This article presents a list of films portraying paedophilia or sexual abuse of minors. The attraction or abuse may be to a single specific individual or to several children. The pedophilic attraction or sexual abuse may be central to the plot or incidental.

Both children and adolescents[]

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The main character (private investigator Tom Welles, played by Nicolas Cage), is hired to research the authenticity of a snuff film depicting a teenage girlfriend being raped and tortured by a masked man, as well as the girl's apparent murder.


The protagonist is motivated to change his life after becoming infatuated with his daughter's classmate.

A young girl is raped by her father. Decades later, another girl living in the same house is haunted by the former's ghost, prompting her mother to question the relationship between her daughter and her ex-husband.

Depicts several acts of rape performed by the prisoners on other prisoners.
"Pinto" sleeps with Mayor's 13-year-old daughter.
Born in a jail, Antwone faces years of mental, physical and sexual abuse. Joins the Navy later in life.
Depicts a young African-American girl being raped by two white men, and her father (Samuel L. Jackson) is put on trial for their subsequent murder.
A teenage girl is raped by an older man, another man is falsely accused.
  • Angry Dogs


Jim Carroll (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is a 16-year-old junkie. At the end of the film he prostitutes himself once in order to get money for buying drugs.
A young girl from Carolina is sexually abused by her stepfather and eventually raped on screen.
A boy discovers (over time) that his best friend is being sexually abused by her father, and eventually remembers that he was made to perform with her in videotaped child pornography at night in Disney World.
A promiscuous young woman (Christina Ricci) tries to change her ways, and faces the fact that she was sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend when she was a child.


A woman divulges that her father, when she was a child, had raped her, resulting in a daughter.
A 13-year-old falls into heroin addiction and is forced to prostitute herself in Berlin in order to buy her dose.
A girl gives birth to two children by a man she believes to be her father. The father, Alphonso, is both physically and sexually abusive to Celie, a teenaged girl at the time, and she also suffers abuse from her husband Mister, who the father arranges the marriage with.
A male teacher boards with a family and molests a teen boy.


The true story of Catholic priest Father Oliver O'Grady, who abused both boys and girls.[1]
After Donnie burns down a local celebrity's house, a safe containing child pornography is found within the burned walls.
A nun suspects the priest of her school is abusing a boy.
Developed from the television play Alice by Dennis Potter, based on the life of 'Charles Dodgson' (Lewis Carroll).[2]


A 29-year-old man forms an intimate relationship with a 14-year-old-boy.[3]
In 1944, 13-year-old Paul, is the evil liked by his family. In search of human warmth, he discovers homosexual relationship, on war bottom, and realizes that he can pick up the attention of certain men who bring him a sensual disease but always escaped...

Un film de Gérard Blain avec Jean-François Cimino, César Chauveau, Annie Kovaks (France)

Genre : Drame - Duree : 1H25 mn
Editeur DVD : Eklipse Vidéo
Sortie à la Vente en DVD le 18 Février 2004

Année de production : 1976

A young girl tells her younger sister that she was raped by their father after she attempts to seduce him and is rejected.
A film based on a true crime case. In the beginning sequence, the film's chief character, Andrej Romanovic, holds back a young girl in his class for detention and then attempts to rape her.
John Eastland as "The Exterminator" raids a child prostitution ring, killing the ringleader and a state senator from New Jersey while setting a young boy free who was bound to a bed.


A young overweight girl is raped onscreen in the woods by a man who murdered her mother and older sister. She is also depicted nude onscreen.
A fading Hollywood star looks back at the days of his teenage youth when his mother's friend raped him, eventually playing a part in her young daughter's death.
A teenage boy is raped and beaten out of hate and jealousy.
Aske and his little brother live with their father who sexually abuses Aske (like forcing him to have sex with total strangers). Eventually, their father even rapes Aske's little brother Bastian. This all happens after the death of their mother five years ago, who saved Aske from his uncle, who was undressing Aske. When they were running away, Aske passed a street, and when his mother followed him she died in a car accident. (In the movie there is far more abuse then this).
Gump's childhood sweetheart is abused by her father in a brief plot line, and some later suffering can be inferred from the earlier trauma.
A young girl (Reese Witherspoon) who is sexually abused by her stepfather, faces foster care when her mother (Amanda Plummer) is arrested for prostitution. She runs away and encounters a serial child rapist/murderer (Kiefer Sutherland).
Richie Gecko (Quentin Tarantino) has an on screen sexual fantasy about a young teenage girl (Juliet Lewis)


A young woman confesses to her family that her stepfather molested and raped her from age 12 to 14.
A married woman takes a 13-year-old boy as her lover.
A young girl from a rough neighborhood in Boston disappears. A convicted pedophile is under suspicion by the police and the movie's protagonists, Patrick Kenzie and Angelica Gennaro.
The plot is started in motion by the sexual assault and murder of the preteen daughters of Klaus Detterick, and the identity and circumstances of the killer are one of major mysteries of the film.
One of the patients is involved in a sexual relationship with her father, who lavishes her with gifts and favors. These include prematurely removing her from treatment and setting her up in her own house, where she later commits suicide after another patient confronts her about the relationship.


A respected psychiatrist and family man is a predatory abuser of his young son's friends.
A young woman poses as a 14-year-old to track down pedophiles who sexually solicit children in internet chat rooms.
The young protagonist is raped by one of his mother's boyfriends.
The series is about troubled teens in some sort of "help camp." Scott (Christensen's character) is being sexually abused by his stepmother, and Shelby (Cook's character) by her stepfather.
A girl is raped by a mutant in her family's trailer.
A preteen girl is raped by her male friend's older brother after being promised tickets to a concert, and she suffers depression.


A chilling ghost story about two orphaned children whose nanny confronts her tormented past.


A 10-year-old schoolgirl (Hansika Motwani) is raped by three men in a train.


As a child, the character O-Ren Ishii kills her parents' murderer by exploiting the fact that he was a pedophile.
Directed by Larry Clark, the film follows a group of teenagers around New York City for a day. In the final scenes of the film, the character of Casper rapes Jenni, who he is unaware has just tested positive for the HIV virus. She has only ever slept with Telly, Casper's best friend, who sleeps with two other virgins in the film.
A 13-year-old Ukrainian girl, Mimma, is raped and forced into prostitution, after she and her brother are sold by their family to a thief.
In one scene a boy is depicted being raped by an older boy. In a later scene, the rapist, (perhaps now a 40-year-old) Taliban activist, is said to have periodically taken young children from an orphanage, including a young boy who is revealed as a sort of pet slave, forced to dance for this man and presumably being sexually abused.
Filmed in 2004 depicting the crimes of Canadian serial killers Karla Homolka and her husband Paul Bernardo. The two raped and killed four girls, one girl being Karla's younger sister Tammy. The film shows many rape scenes, all with teenagers.


Howie, a 15-year-old boy, discovers that his best friend, a hustler named Gary, is a boy prostitute to Big John, a retired military officer. After Gary and Howie rob Big John's house, Big John proposes that Howie can pay for the stolen items by having sex with him; however, Big John apparently changes his mind and they don't have sex. Big John is killed by another teenager with whom he had had a sexual relationship.
After her music teacher has raped her older sister and gets subsequently acquitted in court, a young girl is hunted down and raped by the man as well.
One of the main plot lines of this film concerns the release from prison of a pedophile and the effects of this event in his community.
Rynn is a 13-year-old, whose neighbor Frank, a pedophile, tries constantly to seduce her.
An older woman (Mary Steenburgen) begins an affair with her younger daughter's friend. Also, a teenage boy, (Hayden Christensen) prostitutes himself to older men for marijuana.
Two girls are held captive by a gang, who proceed to rape and kill them.
In the novel on which the film is based, the character Håkan is a pedophile. In the film, his relationship to the child vampire Eli is left open to interpretation.[4]
1964 adaptation of the 1943 novel by Roger Peyrefitte


Two boys fall in love and are also abused by a priest at their school.
A character's daughter reveals that she was raped by her sister's father as a child.
In the original script Count Mora was supposed to be involved in an incestuous relationship with his daughter Luna, and to have committed suicide. After the filming began, however, all references to the crime were cut out of the script by MGM, and so the character played by Béla Lugosi is seen with noticeable, unexplained bullet hole on the side of his forehead. Because director Tod Browning’s previous film, Freaks, had been a box office disaster, Browning was unable to object to any changes made by the studio.
A 2004 Italian film about a 15-year-old girl's sexual exploits, starring an actual 15-year-old girl
A Greek film (1963) directed by Nikos Koundouros. It is set in ancient Greece, about 200 B.C. The movie focuses on a wandering band of shepherds. They arrive in a small village where there are no men because they are away fishing. Two romances develop including pre-teens/early teens, with sexually explicit scenes presented in an elegant way. Two of the shepherds (a man and boy) fall in love with a man and a girl from the village.
Acclaimed 1991 film about two teenage hustlers, played by River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, who turn tricks in order to support themselves and travel.
Two adolescents molested as young boys have very different memories of their experiences.
One of the film's central characters, Dave Boyle, is kidnapped, locked in a cellar, and sexually abused for several days by two men.


A married art teacher has an affair with one of her 15-year-old students.
A high-priced prostitute charged with manslaughter was molested as a child.


Mitch Martin sleeps with high school student Darcie Goldberg.
  • Osama, directed by Siddiq Barmak in 2003. Tells a story about a 12-year-old girl who disguises herself as a boy to survive under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. At the end of the movie she is abused by a senior cleric figure obsessed with washing the genitalia of children to remove ritual impurity.


The 13-year-old protagonist, Aviva, has intercourse with an adult truck driver.
Depicts a Vietnamese girl being raped by American soldiers during the Vietnam War.
Based on a Friedrich Dürrenmatt novella, the film's title is about a pledge made by the main character Detective Jerry Black, played by Jack Nicholson, to Margaret Larsen, whose daughter was a victim of a serial rapist and murderer who is preying on prepubescent girls in Reno, Nevada. The detective swears that he will bring the perpetrator to justice. Jerry’s hunt for the serial killer soon becomes an obsession, that consumes him as he gathers more clues.
Taking place in New Orleans in 1917, Violet, a 12-year-old girl, is arranged to have her virginity sold before prostitution is made illegal.
The titular character is sexually abused by her father and gives birth to two children, one of whom has Down's syndrome.
The protagonist becomes aware that a young member of his parish is being sexually abused by her father.
The film is based on the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, who killed her abusive husband.
  • Primal Fear: 1996 American legal thriller film directed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton.
Norton portrays a murder suspect who was sexually abused by an archbishop.
Soo-jung's daughter was raped and killed by a man.
Two children are abducted; two former survivors of captivity and abuse are revealed.


  • The Quiet, 2005 American psychological thriller film
A 17-year-old girl has an incestuous relationship with her father. Although never clarified, the abuse seemed to start from a young age, but they did not start having intercourse until she reached puberty.


A woman has a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy.
A teenage boy named Augusten Burroughs befriends Neil Bookman, a grown adult male, and the two begin a sexual love affair.


A 17-year-old girl falls in love with a 37-year-old man. He gives up his family to marry the girl.
  • Sin City (2005), based on the graphic novel
Among the many separate stories, one features a scion of a powerful political family who is also a child molester and serial killer of young girls. Eight years after he is denied 11-year-old Nancy Callahan, he decides to track her down to finish the job. Compounding the evil and psychopathy of the villain, Junior, he seems to prefer preteen girls like Nancy who are precocious and very terrified of him, and has dozens of victims when he makes a prison visit to John Hartigan, the detective who saved Nancy and was framed by Junior, to taunt John and trick him into revealing where Nancy is.
In a brief scene, a cook at a sleepaway camp is thwarted in his intention to molest a young girl.
A short movie depicting boys enslaved by men on a farm.
Story of a young girl sexually abused by her father.
  • Speak, 2004 American drama film
A freshman in high school is raped by an upperclassman at a party. This causes her to lose her friends and rarely speak.
Hollywood drama about a young woman suffering from multiple personality disorder. She discovers in therapy that her illness is the result of having been sexually abused by her mother.
It is implied that a young girl has incestuous relations with her father.


Tom and Savanna Wingo are raped as children by escaped convicts.
Pete Townshend's rock opera and 1969 double-album by The Who, adapted to film in 1975 by Ken Russell, whereby teenager Tommy (Roger Daltrey) is raped and sexually abused by his “teen-sitter,” his “wicked” Uncle Ernie (Keith Moon).
Leonardo DiCaprio plays a 16-year-old poet, who has an older man as a lover.
In the German adaptation from 2007, 17-year-old Jim Hawkins is seduced by an adult female prostitute.
Antagonist of the first season of the HBO crime anthology, serialized in film format, is a dangerous religious cult in Louisiana, founded by pirates and run by many of the state’s leading politicians and powerful businessmen. The cult commits horrible crimes, most heinous are the mass abuse of dozens of children in bayou country, the boys are physically and mentally broken so they can be inducted into the cult as its criminals and soldiers while the little girls and women are molested and sacrificed in the cult’s rituals.
  • Trust, 2010 American drama thriller
A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator.
Tony Comes survives sexual abuse by a Catholic priest.
An Italian adolescent girl and her mother are raped by Moroccan Goumier soldiers during the Marocchinate war rapes in World War II.
Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family—and her killer—from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.


  • V for Vendetta, an Archbishop in the Church of England shows the intent to have sex with an underage girl before he is murdered by V.
  • A Very Short Life, released in Hong Kong, 2009, tells the story of a young girl who was sexually assaulted by her mother's boyfriend. During her interrogation, the mother is physically forced to watch a videotape of them having sex. Child pornography is depicted in the film, but shown off-screen.
  • La virgen de los sicarios, released in English as Our Lady of the Assassins, 2000, directed by Barbet Schroeder[7][citation needed]
An old writer has a sexual relationship with a young hitman in Medellín.
A 12-year-old boy falls in love with a Canadian soldier in Europe during World War II. The relationship becomes sexual; it's unclear if the soldier is in love with the boy.


Rorshach tracks down a missing girl and discovers the man who raped and killed her.
A woman named Michelle is a crack addict who was sexually abused and raped as a child by her mother's boyfriend Reggie.
The movie stars Kevin Bacon as a pedophile who must reintegrate into society after twelve years in prison for molesting two under aged girls.
  • Wicked, 1998 American thriller
A young girl (Julia Stiles) seduces her father after trying to replace her own mother.

Criminal investigations and true stories[]

The two films chronicle abuse by priests at an orphanage in Canada and are based on true events. See Congregation of Christian Brothers.
  • Buried is a 2021 Showtime documentary about the trial and conviction of George Franklin, later overturned, for the rape and murder of Susan Nason, an 8-year-old girl in 1969. The title is about the use of repressed memories for the conviction, that Franklin's daughter claimed she remembered when accusing her father of the crime.
  • Capturing the Friedmans, 2003 documentary directed by Andrew Jarecki
The controversy surrounding the conviction of a father and son for the abuse of children who came into their home for computer classes.
Green's documentary is about the cultural phenomena and reactions to the JonBenet Ramsey case, involving a talented and precocious 6-year-old girl who was molested and murdered in 1996 by an unknown assailant in Colorado, the crime was still unsolved 20 years later. Unlike most other films on the case, which focussed on solving the mystery and events leading up to it, Casting JonBenet was more about how the unsolved case shapes American culture, appearing widely in US film, TV and other media (for example mentioned or referenced in several Law & Order SVU episodes like Appearances, Rage, Damaged and Countdown). The film's title is reference to interviews of actors being cast for the documentary, including many little girls auditioning for the JonBenet Ramsey role, and their parents and law enforcement.
The true story of Catholic priest Father Oliver O'Grady, who abused both boys and girls.
Ritual satanic sexual abuse and child pornography at a day-care center.
The story of John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer who preyed on teenaged boys and young men.
The true story of Steven Stayner, who was abducted by Kenneth Parnell at age 7 and sexually abused for seven years before being reunited with his family.
The true story of the McMartin family who were wrongly accused of molesting preschool children.[2]
  • The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, a 2012 film, is a documentary about the events taking place around the crimes and arrest of Jeffrey Dahmer, who sexually assaulted and murdered several teenaged boys among his victims.
  • Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story, 1999, directed by Stephen Tolkin
Ellie Nesler shoots her son Willy's alleged molester during his trial.[2]
  • Just Ask My Children, 2001, directed by Arvin Brown
The story of wrongfully-accused parents from the Kern County child abuse cases.
A grandfather sexually molests a number of family members.
About the hunt for a child molester and serial killer, played by Peter Lorre. The character is allegedly based on Peter Kürten. American remake in 1951.
The story of the Menendez brothers, who murdered their parents then claimed they had been abused as children.
  • Mindhunter, an MSNBC documentary film that inspired the Netflix crime drama of same name, focussed on psychological profiling of serial killers and violent criminals guilty of especially heinous crimes. One of the most notorious was Joseph Kondro, a career criminal and serial rapist and murderer of preteen girls in the Pacific Northwest. He was known to have sexually assaulted and murdered at least three young girls but was linked to many more.
  • Our Fathers, 2005 American made-for-TV drama directed by Dan Curtis from the book by David France
Boys have been abused by John Geoghan and other priests. See Roman Catholic sex abuse cases.
  • Pure Fiction, 1998, directed by Marian Handwerker
About a child sex abuse ring in Belgium.
A documentary filmed for the BBC Panorama documentary series which detailed how the Vatican has used something called Crimen sollicitationis or secret documentation to silence allegations of sexual abuse by priests and how it was enforced for twenty years by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before he became Pope Benedict XVI. [8]
  • Someone Cry for the Children: The Girl Scout Murders is a 1993 documentary by Michael Wilkerson about the Oklahoma Girl Scout murders, the still unsolved rape and murder of three preteen girls at a Girl Scout camp in Mayes County in June 1977. Gene Leroy Hart, a fugitive inmate already sentenced for several other crimes, was suspected as the perpetrator, but was acquitted at the trial.
  • Stevie, 2002, directed by Steve James
A documentary about Stevie Fielding, an abused boy who became an abuser himself.
Sexual abuse allegations at a Dade County daycare center that occurred during the 1980s moral panic over alleged sexual abuse in daycares; based on a true story.[2]

See also[]

Further reading[]

  • Coming of Age: Movie and Video Guide by Don Lort. Companion Press, 1997. ISBN 1889138029
  • The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995 by John Holmstrom. Michael Russell Publishing, 1996. ISBN 0859551784
  • Children in the Movies, by Neil Sinyard: a study of how childhood has been portrayed in films. Palgrave Macmillan, 1992. ISBN 031207574X


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