Bullying is something everyone has been subject at some point or another. Sometimes, it can be a very aggressive form of bullying which involves physical violence, but it can also be of a slow, passive nature, which, though not violent, is equally dangerous. Bullying is a sort of crime which mostly goes unnoticed until it is a violent act. Victims of bullying start feeling guilty themselves and this causes severe mental trauma. Gaslighting is another form of bullying wherein the perpetrator leads the victim to believe that what he/she is seeing or feeling is a mistake. The name ‘gaslighting’ has been in use since the 1944 movie ‘Gaslight’ became popular.
At times, when freshers enter a college or university, they get bullied by the seniors, and this may lead to severe consequences like suicide attempt. Nowadays, a new form of bullying has emerged called cyberbullying. And in this case, the possibilities of the harm that can be done to a victim is almost limitless. The perpetrator has no name but has got something on you which might tarnish and damage your reputation permanently. Bullying can only be stopped by making people aware that they are not the ones to blame for what is happening. It is a serious crime and needs to have strict laws which will prevent numerous innocents from suffering. With that said, here’s the list of really good bullying movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
6. Billy Elliot (2000)
This movie talks about something very important — that one should always strive towards embracing what he/she truly feels irrespective of what society demands from you. ‘Billy Elliot’ is the story of a boy whose mother has passed away and father is a coal miner. He lives with his father and elder brother, Tony. Billy does not like sports and wants to become a dancer. He secretly enrolls himself in a ballet class and starts taking lessons. When his father hears about this, he chastises Billy for doing something so “girly”. Billy’s father wants him to take up sports and be more of a man. Even his brother Tony ridicules him mercilessly.
Although a subject of bullying at home, Billy shows the courage to stand up for himself and continues doing what he likes. His teacher is extremely pleased with him and wants Billy to try and get into the Royal Ballet School. However, the coal miners are on a strike and his father can hardly afford the expenses. But when Billy’s father secretly watches his son dance, he understands his potential and resolves to help him. This movie was thoroughly praised by critics for the message and performances by the actors.
5. Hercules (1997)