10 Best Movies About Bullying (And Where To Watch Them)

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10 Best Movies About Bullying (And Where To Watch Them)

When I was a kid, the idea of a school shooting was pretty alien. Nobody could fathom the idea of a person under 18 being so angry at the world, that they’d take it out on everyone around them. It was a different time, one that was far less anxious, aggressive, and defensive than it was now.

Don’t ask me why, but when Columbine happened, everything seemed to change. People began to get anxious about their safety. Talking about bullying and mental health started to get to the forefront. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to really cure the issue of shootings, bullying, cyber bullying, or anything else.

As the reality of bullying culture really set in, movie producers started to see it as a potential theme for their films. Here are 10 movies about bullying that show just how this behavior affects people from all walks of life, including adults.

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1. Bowling for Columbine

Love it or hate it, Michael Moore really blazed a trail when it came to the genre of movies uncovering bullying. As a journalist, he was the first to take a look at the infamous Columbine school shooting, the motives behind it, and what would drive teenagers to kill.

Was it bullying? Was it a bunch of teens that hyped themselves up to kill? Video games? Bowling for Columbine provides epic food for thought, all while staying relative decades later.

2. Mean Girls

Though it was made back in 2004, Mean Girls remains one of the most heavily quoted films of its time. It’s a classic story: new girl in school meets the mean girl clique, girl changes to become one of them, and girl realizes she's turned into a bully.

It has its funny moments, its scarily relatable moments, as well as times when you just see yourself in the characters. Everyone knows a Regina George, after all.

3. A Girl Like Her

Did you ever have a person in your school (or office) that tormented you, but you could never quite prove that they were hurting you? Of course you did. Most of us have at one point or another, because bullies can be slick that way.

A Girl Like Her is a drama that involves a bullied teen asking her guy friend to help prove that the “sweet, innocent, and beautiful” queen of the school is actually the queen of mean. The tagline says it’s “based on a million true stories.” You’ll relate.

4. Cyberbully

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”

Uh, not true. Anyone who has ever gotten into a seriously ugly online argument can tell you that words can sting. Cyber bullying has now become one of the most pervasive forms of bullying in the world, and unlike regular forms of bullying, it doesn’t cease when you get home.

Cyberbully follows a very realistic story of a girl who is being bullied by a classmate and the lengths her mom goes to try to help her. It’s pretty shocking, to say the least.

5. Wonder

Unlike most movies about bullying, Wonder takes an inspirational tone to the phenomenon. This insanely uplifting film features the true story of a boy who was born with a very rare facial deformity, how he overcame the cruelty of bullies at school, and how he helped the world be a better place.

This film will bring you to tears. It won a Humanitarian Award and is now one of the most critically acclaimed films in recent years. You need to see this.

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6. Carrie

If you really think about it, the 1976 film Carrie was one of the very first movies about bullying to ever be made. The entire concept was a horror script that was a fantasy of anyone who ever found themselves being bullied by a large group of kids at school.

A psychic, telekinetic nerd reached her limit after the jocks pour animal blood on her during a school dance. She gets revenge in a way that is beyond anything anyone ever expected.

7. Audrey and Daisy

Though Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine opened the floodgates for documentaries related to bullying, it’s far from the only take on this pervasive problem. The newest movie to join this genre is Audrey and Daisy, a documentary following the true stories of teenage girls victimized by online bullying.

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This documentary hits hard, especially when it brings up topics of sexual assault and humiliation. If you have trauma related to these topics, you might want to skip this one.

8. Revenge of the Nerds

Okay, okay, hear me out. This 80s movie definitely doesn’t have a lot of socially acceptable messages in it, and if it was made today, would be banned. However, it still teaches a lot about what it’s like to be bullied, and tells a great story of how the “nerds” managed to beat bullies at their own game.

This cult classic is funny, off-beat, and, yes, delightfully crass. If that’s your shtick, you definitely should give this a watch. Your inner nerd will love you.

9. Bully

2011’s Bully is a must-watch for students, teachers, and parents that want to understand the dynamics of modern-day bullying. You see, bullies are no longer heavy kids demanding lunch money. They are kids who tend to go out of their way to wreck lives, torment, and endanger others.

Bully is a documentary that really brings things to a head with its amazing cinematography, insightful writing, and exceptionally true-to-life story. This cutting documentary follows the lives of five bullied teenagers, two of which committed suicide. You will cry, and you will question humanity after seeing this.

10. The Devil Wears Prada

I want to point out that bullying doesn’t end in high school; office bullies exist too. The Devil Wears Prada is an excellent example of what life is like in a place where bullies never grew up.

It’s high pressure. It’s fashion. And it’s a real-world version of Mean Girls in so many ways. If you love work stories, this might be one of the best flicks to check out.

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Ossiana Tepfenhart is a Jack-of-all-trades writer based out of Red Bank, New Jersey. When she's not writing, she's drinking red wine and chilling with some cool cats. You can follow her @bluntandwitty on Twitter.