Bad mother movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant bad mother movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful and touching films and TV shows about / with bad mother, family relations, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, teenager, coming of age, child abuse, death, family problems and parents and children plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as bad mother: Mother (2010), Lilya 4-Ever (2002), Carrie (1976), Run (2020), Touchless (2013), White Oleander (2002), My Little Princess (2011), The Afflicted (2011), Center of My World (2016), Standing Tall (2015).

List of bad mother movies

Mother (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 54 min.
TV show
Story: Mother is a Japanese television drama that aired on Nippon TV between 14 April and 23 June 2010, starring Matsuyuki Yasuko.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, captivating
Plot: motherhood, bad mother, kidnapping, child abuse, adoption, family problems, custody, child custody, journey, family relations, suspense, parents and children ...
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Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, depressing, sad, bad ending, brutal ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama, adult
Plot: prostitution, human trafficking, poverty, suicide, sexual abuse, prostitute, life is a bitch, friendship, russian, teenage prostitution, youth, rape ...
Place: sweden, europe, denmark, russia, eastern europe ...
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Carrie (1976)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis to exact revenge upon them.
Style: gothic, suspenseful, tense, intense, scary ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: bullying, vengeance, social misfits, cruelty, prom, telekinesis, revenge, abusive mother, prank, female protagonist, public humiliation, high school life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979, future, near future
Place: maine, usa
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Run (2020)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Chloe, a teenager who is confined to a wheelchair, is homeschooled by her mother, Diane. Chloe soon becomes suspicious of her mother and begins to suspect that she may be harboring a dark secret.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, psychological, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: overprotective parent, mother daughter relationship, handicapped, overprotective mother, single mother, escape, disability, lie, suspense, teenage life, bad mother, child abuse ...
Place: washington state
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Touchless (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Jolana (18) is an object of her stepf-father's desire. She is unable to cope, especially when her own mother turns a blind eye. Those events are heavily paid for when she finds herself working in a brothel. Her inability to cope raise a ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: sexploitation, self pity, brothel, female hysteria, incest, bad mother, violence, teenager, prostitute, rape, sex scene, martyrdom ...
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White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, intense, touching, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: mother daughter relationship, coming of age, bad mother, dysfunctional family, women's prison, manipulation, teenage life, murder, loneliness, mental illness, women, family relations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, nova scotia, mexico
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My Little Princess (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Young Violetta and her mother Hannah are a peculiar couple. Ten-year-old Violetta lives a quiet life with her grandmother, while her mother Hannah is an unpredictable photographer who lives off of the generosity of others. When Hannah forces her ...
Style: serious, sad, captivating, sincere, erotic ...
Plot: pedophilia, traumatic childhood, innocence lost, mother daughter conflict, art, eccentric family, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, psychology, bad mother, female photographer, children ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
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The Afflicted (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A story of incomprehensible abuse delivered by an explosively violent mother of four. Journey through the mind of a child that experiences a living hell, defined and defended by the twisted religious beliefs of her mother (
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, scary ...
Plot: parents and children, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, alcohol abuse, family problems, domestic disturbance, siblings relations, serial killer, bad mother, religion, torture, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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Center of My World (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A strange family: 17-year-old Phil lives with his mother and twin sister in an old mansion on the outskirts of town. When he returns from summer camp, the mood in the mansion has soured somehow. Phil doesn’t worry about it, hanging out with his ...
Style: captivating, realistic, rough, psychological, erotic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: gay, lgbt, gay teenager, coming of age, friendship, rejection, gay erotica, gay interest, gay lead character, gay sex, bisexuality, gay relationship ...
Place: central europe
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Standing Tall (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The film tells the story of Malony and his education as he grows from a six-year-old into an 18-year-old. A minors’ judge and a caseworker work tirelessly to try to save the young offender.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: juvenile delinquent, social worker, juvenile delinquency, judge, teen angst, teenage boy, nervousness, imprisonment, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, strong female character, compassion, anger ...
Time: year 1997
Place: france
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Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Germany, Belgium, UK, France, Sweden
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adult life and what led to her being in Seligman's care.
Style: erotic, disturbing, sexual, sexy, psychological ...
Audience: adult
Plot: sex, sex addict, lust, explicit sex, sexual perversion, nymphomaniac, bdsm, nymphomania, sex scene, erection, sexual relations, strong sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 21st century
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Mommie Dearest (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In this biographical film, glamorous yet lonely star Joan Crawford takes in two orphans, and at first their unconventional family seems happy. But after Joan's attempts at romantic fulfillment go sour and she is fired from her contract with MGM ...
Style: disturbing, controversial, factual, talky, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: child abuse, adoption, mother daughter relationship, abusive mother, dysfunctional family, narcissism, bad mother, mansion, hollywood, cult, mother, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, new york, los angeles
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Viper in the Fist (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 1920. Jean Rezeau and his elder brother were living happily in their family estate in Brittany, until the death of their grandmother. The return of their mother, a worthy descendant of fairytales' witches, brings an all new atmosphere to their ...
Plot: coming of age, brother brother relationship, bourgeoisie, death of grandmother, bad mother, mother son relationship, mother son conflict, bossy wife, saturn the planet, family relations, flying, power ...
Time: 1920s
Place: brittany, france
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Flowers in the Attic (1987)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After the death of her husband, a mother takes her kids off to live with their grandparents in a huge, decrepit old mansion. However, the kids are kept hidden in a room just below the attic, visited only by their mother who becomes less and less ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, harsh, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, confined, children, siblings relations, survival, estate, old mansion, child abuse, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, family life, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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Goodnight Mommy (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, surreal ...
Plot: mental illness, twins, brother brother relationship, suspense, twists and turns, torture, divorce, isolation, domineering mother, killer child, children, punishment ...
Time: 21st century
Place: austria, germany, central europe
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Flowers in the Attic (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
TV show
Story: After the sudden death of their father, four children face cruel treatment from their ruthless grandmother.
Style: sadistic, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: brother sister incest, mansion, incest, attic, child abuse, brother sister sex, abusive mother, locked in a room, children, incestuous sex, captive, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s
Place: virginia
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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, depressing, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: psychopath, evil child, depression, high school, guilt, mother son relationship, mental illness, prison visit, school shooting, family problems, childhood, parents and children ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa, new york
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Sleepwalking (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When her boyfriend is arrested for marijuana possession, Joleen Reedy and her 11-year-old daughter, Tara, take refuge with Joleen's aimless brother, James. Joleen soon runs off with a truck driver, and James is unable to meet his ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, foster home, road trip, haunted by the past, family problems, introspection, child abuse, mother daughter relationship, friendship, loss of job, single parent, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, california
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Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: West Germany, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional ...
Style: art house, emotional, depressing, reflective, sexy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, marriage, autumn, mother daughter relationship, pianist, reconciliation, child neglect, mother daughter estrangement, family relations, women, existentialism, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, scandinavia
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Sins of the Mother (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Shay is a young African-American college student whom is forced to take a year off from school to return to her hometown where she struggles with her anger and insecurity when she's forced to confront her alcoholic mother, Nona, whom is ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: college, dysfunctional family, homecoming, family relations, family problems, estrangement, parents and children, single parent, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse, mother daughter relationship, african american ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa, washington d.c.
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Running with Scissors (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of ...
Style: stylized, intense, disturbing, realistic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, mental illness, therapist, psychology, writers, unhappy, lgbt, family relations, adoption, lesbian, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, massachusetts, california, new jersey
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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo is the remake of Chinese drama Bu Bu Jing Xin that stars IU as a woman who gets time-warped back to the Goryeo dynasty, and becomes involved with a very large family of princes, some of whom are vying for the throne, or her ...
Style: touching, captivating, romantic, sweet, harsh ...
Plot: palace intrigue, sweetheart, love triangle, time travel, broken heart, palace, royal family, rivalry, mad love, throne, romantic triangle, love ...
Time: 10th century
Place: korea
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Bad Mothers (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Sarah’s perfect life as a GP, wife and mother is shattered when she discovers her husband is having an affair. Then her best friend is found murdered and Sarah’s husband, Anton, is arrested. She finds unlikely sisterhood and support in a ragtag ...
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: mother, woman, relationship vs career, life, family relations, lifestyle change, women, lifestyle, female protagonist, strong female lead, problem solving, bad mother ...
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Carrie (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Carrie White is a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is slowly pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both classmates at her school, and her own religious, but abusive, mother.
Style: bleak, scary, suspenseful, rough, slasher ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, telekinesis, social misfits, teenage life, high school life, youth, parents and children, life is a bitch, prom, strong violent content, bullying, psychic power ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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14 and Under (1973)
Genre: Comedy
Country: West Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: This episodic film is a close relative of Wolf Hartwig's schoolgirl report movies, made by the same people, in a similar style, around similar topics. However, this one specifically focuses on the coming-of-age aspects, to an extent that it ...
Style: erotic, sex comedy, sexy, sexual, teen sex comedy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pedophilia, child prostitution, pedophile, sex with a minor, sexual fantasy, coming of age, sexploitation, erotica, children, peeping, age-gap relationship, porn ...
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Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, private detective, twists and turns, police investigation, kidnapped child, missing child, suspense, moral dilemma, tragic event, disappearance, child abuse ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
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The Influence (2019)
Genre: Horror
Country: Spain
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When Queenie, the Faraday family's grandmother and oppressive matriarch, is finally laid to rest, no one could foresee the horrifying extent of her evil influence, which continues even beyond death.
Style: dark, twist ending, psychotronic, surprise ending, scary ...
Plot: witchcraft, black magic, nurse, mother daughter relationship, hospital, ghost, supernatural, rite, spell, witchery, murder, sick mother ...
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Rome (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
Style: epic, exciting, stylized, captivating, sexual ...
Plot: roman empire, ancient rome, emperor, historical character, ancient history, intrigue, power struggle, warrior, rivalry, antiquity, roman soldier, betrayal ...
Time: 1st century b.c., 1st century, ancient times
Place: rome italy, italy, ancient greece, alexandria egypt, europe ...
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Mommy's Day (1997)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After escaping a lethal injection for the murders Mommy (Patty McCormack) had committed, she is given a special implant in her arm that will keep her from having homicidal urges. However, since she still tries to see her daughter and other murders ...
Style: slasher, serious, realistic, scary, mind bending ...
Plot: serial killer, paranoia, bad mother, investigation, escape, murder, confined, law enforcement, lethal injection, prison, family life, execution ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
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Come Look at Me (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The movie is about an old disabled lady who lives with her spinster daughter. The lady desperately wants her daughter to marry, and the daughter, driven by the supposed imminent death of her mother, invites a total stranger home and introduces him ...
Style: emotional, semi serious, touching, captivating
Plot: new year's eve, male female relationship, family relations, spinster, pretense, couple relations, mother daughter relationship, bad mother, deception, husband, relationships, wish come true ...
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