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The Face on the Milk Carton (1995)
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The Face on the Milk Carton (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Based on the book by Caroline B. Cooney, a girl happens to look down at a milk carton one day and she sees herself on the back! Could her parents really have kidnapped her?
Style: serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: lifetime, child abduction, abused child, kidnapping, family relations, youth, crimes, mystery, parents and children, love and romance, life is a bitch, fall in love, adoption, teenage life, family problems, coming of age, siblings relations, young heroes, uncover truth, life turned upside down, teenager, teenage girl, missing child, prom
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, youth, family problems, coming of age, life is a bitch and teenage life mostly in Drama and Family genres. Some movies like The Face on the Milk Carton: Finding Carter (2014), The Deep End of the Ocean (1999), White Water (2015), Stolen Child (2012), Have You Seen My Son (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Finding Carter (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
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Story: A teenager finds out she was abducted as a toddler and returns to her biological family.
Style: touching, emotional, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: family reunited, parents and children, life turned upside down, teenage life, missing child, introspection, kidnapping, crimes, family secret, starting over, self discovery, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, psychological, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, family outing
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, parents and children, family life, disappearance, child abduction, police detective, family problems, crimes, children ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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49%
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White Water (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: White Water is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the "white's only" drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable: ...
Style: touching, suspenseful, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: missing child, young heroes, obsession, racism, interracial relations, parents and children, youth, discrimination, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, alabama
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46%
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Stolen Child (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Amanda and Jason are happy marriage now, after years of frustration have finally managed to take a beautiful girl from a country in Eastern Europe through an international adoption agency. But when the doctor will perform a DNA test to small, finds ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Plot: adopted daughter, adoption, kidnapping, suspicion, investigation, uncover truth, couples, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Have You Seen My Son (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A woman fears for her son's health when her ex-husband kidnaps him.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, rough, suspenseful
Plot: kidnapping, confined, obsessive quest, crimes, parents and children, couple relations, missing child, family relations, family problems, marriage, father son relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, oregon, latin america
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45%
Olivier, Olivier (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on a true story. The story is set on the sweeping French countryside where Serge Duval (François Cluzet), a veterinarian, lives with his wife, Elisabeth (Brigitte Roüan) and their two young children. One day, their young son Olivier ...
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, gloomy, sexual ...
Plot: male prostitution, family relations, coming of age, child molestation, incest, male prostitute, missing child, older sister, sex crime, summer, children, countryside ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: africa, europe, france, paris france
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43%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
Style: emotional, sincere, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, crimes, life is a bitch, family problems, family life, siblings relations, parents and children, hopes, society, working class, domestic disturbance, sex ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, ireland, new york
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43%
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The Hanged Man (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Ireland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Two lovers break the law and struggle to stay together when carnal obsession causes tempers to flare.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: blackmail, rape, haunted by the past, young lovers, life is a bitch, youth, family relations, teenager, love, mystery, kidnapping, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: spain
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43%
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Drunkboat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After twenty years of broken bottles and empty hallways, Mort Gleason witnesses his nephew Moo being beaten while in a drunken stupor. The short contact with family brings Mort back to what are left of his senses and he returns to the last home he ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, single parent, parents and children, youth, social relations, coming of age, teenage life, suburbs, self discovery, teenager, boat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois
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42%
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Ames' seem to have built the perfect life until their six year old daughter is kidnapped; over the course of seven days they begin to uncover secrets about their past that could rip their marriage and lives apart.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: kidnapping, under the surface, parents and children, family relations, uncover truth, life turned upside down, crimes, disorder, secret, life is a bitch, confined, child in peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, louisiana
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42%
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Blue River (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Edward's father walked out on his family years ago. In the years since, his mother has become a fundamentalist Christian and fallen for the school's self-righteous principal, Henry Howland. When Howland begins to mistreat Edward's ...
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: dysfunctional family, arson, sibling relationship, betrayal, single parent, society, youth, coming of age, family problems, family relations, small town, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, wisconsin
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42%
Nobody Owns Me (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a lone father's relationship with his daughter, of the destructive power of alcohol, of a child's vulnerability, but also of love, betrayal and socialist politics in 1970s Sweden. A unique and moving story freely based on Åsa ...
Style: touching, bleak, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: working class, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, disorder, youth, single parent, family relations, family problems, alcohol abuse, addiction, children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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42%
This Is My Life (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Single mom Dottie Ingels sells cosmetics in a department store, but she dreams of being a comedian. When she inherits some money, she takes the chance and moves with her two children Erica and Opel to New York to perform in small bars. Soon her ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, sentimental, humorous
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: comedian, sister sister relationship, stand up comedian, female protagonist, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, showbiz, teenage life, relationship vs career, family relations, performer's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, las vegas
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42%
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Absence (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Chile, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A daily, familiar, sexual and emotional drama. Based on the character Serginho, the plot is based around various aspects of this "no longer a boy, not yet a man". We follow his day to day: the recently acquired role of man of the house, ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, family relations, family problems, youth, parents and children, child as adult, coming of age, teachers and students, gay, lgbt, little boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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41%
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Saint Maybe (1998)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A lonely teen troubled by a past family tragedy is suspicious of his sister-in-law, believing she is being unfaithful. His confrontation with his brother sets off a series of tragic events.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, feel good, sentimental ...
Plot: tragedy, church, family relations, redemption, couples, family problems, death in the family, homecoming, family in crisis, teenage life, adoption, family life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: maryland, usa
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41%
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In Bloom (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia, Germany, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Eka and Natia leave their childhood behind and ignore societal customs to escape from their turbulent family lives.
Style: emotional, realistic, captivating, serious, art house ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: coming of age, family relations, adolescence vs adulthood, best friends, civil war, society, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, youth, teenage life, parents and children, teenage girl ...
Time: 20th century, year 1992, 90s
Place: georgia, georgia (former ussr), europe, caucasus, eastern europe ...
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40%
The Sound and the Fury (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A look at the trials and tribulations of The Compson siblings, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy, captivating
Plot: family relations, family, dysfunctional family, downfall, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, family problems, family life, life is a bitch, brother sister relationship, sibling relationship ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: mississippi, southern usa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Future Weather (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Abandoned by her dreamer single mom, a teenage loner becomes obsessed with ecological disaster, forcing her and her grandmother, a functioning alcoholic, to rethink their futures.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, environmentalism, gain trust, family problems, society, dysfunctional family, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth, bittersweet, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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40%
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Deep in My Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In this made-for-tv movie, an adopted woman decides to find her birth mother. Her search leads her to a shocking discovery that she has to face and why her upbringing was not an easy one.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: women, interracial relations, adoption, strong female presence, family problems, family relations, society, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, parents and children, birth mother, interracial rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s
Place: usa, wisconsin
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40%
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Pope Dreams (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the vein of Good Will Hunting and Garden State, POPE DREAMS is a coming of age tale about a young man at a crossroads in life. Filled with heart, music, life, and loss. And a set of drums. Oh, and the Pope. POPE DREAMS is about a directionless ...
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, sentimental, serious
Plot: terminal illness, hopes, follow your dream, family relations, parents and children, young lovers, coming of age, human nature, teenage life, unfulfillment, mother son relationship, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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40%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, family problems, family in crisis, teenage life, lifestyle, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, youth, family relations, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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40%
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Sebastian (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In this thoughtful Scandinavian drama, a teenage boy wrestles with his sexuality and learns that most of his deepest fears were unfounded. Sebastian is almost 17 when he figures out that he is a homosexual. Though he lives with wonderful, stable ...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, sexual, touching ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: lgbt, gay, lgbtq, boys love, coming of age, coming out, fall in love, gay interest, gay subtext, best friends, love and romance, gender ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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40%
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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: emotional, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: adoption, righting the wronged, custody, courtroom drama, rivalry, legal, single parent, family problems, youth, teenage life, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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40%
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The Whore's Son (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, Luxembourg
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Ozren is raised in Vienna by his mother Silvija, who works as a prostitute, and his aunt and uncle. The film shows the demimonde of Vienna in the early 1990ies and deals with Ozren's finding out that his mother is not a waitress (as he was ...
Style: serious, emotional, atmospheric, stylized, erotic ...
Plot: prostitute, coming of age, life is a bitch, lifestyle, uncover truth, family relations, family problems, youth, self discovery, parents and children, call girl, prostitution ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: austria, europe, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Black and Blue (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After a woman's husband beats and abuses her, she and her son join the witness protection program and move away secretly.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: kidnapped, obsession, lifetime, abusive relationship, family problems, family relations, domestic disturbance, starting over, hopes, life is a bitch, witnessing a crime, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, florida
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39%
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Waterproof (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Single mother Tyree Battle struggles to keep her young son Thaniel away from the gang-plagued city streets that he is mixed up in. Under severe gang pressure, Thaniel accidentally shoots Jewish shopkeeper Eli Zeal in a botched robbery attempt. ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, contemplative
Plot: family relations, gang, homecoming, family problems, aging, youth, single parent, crimes, immigrants, going straight, family life, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Virgin (2003)
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: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, erotic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, family relations, clergy, society, youth, parents and children, teenage life, sexual abuse, small town, teenage girl, virginity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Amy & Isabelle (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1971, in the small town of Shirley Falls, in Maine, the odd and lonely secretary Isabelle Goodrow raises her teenager daughter Amy alone. She has only two friends in her job among her gossiper colleagues. When her overprotected daughter is ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sexy, sexual
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, disgraced, single parent, family problems, youth, friendship, dysfunctional family, human nature, love and romance, family life, isolation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: maine, new england
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38%
The World Made Straight (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, neo noir ...
Plot: civil war, starting over, haunted by the past, social relations, crimes, life is a bitch, friendship, family relations, youth, hopes, coming of age, massacre ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, appalachia, usa
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37%
We Were the Mulvaneys (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Based on the novel by the same name, We Were the Mulvaneys is a sensitive portrayal of one family's journey as they face conflict, fear, tragedy and ultimately, themselves.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, bleak ...
Plot: family relations, family life, couples, family problems, love and romance, life is a bitch, family in crisis, alcohol abuse, brother brother relationship, loneliness, lifetime, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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37%