Domestic Violence in Movies

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1. 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.

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

Votes: 2,199

Farrah Fawcett

2. Sólo mía (2001)

100 min | Drama

A women meets a charming man and falls in love, they get married and start a family. As they age and have children, the man's becomes violent and abusive.

Director: Javier Balaguer | Stars: Sergi López, Paz Vega, Elvira Mínguez, Alberto Jiménez

Votes: 509

Paz Vega

3. Not Without My Daughter (1991)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Sally Field, Alfred Molina, Sheila Rosenthal, Roshan Seth

Votes: 11,187 | Gross: $14.79M

Sally Field

4. Unforgivable (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

A man who batters women, after nearly killing his girlfriend in a violent rage, finds himself facing his own demons when he is forced to join an innovative group therapy program for abusive men.

Director: Graeme Campbell | Stars: John Ritter, Harley Jane Kozak, Kevin Dunn, Susan Gibney

Votes: 257

Harley Jane Kozak

5. China Moon (1994)

R | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

Director: John Bailey | Stars: Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Charles Dance, Patricia Healy

Votes: 5,200 | Gross: $3.04M

Madeleine Stowe

6. The Rainmaker (1997)

PG-13 | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent insurance company.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight

Votes: 54,545 | Gross: $45.86M

Claire Danes

7. Te doy mis ojos (2003)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

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"...

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Laia Marull, Luis Tosar, Candela Peña, Rosa Maria Sardà

Votes: 5,783 | Gross: $0.03M

Laia Marull

8. Mulheres (2014– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

The best Portuguese production 2014.

Stars: Sofia Alves, Albano Jerónimo, Fernanda Serrano, João Lagarto

Votes: 42

A Woman played by Jessica Athayde.

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

90 min | Drama

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: 188

Maria Pitillo

10. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 60,344 | Gross: $82.42M

Ruth Jamison, played by Mary Louise-Parker, is victm of Domestic Violence

11. Die Ungehorsame (2015 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

A young woman is accused of having brutally murdered her husband. In court the truth behind the domestic abuse unravels.

Director: Holger Haase | Stars: Felicitas Woll, Marcus Mittermeier, Alina Levshin, Matti Schmidt-Schaller

Votes: 99

Felicitas Woll

12. The Caller (2011)

R | 92 min | Thriller

A young divorcee is getting her life back together by moving into an apartment. But what will she do when a strange person repeatedly calls her, and threatens to change her new life around?

Director: Matthew Parkhill | Stars: Rachelle Lefevre, Stephen Moyer, Lorna Raver, Ed Quinn

Votes: 9,890

Rachelle Lefevre

13. Betroit (2012)


Betroit is a portrayal of three couples as their lives become intertwined with one another. An act of violence disturbs the lives of these intertwined couples in which they each realize how... See full summary »

Director: Adel Serhan | Stars: Darine Hamze, Christine Solomon, Tamer Alwerfalli, Hassan Farhat

Votes: 55

Darine Hamze

Amaia Salamanca

15. Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

48 Metascore

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: 44,626 | Gross: $101.60M

Julia Roberts

16. Sleeping with the Devil (1997 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

Moving Drama about a women (Shannen Doherty) recovering from a domestic violence relationship, only her former partner still wants her - even if it means killing her.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Shannen Doherty, Tim Matheson, Bonnie Bartlett, Steve Eastin

Votes: 466

Shannen Doherty

17. The Living (2014)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man hires an ex-con to kill his sister's abusive husband, but the desperate act sets into motion a shocking series of events in this intense indie drama.

Director: Jack Bryan | Stars: Fran Kranz, Jocelin Donahue, Kenny Wormald, Chris Mulkey

Votes: 1,940

Jocelin Donahue

18. Enough (I) (2002)

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

25 Metascore

After running away fails, a terrified woman empowers herself in order to battle her abusive husband.

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

Votes: 35,555 | Gross: $40.01M

Jennifer Lopez

19. O Profeta (2006–2007)

Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A countryside young man gifted with precognitive powers moves to the big city, where he meets some unscrupulous people interested in his gift, and the girl he knows is the woman of his life.

Stars: Thiago Fragoso, Fernanda Souza, Dalton Vigh, Paolla Oliveira

Votes: 112

Sônia, played by Paolla Oliveira suffer domestic violence.

Rae played by Rose Byrne in segment The Turning suffer domestic violence.

21. Jolene (2008)

R | 121 min | Drama

31 Metascore

A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

Director: Dan Ireland | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Frances Fisher, Rupert Friend, Dermot Mulroney

Votes: 3,848

Jessica Chastain

Pascale Bussières

23. The Assassin Next Door (2009)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A woman forced to work for the Russian Mafia as an assassin agrees to help her next-door neighbor kill her abusive husband.

Director: Danny Lerner | Stars: Olga Kurylenko, Ninet Tayeb, Henry David, Vladimir Friedman

Votes: 2,182

Ninette Tayeb

24. Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

This is the fact-based made-for-TV movie of Laurie Kellog, who was accused of the murder of her husband Bruce in May 1992, told in flashbacks while she's waiting for her judgment. When she ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Toshiyuki Uno | Stars: Gregory Harrison, Jennie Garth, Steven Keats, Francis Guinan

Votes: 363

Jennie Garth

25. Break Up (1998)

R | 100 min | Thriller

Jimmy is married to the abusive Frank, but she's building a nest egg so she can leave. For a year, she's been deaf as a result of one of his beatings. One night, he pushes her over the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Marcus | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Bridget Fonda, Hart Bochner, Steven Weber

Votes: 1,631

Bridget Fonda

26. Waitress (2007)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.

Director: Adrienne Shelly | Stars: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines

Votes: 41,402 | Gross: $19.07M

Keri Russell

27. Sin & Redemption (1994 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

A rape victim learns the truth about her husband when their daughter has a life-threatening illness.

Director: Neema Barnette | Stars: Richard Grieco, Cynthia Gibb, Cheryl Pollak, Concetta Tomei

Votes: 228

Cynthia Gibb

28. Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story (1994 TV Movie)

89 min | Drama

A woman unwittingly marries a psychopathic serial killer.

Director: John Power | Stars: John Stamos, Cynthia Gibb, David Faustino, Sean McCann

Votes: 254

Cynthia Gibb

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

91 min | Drama

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: 345

Jaclyn Smith

30. E Depois, Matei-o (2012 TV Movie)

62 min | Drama

Susana, a sociology student, interviews Catarina, a woman arrested for killing her husband. Catarina was a victim of domestic violence who decided that everything had to come to an end.

Director: Lourenço de Mello | Stars: Isabel Abreu, Albano Jerónimo, Sónia Balacó, Pedro Giestas

Votes: 33

Isabel Abreu e Sónia Balacó

31. Black and Blue (1999 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 96 min | Drama

After a woman's husband beats and abuses her, she and her son join the witness protection program and move away secretly.

Director: Paul Shapiro | Stars: Mary Stuart Masterson, Anthony LaPaglia, Will Rothhaar, Sam Robards

Votes: 476

Mary Stuart Masterson

32. A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Nancy McKeon, Dale Midkiff, Graham Jarvis, Yvette Heyden

Votes: 926

Nancy McKeon

33. Safe Haven (I) (2013)

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

34 Metascore

A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons

Votes: 95,399 | Gross: $71.35M

Julianne Hough

Marta Etura

35. Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres (2013– )

30 min | Drama

Dramatization of the stories that different women living in their social environment.

Stars: Catalina Vera, Amaya Blas, Germán Bracco, Juanma Muñoz

Votes: 21 Ep: Doble Amenaza

36. As Cariocas (2010)


The remarkable women of Rio de Janeiro in many different situations and places throught the city.

Stars: Adriana Esteves, Alinne Moraes, Ângelo Antônio, Ailton Graça

Votes: 102


37. Provoked: A True Story (2006)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

39 Metascore

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.

Director: Jag Mundhra | Stars: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Miranda Richardson, Naveen Andrews, Ray Panthaki

Votes: 1,945

Aishwarya Rai

EP: Troppo amore / Antonia Liskova

39. Somebody Is Waiting (1996)

R | 90 min | Drama

Charlotte Ellis is a devoted mother, caring for her five children alone, following the departure of her cruel, alcoholic husband Roger To make her situation worse, her son Leon is going off the rails.

Director: Martin Donovan | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Nastassja Kinski, Johnny Whitworth, Brian Donovan

Votes: 387

Nastassja Kinski

40. I, Tonya (2017)

R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson

Votes: 132,907 | Gross: $30.01M

Margot Robbie

41. Big Little Lies (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The apparently perfect lives of three mothers of first graders unravel to the point of murder.

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 95,668

Nicole Kidman

42. Sen Anlat Karadeniz (2018– )

150 min | Drama

Nafes was forced to married to fidat who abused & tortured her,one day nefes took her son & escapes in a car truck of one of her husband partners who called tahir,Tahir will protect them of... See full summary »

Stars: Sinan Tuzcu, Ulas Tuna Astepe, Irem Helvacioglu, Mehmet Ali Nuroglu

Votes: 1,404

Nefes suffer a hard violence domestic by her husband

43. The Lost Wife of Robert Durst (2017 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Young and wide-eyed, Kathie falls in love with charming yet quirky real estate scion Robert Durst, only to find their marriage turning stranger, darker and more disturbing as time passes.

Director: Yves Simoneau | Stars: Katharine McPhee, Daniel Gillies, Ryan Robbins, John Glover

Votes: 321

44. Tereddüt (2016)

105 min | Drama

Two Turkish women one oppressed by sexist traditions and one liberated by modern mores, have more in common than it would seem.

Director: Yesim Ustaoglu | Stars: Funda Eryigit, Ecem Uzun, Okan Yalabik, Mehmet Kurtulus

Votes: 1,402

45. L'Enfer (1994)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Paul, an irritable and stressed-out hotel manager, begins to gradually develop paranoid delusions about his wife's infidelity. As he succumbs to green-eyed jealousy, his life starts to ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Emmanuelle Béart, François Cluzet, Nathalie Cardone, André Wilms

Votes: 3,654 | Gross: $0.19M

Luisana Lopilato is a women very very mistreated by an very famous and respected man. EP 1x12: El ídolo de Barro: parte I EP 1x13: El ídolo de Barro: parte II

48. Escaping Dad (2017 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Thriller

A woman goes on the run with her children to escape an abusive husband, who is the District Attorney. He puts out an Amber Alert for them.

Director: Ross Kohn | Stars: Trevor Donovan, Sunny Mabrey, Jason Wiles, Grace Van Dien

Votes: 276

Actress Sunny Mabrey suffer domestic violence in this movie

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