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, disturbing and suspense films and TV shows about / with traumatic childhood, flashback, blood, insanity, murder, death, violence, father son relationship, mental illness and child abuse 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: It (2017), Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017), Life Itself (2018), Wacko (1982), Split (2016), Patrick Melrose (2018), The Voices (2014), United States of Tara (2009), Natural Born Killers (1994), One Deadly Summer (1983).
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Split (2016)
Horror, Thriller
117 min.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Crime, Drama, Thriller
118 min.
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Life Itself (2018)
Drama, Romance
117 min.
Patrick Melrose (2018)
60 min.

List of traumatic childhood movies

It (2017)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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, bleak, rough ...
Plot: missing person, fear, abandoned house, death of brother, killer clown, group of friends, monster, child in peril, supernatural power, traumatic childhood, sadistic psychopath, flashback ...
Time: year 1989
Place: maine
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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: fame, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, childhood, children's book, maggot, marital problem, playwright, nanny, traumatic childhood, game playing, toy ...
Time: post world war one, year 1941
Place: england
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Life Itself (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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.
Plot: unreliable narrator, traumatic childhood, estranged couple, tragic event, death of mother, suicide, pregnancy, terminal illness, dead father, orphan, sex, child abuse ...
Place: manhattan new york city
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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
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, high school, whipped cream, slasher spoof, murder, small town, gory, parody, deadly, traumatic childhood, small town life, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981
Place: usa
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Split (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
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, macabre, suspense, psychological, surprise ending ...
Plot: mental illness, kidnapping, insanity, serial killer, schizophrenia, violence, dissociative identity disorder, teenage girl, survival, paranoia, psychiatrist, held captive ...
Time: 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia
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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: psychological, ironic, suspense, surreal, captivating
Plot: father son relationship, drugs/alcohol, misfit, ambition, family relations, flashback, family problems, destiny, dialogue, drug addiction, friends, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 2000s, 1960s, 1990s
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The Voices (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A mentally unhinged factory worker must decide whether to listen to his talking cat and become a killer, or follow his dog's advice to keep striving for normalcy.
Style: disturbing, offbeat, dark humor, surreal, semi serious ...
Plot: psychopath, mental illness, serial killer, psychiatrist, murder, danger, killer, gory, violence, small town, factory, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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United States of Tara (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: United States of Tara is an American television comedy-drama created by Diablo Cody, which began airing on Showtime in 2009. The series follows the life of Tara, a suburban housewife and mother coping with dissociative identity disorder.
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, realistic, offbeat
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, dissociative identity disorder, jealousy, split personality, supportive spouse, lgbt teen, family drama, parents and children, siblings relations, eccentric family, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, kansas
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Natural Born Killers (1994)
Genre: 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: dark humor, stylized, surreal, offbeat, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murderous pair, psychopath, violence, abuse, on the road, controversy, mass murder, journalist, crime, corruption, media ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: paris france, nevada, arizona, new mexico
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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: sexual, serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: small town life, vengeance, murder, small town, obsession, abandoned house, summer, sensuality, parents and children, village, haunted by the past, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france, southern france
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Mandy (2018)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Belgium, UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey ...
Plot: cult leader, cabin in the woods, revenge, rescue, nightmare, motorcycle, religious cult, lumberjack, male nudity, bound and gagged, chainsaw, male underwear ...
Time: year 1983
Place: usa, california, united states
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Feed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A cybercrime investigator tracks a man suspected of force-feeding women to death.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, rough, sexual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: torture, gluttony, pervert, sociopath, submission, internet, murder, psychopath, danger, amateur detective, crime, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, hamburg germany, sydney australia
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Endless Night (1972)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Yves grows up with his attractive blonde aunt. Her affair and the handling of his awakening sexuality make him a voyeur, and witnessing her murder at the hands of her brutal husband turns him into a sex killer as an adult.
Plot: serial killer, childhood trauma, voyeur, sexploitation, female nudity, lesbian sex, lesbianism, picnic, psycho sexual, abusive parent, traumatic childhood, nudism ...
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Lost Dream (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Perry Roberts is about to graduate from a prestigious private college. The son of a corrupt Congressman, Perry has lost faith in all the things he held true - his family, girlfriend, and the American Dream. He finds himself emotionally bereft and ...
Plot: hand job, suicidal, independence, drug abuse, teacher student relationship, reconciliation, hypocrisy, classroom, russian roulette, depression, freedom, grandfather grandson relationship ...
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Night Corridor (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 73 min.
Story: When Sam searches for answers in the mysterious accident that has befallen his twin, he soon wonders if anyone close to him can be trusted.
Plot: nightmare, twin, twin brother, mysterious death, traumatic childhood, repressed homosexual, unrequited love, pedophile, male masturbation, stepfather stepson relationship, devil, artist ...
Place: hong kong
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Stand by Me (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing
Plot: friendship, coming of age, childhood, buddies, innocence lost, youth, friends, young heroes, small town, human relationship, coming-of-age, young kid ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959
Place: oregon, usa
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Old 37 (2015)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two brothers intercept 911 calls in their Father's beat up old Ambulance to exact revenge on a group of careless teen drivers.
Style: sadistic, disturbing, brutal
Plot: serial killer, serial murder, torturer, sadistic killer, mutilated body, gory violence, traumatic childhood, slasher killer, stabbed, two killers, violence, child abuse ...
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Girl on the Edge (2015)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A powerful true story about the journey of a troubled teenage girl who finds healing in the most unlikely of places, and who must choose to either invest in her own recovery or succumb to the trauma of her past.
Plot: rape, rape victim, troubled teen, stable, mother in law daughter in law relationship, manure, teenage rape, second marriage, stone, 15 year old, juvenile delinquent, blonde girl ...
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Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, single parent, dysfunctional family, chase, crumbling marriage, caretaker, traumatic experience, nervous breakdown, human nature, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey, california
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nightclub, chinese, illegal immigrant, interracial marriage, cultural difference, unrequited love, childhood, suicide, memory, single parent, parents and children, childhood memory ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: australia, asia, china, hong kong, melbourne australia
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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 ...
Plot: inhaler, pledge of allegiance, ant, asthma, skipping school, fireworks, abusive husband, religious fanatic, hiding, seagull, bum, pills ...
Time: 1960s
Place: florida
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Lola (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, Venezuela
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young Hacienda-owner abuses women due to his traumatic youth while his mother covers for his sadistic actions. When he 'tames' the daughter of the mansion supervisor and marries her, his young wife soon becomes the dominating person in ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic
Plot: sexual humiliation, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, sexual sadism, perversion, power relations, master and servant, vengeance, destructive relationship, parents and children, psychopath, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: venezuela, latin america
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Black Lagoon (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Black Lagoon is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe. It has been published in Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday Gene-X since 2002, and nine collected volumes have been released so far. It was later adapted into an anime ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: mercenary, crimes, hostages, pirate, kidnapping, danger, arms dealer, femme fatale, ship, gang, adventurer, tropical island ...
Place: asia, japan, thailand
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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: psychopath, communism, piano teacher, karate, university, flash forward, pianist, suicide attempt, misfit, alcoholic father, mental breakdown, mutilation ...
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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: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, parents and children, teenage life, estrangement, youth, family relations, siblings relations, homecoming, family problems, parent getting married, remarry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india
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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, crime, cannibalism, fbi, murder, special agents, profiler, killings, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, west virginia, ohio ...
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Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.
Style: psychedelic, psychological, surreal, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, isolation, musician's life, rock, rebelliousness, hallucinations, wall, teacher, hippie, police brutality, nightmare, racial slur ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: england, europe
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Mary and Max (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, clever, humorous ...
Plot: social misfits, friendship, mental illness, loneliness, neighbor, friends, physical appearance, youth, depression, only child, correspondence, birthmark ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, new york, usa
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The Judge and the Assassin (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: France, 1893. Joseph Bouvier attempts to shoot his love who refused to marry him and to commit suicide. Upon release from the filthy asylum where he was placed, with bullets still remaining in his head, he wanders the country roads and rapes and ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, psychological
Plot: courtroom drama, anti semitism, psychopath, dedicated lawyer, crime, serial killer, legal action, courtroom, legal investigation, manipulations, mental illness, murder ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: france, europe
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The Girl Next Door (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters are placed in the care of their mentally unstable Aunt Ruth. But Ruth's depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, child abuse, torture, cruelty, sister, suffering, sadist, rape, victim, helplessness, crime, confined ...
Time: 1950s, contemporary
Place: america
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