Movies like Second Best

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Second Best (1994)
 6.9
 2K
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: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: man boy relationship, social worker, adoption, single parent, village, orphan, parents and children, hopes, family problems, family relations, orphanage, absent father, suicide, adopted son, mother son relationship, friendship, life is a bitch, self discovery, village life, society, dealing with death, bittersweet, postman, small village, lesbian ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, wales

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, single parent and youth mostly in Drama and Family genres. Some movies like Second Best: Rails & Ties (2007), Losing Isaiah (1995), Like Dandelion Dust (2009), The Lost & Found Family (2009), A Brand New Life (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Rails & Ties (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: orphan, train, train wreck, family relations, friendship, terminal illness, family problems, single parent, bittersweet, collision, suicidal, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, racist, courtroom drama, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, legal action, family problems, family relations, custody, human nature, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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: touching, sincere, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: custody, adoption, starting over, family relations, parents and children, social worker, family life, hopes, family problems, life turned upside down, rivalry, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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, youth, orphan, society, family problems, family, parents and children, self discovery, redemption, religions or cults, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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A Brand New Life (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, South Korea
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Young Jinhee is taken by her father to an orphanage near Seoul. He leaves her there never to return, and she struggles to come to grips with her fate. Jinhee desperately believes her father will come back for her and take her on a trip. The film is ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, hopes, nun, youth, family problems, father daughter relationship, girl, single parent ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: korea, seoul, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: adoption, nurse, nanny, gender, strong female presence, bittersweet, pregnancy, family life, doctors and patients, custody, hopes, babies and infants ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Candles on Bay Street (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: DeeDee returns to her hometown with her 11 year old son, Trooper, 13 years after she ran off with her boyfriend. Her childhood best friend, Sam, is now married and he and his wife, Lydia, are the town's veterinarians. Lydia is a little wary ...
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: single parent, adoption, veterinarian, parents and children, social relations, terminal illness, couple relations, life is a bitch, homecoming, couples, small town, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, adoption, family relations, life is a bitch, single parent, legal, domestic disturbance, youth, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Surrender, Dorothy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When her daughter Sara unexpectedly passes away, Natalie retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, best friends, homecoming, dysfunctional family, tragic love, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, single parent, life is a bitch, starting over, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.5
 3K
The Italian (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, harsh ...
Plot: orphanage, orphan, adoption, youth, family relations, self discovery, hopes, parents and children, russian, friendship, drinking alcohol, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002, 2000s, 70s
Place: russia, europe, italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.6
 369
Waterproof (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Single mother Tyree Battle struggles to keep her young son Thaniel away from the gang-plagued city streets that he is mixed up in. Under severe gang pressure, Thaniel accidentally shoots Jewish shopkeeper Eli Zeal in a botched robbery attempt. ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, contemplative
Plot: family relations, homecoming, gang, going straight, youth, family problems, parents and children, redemption, family life, heist, self discovery, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.1
 2K
Chromophobia (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Encouraged by his editor to seek 'sexy stories that sell', a reporter preys upon the private life of an erstwhile friend, with disastrous results.
Style: emotional, touching, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, celebrity culture, family relations, social worker, family problems, family in crisis, obsession, prostitute, man boy relationship, female nudity, society, journalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.3
 606
Silas Marner (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Adaption of George Eliot's novel. When a respectable weaver is wrongfully accused of theft, he becomes a virtual hermit until his own fortune is stolen and an orphaned child is found on his doorstep.
Style: touching, stylized, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: adoption, village, society, life is a bitch, rivalry, hopes, dishonesty, power relations, family relations, family life, self discovery, false accusation ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.0
 11K
One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, loss of parent, death of parent, cancer, tragedy, small town, family relations, family drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.0
 5K
The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, medical school, doctor, surgery, doctors and patients, coldhearted, redemption, family relations, couples, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
In the Gloaming (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.
Style: sincere, touching, gloomy, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, aids, bereavement, homecoming, human nature, introspection, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, resentment, parents and children, family gatherings, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: kids in trouble, kidnapping, reunion, single parent, danger, confined, family in crisis, parents and children, captivity, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.3
 493
Spin (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: "Spin" tells the story of a boy who loses his parents in a plane crash, is taken in by his uncle (Tucci), who then leaves him for ten years in the care of his Hispanic ranch hand (Blades) and his wife (Delany). Once in high school, Eddie ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, introspection, teenage life, self discovery, society, youth, friends, family problems, hopes, orphan, parents and children ...
Time: 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 5.3
 203
Carry Me Home (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A widow named Harriet and her two children Carrie and Brian are living in rural New York in 1947 and are still recovering from the death of Harriet's husband killed in World War II. Carrie is a tomboy and hangs around with boys and they have ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: mentally challenged, countryside, wooing, dysfunctional family, self discovery, prank, hopes, human nature, family life, parents and children, destiny, couples ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.3
 552
Mondo (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Mondo is a homeless young boy, with a big smile, who wanders around Nice looking for food and a place to sleep.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, feel good
Plot: orphan, social misfits, society, youth, adoption, friendship, village life, village, family relations, beach, friends, beggar ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: french riviera, france, italy, nice france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.8
 284
Love Come Down (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Two brothers in their early 20s, one black, one white, each the other's keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade old tragedy. Neville is a comedian struggling with his comedy, and his brother, Matthew, is a boxer consumed with the ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, family relations, interracial relations, romance, life is a bitch, family problems, couples, rehabilitation, athlete's life, haunted by the past, introspection, addiction ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, family in crisis, teenage life, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.9
 943
Dawn Anna (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life's obstacles.
Style: sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: high school, family problems, human spirit, terminal illness, child illness, against the odds, relationship vs career, school, single parent, life is a bitch, mentally challenged, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: hospital, family relations, doctors and patients, human spirit, family in crisis, terminal illness, custody, bittersweet, family life, parents and children, child illness, against the odds ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic
Plot: family relations, juvenile delinquency, friendship, self discovery, teenage life, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, human nature, misfit, life is a bitch, society, elderly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.8
 171
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: touching, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: adoption, custody, courtroom drama, righting the wronged, rivalry, parents and children, family problems, fighting the system, teenage life, single parent, legal, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.9
 612
Our Sons (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Our Sons is a 1991 made-for-TV movie starring Julie Andrews and Ann-Margret as two mothers of gay sons, one of whom is dying of AIDS. As a small town waitress, Ann-Margret's character must overcome her own homophobia and learn to love her son ...
Style: psychological, emotional, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: gay, aids, terminal illness, estrangement, hospital, family relations, parents and children, family problems, friendship, small town, gays and lesbians, denial ...
Time: 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, san diego california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The End of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mark is a struggling actor stuck between the life he once knew and the one waiting for him. When the mother of his two-year-old son suddenly passes away, Mark is forced to confront his shortcomings. Their fates, now intertwined, hang in the balance ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, single father, single parent, life turned upside down, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, babies and infants, death in the family, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.3
 1K
Safe Passage (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mother with seven sons feels like she's losing control of her life and her family. But personal...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, pain, life is a bitch, family life, parents and children, family problems, terminal illness, terrorism, death in the family, eccentric family, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: middle east, new jersey, utah, beirut lebanon, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Goodbye Gary Cooper (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Au milieu de nulle part, une cité ouvrière vidée de sa population depuis quelques années déjà. Pourtant, certains habitants ont décidé d'y rester, plus par choix que par nécessité, parce que c'est là qu'ils sont nés et ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: factory, single parent, unemployment, workplace, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, hopes, society, isolation, working class, parents and children ...
Place: france, europe, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%