Neglected child movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant neglected child movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, touching, psychological, sincere and melancholic films and TV shows about / with neglected child, family relations, friendship, youth, coming of age, girl, children, teenager, childhood and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Family and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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neglected child movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as neglected child: Capernaum (2018), No One's Child (2014), Kes (1969), Babysitting (2014), Have Dreams, Will Travel (2007), Going Away (2013), Treeless Mountain (2008), Stella (2008), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Submarino (2010).

List of neglected child movies

Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France, Cyprus, Qatar, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.
Style: social, sad, thought provoking, rough, cynical ...
Plot: poverty, traumatic childhood, slum, misery, child abuse, refugee, neglected child, child protagonist, child labor, low lives, life is a bitch, child neglect ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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No One's Child (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, Croatia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The movie is based on the fascinating, true story of a feral boy whom hunters found among wolves in a forest in the mountains of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) in the mid-1980s. The boy was sent to the institution for children in an attempt to socialize ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating
Plot: boy, neglected child, orphanage, children, friendship, forest, bullying, wolf, boyhood, nature, coming of age, capture ...
Place: serbia
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Kes (1969)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.
Style: bleak, realistic, depressing, emotional, sad ...
Audience: teens, kids, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, school, boy, childhood, working class, neglected child, child protagonist, bird, friendship, teacher, sibling rivalry, bullying ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom, london, scotland, britain ...
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Babysitting (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Looking for a baby-sitter for the night, Marc Schaudel entrusts his son Remy to the care of his employee Franck, a straight man. But the thing that Marc doesn't know, is that Franck is getting 30 years old this weekend and that his son Remy is ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick, boys' night, teens
Plot: nanny, farce, missing person, neglected child, friendship, found footage, stupidity, investigation, friendship between men, employer employee relationship, partying, party ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: france
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Have Dreams, Will Travel (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: West Texas, in the 1960's. A tale of two 12-year-olds who embark on an adventure to find new parents in order to escape their unhappy and emotionally unsatisfying family life.
Style: road movie, realistic, serious, touching, psychological ...
Plot: abusive father, child as adult, friendship, on the road, estrangement, starting over, youth, young heroes, life is a bitch, hopes, juvenile delinquency, leaving home ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: austin texas, kentucky, texas, baltimore, virginia ...
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Going Away (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two unlikely friends — a supply teacher and a lonely young boy suspended between two estranged parents — embark on a weekend motorcycle voyage full of surprises and unforeseen consequences in this surprisingly tough, unsentimental drama.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, touching, captivating ...
Plot: haunted by the past, hopes, redemption, weekend, loneliness, women, neglected child, family problems, dysfunctional family, confronting the past, family relations, getting home ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france, french riviera, south of france
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Treeless Mountain (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In Seoul, Korea, two sisters must look after each other when their mother leaves them to search for their estranged father.
Style: psychological, sincere, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: youth, children, single parent, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, family in crisis, when the parents are away, sister sister relationship, child's point of view, child protagonist, absent mother, grandmother granddaughter relationship ...
Place: seoul
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Stella (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 1977. Stella entre en sixième, dans un grand lycée parisien. Stella entre dans le monde... Un nouveau monde, à l'opposé de celui qu'elle connaît. Presque un miracle. Elle, elle vit dans un café, un café d'ouvrier, à la ...
Style: semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, humorous
Plot: coming of age, friendship, working class, mischievous children, misfit, disorder, power relations, elementary school, school, teachers and students, parents and children, streetwise ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: france, paris france, europe
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In the Best Interest of the Children (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Fact-based story of a legal battle fought over custody of five siblings.
Style: sad
Plot: adoption, children, youth, love, mother and daughter, neglected child, school, teacher, husband wife relationship, little girl, child abuse, single mother ...
Place: iowa
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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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Submarino (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As children, Nick and his little brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself senseless. But the baby dies, and both brothers blame themselves. Many years later, Nick is out of prison after serving time for an assault. ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, thought provoking, depressing, disturbing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, childhood trauma, drug addiction, haunted by the past, redemption, estrangement, loneliness, adaptation, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 21st century
Place: berlin germany, denmark, europe, copenhagen
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What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely ...
Style: touching, emotional, sad, atmospheric, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, unsupportive parent, step parent, child, marriage, crumbling marriage, starting over, family in crisis, family problems, lawyer ...
Time: 70s, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city
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The Secret Garden (1993)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, feel good, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, chick flick, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: childhood, orphan, countryside, girl, friendship, garden, little girl, beautiful scenery, children, old mansion, uncle, magic ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 18th century
Place: india, england, yorkshire, africa, london ...
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The Falling (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.
Style: serious, psychological, tense, realistic, dark ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, friendship, incest, schoolgirl, girls' boarding school, brother sister incest, mental illness, mass hysteria, youth, hallucination, secret, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: england
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The Secret Garden (1975)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 210 min.
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Story: TV miniseries adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel.
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, touching, feel good
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: youth, estate, friendship, children, family relations, orphan, mysterious stranger, neglected child, garden, transformation, gardener, winter ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: europe, england, yorkshire
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Storks (2016)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an ...
Style: sweet, feel good, entertaining, absurd, touching ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: animals, talking animals, baby, stork, bird, talking bird, anthropomorphic animal, transformation, good versus evil, neglected child, father, son ...
Time: 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan, new york
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Low Tide (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Belgium, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A 12 year old boy and his single mother live separate lives. The boy spends his days alone while his mother works and goes out with her friends. The boy’s solitude is both a source of freedom and a cause for grief. His explorations slowly bring to ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, working class, small town, family problems, parents and children, mother son relationship, youth, single parent, society, dysfunctional family, realism, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century
Place: texas, usa
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Tallulah (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.
Style: touching, sentimental, melancholic, emotional, reflective ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: homeless, loneliness, kidnapping, friendship, existentialism, subway, coming of age, baby, mentor, women, parents and children, nanny ...
Place: new york, ireland, california, new jersey
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Rocks (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young teenage girl finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother after being abandoned by their single mother with no choice but to live out on the streets.
Style: serious, disturbing, rough
Audience: teens
Plot: teenager, brother sister relationship, teenage protagonist, coming of age, life is a bitch, absent mother, grownups, little brother, friendship, society, suspense, nothing goes right ...
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Visit of a President (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A little boy, craving for his father's attention, imagines a made-up "Mr. President" who looks just like his father but is caring and attentive.
Plot: child, imaginary friend, neglected child, jealousy, stepmother, toys, father child relationship, kindergarten, father son relationship, flashback, cigarette smoking, crying baby
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The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: racism, african american, civil rights, teenage life, friendship, coming of age, children, interracial relations, haunted by the past, family relations, teenager, social differences ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: south carolina, africa, usa
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Amelie (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a ...
Style: feel good, touching, inspirational, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: loneliness, love, fall in love, life, social relations, female protagonist, love and romance, optimism, existentialism, lifestyle change, destiny, surrealism ...
Time: year 1997, 70s, 90s, year 1974, 20th century ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, montmartre paris, quebec
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Matilda (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.
Style: feel good, fairy tale, humorous, touching, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, girls' night, pre-teens ...
Plot: school, children, mischievous children, supernatural ability, parents and children, adoption, teachers and students, dysfunctional family, young heroes, telekinesis, child protagonist, elementary school ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s
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Elephant Song (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A psychiatrist is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient about the disappearance of a colleague.
Style: psychological, realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: mental institution, mind game, doctors and patients, manipulation, dishonesty, uncover truth, psychiatrist, power relations, investigation, missing person, gay, boyhood ...
Time: 60s, year 1966, 21st century
Place: usa, africa
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Four Lovers (2010)
Genre: Romance
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Mutual attraction leads two married couples to swap bedtime partners.
Style: erotic, sexy, psychological, captivating, sensual ...
Audience: adult
Plot: polyamory, mate swapping, swinger, wife swapping, adultery, open marriage, sex, lesbian sex, sexual attraction, swinger couple, female nudity, cuckold ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Savannah Smiles (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The young daughter of a politician runs away due to lack of attention. She hides in the car of two not too bright crooks who are slowly converted into parent figures as the police web closes down on the supposed kidnappers.
Style: entertaining, touching, feel good, humorous, sexy ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: runaway, happy ending, youth, kidnapping, politician, memory, ransom, police, teacher, mentor, kids and family, chase ...
Time: 80s
Place: salt lake city utah, utah, san francisco
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The Secret Garden (1987)
Genre: Family, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a spoiled English girl living in 19th century India loses both parents in a cholera epidemic, she is sent back to England to live in a country mansion. The lord is a strange old man-- frail and deformed, immensely kind but so melancholy. She ...
Style: fairy tale, touching, sincere, sentimental, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: orphan, garden, little girl, family relations, uncle, mansion, friendship, family problems, mischievous children, family life, child's point of view, youth ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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Magic Island (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Jack Carlisle is a disillusioned 13-year old boy. His mother is always away at work since his father left. He decides to run away, as his mom won't miss him. As he is ready to leave, his nanny, convinces him to read this 'magic book'. ...
Style: exciting, stylized, humorous, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: mermaid, treasure map, pirate, time travel, island, nanny, child in peril, family relations, disorder, imaginary kingdom, parents and children, teenage life ...
Place: los angeles, fictional island
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Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Beverly Hills housewife in the middle of a divorce tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop.
Style: campy, humorous, sexy, melancholic, funny ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, chick flick, teens, family outing ...
Plot: wilderness, shopping, divorce, farce, fish out of water, self discovery, scout, female protagonist, wealth, mother daughter relationship, competition, socialite ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, beverly hills, usa, los angeles, southern california
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The Past (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Argentina, Brazil
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After 12 years, Sofía and Rímini decided to separate. While Rímini finds it easy to move on and start a new life, Sofía stays stuck in the past and constantly harasses him. She reappears again and again on Rímini's horizon to reconquer ...
Style: serious, realistic, melancholic, touching, erotic ...
Plot: breakup, couples, family problems, obsession, crumbling marriage, downfall, introspection, love and romance, couple relations, mentally unstable, unfulfillment, male female relationship ...
Time: 21st century
Place: latin america
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