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, disturbing and psychological films and TV shows about / with child abuse, storytelling, runaway, mentor, life is a bitch, death, violence, childhood, dialogue and brutality 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: An American Crime (2007), Mysterious Skin (2004), Sleepers (1996), The Girl Next Door (2007), Case 39 (2009), ERASED (2016), Martyrs (2008), Short Term 12 (2013), Matilda (1996), The Afflicted (2011).

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, disturbing, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: child abuse, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, isolation, confined, suburban life, mentally unstable, crime, threat, captivity, basement, family problems ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: indiana, usa
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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, emotional, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, sexual abuse, rape, gays and lesbians, homosexual, small town, child molestation, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, youth, teenage life, prostitution ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 1983, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, new york, kansas
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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, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, courtroom drama, childhood, vengeance, crime, haunted by the past, court, torture, friendship, lawyer, urban ghetto, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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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, sister, suffering, victim, helplessness, nudity (full frontal - brief), crime ...
Time: 1950s, contemporary
Place: america
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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, bleak, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, child abuse, danger, demons, mysterious character, mental institution, social worker, uncover truth, murder, evil child, woman in danger, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, abusive mother, murder, death, dysfunctional family, abuse, serial killer, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006
Place: japan
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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, rough, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: torment, torture, child abuse, torture chamber, violence, cult, suffering, gory, brutality, afterlife, vengeance, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, year 1971
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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: emotional, realistic, touching, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: incest, child abuse, troubled teen, suicide attempt, depression, social worker, haunted by the past, foster child, adolescence, parent child relationship, teenage life, human relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: parents and children, eccentric family, young heroes, teachers and students, child abuse, school, supernatural ability, telekinesis, disorder, adventure, family disapproval, elementary school ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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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 (
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, realistic, scary
Plot: child abuse, parents and children, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, danger, family problems, deadly, crimes, siblings relations, alcohol abuse, bad mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, investigation, catholicism, child abuse, pedophilia, catholic church, sex scandal, lawyer, twists & turns, moral ambiguity, investigative journalism ...
Time: year 2002, year 1976, year 2001
Place: boston, florida
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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, emotional, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, social misfits, dysfunctional family, parents and children, physical appearance, abusive mother, school, aids, sexual abuse, fear ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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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: vengeance, age difference, sexual abuse, torture, pedophilia, dangerous attraction, deception, mind game, seduction, manipulation, vigilantism, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, serious, touching, sentimental, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child abuse, orphan, kidnapping, thief, redemption, friendship, orphanage, injustice, boarding school, boarding school life, danger, lifestyle ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1830s, 18th century, 1930s
Place: london, europe, england
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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: suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric, psychological, serious ...
Plot: island, murder, child abuse, maid, domestic violence, incest, dysfunctional family, investigation, reporter, bank account, anger, bar ...
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, twists & turns, diary, family relations, life philosophy, parents and children, child abuse, road not taken, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, dungeon
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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, bleak, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, murder, death in the family, sexual abuse, childhood, vigilantism, mystery, loss of child, tragic event, guilt, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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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, rough, suspenseful, bleak, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: track down, police investigation, gunfight, mafia, crime, mob boss, racism, gory, police corruption, child abuse, drugs/alcohol, faked death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new jersey
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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, grief, child abuse, parent child relationship, sibling relationship, philosophy, suffering, family problems, family relations, parents and children, human nature, family life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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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: disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: mute or deaf, disability, child abuse, rape, sex crime, sexual abuse, teacher student sex, school, teachers and students, life is a bitch, youth, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
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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, atmospheric, bleak, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: sexual abuse, punishment, child abuse, physical appearance, children, small village, pastor, village, school teacher, nanny, village life, death ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, italy, northern germany
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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: bleak, realistic, tense, cynical, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, undercover, police brutality, child abuse, violence, drug dealing, police shootout, drug addict, drug overdose, beating, crime, police corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
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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, realistic, touching, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, child abuse, wilderness, culture clash, colonialism, racism, aborigine, outback, kidnapping, punishment, capture, fugitives ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: australia, africa
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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, danger, hotel, insanity, ghost, evil, family in danger, nervous breakdown, losing-it hero, maze, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: colorado, usa, oregon, denver colorado, montana
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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, thought provoking, psychological, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transsexual, transvestism, teacher, dangerous attraction, gay, friendship, first love, blackmail, priest, child abuse, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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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, serious, depressing, heartbreaking
Plot: poverty, domineering mother, birthday, child abuse, swearing, grandmother, sick, doctor, money, funeral, mother, grandfather ...
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The People Under the Stairs (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When young Poindexter "Fool" Williams breaks into the creepy, immense old home of his family's greedy and uncaring landlords, he uncovers a disturbing scenario underneath the stairs.
Style: suspenseful, scary, rough, surreal, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cannibalism, mental illness, human monster, serial killer, murder, break in, disfigurement, guard dog, child abuse, manic, child protagonist, robbery gone awry ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: california, usa
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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, life is a bitch, captivity, rape, pedophile, missing child, confinement indoors, child abuse, teenage girl, psychological torture, survivor, cellar ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria
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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, realistic, gloomy, psychological
Plot: small town, child abuse, adult child friendship, father daughter relationship, schoolgirl, incest, police station, obsession, kissing, small town life, woman in danger, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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10 1/2 (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Tommy, 10 years old, is well known by Social Services. He is considered a danger to society. Gilles, his guardian at this halfway house, sees potential for redemption in this kid driven by violence.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: child abuse, social worker, kids in trouble, youth, redemption, violence, teachers and students, danger, hopes, society, power relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: quebec, canada
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