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, intense, interesting, disturbing and emotional films and TV shows about / with child abuse, mentor, storytelling, life is a bitch, childhood, runaway, brutality, death, catastrophe and murder plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, France, Canada and other countries.

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TOP 10 movies tagged as child abuse: Mysterious Skin (2004), The Girl Next Door (2007), An American Crime (2007), Case 39 (2009), Hard Candy (2005), Martyrs (2008), The Butterfly Effect (2004), The Green Mile (1999), Sleepers (1996), Mystic River (2003).
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An American Crime (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
98 min.
The Green Mile (1999)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
189 min.
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Boarding School (2018)
Horror, Mystery
111 min.
Temporary Difficulties (2018)
86 min.

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, emotional, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, sexual abuse, gays and lesbians, rape, small town, child molestation, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, youth, rebelliousness, teenage life, sexual identity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1987, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, new york, kansas
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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, cruelty, sister, suffering, sadist, rape, victim, helplessness, crime, confined ...
Time: 1950s, contemporary
Place: america
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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, gloomy, realistic, rough ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, child abuse, confined, domestic violence, mentally unstable, humiliation, suburban life, crime, isolation, crimes, courtroom drama, threat ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: indiana, usa
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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, psychological, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, danger, mysterious character, mental institution, social worker, uncover truth, child abuse, evil child, murder, domestic disturbance, woman in danger, evil force ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: age difference, vengeance, sexual abuse, torture, mind game, seduction, adolescence, child abuse, deception, dangerous attraction, manipulation, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, serious, scary ...
Plot: torment, child abuse, torture, kidnapping, suffering, gory, torture chamber, brutality, afterlife, vengeance, missing person, violence ...
Time: contemporary, year 1971
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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Genre: 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, diary, family relations, parents and children, life philosophy, twists & turns, child abuse, road not taken, hypnosis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, dungeon
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The Green Mile (1999)
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, emotional, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: supernatural ability, death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural, human nature, death sentence, healing power, confined, life philosophy, prison, magic realism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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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: gloomy, serious, disturbing, realistic, rough ...
Plot: child abuse, courtroom drama, sexual abuse, court, vengeance, friendship, childhood, lawyer, juvenile delinquent, crime, haunted by the past, rape ...
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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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, emotional, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, death in the family, childhood, murder, sexual abuse, innocence lost, loss of child, loss of loved one, vigilantism, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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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, sentimental, tense, uplifting
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, kidnapping, murder, child abuse, death, abusive mother, supernatural, friendship, dysfunctional family, childhood, abuse, serial killer ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006
Place: japan
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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, incest, child abuse, maid, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, investigation, bar, anger, reporter, bank account ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, 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: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: incest, child abuse, suicide attempt, depression, social worker, troubled teen, abuse, workplace romance, adolescence, mentor, haunted by the past, parent child 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: semi serious, humorous, offbeat, touching, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parents and children, eccentric family, young heroes, child abuse, family, teachers and students, school, youth, disorder, supernatural ability, family disapproval, telekinesis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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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, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: mute or deaf, disability, child abuse, sexual abuse, teacher student sex, sex crime, rape, 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
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, physical appearance, punishment, child abuse, village life, children, domestic violence, family secret, mischievous children, pastor, small village, village ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, northern germany, italy
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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, beating, drug overdose, police shootout, drug addict, 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, culture clash, wilderness, colonialism, racism, aborigine, outback, kidnapping, punishment, capture, fugitives ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: australia, africa
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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, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child abuse, urban, runaway, orphan, kidnapping, thief, redemption, friendship, chess, apprentice, death sentence, violence ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1830s, 18th century, 1930s
Place: london, europe, england
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
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: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, against the odds, life is a bitch, society, street kid, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, taj mahal
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, human spirit, ambition, genius, teachers and students, university, doctors and patients, social differences, psychologist, harvard ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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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, social misfits, parents and children, dysfunctional family, physical appearance, abusive mother, child abuse, sexual abuse, fear, poverty, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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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, captivating, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: redemption, child abuse, friendship, hopes, friends, buddies, down on your luck, alcoholic, teenager, murder, pedophilia, snake ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, texas, new jersey, california
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Sybil (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 198 min.
Story: The true story of a young woman named Sybil, whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed at least 13 different personalities.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, talky, sincere ...
Plot: dissociative identity disorder, mental illness, child abuse, psychology, split personality, mentally unstable, human spirit, mental disorders, doctors and patients, parents and children, power relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1950s
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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, birthday, child abuse, grandmother, domineering mother, swearing, sick, money, doctor, funeral, mother, grandfather ...
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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, serious, disturbing, realistic, scary
Plot: parents and children, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, danger, family problems, deadly, crimes, child abuse, siblings relations, alcohol abuse, bad mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: 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: captivating, serious, realistic, tense, rough
Plot: kidnapping, captivity, life is a bitch, rape, confinement indoors, missing child, confined, child abuse, teenage girl, mental illness, psychological torture, survivor ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: austria
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Lolita (1997)
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, sexual, psychological, melancholic, cynical ...
Plot: forbidden love, lolita, pedophile, obsession, virginity, destructive relationship, lust, teenager, desire, road trip, jealousy, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1920s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: new england, cannes
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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: journalism, investigation, catholicism, conspiracy, pedophilia, catholic church, sex scandal, child abuse, lawyer, twists & turns, moral ambiguity, newspaper ...
Time: year 1976, year 2002, year 2001
Place: boston, florida
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Pretty Baby (1978)
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, innocence lost, photographer, brothel, loss of virginity, prostitute, prostitution, sexuality, girl man relationship, love and romance, child prostitution, family relations ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: new orleans, usa
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