Movies like The Perfect Mother

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The Perfect Mother (1997)
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The Perfect Mother (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Since self-made immigrant Nico Podaras's death, widow Elenie runs his lucrative garage, with an illegal side business, generously using the profits to keep control of their three sons' lives. Simpleton Dan is happy to sire the crucial heir without hesitation to keep unruly, immature wife Charlene in line, but goes to far, so she absconds pregnant. Firstborn John gave up his dream, fishery, to work in the garage. When he marries Kathryn, she starts questioning and resisting Elenie's matriarchal manipulation, but bares her a grandson. The conflict escalates, leaving John torn between loyalties.
Plot: trial, divorce, loyalty, murder, false identity, in laws, mother in law, daughter in law, beating, brother brother relationship, abuse, child custody, marriage as hell, scolding, mother son relationship

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Most similar movies to The Perfect Mother

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and disturbing films with plots about trial, murder, divorce, brother brother relationship, courtroom, family relations and abuse mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Perfect Mother: The Book of Ruth (2004), In from the Night (2006), The American (1998), What Happened to Bobby Earl? (1997), Whose Daughter Is She? (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Book of Ruth (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The tensions that arise when a newlywed has her new husband move into the home of her oppressive mother.
Plot: overprotective parent, siblings, chicken, funeral, wedding, dog, underwear, death, undressing, kiss, scolding, ritual ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
In from the Night (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Vicki Miller is a writer who has cut herself off from her dysfunctional family. Her life drastically changes when one night, her 16-year-old nephew Bobby shows up unannounced on her doorstep. He looks tired and depressed, and when Vicki realizes ...
Plot: dog, wedding, party, punishment, aunt, dinner, therapy, aunt nephew relationship, father figure, ritual, beating, nephew ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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The American (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: After the horror of the Civil War, 'ignorant' Christopher Newman made his fortune. He travels to France is search of cultural treasures. He won't get past the Paris nightlife. After an affair with a haughty painter, he falls in love ...
Plot: falling, brother brother relationship, dog, sex, drinking, loyalty, ritual, duel, bed, abuse
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
What Happened to Bobby Earl? (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Rose Earl is proud as a peacock when Bobby, her eldest, whom she raised, like his kid brother Michael, to become moral men an model citizens, is the first member of the modest family ever to get accepted at college. It will take a while till she ...
Plot: missing person, uzi, murder, burglary, fraternity, insurance fraud, trial, brother brother relationship, deception, caucasian, suit and tie, arson ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Whose Daughter Is She? (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Whose Daughter is She?
Plot: widow, divorce, custody battle, family relations, desertion, custody, child custody, mother child relationship
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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The Letter (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The wife of a Malaysian planter kills an employee of her husband one night, but her motive begins to appear not entirely truthful.
Plot: murder, blackmail, infidelity, deception, marriage, trial
Place: malaysia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and Joanne Thatcher (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Narcissistic Saskatchewan Tory politician Colin Thatcher is engaged in a bitter divorce from his wife Jo-Ann. When a series of court rulings over the divorce go against him, Thatcher decides a more drastic solution is needed - murder! A series of ...
Plot: dysfunctional marriage, abuse, trial, murder suspect, domestic violence, divorce, politician, custody battle, contract killing, crimes of passion, husband wife relationship, custody ...
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Looking for Angelina (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Looking for Angelina is based on one of the most important murder trials in Canada. Angelina Napolitano murdered her husband with an axe and was sentenced to be executed...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, canadian, courtroom, trial, legal action, murderer
Place: canada, ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Only God Can Judge Me (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Film from Tody Walker
Plot: courtroom, jury, redemption, trial, prison, murder
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Borderline Normal (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A family goes through a divorce.
Style: captivating, realistic, disturbing, touching, serious
Plot: divorce, family drama, domineering mother, sibling rivalry, overbearing mother, dysfunctional family, brother brother relationship, first sexual experience, group therapy, teenage life, divorced parents, petting ...
Place: detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The sequel to "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story" in which Betty Broderick is on trial for the murder of her ex-husband and his new wife.
Plot: true crime, revenge, lawyer, courtroom, murder, divorce
Place: san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Autumn Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a school bus driving woman (Tyne Daly) has a heart attack, she makes one request of her three daughters (Ally Sheedy, Marla Sucharetza, Marceline Hugo) - she wants them to find their long lost brother, who was taken away by their father (Jack ...
Style: touching, sincere, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, estrangement, parents and children, family in crisis, unfulfillment, rise to the top, hopes, society, dysfunctional family, family life, rich and poor, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa, europe, england, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Day Will Come (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Set in the blooming 1960s, the film centres around two young brothers who are instantly robbed of their lives when they are placed in a boy's home forgotten by time. Armed only with a vivid imagination and a fickle hope, the boys engage in the ...
Plot: orphanage, escape, rules, abuse, brother, male bonding, public humiliation, brother brother relationship, undressing, male nudity, beating, male friendship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Beautiful Dreamer (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A pilot (Egglesfield) gets shot down and gets amnesia, later on his stricken-with-grief wife (Langton) finds him in a small town and she is shocked that he doesn't remember her.
Plot: female director, prison, false identity, amnesia, medical examination, beating, husband wife relationship, pilot, father figure
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Délivrez-Moi (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After spending a decade in prison, Annie returns to her hometown, and tries to reconnect with her now-adolescent daughter Sophie.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: child custody, release from prison, murder, ex convict, mother daughter relationship, women's prison, island, small town, locker room, interrupted sex, shower, female nudity ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Patty Nowakowski already has three children, but decides to be a surrogate mother. Fully confident of being able to give up her baby, she is nonetheless stunned when she discovers that she is expecting twins, and the couple for whom she is pregnant ...
Plot: fraternal twins, family relations, court case, childless couple, husband wife relationship, surrogate mother, court, pregnant woman, trial, twins, child custody, twin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 4.8
 154
Tricks (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ex-showgirl and part-time hooker Rogers looses her legitimate job at a casino because of an abusive trick. She gets revenge when she is blacklisted and her son is threatened.
Plot: showgirl, mansion, spit in the face, prostitution, ostracism, single parent, revenge, mother son relationship
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Where Love Has Gone (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A divorced couple's teen-age daughter stands trial for stabbing her mother's latest lover.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy, suspenseful
Plot: murder, alcohol abuse, custody, haunted by the past, manipulation, betrayal, investigation, courtroom, family relations, trial, marriage, teenage daughter ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.9
 230
Melanie (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A backwoods, illiterate young woman from Arkansas battles to regain custody of her son from her estranged husband who feels she is an unfit mother. In the process, she falls in love with a struggling musician who helps her cause.
Plot: illiteracy, backwoods, romance, mother love, child custody, divorce
Place: arkansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Run the Tide (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When their drug abusing mother is released from prison determined to rebuild their family, Rey kidnaps his younger brother Oliver and escapes their desert home for the California coast.
Style: sincere, captivating, touching, disturbing, suspenseful
Audience: family outing
Plot: dysfunctional family, responsibility, brother brother relationship, mother son relationship, transformation, family relations, child care, escapades, child custody, self discovery, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Criminal Desires (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: A beautiful reporter gets caught up in the deadly and erotic world of an online 'murder club' in this red-hot thriller.
Plot: police, murder, male nudity, female nudity, female full frontal nudity, simulated blow job, male full rear nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief)
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.9
 177
Subwave (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: College swimmer Chad Billingsley is his middle class family's pride and joy. After a moody phase of scared denial, he owns up to father, attorney Roger, that Rosalie Frank, the provocatively dressed waitress who attended his frat's last ...
Plot: mother, abuse, son, trial, statutory rape, regret, family crisis, fire, rape, lawyer, swimming pool, party ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Knowing Aaron (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: After witnessing a traumatic event as a child, Aaron is now haunted by hallucinations. He spends much of his time alone, endlessly drawing as a way to cope with these dark images. Though this has gone on for years, as he gets older it becomes harder ...
Plot: tragedy, society, scholarship, sanity, brother brother relationship, coming of age, schizophrenia, winter, hopes, cat, drawing, craziness ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
A Death of Innocence (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: A mother travels to New York to see her daughter who is awaiting trial for murder. The mother is totally convinced of her daughter's innocence and does all she can to help her. As the trial progresses however, the mother begins to have doubts.
Plot: mother, daughter, mother daughter relationship, footprint, murder, trial
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Prosecuting Casey Anthony (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: "Prosecuting Casey Anthony" reveals Florida prosecutor, Jeff Ashton’s inside story of the true crime drama that captivated and then shocked the nation when Caylee Anthony’s mother, Casey, was acquitted of killing her daughter, despite ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: trial, courtroom drama, investigation, crimes, dedicated lawyer, obsession, murder, legal, life is a bitch, courtroom, true crime, one last case ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.7
 120
The Big Show (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A European circus family is torn apart by greed and jealousy.
Plot: trial, brother brother relationship, brother sister relationship, chimpanzee, skiing, knife throwing, circus, bear attack, flashback, tightrope walker, father son relationship, elephant ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
One Potato, Two Potato (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Study of interracial marriage in the 1960's. A white divorcée falls in love with and marries an African-American man. When her ex-husband sues for custody of her child, arguing that a mixed household is an improper place to raise the girl, the ...
Plot: prejudice, child custody, marriage, racism, miscegenation, courtroom, racist, judge, biracial, interracial kiss, playground, pregnancy ...
Place: ohio, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.8
 325
Christy (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young teacher comes to the impoverished mountain region of Cutter Gap, Tennesse in 1912 and tries to make a difference. Based on the best-selling novel by Catherine Marshall.
Plot: dedicated teacher
Time: 1910s
Place: tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
A Secret Promise (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ferro Olivetti, a billionaire playboy and businessman, promises to fulfill his dying father's final request: to live one month without his wealth.
Style: serious, realistic, clever, captivating, humorous
Plot: introspection, hidden identity, rich and poor, social differences, society, misfit, businessman, father son relationship, millionaire, last wish, death of father, social relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Scattered Dreams (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: It is about a loving couple which trying to make a living in 1951 Florida. When they are arrested, for a crime they didn't commit. The pair are given long jail terms and ripped from their children, so they begin a stunning fight for justice ...
Plot: suicide attempt, legal action, family relations, innocence, police brutality, husband wife relationship, small town, mother daughter relationship, guilt, wrongful conviction, racial tension, wrongful imprisonment ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, year 1951
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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