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Parental Alienation Support & Intervention


There are many movies out there both for children and adults.

English Speaking

For Young Children:

Coraline is a Halloween Movie about a girl being pulled between two worlds.  Site that explains how Coraline helps to explain PAS.

Mrs. Doubtfire is the story of a father who will do anything to stay in his kids lives including dressing up as old woman so he can be a nanny to his kids behind his ex-wife’s back.  Funny and uplifting movie.

Over the Top with Sylvester Stallone. 
Over the Top is a 1987 American sport drama film starring Sylvester Stallone. It was produced and directed by Menahem Golan, and its screenplay was written by Stirling Silliphant and Stallone. The original music score was composed by Giorgio Moroder. The main character, played by Stallone, is a long-haul truck driver who tries to win back his alienated son while becoming a champion arm wrestler. (except from Wikipedia)

Split by Ellen Bruno is a documentary on Divorce Through Kids’ Eyes.  (Split helps parents to understand the emotional needs of their children during divorce – and helps kids understand they are not alone.

Tangled is a 2010 American based on the German fairy tale "Rapunzel".  It is about a princess with magical long hair that is locked in a secluded tower. Against her mother's wishes, she leaves to find out about the real world.  It is the story of a divorce and the toxic relationship between the enmeshed fake mother and daughter. The parental alienation is by the fake narcissistic mother from the real mother. The runaway thief is like a father trying to get Rapunzel to see beyond the fake mother's lies and alienation from everyone.

For Children Ages 9 and Up:


A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce) by Stu Zimmerman.  New Movie.  Comedy. This movie follows Carter (Adam Scott), a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce. Having survived the madness of his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) divorce, Carter now has a successful career and supportive girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). But when his younger brother (Clark Duke) gets engaged, Carter is forced to reunite his bitterly divorced parents and their new spouses (Amy Poehler and Ken Howard) for the wedding, causing the chaos of his childhood to return including his wacky therapist (Jane Lynch).

CustodyJames Lapine’s family courtroom drama stars Viola Davis, Hayden Panettiere, and Catalina Sandino Moreno as the key players in a custody case set against the backdrop of the myriad struggles at New York Family Court. In one corner, there’s Sara (Moreno), a young, single mother of two who suddenly finds herself embroiled in a custody battle when her son’s teacher calls the Administration for Children’s Services regarding a cut above his eye. Then there’s Martha Schulman (Davis), a beleaguered family court judge struggling through a 23-year marriage to Jason (Tony Shalhoub), and finding that it might not be possible to compartmentalize work and home. Recent law school graduate Alexandra Fisher (Panettiere) is assigned to Sara’s case, and finds it brings up haunting memories of her own. Hanging over it all is the recent death of a young girl whom the system failed. At the heart of Custody, the individual is locked in a dance with the institution and human error butts up against broken systems.​

Divorce Corp.  A shocking exposé of the inner workings of the $50 billion a year
U.S. family law industry, Divorce Corp shines a bright light on the appalling waste, and shameless collusive practices seen daily in family courts. It is a stunning documentary film that anyone considering marriage or divorce must see. To see trailer click below:


Erasing Families – By Ginger Gentile

A documentary of several families and their children who had their parents erased from their lives.

Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter: 1984 Movie starring Jeff Goldblum & Madolyn Smith

The 1950s TV comedian (Jeff Goldblum) goes on with the show during a search for his daughters, taken by his ex-wife (Madolyn Smith).


Kramer v. Kramer: 1979 Movie starring Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep

On the same day Manhattan advertising executive Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) lands the biggest account of his career, he learns that his wife, Joanna (Meryl Streep), is leaving him and their young son, Billy (Justin Henry). Forced to raise his son alone, Ted loses his job but gains a stronger relationship with the child with the help of another single parent, Margaret (Jane Alexander). When Joanna returns to claim custody of Billy, the ensuing court battle takes a toll on everyone concerned.


Like Dandelion Dust: 2012 Movie Starring Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper & Cole

A film which explores the different meanings of being a parent, through two families from different walks of life who's paths cross out of their shared love for a little boy. The film exposes the best and worst of each character's humanity.


Madame X: 1966 Movie staring Lana Turner & John Forsythe.

Holly Parker (Lana Turner) is married to high-powered diplomat Clay Anderson (John Forsythe), but finds that her attention wanders when he's away. She starts an affair with a wealthy bachelor (Ricardo Montalban), but her life unravels when he dies unexpectedly. Her mother-in-law (Constance Bennett) advises Holly to leave Clay and their baby and start a new life. Years later, when a petty criminal (Burgess Meredith) tries to blackmail Holly, who is now a prostitute, things get even worse for her.


Man On Fire:  1957 Movie starring Bing Crosby.  Wikipedia information on this movie:  This movies depicts exactly what happens in a typical alienation case.  It can probably be rented through TMC as it is a classic movie and not anything like what Bing Crosby typical played such as musicals.  The portrayal of this story includes not only the father's alienation and tactics, but the judge's difficult decision and then the mother's King Solomona decision.  Possibly an Excellent teaching tool for professionals and parents.

Over the Top: 1987 Movie staring Sylvester Stallone as a truck driver and father who is forced out of his son's life by his wealthy father-in-law until his wife, whom he is still married to contacts him to reestablish his relationship with his son.

Sherrybaby: 2006 Movie staring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins & Sam Bottoms

Sherry Swanson has just finished three years inside on drugs charges. Determined to go straight and stay clean for the sake of her eight-year-old daughter Alexis, she has to cope with a halfway house that isn't much better than prison and an uncaring parole officer. What makes it harder is the close relationship Alexis has built up with her brother Bobby and his wife Lynette.


Split by Ellen Bruno is a documentary on Divorce Through Kids’ Eyes.  (Split helps parents to understand the emotional needs of their children during divorce – and helps kids understand they are not alone.


Welcome Back Pluto by Dr. Warshak is a DVD with 8 Chapters helping children navigate the difficult situations that arise with high conflict divorce and teaching them to critically think.


We the Parents by Mike and Elizabeth McNeese

A documentary from the perspective of alienated parents and the work that needs to be done to fix the system. Exploring the state of family courts through the eyes of parents and experts.


German Speaking:

“Weil Du mir gehörst" (Because you are mine) ) from 2019, which in fact triggered a wave of interest in PA in Germany. Wikipedia:  see English Version with subtitles available:

"Weil du mir gehörst" (Because you are mine) is a 2019 film drama by Alexander Dierbach that focuses on the phenomenon of parent-child alienation (Parental Alienation Syndrome, PAS) after a divorce.[1] Julia Koschitz is seen in the role of a manipulative mother, Felix Klare as the father who can not oppose the alienation process, and Lisa Marie Trense as daughter Anni, whose change is noticeable.

The film premiered at Film Festival Munich on July 1, 2019, and was broadcasted on February 12, 2020, in the ARD "Das Erste" program. A DVD version was released on February 26, 2021. After their divorce, the former couple Julia and Tom are once again in court: the issue is custody of their eight-year-old daughter Anni. During the child hearing in the trial, Anni's estrangement from her father becomes obvious. How could it come to this?


  1. Director IRIS KUNTKES – Flemish-Dutch Short Film ( min) - 2012
    'Papa' - Iris Kelly
    Iris laat in korte film 'Papa' zien wat oudervervreemding is - She Posts Online


  1. Zand (Sand) – Director Joost van Ginkel – Dutch Short Film (21 min) - 2008
    Zand (Sand) - A short Dutch film from 2008 on Parental Alienation and Child Abuse by Residential Parents after divorce and separation by Joost van Ginkel on Vimeo with English subtitles. This short movie won several prices. (Vimeo, Column Film, 2012)

    Dutch language version:
    YouTube, Boschtionmedia, 24 februari 2012

    English subtitled version of Sand:

    Zand (Sand) - A short film by Joost van Ginkel on Vimeo