Films about abusive relationships

by tomhansonn | created - 28 Jun 2013 | updated - 29 Jun 2013 | Public

These are the only ones I found so far. I'm sure there's more! If you know any you can contact me. thanks

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1. Enough (I) (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.7
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25 Metascore

After running away fails, a terrified woman (Jennifer Lopez) empowers herself in order to battle her abusive husband (Billy Campbell).

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Tessa Allen, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 33,299 | Gross: $40.01M

2. Fear (1996)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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51 Metascore

When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Amy Brenneman

Votes: 34,402 | Gross: $20.75M

3. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, RaéVen Kelly, Virginia Capers

Votes: 14,388 | Gross: $39.10M

4. No One Would Tell (1996 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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A shy high school student's seemingly perfect relationship with a popular jock quickly turns abusive and dangerous.

Director: Noel Nosseck | Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Fred Savage, Gregory Alan Williams, Heather McComb

Votes: 1,735

5. Men Don't Tell (1993 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

6.8
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This movie shows another side to spousal abuse that not too many people thought is possible--the husband being abused and the wife the abuser.

Director: Harry Winer | Stars: Peter Strauss, Judith Light, James Gammon, Noble Willingham

Votes: 262

6. The Burning Bed (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Paul Le Mat, Richard Masur, Grace Zabriskie

Votes: 1,950

7. Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama

6.3
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Hooked on steroids and unable to control his bursts of sudden rage, a police officer keeps his wife under his thumb and routinely abuses her behind the closed doors of their house.

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Jaclyn Smith, Brad Johnson, Hilary Swank, David Lascher

Votes: 325

8. Shattered Dreams (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

5.8
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Charlotte marries John. Things seem ok; John has a good job and he's going up in the world, working for the government. But every so often he loses his temper and Charlotte gets the brunt ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Michael Nouri, Georgann Johnson, James Karen

Votes: 116

9. Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story (1995 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

6.4
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Teresa Walden-Stamper is happily married to her husband Paul Stamper and together they have one daughter Katie Stamper. The marriage seems happy until Paul starts abusing Teresa and becomes... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scott | Stars: Adam Storke, Maria Pitillo, Brad Dourif, Tony Becker

Votes: 177

10. The Promise (1999 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

6.3
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Lisa's husband, Bill, abuses her. With her sister's encouragement, she takes their three kids and leaves her husband. Bill keeps interfering with Lisa's attempts at a new life. She gets an ... See full summary »

Director: Bethany Rooney | Stars: Isabella Hofmann, Tracy Nelson, Neil Maffin, Courtney Peldon

Votes: 173

11. Reviving Ophelia (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 92 min | Drama

6.6
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The difficulties two sisters face raising their teenage daughters

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, Rebecca Williams, Nick Thurston, Carleigh Beverly

Votes: 745

12. If Someone Had Known (1995 TV Movie)

80 min | Biography, Drama

6.3
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A young wife and mother is abused by her husband and keeps the secret from her friends and family.

Director: Eric Laneuville | Stars: Kellie Martin, Kevin Dobson, Linda Kelsey, Ivan Sergei

Votes: 358

13. Dolores Claiborne (1995)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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62 Metascore

A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 31,607 | Gross: $24.36M

14. Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson, Elizabeth Lawrence

Votes: 41,119 | Gross: $101.60M

15. The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13 | 154 min | Drama

7.8
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78 Metascore

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery

Votes: 66,107 | Gross: $98.47M

16. Bleeder (1999)

98 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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Two stories for the price of one: Lenny works in a video shop and tries to get aquainted with the waitress Lea. Leo beats his pregnant wife, Louise, which is a VERY bad idea, as her brother, Louis, is a violent racist.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Mads Mikkelsen, Rikke Louise Andersson, Liv Corfixen

Votes: 5,580

17. Life with Billy (1993 TV Movie)

98 min | Drama

7.5
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A Nova Scotian woman falls into a violently abusive relationship with a disgusting man, finally taking drastic measures to get rid of him forever.

Director: Paul Donovan | Stars: Nancy Beatty, Stephen McHattie, Deb Allen, Glenn Wadman

Votes: 127

18. When No One Would Listen (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

6.5
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Jessica has been married to her controlling husband Gary for years.The abuse only gets worse when she gets a job at a bakery and makes two really caring friends: her co-worker and neighbor Lee, and her boss Walter.

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Michele Lee, James Farentino, John Spencer, Lee Garlington

Votes: 125

19. Dangerous Child (2001 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 91 min | Drama

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A divorced mother faces the bitter irony of being suspected of child abuse when in fact her own teen son is taking verbal and physical swipes at her.

Director: Graeme Campbell | Stars: Delta Burke, Ryan Merriman, Vyto Ruginis, Marc Donato

Votes: 510