Traumatic childhood movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant traumatic childhood movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, psychological, suspenseful, suspense and touching films and TV shows about / with traumatic childhood, flashback, family relations, death, father son relationship, mother daughter relationship, violence, father daughter relationship, blood and murder plots mostly in Drama, Horror and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as traumatic childhood: Capernaum (2018), Life Itself (2018), Things That Hang from Trees (2006), Little Tickles (2018), Maangamizi: The Ancient One (2001), Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017), Reflections (1987), The Home Song Stories (2007), Flight (2010), It (2017).

List of traumatic childhood movies

Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, USA, 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: rough, social, sad, cynical, depressing ...
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, misery, neglected child, child protagonist, refugee, traumatic childhood, lawsuit, slavery, low lives, child labor ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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Life Itself (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, psychological, disturbing
Plot: estranged couple, pregnancy, marriage, traumatic childhood, tragic event, college, marriage proposal, little girl, storytelling, college student, jealousy, terminal illness ...
Place: manhattan new york city, new york
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Things That Hang from Trees (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: St. Augustine, Florida, 1969. An eight-year-old boy's wish to see the fireworks from atop the city's lighthouse is complicated by his odd neighbors, abusive peers, and hopeless parents. The young boy's seemingly simple goal develops ...
Style: captivating, touching, psychological, disturbing
Plot: traumatic childhood, child abuse, husband wife relationship, mental illness, boy, drunkenness, small town, abusive husband, bullying, father son relationship, teasing, mother son relationship ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1969
Place: florida
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Little Tickles (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Odette is eight, she likes to dance and draw. Why would she be wary of a friend of her parents who offers to play "Tickling"? Once an adult, Odette frees her word, and plunges body and soul into her career as a dancer, in the whirlwind of ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspense, captivating, non-linear
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: abused child, child rape, trial, father daughter relationship, little girl, pedophile, rape victim, dancing, psychoanalysis, traumatic childhood, police, female nudity ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: france
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Maangamizi: The Ancient One (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Tanzania, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An American woman doctor comes to Tanzania to work at a hospital for the mentally disturbed, with her Tanzanian lover. There, she meets a sometimes catatonic patient, Samahe, who seems to be in communication with another reality. In their ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak, allegory
Plot: mental institution, doctors and patients, mental illness, hopes, nursing, second chance, faith, friendship, african american, secret past, new beginning, craziness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
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Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The behind the scenes story of the life of A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son Christopher Robin.
Style: factual, melancholic, thought provoking, cynical
Plot: husband wife relationship, father son relationship, fame, maggot, childhood, children's book, playwright, marital problem, nanny, toy, toys, little boy ...
Time: post world war one, year 1941
Place: england, london, new york
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Reflections (1987)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: Yugoslavia, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Mihajlo, an introvert piano teacher starts romance with a pretty careerist who teaches modeling at the university in Belgrade where they both work. His feelings are awakened after a long period, but this relationship makes him see the flashbacks, as ...
Plot: traumatic childhood, psychopath, injury, communism, alcohol abuse, karate, university, boss, flash forward, brother sister relationship, katana, panic ...
Time: 70s
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The Home Song Stories (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Singapore
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Tom, now in his 40s, begins to write the memoirs of his 1960s childhood, as the little boy whose mother Rose was a glamorous Shanghai nightclub singer. When Rose meets Aussie sailor Bill, they are quickly married, and she packs up Tom and his older ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, inter cultural ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial marriage, nightclub, childhood, cultural difference, lifestyle, single parent, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, human nature, family problems, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: australia, asia, china, melbourne australia, hong kong
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Flight (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After being abandoned for eight straight years in boarding school, Rohan returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur and finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half brother who he didn't even know existed. ...
Style: sincere, captivating, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, family reunited, family problems, estrangement, homecoming, youth, step siblings, family relations, parents and children, journey, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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It (2017)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
Style: suspense, scary, surprise ending, rough, bleak ...
Plot: killer clown, clown, missing person, supernatural power, fear, death of brother, monster, asthma, good versus evil, summer, abandoned house, small town ...
Time: quarry, year 1988, 80s, year 1989
Place: maine
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And They Call It Summer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Dino and Anna are a couple in their forties. Their relationship is hardly conventional: in fact, it is unconsummated. Dino gets out of it, gratifying himself with prostitutes and swingers. He reaches his nadir when he looks up Anna’s old ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, suspenseful, contemplative ...
Plot: destructive relationship, couple relations, sexual relations, couples, sex aid, dishonesty, infidelity, looking for sex, prostitute, cheating wife, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex with prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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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, based on true events, social, sad, realistic ...
Plot: eccentric family, innocence lost, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, family relations, bad mother, erotic photography, exploitation, lifestyle, art, female photographer, child pornography ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Us (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, suspenseful, twist ending, scary ...
Plot: murder, home invasion, african american, amusement park, panic, chase, hall of mirrors, childhood memory, beach, survival, husband wife relationship, teenage girl ...
Time: 80s, year 1986
Place: usa
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Patrick Melrose (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Based on the Patrick Molrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
Style: ironic, psychological, suspense, captivating, surreal
Plot: dialogue, drugs/alcohol, depression, drug addiction, loneliness, ambition, father son relationship, dysfunctional family, mental illness, lifestyle, violence, family relations ...
Time: 1960s, 1990s, 60s, 80s, 90s ...
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One Deadly Summer (1983)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In spring 1976, a 19-year-old beauty, her German-born mother, and her crippled father move to the town of a firefighter nicknamed Pin-Pon. Everyone notices the provocative Eliane. She singles out Pin-Pon and soon is crying on his shoulder ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: wedding, small town, murder, small town life, gang rape, vengeance, family relations, social relations, haunted by the past, deadly, couples, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: france, europe, southern france
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Treading Water (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Mexico, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: At first glance, Mica seems a perfectly normal boy. But first glances can often be deceiving... For one, Mica's house is now a museum honouring Guillermo Garibai, the legendary Mexican crooner. Mica spends most of his time there, giving guided ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, offbeat, touching, humorous ...
Plot: misfit, family relations, coming of age, fall in love, parents and children, love and romance, high school, youth, profanity, traumatic childhood, female director, parenting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Dangerous Game (1988)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A game becomes deadly serious! An insane cop hunts down five students in a shopping mall after closing time. His life is ruined as he was dishonorably discharged from the police force because of these people. Armed with a Rambo knife and a crossbow, ...
Plot: slasher, shopping mall, traumatic childhood, jump scare, hacker, manslaughter, water gun, police harassment, night, police officer, crossbow, man with glasses ...
Place: sydney australia
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Wacko (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Cops try to track down the infamous "Lawnmower Killer"
Style: semi serious, humorous, dark humor, psychotronic, gag humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parody, high school, slasher, murder, small town, slasher spoof, gory, crimes, silly humor, graphic violence, deadly, small town life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: usa
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Split (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, psychological, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, mental illness, psycho, dissociative identity disorder, insanity, held captive, serial killer, schizophrenia, split personality, mercilessness, violence, paranoia ...
Time: 2010s
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania
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Deadman Wonderland (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Death is the main attraction in Deadman Wonderland, from the studio that brought you Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy. Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He’s framed for the carnage, ...
Style: serious, rough, bleak, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison, young heroes, supernatural, survival, uncover truth, false accusation, contests and competitions, life turned upside down, power of media, future dystopia, massacre, antidote ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
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Get on Up (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
Style: captivating, realistic, emotional, talky, heartbreaking ...
Plot: music, friendship, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, musician's life, rising to stardom, ambition, showbiz, blind ambition, rise to the top, soul music, black man ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1950s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, georgia, new jersey, boston
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The Accountant (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: lone hero, autism, accountant, mathematics, organized crime, sniper, money laundering, hitman, criminal, investigation, gunfight, federal agent ...
Time: 80s, 2000s, year 2006, year 2010, year 1989
Place: new york, illinois, new hampshire, germany, washington d.c. ...
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People Like Us (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: It tells the story of a struggling man who, after flying home to L.A. for the funeral of his estranged record-producer father, discovers that the will stipulates that he must deliver $150,000 in cash to a 30-year-old alcoholic sister he never knew ...
Style: emotional, touching, semi serious, intense, talky ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: inheritance, funeral, family secret, salesman, father son relationship, financial problem, siblings relations, introspection, family life, family problems, death of parent, family reunited ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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Bringing Up Bobby (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Netherlands, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bringing Up Bobby is the story of a European con-artist and her son Bobby, who find themselves in Oklahoma in an effort to escape her past and build a better future. Olive and Bobby blithely charm their way from one adventure to another until ...
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious, sentimental
Audience: family outing
Plot: single parent, troubled past, starting over, family, parents and children, hopes, family relations, haunted by the past, mother, rich man, european, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
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Hidden (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Painful memories arise when Kai Koss inherits his dead mother's house and goes back to his childhood home after 19 years.
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: house, dead mother, mental illness, homecoming, life is a bitch, parents and children, crimes, deadly, death in the family, family problems, family relations, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, norway
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Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, based on true events, disturbing ...
Plot: false accusation, injustice, legal action, legal, fighting the system, lawyer, hopes, convict, prison, investigation, trial, law school ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, 80s, contemporary ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The film that brings back horror icon Freddy Krueger as a darker and more sinister character than ever before. While Freddy is on the prowl a group of teenagers being stalked soon learn they all have a common factor making them targets for this ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, intense, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: slasher, death, nightmare comes true, danger, serial killer, youth, supernatural, murder, nightmare, torture, burned alive, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The life you love may be your own.... The wife of a much older man finds herself attracted to their neighbour's son, who is closer to her age.
Style: emotional, touching, offbeat, sweet, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: self discovery, family life, starting over, love affair, love and romance, marriage, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, age difference, neighbor, depression ...
Time: 70s, 80s, contemporary, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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Amarkalam (1999)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Vasu is a tough street crook who lives at a movie theater. One day while transporting the reels of a new film, he clashes with a music student Mohana. Mohana is the daughter of the Police Commissioner, who Tulsidas an ex-gang leader released from ...
Plot: love, kidnapping, anti hero, ex convict, traumatic childhood, affection, deception, flashback, paternity revealed, movie theatre, anti heroes, swashbuckler ...
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Playing Solo (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: dementia, traumatic childhood, male female relationship, cheating, train conductor, jealousy, pregnancy, selfishness, retirement home, fall in love, falling in love, unfaithful husband ...
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