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 interesting films and TV shows about / with traumatic childhood, flashback, murder, blood, mother son relationship, insanity, death, father son relationship, psychopath and violence 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), One Deadly Summer (1983), Patrick Melrose (2018), The Voices (2014), United States of Tara (2009), Natural Born Killers (1994).

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, clown, abandoned house, death of brother, monster, supernatural power, killer clown, good versus evil, small town, group of friends, child in peril ...
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: father son relationship, fame, husband wife relationship, children's book, childhood, maggot, playwright, marital problem, nanny, traumatic childhood, teddy bear, game playing ...
Time: post world war one, year 1941
Place: england
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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.
Plot: unreliable narrator, estranged couple, traumatic childhood, pregnancy, tragic event, hit by a bus, child abuse, sex, car accident, dead mother, marriage proposal, jealousy ...
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: humorous, semi serious, gag humor, dark humor, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, parody, high school, slasher spoof, small town, murder, gory, deadly, traumatic childhood, small town life, crimes, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981
Place: usa
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Split (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan, 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, psychological, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, mental illness, serial killer, insanity, schizophrenia, violence, survival, teenage girl, paranoia, psychiatrist, dissociative identity disorder, held captive ...
Time: 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia
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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: vengeance, murder, small town, small town life, obsession, abandoned house, summer, sensuality, village, parents and children, haunted by the past, traumatic childhood ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france, southern france
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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, captivating, suspense, surreal
Plot: dialogue, drugs/alcohol, father son relationship, misfit, family relations, ambition, destiny, flashback, family problems, drug addiction, violence, society ...
Time: 1990s, 1960s, 2000s
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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, dark humor, surreal, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, psychiatrist, murder, mental illness, killer, gory, danger, 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, family drama, lgbt teen, 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, violence, abuse, psychopath, on the road, controversy, mass murder, journalist, crime, corruption, media ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new mexico, paris france, arizona, nevada
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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 ...
Plot: father daughter relationship, advertisement, towel, police, swimming pool, abused child, courtroom, dancer, traumatic childhood, cigarette smoking, restaurant, little girl ...
Place: 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 ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: revenge, cult leader, cabin in the woods, religious cult, lumberjack, chainsaw, husband wife relationship, violence, biker gang, rescue, mysticism, motorcycle ...
Time: year 1983
Place: united states, california, usa
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Feed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A cybercrime investigator tracks a man suspected of force-feeding women to death.
Style: serious, disturbing, rough, realistic, sexual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: pervert, sociopath, gluttony, torture, submission, internet, murder, psychopath, danger, amateur detective, crime, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia, hamburg germany
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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, psycho killer, nudism, traumatic childhood, abusive parent, psycho sexual, voyeur, lesbianism, childhood trauma, lesbian cunnilingus, picnic, sex scene ...
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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: class differences, reconciliation, drug abuse, change, angst, fatalism, therapist, suicidal thoughts, abandonment, american dream, self destruction, suicidal ...
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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 brother, twin, mysterious death, darkness, identity, pedophile, unrequited love, gay asian, traumatic childhood, monkey, repressed homosexual ...
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, realistic, touching, intense ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, childhood, coming of age, buddies, campfire story, railroad track, innocence lost, adventure, youth, friends, young heroes, small town ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959, 80s
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, brutal, disturbing
Plot: serial killer, serial murder, homicidal maniac, butcher, mutilation, slasher, disturbed individual, sadistic psychopath, bitch, deeply disturbed person, masked villain, female victim ...
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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, horse, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, stone, second marriage, teenager, teenage rape, manure, traumatic childhood, self harm ...
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Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 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: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, single parent, dysfunctional family, chase, crumbling marriage, nervous breakdown, traumatic experience, caretaker, human nature, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nightclub, interracial marriage, unrequited love, cultural difference, illegal immigrant, memory, childhood, suicide, chinese, single parent, parents and children, nightclub singer ...
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: alleyway, pledge of allegiance, hypocrisy, fireworks, bully, abusive husband, asthma, baseball, religious fanatic, twin, gossip, birthday party ...
Time: 1960s, year 1969
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, perversion, childhood trauma, sexual sadism, 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, arms dealer, femme fatale, crimes, hostages, pirate, kidnapping, danger, adventurer, ship, outlaw, tropical island ...
Place: asia, thailand, japan
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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, piano teacher, communism, university, karate, flash forward, mini skirt, mental breakdown, mutilation, pianist, mental illness, father daughter relationship ...
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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, estrangement, youth, family relations, siblings relations, homecoming, family problems, parent getting married, remarry, family reunited ...
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, suspense, scary, tense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, murder, crime, cannibalism, fbi, killings, special agents, deadly, psychology ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, bahamas, illinois ...
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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, rock, wall, teacher, police brutality, nightmare, racial slur, hallucinations, musician's life, rebellion, cult ...
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, neighbor, mental illness, loneliness, depression, birthmark, only child, correspondence, chocolate, phone book, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, usa, new york
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, psychological
Plot: courtroom drama, anti semitism, psychopath, crime, dedicated lawyer, serial killer, courtroom, legal action, legal investigation, manipulations, mental illness, murder ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: france, europe
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