Movies like Losing Isaiah

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Losing Isaiah (1995)
 6.4
 5K
Losing Isaiah (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, and her husband, Charles. Years later, Khaila has gone through rehab and holds a steady job. After learning that her child is still alive, she challenges Margaret for the custody.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, thought provoking, realistic, sentimental, dramatic, bad ending, melancholic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: adoption, child abuse, drug addiction, racist, surrogate mother, social worker, single parent, baby, custody battle, courtroom drama, legal action, human nature, mother, court case, son, liberation, extramarital affair, smoking, parents and children, addiction, custody, hopes, legal, society, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s

Most similar movies to Losing Isaiah

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, touching and serious films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, parenthood, redemption, hospital and adoption mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Losing Isaiah: A Place for Annie (1994), An Unexpected Family (1996), Immediate Family (1989), A Thousand Acres (1997), Secrets & Lies (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Place for Annie (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Baby Annie is HIV positive and has been left in the clinic by her drug addicted mother. To prevent that she's deported to a home where they'd just wait for her to die, nurse Susan takes charge of Annie at her home. Two years later she ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: adoption, nurse, family life, babies and infants, child abandonment, aids, gays and lesbians, single parent, feminism, human spirit, doctors and patients, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
An Unexpected Family (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Ruth Whitney abandons her two children with her sister Barbara is left to take care of them, at first none of them like it but soon they grow to like each other. Then over a year later Ruth comes back saying she wants her kids and Barbara goes ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: guardian, redemption, legal action, family life, death of parents, adoption, hopes, family relations, betrayal, human spirit, custody, legal ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Immediate Family (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, pregnancy, babies and infants, single parent, couple relations, parents and children, social differences, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, family life, society, youth ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: washington state, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, gloomy, talky, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dysfunctional family, betrayal, family, tragedy, lawsuit, infidelity, parents and children, dishonesty, vengeance, legal, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 8.0
 33K
Secrets & Lies (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A middle-aged London factory worker is shocked when the mixed-race daughter she gave up at birth decides to track her down. At first she denies she is her mother. All family members become emotional, as everyone's secrets are exposed.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, clever, touching ...
Plot: adoption, secret, dysfunctional family, working class, social worker, family secret, jealousy, realism, parents and children, social differences, parent child relationship, reunion ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.8
 2K
Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: loan, survival, countryside, human nature, down on your luck, family in crisis, against the odds, hopes, family problems, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.6
 135K
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, single parent, father daughter relationship, child custody, lawyer, social services, children's book, locked door, parenthood, custody ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 3K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: writer's life, high school, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, emotional, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: adoption, terminal illness, babies and infants, single parent, dealing with death, domestic disturbance, legal action, child illness, custody, family in crisis, pregnancy, legal ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.0
 304
A Good Baby (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A young loner wandering the back roads of North Carolina comes across an abandoned baby. He immediately starts seeking the baby's parents, but starts developing a bond with the child that explores his own isolated roots.
Style: serious, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, psychological
Plot: mentally challenged, single parent, countryside, adoption, child illness, custody, missing child, missing person, pregnancy, family problems, family relations, babies and infants ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: divorce, custody battle, courtroom, marriage, child custody, selfishness, lawyer, family, father son relationship, family problems, single father, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: farm, single parent, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional family, starting over, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family relations, rehabilitation, human nature, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, atlanta georgia, alabama, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Deep in My Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In this made-for-tv movie, an adopted woman decides to find her birth mother. Her search leads her to a shocking discovery that she has to face and why her upbringing was not an easy one.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: adoption, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, interracial relations, dysfunctional family, society, birth mother, housewife, mother daughter relationship, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, custody, small town, family in crisis, family life, hopes, family relations, legal action, starting over, life turned upside down, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: gloomy, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, funeral, best friend, haunted by the past, love and romance, birthday, grief, drugs/alcohol, luxury, widow ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: realistic, emotional, serious, biting, sincere ...
Plot: love, children, pregnancy, working class, social worker, single parent, fighting the system, dysfunctional family, parents and children, social services, family, custody ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, liverpool, paraguay, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 11K
Black or White (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: custody battle, interracial relations, drugs/alcohol, custody, widower, rivalry, society, family in crisis, racism, legal, family problems, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Men Don't Leave (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After her husband John dies unexpectedly, Beth Macauley is unprepared for life without him. She is unemployed with no job skills and $60,000 in debt from on-going renovations to their house located in suburban Bingham. She doesn't know what to ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: widow, starting over, depression, lottery, single parent, crumbling marriage, single mother, dealing with death, urban, human nature, self discovery, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 600
Unwed Father (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: 9 months after a drunken sexual encounter, a young man winds up raising a baby on his own.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: babies and infants, single parent, adoption, custody, college, youth, family relations, music band, parents and children, pregnancy, environmentalism, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.0
 144
Taken Away (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A corrupt politician covers up his daughter Vicky's pregnancy by forcing her to give the baby up for adoption. The newborn is adopted by a loving couple unable to have children, but a year later Vicky, now in college, realizes she was forced ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional
Plot: parents and children, adoption, courtroom drama, custody, legal, rivalry, family problems, family relations, single parent, teenage life, righting the wronged, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Good Father (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Bill Hooper -- bitter after a messy divorce -- tries to help a friend gain custody of his child any way he can.
Style: emotional, serious, suspenseful, realistic, touching ...
Plot: battle of the sexes, custody, feminism, legal action, breakup, family problems, family relations, uninhibited rivalry, courtroom drama, rivalry, dysfunctional marriage, lesbian mother ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, clever, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: adopted son, friendship, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adoption, single parent, writer's life, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, eccentric family, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: europe, france, new england, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 735
Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, single parent, dysfunctional family, chase, crumbling marriage, nervous breakdown, traumatic experience, caretaker, human nature, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 107K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, single parent, childhood, child's point of view, good deed, disfigurement, school, life philosophy, addiction, death, alone in the world, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nevada, las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.5
 6K
Bee Season (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 11-year-old Eliza is the invisible element of her family unit: her parents are both consumed with work and her brother is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: judaism, dysfunctional family, mental illness, redemption, parents and children, coming of age, family problems, hopes, society, family relations, human nature, religion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 1K
Second Best (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The difficult relationship between a british postal officer and his adoptive son.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, sentimental
Plot: village, social worker, orphan, suicide, orphanage, adoption, single parent, self discovery, adopted son, small village, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Invisible Child (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A woman with two children believes she has three and her husband and oldest daughter play along with her to keep her balanced (or as close to balanced that a woman with an invisible child can be). However, when the family hires a new nanny, it is ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: nanny, dysfunctional family, mental illness, babies and infants, single parent, parents and children, adoption, custody, death in the family, family in crisis, estrangement, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 10K
My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, talky ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, cancer, death, baby, pregnancy, family life, self discovery, parents and children, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Michael McCann is thrown over by the woman he loves, he becomes something of a misanthrope and a miser, spending all of his spare money on collectible gold coins. Living in the same town is an affluent family with two sons: John and Tanny. ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: adoption, custody, hopes, self discovery, parents and children, small town, redemption, youth, family problems, family relations, babies and infants, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: virginia, usa, kindergarten, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: emotional, realistic, disturbing, serious, touching ...
Plot: sexual abuse, corporal punishment, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, parents and children, coming of age, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 90s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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