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Powerful Movies About Child Abuse

Updated November 30, 2020 3.8k votes 1.3k voters 142.2k views71 items

Child abuse and domestic violence have steadily increased throughout the years, and sadly it is a common problem in many American homes. There are a number of movies out there that take a detailed, and sometimes graphic approach to the topic of child abuse. While some of the movies on this list are fictional, others are completely based on a real-life story and abusive relationships. The films on this list are the best movies that look at the issue of an abused child, often at the hands of abusive parents.

There’s nothing better than a movie that discusses a true event that happened in a person’s life, detailing the way they overcame the odds that were stacked against them and rose to the challenges before them. Movies like The Blind Side and Antwone Fisher capture the true stories of child abuse victims and their fight to overcome the pain and trauma that was left behind due to their home lives.

This list has the best child abuse movies, including: Precious, The Color Purple, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, One Missed Call, Mommy Dearest, This Boy’s Life, Once Were Warriors, The Girl Next Door, and Tideland.

Vote up the most well done film about child abuse so others know which ones to watch next.

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    Bastard out of Carolina

    Christina Ricci, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1996

    Directed byAnjelica Huston

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  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire2
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    Released2009

    Directed byLee Daniels

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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    An American Crime

    James Franco, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byTommy O'Haver

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  • No Child of Mine5
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    No Child of Mine

    Brooke Kinsella, Colin Salmon

    Released1997

    Directed byPeter Kosminsky

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  • This Boy's Life6
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    This Boy's Life

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro

    Released1993

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower7
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

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    Sybil

    Jessica Lange, JoBeth Williams

    Released2007

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

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  • Carrie9
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Radio Flyer

    Tom Hanks, Elijah Wood

    Released1992

    Directed byRichard Donner, David M. Evans

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  • The Blind Side11
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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  • Flowers in the Attic12
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    Flowers in the Attic

    Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn

    Released2014

    Directed byDeborah Chow

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  • Serenity13
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    Serenity

    Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway

    Released2019

    Directed bySteven Knight

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  • Lost Children14
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    Lost Children

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    Something About Amelia

    Glenn Close, Ted Danson

    Released1984

    Directed byRanda Haines

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  • The Elizabeth Smart Story16
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    The Elizabeth Smart Story

    Dylan Baker, Amber Marshall

    Released2003

    Directed byBobby Roth

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  • The Girl Next Door17
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    The Girl Next Door

    Catherine Mary Stewart, William Atherton

    Released2007

    Directed byGregory Wilson

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  • Good Will Hunting18
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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  • The Butterfly Effect19
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    The Butterfly Effect

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

    Released2004

    Directed byJ. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

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    Antwone Fisher

    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis

    Released2002

    Directed byDenzel Washington

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    Daddy's Little Girls

    Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba

    Released2007

    Directed byTyler Perry

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  • The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things22
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    The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

    Winona Ryder, Jeremy Renner

    Released2004

    Directed byAsia Argento

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  • Gracie's Choice23
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    Gracie's Choice

    Kristen Bell, Anne Heche

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Werner

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  • Not Without My Daughter24
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    Not Without My Daughter

    Sally Field, Alfred Molina

    Released1991

    Directed byBrian Gilbert

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  • One Missed Call25
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    One Missed Call

    Meagan Good, Ariel Winter

    Released2008

    Directed byEric Valette

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