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An Unexpected Family
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 to court to fight for custody.
Style: realistic, uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional, psychological
Plot: legal action, family life, hopes, family relations, betrayal, redemption, human spirit, guardian, custody, legal, unfulfillment, death of parents, adoption, youth, family problems, life is a bitch, career, parenthood, child's point of view, child custody, courtroom
Time: 90s
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A Piano for Mrs. Cimino
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A Place for Annie
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, serious and touching films with plots about hopes, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, society and family life mostly in Drama and Family genres. Some movies like An Unexpected Family: A Father for Brittany (1998), ...First Do No Harm (1997), A Place for Annie (1994), God's Army (2000), My Own Country (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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A Father for Brittany
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, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: babies and infants, single parent, dealing with death, domestic disturbance, adoption, legal action, child illness, terminal illness, custody, family in crisis, pregnancy, legal ...
Time: 90s
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System:   95%
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...First Do No Harm
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: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, human spirit, hospital, parents and children, small town, child illness, courtroom drama, custody, death in the family, family in crisis, terminal illness, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
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A Place for Annie
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, family life, babies and infants, gays and lesbians, single parent, feminism, human spirit, nurse, doctors and patients, parents and children, child illness, custody ...
Time: 90s
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    User:   89%
 
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God's Army
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: human nature, human spirit, redemption, self discovery, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, culture clash, working class, religions or cults, coming of age, hopes ...
Time: 90s
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    User:   64%
 
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My Own Country
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After obtaining his medical degree from Madras Medical College, Dr. Abraham Verghese decides to re-locate to Johnson City, Tennessee. He eventually gets married to Rajani, who is an accomplished dancer, and has a boy, Steven. Since Abraham ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
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Time: 90s
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A Piano for Mrs. Cimino
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Esther Cimino, a music teacher who has reached retirement age, finds that her mental faculties are slipping somewhat. The film is a trenchant, realistic study of the ravages and displacements, socially, physically, and mentally, that are visited ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere
Plot: courtroom, elderly lovers, golden years, single parent, aging, legal action, human nature, human spirit, parents and children, courtroom drama, custody, eccentric family ...
Time: 80s
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Like Dandelion Dust
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, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, parents and children, adoption, custody, small town, family in crisis, family life, hopes, family problems, family relations, legal action, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa, ohio
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System:   51%
    User:   50%
 
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Christmas at Maxwell's
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: elderly lovers, ocean or sea, dealing with death, human spirit, child illness, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family in crisis, family life, road not taken, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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System:   50%
    User:   52%
 
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Abandoned
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Áron is a happy child in his family. But at some point things take a different turn, and his mother starts to lose her health rapidly. As this happens, the man in charge decides what's best for Áron without consulting the young boy's ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, single parent, human spirit, innocence lost, friendship, parents and children, boarding school life, custody, dysfunctional family, teenage life, kids in trouble, coming of age ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, hungary
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System:   49%
    User:   42%
 
Invisible Child
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: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: babies and infants, nanny, single parent, parents and children, adoption, dysfunctional family, custody, death in the family, family in crisis, estrangement, family life, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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System:   48%
    User:   40%
 
Cries from the Heart
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: mentally challenged, mute or deaf, single parent, sexual abuse, parents and children, misfit, family problems, rehabilitation, teachers and students, courtroom drama, family in crisis, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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System:   44%
    User:   37%
 
In the Gloaming
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: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: family life, aids, gays and lesbians, crumbling marriage, dealing with death, human nature, introspection, gay brother, bereavement, self discovery, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   51%
 
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Our Sons
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: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: family life, gays and lesbians, hospital, single parent, small town, dealing with death, couple relations, friendship, aids, guilt, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, san diego california, california
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System:   43%
    User:   48%
 
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Fifteen and Pregnant
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, serious, realistic, touching, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, adolescence vs adulthood, family in crisis, teenage life, youth, high school, family relations, single parent, parents and children, hopes, family problems, single ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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System:   41%
    User:   43%
 
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Ellen Foster
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: young heroes, dysfunctional family, against the odds, youth, family problems, innocence lost, life is a bitch, human spirit, death in the family, hopes, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
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System:   41%
    User:   33%
 
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The Doctor
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: touching, psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, redemption, cancer, doctors, doctors and patients, destiny, mentor, first contact, existentialism, psychiatry, catastrophe, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, medical school
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System:   40%
    User:   34%
 
Extraordinary Measures
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: obsessive quest, race against time, family drama, happy ending, human spirit, survival, doctors, internet, catastrophe, child illness, science, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston
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System:   40%
    User:   39%
 
Is There Life Out There?
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Lily Marshall (McEntire) has a loving, supportive husband, two great kids and an unfulfilled dream: to return to college and get the degree she always wanted. "Is there life beyond her family and home?", Lily wonders. The hole in ...
Style: emotional, realistic, feel good, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: school, self discovery, family life, college, hopes, starting over, human nature, college life, terminal illness, love and romance, youth, couples ...
Time: 90s
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System:   39%
    User:   42%
 
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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, ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, addiction, courtroom, hospital, parenthood, legal action, lawyer, human nature, family, parents and children, children, court ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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System:   38%
    User:   39%
 
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One Christmas
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: TV film that was to be Katherine Hepburn's last performance. Based on Truman Capote's bittersweet tale of a young boy's adventures with the father he's never known in New Orleans in the 1930s..
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, redemption, countryside, self discovery, parents and children, child as adult, dysfunctional family, eccentric family, family gatherings, road not taken, estrangement, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: alabama, new orleans
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System:   37%
    User:   30%
 
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A Perfect Son
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A man's terminal illness reunites him with his estranged brother.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, redemption, siblings relations, coming out, death in the family, terminal illness, family in crisis, gender, unfulfillment, estrangement, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 90s
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System:   37%
    User:   41%
 
Not of This World
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The rumpled owner of a dry-cleaning firm joins forces with a nun to care for an abandoned baby.
Style: semi serious, touching, realistic, psychological
Plot: hospital, babies and infants, clergy, against the rules, dealing with death, introspection, redemption, adoption, friendship, parents and children, midlife crisis, pregnancy ...
Time: 90s
Place: milan italy, italy
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System:   36%
    User:   30%
 
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Zelly and Me
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: serious, twists and turns, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: mentally challenged, young heroes, rich and poor, adoption, family life, nanny, orphan, youth, family relations, betrayal, coming of age, twins ...
Time: 80s, 1950s
Place: virginia
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System:   35%
    User:   41%
 
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Emile
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story weaving the past and present together, Emile seeks redemption from the family he abandoned.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: golden years, dealing with death, human nature, university, introspection, redemption, college, countryside, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family gatherings ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, england, europe, british columbia
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System:   34%
    User:   36%
 
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Silas Marner
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: village, redemption, self discovery, adoption, family life, hopes, family relations, babies and infants, orphan, legal action, custody, destiny ...
Time: 19th century
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System:   34%
    User:   30%
 
Original Intent
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Matthew Cameron (Jay Richardson) is a lawyer undergoing a midlife crisis despite having a seemingly perfect life with his wife, advertising executive Jessica (Candy Clark), and his young son. When he champions a homeless shelter facing eviction, his ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: dedicated lawyer, legal action, courtroom drama, family life, injustice, legal, mentally unstable, obsessive quest, against the odds, heroic mission, midlife crisis, ambition ...
Time: 90s
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System:   34%
    User:   34%
 
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Philadelphia
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: aids, lawyer, gay, courtroom, courtroom drama, prejudice, court, dedicated lawyer, hospital, homosexuality, rock, lawsuit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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System:   34%
    User:   30%
 
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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System:   33%
    User:   33%
 

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America
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps America come to terms with his roller-coaster life, ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, uplifting, psychological
Plot: doctors and patients, custody, family in crisis, mental illness, teenage life, youth, human spirit, sexual abuse, hopes, society, family problems, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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System:   33%
    User:   38%
 
Shirley Adams
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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: human spirit, introspection, parents and children, small town, down on your luck, disability, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa
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System:   32%
    User:   36%
 
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