Author: Agota Kristof
Released: 1986
Genre: Coming-of-age, psychological drama

Don't expect Disney to ever back an adaptation of Hungarian author Agota Kristof's viciously brutal debut novel The Notebook. Despite the fact that its two central protagonists are children, The Notebook is anything but kiddie, showing how the shell-shocked youngsters adapt to a homelife riddled with sadism and sexual misconduct, all carried out under the watch their grandmother, whom they unpassionately refer to as "witch," in Eastern Europe during WWII.

Yeah, that doesn't exactly scream, "Let's cast those two funny kids from Modern Family!"

Fun Fact: The Notebook is the first part of a trilogy, followed by The Proof (1988) and The Lie (1991).