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 emotional films and TV shows about / with child abuse, violence, life is a bitch, runaway, storytelling, mentor, childhood, brutality, death and abuse 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: An American Crime (2007), Sleepers (1996), The Girl Next Door (2007), Silenced (2011), Mysterious Skin (2004), Capernaum (2018), By The Grace of God (2018), The Butterfly Effect (2004), Short Term 12 (2013), ERASED (2016).

List of child abuse movies

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, bleak, harsh, rough, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, captivity, confined, crimes, mentally unstable, murder, family problems, court, threat ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, indiana
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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, serious, suspenseful, harsh ...
Plot: child abuse, prison rape, childhood, courtroom drama, homosexual rape, pedophilia, pedophile, vengeance, torture, rape, haunted by the past, juvenile prison ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york yankees, manhattan new york city
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The Girl Next Door (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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: scary, rough, suspenseful, bleak, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, child abuse, rape, torture, sadist, cruelty, child molestation, nudity (full frontal - brief), helplessness, torment, controversy, sister ...
Time: 50s, contemporary, year 1958
Place: new york, america
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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: serious, disturbing, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: child abuse, rape, sex crime, disability, mute or deaf, deaf mute, teacher student sex, sexual abuse, punishment, life is a bitch, sign language, social activist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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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, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: child abuse, male rape, homosexual rape, pedophilia, homosexual, child molestation, man boy relationship, sexual abuse, gay rape, gay, gay teenager, homosexuality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1991, year 1983 ...
Place: usa, kansas, new york
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Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, 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: social, rough, sad, cynical, dark ...
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, neglected child, misery, child protagonist, traumatic childhood, refugee, child neglect, child labor, low lives, life is a bitch ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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By The Grace of God (2018)
Genre: 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, pedophile priest, religion, priest, children, church, journalist, lawyer, husband wife relationship, cardinal the priest, doctor ...
Time: year 2016, year 2015, year 2014
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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, non-linear, dramatic ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, life philosophy, time loop, child abuse, supernatural ability, psychology, suicide, alternate reality, memory, bully, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa
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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: compassionate, emotional, thought provoking, touching, realistic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: child abuse, social worker, troubled teen, foster child, self harm, incest, adolescence, depression, suicide attempt, haunted by the past, human relationship, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa
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ERASED (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 264 min.
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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, sentimental, tense, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, child abuse, murder, time travel, friendship, dysfunctional family, death, serial killer, abusive mother, kidnapping, supernatural, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006, year 1988
Place: japan
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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, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy
Plot: child abuse, small town, incest, adult child friendship, father daughter relationship, lesbian relationship, law enforcement, obsession, policewoman, police, police station, physical abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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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, child abuse, rape, life is a bitch, missing child, psychological torture, captivity, confinement indoors, teenage girl, survivor, confined ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria
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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: captivating, psychological, thought provoking, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transsexual, child abuse, transvestism, male nudity, boarding school, first love, teacher, gay, priest, dangerous attraction, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 60s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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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, twist ending, sinister, rough, twists and turns ...
Plot: torture, child abuse, brutality, violence, cult, torment, torture chamber, kidnapping, porn, afterlife, death, suffering ...
Time: contemporary, year 1971
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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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, australian outback, aborigine, racism, punishment, culture clash, survival, kidnapping, life is a bitch, hopes, outback, australian aboriginal ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, africa
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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, serious, sentimental, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child abuse, orphan, orphanage, friendship, kidnapping, poverty, thief, injustice, lifestyle, redemption, chess, death sentence ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1830s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, europe, england
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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: disturbing, rough, touching, suspense
Plot: brother brother relationship, child abuse, sexual perversion, child prostitution, incest, homosexual rape, pedophilia, mistreatment, father son relationship, brothers, sex with teenager, gay sex ...
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Matilda (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 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, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens
Plot: telekinesis, school, supernatural ability, child abuse, young heroes, eccentric family, mischievous children, teachers and students, little girl, parents and children, power relations, child prodigy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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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, social misfits, sexual abuse, illiteracy, rape, abusive mother, fat girl, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
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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, rough, captivating, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: child abuse, redemption, friendship, hopes, ex convict, murder, alcoholic, father son relationship, small town, life is a bitch, teenager, poisoning ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, mississippi, usa, new jersey, california
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The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain, Mexico
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, twist ending, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: child abuse, ghost, orphanage, orphan, spanish civil war, boarding school, republican, boarding school life, gold, disappearance, bully, supernatural ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, madrid, andalusia, portugal ...
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Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: tense, rough, emotional, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child abuse, corporal punishment, dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, working class, abusive father, debt, theft, money, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, redemption ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
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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, neo noir, bleak, twist ending ...
Plot: mystery, vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, loss of child, death in the family, loss of daughter, sexual abuse, childhood, child rape, loss of loved one, child molestation ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 70s, contemporary, 60s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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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 ...
Style: suspense, disturbing
Plot: pedophile, pedophile priest, child abuse, catholic church, teenager, corporal punishment, punishment, priest, gay interest, chastity, bullying, obedience ...
Place: mexico
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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, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: evil child, supernatural, child abuse, mental institution, mysterious character, social worker, uncover truth, family in danger, murder, evil force, woman in danger, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.
Style: realistic, disturbing, rough, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: pedophilia, man boy relationship, child molestation, homosexual rape, catholic priest, child abuse, child molester, orphanage, pedophile priest, pedophile, rape of a minor, sexual abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london, newfoundland
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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: serious, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: abusive father, child abuse, kids in trouble, friendship, social worker, self discovery, life is a bitch, teaching the ways of the world, family life, parents and children, family problems, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, madrid, europe
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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: mystery, domestic violence, child abuse, investigation, maid, dysfunctional family, murder, island, incest, abusive husband, anger, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
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Bury Me Behind the Baseboard (2009)
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: rough, emotional, heartbreaking, serious, depressing
Plot: child abuse, domineering mother, parent child relationship, power relations, poverty, funeral, grandmother, family relations, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional relationship, money, sick ...
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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, psychological, rough, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pedophile, dangerous attraction, age difference, deception, pedophilia, torture, vengeance, manipulation, seduction, castration, child abuse, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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