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Losing Isaiah
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, touching, serious, thought provoking, realistic, sentimental, dramatic, bad ending, melancholic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: adoption, addiction, courtroom, hospital, parenthood, legal action, lawyer, human nature, family, parents and children, children, court, mentor, family drama, courtroom drama, culture clash, interracial romance, happy ending, childhood, custody, women, custody battle, social worker, single parent, surrogate mother ...
Time: 20th century, 90s

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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.
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Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
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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.
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Men Don't Leave
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, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: depression, single parent, crumbling marriage, family drama, death, dealing with death, urban, starting over, dysfunctional family, family, hospital, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
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The Deep End of the Ocean
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, guilt, reunion, parents and children, parenthood, coming of age, family, family life, adaptation, catastrophe, adoption, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Immediate Family
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, parenthood, single parent, relationships, catastrophe, couple relations, family, nudity (topless - notable), natural disaster, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle washington, washington state
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Black or White
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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, interracial relations, drugs/alcohol, family drama, custody, relationships, rivalry, culture clash, moral ambiguity, hospital, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans
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Clara's Heart
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, human nature, self discovery, family, destiny, friendship, catastrophe, culture clash, natural disaster, parents and children, mentor, family drama ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, jamaica, usa, san francisco
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Down in the Delta
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 ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, canada, tokyo, atlanta georgia ...
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Things We Lost in the Fire
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: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, childhood, drugs, death, drugs/alcohol, interracial romance, drug addiction, funeral, depression, redemption, relationships ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
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Time: contemporary
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    User:   49%
 
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The River
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Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, talky, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, death, father son relationship, childhood, parenthood, family life, afterlife, reconciliation, life & death, life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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I Am Sam
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Losing Chase
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Country: USA
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House of Cards
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Courageous
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Country: USA
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Tully
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The Secret Life of Bees
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, sweet ...
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Country: USA
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Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
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Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
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Country: USA, Germany
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Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
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Time: contemporary
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    User:   32%
 
An American Rhapsody
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Country: USA, Hungary
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Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, dramatic ...
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Kramer vs. Kramer
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Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: divorce, courtroom, marriage, lawyer, family, father son relationship, single parent, single father, justice, custody, guilt, parenthood ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
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