Missing child movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant missing child movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, suspense and psychological films and TV shows about / with missing child, crimes, disappearance, police investigation, husband wife relationship, life is a bitch, missing person, family relations, danger and flashback plots mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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missing child movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as missing child: Changeling (2008), Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965), The Missing (2014), Flightplan (2005), Prisoners (2013), The Forgotten (2004), Searching (2018), The Deep End of the Ocean (1999), Dark (2017), The Orphanage (2007).

List of missing child movies

 7.8
 254K
Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, heartbreaking, sentimental, tense, bleak ...
Plot: missing child, missing person, investigation, child abduction, uncover truth, fighting the system, disorder, life is a bitch, pedophile, serial killer, court, corruption ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: los angeles, usa, california, canada, seattle
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Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, kidnapping, school, missing person, kindergarten, mystery, journalism, crimes, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard
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 8.2
 26K
The Missing (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A gripping anthological relationship thriller series exploring the emotional fallout of a child's abduction not only on the family but on the wider community, told over two time frames.
Style: twists and turns, realistic, serious, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, missing person, abduction, police detective, child abuse, crimes, child abduction, family relations, journalist, police, life is a bitch ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century, year 2006, year 2014 ...
Place: france
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 6.3
 162K
Flightplan (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A claustrophobic, Hitchcockian thriller. A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plane.
Style: surprise ending, suspenseful, mind bending, psychological, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: airplane, missing child, child abduction, mystery, family relations, pilot, rain, disappearance, female protagonist, family problems, grief, airplane hijack ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: berlin germany, germany, new york, newfoundland
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 8.1
 693K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, bleak, surprise ending, psychological ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, police investigation, missing child, child abduction, brutality, vigilantism, torture, disappearance, vigilante, desperation, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, boston, usa
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 5.8
 66K
The Forgotten (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Telly Paretta is a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her 8-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist reveals that she has created eight years of memories about a son she never had. But when she meets a man who has had a ...
Style: mind bending, psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: missing child, memory loss, abduction, mind game, air disaster, loss of son, memory, estrangement, psychiatrist, conspiracy, life is a bitch, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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 7.6
 161K
Searching (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her. A thriller that unfolds entirely on computer screens.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: missing person, missing child, social media, disappearance, missing daughter, internet, found footage, missing girl, determination, presumed dead, loneliness, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, year 2019, year 2017, year 2015, year 1971
Place: california, pittsburgh
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The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: sentimental, psychological, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick, family outing
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, parents and children, family life, police detective, family problems, crimes, child abduction, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 8.7
 363K
Dark (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A missing child causes four families to help each other for answers. What they could not imagine is that this mystery would be connected to innumerable other secrets of the small town.
Style: mind bending, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, mysterious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time loop, time machine, time travel, investigation, missing child, small town, disappearance, time portal, mysterious past, corpse, alternate dimension, deja vu ...
Time: year 1986, 50s, 80s, contemporary, year 1953 ...
Place: germany, chernobyl
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 7.4
 155K
The Orphanage (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage, intent on reopening it. Before long, her son starts to communicate with a new invisible friend.
Style: scary, surprise ending, twist ending, macabre, psychological ...
Plot: haunted house, missing child, ghost, supernatural, death, fear, orphan, haunted by the past, afterlife, tragic event, hallucination, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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 5.9
 41K
The Tall Man (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, scary, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, abduction, mysterious character, child abduction, uncover truth, small town, urban legend, mystery, family problems, parents and children, rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., washington state
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 5.7
 10K
The Vanished (2020)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A family vacation takes a terrifying turn when parents Paul and Wendy discover their young daughter has vanished without a trace. Stopping at nothing to find her, the search for the truth leads to a shocking revelation.
Style: psychological, captivating, twists and turns, suspense, tense
Plot: missing child, sheriff, camping, accidental killing, investigation, disappearance, police, husband wife relationship, swearing, missing person, suspicion, crimes ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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 5.9
 33K
The Captive (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, psychological, non-linear ...
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, police investigation, crimes, child abuse, little girl, psychology, skating, family problems, family in crisis, track down, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, ontario canada
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I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: 7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away, he stays with Parnell for seven years, enduring repetitive ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: missing child, pedophile, kidnapping, child molestation, starting over, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, captivity, parents and children, crimes, perversion, child abuse ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1972, year 1974, 70s
Place: northern california
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 7.1
 5K
Jordskott (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Finland, UK, Norway
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Inspector Eva Thörnblad returns to Silver Height seven years after her daughter Josefine disappeared by a lake in the woods. The body was never found and the girl was believed to have drowned. Now a boy has vanished without a trace and ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: missing child, uncover truth, police investigation, family problems, riddles and clues, haunted by the past, small town, missing person, crimes, murder, parents and children, serial killer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
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 6.7
 933
The Guilty (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Lives are torn apart and relationships fractured forever when a young child goes missing. Five years later, DCI Maggie Brand leads a new investigation and puts at risk her own happy family life.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: missing child, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, life turned upside down, dead child, suspect, missing person
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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 5.2
 10K
Strangerland (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Newly arrived to a remote desert town, Catherine and Matthew are tormented by a suspicion when their two teenage children mysteriously vanish.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: missing child, australian outback, family in crisis, outback, troubled marriage, social relations, family problems, missing daughter, desert, crimes, protagonist as suspect, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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 7.4
 5K
The Family (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: This thriller follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: missing child, teenager, secret, lie, suspicion, kidnapping, politics, parents and children, small town, political campaign, neighbor, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.4
 14K
3096 Days (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young Austrian girl is kidnapped and held in captivity for eight years. Based on the real-life case of Natascha Kampusch.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, tense, rough
Plot: kidnapping, pedophile, child abuse, rape, missing child, life is a bitch, captivity, psychological torture, confinement indoors, teenage girl, survivor, violence against women ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: austria
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 6.1
 6K
Stolen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A detective becomes obsessed with solving a child's 50-year-old murder, uncovering striking similarities between the case and his son's disappearance.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, missing child, loss of child, life is a bitch, uncover truth, haunted by the past, dead child, law enforcement, dealing with death, crimes, interrogation, police detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 50s
Place: usa
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 7.6
 33K
Loveless (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening ...
Style: melancholic, bleak, psychological, heartbreaking, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: missing child, dysfunctional family, divorce, disappearance, search party, dysfunctional marriage, selfishness, anger, dispute, husband wife relationship, parent child relationship, morgue ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s, year 2015
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 7.2
 3K
Children... (2011)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film is based on a true yet unsolved murder case from the early 1990s that is known among Koreans as the "disappearance of the frog children." In 1991, five elementary school students told their parents that they were going to hang out ...
Style: emotional, suspenseful, serious, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, riddles and clues, murder, partners, amateur detective, crimes, small town, disappearance, kids in trouble, murder mystery, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, south korea
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 7.3
 5K
The Cry (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 231 min.
TV show
Story: The disappearance of a baby from a small coastal town in Australia is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young couple as they deal with an unthinkable tragedy under both the white light of public scrutiny and behind ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, compassionate, tense ...
Plot: missing child, ex husband ex wife relationship, desperation, saving a life, investigation, uncover truth, husband wife relationship, accusation, dysfunctional family, child in peril, family problems, relationship problems ...
Place: australia, scotland
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 5.7
 3K
Hierro (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Traveling on a ferry heading to the island of Hierro where they will spend their holidays, Mary loses her son Diego, and no one can explain what happened. Six months later, Maria struggles to overcome the pain of loss and continue his life. Then, ...
Style: psychological, bleak, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: missing child, island, uncover truth, supernatural, woman in danger, obsession, parents and children, track down, obsessive quest, life is a bitch, escapades, child in peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, canary islands
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 6.5
 228K
Silent Hill (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The eerie and deserted ghost town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child's illness. Unable to accept the doctor's diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalized for psychiatric ...
Style: scary, dark, surreal, suspenseful, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: monster, supernatural, survival, evil, insanity, revenge, ghost town, mysterious place, demon, missing child, torture, good versus evil ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, west virginia
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 7.6
 271K
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, twists and turns, tense, disturbing, neo noir ...
Plot: kidnapping, pedophile, investigation, missing child, disappearance, kidnapped child, life is a bitch, private detective, tragic event, police investigation, death, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: boston, usa
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Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: captivating, clever, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, missing child, female detective, disappearance, policewoman, life is a bitch, self discovery, bodies, sexual abuse, hidden truth, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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 7.3
 17K
Trade (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, Mexico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Texas cop (Kevin Kline), whose own daughter might have been forced into sexual slavery, joins forces with a Mexican youth (Cesar Ramos) to find the boy's sister, who was abducted and forced into prostitution. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian woman who ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, disturbing, tense, serious ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: human trafficking, sexual abuse, child rape, forced prostitution, child molestation, sex slave, sex slavery, kidnapping, missing child, slavery, sex with a minor, anal rape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico city, texas, poland, new jersey, new york ...
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The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: A year after their son goes missing, a family moves to Crickley Hall. When supernatural events begin to take place, Eve feels the house is somehow connected to her lost son.
Style: atmospheric, scary, tense, emotional, serious ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, missing child, orphanage, orphan, child abuse, haunted by the past, supernatural, world war two, life is a bitch, family relations, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2010s
Place: england
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Every Secret Thing (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: One clear summer day in a Baltimore suburb, a baby goes missing from her front porch. Two young girls serve seven years for the crime and are released into a town that hasn't fully forgiven or forgotten. Soon, another child is missing, and two ...
Style: enigmatic, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: missing child, police detective, manipulation, suspect, teenage girl, interrogation, child murder, kidnapping, uncover truth, murder mystery, life is a bitch, police investigation ...
Place: baltimore
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