Movies like An Unexpected Family

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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: psychological, sincere, touching, uplifting, emotional, realistic
Plot: redemption, guardian, youth, family relations, betrayal, legal action, life is a bitch, family life, human spirit, hopes, legal, family problems, custody, unfulfillment, adoption, death of parent, courtroom, career, parenthood, child custody, child's point of view, death of parents
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, serious, emotional and touching films with plots about hopes, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, youth and custody mostly in Drama and Music genres. Some movies like An Unexpected Family: A Place for Annie (1994), Losing Isaiah (1995), A Father for Brittany (1998), Like Dandelion Dust (2009), God's Army (2000). 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: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: adoption, nurse, gays and lesbians, babies and infants, youth, single parent, tragic hero, terminal illness, pregnancy, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 90s
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100%
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 ...
Plot: adoption, courtroom drama, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, family problems, legal action, custody, human nature, legal, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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100%
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: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, adoption, legal action, hopes, love and romance, child illness, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, pregnancy, orphan, family relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
An Unexpected Life (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Sequel to "An Unexpected Family."
Plot: adoption, judge, aunt niece relationship, custody, brother sister relationship, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, aunt nephew relationship, mother daughter relationship, baby, sister sister relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, starting over, family relations, parents and children, hopes, family life, social worker, custody, family problems, small town, rivalry, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: touching, psychological, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: hopes, siblings relations, couple relations, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, terminal illness, culture clash, youth, self discovery, tragic hero, working class ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
...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: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: child illness, hospital, doctors and patients, family in crisis, rebellion, single parent, fighting the system, family life, unfulfillment, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: uplifting, psychological, realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: youth, doctors and patients, power relations, family problems, teenage life, human spirit, mental illness, life is a bitch, family in crisis, custody, society, healing power ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: psychological, touching, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: reunion, family relations, family in crisis, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, hopes, siblings relations, human nature, redemption, family problems, family feud, terminal illness
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ 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: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: adoption, missing person, terminal illness, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, babies and infants, custody, family relations, family problems, defloration, flashback, dark secret ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: touching, bleak, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: innocence lost, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, self fulfillment, death in the family, human spirit, family problems, against the odds, society, leaving home, young heroes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Plot: redemption, buddies, teenage life, going straight, family life, family relations, homecoming, drug abuse, youth, reunion, life is a bitch, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: touching, gloomy, psychological, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: parents and children, hopes, family problems, family life, family relations, mental illness, custody, starting over, woman in underwear, sister sister relationship, swimming pool, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, sincere, emotional, realistic, uplifting
Plot: courtroom, family life, eccentric family, family problems, nursing, fighting the system, single parent, retirement home, human spirit, misfit, human nature, custody ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: feel good, touching, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: city life, life is a bitch, hopes, dealing with death, human spirit, last wish, family relations, power relations, teachers and students, underdog, youth, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: single parent, youth, parents and children, legal action, family relations, disability, society, human nature, fighting the system, rebellion, misfit, handicap ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, serious, emotional, sincere, touching
Plot: youth, reach out, power relations, hopes, redemption, human spirit, juvenile delinquency, society
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: touching, sentimental, feel good, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: youth, self discovery, family relations, family life, couples, hopes, love and romance, terminal illness, college, school, college life, starting over ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: touching, gloomy, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, family in crisis, hopes, mentally challenged, family problems, family relations, power relations, misfit, courtroom drama, single parent, rehabilitation, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious
Plot: nanny, mental illness, dysfunctional family, single parent, family life, death in the family, couples, family problems, youth, family relations, custody, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Just Like the Son (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A petty thief's mentoring of an apparent orphan takes a profound turn when he kidnaps the boy from a foster home and drives him cross-country to his sister's house in Texas.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: friendship, family relations, urban ghetto, friends, petty criminal, domestic violence, reunion, introspection, custody, on the road, redemption, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, texas, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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: gloomy, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, hopes, parents and children, life is a bitch, siblings relations, family relations, youth, couples, family problems, injustice, society, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: family relations, family in crisis, chaos and mayhem, life is a bitch, love and romance, parents and children, hopes, miraculous event, elderly lovers, unfulfillment, ocean or sea, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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A Perfect Son (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A man's terminal illness reunites him with his estranged brother.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: estrangement, terminal illness, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, family in crisis, unfulfillment, dealing with death, hopes, siblings relations, coming out, drug abuse, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: serious, sincere, touching, gloomy, realistic
Plot: unfulfillment, hopes, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, parents and children, teenage life, family problems, estrangement, redemption, addiction, family relations, youth ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: france, austria, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, gloomy, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, teenager, hopes, unfulfillment, family in crisis, suburban life, parents and children, domestic disturbance, redemption, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, couple relations, hopes, disability, human spirit, misfit, human nature, redemption, parents and children, family relations, new love, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Gracie's Choice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: custody, coming of age, teenage girl, custody battle, family relations, family in crisis, parents and children, hopes, manipulations, life is a bitch, siblings relations, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Music Never Stopped (2011)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Henry struggles to bond with his estranged son, Gabriel, who suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. With Gabriel unable to shed the beliefs and interests that caused their physical and emotional distance, Henry must ...
Style: realistic, sincere, emotional, serious, touching ...
Plot: treatment, rock, estrangement, therapist, rehabilitation, terminal illness, introspection, redemption, human spirit, generation gap, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A psychotherapist helps a law student cope with schizophrenia in one of five interconnected tales dealing with mental illness.
Style: touching, uplifting, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, human spirit, family problems, family relations, hopes, psychiatry, debate, schizophrenia, stand up comedian, funeral, rape, court hearing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%