10 Movies About Bullying

Wednesday, July 20 by Karen Murdock

If a bully has ever tormented you at school or work, watch these 10 movies about bullying and know you are not alone. Some of the heroes and heroines in these movies about bullies will inspire you with their courage and grit, while others will make you cringe with their twisted revenge plots. You might even learn a thing or two about what makes bullies tick.

  1. “Big Bully” (1996). In this age of social network sites, you can track down childhood bullies—and victims—from afar. But what if you confronted them face-to-face? “Big Bully,” starring Rick Moranis and Tom Arnold, explores that very question and comes up with the answer you secretly dread: little bullies grow up to be big bullies.
  2. “Mean Girls” (2004). Lest you think all bullies are boys, check out “Mean Girls” to see how evil teen girls can be. Lindsey Lohan stars as Cady Heron, the new girl at school who is totally clueless thanks to growing up in Africa with home-schooling parents. She infiltrates the female bullies of the popular “plastics” clique, seeking revenge after one of them steals her crush.
  3. “Heathers” (1989). Before there was “Mean Girls” there was “Heathers.” In this classic movie about bullying, three queen-bee Heathers bully a chubby girl by calling her “Dumptruck,” but they don’t get away with it. Enter Veronica, played by Winona Ryder, and Jason Dean, played by Christian Slater. Veronica and Jason inflict the ultimate punishment on these mean-girl bullies, murdering them one by one.
  4. “The Karate Kid” (1984). For an empowering, uplifting movie about bullying, nothing beats “The Karate Kid”—literally. You will cheer for Ralph Maccio as Daniel LaRusso, a Jersey kid who moves to California and finds himself bullied by a karate gang known as the Cobras. When elderly gardener Miyagi intervenes to teach Daniel karate, he learns what karate really means—and defeats the bullies.
  5. “Chicken Little” (2005). Everyone loved cartoons as a kid, so let this animated movie about bullying tap into your inner child. You may just recognize yourself when poor Chicken Little endures ridicule for his false alarm that the “sky is falling.”
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