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An Unexpected Family (1996)
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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 to court to fight for custody.
Style: realistic, uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional, psychological
Plot: guardian, redemption, legal action, family life, death of parents, adoption, hopes, family relations, betrayal, human spirit, custody, legal, unfulfillment, youth, family problems, life is a bitch, career, parenthood, child's point of view, child custody, courtroom
Time: 90s

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Most similar movies to An Unexpected Family

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, touching and serious films with plots about family relations, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, family problems, society and family life mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like An Unexpected Family: A Place for Annie (1994), A Father for Brittany (1998), God's Army (2000), Like Dandelion Dust (2009), David's Mother (1994). 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: emotional, serious, 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
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100%
An Unexpected Life (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Sequel to "An Unexpected Family."
Plot: adoption, aunt niece relationship, pregnancy, brother sister relationship, dysfunctional family, aunt nephew relationship, custody, baby, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sister sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, judge
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, realistic, sentimental, 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
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44%
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God's Army (2000)
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
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: florida, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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David's Mother (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Sally Goodson has been raising her autistic son David alone since her husband left many years ago. Now a social worker discovers that Sally has been dodging 'The System' to keep her son with her, instead of putting him in an institution. ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional
Plot: single parent, legal action, parents and children, family relations, human nature, disability, fighting the system, misfit, rebellion, society, youth, handicap ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Family of Strangers (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Julie must disclose her family's medical history before undergoing major surgery: when she questions her family, she discovers that she was adopted and, later, that her conception was the product of a rape.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: babies and infants, adoption, custody, doctors and patients, missing person, terminal illness, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, defloration, pregnant from rape, dark secret ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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
Place: seattle washington, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Is There Life Out There? (1994)
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Ellen Foster (1997)
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: dysfunctional family, innocence lost, young heroes, against the odds, youth, family problems, life is a bitch, human spirit, death in the family, hopes, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Tiger Warsaw (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Chuck brought sorrow to his family when he shot his father who is now a semi-invalid. After 15 years of self destruction, he returns home to seek forgiveness.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, family life, high school, hopes, family relations, buddies, going straight, parents and children, addiction, cons and scams, drug abuse, family gatherings ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (1982)
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: serious, emotional, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 294
Black Girl (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An aspiring dancer and her wicked sister's resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, injustice, hopes, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
...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: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: child illness, hospital, single parent, human spirit, parents and children, small town, courtroom drama, custody, death in the family, family in crisis, terminal illness, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Paper Covers Rock (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Samantha is recovering from a suicide attempt and ready for a fresh start in life. She has to fight for the custody of her daughter.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: family life, mental illness, family relations, starting over, parents and children, custody, hopes, family problems, depression, psychologist, woman in underwear, sister sister relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 265
Christmas Eve (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a well-to-do elderly woman, who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children, who learns she has an incurable illness and wants desperately to reunite her three grown grand children (who are scattered across the U.S. living ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: reunion, family relations, hopes, unfulfillment, family problems, life is a bitch, terminal illness, estrangement, family life, private detective, race against time, family gatherings ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Original Intent (1992)
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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America (2009)
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: sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting, psychological
Plot: youth, doctors and patients, custody, family in crisis, mental illness, teenage life, human spirit, sexual abuse, hopes, society, family problems, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 518
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: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere
Plot: redemption, hopes, youth, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, society, power relations, reach out
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Reading Room (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Making good on a promise he made to his dying wife, a widower (Jones) opens a reading room, a place where people can learn to read. Despite his goodwill, problems in the neighborhood threaten his establishment.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional, feel good ...
Plot: urban, teachers and students, hopes, society, underdog, dealing with death, human spirit, against the odds, city life, life is a bitch, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 156
Marvin & Tige (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Marvin, a heavy-drinking widower meets Tige, an 11-year-old orphan. With nowhere else to go, Tige moves in with Marvin and they develop a close friendship. Marvin wants to adopt Tige but knows that he is too poor to give him a good home. Then he ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: adoption, racism, urban ghetto, society, homelessness, suicide, family relations, contests and competitions, manipulations, opposites attract, friendship, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 320
A Perfect Son (2000)
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: terminal illness, estrangement, gays and lesbians, redemption, siblings relations, coming out, death in the family, family in crisis, gender, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: sexual abuse, mentally challenged, mute or deaf, single parent, parents and children, misfit, family problems, rehabilitation, teachers and students, courtroom drama, family in crisis, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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: emotional, serious, 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 ⇓
25%
Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
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: emotional, serious, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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, doctors and patients, coldhearted, doctor, surgery, redemption, couples, power relations, human nature, human spirit, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
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Foxfire (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Annie Nations and her husband Hector loved their life together in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but when Hector dies, Annie has to decide if she can handle the wilderness on her own.
Style: realistic, emotional, feel good, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: family life, elderly, family relations, ghost, golden years, human spirit, couple relations, parents and children, hopes, couples, singer, flashback ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
About Her Brother (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Ginko’s younger brother Tetsuro, a failed comedian, is the oddball of the family. Embarrassing, loud and plain inappropriate at times causes Ginko to disown him. The two reunite when she discovers Tetsuro is terminally ill. Tetsuro’s impending ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: siblings relations, family in crisis, reunion, terminal illness, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, human nature, redemption, family feud
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The River Niger (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But times are tough and the poverty-troubled streets are even ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: urban ghetto, human spirit, couple relations, down on your luck, family in crisis, terminal illness, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, society, family relations, redemption, love affair ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 513
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: village, adoption, redemption, self discovery, family life, hopes, family relations, babies and infants, orphan, legal action, custody, destiny ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%