Abuse movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant abuse movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspense, intense, interesting and psychological films and TV shows about / with abuse, storytelling, violence, brutality, mentor, vengeance, murder, profanity, flashback and nudity (full frontal - brief) plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
abuse movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as abuse: Allure (2017), Chained (2012), Orange Is the New Black (2013), Prison School (2015), The Chorus (2004), ERASED (2016), Thirteen (2003), Saw (2004), Water for Elephants (2011), Radio Flyer (1992).

List of abuse movies

Allure (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Plagued by the abuse of her past and the turmoil of failed intimate encounters, Laura struggles to find a lover and a sense of normalcy. Her beacon of hope comes in sixteen year-old Eva, a talented pianist disillusioned by the life her mother ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, psycho sexual, touching
Plot: lesbian love, abuse, woman undressing, lesbian interest, obsession, mother daughter relationship, lesbian relationship, forbidden love, teenage crush, teenage girl, manipulation, marital argument ...
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Chained (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A serial killer kidnaps a young boy after murdering his mother, then raises him to be his accomplice. After years in captivity, the boy must choose between escaping or following in his captor's bloody footprints.
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: captivity, serial rapist, serial killer, slave, escape attempt, psychopath, crimes, confined, slavery, childhood trauma, misogynist, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Orange Is the New Black (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: A crime she committed in her youthful past sends Piper Chapman to a women's prison, where she trades her comfortable New York life for one of unexpected camaraderie and conflict in an eccentric group of fellow inmates.
Style: clever, realistic, humorous, mad, cynical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, prison life, lgbt, women in prison, life turned upside down, prison, gender, strong female character, women's prison, lesbian sex, lesbianism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york state, new york
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Prison School (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: There was a time when the Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls' boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo but a recent policy revision is allowing boys into the student body. On his first day, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers ...
Style: ecchi, entertaining, sexy, absurd, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: female nudity, masochism, punishment, teenage protagonist, gross out humor, teamwork, prison escape, prison, school, secret love, abuse, escapades ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boarding school, teachers and students, teacher, childhood, boarding school life, musician, music, boss, orphan, friendship, singer, choir ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: investigation, rape, hacker, sexual abuse, strong female character, danger, crime, missing person, uncover truth, search, journalist, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011, 2010s, 1960s ...
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe ...
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ERASED (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 264 min.
TV show
Story: Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his ...
Style: captivating, psychological, sentimental, tense, psychological thriller ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, child abuse, serial killer, time travel, murder, friendship, death, dysfunctional family, kidnapping, abuse, abusive mother, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006, year 1988
Place: japan
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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: peer pressure, dysfunctional family, coming of age, kids in trouble, underage drinking, addiction, juvenile delinquency, 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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Saw (2004)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: torture, mind game, psychopath, serial killer, game of death, plot twist, master criminal, insanity, fear, survival horror, captivity, violent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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Water for Elephants (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In this captivating Depression-era melodrama, impetuous veterinary student Jacob Jankowski joins a celebrated circus as an animal caretaker but faces a wrenching dilemma when he's transfixed by angelic married performer Marlena.
Style: emotional, touching, stylized, realistic, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: forbidden love, fall in love, circus, love and romance, lovers, performer's life, older woman younger man relationship, love affair, star, veterinarian, boss and employee, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: usa
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Radio Flyer (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A father reminisces about his childhood when he and his younger brother moved to a new town with their mother, her new husband and their dog, Shane. When the younger brother is subjected to physical abuse at the hands of their brutal stepfather, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: brother brother relationship, physical abuse, family relations, abuse, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, parents and children, domestic violence, radio, siblings relations, couple relations, stepfather ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969
Place: california, northern california, oklahoma
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Tyrannosaur (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship ...
Style: depressing, bleak, realistic, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: domestic violence, rage, drunkenness, redemption, abuse, frustration, society, violence, character study, abusive husband, prison visit, urination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: england, northern england
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Black Snake Moan (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, is looking everywhere for love, but never quite finding it.
Style: psychological, rough, sexy, sexual, emotional ...
Plot: sex addict, redemption, blues, injury, musician, nymphomaniac, captive, exploitation, abuse, nervous breakdown, sexual promiscuity, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tennessee, usa, mississippi, southern usa
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Kill for Me (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rent’s a bitch. And that is why, six months after her best friend went missing, Amanda finally gives in to getting another roommate, Hailey. The two college students turn out to have something in common, however: abusive men. For Hailey, it’s ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, twists and turns
Audience: teens
Plot: roommate, deadly, murder, uncover truth, manipulations, dishonesty, haunted by the past, woman in danger, danger, crimes, graphic violence, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Young Hunter (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Ezequiel, a sixteen-year-old gay teenager in his sexual awakening, meets a boy of twenty-one. They quickly start a relationship and the situation unravels unexpectedly.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, realistic, touching, serious
Plot: gay teenager, gay, male homosexuality, gay sex, abuse, sexual blackmail, skateboarder, porn actor, manipulation, male nudity, lgbt, homosexuality ...
Place: argentina
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Possum (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A disgraced children’s puppeteer returns to his childhood home and is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured him his entire life.
Style: psychological, scary, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: surrealism, hallucination, puppeteer, abuse, insanity, spider, missing child, curses spells and rituals, supernatural, evil, paranormal activity, haunted house ...
Time: contemporary
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The Day Will Come (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Set in the blooming 1960s, the film centres around two young brothers who are instantly robbed of their lives when they are placed in a boy's home forgotten by time. Armed only with a vivid imagination and a fickle hope, the boys engage in the ...
Style: realistic, captivating, suspenseful, touching, suspense
Plot: orphanage, mockery, escape, abuse, rules, brother, brother brother relationship, bully, undressing, beating, male nudity, violence ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
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What lies within (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Viola and Nicola are going through a rough time. To overcome this crisis, they decide to spend a weekend in a remote cabin belonged to Nicola's parents. Just a couple of days together to heal their wounds, , but everything will take a turn for ...
Style: suspense, exciting, suspenseful, rough, surprise ending
Plot: split personality, psychopath, abuse, husband wife relationship, schizophrenia, abusive husband, rape, spouse abuse, marital abuse, cabin, forest, death of son ...
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Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: prison, prison warden, abuse, fighting the system, liberal, corruption, brutality, violence, abuse of power, undercover, justice, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1960s, 60s
Place: arkansas, southern usa, new jersey, california
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The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, supernatural, prison, life philosophy, death row, convict, prison life, stephen king, healing power, justice, supernatural ability, death sentence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1999, 90s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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Blue Mountain State (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Three incoming freshmen attending Midwestern college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing.
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, light, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: college, youth, american football, teenage life, sport, friends, college life, looking for sex, football, strong sexual content, sport team, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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11:14 (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Tells the seemingly random yet vitally connected story of a set of incidents that all converge one evening at 11:14pm. The story follows the chain of events of five different characters and five different storylines that all converge to tell the ...
Style: non-linear, cynical, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: murder, chase, vandalism, accident, robbery, crime gone awry, dark humor, crimes, nothing goes right, deadly, cover up, theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, lesbian, prostitute, rape, lesbian love, misanthrope, sexual abuse, female killer, destructive relationship, tragic love, death sentence, homeless ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 2000s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, ohio, miami
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The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted ...
Style: thought provoking, rough, psychological, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: torture, experiment, prison, rape, disorder, surveillance, humiliation, power relations, rivalry, sadism, abuse, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: germany, canada
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21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: mind bending, gloomy, psychological, non-linear, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, guilt, redemption, tragedy, suicide attempt, crimes, death in the family, loss, desperation, mathematics, hit and run, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
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Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, neo noir, bleak, twist ending ...
Plot: mystery, vengeance, police investigation, loss of child, child abuse, child molestation, death in the family, sexual abuse, child rape, innocence lost, loss of daughter, murder ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 70s, contemporary, 60s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Germany, Belgium, UK, France, Sweden, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A man named Seligman finds a fainted wounded woman in an alley and he brings her home. She tells him that her name is Joe and that she is nymphomaniac. Joe tells her life and sexual experiences with hundreds of men since she was a young teenager ...
Style: erotic, sexual, psychological, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: lust, nudity (full frontal - brief), nymphomaniac, sex, strong sexual content, sex addict, sexuality, explicit sex, erection, deviant sex, sexual perversion, sexual exploration ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 80s, 20th century
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Natural Born Killers (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Style: controversial, sadistic, atmospheric, brutal, cult film ...
Plot: dark humor, violence, psychopath, mass murder, serial killer, sadism, murderous pair, violence spree, criminal heroes, insanity, cruelty, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: london, tokyo, nevada, arizona, paris france ...
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Drown (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Len is a Surf Lifesaving champion, a legend in the cloistered surf club just like his father. When the younger, faster, and fitter Phil arrives at the club, Len’s legendary status starts to crumble. Then Len sees Phil arriving in the company of ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, disturbing, tense
Plot: gay, swimming, drowning, sexual repression, lifeguard, jealousy, gay slur, bullying, beach, gay love, insecurity, abuse ...
Place: australia, sydney australia
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Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Story about the remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator and a chaotic homeless man, whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: homeless, alcohol abuse, addiction, haunted by the past, human nature, drugs/alcohol, tragic hero, abuse, life is a bitch, suicide attempt, institution, male friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england
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