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 realistic, serious, intense, interesting, psychological and melancholic films and TV shows about / with domestic violence, storytelling, runaway, husband wife relationship, brutality, violence, mentor, redemption, dialogue and death plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Greece and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as domestic violence: Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), The Color Purple (1985), Precious (2009), Big Little Lies (2017), The Burning Bed (1984), Waitress (2007), Safe Haven (2013), Take My Eyes (2003), An American Crime (2007), A Vigilante (2018).

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: stalking, domestic violence, obsession, starting over, violent husband, woman in danger, danger, on the run, haunted by the past, psychopath, couple relations, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1990, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa, boston, san francisco
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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, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: domestic violence, incest, sexual abuse, feminism, rape, slavery, life is a bitch, self discovery, letter, human spirit, woman in danger, african american ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, africa, georgia, tennessee
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 7.3
 101K
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, sexual abuse, abusive mother, child abuse, dysfunctional family, social misfits, poverty, fear, aids, incest, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 8.6
 123K
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: surprise ending, disturbing, enigmatic, twists and turns
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: domestic violence, female friendship, secret, family life, marriage, murder mystery, housewife, intrigue, parent child relationship, adultery, murder, mother ...
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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: thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic, serious, disturbing
Plot: domestic violence, murder, marital rape, legal action, price of justice, hopes, society, courtroom drama, social relations, power relations, redemption, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, michigan
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 7.0
 42K
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: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: domestic violence, small town, cooking and food, pregnancy, friendship, marriage, doctor, unwanted pregnancy, letter, marital problem, waitress, diary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, southern usa, california
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 6.7
 98K
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: romantic, emotional, sentimental, touching, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: starting over, love and romance, small town, abusive husband, haunted by the past, domestic violence, small town life, single father, fall in love, obsession, love triangle, power of love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, south carolina, boston, new jersey ...
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 7.4
 6K
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: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: domestic violence, violent husband, museum, starting over, crumbling marriage, love and romance, suburban life, fall in love, siblings relations, hopes, life is a bitch, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary
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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, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, confined, isolation, mentally unstable, threat, crime, captivity, family problems, basement, torture ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, indiana
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 5.6
 3K
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: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, rough, suspense
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: domestic violence, vengeance, vigilante, violence, deliberate cruelty, beating, female protagonist, pain, family relations, escape, tied feet
Time: 21st century
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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: thought provoking, offbeat, gloomy, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: domestic violence, feminism, abortion, poem, rape, love, hopes, exploit, poet, racism, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, serious ...
Plot: domestic violence, maid, murder, child abuse, island, investigation, incest, dysfunctional family, bank account, reporter, abusive father, accident ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
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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, suspenseful, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: police detective, dangerous attraction, murder, fighting the system, police corruption, district attorney, domestic violence, manipulations, gang, police investigation, organized crime, corpse ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona
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 7.3
 71K
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: psychological, thought provoking, disturbing, biting, serious ...
Plot: incest, dysfunctional family, isolation, odd, brother sister incest, power relations, punishment, domestic violence, parents and children, eccentric family, family problems, sexual relations ...
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, suspense, tense, serious, twist ending ...
Plot: memory loss, mystery, amnesia, uncover truth, life turned upside down, domestic violence, psychiatrist, obsession, power relations, woman in danger, doctors and patients, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: england, london
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 7.6
 29K
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, sincere ...
Plot: domestic violence, rage, dog, violence, abuse, death of husband, drunkenness, beating, prison visit, pub, urination, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 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: funeral, domestic violence, suicide, rape, alcohol abuse, unemployment, dysfunctional family, violence, indigenous, ghetto, maori, alcohol ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
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 8.2
 293K
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: intense, stylized, atmospheric, bloody, harsh ...
Plot: rise and fall, paranoia, domestic violence, redemption, boxer, self destructing, career, sport, character study, boxing, jealousy, champion ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, 60s, year 1947 ...
Place: bronx new york city, usa, chicago illinois, new york, cleveland ohio ...
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 6.9
 42K
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, touching, rough, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basketball, redemption, prison, forgiveness, domestic violence, college, warden, rejection, sport, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, athlete's life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey
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 5.7
 37K
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, psychological, scary ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: stalking, self defense, violence against women, abusive husband, life is a bitch, on the run, infidelity, crumbling marriage, domestic violence, couples, domestic disturbance, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle washington, seattle, 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: 80s, 20th century, year 1972, year 1982, 2000s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, vermont ...
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 7.2
 57K
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: thought provoking, tense, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, self defense, lawyer, courtroom, legal investigation, domestic violence, lawsuit, hopes, selflessness, righting the wronged, civil action, life changing experience ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey
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 8.2
 270K
Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, suspense ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, rape, surveillance, corruption, deception, femme fatale, tragic event, suspicion, domestic violence, threat, cover up ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, year 1937, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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 5.5
 5K
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, tense, rough, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: domestic violence, serial killer, kidnapping, violence, rape, sexual harassment, deal with the devil, murder, danger, woman in danger, deadly, couples ...
Time: 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: canada, ontario canada
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What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A film about the singer Tina Turner and how she rose to stardom with her abusive husband Ike Turner and how she gained the courage to break free.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, starting over, abusive husband, price of fame, music, destructive relationship, unfulfillment, rising to stardom, love and romance, crumbling marriage, hopes, musician's life ...
Time: 1960s, 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, tennessee
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 8.4
 797K
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, hotel, insanity, psychic, danger, evil, ghost, trapped, losing-it hero, nervous breakdown, psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: colorado, usa, oregon, denver colorado, montana
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 6.3
 6K
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, music, blues, escape from reality, family problems, youth, solace, oldies, child's point of view, precocious child ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
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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, rough, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, homosexual, mechanic, step parent, life is a bitch, parents and children, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington state, united states ...
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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, captivating, realistic, sincere
Plot: domestic violence, suicide, perversion, parents and children, dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, cold relationship, family in crisis, terrorizing, family relations, society, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: greece, europe
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Terribly Happy (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Robert Hansen, 34, a young police officer from Copenhagen, is transferred against his will to the small town of Skarrild in Southern Jutland as a substitute Marshall. The transfer is Robert’s chance to start over. Whether he is allowed to return ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: small town, police investigation, dangerous attraction, fish out of water, murder, cheating wife, domestic violence, forbidden love, power relations, misfit, dishonesty, vigilantism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe
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