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 serious, realistic, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing and touching films and TV shows about / with traumatic childhood, family relations, flashback, death, violence, father son relationship, blood, child abuse, mother daughter relationship 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), Split (2016), Reflections (1987), It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020), Treading Water (2013), Life Itself (2018), Things That Hang from Trees (2006), Little Tickles (2018), Lost Dream (2009), Maangamizi: The Ancient One (2001).

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, cynical, sad, depressing ...
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, child protagonist, misery, traumatic childhood, neglected child, refugee, low lives, survival, child labor, street life ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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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, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, mental illness, psycho, dissociative identity disorder, split personality, serial killer, schizophrenia, insanity, held captive, paranoia, violence, murder ...
Time: 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia
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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, driving school, piano lesson, boss, university, flash forward, karate, alcohol abuse, mutilation ...
Time: 70s
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It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: Desperate to escape from his emotional baggage and the heavy responsibility he’s had all his life, a psychiatric ward worker begins to heal with help from the unexpected—a woman who writes fairy tales but doesn’t believe in them.
Style: psychological, unusual plot structure, thought provoking, romantic, fairy tale
Plot: korean, mental institution, childhood trauma, caregiver, healing, anti social, post traumatic stress disorder, psychiatric ward, mental health, psychological trauma, friendship, female writer ...
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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, stylized, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, youth, fall in love, first love, parents and children, family relations, high school, misfit, coming of age, traumatic childhood, boy, self acceptance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, marriage proposal, college, tragic event, jealousy, terminal illness, little girl, college student, storytelling ...
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, andalusia
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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: psychological, disturbing, captivating, touching
Plot: traumatic childhood, child abuse, boy, husband wife relationship, mental illness, father son relationship, bullying, abusive husband, drunkenness, teasing, small town, mother son relationship ...
Time: 1960s, year 1969, 60s
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: captivating, suspense, disturbing, psychological, non-linear
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: child rape, pedophile, abused child, little girl, child sexual abuse, father daughter relationship, trial, police, traumatic childhood, rape victim, dancing, psychoanalysis ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: france
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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 ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, serious, touching
Plot: self discovery, class differences, self destruction, friendship, rebellion, self destructing, frustration, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, drug abuse, freedom, conformity, independence ...
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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, hopes, mental illness, second chance, nursing, secret past, african american, faith, friendship, craziness, new beginning ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, tanzania
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Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
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, childhood, fame, children's book, maggot, bookstore, marital problem, playwright, nanny, little boy, toys ...
Time: post world war one, year 1934, year 1941
Place: england, london, new york
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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: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, inter cultural ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial marriage, nightclub, childhood, cultural difference, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, human nature, parents and children, love and romance, single parent, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: australia, china, asia, 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, sentimental, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, family reunited, parents and children, homecoming, family problems, family relations, estrangement, step siblings, youth, journey, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india
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It (2017)
Genre: Horror
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, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: missing person, fear, killer clown, clown, asthma, monster, supernatural power, small town, child killer, stephen king, death, death of brother ...
Time: year 1989, year 1988, quarry, 80s
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, sexy ...
Plot: couple relations, destructive relationship, infidelity, sexual relations, sex aid, couples, dishonesty, 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, social, sad, based on true events, contemplative ...
Plot: lifestyle, innocence lost, eccentric family, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, family relations, bad mother, female photographer, erotic photography, child pornography, exploitation, art ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, france
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Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, sadistic, suspenseful, serious, harsh ...
Plot: child abuse, pedophilia, prison rape, childhood, vengeance, rape, pedophile, courtroom drama, haunted by the past, homosexual rape, crime, torture ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city
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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, psychological, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: murder, home invasion, panic, amusement park, chase, hall of mirrors, african american, childhood memory, family vacation, survival horror, survival, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, year 1986
Place: usa
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Patrick Melrose (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 302 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the Patrick Molrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
Style: ironic, psychological, suspense, captivating, surreal
Plot: dialogue, drugs/alcohol, drug addiction, depression, loneliness, ambition, father son relationship, dysfunctional family, mental illness, lifestyle, violence, misfit ...
Time: 60s, 90s, 80s, 1960s, 1990s ...
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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: sexy, serious, realistic, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: wedding, village, small town, family relations, sensuality, murder, small town life, gang rape, vengeance, parents and children, haunted by the past, village life ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 50s, year 1976, year 1955 ...
Place: europe, france, southern france, south of france
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The Cell (2000)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.
Style: surreal, psychological, scary, serious, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, virtual reality, psychiatrist, drowning, schizophrenia, race against time, swat, graphic violence, woman in danger, surrealism, fbi ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
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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: shopping mall, slasher, police chase, traumatic childhood, police harassment, manslaughter, hacker, water gun, jump scare, woman with a gun, trespassing, bespectacled male ...
Place: sydney australia
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Deadman Wonderland (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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: rough, serious, twists and turns, tense, exciting ...
Plot: prison, survival, young heroes, uncover truth, life turned upside down, false accusation, contests and competitions, future dystopia, frame up, supernatural, confined, society ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: inheritance, funeral, family secret, family relations, salesman, siblings relations, family life, introspection, drinking problem, family problems, financial problem, 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, semi serious, realistic, sentimental
Audience: family outing
Plot: single parent, troubled past, family, starting over, family relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, hopes, mother, european, rich man, youth ...
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: suspenseful, psychological, mind bending, scary, serious ...
Plot: house, dead mother, life is a bitch, homecoming, mental illness, parents and children, haunted by the past, death in the family, family problems, family relations, deadly, crimes ...
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: legal action, false accusation, injustice, legal, courtroom drama, fighting the system, lawyer, hopes, convict, prison, investigation, trial ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s, contemporary, 80s ...
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, rough, twists and turns, psychotronic ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: slasher, nightmare comes true, sleeping, death, danger, serial killer, youth, serial murder, supernatural, murder, nightmare, torture ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Little Billy witnesses his parents being brutally murdered by Santa. Years later, when he has to fill in for an absent in-store Santa Claus, his childhood trauma materializes once again.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, christmas horror, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, orphan, psychopath, obsession, slasher, christmas, danger, santa claus, survival, characters killed one by one, insanity ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, year 1971, year 1974, 70s
Place: salt lake city utah
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My Name Is Joker (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 224 min.
Story: Raju is a joker, a clown. It is what he is and what he always shall be. As his life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets, he must always make people laugh and be happy, no matter how unhappy he is ...
Style: epic, touching, emotional, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: tragic hero, circus, toys, artists and showbiz, hopes, unfulfillment, lifestyle, love and romance, follow your dream, performer's life, fall in love, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: india, bombay india
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