Domestic violence movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant domestic violence movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, intense, interesting, dramatic and psychological films and TV shows about / with domestic violence, runaway, storytelling, redemption, mentor, violence, brutality, life is a bitch, husband wife relationship and adaptation plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Sweden and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as domestic violence: Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), Precious (2009), The Color Purple (1985), Big Little Lies (2017), The Burning Bed (1984), An American Crime (2007), Waitress (2007), Enough (2002), Baby Boy (2001), For Colored Girls (2010).

List of domestic violence movies

Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, tense, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: domestic violence, stalking, obsession, woman in danger, starting over, danger, on the run, haunted by the past, psychopath, couple relations, faked death, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1990, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa, boston, san francisco
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Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: emotional, bleak, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, dysfunctional family, social misfits, fear, aids, parents and children, physical appearance, sexual abuse, teacher, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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The Color Purple (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: incest, domestic violence, sexual abuse, feminism, rape, slavery, letter, african american, self discovery, mistress, poverty, singer ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, africa, tennessee, georgia
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Big Little Lies (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies tells the tale of three mothers of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.
Style: disturbing, surprise ending, enigmatic, twists and turns
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: domestic violence, crumbling marriage, adultery, female friendship, family life, secret, rape, murder, housewife, mother, marriage, parent child relationship ...
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The Burning Bed (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: domestic violence, murder, dysfunctional family, arson, social relations, power relations, rivalry, redemption, couples, deadly, small town life, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: michigan, usa
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An American Crime (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, confined, isolation, suburban life, crime, mentally unstable, threat, captivity, family problems, basement ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa
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Waitress (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: domestic violence, small town, cooking and food, pregnancy, friendship, marriage, doctor, unwanted pregnancy, marital problem, letter, waitress, feminism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, southern usa, california
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Enough (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Working-class waitress Slim thought she was entering a life of domestic bliss when she married Mitch, the man of her dreams. After the arrival of their first child, her picture perfect life is shattered when she discovers Mitch's hidden ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, scary, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: self defense, stalking, crumbling marriage, on the run, infidelity, life is a bitch, domestic violence, dishonesty, domestic disturbance, parents and children, abusive husband, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, san francisco
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Baby Boy (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The story of Jody, a misguided, 20-year-old African-American who is really just a baby boy finally forced-kicking and screaming to face the commitments of real life. Streetwise and jobless, he has not only fathered two children by two different ...
Style: talky, rough, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: womanizer, single parent, domestic violence, gang, intolerance, convicted felon, physical abuse, condom, fatherhood, selfishness, thief, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
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For Colored Girls (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: About existence from the perspective of 20 nameless black females. Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in ...
Style: gloomy, offbeat, thought provoking, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: domestic violence, feminism, abortion, poem, rape, love, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, poet, dysfunctional family, racism, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Take My Eyes (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 109 min.
Story: One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sincere
Plot: domestic violence, museum, starting over, suburban life, couple relations, fall in love, love and romance, life is a bitch, parents and children, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
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Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Dolores Claiborne was accused of killing her abusive husband twenty years ago, but the court's findings were inconclusive and she was allowed to walk free. Now she has been accused of killing her employer, Vera Donovan, and this time there is a ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: island, murder, child abuse, domestic violence, maid, incest, investigation, dysfunctional family, reporter, bank account, abusive husband, abusive father ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
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Tyrannosaur (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: rage, domestic violence, dog, violence, abuse, death of husband, prison visit, beating, pub, urination, drunkenness, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: england
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Once Were Warriors (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama about a Maori family lving in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.
Style: emotional, realistic, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: rape, domestic violence, suicide, funeral, alcohol abuse, unemployment, poverty, dysfunctional family, violence, maori, ghetto, alcohol ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
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Raging Bull (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, intense, bloody, harsh ...
Plot: rise and fall, paranoia, domestic violence, jealousy, redemption, boxer, self destructing, career, sport, character study, boxing, argument ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 40s, year 1947 ...
Place: bronx new york city, chicago illinois, new york, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: tense, captivating, cynical, talky, clever ...
Plot: police detective, murder, dangerous attraction, district attorney, corpse, domestic violence, prostitute, police corruption, fighting the system, millionaire, heroin, organized crime ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona
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This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, gloomy, sentimental, rough ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, homosexual, mechanic, alcohol abuse, gender, youth, respect ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington state, united states ...
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He Got Game (1998)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, rough, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basketball, redemption, prison, forgiveness, domestic violence, college, warden, rejection, sport, dysfunctional family, athlete's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey
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Safe Haven (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.
Style: emotional, sentimental, romantic, sweet, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, starting over, small town, haunted by the past, small town life, fall in love, obsession, single father, abusive husband, love triangle, domestic violence, power of love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, south carolina, boston, san francisco ...
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All Good Things (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Newly-discovered facts, court records and speculation are used to elaborate the true love story and murder mystery of the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, enigmatic, disturbing ...
Plot: disappearance, murder, mentally unstable, missing person, domestic violence, mystery, dysfunctional marriage, investigation, high society, family secret, overbearing parent, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1971, year 1982, year 1972 ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, vermont ...
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The Rainmaker (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: When Rudy Baylor, a young attorney with no clients, goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a terminally ill boy in their suit against an insurance company. But to take on corporate America, Rudy and a scrappy ...
Style: clever, tense, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, self defense, lawyer, courtroom, legal investigation, lawsuit, domestic violence, leukemia, hopes, life changing experience, selflessness, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey
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Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, emotional, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rebellion, friendship, domestic violence, boarding school life, rebelliousness, coming of age, humiliation, bully, child abuse, violence, boarding school, private school ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
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Karla (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on real events, Canada's most notorious serial killers, Paul Bernardo and wife Karla Homolka kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls.
Style: realistic, psychological, rough, tense, serious ...
Plot: domestic violence, deal with the devil, serial killer, kidnapping, violence, rape, crime, destructive relationship, crimes, fall in love, life is a bitch, murder ...
Time: 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: canada, ontario canada
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The Shining (1980)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, scary, surreal, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, supernatural, insanity, danger, evil, hotel, ghost, psychic, trapped, nervous breakdown, losing-it hero, family in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: colorado, usa, oregon, denver colorado, montana
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A Vigilante (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A once abused woman, Sadie, devotes herself to ridding victims of their domestic abusers while hunting down the husband she must kill to truly be free.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, rough, suspense
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: domestic violence, vengeance, vigilante, violence, deliberate cruelty, pain, beating, female protagonist, escape, family relations, tied feet
Time: 21st century
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Hounddog (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.
Style: serious, touching, disturbing, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, domestic violence, life is a bitch, escape from reality, music, blues, family problems, youth, oldies, solace, child's point of view, precocious child ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
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Miss Violence (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On the day of her birthday, eleven-year-old Angeliki jumps off the balcony and falls to her death with a smile on her face. While the police and Social Services try to discover the reason for this apparent suicide, Angeliki's family keep ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, captivating, sincere
Plot: domestic violence, suicide, dysfunctional family, perversion, parents and children, investigation, social worker, society, kids in trouble, family relations, terrorizing, cold relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: greece, europe
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Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France, Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, serious, psychological ...
Plot: memory loss, amnesia, uncover truth, life turned upside down, psychiatrist, power relations, doctors and patients, woman in danger, mystery, investigation, obsession, domestic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2007, 1990s, 2010s ...
Place: england, london
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3-Iron (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young man, whose only possession is a motorcycle, spends his time riding around the city looking for empty apartments. After finding one, he hangs out for a while, fixing himself something to eat, washing laundry or making small repairs in return. ...
Style: enigmatic, melancholic, meditative, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: destiny, golf, homeless, romance, domestic violence, wife husband relationship, love triangle, jealousy, drifter, invasion, escape, prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, seoul
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, master and servant, maid, discrimination, storytelling, hopes, social relations, interracial relations, blacks and whites, against the rules, exploitation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
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