Cinema Therapy – Abuse and Abandonment


Accused (1988)
An Affair to Remember (1957)
Baby Boom (1987)
Beaches (1988)
Big (1988)
Boy With Green Hair (1948)
Rape of Richard Beck (1985)
Closer (2004)
Color Purple, The (1985)
Darkness Before Dawn (1993)
David’s Mother (1994)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Drop Dead Fred (1991)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Eating (1990)
Falling Down (1993)
Family of Strangers (1993)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Fisher King (1991)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Four Seasons (1981)
Grand Canyon (1991)
I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Il Postino (The Postman) (1994)
In the Best Interest of the Child (1990)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Jason’s Lyric (1994)
Jungle Fever (1991)
Karen Carpenter Story (1989)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice (1982)
Long Way Home (1997)
Looking for Mister Goodbar (1977)
Memories of Me (1988)
Mr. Jones (1993)
My Breast (1994)
Nuts (1987)
Ordinary People (1980)
Our Very Own (1950)
Philadelphia (1993)
Postcards From the Edge (1990)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Prince of Tides (1991)
Radio Flyer (1992)
Rain Man (1988)
Regarding Henry (1991)
Ryan White Story (1989)
She Said No (1990)
Shirley Valentine (1989)
Six Weeks (1982)
Sophie’s Choice (1982)
Stanley and Iris (1989)
Sybil (1976)
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
This Boy’s Life (1993)
To Kill a Mocking-bird (1997)
Under the Influence (1986)
War of the Roses (1989)
Whore (1991)
Wildflower (1991)
The Wizard of 0z (1939)
Women of Brewster Place (1989)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
Working Girl (1988)

Abuse: Emotional and Physical
(Emotionally Challenging!)

Accused (1988)
All That Jazz Boost (1979)
Black Snake Moan (2006, sexual abuse)
Burning Bed (1984)
Call Me Anna
Changing Lanes (2002)
Christmas Carol
Closet Land
Color Purple
Cry for Help
The Tracey Thurman Story
Days of Wine and Roses
Do you Know the Muffin Man?
The Dogwalker (2002)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Enough (2002)
Falling Down
Family of Strangers
Fear Inside
Great Santini
Hellraiser, Hot Spell
I Know My First Name Is Steven
Jason’s Lyric
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
Jungle Fever
Karen Carpenter Story
Lady Sings the Blues
Less Than Zero
Longest Runner
Looking for Mister Goodbar
Magdalene Sisters, The (2002)
Men Don’t Tell
Morning After
Mr. Jones
Naked Lunch
Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)
On Golden Pond
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Philomena (2013)
Play Misty for Me
Rape and Marriage
The Rideout Case
Rape of Richard Beck
She Said No
Sid and Nancy
Silence of the Lambs
Sleeping With the Enemy
Something About Amelia
Sophie’s Choice
Summer of ’42
Taking Back My Life
The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story
Tales of Manhattan
Thelma and Louise
Ultimate Betrayal
Under the Influence
Unspeakable Acts
Victims for Victims
The Theresa Saldana Story
Wall Street
War of the Roses
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Child Abuse
(Emotionally Challenging!)

Affliction (1997)
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Best Little Girl in the World, The (TV 1981)
Cider House Rules, The (1999)
Closet Land (1991)
Crazy Heart (2009)
Dogwalker (2002)
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Jane Eyre (1983 and 2011)
Matilda (1996)
Mommy Dearest (1981)
Mystic River (2003)
Not My Kid (TV 1985)
The Prince of Tides (1991)
Radio Flyer (1992)
Ryan White Story (TV 1989)
Sling Blade (1996)
Stand By Me (1986)
Sybil (TV 1976 and TV 2007)
A Thousand Acres (1997)