6 Domestic Violence Movies That Are Hard To Watch

Thursday, March 15 by Stu Moody

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Movies take a look at all sorts of human interactions. But while Hollywood puts a glossy coat of polish on almost everything, it's virtually impossible to underplay the brutality of domestic violence. Frighteningly real and all too familiar for so many people, domestic violence is among the hardest things to witness, especially in person but even on film. These six movies shine a spotlight on a horrible problem, and their scenes of domestic violence are truly difficult to watch.


"Sleeping With The Enemy"

Julia Roberts and serious drama may not exactly go hand-in-hand. On top of that, this movie tends to veer into "not so good" territory. But there are several scenes that are downright frightening, as the story of a woman who faked her death to escape her abusive husband only to have her husband track her down, takes center stage. Julia's demented husband is relentless in his pursuit, and his scenes of interrogation while he looks for his estranged wife suggest that life with him may have been a real Hell.


"The Burning Bed"

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A 1984 TV movie may not sound like it'd be too difficult to watch, at least as far as brutality, but trust us when we say that "The Burning Bed" is gut-wrenching. For its time, this movie tackled an issue that many people were uncomfortable talking about, leading many women to suffer in silence. Based on the true story of abuse victim Francine Hughes, who suffered thirteen years of abuse, this movie is about the night she set fire to her husband as he slept. She was later found not guilty by reason of temporary insanity. The bruises on her face were reason enough to justify her actions.


"What's Love Got To Do With It?"

The story of Ike and Tina Turner has been well-documented. Tina eventually plucked up the courage and strength to leave Ike, the man who had helped elevate her music career. In the process, Ike robbed her not only of every penny she had earned, but also had robbed her of her humanity. There are a number of scenes in the movie that make for tough viewing, but Ike's brutal beating of his wife in the back of a car stands out in particular. As rough as the movie can be at times, it's nothing compared to what Tina really had to endure.


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