Movies like My Only Sunshine

If you like "My Only Sunshine" you are looking for sentimental, serious and sincere movies about / with single parent, social misfits, coming of age, innocence lost, parents and children, teenage life and youth themes of Drama genre shot in Turkey or Greece.
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My Only Sunshine
Original name: Hayat Var
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Hayat, her father and bedridden grandfather live in a riverside shack near the dangerously dark but breathtakingly beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. Hayat's father owns a small boat that secures the family's survival through a miscellany of not always lawful ventures. Beyond the motion and romance of the water, Hayat's life is harsh and unrelenting. But Hayat has an instinct for survival. Her capacity for courage, endurance and hope in the face of these trials suggest that there is Life despite the manifold injustices of an unjust world.
Style: sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic, touching, captivating, atmospheric, gloomy
Plot: single parent, social misfits, coming of age, innocence lost, parents and children, teenage life, youth, family relations, golden years, elderly, misfit, parent child relationship, society, lake or river, smuggling, oxygen tank, turk, asthma, illness, poverty, boat, river, grandfather granddaughter relationship, gay father, gay parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey

Most similar movies to My Only Sunshine

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about parents and children, youth, family relations, coming of age, society, teenage life and family problems mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like My Only Sunshine: Times and Winds (2006), Pandora's Box (2008), Fly Away (2011), As God Commands (2008), Sebbe (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Times and Winds
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In a small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, the villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. They earn their living off the earth and a few animals they feed. Fathers always prefer one of their ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, touching, rough ...
Plot: village, innocence lost, introspection, parents and children, coming of age, village life, islam, dream, mountain, friendship, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey
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System:   95%
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Pandora's Box
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: golden years, countryside, aging, small town, self discovery, urban, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, estrangement, elderly, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   77%
    User:   83%
 
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Fly Away
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, captivating ...
Plot: single parent, moral dilemma, parents and children, child illness, life is a bitch, autism, misfit, family problems, family relations, mentally challenged, social misfits, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   76%
 
As God Commands
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A 14-year-old boy and his neo-Nazi dad are both outcasts in their suburban town.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: life is a bitch, society, coming of age, social misfits, innocence lost, unemployment, parents and children, alcohol abuse, racism, misfit, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   71%
 
 6.5
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Sebbe
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Duct tape, electrical cables, trigger, explosives. Sebbe never planned to build a bomb. It just happened. Sebbe is 15 years old and lives with his mother in an apartment that is too narrow. He does his best. He never strikes back. Sebbe loves his ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy, mind bending ...
Plot: losing-it hero, social misfits, coming of age, suburbs, introspection, parents and children, teenage boy, teenage life, misfit, youth, family relations, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   44%
 
 6.3
 335
Faith
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: coming of age, introspection, self discovery, urban, forbidden love, parents and children, haunted by the past, teenage life, religions or cults, hopes, society, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
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 6.3
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Curling
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set in a rural Quebec village in the dead of winter, Jean-François, a single father works at a deserted bowling alley at night and in a rundown motel during the day. His daughter, Julyvonne never leaves their home. Jean-François isolates her in ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Plot: single parent, social misfits, parents and children, misfit, youth, isolation, family relations, coming of age, absent mother, overprotective father, tiger, single father ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   49%
 
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental
Plot: school, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, urban ghetto, human nature, self discovery, friendship, parents and children, teachers and students, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   47%
 
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Go
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Isao Yukisada spins this gritty coming-of-age tale about Sugihara, a Japanese-born, third-generation Korean who struggles to find a place in a society that will not accept him. The film begins with Sugihara studying at a Korean junior high school ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching
Plot: coming of age, racism, social differences, teenage life, fish out of water, misfit, society, teenage love, youth, parents and children, high school life, sport team ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   46%
 
 6.7
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Corpo celeste
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Switzerland, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After growing up in Switzerland, 13-year-old Marta returns to a city in southern Italy with her mother and older sister. Independent and inquisitive, she joins a catechism class at a local church. However, the games and religious pop songs she ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, society, suburbs, youth, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, family life, religions or cults, falling into water, killing a cat ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy, southern italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   38%
 
Bilal's Stand
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, follow your dream, urban, human spirit, self discovery, parents and children, family business, family in crisis, family life, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   50%
 
 6.4
 473
Lena
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Lena is a lonely, plump adolescent girl. Much to her surprise she gets a relationship with the popular but unreliable Daan. Lena moves in with Daan and his strange father Tom and is willing to do a lot for his love. More than a lot.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, youth, single parent, sexual abuse, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, parents and children, teenage love, physical appearance, love and romance, dutch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   43%
 
Life, Above All
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: human spirit, parents and children, village, family in crisis, village life, estrangement, misfit, poverty, school, coffin, prostitution, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   36%
 
 7.3
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Speak
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freshman high-school student Melinda has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, youth, teachers and students, coming of age, small town, mute or deaf, rehabilitation, mute, rape, parents and children, sexual abuse, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   38%
 
 6.6
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Empire of Dirt
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, small town, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, danger, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, social misfits, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   46%
 
 5.2
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Toe to Toe
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Out on the lacrosse pitch, wealthy but troubled Jesse and poor but driven Tosha form an easy and deep bond, but their relationship is threatened once they enter the hallways of an elite prep school they attend in Washington, D.C. There, they must ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, friendship, high school, interracial relations, social differences, high school life, teenage life, society, youth, friends, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   45%
 
 5.8
 712
Bluebird
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: serious, bleak, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: parents and children, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional family, small town, family in crisis, working class, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, family problems, social relations, single parent, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   43%
 
To Save a Life
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jake Taylor has everything. He has a beautiful girl, he's the champion in basketball and beer pong, and everyone loves him. Then, an old childhood friend, whom Jake used to be friends with, commits suicide. Jake begins to think. He wonders what ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dealing with death, high school, innocence lost, high school life, coming of age, teenage life, christian, youth, friendship, social relations, social misfits, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   35%
 
 6.2
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Admissions
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Story: A gifted high-school student flubs her college admissions interviews for the most unexpected reasons in this independent coming-of-age drama. Cynical, world-weary Evie is more interested in taking care of her family than getting into the Ivy League ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: parents and children, siblings relations, teenage life, coming of age, family life, youth, family relations, mentally challenged, human nature, family problems, high school, bird ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, harvard university, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   35%
 
Gracie's Choice
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, touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, parents and children, custody, coming of age, siblings relations, teenage girl, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, hopes, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   44%
 
 6.7
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Cook County
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab (IMDb.com)
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, coming of age, redemption, small town, parents and children, addiction, drug abuse, family in crisis, homecoming, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   33%
 
Eastern Plays
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria, Sweden
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two estranged brothers are brought together when they have opposite roles in a racist beating: while Georgi who's recently joined a neo-nazi group participates in the violence, Hristo witnesses and rescues a Turkish family. Georgi, now being ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, introspection, redemption, forbidden love, addiction, siblings relations, racism, father son relationship, brother brother relationship, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bulgaria, europe, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   41%
 
 5.4
 496
Virgin
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: small town, coming of age, parents and children, pregnancy, teenage life, youth, couples, social relations, clergy, social misfits, sexual abuse, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   34%
 
Thursday Till Sunday
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Netherlands
Duration: 96 min.
Story: As she and her family embark on a short vacation, a Chilean teenager slowly comes to the realization that her parents might be splitting up.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: innocence lost, on the road, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, coming of age, youth, family problems, family relations, crumbling marriage, under the surface ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   35%
 
My Father My Lord
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 72 min.
Story: "My Father My Lord" is an intimate and deeply disturbing story of the conflict between a father's love and his deep devotion to religion. A respected Orthodox Rabbi dotes on his only son but his religious strictures leave an emotional ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: parents and children, death in the family, religions or cults, family problems, family relations, clergy, mentally challenged, coming of age, introspection, self discovery, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   29%
 
 6.2
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Due East
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The movie spotlights an intelligent high school senior and National Merit Scholar (Bryant) who has never been part of the "in crowd." She teaches a high school equivalency night class, tends to the needs of her widower father, Jesse ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: high school, destructive relationship, small town, small town life, teenage life, coming of age, single parent, society, family relations, parents and children, pregnancy, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   32%
 
The Last Hammer Blow
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When he first enters the Montpellier Opera House, Victor knows nothing about music. Nor does he know his father, Samuel Rovinski, who is there to conduct Mahler’s 6th symphony. To change the course of his suddenly uncertain future, for Nadia his ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere
Plot: single parent, parents and children, youth, family relations, coming of age, teenage boy, beach, wig, father son relationship, teenager, hitchhiking, child protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
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System:   33%
    User:   28%
 
Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Austria, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Balkan war.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, parents and children, life is a bitch, family relations, coming of age, uncover truth, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, youth, becoming an adult, parent child relationship, rape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bosnia, europe, sarajevo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   38%
 
The Brooke Ellison Story
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: college, single parent, high school, social misfits, hospital, underdog, rehabilitation, school, university, human spirit, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   29%
 
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Shell
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Abandoned by her mother when she was a child, Shell has stayed to take care of her dying father but now feels trapped within the beautiful but desolate landscape that surrounds her. With only her routine of running the decaying petrol station, ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: gas station, single parent, countryside, parents and children, family relations, teenage life, coming of age, under the surface, estrangement, youth, parent child relationship, solitude ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, scottish highlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   29%
 
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