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Films deemed especially emotionally challenging are marked EC!

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Abuse: Emotional and Physical
EC! (Many of the films in this category are emotionally challenging)

Accused (1988)
All That Jazz Boost (1979)
Black Snake Moan (2006, sexual abuse)
Burning Bed (1984)
Call Me Anna (1990)
Changing Lanes (2002)
A Christmas Carol (1984)
Closet Land (1991)
Color Purple (1985)
The Tracey Thurman Story (1989)
Damage (1992)
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Do you Know the Muffin Man? (1989)
The Dogwalker (2002)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Enchantment (1948)
Enough (2002)
Extremities (1986)
Falling Down (1993)
Family of Strangers (1993)
The Fear Inside (1992)
Frances (1982)
Great Santini (1979)
I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)
Jason's Lyric (1994)
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
Jungle Fever (1991)
Karen Carpenter Story (1989)
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Less Than Zero (1987)
The Loneliest Runner (1976)
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Magdalene Sisters, The (2002)
Men Don't Tell (199X)
The Mission (1986)
The Morning After (1986)
Mr. Jones (2019)
Naked Lunch (1991)
Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)
Nuts (1987)
On Golden Pond (1981)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Philomena (2013)
Play Misty for Me (1971)
Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (1980)
Rape of Richard Beck (1995)
She Said (2022)
She Said No (1990)
Sid and Nancy (1986)
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Sleeping With the Enemy (1991)
Something About Amelia (1984)
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Summer of '42 (1971)
The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story (1992)
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
Thelma and Louise (1991)
Ultimate Betrayal (1994)
Under the Influence (1986)
Unspeakable Acts (1990)
The Theresa Saldana Story (1984)
Wall Street (1987)
War of the Roses (1989)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Whore (1991)
Wildflower (2014)