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The Best Movies About Bullying

Updated September 21, 2020 1.4k votes 246 voters 16.4k views40 items

List RulesMovies that feature a bully or are about bullying

There's cyber (online) bullying, physical bullying, playground bullying, and that creepy kid from The Christmas Story. All-in-all there is no shortage of movies about bullying in high school and teen bullying movies. 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, based on bullying or have bullying in them, they are not movies that only have a scene with a bully. Not onlythat but these good films about bullying are ranked by movies lovers like yourself.

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.

Movies like Carrie can also be seen as anti bullying movies but which bullying film is the best? Vote for your favorite movie about a bully or add one that isn't already on the list.

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    Carrie
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Matilda
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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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    The Breakfast Club
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    The Karate Kid
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    Easy A
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    Easy A

    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes

    Released2010

    Directed byWill Gluck

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    Back to the Future
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Odd Girl Out
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    Odd Girl Out

    Alexa Vega, Lisa Vidal

    Released2005

    Directed byTom McLoughlin

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    Heathers
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    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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    Mean Girls
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Boys Don't Cry
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    Boys Don't Cry

    Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny

    Released1999

    Directed byKimberly Peirce

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    Dazed and Confused
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    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    Lord of the Flies
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    Lord of the Flies

    James Badge Dale, Balthazar Getty

    Released1990

    Directed byHarry Hook

  • 13
    The Color Purple
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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 14
    Billy Elliot
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    Billy Elliot

    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Daldry

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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    Full Metal Jacket
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    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Welcome to the Dollhouse
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    Welcome to the Dollhouse

    Heather Matarazzo, Eric Mabius

    Released1995

    Directed byTodd Solondz

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    A Christmas Story
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    A Christmas Story

    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

    Released1983

    Directed byBob Clark

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    Big Bully
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    Big Bully

    Tom Arnold, Rick Moranis

    Released1996

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    Mildred Pierce
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    Mildred Pierce

    Joan Crawford, Eve Arden

    Released1945

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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    Bully
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    Bully

    Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner

    Released2012

    Directed byLarry Clark

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    Evil
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    Evil

    Gustaf Skarsgård, Kjell Bergqvist

    Released2003

    Directed byMikael Håfström

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    Scum
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    Scum

    Ray Winstone, Phil Daniels

    Released1979

    Directed byAlan Clarke

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    Cyberbully
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    Cyberbully

    Emily Osment, Meaghan Rath

    Released2011

    Directed byCharles Binamé

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    Stand by Me
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner