Punishment movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant punishment movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, harsh and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with punishment, brutality, storytelling, violence, runaway, death, mentor, dialogue, culture clash and blood plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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punishment movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as punishment: The Magdalene Sisters (2002), King of Devil's Island (2010), Prison School (2015), Goblin (2016), Salem (2014), Hazbin Hotel (2019), Malena (2000), Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), The White Ribbon (2009), Dogtooth (2009).

List of punishment movies

The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, brutal, suspense, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, sexual harassment, punishment, sin, life is a bitch, society, violence against women, sexual abuse, human spirit, corporal punishment, mercilessness ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
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King of Devil's Island (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Norway, France, Sweden, Poland
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, ...
Style: bleak, tense, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: punishment, prison life, island, beating, child abuse, sexual abuse, humiliation, juvenile detention, riot, escape attempt, rebellion, violence ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, eastern europe, scandinavia, poland, japan
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Prison School (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: There was a time when the Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls' boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo but a recent policy revision is allowing boys into the student body. On his first day, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers ...
Style: entertaining, gross out humor, ecchi, humorous, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: female nudity, teenage protagonist, punishment, prison escape, teamwork, masochism, prison, school, secret love, escapades, abuse, academy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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 8.6
 12K
Goblin (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Kim Shin is an immortal “goblin,” and has the rather honorable title of being the Protector of Souls. His roommate Wang Yeo also happens to have the equally lofty, if thoroughly opposing, title of Angel of Death, and he acts as the storied grim ...
Style: mysterious, romantic, emotional, humorous
Plot: immortal, destiny, past life, supernatural, ghost, demon, reincarnation, punishment, god, fiancee, supernatural power, orphan ...
Place: korea
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 7.2
 22K
Salem (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, 'Salem' explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, serious, stylized
Plot: witch, curses spells and rituals, wizards and magicians, religions or cults, evil force, society, danger, punishment, supernatural ability, devil, love affair, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts
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 8.1
 2K
Hazbin Hotel (2019)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Musical
Country: USA
TV show
Story: In attempt to find a non-violent alternative for reducing Hell's overpopulation, the daughter of Lucifer opens a rehabilitation hotel that offers a group of misfit demons a chance at redemption.
Plot: demon, hell, afterlife, punishment, heaven and hell, violence, follow your dream, direction and purpose, lucifer, dreams, redemption, hotel ...
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 7.5
 91K
Malena (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who's moved to this Sicilian town to be with her ...
Style: sexual, erotic, sexy, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: jealousy, adultery, hot and sexy, sex trafficking, female nudity, life is a bitch, female removes her clothes, small town, woman in danger, punishment, teenage sex, sex with a minor ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, sicily, mediterranean sea, southern italy
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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, touching, serious, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: child abuse, racism, punishment, australian outback, culture clash, survival, kidnapping, life is a bitch, hopes, outback, aborigine, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, africa
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The White Ribbon (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Canada
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Style: disturbing, psychological, thought provoking, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: sexual abuse, children, child abuse, punishment, physical appearance, family secret, domestic violence, death, teacher, cruelty, torture, priest ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914
Place: germany, europe, italy, northern germany
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 7.3
 84K
Dogtooth (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Greece
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, psychological, biting, serious ...
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, odd, power relations, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, punishment, perversion, parents and children, eccentric family, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, europe
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 7.2
 221K
The Lobster (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, Greece, France, Netherlands, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Style: surreal, ironic, artsy, clever, absurd ...
Plot: absurdism, hotel, distopia, love, society, manhunt, punishment, suicide attempt, blindness, hunting, friendship, runaway ...
Time: 2010s, near future, future
Place: hellas, greece
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Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A soldier returns home to his small town and exacts a deadly revenge on the thugs who tormented his dimwitted brother while he was away.
Style: tense, bleak, rough, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: punishment, gang, bullying, humiliation, anger, execution, cruelty, drug abuse, revenge, brutality, vigilantism, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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 7.9
 13K
The Hill (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: North Africa, World War II. British soldiers on the brink of collapse push beyond endurance to struggle up a brutal incline. It's not a military objective. It's The Hill, a manmade instrument of torture, a tower of sand seared by a ...
Style: tense, bleak, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, prison, desert, military, punishment, soldier, racism, military prison, torture, sadism, heat, cruelty ...
Time: 1940s, 70s
Place: africa, libya, north africa, germany
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 7.4
 56K
The Mission (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a Spanish Jesuit goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region, a slave hunter is converted and joins his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to ...
Style: epic, thought provoking, realistic, harsh, based on true events ...
Plot: slavery, mission, jungle, clergy, native americans, punishment, interracial relations, peaceful mission, hopes, wilderness, religions or cults, murder ...
Time: 18th century
Place: south america, argentina, brazil, portugal, latin america ...
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 8.7
 89K
Oz (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: The daily lives of prisoners in Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison where ingroups - Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans - stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, confined, prison, rapist, rape, life is a bitch, convict, strong sexual content, violence spree, gang, racism, electric chair ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
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The Mill and the Cross (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Poland, Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: What would it be like to step inside a great work of art, have it come alive around you, and even observe the artist as he sketches the very reality you are experiencing? From Lech Majewski, one of Poland's most acclaimed filmmakers, The Mill ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious, surreal ...
Plot: painter, punishment, life is a bitch, religions or cults, death sentence, redemption, society, loss of son, occupation, symbolism, execution, drawing ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, belgium, flanders
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100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd is an American television sitcom created by Steven H. Berman, Mitchel Katlin, and Nat Bernstein for Nickelodeon. The series ran from October 16, 1999 to April 21, 2002, for 3 seasons.
Style: feel good, touching, sincere, light, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: talking dog, punishment, good deed, dog, family, youth, unlikely partners, teaching the ways of the world, teenage life, teenager, bully, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
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Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 114 min.
Story: During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Style: sexy, captivating, serious, epic, colourful ...
Plot: royal family, martial arts, betrayal, empress, forbidden love, execution, punishment, dysfunctional family, poison, emperor, infidelity, love affair ...
Time: 7th century, middle ages, 10th century, 1930s
Place: china, asia, tokyo
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 7.4
 169K
Carrie (1976)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis to exact revenge upon them.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: abusive mother, telekinesis, rage, cruelty, social misfits, prom, high school life, teen angst, humiliation, vengeance, teenage life, classmate ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, near future, future, year 1979
Place: usa
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 8.1
 163K
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, freedom, escape, rebelliousness, dignity, prison life, escape attempt, punishment, death, death of parent, respect, convict ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s
Place: florida, southern usa
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 7.2
 77K
Frailty (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Style: psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, sin, axe, sheriff, insanity, punishment, fbi, angel, mechanic, childhood, psychopath ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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The Devil's Carnival (2012)
Genre: Horror, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: Sinners are invited to a theme park where they endure the repetition of their transgressions. What chances do a conniving kleptomaniac, a gullible teenager, and an obsessed father stand when facing their own moral failings? Lucifer and his colorful ...
Style: tense, serious, stylized, psychological, psychotronic
Plot: sin, lucifer, redemption, demon, punishment, deal with the devil, human nature, introspection, fable, supernatural power, supernatural, clown ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Parental Guidance (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behavior collides with Artie and Diane's old-school methods.
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, light, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, family relations, punishment, eccentric family, family reunited, teaching the ways of the world, family life, golden years, youth, mischievous children, disorder, protective parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, san francisco
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Hansel and Gretel (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Eun-soo gets lost in a country road, he meets a mysterious girl and is led to her fairytale ike house in the middle of the forest. There, Eun-soo is trapped with the girl and her siblings who never age. Eun-soo finally discovers a way out which ...
Style: fairy tale, psychological, suspense, gothic, serious ...
Plot: isolation, haunted house, in the woods, punishment, captivity, supernatural, danger, mystery, supernatural ability, life is a bitch, wish come true, curses spells and rituals ...
Place: korea, asia
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 6.3
 68K
Ninja Assassin (2009)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ninja Assassin follows Raizo, one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ninja, one man army, martial arts, assassination, violence spree, vengeance, assassin, ninja master, ninjitsu, haunted by the past, punishment, revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: china, asia, berlin germany, osaka japan, japan
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 7.5
 133K
A Time to Kill (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, legal action, murder, injustice, justice, small town, rape, court, legal, trial, punishment ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
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Wuthering Heights (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 142 min.
TV show
Story: Foundling Heathcliff is raised by the wealthy Earnshaws in Yorkshire but in later life launches a vendetta against the family.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, gothic, realistic
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: forbidden love, obsession, love affair, unfulfilled love, estate, social differences, family relations, love triangle, destructive relationship, society, punishment, revenge ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, europe
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Escape from Hell (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A women's prison camp is located deep in the tropical rain forest. Sadistic guards and a warden from hell make life almost unbearable for the inmates, and any infraction of the rules is dealt with swiftly and savagely. The camp doctor is ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, rough, captivating, serious ...
Plot: jungle, prison, violence, female whipping, punishment, murder, death, brutality, captivity, partners, chases and races, rebellion ...
Time: 70s
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Goodnight Mommy (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether ...
Style: psychological, twists and turns, disturbing, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: brother brother relationship, twins, countryside, torture, mental illness, punishment, divorce, isolation, mind game, investigation, danger, hidden identity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria, central europe
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Only God Forgives (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, France, USA, Sweden, Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Jenna to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother's recent death.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, disturbing, brutal, psychological thriller ...
Plot: neo noir, neo-noir, vengeance, neon light, punishment, surrealism, criminal heroes, owner, loss of son, family relations, violence, domineering mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand
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