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: court, divorce, loyalty, murder, false identity, in laws, mother in law, daughter in law, brother brother relationship, abuse, child custody, marriage as hell, scolding, mother son relationship, beating, trial

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and touching films with plots about murder, court, abuse, divorce, family relations, brother brother relationship and courtroom mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Perfect Mother: The Book of Ruth (2004), Recommendation for Mercy (1975), In from the Night (2006), 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: 90 min.
Story: The tensions that arise when a newlywed has her new husband move into the home of her oppressive mother.
Plot: siblings, scolding, overprotective parent, wedding, chicken, dog, funeral, death, mother in law, baby boy, domestic violence, dinner ...
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95%
Recommendation for Mercy (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, a 14 year-old boy is accused of raping and murdering a little girl
Plot: rape, court, murder, rape accusation, teenager
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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, nephew, dream, punishment, vandalism, nightmare, medical examination, dinner, ritual, father figure, abuse, court ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
What Happened to Bobby Earl? (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 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, arson, courtroom, deception, burglary, murder, fraternity, insurance fraud, theft, brother brother relationship, college, caucasian ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Whose Daughter Is She? (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Whose Daughter is She?
Plot: divorce, widow, custody battle, family relations, desertion, custody, mother child relationship, child custody
⇓ 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, court
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: court, crimes of passion, contract killing, politician, dysfunctional marriage, murder suspect, custody, custody battle, physical abuse, abuse, domestic violence, divorce ...
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, court, courtroom drama, courtroom, canadian, murderer, legal action
Place: canada, ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Only God Can Judge Me (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Film from Tody Walker
Plot: courtroom, prison, jury, redemption, murder, court
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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: regret, son, abuse, statutory rape, family crisis, rape, fire, court, dormitory, mother, party, father son relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Borderline Normal (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A family goes through a divorce.
Style: touching, disturbing, realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: divorce, dysfunctional family, brother brother relationship, sibling rivalry, domineering mother, group therapy, first sexual experience, teenage life, divorced parents, female nudity, petting, female orgasm ...
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, courtroom, lawyer, murder, revenge, divorce
Place: san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: pilot, husband wife relationship, false identity, prison, amnesia, medical examination, father figure, beating, female director
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, childless couple, childbirth, court case, pregnant woman, surrogate mother, court, twins, pregnancy, child custody, adoption ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: talky, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, estrangement, family life, rich and poor, human nature, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, parents and children, family problems, couples, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, europe, usa, england, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: tense, psychological, suspenseful, serious, suspense
Plot: child custody, released from prison, murder, mother daughter relationship, women's prison, ex convict, small town, island, flashback, nudity (full frontal - brief), female nudity, sex ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: revenge, mansion, single parent, ostracism, prostitution, showgirl, mother son relationship, spit in the face
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
When Every Day Was the Fourth of July (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A little girl convinces her attorney father to defend a mute war veteran accused of murdering a store owner.
Plot: war hero, anger, lawyer, murder, handyman, false accusation, war veteran, court, mute, con artists
Time: year 1937, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Melanie (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 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, mother love, romance, backwoods, divorce, child custody
Place: arkansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, gloomy, sincere
Plot: murder, teenage daughter, betrayal, investigation, family relations, courtroom, custody, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, manipulation, court, marriage ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: suspenseful, touching, captivating, disturbing, sincere
Audience: family outing
Plot: brother brother relationship, dysfunctional family, responsibility, escapades, parents and children, life is a bitch, family relations, child care, lifestyle, child custody, runaway, transformation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: daughter, mother, mother daughter relationship, court, murder, footprint
⇓ 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, captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: court, courtroom drama, investigation, murder, obsession, legal, crimes, dedicated lawyer, courtroom, life is a bitch, true crime, one last case ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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 ...
Style: realistic, captivating, suspenseful, touching, suspense
Plot: orphanage, mockery, brother, rules, abuse, escape, brother brother relationship, violence, medical experiment, sexualized violence, male nudity, bully ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, stylized, thought provoking, psychological
Plot: schizophrenia, sanity, tragedy, murder, craziness, drawing, society, coming of age, artist, brother brother relationship, hopes, cat ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Radio Flyer (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A father reminisces about his childhood when he and his younger brother moved to a new town with their mother, her new husband and their dog, Shane. When the younger brother is subjected to physical abuse at the hands of their brutal stepfather, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: brother brother relationship, physical abuse, family relations, abuse, alcohol abuse, parents and children, life is a bitch, couple relations, siblings relations, domestic violence, radio, stepfather ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: california, oklahoma, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: legal action, family relations, husband wife relationship, foster home, guilt, racial tension, controversy, corrupt sheriff, wrongful conviction, police brutality, wrongful imprisonment, small town ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1951
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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%
Kings of South Beach (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This fact-based crime thriller details the downfall of Miami's hottest nightclub. Chris Troiano owns the trendiest nightclub in all of South Beach; a place where the line always winds down the block and only the most beautiful people make it ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: lifestyle, downfall, bankruptcy, nightclub, nightlife, gangsters, crimes, criminal heroes, false identity, addiction, abuse, right hand man ...
Time: 90s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
If Looks Could Kill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The true story of John Hawkins as featured on America's Most Wanted.
Plot: murder, con artists, insurance fraud, true crime, male homosexuality, homosexual, scam, bisexual, insurance, homosexuality
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%