Movies like The Children Nobody Wanted

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The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)
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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: orphan, homelessness, hardship, family, teenager, children, house, mental institution, teenage girl, family relations, foster child, ranch, bachelor, large family, happy ending, teenage boy, letter, young couple, foster parent, determination, foster home, carnival, small town, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, voting ...
Time: 60s, 50s, year 1959, 1950s, 1960s
Place: missouri

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Most similar movies to The Children Nobody Wanted

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, family, parents and children, family problems, adoption, husband wife relationship and teenager mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Children Nobody Wanted: The Beniker Gang (1984), For the Love of a Child (2006), A Friend's Betrayal (1996), White Oleander (2002), Scattered Dreams (1993). 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: uplifting, realistic, semi serious, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: family relations, orphan, adoption, adventure, on the run, journalism, gang, youth, family, teenage life, captivity, family life ...
Time: 80s
Place: hawaii, new jersey, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: touching, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, tense ...
Plot: orphan, rescue, family relations, selflessness, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family problems, child abuse, child in peril, world spanning, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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: older woman younger man relationship, birthday party, high school, family relations, teenager, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, car accident, teenage boy, teenage girl, old friend, middle aged woman, female artist ...
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 7.1
 32K
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: mother daughter relationship, women's prison, teenage life, bad mother, coming of age, family relations, murder, crimes, foster home, parents and children, kids in trouble, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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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: legal action, family relations, husband wife relationship, foster home, guilt, racial tension, controversy, corrupt sheriff, wrongful conviction, police brutality, wrongful imprisonment, small town ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1951
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, melancholic, sincere, unusual plot structure, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage boy, family relations, christianity, adoptive father, adoptive mother, foster home, foster child, church, respect, troubled teen, christian, support group ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Land Legs (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Dom, 36 years old, is a sailor on board of the fishing boat Petit Gael II from the port of Les Sables d'Olonne, a small town in western France. He is used to leave for the open sea for at least three weeks in a row. Despite of his absences, his ...
Style: psychological, touching, unusual plot structure, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: fisherman, divorced man, children, teenager, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relations, family, moral dilemma, parents and children, pregnant woman, actress playing herself ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, courtroom drama, strong female presence, racism, against the odds, human spirit, social differences, couple relations, doctors and patients, fighting the system, society ...
Time: 60s, year 1962
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: hallucination, mental institution, high school, drug use, drug abuse, family relations, flashback, school, accident, drugs, teenager, marijuana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.6
 149K
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, father daughter relationship, custody, parents and children, social services, lawyer, against the odds, parenthood, human spirit, child custody, family relations, custody battle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Who Will Love My Children? (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Based on a true story of Iowa farm wife Lucile Fray. Ann-Margret plays a dying mother of ten whose last wish is to find loving families for her children.
Plot: affection, father daughter relationship, death, adoption, mother daughter relationship, little boy, sacrifice, self sacrifice, poverty, terminal illness, orphan, farmer ...
Place: iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.8
 96
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: reform school, dyslexia, dormitory, belief in hell, belief in god, teenage girl, car accident, troubled teen, counselor, graduation, police, nurse ...
Time: year 1966, year 1984, 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Little Girl Lost (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: This heart-wrenching story inspired by real events depicts the trials of the Brady family, who are trying desperately to adopt a helpless little girl they took in when she was in a foster care program. Clara and Tim Brady are in for the fight of ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: family relations, adoption, fighting the system, life is a bitch, society, doctor, female doctor, custody battle, child abuse, foster home, telephone, eyeglasses ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
No Letting Go (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: What would you do to save your child? A young teenager struggles with a debilitating mental illness as his mom risks everything to save him without losing the rest of her family.
Style: suspense, thought provoking, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: bipolar disorder, mental illness, family relations, mental health, coming of age, teenage boy, family problems, adolescence, teenage life, family, estrangement, parents and children ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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.
Style: captivating, sincere
Plot: family, teenage son, family relations, female protagonist, teenager, lifestyle change, musician, relationships, mother son relationship, changing lives, lifestyle, parents and children ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.8
 74
3:13 (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: From living a normal life to surviving homelessness in the city of Miami, Peter is a victim of the turbulent U.S. recession during late 2000's. A drama based on true events.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak
Plot: life turned upside down, life is a bitch, misfit, social misfits, society, family relations, unemployment, family problems, homelessness, character change, unfulfillment, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: family problems, society, youth, orphan, adoption, introspection, family relations, religions or cults, family, redemption, parents and children, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.7
 3K
Father (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, France, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Nikola’s children are taken away from him after social services decide that he is too poor to provide them with a decent living environment. He sets off on foot to lodge a complaint in Belgrade.
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: foster home, corruption, small town, parents and children, fighting the system, social issues, corrupt official, social problems, dysfunctional family, foster child, father and son, political corruption ...
Place: serbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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The Shame (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young married couple, not knowing how to deal with their new adopted son's behavior, decides to give him back.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, psychological, disturbing
Plot: foster child, adoptive mother adopted son relationship, young couple, married couple, relationship problems, adopted son, foster parent, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relations, marital crisis, relationships ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Dreams I Never Had (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A teenage girl is held captive in the home of a wealthy family. She is befriended by the family's young gardener, himself an illegal from Mexico. Their friendship carries both of them through their hopeless, sequestered lives and ultimately ...
Style: psychological, captivating, sincere, disturbing, suspense
Plot: teenage girl, held captive, wealthy family, illegal alien, domestic violence, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, escape, teenager, love, teenage love, love story, slave girl ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, parents and children, family life, police detective, family problems, crimes, child abduction, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.5
 841
Mum's List (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A dying mother's life lessons to the husband and sons she left behind. Based on the best-selling novel by St John (Singe) Greene, the film is the story of Singe and Kate, a couple from North Somerset, whose lives were turned upside down when ...
Style: touching, psychological, sincere, sentimental, thought provoking ...
Plot: death of wife, last wish, mother, cancer, family, death, family relations, husband wife relationship, woman, dying woman, parents and children, children ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, chase, race against time, on the run, self discovery, bus, racism, bittersweet, romance, kennedy assassination, interracial romance, road trip ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1968, 70s
Place: washington d.c., texas, usa, dallas texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, talky, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: incest rape, incest, child molester, dysfunctional family, family relations, lawsuit, farm, tragedy, father daughter incest, betrayal, family, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Father for Brittany (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Keith and Kim Lussier are a childless couple who are given custody of a 3-month-old foster child, Brittany. However, tragedy strikes when Kim dies of cancer in the middle of the adoption process, leaving Keith to fight for Brittany's custody ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, adoption, legal action, family problems, couples, redemption, family in crisis, pregnancy, child illness, custody, orphan ...
Time: 90s
Place: milwaukee wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.0
 443
Nicholas' Gift (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Fact based drama about an American couple on vacation in Italy in 1994 with their two children who are attacked and shot by highway bandits. Shortly they discover that their son is brain dead. The parents are then faced with the hard decision to ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional
Plot: family relations, transplant, family problems, unfulfillment, dealing with death, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, parents and children, death in the family, family in crisis, terminal illness, death of child ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Nowhere Special (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Italy, Romania
Duration: 96 min.
Story: John, a 35-year-old window cleaner, has dedicated his life to bringing up his 4-year-old son, Michael, after the child's mother left them soon after giving birth. When John is given only a few months left to live, he attempts to find a new, ...
Style: disturbing, sentimental, sincere, captivating
Plot: father son relationship, family relations, dying father, single parent, parents and children, foster home, father and son, father, foster child, terminal illness, fighting illness, relationships ...
Place: northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Spanning years of both Harry and Leona Helmsley's cutthroat control of their eponymonous empire, this made-for-TV movie chronicles both the high and low points of the couple's life together.
Style: cynical, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: couples, manipulation, couple relations, cons and scams, rise and fall, blind ambition, ambition, crimes, unfulfillment, dishonesty, hotel, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Beyond Brotherhood (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Panama, USA, Argentina
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Two young siblings ended up living on the streets, having nothing left but their love. It's a story about survival, second chances and second falls, with an unexpected turn at the end.
Style: sincere, captivating, entertaining
Plot: brother sister relationship, orphan, brother and sister, family, problem solving, family relations, life, male female relationship, brother, relationship problems, relationships, family problems ...
Place: panama
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.9
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Two Harbors (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Drama - Vic's days are filled with selling sci-fi collectibles, harassing his fellow antique dealers, and trying to communicate with extraterrestrials. - Charles Brin, Alex Cole, Paul Cram
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, offbeat
Plot: obsession, small town, alien encounter, tragedy, death, antique dealer, small town life, lost love, puppet, danger
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%