10 Hollywood Movies That Will Give You the Courage to Escape an Abusive Relationship

Are you looking for movies where the protagonist escapes an abusive family/community and starts a new life that makes them happy? We got you covered.  

Here are ten glorious films where people escape abusers without heavy depictions of violence. 

The Color Purple (1985)

The Color Purple follows Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), and her epic story spans forty years of living in the South, surviving bigotry and excessive abuse.  

Sleeping With the Enemy (1991)

Sleeping With the Enemy is a psychological thriller following an abused woman (Julia Roberts) faking her own death and escaping from her controlling husband. She discovers peace and independence. However, once he discovers the truth, he hunts her down.  

Enough (2002)

Enough is a thriller following a woman, Slim (Jennifer Lopez), swept off her waitressing feet by a wealthy contractor (Billy Campbell). Her life appears perfect until she discovers he cheats and begins hitting her. 

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Fried Green Tomatoes is a comedy-drama following a bored housewife (Kathy Bates) and her senior friend, Ninny (Jessica Tandy), who tells her stories about people she knew in the fictional town of Whistle Stop.  

This Boy’s Life (1993)

This Boy's Life is a biographical coming-of-age drama based on Tobias Wolff's memoir. It tells the story of a boy, Tobias (Leonardo DiCaprio), and his mother (Ellen Barkin), who marries an abusive man (Robert De Niro). 

What’s Love Got to Do With It? (1993)

What's Love Got to Do With It is a biographical movie based on the legendary music icon Tina Turner. It's adapted from her 1986 autobiography I, Tina, and tells Tinas' (Angela Bassett) story of her rise to stardom alongside her abusive husband, Ike Turner (Laurence Fishburne). 

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