Runaway movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant runaway movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, melancholic, talky, harsh, stylized and touching films and TV shows about / with runaway, storytelling, mentor, friendship, dialogue, culture clash, brutality, pornography, life philosophy and childhood plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
runaway movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as runaway: Marvel's Runaways (2017), The Kings of Summer (2013), Please Stand By (2017), Little Birds (2011), The Book Thief (2013), The Fruit Machine (1988), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Transamerica (2005), The Boy and the Beast (2015), Days of Heaven (1978).

List of runaway movies

Marvel's Runaways (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? Six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other must unite against a common foe – their parents.
Style: captivating, tense, futuristic, entertaining
Audience: teens
Plot: super villain, runaway, superhero team, friendship, youth, parents and children, supernatural ability, teenager, good versus evil, high school, love and romance, alien ...
Place: los angeles
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The Kings of Summer (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teenagers, coming of age, friendship, teenage life, lifestyle change, rebelliousness, self discovery, off the grid, choice, in the woods, runaway, overbearing parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, tokyo
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Please Stand By (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500-page Star Trek script to a writing competition in Hollywood. On an adventure full of laughter and tears, Wendy follows the guiding spirit of Mr. Spock on ...
Style: road movie, captivating, sentimental, light, semi serious
Audience: teen drama
Plot: autism, runaway, manuscript, star trek, road trip, female protagonist, search, sister sister relationship, pet dog, life philosophy, imagination, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, oakland california, california
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Little Birds (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Lily and Alison face a life-changing event after they leave their Salton Sea home and follow the boys they meet back to Los Angeles.
Style: serious, touching, captivating, sincere, realistic
Plot: friendship, runaway, teenage life, adventure, lifestyle, rebellion, self discovery, adolescence vs adulthood, cons and scams, youth, street kid, leaving home ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: nazi germany, jewish, holocaust, human spirit, nazi, adoption, life is a bitch, youth, against humanity, family secret, world war two, childhood ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, europe
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The Fruit Machine (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Eddie and Michael are two 16-year-old gay friends from Liverpool. Berated by his father for his camp behavior, Eddie runs away from his Liverpool home and joins Michael, a streetwise hustler, who is also on the run.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, gay, nightclub, youth, runaway, friendship, on the run, best friends, obsession, witnessing a crime, gay lead character, male prostitute ...
Time: 80s
Place: brighton, liverpool, england, europe
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not ...
Style: clever, exciting, captivating, intense, suspense ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: master criminal, adventure, fbi, prodigy, crime, rise and fall, con artists, justice, deception, cat and mouse, special agents, parents separation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1967
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, louisiana, france, europe ...
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Transamerica (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Bree is about to get a sex change operation that will finally allow her to actually be what she’s already been in her mind for a long time: a transitioned woman. Yet before this happens she suddenly runs into her son who ends up coming for the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, humorous, road movie ...
Plot: transsexual, hidden identity, gender bending, road trip, therapist, cocaine, psychiatrist, gay, on the road, self discovery, transsexuality, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, california, los angeles
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The Boy and the Beast (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he's looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That ...
Style: breathtaking, touching, intense, semi serious, stylized ...
Plot: training, beast, mentor, friendship, destiny, martial arts, good versus evil, orphan, father son relationship, boy, transformation, loneliness ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Days of Heaven (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1910, a Chicago steel worker accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend and little sister to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer. A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish ...
Style: atmospheric, art house, psychological, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: love triangle, farm, farmer, class differences, impossible love, harvest, society, loneliness, couple relations, runaway, love, stabbing ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: texas, usa, chicago illinois
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The Go-Getter (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well.
Style: semi serious, melancholic, enigmatic, ironic, realistic ...
Plot: road trip, car thief, teenage life, self discovery, introspection, love and romance, parents and children, human nature, coming of age, lifestyle, obsessive quest, runaway ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, new jersey, california
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...
Style: dark humor, humorous, twists and turns, absurd, funny ...
Plot: thief, neo noir, murder, christmas, private detective, actor, investigation, lifestyle, disorder, dishonesty, mistaken identity, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california, denver colorado ...
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The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: America is in the depths of the Great Depression. Families drift apart when faraway jobs beckon. In this masterful, atmospheric adventure, a courageous young girl (Meredith Salenger) confronts overwhelming odds when she embarks on a cross-country ...
Style: touching, feel good, sweet, scenic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids
Plot: adventure, on the road, wolf, family, friendship, custody, hopes, against the odds, youth, missing person, great depression, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, colorado, washington state, california ...
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Whatever Works (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Whatever Works explores the relationship between a crotchety misanthrope, Boris and a naïve, impressionable young runaway from the south, Melody. When Melody's uptight parents arrive in New York to rescue her, they are quickly drawn into ...
Style: philosophical, romantic, funny, light, cynical ...
Plot: age difference, older man younger woman relationship, marriage, family relations, suicide attempt, homosexual, mentor, love and romance, lifestyle change, unlikely couple, social climbing, character change ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After several years of living with a cult, Martha finally escapes and calls her estranged sister, Lucy, for help. Martha finds herself at the quiet Connecticut home Lucy shares with her new husband, Ted, but the memories of what she experienced in ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, hippie, estrangement, society, life is a bitch, paranoia, cult, runaway, socially awkward, sister sister relationship, cult leader, mind control ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, new york state, california
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Dennis the Menace (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mr. Wilson's ever-present annoyance comes in the form of one mischievous kid named Dennis. But he'll need Dennis's tricks to uncover a collection of gold coins that go missing when a shady drifter named Switchblade Sam comes to town.
Style: not serious, feel good, humorous, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: mischievous children, family, prank, friendship, nothing goes right, neighbor, runaway, criminal, when the parents are away, suburban life, suburbs, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s, future
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Freeway (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Following the arrest of her mother, Ramona, young Vanessa Lutz decides to go in search of her estranged grandmother. On the way, she is given a ride by school counselor Bob Wolverton. During the journey, Lutz begins to realize that Bob is the ...
Style: disturbing, cynical, suspenseful, bloody, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, hitchhiker, life is a bitch, disfigurement, prison, crime, brutality, social decay, murder, runaway, police investigation, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, san diego california
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Hardcore (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in the porno pits of Los Angeles.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious, intense ...
Plot: pornography, private detective, runaway, perversion, bondage, missing person, neo noir, porn industry, missing child, father, peep show, daughter ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: michigan, california, los angeles, usa, san diego california ...
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Manny & Lo (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A pregnant teen and her younger sister run away from foster homes and kidnap a woman whom they believe can help with the pregnancy.
Style: humorous, realistic, clever, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, runaway, pregnancy, orphan, on the road, police, sex, robbery, dream, coming of age, crimes, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: israel
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Savannah Smiles (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The young daughter of a politician runs away due to lack of attention. She hides in the car of two not too bright crooks who are slowly converted into parent figures as the police web closes down on the supposed kidnappers.
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, runaway, neglect, politician, police, ransom, family, fish out of water, custody, misfit, fugitives, cons and scams ...
Time: 80s
Place: utah, salt lake city utah, san francisco
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Before Night Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Spanning several decades, this powerful biopic offers a glimpse into the life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, an artist who was vilified for his homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: aids, gays and lesbians, revolution, exile, oppression, homosexual, poet, gay slur, artist, gay, writer's life, childhood ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1958 ...
Place: cuba, latin america, new york, caribbean, havana cuba
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Oliver Twist (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, UK, Czech Republic
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Oliver Twist the modern filmed version of Charles Dickens bestseller, a Roman Polanski adaptation. The classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child abuse, redemption, orphan, orphanage, friendship, kidnapping, thief, lifestyle, injustice, boarding school life, boarding school, danger ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1830s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, europe, england
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The Frozen Ground (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, intense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, winter, psychopath, kidnapping, pimp, escape, hunting, prostitute, confession, drug overdose ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: alaska, usa, boston
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DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: UK, Germany, Japan, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Four beautiful rivals at an invitation-only martial-arts tournament join forces against a sinister threat. Princess Kasumi is an aristocratic warrior trained by martial-arts masters. Tina Armstrong is a wrestling superstar. Helena Douglas is an ...
Style: exciting, sexy, captivating, humorous, light ...
Audience: teen comedy, teens, boys' night, chick flick
Plot: martial arts, ninja, island, competition, friendship, tournament, fight, contests and competitions, good versus evil, uninhibited rivalry, adventure, master warrior ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong
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Problem Child (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Ben Healy (John Ritter) and his social climbing wife Flo adopt Junior a fun-loving seven year old. But they soon discover he's a little monster as he turns a camping trip, a birthday party and even a baseball game into comic nightmares. But is ...
Style: humorous, feel good, dark humor, funny, idiotic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: adoption, mischievous children, disorder, troublemaker, kidnapping, parents and children, best friends, friends, orphanage, swearing, chase, runaway ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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Papillon (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, tense, captivating, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, human spirit, prison life, false accusation, criminal heroes, escape attempt, life is a bitch, low lives, hopes, life sentence, imprisonment ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean, latin america
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A Perfect World (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.
Style: touching, sincere, road movie, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: kidnapping, hostage, criminal heroes, fugitives, friendship, manhunt, prison escape, moral ambiguity, violence, dysfunctional family, prison, runaway ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, alaska, california
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Leon: The Professional (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, touching, bleak ...
Plot: hitman, friendship, mentor, loneliness, sniper, killings, dark hero, mafia, loner, murder, organized crime, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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World Trade Center (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the ...
Style: emotional, based on true events, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, survival, september 11 2001, rescue, marine, trapped, war on terror, daring rescue, heroes, heroic mission, demolished city, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, pentagon
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Follow That Bird (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Big Bird is sent to live far from Sesame Street by a pesky social worker. Unhappy, Big Bird runs away from his foster home, prompting the rest of the Sesame Street gang to go on a cross-country journey to find him.
Style: semi serious, touching, feel good, melancholic, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: adoption, social worker, friendship, children, road trip, on the road, restaurant, barn, runaway, male protagonist, car chase, airplane ...
Place: illinois, usa, sesame street
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