Child abuse movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant child abuse movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, bleak, intense, psychological and interesting films and TV shows about / with child abuse, storytelling, runaway, mentor, death, dialogue, life is a bitch, violence, brutality and childhood plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, Canada, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as child abuse: Mysterious Skin (2004), Sleepers (1996), An American Crime (2007), The Girl Next Door (2007), Case 39 (2009), ERASED (2016), Martyrs (2008), Silenced (2011), Short Term 12 (2013), Matilda (1996).

List of child abuse movies

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: psychological, disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, sexual abuse, rape, homosexual, gays and lesbians, small town, haunted by the past, prostitute, gay slur, sexual identity, lifestyle, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1987, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, kansas, new york
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 7.6
 174K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sadistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, courtroom drama, childhood, vengeance, torture, lawyer, haunted by the past, friendship, court, crime, rape, criminal heroes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york yankees, manhattan new york city
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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, sincere ...
Plot: child abuse, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, isolation, confined, suburban life, crime, mentally unstable, threat, captivity, family problems, basement ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, indiana
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The Girl Next Door (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters are placed in the care of their mentally unstable Aunt Ruth. But Ruth's depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, child abuse, torture, rape, cruelty, sadist, suffering, sister, helplessness, victim, crime, confined ...
Time: 1950s, contemporary
Place: america
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 6.2
 70K
Case 39 (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins believes she has seen it all, until she meets 10-year-old Lilith and the girl's cruel parents. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm the child, and so Emily ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: child abuse, supernatural, danger, mysterious character, demons, social worker, mental institution, uncover truth, murder, evil child, woman in danger, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 8.6
 15K
ERASED (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his ...
Style: psychological, captivating, tense, sentimental, uplifting
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, kidnapping, child abuse, friendship, childhood, death, murder, serial killer, dysfunctional family, abuse, abusive mother, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006
Place: japan
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 7.1
 73K
Martyrs (2008)
Genre: Horror
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Style: disturbing, rough, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: violence, torment, child abuse, torture, torture chamber, cult, kidnapping, suffering, afterlife, gory, brutality, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, year 1971
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 8.1
 8K
Silenced (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Based on actual events that took place at Gwangju Inhwa School for the hearing-impaired, where young deaf students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members over a period of five years in the early 2000s.
Style: realistic, disturbing, gloomy, serious, bleak ...
Plot: child abuse, disability, mute or deaf, sexual abuse, sex crime, rape, teacher student sex, social activist, power relations, teachers and students, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
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 8.0
 72K
Short Term 12 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: incest, child abuse, depression, foster child, troubled teen, suicide attempt, social worker, adolescence, haunted by the past, human relationship, teenage life, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 6.9
 109K
Matilda (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, fairy tale, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: parents and children, eccentric family, young heroes, child abuse, teachers and students, supernatural ability, elementary school, school, disorder, family disapproval, telekinesis, adventure ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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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, suspense ...
Plot: island, murder, child abuse, maid, domestic violence, incest, investigation, dysfunctional family, abusive husband, accident, abusive father, bank account ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, suspenseful, suspense, philosophical ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, life philosophy, twists & turns, diary, family relations, parents and children, hypnosis, child abuse, road not taken ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, dungeon
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 6.9
 29K
Oliver Twist (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Czech Republic, UK, France, Italy
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, touching, sentimental, serious, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child abuse, orphan, redemption, friendship, kidnapping, thief, boarding school life, lifestyle, injustice, orphanage, boarding school, danger ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1830s, 18th century, 1930s
Place: london, europe, england
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The Afflicted (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A story of incomprehensible abuse delivered by an explosively violent mother of four. Journey through the mind of a child that experiences a living hell, defined and defended by the twisted religious beliefs of her mother (imdb.com)
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, serious, scary
Plot: child abuse, mentally unstable, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, deadly, danger, domestic disturbance, crimes, siblings relations, alcohol abuse, beating with a belt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.1
 146K
Hard Candy (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him.
Style: disturbing, psychological, tense, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: age difference, torture, vengeance, pedophilia, sexual abuse, deception, dangerous attraction, mind game, seduction, sociopath, manipulation, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The White Ribbon (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Canada
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Style: epic, disturbing, bleak, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: sexual abuse, child abuse, punishment, physical appearance, death, children, oppression, search, cruelty, fear, teacher, village ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, italy, northern germany
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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, child abuse, racism, kidnapping, wilderness, culture clash, punishment, capture, outback, aborigine, colonialism, danger ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: australia, africa
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 7.2
 37K
Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly ...
Style: tense, bleak, cynical, realistic, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, undercover, police brutality, child abuse, violence, police detective, drug dealing, drug overdose, beating, drug addict, police shootout, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
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 7.8
 62K
Happiness (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
Style: cynical, dark humor, disturbing, banned film, bleak ...
Plot: rape, child abuse, unhappiness, loneliness, masturbation, pedophilia, sibling relationship, marriage, therapist, divorce, depression, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
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 8.1
 346K
Spotlight (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters ...
Style: factual, psychological, talky, tense, emotional ...
Plot: conspiracy, journalism, child abuse, catholicism, investigation, pedophilia, catholic church, sex scandal, lawyer, twists & turns, investigative journalism, gay ...
Time: year 1976, year 2002, year 2001
Place: boston, florida
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 7.3
 99K
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, physical appearance, parents and children, sexual abuse, teacher, incest ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 8.0
 376K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, murder, vigilantism, childhood, tragic event, sexual abuse, child abuse, death in the family, loss of child, grief, loss of daughter ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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 8.5
 15K
Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France, USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.
Plot: child abuse, poverty, lawsuit, refugee, child bride, money, boy, courtroom, menstruation, 12 year old, prison, judge ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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A Girl at My Door (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Do-Hee experiences family violence. Young-Nam works as the head of the police substation. She tries to protect Do-Hee from her violent stepfather Yong-Ha. Though Do-Hee looks naive, she hides a secret. Young-Nam becomes involved in a case with her ...
Style: bleak, serious, psychological, gloomy, realistic
Plot: small town, child abuse, police station, father daughter relationship, schoolgirl, adult child friendship, incest, woman in danger, obsession, law enforcement, small town life, kissing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, touching, psychological, epic ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: childhood, dinosaur, grief, child abuse, suffering, parenthood, family life, family problems, family relations, parents and children, wisdom of life, parent child relationship ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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 7.4
 94K
Running Scared (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things goes wrong for Joey after the neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find the kid and the gun ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, rough, bleak, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, track down, gunfight, mafia, mob boss, police corruption, child abuse, faked death, crime, racism, gory, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new jersey
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 8.4
 767K
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, nervous breakdown, losing-it hero, psychic, family in danger, snow ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: colorado, usa, oregon, denver colorado, montana
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 6.9
 42K
Joe (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The rough-hewn boss of a lumber crew courts trouble when he steps in to protect the youngest member of his team from an abusive father.
Style: touching, captivating, rough, depressing, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, friendship, teenager, hopes, murder, child abuse, alcoholic, small town, life is a bitch, 15 year old, father son relationship, ex convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mississippi, usa, texas, new jersey, california
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 5.9
 11K
Joshua (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The arrival of a newborn girl causes the gradual disintegration of the Cairn family; particularly for 9-year-old Joshua, an eccentric boy whose proper upbringing and refined tastes both take a sinister turn.
Style: psychological, rough, scary, realistic, serious ...
Plot: child as adult, psychopath, baby, child abuse, family problems, parents and children, family relations, manipulations, danger, rivalry, mind game, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.5
 51K
Bad Education (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, psychological, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transsexual, transvestism, teacher, priest, dangerous attraction, blackmail, first love, child abuse, gay, life is a bitch, gender bending ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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