Top movies about child abuse/domestic violenceby hagermahdy | created - 18 Mar 2014 | updated - 01 Apr 2014 | Public
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1. Mysterious Skin (2004)
Unrated | 105 min | Drama
A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Votes: 63,098 | Gross: $0.70M
2. Little Children (2006)
R | 136 min | Drama, Romance
The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.
Votes: 100,874 | Gross: $5.46M
3. My Little Princess (2011)
105 min | Drama
When Hanah re-emerges in the life of her pre-pubescent daughter, she comes with a strange, yet attractive proposition: she needs her own girl to pose for her in ways that would later take by surprise the Parisian art world of the 1970s.
How much power do parents have over children? According to French director Eva Ionesko, a child can only be “more or less safe.” The filmmaker, who was once abused by her own mother, told RT how she managed to turn her nightmare into a film.
4. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
R | 97 min | Drama
Seven-year-old Jeremiah is pulled from his foster home and thrown into a troubled life on the road with his teenage mother, Sarah.
Votes: 6,095 | Gross: $0.03M
The dysfunctional twenty-three years old Sarah takes her six years old natural son Jeremiah from the home of his beloved foster parents with the support of the social service to live with her. Along the years, the boy shares her insane and lowlife style and is introduced to booze and drugs and mentally, physically and sexually abused by Sarah, her lovers and her religiously fanatic family
5. Gardens of the Night (2008)
R | 110 min | Drama
After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street.
An 8-year-old girl is taken from her home and convinced that her family does not want her anymore. After enduring years of horror, she and her fellow victim are dumped by their captures. Now, 17 years old and no one to turn to, except each other they do their best to survive life on the streets, until one day she finally accepts the help of a shelter counselor to find her way home. However, what she truly finds is the love of her life and that you can never go back. "Gardens of the Night", is a haunting, gritty and topical story which delves deep into the world of child abduction and where it often leads...for the "lucky ones." The writer/director, Damian Harris bases his story on the kids, counselors, cops and pimps he met during two years of research.
6. Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)
94 min | Drama, History
The true story of a single teacher's courage to stand up against an untouchable prefect's sadistic disciplinary regime and other abuse in a Catholic Reformatory and Industrial School in 1939 Ireland.
based on the true story of a single teacher's courage to stand up against an untouchable prefect's sadistic disciplinary regime and other abuse in a Catholic Reformatory and Industrial School in 1939 Ireland.
7. L'amore molesto (1995)
104 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
When her elderly mother dies - apparently happy but in curious circumstances - her daughter travels home to Naples for the funeral. Staying on, she tries to piece together her mother's ... See full summary »
When her elderly mother dies - apparently happy but in curious circumstances - her daughter travels home to Naples for the funeral. Staying on, she tries to piece together her mother's recent life. In doing so she starts to confront childhood memories that shaped the family history.
10. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
Votes: 22,562 | Gross: $3.12M
Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middleclass Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
11. ChickenHawk (1994)
55 min | Documentary, Crime
Members of the controversial group NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) discuss why their organization supports "boys and men who have or desire engagements in sexual or ... See full summary »
Members of the controversial group NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) discuss why their organization supports "boys and men who have or desire engagements in sexual or emotional relationships."
12. Postcard to Daddy (2010)
86 min | Documentary
As a child, Michael Stock was sexually abused - by his own father. 25 years later he is still looking for inner peace. In conversations with his family and friends and his own reflections, ... See full summary »
As a child, Michael Stock was sexually abused - by his own father. 25 years later he is still looking for inner peace. In conversations with his family and friends and his own reflections, he paints an ever clearer, if contradictory picture of what happened and of the consequences for each of the family members
13. The Cell (2000)
R | 107 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
An F.B.I. Agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.
Votes: 90,443 | Gross: $61.33M
the serial killer has dark memories that are pretty disturbing
14. Sybil (2007 TV Movie)
89 min | Drama
A true story of a young woman whose abusive childhood results in her developing a multiple personality disorder.
18. The Girl Next Door (2007)
R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt...and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.
19. Once Were Warriors (1994)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.
Votes: 29,576 | Gross: $2.20M
Its an older film and depicts a New Zealand family in peril.
"domestic violence and child abuse Gardens of the Night - abduction, child prostitution, sexual child abuse"
20. Provoked: A True Story (2006)
Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
It's the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who leaves India to marry a London-based guy, only to be badly abused. She ends up in prison for murdering her abusive husband.
Indian film - domestic violence, similar to The Burning Bed
21. Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
R | 109 min | Crime, Drama
Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.
Votes: 40,148 | Gross: $0.18M
child prostitution, domestic violence, neglect
22. Take My Eyes (2003)
Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance
One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"...
Votes: 5,900 | Gross: $0.03M
Spanish - domestic violence, stalking
23. A Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror
A suburban town in Japan is the victim of what is supposedly just an urban legend, a woman's spirit with a horribly disfigured face who is intent on kidnapping children for unknown reasons.
Carved (aka A Slit-Mouthed Woman) Japanese - child abuse (it's a horror film, but the theme focuses on abusive mothers)
24. Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
A housewife with an abusive husband has an affair with a writer.
Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) - domestic violence (it was well known in its time but largely forgotten today)
25. 3-Iron (2004)
R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.
Votes: 45,392 | Gross: $0.24M
Korean - domestic violence
26. Song of the Shattered (2010)
Unrated | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
After killing her abusive husband, a young woman finds that it is harder to move on with her life than she immediately thought she would be, which yields horrific results for those closest to her.
Song of the Shattered (2010) - domestic violence
27. Pixote (1981)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama
The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.
Brazilian - abandonment, child abuse, crime
28. Nil by Mouth (1997)
R | 128 min | Drama
A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.
Nil by Mouth (1997) British - domestic violence
29. The Breach (1970)
124 min | Thriller
Helene Regnier's husband Charles, who is mentally ill, injures their son Michel in a rage. Charles moves back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who blame Helene for their son's ... See full summary »
La Rupture / The Breach (1970) French - child abuse
31. The Burning Bed (1984 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Farrah Fawcett gave a solid performance as a battered wife
32. Men Don't Tell (1993 TV Movie)
95 min | Drama
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.
husband is a victim of domestic violence
33. Firstborn (1984)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Thriller
A teen must protect his family when his mother's sinister new boyfriend begins exerting his authority in their home.
Votes: 1,965 | Gross: $6.25M
First Born (1984) - child abuse