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, serious, tense, realistic, psychological and suspense films and TV shows about / with missing child, crimes, police investigation, life is a bitch, husband wife relationship, disappearance, danger, family relations, parents and children and flashback plots mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as missing child: The Missing (2014), Changeling (2008), Flightplan (2005), Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965), Dark (2017), The Tall Man (2012), The Forgotten (2004), The Captive (2014), Searching (2018), The Orphanage (2007).

List of missing child movies

 8.2
 21K
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, police detective, abduction, crimes, missing person, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, twists & turns, grief ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century, year 2014, year 2009 ...
Place: france
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 7.7
 236K
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, sentimental, heartbreaking, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, missing person, fighting the system, uncover truth, life is a bitch, disorder, insanity, serial killer, corruption, desperation, loss of son ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 20s, year 1935
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle washington, canada ...
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 6.3
 151K
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, psychological, suspenseful, exciting, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: airplane, missing child, family relations, search, mystery, disappearance, female protagonist, family problems, grief, pilot, stewardess, rain ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: berlin germany, newfoundland, new york, germany
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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, mind bending ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, kidnapping, school, missing person, kindergarten, mystery, family relations, journalism, crimes, deadly, single parent ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard
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 8.8
 259K
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, suspenseful, suspense, bleak
Plot: time machine, time travel, missing child, time loop, investigation, disappearance, corpse, small town, mysterious past, deja vu, alternate dimension, family relations ...
Time: year 1986, 80s, 50s, contemporary, year 1953 ...
Place: chernobyl
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 5.9
 39K
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: missing child, kidnapping, mysterious character, uncover truth, abduction, urban legend, danger, mystery, small town, family problems, parents and children, track down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., washington state
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 5.8
 64K
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: psychological, mind bending, twists and turns, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: missing child, memory loss, mind game, loss of son, abduction, memory, estrangement, psychiatrist, conspiracy, life is a bitch, grief, delusion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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 5.9
 30K
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: serious, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, non-linear ...
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, police investigation, crimes, danger, child abuse, little girl, internet chat, psychology, skating, child in peril, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
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 7.6
 136K
Searching (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Russia, USA
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, missing daughter, disappearance, parents and children, presumed dead, search and rescue, teenage life, loneliness, police detective, internet ...
Time: 21st century, year 2017, year 2019
Place: california
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 7.4
 145K
The Orphanage (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, Mexico
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, psychological, macabre, serious ...
Plot: haunted house, ghosts, haunted by the past, missing child, orphan, supernatural, death, fear, tragic event, ghost, life is a bitch, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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 8.1
 587K
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, bleak, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, police investigation, missing child, crime, brutality, child abduction, disappearance, neo noir, vigilantism, torture, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
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 6.7
 829
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, suspect, crime, dead child, missing, missing person
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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 5.2
 9K
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, serious, captivating, tense, realistic ...
Plot: missing child, australian outback, couple relations, family in crisis, troubled marriage, social relations, family problems, missing daughter, desert, haunted by the past, protagonist as suspect, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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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
Plot: missing child, reunion, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, family life, parents and children, police detective, family problems, crimes, mother son reunion, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 7.6
 29K
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, heartbreaking, rough, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: missing child, dysfunctional family, divorce, husband wife relationship, disappearance, search party, search, anger, dispute, missing son, selfishness, dysfunctional marriage ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s, year 2015
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 7.0
 7K
The Silence (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.
Style: serious, bleak, emotional, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: missing child, child killer, pedophile, police investigation, rape, danger, uncover truth, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, small town, murder, loss of daughter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
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 7.5
 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: suspenseful, rough, serious, twists and turns, bleak ...
Plot: family drama, missing child, secret, lie, politics, kidnapping, teenager, suspicion, political campaign, twists & turns, neighbor, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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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: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, based on true events ...
Plot: missing child, pedophile, kidnapping, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, starting over, life is a bitch, danger, captivity, parents and children, crimes, crime ...
Time: 80s, year 1974, year 1980, year 1972, 70s
Place: northern california
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 6.5
 10K
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, rape, life is a bitch, missing child, child abuse, confinement indoors, psychological torture, captivity, teenage girl, survivor, confined ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria
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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, emotional, scary, tense, serious ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, missing child, orphan, orphanage, child abuse, haunted by the past, supernatural, world war two, parents and children, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: 1940s, 21st century, 20th century, 40s, contemporary ...
Place: england
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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, crime, missing child, disappearance, female detective, life is a bitch, self discovery, policewoman, sexual abuse, buried truth, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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 7.2
 4K
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: bleak, twists and turns, atmospheric, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: missing child, small town, uncover truth, police investigation, family problems, murder, danger, crimes, missing person, serial killer, deadly, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden
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 7.3
 3K
The Cry (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 57 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, disturbing, suspenseful, compassionate
Plot: missing child, wife husband relationship, desperation, saving a life, investigation, uncover truth, husband wife relationship, accusation, teenage daughter, wife, ex husband ex wife relationship, young wife
Place: scotland, australia
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 7.2
 2K
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, based on true events, realistic ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, riddles and clues, murder, crime, partners, deadly, amateur detective, crimes, small town, child killer, disgraced ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s, contemporary
Place: korea, south korea
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 6.1
 5K
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: serious, tense, suspenseful, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: police investigation, missing child, loss of child, uncover truth, haunted by the past, couple relations, law enforcement, life is a bitch, interrogation, police detective, mystery, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 2000s, 1950s
Place: usa
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 5.7
 1K
The Vanished (2020)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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: captivating, twists and turns, psychological, tense, suspense
Plot: missing child, accidental killing, police, search, camping, husband wife relationship, cold case, suspicion, investigation, disappearance, missing person, couples ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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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: bleak, suspenseful, scary, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: missing child, island, uncover truth, woman in danger, supernatural, obsession, danger, parents and children, obsessive quest, track down, chases and races, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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 8.8
 778K
Stranger Things (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
Story: When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, exciting, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: supernatural, monster, friendship, super powers, telekinesis, parallel world, missing person, experiment, supernatural power, parents and children, missing child, parallel universe ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: indiana, usa
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 8.0
 209K
Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Style: motivational, sentimental, emotional, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, childhood, poverty, missing child, survival, loneliness, courage, destiny, long lost relative, lost child, adopted son, orphanage ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1986
Place: india, australia, kolkata, melbourne australia, melbourne
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 7.4
 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, bleak ...
Plot: human trafficking, child rape, sexual abuse, forced prostitution, sex slavery, kidnapping, child molestation, sex slave, anal rape, missing child, sex with a minor, slavery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico city, usa, mexico, united states, new jersey ...
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