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 disturbing films and TV shows about / with domestic violence, husband wife relationship, redemption, violence, life is a bitch, brutality, runaway, mentor, death and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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domestic violence movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as domestic violence: Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), The Color Purple (1985), Precious (2009), Big Little Lies (2017), Waitress (2007), A Vigilante (2018), Take My Eyes (2003), Dolores Claiborne (1995), The Invisible Man (2020), Safe Haven (2013).

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, tense, suspenseful, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: stalking, woman in danger, domestic violence, obsession, violent husband, starting over, psychopath, obsessive love, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction, on the run, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1990
Place: usa, iowa, 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, sentimental, touching, sincere, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: domestic violence, incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, rape, feminism, african american, slavery, life is a bitch, wife abuse, dysfunctional family, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 18th century
Place: africa, southern usa, usa, georgia, tennessee
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 7.3
 110K
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: bleak, rough, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, social misfits, sexual abuse, illiteracy, rape, abusive mother, fat girl, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
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 8.5
 188K
Big Little Lies (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, twists and turns, enigmatic
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: domestic violence, female friendship, housewife, family life, murder mystery, murder, crumbling marriage, marriage, intrigue, rape, adultery, gossip and rumors ...
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 7.0
 46K
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, sentimental, humorous, witty, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: domestic violence, waitress, cooking and food, pregnancy, friendship, marriage, marital problem, doctor, diary, letter, small town, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, southern usa, california
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 5.6
 9K
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, female protagonist, violence, vigilante, vengeance, abused woman, deliberate cruelty, pain, escape, family relations, hotel room, vigilantism ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york state, new york
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 7.4
 7K
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: serious, touching, sincere, realistic, emotional
Plot: domestic violence, violent husband, starting over, haunted by the past, siblings relations, fall in love, dysfunctional family, therapy, family problems, understanding, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch ...
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, disturbing, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: mystery, domestic violence, child abuse, investigation, maid, dysfunctional family, murder, island, incest, abusive husband, anger, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
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The Invisible Man (2020)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Currently unknown.
Style: twists and turns, scary, gothic, surprise ending, psychotronic ...
Plot: stalking, stalker, domestic violence, invisibility, homicidal maniac, home invasion, woman in danger, death, voyeurism, murder, last will and testament, psychological abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s, 2020s
Place: california, san francisco
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 6.6
 110K
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, touching, sentimental, emotional, suspenseful ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: small town, love and romance, starting over, fall in love, single father, abusive husband, small town life, domestic violence, love triangle, obsession, choice, power of love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, boston, south carolina, new jersey ...
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 5.7
 43K
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, psychological, scary, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: violent husband, abusive husband, self defense, domestic violence, stalking, abusive relationship, strong female character, violence against women, life is a bitch, woman in danger, on the run, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco, los angeles, seattle
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The Burning Bed (1984)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, disturbing
Plot: domestic violence, murder, marital rape, social relations, couples, injustice, family problems, power relations, strong female presence, hopes, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: usa, michigan
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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, bleak, harsh, rough, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, captivity, confined, crimes, mentally unstable, murder, family problems, court, threat ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, indiana
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Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Genre: Drama, 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: twist ending, suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: memory loss, mystery, uncover truth, obsession, psychology, amnesia, psychiatrist, domestic violence, life turned upside down, woman in danger, doctors and patients, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, contemporary, year 2013, year 1999 ...
Place: england, london
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Teenage Dirtbag (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A popular high school girl is harassed by a delinquent boy until they are placed in creative writing class together. Through written words, they create a bond, but tragically a bond that cannot withstand her social pressures or his brutal home life.
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, sincere, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: cheerleader, high school, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, delusion, teenage life, stalking, criminal, social differences, friends, life is a bitch, notebook ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.3
 9K
Nil by Mouth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: rough, bleak, gloomy, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, dysfunctional family, heroin, addiction, alcohol abuse, working class, family relations, mental illness, drug abuse, life is a bitch, temperamental, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
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 7.5
 32K
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: depressing, bleak, realistic, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: domestic violence, rage, drunkenness, redemption, abuse, society, frustration, violence, character study, religion, abusive husband, prison visit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: england, northern england
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No One Would Tell (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Laura Collins (Shannen Doherty), single mom to daughter Sarah (Matreya Scarrwener), has had a history of rocky relationships, so when Sarah begins dating the popular and charismatic Rob Tennison (Callan Potter), Laura is thrilled with what she sees. ...
Style: bad ending, rough, thought provoking, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: abusive boyfriend, emotional abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse, mystery, court, high school, relationships, mother daughter relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, best friend, vengeance ...
Place: usa
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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, sincere, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, feminism, society, family problems, love, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, hopes, woman, female protagonist, abortion, poem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: 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, serious, touching, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: single parent, child abuse, domestic violence, coming of age, friendship, dysfunctional family, gay teenager, mechanic, family relations, homosexual, stepfather, step parent ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, salt lake city utah, washington d.c., washington state ...
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 7.2
 72K
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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, legal investigation, domestic violence, lawyer, self defense, legal, courtroom, justice, lawsuit, hopes, life changing experience, selflessness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: memphis, new jersey
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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, emotional, sincere, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: domestic violence, starting over, price of fame, fall in love, abusive husband, music, musician's life, ambition, rape victim, music band, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: usa, tennessee
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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: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, perversion, incest rape, child prostitution, child abuse, domestic violence, incest, suicide, family problems, parents and children, investigation, abusive father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: greece, europe
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The Selfish Giant (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A hyperactive boy and his best friend, a slow-witted youth with an affinity for horses, start collecting scrap metal for a shady dealer.
Style: sad, depressing, atmospheric, realistic, tense ...
Plot: child abuse, teenage life, friendship, theft, domestic violence, horse, juvenile delinquency, thief, misfit, poverty, realism, uncontrollable ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, poland ...
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 5.4
 6K
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: psychological, suspenseful, rough, realistic, tense ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, serial killer, incest rape, courtroom drama, serial rapist, destructive relationship, lesbian rape, society, life is a bitch, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: canada, ontario canada
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Good Morning, Verônica (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: While hunting for a dating-site predator, an underused cop discovers a husband and wife with a horrific secret — and a web of conspiracy hiding it.
Style: captivating, suspense, tense
Plot: domestic violence, police, abuse, suicide, female protagonist, violence against women, fetish, murder mystery, female detective, private investigation, crime solving, crime investigation ...
Place: brazil
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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: neo noir, tense, captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, police detective, police corruption, corpse, police investigation, gunfight, prostitute, murder, organized crime, police brutality, crimes, fighting the system ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, arizona
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Personal Velocity (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.
Style: touching, sincere, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, starting over, family relations, hitchhiker, human nature, couple relations, love affair, parents and children, couples, self discovery, destructive relationship, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, india, manhattan new york city, laos ...
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 5.6
 2K
Ride or Die (2021)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Rei helps the woman she's been in love with for years escape her abusive husband. While on the run, their feelings for each other catch fire.
Style: romantic, captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: lesbian love, lesbian, lesbianism, lgbt, lesbian romance, lesbian couple, domestic violence, lesbian friend, lesbian relationship, lesbian sex, murder, sex scene ...
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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: rough, emotional, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, domestic violence, suicide, rape, unemployment, dysfunctional family, funeral, family relations, tattoo, ghetto, ethnic, rebellious youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
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