Movies like What Makes a Family

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What Makes a Family (2001)
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What Makes a Family (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Brooke Shields believes she has finally found happiness, now that she and her lesbian partner (Cherry Jones) have a child. But when Jones passes away five years later and her scheming parents apply for custody behind Shields' back, an affecting struggle ensues. Written by
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sexual, uplifting, sexy
Plot: pregnancy, family life, adoption, family problems, custody, coming out, legal action, dysfunctional family, couples, terminal illness, death in the family, gender, breakup, rivalry, family relations, hospital, life is a bitch, love and romance, legal, single parent, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, lesbian relationship, lesbian couple, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida

Most similar movies to What Makes a Family

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, family problems, couples, parents and children, unfulfillment, love and romance and single parent mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like What Makes a Family: An Unexpected Love (2003), Surrender, Dorothy (2006), A Father for Brittany (1998), Fathers and Sons (2005), A Change of Heart (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
An Unexpected Love (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Kate Mayer seems to have it all: a nice suburban house, two loving children and a devoted husband. But Kate is anything but happy. She is disappointed not only with her marriage, but with her entire life. In her pursuit of happiness, this frustrated ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: lesbian, divorce, bigotry, sexual awakening, starting over, fall in love, self discovery, secret love, society, friendship, couples, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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100%
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: serious, touching, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: homecoming, best friends, dysfunctional family, tragic love, family problems, haunted by the past, starting over, orphan, single parent, couples, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, adoption, terminal illness, legal action, hopes, domestic disturbance, babies and infants, redemption, rivalry, couples, family problems, youth ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Fathers and Sons (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Intertwined tales of three families who grow up on the same street, focusing on the relationship of fathers and sons. The first section features Anthony and Jenny and traces the father-son bond that develops between Anthony and his newborn son over ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, offbeat
Plot: infidelity, single parent, dysfunctional family, couples, life is a bitch, midlife crisis, love and romance, gender, estrangement, elderly, terminal illness, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, san diego california, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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A Change of Heart (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Beneath Jim Marshall's veneer as the all-American father and husband, lies a long suppressed desire that is about to ruin his idyllic family. When Elaine Marshall (Jean Smart) catches her husband and his lover in a hotel room, her anger quickly ...
Style: realistic, serious
Audience: chick flick
Plot: couples, family problems, dishonesty, family life, teenage life, suburbs, love affair, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, gays and lesbians, love and romance, family in crisis ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Perfect Ending (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This intimate drama follows Rebecca, a woman who has kept her sexuality a secret from her friends but chooses to reveal it to a stranger. While Rebecca's revelations may not yield the results she expects, a perfect ending is still in reach.
Style: sexy, touching, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian interest, lesbian relationship, lgbt, strong sexual content, lesbian couple, lesbian romance, self discovery, prostitute, first lesbian experience, coming out, lesbian cunnilingus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Weekend (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marian and John Kerr are expecting an old friend, Lyle for a weekend visit to their beautiful upstate New York home. Emotions run high since it is the one-year anniversary of the death of John's brother, the handsome and charismatic Tony, who ...
Style: gloomy, touching, contemplative, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dealing with death, love and romance, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, love affair, parents and children, family in crisis, performer's life, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, family relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Elena Undone (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The wife of a pastor who preaches against homosexuality embarks on an affair with a female writer.
Style: touching, sexual, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian couple, lesbianism, gays and lesbians, family problems, fall in love, coming out, crumbling marriage, infidelity, lifestyle, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Bloomington (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A former child actress attends college in search of independence and ends up becoming romantically involved with a female professor. Their relationship thrives until an opportunity to return to acting forces her to make life-altering decisions.
Style: sexual, sexy, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: lesbian love, lesbian, gays and lesbians, lesbian couple, lesbian relationship, lgbt, college, child star, lesbian sex, college life, gender, strong female presence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Everything Put Together (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Everything Put Together is a 2000 film directed by Marc Forster starring Radha Mitchell and Megan Mullally.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, losing-it hero, pregnancy, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, family problems, family life, social decay, babies and infants, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: adoption, nurse, family problems, couples, youth, tragic hero, single parent, strong female presence, bittersweet, hopes, human spirit, family life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
And Then There Was One (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: And Then There Was One - The tragic and true story of a family dealing with AIDS is re-told in this heart-wrenching drama. Amy Madigan and Dennis Boutsikaris star as Roxy and Vinnie Ventola, a successful television writing couple. After struggling ...
Style: touching, gloomy, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: babies and infants, hopes, workplace situations, couple relations, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, child illness, family problems, human spirit, couples, doctors and patients ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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My Own Country (1998)
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: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: pregnancy, hospital, terminal illness, family relations, aids, gays and lesbians, love and romance, family in crisis, obsessive quest, heroic mission, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Sex & the Single Mom (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Jess Gradwell and her teenage daughter boast a superclose relationship. When it comes to sex, however, Mom won't stand for anything less than premarital celibacy. So she gets a pretty healthy dose of her own medicine when she winds up getting ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: single parent, pregnancy, moral dilemma, teenage life, family life, family problems, youth, love and romance, parents and children, society, lifestyle, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Good Father (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Bill Hooper -- bitter after a messy divorce -- tries to help a friend gain custody of his child any way he can.
Style: emotional, suspenseful, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: battle of the sexes, custody, family relations, legal action, breakup, family problems, courtroom drama, feminism, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, custody battle, dysfunctional marriage ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: uplifting, sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: family life, human spirit, life is a bitch, family problems, couples, homecoming, road not taken, miraculous event, hopes, love and romance, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, serious, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, family relations, parents and children, starting over, hopes, social worker, custody, family life, family problems, legal, rivalry, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Two Against Time (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This film finds a mother and her teen daughter both being diagnosed with cancer. This discovery helps to overcome the longtime antagonistic relationship that the two have developed.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, captivating, humorous
Plot: cancer, family life, couple relations, parents and children, family relations, life is a bitch, terminal illness, survival, rebelliousness, race against time, dysfunctional family, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: adoption, righting the wronged, custody, courtroom drama, family problems, rivalry, parents and children, fighting the system, teenage life, single parent, legal, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, family problems, legal action, custody, human nature, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Bereft (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young Vermont widow is haunted by the memory of her dead husband, while trying to date again.
Style: psychological, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: family problems, solace, family life, forgery, crumbling marriage, dealing with death, imaginary kingdom, supernatural romance, death in the family, couples, profanity, sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Silent Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The prestigious Danish filmmaker Bille August, winner of an Academy Award and two Palme d'Or in Cannes, returns with a highly personal drama. Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, family life, siblings relations, parents and children, couple relations, family gatherings, couples, euthanasia, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
...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, sincere, uplifting, controversial, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, family relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, death in the family, small town life, human spirit, family life, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Children of Love (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Shows us a weekend in the life of a family torn by disputes and disappointments.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sexual ...
Plot: family relations, custody, dysfunctional family, family life, starting over, youth, family problems, couples, love and romance, single parent, child custody, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brussels, belgium, europe, brussels belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Wild Iris (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A woman and her teenage son move back in with her mother to work together in the family bridal business.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, talky, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: parents and children, unlikely couple, hopes, romance, dysfunctional family, couples, youth, teenage life, family problems, introspection, family relations, single parent ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Dodson's Journey (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man takes his young daughter on a cross-country fly-fishing trip following the death of his father and his wife's decision to get a divorce.
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: single parent, unfulfillment, love and romance, hopes, parents and children, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, breakup, bittersweet, family relations, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, emotional, serious, sentimental, touching
Plot: family relations, nanny, mental illness, dysfunctional family, babies and infants, estrangement, adoption, betrayal, friendship, single parent, youth, custody ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Mine Alone (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A women meets a charming man and falls in love, they get married and start a family. As they age and have children, the man's becomes violent and abusive.
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: pregnancy, fall in love, family relations, couples, family problems, best friends, love and romance, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, parents and children, babies and infants, abusive husband ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.0
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The Masseur (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Following the death of his father and a chance meeting with an abusive romance novelist, a masseur working in a gay massage parlor struggles to make sense of his unfulfilling relationships while simultaneously assisting his mother in preparing his ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sexy ...
Plot: masseur, prostitute, dysfunctional family, parents and children, self discovery, family life, family problems, survival, coming out, fall in love, sexual relations, male prostitute ...
Time: contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Other Family (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jean Paul and Chema have been together ten years. They have successful careers, a comfortable home and many friends. But that's all turned turned upside down when close friend Ivana rescues Hendrix from his broken home and asks them to care for ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: adoption, overdose, family relations, family life, custody, life is a bitch, parents and children, gender, youth, addiction, couple relations, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%