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, disturbing, intense and psychological films and TV shows about / with child abuse, runaway, life is a bitch, storytelling, death, childhood, mentor, violence, brutality and revenge plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as child abuse: Sleepers (1996), An American Crime (2007), Silenced (2011), The Girl Next Door (2007), Capernaum (2018), Mysterious Skin (2004), Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), Martyrs (2008), Precious (2009), A Girl at My Door (2014).

List of child abuse movies

 7.6
 184K
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, sadistic, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: child abuse, childhood, pedophilia, vengeance, courtroom drama, haunted by the past, prison rape, rape, pedophile, crime, torture, lawyer ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new york yankees, madison square garden 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, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, dysfunctional family, crimes, domestic violence, mentally unstable, confined, isolation, murder, captivity, threat, crime ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa, indiana
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 8.1
 11K
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: disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: child abuse, sex crime, mute or deaf, rape, disability, teacher student sex, sexual abuse, punishment, life is a bitch, youth, society, social activist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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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, scary, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, child abuse, torture, child molestation, sadist, cruelty, torment, nudity (full frontal - brief), sister, suffering, suburbs ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, contemporary, year 1958
Place: new york, america
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 8.4
 54K
Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, USA, France, Cyprus, Qatar, UK
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.
Style: rough, social, sad, cynical, dark ...
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, misery, child protagonist, neglected child, street life, traumatic childhood, refugee, lawsuit, slavery, low lives ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama
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: disturbing, psychological, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: pedophilia, child abuse, homosexual rape, homosexual, sexual abuse, child molestation, male rape, man boy relationship, gay teenager, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, gay ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1987, 1990s ...
Place: usa, new york, kansas
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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: thought provoking, emotional, touching, serious, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: child abuse, racism, australian outback, culture clash, survival, kidnapping, australian aboriginal, punishment, hopes, aborigine, outback, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, africa
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 7.1
 81K
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, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: torture, child abuse, brutality, violence, kidnapping, torment, torture chamber, gory, suffering, cult, death, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, year 1971
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 7.3
 104K
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, illiteracy, abusive mother, social misfits, sexual abuse, rape, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, aids ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem
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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: psychological, bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: child abuse, small town, adult child friendship, father daughter relationship, lesbian relationship, incest, obsession, law enforcement, policewoman, little girl, police, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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 6.2
 77K
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, gloomy, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: evil child, supernatural, child abuse, social worker, uncover truth, mysterious character, mental institution, demons, danger, murder, evil force, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 8.0
 80K
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, thought provoking, touching, realistic, compassionate ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: social worker, child abuse, incest, troubled teen, foster child, adolescence, depression, suicide attempt, haunted by the past, teenage life, human relationship, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa
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 7.9
 412K
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, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, death in the family, sexual abuse, neo noir, child molestation, loss of child, pedophilia, loss of daughter, child rape, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 70s, 21st century, 60s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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 7.4
 55K
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, male nudity, child abuse, teacher, priest, boarding school, dangerous attraction, first love, blackmail, gay ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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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, philosophical, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, twists & turns, life philosophy, psychology, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, altering history, child abuse, memory, philosophy, diary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa
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 8.5
 25K
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: captivating, psychological, tense, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, time travel, serial killer, child abuse, friendship, murder, abuse, death, kidnapping, dysfunctional family, supernatural, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, year 1988, year 2006
Place: japan
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 6.6
 495
For My Brother (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The two brothers Aske (17 years old) and Bastian (12 years old) live with their father, Lasse. Their mother died seven years earlier. Every day they live in a world where fear, violence and alcohol are huge factors, but where the brothers' ...
Style: rough, disturbing, touching, suspense
Plot: brother brother relationship, incest, sexual perversion, child prostitution, child abuse, homosexual rape, father son relationship, pedophilia, life is a bitch, survival, rape, death of mother ...
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 6.5
 10K
3096 Days (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young Austrian girl is kidnapped and held in captivity for eight years. Based on the real-life case of Natascha Kampusch.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, tense, rough
Plot: kidnapping, pedophile, rape, life is a bitch, missing child, child abuse, confinement indoors, psychological torture, captivity, teenage girl, survivor, confined ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria
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The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares. Soon after his ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense, twist ending ...
Plot: ghost, orphan, child abuse, republican, spanish civil war, danger, gold, boarding school life, boarding school, bully, orphanage, supernatural ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, catalonia, andalusia ...
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 6.8
 31K
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, serious, sentimental, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child abuse, orphan, orphanage, redemption, kidnapping, friendship, thief, runaway, injustice, boarding school life, lifestyle, boarding school ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1830s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, europe, england
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By The Grace of God (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Alexandre lives in Lyon with his wife and children. One day, he discovered by chance that the priest who abused him to scouts always officiates with children. He then starts a fight, quickly joined by François and Emmanuel, also victims of the ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: pedophilia, child abuse, religion, church, priest, journalist, lawyer, children, husband wife relationship, christmas, cardinal the priest, train ...
Time: year 2015, year 2016, year 2014
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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: domestic violence, maid, dysfunctional family, murder, investigation, child abuse, island, abusive husband, anger, incest, mystery, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, 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: disturbing, psychological, thought provoking, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: sexual abuse, children, child abuse, punishment, physical appearance, family secret, domestic violence, death, torture, teacher, priest, innocence ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914
Place: germany, europe, italy, northern germany
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 7.1
 152K
Hard Candy (2005)
Genre: 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, twist ending, rough, psychological, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: age difference, pedophilia, pedophile, vengeance, torture, dangerous attraction, sexual abuse, deception, sociopath, manipulation, older man younger woman relationship, seduction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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 7.2
 6K
Pellet (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 88 min.
Story: El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The arrival of a new boy at school changes his attitude ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Plot: child abuse, abusive father, friendship, social worker, life is a bitch, self discovery, kids in trouble, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, family life, family problems, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, madrid, europe
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Perfect Obedience (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The fictional Father Ángel de la Cruz is based on Legion of Christ founder Marcial Maciel, whose long history of child abuse was not addressed until 2006 and only publicly acknowledged in 2009. But director Luis Urquiza chooses to structure his ...
Plot: pedophile, child abuse, catholic church, priest, punishment, obedience, beating, bullying, lie, forbidden love, teenager, corporal punishment ...
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 6.9
 45K
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: child abuse, redemption, friendship, teenager, hopes, murder, ex convict, alcoholic, small town, life is a bitch, 15 year old, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, mississippi, usa, new jersey, california
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King of Devil's Island (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Norway, France, Sweden, Poland
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, ...
Style: bleak, tense, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Plot: punishment, prison life, island, beating, child abuse, sexual abuse, juvenile detention, humiliation, violence, riot, escape attempt, rebellion ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, scandinavia, poland, japan
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 7.1
 38K
Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
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, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, undercover, police brutality, police investigation, child abuse, violence, drug dealing, police detective, profanity, working undercover, deadly, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
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 6.9
 124K
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: humorous, feel good, touching, fairy tale, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens
Plot: little girl, school, telekinesis, parents and children, young heroes, teachers and students, adventure, eccentric family, supernatural ability, child prodigy, child abuse, mischievous children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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