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The list contains the best, new and most relevant child abuse movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, disturbing, psychological, bleak and interesting films and TV shows about / with child abuse, storytelling, life is a bitch, vengeance, mentor, brutality, runaway, dialogue, pornography and murder plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, Canada, France and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as child abuse: Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Girl Next Door (2007), Cargo 200 (2007), Hard Candy (2005), Bury Me Behind the Baseboard (2009), The Afflicted (2011), Case 39 (2009), Trust (2010), The Green Mile (1999), Lolita (1997).
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The Green Mile
Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
USA
189 min.
 8.5
Cargo 200
Drama, Thriller
Russia
89 min.
 7.1
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Patrick Melrose
Drama
UK, USA
60 min.
 8.4
Is This Now
Drama, Mystery, Romance
UK
94 min.
 8.0

List of child abuse movies

Slumdog Millionaire
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, intense, compassionate ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, rags to riches, life is a bitch, television show, destiny, street life, child abuse, poverty, true love, brutality, childhood, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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The Girl Next Door
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, torture, child abuse, cruelty, crime, brutality, sister, sadist, suffering, confined, rape, custody ...
Time: 1950s, contemporary
Place: america
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 7.1
 6K
Cargo 200
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young woman is taken hostage by a police officer and subsequently abused by the lawman gone mad.
Style: rough, bleak, dark, suspenseful, sadistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, sexual abuse, sadism, rape, teenage rape, kidnapped girl, child abuse, murder, hostages, isolation, woman in danger, sexual perversion ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984
Place: russia, afghanistan
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 7.1
 143K
Hard Candy
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, tense, psychological, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: manipulation, vengeance, torture, sexual abuse, justice, brutality, child abuse, age difference, deception, vigilante, vigilantism, adolescence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Bury Me Behind the Baseboard
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A small child is trapped in a tug-of-war battle between his frivolous, but loving mother and an emotionally abusive neurotic grandmother, who wants to "shelter" her beloved grandson at all cost.
Style: depressing, emotional, serious, rough, heartbreaking
Plot: domineering mother, swearing, grandmother, birthday, child abuse, sick, money, doctor, power relations, family relations, parent child relationship, dysfunctional relationship ...
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The Afflicted
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, serious, disturbing, realistic, scary
Plot: parents and children, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, domestic disturbance, child abuse, danger, family problems, bad mother, deadly, crimes, siblings relations, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 6.2
 68K
Case 39
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: suspenseful, psychological, bleak, scary, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: social worker, supernatural, adoption, woman in danger, uncover truth, murder, danger, demons, child abuse, evil child, mysterious character, domestic disturbance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 6.9
 38K
Trust
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, sincere, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenager, sexual abuse, obsession, investigation, bullying, rape, parents and children, father daughter relationship, vengeance, internet, adolescence, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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 8.5
 941K
The Green Mile
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking, emotional ...
Plot: death row, death penalty, false accusation, sacrifice, philosophy, life philosophy, death sentence, justice, murder, good versus evil, supernatural ability, life & death ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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 6.9
 44K
Lolita
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Urbane professor Humbert Humbert marries a New England widow to be near her nymphet daughter.
Style: erotic, psychological, melancholic, cynical, sexual ...
Plot: lolita, obsession, pedophile, pedophilia, older man young girl relationship, lust, girl man relationship, forbidden love, destructive relationship, teenager, sexuality, perversion ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1920s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: cannes, new england
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 7.1
 70K
Martyrs
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, serious, bloody ...
Plot: brutality, torture, gory, suffering, violence, torment, vengeance, child abuse, afterlife, cult, insanity, torture chamber ...
Time: contemporary, year 1971
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 5.2
 48K
A Serbian Film
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Serbia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life trying to make ends meet. Presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to financially support his family for the rest of their lives, Milos must participate in one last mysterious film. From ...
Style: macabre, rough, brutal, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, brutality, murder, pornography, rape, gory, insanity, strong sexual content, perversity, sadism, torture, incest ...
Time: 21st century, ancient history
Place: serbia, europe
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 6.6
 8K
Pretty Baby
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Hattie (Susan Sarandon), a New Orleans hooker, meets a photographer named Bellocq (Keith Carradine) at her brothel one night and, after he photographs her, he befriends her 12-year-old daughter, Violet (Brooke Shields). When Violet is brought on as ...
Style: thought provoking, sentimental, erotic, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: virginity, photographer, prostitution, loss of virginity, brothel, sexuality, innocence lost, girl man relationship, adolescence, child prostitution, child abuse, pornography ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: new orleans, usa
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 5.5
 8K
Carrie
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Carrie White is a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is slowly pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both classmates at her school, and her own religious, but abusive, mother.
Style: suspenseful, scary, bleak, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vengeance, social misfits, gory, high school, supernatural ability, youth, supernatural, parents and children, teenage life, revenge, mother daughter relationship, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.1
 329K
Spotlight
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 128 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: dramatic, intense, interesting, suspense, cerebral ...
Plot: journalism, child abuse, catholicism, conspiracy, lawyer, investigation, sexual abuse, court, dialogue driven, storytelling, mentor, corruption ...
Time: year 2002, year 2001, year 1976
Place: boston, florida
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Mysterious Skin
Genre: Drama, Mystery
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, emotional, disturbing, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: sexual abuse, child abuse, small town, friendship, coming of age, prostitution, homosexuality, adolescence, obsession, sexuality, rape, male nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1981, year 1991, year 1983 ...
Place: usa, kansas, new york
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 7.6
 169K
Sleepers
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, gloomy, serious, dramatic, rough ...
Plot: crime, sexual abuse, child abuse, courtroom drama, vengeance, friendship, childhood, lawyer, court, rape, torture, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york yankees, manhattan new york city
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 8.0
 374K
Mystic River
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: bleak, emotional, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, mystery, child abuse, vengeance, sexual abuse, guilt, vigilantism, investigation, childhood, innocence lost, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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The Celebration
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech ...
Style: dark humor, talky, stylized, emotional, clever ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, hotel, depression, suicide, child abuse, incest, secret, birthday, male nudity, violence, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, europe
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An American Crime
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: disturbing, serious, gloomy, rough, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, crime, guilt, murder, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, courtroom, sexual abuse, brutality, domestic disturbance, justice ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: indiana, usa
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 6.9
 41K
Joe
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: atmospheric, realistic, stylized, serious, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, coming of age, child abuse, small town, homeless, friendship, violence, father son relationship, drugs/alcohol, violent, mentor, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, texas, new jersey, california
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Dolores Claiborne
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: suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, mystery, child abuse, investigation, dysfunctional family, small town, island, sexual abuse, maid, parents and children, domestic violence, secrets ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
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 7.8
 33K
Evil
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, psychological, serious, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: boarding school, coming of age, violence, friendship, child abuse, rebellion, vengeance, school, swedish, brutality, fascism, revenge ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: europe, sweden, stockholm sweden
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 8.3
 222K
The Hunt
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: small town, teacher, child abuse, hunting, children, divorce, guilt, paranoia, false accusation, violence, sexual abuse, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, kindergarten
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 7.8
 60K
Happiness
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: disturbing, dark humor, bleak, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, rape, sexual abuse, obsession, loneliness, child abuse, depression, sex, strong sexual content, siblings relations, relationships, multiple storylines ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
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Tales from the Hood
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A strange funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.
Style: scary, atmospheric, bleak, serious, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: child abuse, murder, gory, brutality, violence, voodoo, mysterious character, revenge, drugs, dealing with death, death, blood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, southern california
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 7.3
 60K
Dogtooth
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Greece
Duration: 94 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: disturbing, dark humor, sexual, psychological, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, incest, sex, isolation, parenthood, child abuse, adolescence, violence, domestic disturbance, strong sexual content, pornography, surrealism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, greece
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 6.8
 11K
Palindromes
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.
Style: surreal, bleak, sexual, psychological, clever ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pregnancy, abortion, sexual abuse, child abuse, runaway, coming of age, adoption, disability, depression, pornography, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, kansas, usa, wyoming, india
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 7.5
 50K
Bad Education
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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: stylized, sexual, sexy, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, sexuality, gay, catholicism, teacher, child abuse, cross dressing, boarding school, male nudity, school, clergy, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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 7.0
 11K
Towelhead
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.
Style: serious, gloomy, sexual, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, sexual abuse, racism, sexuality, child abuse, gulf war, virginity, small town, sex, strong sexual content, adolescence, coming-of-age ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, year 1991, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, california, houston texas
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abuse
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Chained 2012
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011
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Natural Born Killers 1994
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child molestation
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7.8
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5.3
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To Return 2006
7.6
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7.0
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7.0
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pedophile
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6.9
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7.2
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pedophilia
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adolescence
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7.0
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5.3
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5.7
Easy A 2010
7.1
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7.1
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8.3
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