Over the years, there have been a good number of movies that have tackled issues such as domestic violence and relationship abuse. Only a few, however, have managed to depict the true horrors of abusive relationships. A lot of the times, the writing lacks nuance and the actors tend to go way over-the-top. There have also been numerous films that tend to be extremely manipulative and preachy, which hampers from having a full grasp on the subject. The sensitivity of the issue makes the subject an immensely challenging one for most filmmakers looking to take on the subject.
With that said, here’s the list of top movies about abusive relationships. The films on this list portray the complexities and the brutal realities of abusive relationships. Some films are about sexual abusive relationships, whereas others are about teenage abuse. You can watch some of these best abusive relationship movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. Sleeping With the Enemy (1991)
Not among the best movies on the list, but ‘Sleeping With the Enemy’, to a great extent, manages to depict the painful realities of an abusive relationship. The film tells the story of a woman who desperately wants to break free from her husband and is looking forward to changing her identity and her looks. Tension further rises when her husband finds out that she has got involved in an affair with a school teacher. Though the script evidently lacks nuance and restraint, Julia Roberts gains our sympathy in a performance that truly stands out.
11. Dolores Claiborne (1995)