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: 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

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Most similar movies to The Children Nobody Wanted

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, serious and emotional films with plots about family relations, family, teenager, children, teenage boy, teenage girl and parents and children mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Children Nobody Wanted: The Beniker Gang (1984), In The Name of God (2013), White Oleander (2002), Land Legs (2015), I Am Sam (2001). 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, uplifting, realistic, semi serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, adoption, family relations, chases and races, gang, on the run, journalism, family, youth, adventure, teenage life, family life ...
Time: 80s
Place: hawaii, missouri, new jersey
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95%
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, contemplative, sincere, unusual plot structure
Audience: teens
Plot: family relations, teenage boy, christianity, troubled teen, support group, church, christian, adoptive father, foster home, adoptive mother, respect, foster child ...
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81%
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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, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, teenage life, women's prison, bad mother, 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, mexico, nova scotia
⇓ 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, captivating, unusual plot structure, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: fisherman, father son relationship, divorced man, children, teenager, father daughter relationship, moral dilemma, family relations, family, storytelling, parents and children, ultrasound ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 143K
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, parents and children, custody, against the odds, single father, lawyer, social services, parenthood, human spirit, child custody, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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63%
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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, nurse, reading, belief in god, counselor, troubled teen, police car, teenage girl, dormitory, stolen car, student ...
Time: year 1984, year 1966, 1960s, 80s, 60s ...
Place: oregon, portland 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, teenage girl, teenager, older woman younger man relationship, high school, breakup, family relations, female artist, photographer ...
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, selflessness, family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, danger, life is a bitch, family problems, child abuse, graphic violence, child in peril ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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, suicide attempt, family relations, police brutality, small town, husband wife relationship, guilt, innocence, mother daughter relationship, wrongful conviction, corrupt sheriff, wrongful imprisonment ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, year 1951, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: foster parent, childhood, adopted son, death of mother, marriage, orphan, child smoking cigarette, polaroid, old photograph, old woman, mining town, arrest ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: reunion, missing child, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, family life, parents and children, family problems, police detective, crimes, mother son reunion, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, family problems, youth, orphan, society, family relations, religions or cults, parents and children, self discovery, family, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: interracial relations, chase, self discovery, race against time, on the run, bus, racism, bittersweet, romance, kennedy assassination, road trip, profanity ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968, year 1963 ...
Place: washington d.c., texas, usa, dallas texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: child molester, incest, dysfunctional family, lawsuit, family relations, father daughter incest, farm, tragedy, betrayal, family, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 ⇓
48%
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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, uplifting, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: boarding school, family relations, orphan, power relations, family life, school, youth, society, kids in trouble, boarding school life, school teacher, smoking ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: homelessness, violence, drug traffic, police corruption, police brutality, domestic violence, street kid, survival, police, misery, gun, street life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Dreams of Glass (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dreams of Glass is a Drama starring Danny DeVito
Plot: interracial relations, family relations, teenage girl, teenage boy, dock, teen romance, interracial romance, fisherman, japanese american, forbidden love, teenager, asian american ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: realistic, serious, uplifting, touching, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: coming of age, family relations, dysfunctional family, juvenile delinquency, shooting, hitchhiker, small town, bittersweet, family, youth, society, friends ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: oklahoma, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Fremde Tochter (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Seventeen-year-old Lena meets 19-year-old Farid, a young Muslim. She has a clear-cut attitude towards his culture and religion: utter rejection. Despite their differences – or perhaps because of them – they fall in love.
Style: psychological, contemplative, suspense, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: teenage girl, tragic love, teenage protagonist, cultural difference, 19 year old, teenager, 17 year old, female protagonist, teenage boy, couple relations, couples, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: denial, mental institution, teenager, high school, drug use, hallucination, family relations, pills, flashback, punch, blood, clinic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, coming of age, nanny, betrayal, orphan, rich and poor, family life, adoption, teenage life, kidnapping, bittersweet, child in peril ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 1950s
Place: virginia, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: blowing out candle, snowman, christmas tree, corporal punishment, bruise, child neglect, school, foster parent, doll, baby, child abuse, girl ...
Place: iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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 1950 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, poland, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, controversial, tense, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, pregnancy, courtroom drama, state affairs, rebellion, society, legal, doctors and patients, human spirit, couple relations, racism, against the odds ...
Time: 60s, year 1962, 1960s
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, husband wife relationship, car breakdown, male underwear, teenage girl, teenage boy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, terrorism, vietnam war veteran ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: last wish, cancer, mother, family, death, family relations, death of wife, husband wife relationship, dying woman, woman, terminal cancer, parents and children ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Letters (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Mother Teresa, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world. The Letters, as told through personal ...
Style: spiritual, atmospheric, thought provoking, serious
Plot: human rights, letter, illness, family relations, spirituality, nun, idealist, children, workaholic, missionary, charity, salvation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: biting, serious, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: farm, family relations, small town, youth, love and romance, starting over, hopes, coming of age, innocence lost, couples, self discovery, human nature ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: missouri, california, usa
⇓ 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, estrangement, family relations, family, hopes, father son relationship, christmas present ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%