Childhood trauma movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant childhood trauma movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, psychological, serious, suspense, rough and realistic films and TV shows about / with childhood trauma, murder, danger, violence, haunted by the past, blood, flashback, death, crimes and childhood memory plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Horror genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as childhood trauma: You Were Never Really Here (2017), Chained (2012), Elfen Lied (2004), Spider (2002), Mr. Robot (2015), Gerald's Game (2017), Prodigal Son (2019), It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020), The Endless (2017), Boy Wonder (2010).

List of childhood trauma movies

You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A traumatised veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Style: psychological, rough, exciting, tense, suspense ...
Plot: child prostitution, childhood trauma, murder, u.s. senator, hotel, alarm, loner, suicidal thoughts, dark past, pedophilia, teenage girl, money ...
Place: new york
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Chained (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A serial killer kidnaps a young boy after murdering his mother, then raises him to be his accomplice. After years in captivity, the boy must choose between escaping or following in his captor's bloody footprints.
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: captivity, serial rapist, serial killer, slave, escape attempt, psychopath, crimes, confined, slavery, childhood trauma, misogynist, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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What's Wrong With Secretary Kim (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Lee Young-Joon's family runs a large company and he works as the vice-president of the company. He is smart, rich and handsome, but he is arrogant. His secretary is Kim Mi-So. She has worked for him for years and she is perfect for him, but Kim ...
Style: romantic, funny, light, affectionate, sweet ...
Plot: office romance, secretary, workaholic, childhood trauma, love, narcissism, heir, family conflict, phobia, romance, narcissist, kidnapping ...
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Elfen Lied (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The Diclonius, a mutated homo sapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possesses two horns in their heads, and has a "sixth sense" which gives it telekinetic abilities. Due to this ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, dark fantasy, ecchi, rough ...
Plot: split personality, life is a bitch, supernatural, childhood trauma, experiment gone awry, supernatural ability, sadism, sexual abuse, memory loss, suffering, mutant, evil ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
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Spider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: bleak, psychological, mind bending, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, haunted by the past, murder, misfit, betrayal, mental patient, vengeance, mystery, infidelity, family relations, past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, 1950s
Place: london, europe, england, united kingdom, britain ...
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Mr. Robot (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, psychological thriller, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hacker, computers and web, secret society, split personality, fighting the system, schizophrenia, hacking, rebellion, conspiracy theory, psychotherapy, crimes, drug addict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Gerald's Game (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When her husband's sex game goes wrong, Jessie (who is handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house) faces warped visions, dark secrets and a dire choice.
Style: psychological, suspense, exciting, rough, psychotronic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: survival, stephen king, childhood trauma, handcuffed woman, child abuse, eclipse, alone, split personality, psychological manipulation, childhood memory, sex game, hallucination ...
Place: new orleans, alabama
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Prodigal Son (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The son of a notorious serial killer becomes an acclaimed criminal psychologist who uses his unique insight into how killers think to help the NYPD.
Style: psychological, suspense, disturbing, suspenseful, psychological thriller ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: murder investigation, psychological trauma, profiler, serial killer, expert, repressed memory, haunted by the past, childhood trauma, criminal psychologist, crimes, father son relationship, police ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york
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It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: Desperate to escape from his emotional baggage and the heavy responsibility he’s had all his life, a psychiatric ward worker begins to heal with help from the unexpected—a woman who writes fairy tales but doesn’t believe in them.
Style: psychological, romantic, unusual plot structure, thought provoking, fairy tale
Plot: korean, mental health, anti social, mental institution, childhood trauma, caregiver, healing, mental patient, post traumatic stress disorder, psychiatric ward, psychological trauma, friendship ...
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The Endless (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought.
Style: suspenseful, emotional, captivating, suspense
Plot: brothers, cult, time loop, supernatural, childhood trauma, suicide, brother brother relationship, camp, brother, human nature, danger, haunted by the past ...
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Boy Wonder (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young Brooklyn boy witnesses the brutal murder of his mother and grows up obsessed with finding her killer. Thus begins his life as a quiet, straight-A student by day and a self-appointed hero at night. But what is a real hero? And who decides ...
Style: rough, psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal, murder, pimp, crime, childhood trauma, vigilante, vengeance, crimes, vigilantism, haunted by the past, boxing, lone wolves ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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A Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Legend holds that 30 years ago, a suburban town was terrorized by the spirit of a woman whose horrid face had been grotesquely disfigured. Roaming the streets wearing a long coat and carrying large scissors, the spirit would approach her young ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, scary, slasher ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ghost, child in peril, childhood trauma, urban legend, supernatural, deadly, danger, gory, suburbs, human monster, brutality, dedicated educator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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Girl in Woods (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After a tragic accident Grace is lost and alone in the Smoky Mountains. Grace's struggle for survival is made more complicated by her troubled past. Battling the demons in her mind may be the only way to come out alive.
Style: suspense, exciting, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: forest, alone, split personality, survival, childhood trauma, marriage proposal, mental breakdown, suicide, paranoia, murder, lost, injury ...
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Habit (2017)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Manchester, the present. Michael divides his time between the job center and the pub. A chance meeting with Lee, an introduction to her Uncle Ian and a heavy night on the lash lead to a job working the door at a Northern Quarter massage parlor. ...
Style: rough, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, british horror
Plot: massage parlor, childhood trauma, violent death, witness, violence against women, murder, chance meeting, secret, brothel, crime boss, childhood flashback, childhood memory ...
Place: manchester, manchester england
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The Chalet (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: A reunion of childhood friends at a remote chalet in the French Alps soon turns into a desperate struggle for survival as they get cut-off from rest of the world and a shocking dark secret from the past surfaces.
Style: touching, tense, enigmatic, suspense, slasher
Plot: murder, isolation, secret, friendship, childhood friend, childhood trauma, small town, betrayal, dark secret, childhood memory, death, injury ...
Time: 21st century, year 1997
Place: france
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Fugitive Pieces (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Greece, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A child escapes from Poland during World War II and first heads to Greece before coming of age in Canada.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, emotional, rough ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, haunted by the past, breakup, childhood trauma, wartime life, life is a bitch, fugitives, coming of age, war, survival, loss of parent ...
Place: canada, europe, greece, poland
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Day and Night (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 95 min.
Story: DAY AND NIGHT is about people that love and want to be loved. It's the story of a father, his young son, his unfaithful wife, her secret lover, his young mistress, his lonely sister, his forgetful mother, a fanatic football coach, a pregnant ...
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: mistress, sister, childhood trauma, love triangle, estrangement, infidelity, looking for love, human nature, parents and children, family relations, couples, old age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
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The Collini Case (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young lawyer stumbles upon a vast conspiracy while investigating a brutal murder case.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, captivating, bleak, surprise ending ...
Plot: lawyer, nazi war criminal, courtroom drama, courtroom, childhood trauma, revenge killing, german soldier, legal, public defender, german, childhood flashback, prosecutor ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 1940s, 2000s, year 2001 ...
Place: berlin germany, germany, tuscany
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The Lion King (2019)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA, UK, South Africa
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle ...
Style: psychotronic, colourful, touching, epic, disturbing ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: animals, talking animals, lion, disney, kingdom, jungle, king, prince, redemption, father son relationship, wilderness, childhood trauma ...
Time: 2010s
Place: africa
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Turbo Kid (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, an orphaned teen must battle a ruthless warlord to save the girl of his dreams.
Style: stylized, futuristic, splatter, macabre, brutal ...
Audience: kids
Plot: post apocalypse, superhero, distopia, robot, gang, loneliness, childhood trauma, gladiator, apocalypse, childhood, friendship, teenage hero ...
Time: future, year 1997, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new jersey
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It (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 192 min.
TV show
Story: A series of murders prompts Mike Hanlon to suspect that the supernatural menace that he and a group of friends battled as children has returned. He begins to call his friends to remind them of the oath they swore: if It returned again, they would ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing, dark fantasy ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: asthma, stephen king, supernatural, giant spider, friendship, small town, childhood, clown, good versus evil, villain, investigation, childhood trauma ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1960, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: maine, usa
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Boo (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The friends Emmett, Freddy, Marie, Kevin and his reluctant girlfriend Jessie decide to spend the Halloween night in an abandoned hospital. Meanwhile, the younger Allan meets the old friend of his father Arlo Ray Baines and asks him to help to find ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, haunted by the past, mysterious character, danger, ghost, mental institution, human experiment, deadly, afterlife, supernatural, violence, childhood trauma ...
Time: contemporary
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The Windermere Children (2020)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story of the pioneering project to rehabilitate child survivors of the Holocaust on the shores of Lake Windermere.
Style: sentimental, rough, sincere, touching, contemplative
Plot: concentration camp survivor, jewish, childhood trauma, compassion, kindness, recovery, holocaust survivor, friendship, country house, world war two, refugee, letter ...
Time: post world war two
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Prey (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: After being put on a supposedly uninhabited island as a form of behavioral rehabilitation, a high school senior finds that he's not alone on the island, and that getting discovered could be deadly.
Style: bleak, dark, suspenseful, enigmatic, twists and turns
Plot: lighthouse, survival, rehabilitation, murder, island, demon, childhood trauma, teenager, stranded, father son relationship, man overboard, teenage crush ...
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Fresh (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum,but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, realistic, touching, rough ...
Plot: african american, chess, drug dealing, drug lord, crime, crimes, juvenile delinquency, childhood trauma, youth, life is a bitch, family relations, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, new jersey
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Pieces (1982)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A frustrated Boston detective searches for the maniac responsible for mutilating a number of university coeds.
Style: slasher, disturbing, scary, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, university, chainsaw, psychopath, danger, stalking, woman in danger, sex maniac, perversity, killer, college ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, usa
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Something Is Killing Tate (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Days before his birthday and weeks before his wedding, Tate Bradley, a twenty-five year old, African-American man attempts to commit suicide. He survives the ordeal, but from his actions, it is obvious that "Something is Killing Tate." The ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: haunted by the past, hopes, society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, childhood trauma, curses spells and rituals, relationship problems, african american, suicide attempt, suicide, incest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Cold Light (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iceland, Norway, UK, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: What could be better than knowing your future? And what could be worse? A love-filled childhood abruptly ends when catastrophe descends. A catastrophe that the child had foreseen yet failed to act upon.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, unlikely couple, midlife crisis, childhood trauma, unfulfillment, young love, childhood memory, nudity (full frontal - brief), village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iceland, europe
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Clownhouse (1989)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Just before Halloween, three young brothers alone in a big house are menaced by three escaped mental patients who have murdered some traveling circus clowns and taken their identities.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, macabre, scary ...
Plot: murder, chase, escaped mental patient, circus, danger, stalking, sibling relationship, childhood trauma, crimes, serial killer, disguise, clown ...
Time: 80s
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In Darkness (2018)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A blind musician hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs from hers that sends her down a dark path into London's gritty criminal underworld.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, captivating, tense, exciting
Plot: police, blindness, criminal underworld, murder, musician, childhood trauma, revenge, secret identity, murder investigation, abduction, blind woman, attempted murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, bosnia, london
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