The Best Movies About Bullying 

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Updated October 9, 2019 1.3k votes 219 voters 13.8k views 34 items

List Rules Movies that feature a bully or are about bullying

There's cyber bullying, physical bullying, playground bullying, and that creepy kid from The Christmas Story. Bullies are, sadly, incredibly common. So common, that they are a common character type in many feature films. What are the best movies about bullying? The films on the list below are all about bullying or feature a bully character and are ranked by film lovers and viewers.

Some of the movies on this list feature more of a fictional, innocent type of bully that makes us laugh, while others dramatize the tragic real-life events of a person who has been the victim of a violent crime that started as an act of bullying.

This list has the best movies about bullying, including: The Flying Scotsman, The Color Purple, Mean Girls, and Boys Don’t Cry.

Vote for your favorite movie about a bully or add one that isn't already on the list.

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Bullying
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

Released: 1976

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens

Released: 1996

Directed by: Danny DeVito

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Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

Released: 2010

Directed by: Will Gluck

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Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

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Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Released: 1984

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Alexa Vega, Lisa Vidal, Elizabeth Rice

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tom McLoughlin

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Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael Lehmann

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Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

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Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1985

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1975

Directed by: Miloš Forman

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James Badge Dale, Balthazar Getty, Bob Peck

Released: 1990

Directed by: Harry Hook

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Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

Released: 2000

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

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Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen

Released: 1945

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

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Heather Matarazzo, Eric Mabius, Ken Leung

Released: 1995

Directed by: Todd Solondz

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Bullying
Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1987

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bob Clark

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Released: 2012

Directed by: Larry Clark

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Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Royal Dano

Released: 1954

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

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Released: 2011

Directed by: Charles Binamé

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Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

Released: 1996

Directed by: Andrew Fleming

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Directed by: Martha Coolidge

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Released: 1980

Directed by: Tony Bill

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