abusive, absent fathersby Eriko Tsogo | created - 20 May 2013 | updated - 12 Feb 2014 | Public
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3. The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A poor boy named Tom Canty and the Prince of Wales exchange identities but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.
4. The Dark Past (1948)
Passed | 75 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
An escaped psychopathic killer who takes the family and neighbors of police psychologist hostage reveals a recurring nightmare to the doctor.
5. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Passed | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947.
6. The Singing Nun (1966)
Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Family
Young and inexperienced Sister Ann has just arrived at her next posting at Samaritan House, a Dominican order located in a disreputable neighborhood of Ghent, Belgium. Sister Ann is ... See full summary »
9. Brewster McCloud (1970)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy
An introverted loner living in the bowels of the Astrodome plots to develop - with the aid of a mysterious guardian angel - a pair of wings that will help him fly.
10. Mourir d'aimer... (1971)
GP | 101 min | Drama
A love story between a teacher, Daniele, 32 years and one of his students Gerard, 17 during the heated atmosphere of May 68. Daniele is a fiery young woman, very involved politically. ... See full summary »
13. Lasse & Geir (1976)
91 min | Crime, Drama
The teenagers Lasse and Geir are arrested after making trouble on a night bus into town. After a night in the slammer they go home. To Geir's alcoholic mother and to Lasse's father, who is terrorizing the entire family.
14. The Great Santini (1979)
PG | 115 min | Drama
As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated Marine pilot.
15. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 715,473 | Gross: $44.02M
16. The Attic (1980)
PG | 101 min | Drama, Thriller, Horror
A librarian devotes her life to caring for her wheelchair-bound tyrannical father after being stood up at the altar. She fantasizes about causing deaths of the men who most wronged her and ... See full summary »
18. Purple Rain (1984)
R | 111 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.
Votes: 16,644 | Gross: $68.39M
20. Desert Bloom (1986)
PG | 105 min | Drama, Family, Romance
The story involves Rose Chismore's youth. She flashes back and remembers her coming-of-age. Her recollections are sometimes less than sweet, particularly those of her troubled and alcoholic... See full summary »
Votes: 831 | Gross: $0.42M
21. Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
R | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After severely burning himself in a drug incident, a comedian has a near death experience in which he reviews his life.
Votes: 1,319 | Gross: $18.03M
22. Bullies (1986)
R | 90 min | Action, Thriller, Drama
When the peaceful Morris family move to a small town and buy the town grocery store, they run afoul of the Cullen family. The Cullen's have been bullying the town's folk for years, and now ... See full summary »
Votes: 362 | Gross: $3.00M
24. Deadly Friend (1986)
R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
After his friend is killed by her abusive father, the new kid in town attempts to save her by implanting robotic microchips into her brain.
Votes: 5,647 | Gross: $8.99M
25. Paperhouse (1988)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy
A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book.
Votes: 4,649 | Gross: $0.24M
26. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
PG-13 | 85 min | Drama, Music
The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series ('Trilogy', 'The Long Day Closes') is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,734 | Gross: $0.69M
27. Relentless (1989)
R | 92 min | Crime, Thriller
Two Los Angeles police detectives, cynical veteran Malloy and cocky rookie Dietz, hunt for a serial killer, an ex-cop named Taylor, whom randomly chooses his victims from a phone directory.
Votes: 1,104 | Gross: $6.99M
102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
The film is based on a true story of a sport star Bobrov, who happened to become befriended by Vasili, the son of Stalin.
31. The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
In Missouri, during the 1840s, young Huck Finn fearful of his drunkard father and yearning for adventure, leaves his foster family and joins with runaway slave Jim in a voyage down the Mississippi River toward slavery free states.
Votes: 6,860 | Gross: $24.10M
33. Jack Be Nimble (1993)
R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
Jack and Dora, abandoned by their parents as babies, are desperate to find each other after years of adoption. Jack's young life has been spent with a sadistic family. Dora, whose life has ... See full summary »
34. A Perfect World (1993)
PG-13 | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.
Votes: 63,722 | Gross: $31.16M
35. Die tödliche Maria (1993)
106 min | Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
This dark psychological thriller draws us slowly but surely into Maria's strange world. Tension mounts as she is buffeted by interactions with her abusive husband, demanding father, and ... See full summary »
38. Dolores Claiborne (1995)
R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 32,593 | Gross: $24.36M
39. De tasjesdief (1995)
96 min | Drama, Family, Thriller
Alex is very close to his elderly grandmother partly because his busy parents seem to have little or no time for him. One day he surprises two boys from his school leaving her house and is ... See full summary »
40. The Neon Bible (1995)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama
While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality ... See full summary »
Votes: 683 | Gross: $0.03M
41. Shine (1996)
PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.
Votes: 46,647 | Gross: $35.81M
43. Foxfire (1996)
R | 102 min | Drama
The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,606 | Gross: $0.26M
44. Bliss (1997)
R | 103 min | Drama, Romance
A newly married happy couple visits a sex therapist to determine why the wife can't achieve an orgasm with her husband. This causes a horrific suppressed memory to emerge and she becomes more and more distant.
Votes: 1,855 | Gross: $0.21M
45. Campfire Tales (1997)
R | 88 min | Horror
A group of teens entertain themselves by telling an anthology of famous urban legends with a modern twist; including make-out-point, monsters, psychopaths, and ghosts.
46. Affliction (1997)
R | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintegrate.
Votes: 12,975 | Gross: $6.30M
47. The Hanging Garden (1997)
R | 91 min | Drama, Romance
William, a once obese and depressed adolescent, is able to move past his teenage years when he moves to the city and comes out as being gay. When he returns home though, he can't cope with his memories.
Votes: 2,656 | Gross: $0.93M
49. Annie's Garden (1997)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller
In front of his 15-year-old son, a father loses his temper and strikes his younger daughter, thinking she's trying to run away from him. Jump ahead ten years: the dad is dead, the mom is ... See full summary »
51. The Acid House (1998)