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, harsh, visually appealing and bleak films and TV shows about / with punishment, brutality, storytelling, culture clash, blood, violence, runaway, mentor, redemption and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
punishment movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as punishment: King of Devil's Island (2010), Prison School (2015), The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Hazbin Hotel (2019), Salem (2014), Goblin (2016), Malena (2000), Carrie (1976), Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), Goodnight Mommy (2014).

List of punishment movies

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, island, prison life, child abuse, reform school, juvenile detention, sexual abuse, humiliation, riot, escape attempt, rebellion, fighting the system ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, scandinavia, eastern europe, 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: ecchi, entertaining, sexy, absurd, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: masochism, punishment, female nudity, gross out humor, teenage protagonist, school, teamwork, prison escape, prison, dominant woman, abuse, secret love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
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, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, sexual harassment, punishment, sin, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, human spirit, mistreatment, violence against women, sexual abuse, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland, latin america
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Hazbin Hotel (2019)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 32 min.
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: hell, demon, punishment, afterlife, direction and purpose, follow your dream, violence, dreams, heaven and hell, the underworld, lucifer, redemption ...
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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: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Plot: witch, curses spells and rituals, wizards and magicians, religions or cults, society, evil force, supernatural ability, devil, punishment, love affair, supernatural, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century
Place: new england, massachusetts, usa
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Goblin (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 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 power, reincarnation, ghost, demon, grim reaper, supernatural, punishment, fiancee, orphan ...
Place: korea
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Malena (2000)
Genre: 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: sexy, erotic, sexual, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Plot: hot and sexy, teenage sex, older woman younger man relationship, jealousy, adultery, female nudity, first love, life is a bitch, punishment, sex trafficking, woman in danger, sexual attraction ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, sicily, mediterranean sea, southern italy
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Carrie (1976)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
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: telekinesis, social misfits, abusive mother, cruelty, rage, high school life, vengeance, prom, teen angst, humiliation, supernatural ability, punishment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, future, year 1979, near future
Place: usa
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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: 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, australian outback, aborigine, racism, punishment, culture clash, survival, kidnapping, life is a bitch, hopes, outback, australian aboriginal ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, africa
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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, mental illness, twins, punishment, countryside, torture, divorce, isolation, seeing dead people, mind game, investigation, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, central europe
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The White Ribbon (2009)
Genre: Drama, 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, child abuse, punishment, physical appearance, family secret, domestic violence, death, innocence, cruelty, torture, priest, village ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, pre world war one, year 1914
Place: germany, europe, northern germany, italy
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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: disturbing, thought provoking, psychological, biting, serious ...
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, dysfunctional family, power relations, father daughter incest, family problems, perversion, punishment, family relations, brother sister sex, parents and children, eccentric family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, europe
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Frailty (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
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, tense, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, sin, childhood, insanity, psychopath, punishment, angel, parents and children, family relations, fbi, sheriff ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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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, murder, legal action, justice, lawyer, injustice, small town, rape, court, legal, punishment ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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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: bullying, brutality, punishment, gang, anger, execution, humiliation, cruelty, drug abuse, revenge, vigilantism, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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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, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, prison, desert, military, punishment, soldier, racism, sadism, military prison, heat wave, british army, torture ...
Time: 1940s, 70s
Place: africa, sahara, libya, north africa, germany
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Wentworth (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison. A modern adaptation and sequel of the iconic Prisoner series.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: women's prison, prison life, women in prison, prison, lesbian, lesbian relationship, crimes, life is a bitch, power struggle, protest, sadism, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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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, touching ...
Plot: clergy, slavery, mission, jungle, punishment, wilderness, hopes, peaceful mission, religions or cults, murder, interracial relations, native americans ...
Time: 18th century
Place: south america, brazil, argentina, portugal, latin america ...
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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, realistic, suspenseful, rough, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, confined, prison rape, rapist, rape, life is a bitch, convict, violence spree, homosexual rape, gang, racism ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s
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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, clever, absurd, artsy ...
Plot: absurdism, distopia, love, society, manhunt, hotel, suicide attempt, blindness, hunting, punishment, life, animals ...
Time: near future, 2010s, future
Place: hellas, greece
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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, realistic, serious, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: painter, punishment, breast feeding, life is a bitch, society, religions or cults, death sentence, redemption, occupation, loss of son, symbolism, famous painting ...
Time: 16th century
Place: belgium, europe, 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: touching, feel good, sincere, light, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: talking dog, punishment, bully, good deed, dog, family, youth, unlikely partners, teenage life, teaching the ways of the world, friendship, teenager ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
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Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, China
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: serious, captivating, sexy, epic, colourful ...
Plot: royal family, betrayal, forbidden love, martial arts, empress, execution, punishment, dysfunctional family, poison, emperor, love affair, infidelity ...
Time: 7th century, middle ages, 10th century, 1930s
Place: china, asia, tokyo
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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: freedom, prison, escape, rebelliousness, dignity, prison life, escape attempt, punishment, death, human spirit, convict, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
Place: florida, southern 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, introspection, human nature, supernatural, supernatural power, clown, hell ...
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, bully, punishment, eccentric family, family reunited, disorder, protective parent, youth, golden years, mischievous children, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s
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, gothic, suspense, surreal ...
Plot: haunted house, isolation, forest, punishment, captivity, supernatural, attic, curse, life is a bitch, supernatural ability, mystery, curses spells and rituals ...
Place: korea, asia
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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, assassin, martial arts, assassination, vengeance, ninja master, one against many, ninjitsu, violence spree, haunted by the past, punishment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: china, asia, osaka japan, berlin germany, japan
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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: date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, unfulfilled love, obsession, love affair, love triangle, estate, social differences, family relations, destructive relationship, society, punishment, revenge ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, europe
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The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, ...
Style: biblical, factual, rough, bleak, brutal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: christianity, betrayal, jesus, mission, sacrifice, religion, religions or cults, suffering, bible, torture, death, life philosophy ...
Time: 1st century, 1930s
Place: holy land, jerusalem, middle east
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