friend, brutality ...
Place: usa
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Whiplash (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.
Style: motivational, dramatic, psychological, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: music, obsession, mentor, teachers and students, desire for fame, follow your dream, jazz, emotional abuse, musician's life, drummer, musician, music school ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, usa
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Queen of Hearts (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Anne, a brilliant and dedicated advocacy lawyer specialising in society’s most vulnerable, children and young adults, lives what appears to be the picture-perfect life with her doctor-husband, Peter, and their twin daughters. When her estranged ...
Style: thought provoking, sexy, emotional, melancholic, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, adult
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, stepmother stepson relationship, incest, older woman younger man sex, adultery, sex with stepmother, older woman teenage boy relationship, sex with stepson, older woman teenage boy sex, cheating wife, sex with a minor, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century
Place: denmark
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Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story (2019)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: High school teacher Mary Stauffer and her eight-year old daughter, Beth are held captive for 53 days by an obsessed former student. Based on a true story.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: emotional abuse, rape, teacher, mother daughter relationship, missing person, surveillance, escape, captivity, abduction, obsession, isolation, suspense ...
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Who's Watching Oliver (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA, Thailand
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The story of a mentally unstable loner lost in a life forced upon him. By night Oliver aimlessly wanders the streets and bars on what can only be described as a truly shocking and humiliating killing spree. His only savior and possible way out of a ...
Style: bleak, psychotronic, suspenseful, scary, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, sex maniac, murder, rape, abusive mother, emotional abuse, violence, killing spree, mental illness, psychological abuse, mother son incest, disposing of a dead body ...
Time: 21st century
Place: thailand
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Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.
Style: intellectual, philosophical, disturbing, art house, thought provoking ...
Plot: childhood, ghost, christmas, children, emotional abuse, brother sister relationship, grief, coming of age, abusive stepfather, child abuse, domestic violence, christmas eve ...
Time: victorian era, 20th century, turn of the century, 90s, 1910s
Place: sweden, tokyo, eastern europe, scandinavia
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The Notebook (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hungary, Germany, Austria, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In a village on the Hungarian border, two young brothers grow up during war time with their cruel grandmother and must learn every trick of evil to survive in the absurd world of adults.
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, serious, sad ...
Plot: world war two, teenager, emotional abuse, boy, wartime life, starvation, countryside, teenage life, twins, life is a bitch, nazi, holocaust ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: hungary
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Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos (2021)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Jennifer Dulos, the wealthy, Connecticut mother-of-five who mysteriously vanished.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, realistic, tense
Plot: construction company, emotional abuse, marriage, marital infidelity, aspiring writer, uxoricide, male female relationship, police investigation, death threat, murder investigation, partners, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york
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Tomboy (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Mickaël.
Style: serious, captivating, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gender, transsexual, childhood, youth, friendship, child protagonist, children, family relations, self discovery, society, sexual identity, coming of age ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, neo noir, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: obsession, domestic violence, stalking, violent husband, suspense, woman in danger, starting over, psychopath, dangerous attraction, obsessive love, revenge, haunted by the past ...
Time: year 1990, 20th century, 90s
Place: boston, africa, usa, san francisco, iowa
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F is for Family (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Canada, USA
Duration: 30 min.
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Story: The story of the Murphy's, a lower middle class family living in the 1970s — a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside, and bring a gun to the airport. “F Is For Family”, is a six-episode animated series based on the comedy of ...
Style: realistic, adult animation, humorous, anime, sitcom ...
Audience: kids, teens, adult
Plot: dysfunctional family, gross out humor, family relations, emotional abuse, family life, parents and children, couple relations, teenage life, satire, teenager, betrayal, middle class ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Backwaters (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A paralyzed woman goes missing after she and her husband travel to India for specialized medical attention.
Style: exciting, disturbing, captivating, tense, sentimental ...
Audience: adult
Plot: adultery, emotional abuse, marital problem, husband wife relationship, murder of wife, car accident, false accusation, infidelity, murder, suspense, erotica, bisexual ...
Place: india
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Psychobitch (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Frida is different. Self chosen different. Marius, on the other hand is the most perfect boy in class, and likes to show off. When they have to work together at school, it's the start of a turbulent and challenging relationship. Generation ...
Style: psychological, tense, unusual plot structure, captivating, contemplative
Plot: emotional abuse, group of friends, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, school, mother daughter relationship, socially awkward, classmate classmate relationship, humiliation, teenage girl, chase, father son relationship, awkward situation ...
Place: eastern europe
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Run for Your Life (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A journalist must make a decision to flee with her two children from her abusive ex-husband or kill him before he kills her.
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, tense
Plot: abusive husband, violence against women, battered wife, intrigue, starting over, false identity, domestic violence, legal system, court, emotional abuse, hitman, journalist ...
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When Your Flesh Screams (2015)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Argentina
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Martina, a biology student, who after moving from her hometown to complete her studies decides to undertake an excursion to the outskirts of the city in search of rare and exotic specimens for research. Not finding the specimen after a long search, ...
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, sadistic, slasher
Plot: kidnapped woman, revenge, rape, forest, brutality, violence, torture, rape victim, trap, suspense, justice, emotional abuse ...
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Michael (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Although to the outside world he seems like the a perfectly normal insurance broker, Michael secretly keeps a 10-year-old boy, Wolfgang locked in a room in his soundproof basement.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, bleak, sexy ...
Plot: pedophilia, child abuse, pedophile, boy, life is a bitch, child molestation, kidnapping, child rape, isolation, child abduction, gay, basement ...
Time: 21st century
Place: germany, europe, austria, central europe
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Tangled (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When the kingdom's most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, romantic, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens, teens ...
Plot: princess, disney, fall in love, disney princess, couples, love and romance, horse, female protagonist, unlikely couple, young woman, power of love, hopes ...
Time: 17th century
Place: germany, fictional island
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iGirlfriend (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A teen comedy about a nerdy teenager who creates an iPhone app to be his girlfriend. When she miraculously comes to life, things go hilariously wrong, and she tries to kill him.
Style: humorous, psychotronic, light, teen comedy
Plot: high school student, humiliation, classmate classmate relationship, friendship, school, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, rivalry, student, teenage protagonist, emotional abuse, friend, breakup ...
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Honey Bunny (2017)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Vincent, 18 years old, is dumped by Elina. It is his first love, it is the end of the world! His parents decide to take matters into their own hands and will try everything to make him forget this girl: he will have to follow them in a loving ...
Style: humorous, entertaining, feel good, light
Plot: family relations, husband wife relationship, brother sister relationship, drunkenness, awkward situation, paranoia, school, student, father son relationship, husband wife conflict, emotional abuse, co worker co worker relationship ...
Place: paris france
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You're Killing Me (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Joe just told his boyfriend, George, that he is a serial killer. George thinks that his boyfriend, Joe, is hilarious... and he just saw Patricia Arquette at Target!!! In the horror/comedy hybrid, 'You're Killing Me', we take a look at ...
Style: lgbt cinema, homoerotic, humorous, romantic, slasher ...
Plot: psychopath as protagonist, serial killer, multiple deaths, lgbt, serial murder, criminal, doctor patient relationship, psychiatrist, gay couple, murder, criminal as protagonist, obsessed fan ...
Place: los angeles
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Bellissima (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 61 min.
Story: Elzbieta (Ewa Kasprzyk) desperately wishes for her daughter, Maria (Maria Goralczyk), to become famous so she can live vicariously through her. Feeling she was deprived of her shot at fame, Elzbieta sets up auditions for Maria, even though Maria ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: teenage girl, ambition, fame, motherhood, career, older woman younger man relationship, drugs, mother daughter relationship, emotional abuse, pregnancy, child abuse, age-gap relationship ...
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The Welts (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Following the death of his mother in '80s Poland, 12-year-old Wojciech has taken the brunt of his stressed father's frustrations with him; the boy frequently gets punished via belt. Wojciech's father occasionally tries to, instead, ...
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing
Plot: family relations, love, fear, parent child relationship, punishment, fall in love, father son relationship, male female relationship, violence, emotional abuse, redemption, childhood trauma ...
Time: 80s
Place: eastern europe
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Prep School (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Upon learning of his girlfriend's infidelity, Greg, the star player of his elite private school’s rugby team, suffers an emotional breakdown, leaving his friends and teammates to pick up the pieces and deal with the crisis in their own ways, ...
Style: surprise ending, ambiguous ending
Plot: rugby, revenge, private school, school, high school, preparatory school, exploitation, gay slur, betrayal, drugs, violence, controversy ...
Place: california, san francisco
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Tournament of Dreams (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The Lady Cavaliers high school girls' basketball team is on the verge of extinction because of school budget cuts. The school's principal (Debbie Allen) is just about consign the Cavs to oblivion when the team and certain faculty members ...
Style: exciting, rough, touching, surprise ending
Plot: racial slur, interracial friendship, interracial relations, friendship, school, gay slur, revenge, father daughter relationship, african american, first love, interracial marriage, teen angst ...
Place: los angeles, california
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Frownland (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A rotten egg lobbed with spazmo aim at the spotless surface of the silver screen, FROWNLAND centers on social misfit and self-labeled "troll from under the bridge" Keith Sontag (Dore Mann). When he's not trying to sell coupons ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, clever, witty ...
Plot: friends, buddies, society, misfit, social misfits, love and romance, lifestyle, city life, suburbs, fall in love, insecurity, mental breakdown ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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Burnt (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Adam Jones is a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.
Style: inspirational, entertaining, exciting, talky, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: chef, cooking, restaurant, food, abuse of power, violent behavior, male chauvinist, violent man, redemption, psychopath as protagonist, physical abuse, vengeance ...
Place: london, new orleans, paris france
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Tell It to the Bees (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Sweden
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Dr. Jean Markham returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father's medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the ...
Style: psychological, sad, touching, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: lgbt, lesbian, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, lesbian romance, lesbian sex, lesbian couple, intolerance, emotional abuse, lgbtq, gay, lesbian interest ...
Time: 50s, year 1952
Place: scotland
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Take Back the Night (2021)
Genre: Action, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Finding herself the victim of a violent monster attack, Jane launches a vigilante campaign to hunt the beast that tried to kill her. Jane's efforts intensify, but her troubling history of drug use and mental illness bubbles to the surface ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: monster, suspense, doubts and hesitations, emotional abuse, mentally unstable, troubled past, lynching, dark past, drugs, revenge, drug abuse, female nudity ...
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Guilt (2022)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 78 min.
Story: After being sexually assaulted by an acquainted and incapable of dealing with the situation, a woman leaves her whole life behind and hides herself away in an isolated cabin in the mountains.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, disturbing
Plot: violence against women, violence, psychological trauma, rape victim, traumatic experience, life is a bitch, tragic past, troubled past, rape, traumatic past, suspense, rape and revenge ...
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Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Dangerous Liaisons is the film based on the novel of the same name by Choderlos de Laclos set in 18th century France. Marquise de Merteuil’s asks her ex-lover Vicomte de Valmont to seduce the future wife of another ex-lover of hers in return for ...
Style: sexy, sexual, erotic, romantic, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aristocracy, seduction, sexuality, sex, fatal attraction, female nudity, love, love letter, adultery, casanova, emotional abuse, sexual relations ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 19th century, victorian era
Place: france, paris france, europe
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