Movies like The Children Nobody Wanted

If you like "The Children Nobody Wanted" you are looking for movies about / with children, orphan, homelessness, hardship, family, teenager and mental institution themes of Drama genre shot in USA.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)
 6.7
 217
The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: True story of Tom Butterfield and his crusade to provide family life for homeless children, becoming not only the first bachelor caretaker, but the youngest single adult to become a legal foster parent in the state of Missouri.
Plot: children, orphan, homelessness, hardship, family, teenager, mental institution, family relations, house, foster child, teenage girl, bachelor, happy ending, ranch, large family, teenage boy, letter, carnival, foster home, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, young couple, foster parent, nurse, small town, teen romance ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s, year 1959
Place: missouri

Most similar movies to The Children Nobody Wanted

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, teenager, husband wife relationship, youth, teenage girl, teenage boy and family mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Children Nobody Wanted: The Beniker Gang (1984), White Oleander (2002), In The Name of God (2013), I Am Sam (2001), Love, Mary (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Beniker Gang (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When his younger friends go up for adoption, threatening their extended family, an orphaned teen helps them discourage potential parents.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, uplifting
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, family relations, adoption, teenage life, family life, siblings relations, captivity, family, gang, on the run, youth, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: missouri, hawaii, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.1
 29K
White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, disturbing, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: teenage life, women's prison, bad mother, mother daughter relationship, coming of age, family relations, murder, crimes, parents and children, fall in love, custody, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
In The Name of God (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In a time of forgiving and giving thanks, a reverend and his family take in a troubled boy named Mason after having lost a son of their own. It's a bumpy ride for Mason, butting heads with his new step-brother and the church counselor he's ...
Style: christian film
Audience: teens
Plot: convenience store, sermon, pastor, prayer, foster child, graffiti, christianity, teenager, respect, vandalism, christian, foster parent ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.7
 141K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, custody, father daughter relationship, lawyer, social services, parenthood, single parent, single father, child custody, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Movie in collections
 7.7
 79
Love, Mary (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A teen, who is always in trouble in school and has been sent to reform school, turns her life around when a counselor discovers she is dyslexic.
Plot: dyslexia, reform school, student, uniform, strait jacket, reading aloud, stolen car, counselor, teenage girl, nurse, troubled teen, car accident ...
Time: year 1966, year 1984, 1960s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
A Friend's Betrayal (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two childhood friends grow up. One has a family and the other has a career. One relationship may make or break a family. Paul, the teenage son, must decide what he wants for his future. While family would like to make that decision for him. Watch as ...
Plot: birthday party, old friend, middle aged woman, golden gate bridge, female artist, high school, older woman younger man relationship, teenager, teenage girl, family relations, photographer, husband wife relationship ...
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
For the Love of a Child (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: 1959, support from US troops based in Asia and later from the Sates enables two actresses to start a charity for mixed-race 'orphans' who are locally neglected as outcasts. Thus originates Childhelp, which later runs multi-disciplinary ...
Style: disturbing, touching, rough, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: orphan, rescue, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family relations, selflessness, danger, life is a bitch, family problems, child abuse, child in peril, graphic violence ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Naked Childhood (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Handed over to foster care by his mother—who's unwilling to give up permanent custody—the now-adolescent François understands that nothing in life is permanent, and his increasingly erratic actions reflect this knowledge.
Style: cinema verite
Plot: childhood, foster parent, petty thief, mining town, underage smoking, black cat, demonstration, old photograph, thief, foster child, boy, marriage ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Movie in collections
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: sentimental, psychological, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: missing child, reunion, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, family life, parents and children, police detective, family problems, crimes, mother son reunion, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Lost & Found Family (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When her husband dies, Mrs. Ester Hobbes (Ellen Bry, TV's St. Elsewhere) learns that his wealth was just an illusion. Her only real inheritance is a run-down Southern home occupied by a foster family. Slowly, Mrs. Hobbes finds herself making ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, introspection, society, orphan, youth, family problems, family, parents and children, self discovery, redemption, religions or cults, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.5
 4K
Love Field (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Dallas housewife Lurene Hallett's life revolves around the doings of Jacqueline Kennedy. She is devastated when President Kennedy is shot a few hours after she sees him arrive in Dallas. Despite her husband Ray's prohibition, she decides ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, chase, self discovery, on the run, race against time, bus, racism, bittersweet, romance, kennedy assassination, road trip, on the road ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968, year 1963 ...
Place: washington d.c., texas, usa, dallas texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
A Thousand Acres (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: child molester, incest, dysfunctional family, family relations, lawsuit, father daughter incest, farm, tragedy, betrayal, family, couple relations, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Life Inside Out (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When a mother returns to her musical roots, she rediscovers the passion of her youth, and finds a way to connect with her troubled youngest son.
Plot: female director, teenage son, music, family, family relations, teenage boy, teenager, singing, female protagonist, mother son relationship
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.2
 478
Little Men (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, two street kids from Boston find themselves at Plumfield, a rural boarding school run by Jo and her husband -- and they soon learn academic and life lessons they won't ever forget.
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: boarding school, orphan, family relations, society, youth, school, family life, power relations, kids in trouble, boarding school life, homelessness, smoking ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.4
 228
Glue Sniffer (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Oliver flees from abuse of his family and seeks refuge in the violent streets of Caracas, where survival is only possible in an environment of corruption, crime and sniffing glue to escape hunger, like other children in the same situation. Soon, the ...
Plot: violence, homelessness, drug traffic, police corruption, domestic violence, police brutality, class system, gun, homeless, gang, police, children ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.5
 2K
Tex (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Coming-of-age adventure about two teenage brothers and their struggles to grow up, on their own, after their mother dies and their father leaves them.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, touching, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: coming of age, family relations, dysfunctional family, juvenile delinquency, shooting, hitchhiker, small town, bittersweet, family, love and romance, young heroes, youth ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: oklahoma, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Dreams of Glass (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dreams of Glass is a Drama starring Danny DeVito
Plot: class differences, teenage boy, asian american, fishing boat, young love, dock, interracial romance, teenage girl, japanese american, fisherman, skinny dipping, teen romance ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Scattered Dreams (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: It is about a loving couple which trying to make a living in 1951 Florida. When they are arrested, for a crime they didn't commit. The pair are given long jail terms and ripped from their children, so they begin a stunning fight for justice ...
Plot: suicide attempt, legal action, family relations, innocence, police brutality, husband wife relationship, small town, mother daughter relationship, guilt, wrongful conviction, racial tension, wrongful imprisonment ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, year 1951
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 141
Angel Dusted (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Cautionary anti-drug film based on a true story, made for NBC television. Drama about the effects on Jean Stapleton and Arthur Hill when their teenage son (John Putch, Stapleton's real-life son) gets spaced out on a marijuana joint laced with ...
Plot: denial, mental institution, teenager, high school, drug use, hallucination, family relations, pills, flashback, punch, blood, clinic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.1
 388
Zelly and Me (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A young orphan who lives with her grandmother in a large Virginian home infatuates herself with the voices of Joan d'Arc. Her French nanny seeks out the help of a rich suitor to take her and the orphan away when she realizes that the ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sentimental, twists and turns ...
Plot: family relations, nanny, betrayal, orphan, coming of age, bittersweet, power relations, family problems, rich and poor, family life, adoption, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 1950s
Place: virginia, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, family relations, cold war, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, on the run, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, year 1956 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, poland, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
In the Best Interest of the Children (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Fact-based story of a legal battle fought over custody of five siblings.
Plot: candle, shared bed, belief in god, atheist, kitchen, car, birth control, adoption, spanking, sled, belt, sweater ...
Place: iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
A Private Matter (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The true story of Romper Room host "Miss Sherri" Finkbine, who, after the devastating effects of thalidomide were discovered in the early 1960s, sparked a firestorm of controversy with her determination to obtain an abortion.
Style: controversial, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, courtroom drama, fighting the system, babies and infants, legal, politics, social differences, doctors and patients, couple relations, human spirit, against the odds ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: phoenix arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture.
Plot: torture, small town, held captive, sociopath, male underwear, u.s. mexico border, vietnam war veteran, teenage boy, teenage girl, drug dealer, neighbor, briefs ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Adam at Six A.M. (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A disenchanted young Professor of Semantics at a California college learns of a distant relative's death in Missouri. He journeys cross-country to the funeral, then decides to spend the summer there and work as a laborer for a power-line ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, contemplative, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, farm, family relations, fall in love, college, small town life, innocence lost, human nature, self discovery, couples, hopes, coming of age ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: missouri, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.5
 630
Abel's Field (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) is a high school senior with an especially full plate. Not only must he navigate the usual social and academic pitfalls of high school, but he has to contend with his young twin sisters, serving as de facto parent in the ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: orphan, family relations, youth, life is a bitch, school, absent father, fight, responsibility, belief in god, down on your luck, siblings relations, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
David and Lisa (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The emotional story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis in the environment of others with mental and emotional problems. He finds intimacy with Lisa, a young woman suffering from schizophrenia.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: mental illness, friendship, mental institution, teenage love, schizophrenia, split personality, romance, youth, unfulfillment, young lovers, love affair, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Hobo's Christmas (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A hobo played by Barnard Hughes decides it's time to go home. Drifting from place to place, Hughes finds himself in his hometown of Salt Lake City at Christmas time. Here he hopes to close old wounds and be reunited with his unforgiving son ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, emotional, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: homelessness, christmas, family gatherings, reunion, parents and children, family problems, family relations, estrangement, family, hopes, police officer, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.1
 57
Takiaispallo (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Aaro Saarinen is a foreman in the paper mill. The new generation continually questions his authority in both at work and at home.
Plot: middle class, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, rock band, rock musician, dysfunctional marriage, small town, mother daughter relationship, children, teenager, father son relationship, shotgun, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Night of Evil (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young woman's rise to fame after she wins a beauty contest is cut short when she marries an ex-convict.
Style: psychotronic
Plot: beauty pageant, reporter, stripper, rape victim, coffee, marriage, wine, waiter, telephone, rape, hotel, teenage girl ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%