Movies like The Unloved

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The Unloved (2009)
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The Unloved (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The Unloved is film that gives a child's eye view of the U.K.'s government-run care system for orphans and children in danger. Lucy is eleven years old. Having been neglected by her estranged mother and father, she is placed in a children's home. Through her eyes, we follow Lucy's struggle to cope with the system. Her saving is her self-belief and her certainty that she is being watched over and protected by the holy spirit. Hers is a heroic quest for love, beauty and transcendence.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: child abuse, social worker, isolation, life is a bitch, abandonment, hopes, child care, drug use, human spirit, faith, orphanage, indifference, estranged father, estranged mother, youth, drug abuse, theft, foster parent, female director, teenage girl, foster home, shoplifting
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe

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Most similar movies to The Unloved

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about hopes, life is a bitch, society, youth, human spirit, family relations and family problems mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Unloved: Better Things (2008), 10 1/2 (2010), Summer (2008), Everyday (2012), The Kid (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Better Things (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Gails agoraphobia keeps her inside where she escapes into romance novels. She shares a house with her Nan, recently back from the hospital. Gradually, they both try to reach out to each other to break their isolation. Rob plunges further into his ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: isolation, drug abuse, addiction, countryside, social decay, family problems, life is a bitch, society, mental illness, small town, confined, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, britain
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95%
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10 1/2 (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Tommy, 10 years old, is well known by Social Services. He is considered a danger to society. Gilles, his guardian at this halfway house, sees potential for redemption in this kid driven by violence.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: social worker, kids in trouble, child abuse, boy, danger, life is a bitch, violence, isolation, juvenile delinquent, hopes, power relations, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec
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80%
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Summer (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Shaun and Daz are vibrant kids, wasted by their experience of education. All they have is friendship and Shaun's first love Katy. From the moment Shaun steps into our world he is bound to lose. Labeled as a violent bully he destroys himself and ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: friendship, introspection, adolescence vs adulthood, self discovery, haunted by the past, misfit, hopes, disability, friends, father son relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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65%
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Everyday (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: parents and children, confined, life is a bitch, couples, hopes, family relations, prison, husband wife relationship, drug smuggling, society, prison life, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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The Kid (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based on the real life story of Kevin Lewis, the film follows his childhood of abuse, his descent into a life of crime and the way he put his life together again afterwards.
Style: realistic, touching, uplifting, serious, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, human spirit, hopes, rise to the top, life is a bitch, ambition, going straight, family problems, down on your luck, abusive parent, survival, unlikely criminals ...
Place: london, europe
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53%
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The C-Word (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The C Word is an adaptation of Lisa Lynch's inspiring and candid book, based on her blog, about her battle with cancer.
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: optimism, human spirit, life turned upside down, journalism, couples, family relations, terminal illness, hopes, life is a bitch, couple relations, blogger, cancer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Miracle of the Cards (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: "The Miracle of the Cards" is based on the true story of Marion Shergold and her son, Craig, an eight-year-old English boy who had a brain tumor. Several events convinced Marion that God was leading her to a cure for Craig and that the ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: human spirit, child illness, terminal illness, hopes, brain tumor, miraculous event, life is a bitch, disability, journalism, faith, misfit, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: social worker, adoption, single parent, village, orphan, man boy relationship, hopes, family problems, parents and children, family relations, orphanage, absent father ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, wales
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52%
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Mary and Martha (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, malaria, dealing with death, hopes, human spirit, redemption, state affairs, money raising, life is a bitch, parent child relationship, hospital, death of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa, washington d.c., united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Camp (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 12-year-old Eli finds himself at summer CAMP
Style: emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: summer camp, child abuse, kids in trouble, friendship, youth, parents and children, teaching the ways of the world, dysfunctional family, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, camp counselor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: redemption, youth, human spirit, reach out, power relations, juvenile delinquency, hopes, society, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Higher Ground (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark ...
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: faith, evangelical christianity, life is a bitch, hopes, self discovery, human spirit, redemption, introspection, religions or cults, society, christian, friendship between women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Oxygen (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two young man share an incurable illness. Is their love for the women in their lives strong enough to conquer their fear of dying?
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: transplant, terminal illness, human spirit, friendship, hopes, optimism, life is a bitch, deadly, fall in love, hospital, love and romance, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Junkhearts (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Frank is an ex-soldier, haunted by a violent past. He lives alone, drowning his nightmares with alcohol. Christine - smart and successful... on the surface, tackles life as a single working mother by immersing herself in drugs, parties and sex. ...
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: haunted by the past, change of luck, society, drugs/alcohol, hopes, youth, alcohol abuse, friendship, teenage life, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
California Solo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Lachlan MacAldonich is a self-described “lazy Scotsman” and former guitar player for a once-popular 1990s rock band. No longer famous, he now lives a comfortably numb existence working on an organic farm outside Los Angeles. He drinks himself ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: haunted by the past, deportation, introspection, musician's life, society, life is a bitch, music, estrangement, immigrants, down on your luck, farm
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, single parent, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, human spirit, introspection, family relations, family problems, misfit, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Flowers (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ane is in her mid-forties and delighted when a stunning bouquet of flowers is delivered to her home. But the site manager has no idea who to thank – one thing is for sure; her jealous husband, Ander, is not the unknown cavalier. As these ...
Style: serious, touching, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, animal life, life turned upside down, hopes, female protagonist, strong female presence, dealing with death, relationships, ashes, flowers, car accident, sheep ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, life is a bitch, youth, human spirit, family problems, hopes, family in crisis, superhero, child illness, dealing with death, coming of age, teenager ...
Place: usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Macondo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drama centered on an 11-year-old Chechnyan refugee living in Vienna whose life is thrown into disarray when a friend of his deceased father materializes.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: interracial relations, youth, life is a bitch, society, immigrants, misfit, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, coming of age, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Captain Abu Raed (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Jordan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Abu Raed is an old airport janitor who has always yearned to travel the world but has never been able to afford it. One day, he finds an old discarded pilot's hat, and discovers a calling: a group of children in his poor neighborhood assume ...
Style: sentimental, serious, uplifting, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: mistaken identity, hopes, working class, friendship, human spirit, dishonesty, longing, arranged marriage, escape from reality, down on your luck, elderly, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: jordan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Siberia, Monamour (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Siberia. Late autumn. In taiga, in the deserted village there lives an old man Ivan & his seven-year-old grandson Leshia. A pack of feral dogs devours everything alive in the neighborhood. One of these dogs is Leshia's best friend. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, captivating, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: in the woods, golden years, elderly, survival, change of heart, wilderness, isolation, life is a bitch, danger, orphan, dangerous animal, missing person ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Phantom Pain (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marc is a passionate cyclist and urban slacker who avoids work and responsibility. Marc's life changes from one moment to the next when he suffers a life-changing accident. He can either wallow in self-pity or tackle the beast called life with ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: disability, couple relations, life is a bitch, hopes, human nature, redemption, human spirit, misfit, family relations, parents and children, new love, amputation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
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31%
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Little Lion (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Mitri is 15 years old and lives in a village in Senegal. Like all the youngsters of his age, he plays football, dreaming of the Barcelona and Chelsea Football Clubs. When an agent sees him, Mitri believes in his luck. But, in order to go chasing ...
Style: touching, realistic, captivating, psychological, serious
Plot: sport, follow your dream, hopes, immigrants, ambition, athlete's life, youth, life is a bitch, athlete and trainer, soccer, football, desire for fame ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, africa, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Around the Block (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young Aboriginal boy is torn between his unexpected love of acting and the disintegration of his family.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching, sexual ...
Plot: urban ghetto, youth, idealism, school, dysfunctional family, society, hopes, fall in love, midlife crisis, female director, aborigine, police officer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, new south wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Bluebird (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On a freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have ...
Style: touching, sincere, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: isolation, family problems, family in crisis, youth, single parent, drug abuse, working class, dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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A Family (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ditte owns a gallery, has a loving boyfriend and her dream job in New York is within reach. But Ditte is also the youngest generation of the famous bakery dynasty, Rheinwald, and when her beloved, but dominating father comes down with a serious ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: family business, parents and children, workplace, couples, follow your dream, hopes, couple relations, family problems, cooking and food, family relations, father daughter relationship, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, usa, new york, europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: life is a bitch, teenage life, homeless, friendship, lifestyle, hopes, urban ghetto life, redemption, forceful separation, youth, coming of age, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Marvellous (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dramatisation of the true story of the life of Neil "Nello" Baldwin. Born with a mild learning disability but without the burden of social embarrassment & how his inexhaustible ability to see the good in any situation overcame any ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: human spirit, disability, hopes, society, clergy, sport team, friendship, clown, mascot, death of mother, mother son relationship, soccer ...
Time: 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
All Is Forgiven (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Victor lives in Vienna with Annette, his beautiful Austrian wife and their daughter Pamela. It’s spring. Fleeing his work, Victor spends his days outside: he plays with Pamela, pays a visit to Annette’s parents, loiters in the park with the drug ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: redemption, family relations, family problems, crumbling marriage, addiction, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, estrangement, family crisis, teenager ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s
Place: paris france, france, europe, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Same Same But Different (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan. The unexpected and uncertain love story of Sreykeo, a 21 year old bar girl in Phnom Penh and Ben, a young German student traveling to Cambodia on a post graduation summer trip. When Ben ...
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: love affair, unlikely couple, hopes, interracial relations, fall in love, culture clash, couples, life is a bitch, social differences, youth, society, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cambodia, germany, europe, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%