Movies like Ellen Foster

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Ellen Foster (1997)
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Ellen Foster (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.
Style: uplifting, touching, bleak, serious, emotional, realistic, reflective, contemplative
Plot: dysfunctional family, innocence lost, youth, human spirit, life is a bitch, self fulfillment, society, family problems, leaving home, against the odds, death in the family, hopes, unfulfillment, young heroes, death, alcohol abuse, child abuse, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, grief, grandmother, coming of age, aunt, abuse, child's point of view ...
Time: 90s

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Most similar movies to Ellen Foster

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family problems, life is a bitch, family relations, hopes, society, dysfunctional family and youth mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Ellen Foster: Blue River (1995), Nobody Owns Me (2013), Putty Hill (2010), Surrender, Dorothy (2006), My Name Is Bill W. (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.6
 289
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, family problems, family relations, betrayal, single parent, society, youth, coming of age, small town, teenage life, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, alcohol abuse, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, disorder, youth, single parent, family relations, family problems, unemployment, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 5.9
 737
Putty Hill (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Friends and family of Cory, a young man who has died of an overdose, gather at a Baltimore-area karaoke bar for his wake and compare stories about him. Gradually, as it becomes clear that there are many holes in their recollections about Cory, they ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: family problems, dysfunctional family, death in the family, drug abuse, overdose, hopes, life is a bitch, social relations, estrangement, family in crisis, introspection, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Surrender, Dorothy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 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: mother daughter relationship, family problems, dysfunctional family, tragic love, homecoming, best friends, couples, haunted by the past, parents and children, life is a bitch, orphan, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along with a fellow alcoholic (James Garner) he forms a support ...
Style: touching, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, support group, hopes, coping, family problems, self discovery, against the odds, drug abuse, friendship, human spirit, rise and fall ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
An Unexpected Family (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Ruth Whitney abandons her two children with her sister Barbara is left to take care of them, at first none of them like it but soon they grow to like each other. Then over a year later Ruth comes back saying she wants her kids and Barbara goes ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, psychological, touching, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, family relations, guardian, custody, human spirit, family life, family problems, life is a bitch, legal action, youth, betrayal, legal ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A girl comes to terms with her mentally challenged parents.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, family life, youth, society, parents and children, family problems, small town life, disability, child's point of view, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Last Sin Eater (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In seeking her own redemption from the one man of whom she is most afraid, 10-year-old Cadi Forbes discovers a secret sin haunting her community of Welsh immigrants in 1850s Appalachia.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family problems, redemption, hopes, parents and children, society, death in the family, religion, dark secret, imaginary friend, girl, sin, immigrants ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Life, Above All (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: poverty, human spirit, social misfits, youth, society, hopes, family relations, leaving home, social relations, family problems, estrangement, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.8
 1K
The Kid (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based on the real life story of Kevin Lewis, the film follows his childhood of abuse, his descent into a life of crime and the way he put his life together again afterwards.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, uplifting, gloomy
Plot: abusive parent, hopes, rise to the top, dysfunctional family, human spirit, family problems, going straight, ambition, life is a bitch, down on your luck, survival, crimes ...
Place: london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 7.2
 581
Abandoned (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Áron is a happy child in his family. But at some point things take a different turn, and his mother starts to lose her health rapidly. As this happens, the man in charge decides what's best for Áron without consulting the young boy's ...
Style: uplifting, serious, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: corporal punishment, kids in trouble, friendship, teenage life, boarding school life, human spirit, orphan, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, family problems, parents and children, custody ...
Time: 60s
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
The Book of Stars (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A tale of two sisters. Penny (Masterson) cares for her younger sister Mary (Malone), who suffers from cystic fibrosis. "Cares for" is a questionable term, as the hardened, edgy Penny secretly makes her living in the world's oldest ...
Style: serious, realistic, fairy tale, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: prostitute, terminal illness, youth, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, coming of age, society, politics, lifestyle, bittersweet, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
...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: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, bittersweet, family problems, child illness, family in crisis, death in the family, doctors and patients, against the odds, small town, parents and children, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The plot follows the individual journeys of three ordinary South African men in the build up to their attendance of the 2010 Mighty Men Conference, where their lives are forever changed by God's message for them.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional, christian film
Plot: self discovery, human spirit, redemption, family problems, society, hopes, friendship, down on your luck, religions or cults, guru, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.8
 400
Nightjohn (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Charles Burnett directs this movie about John, a man of many talents, including one forbidden skill: he can read. When he teaches a young slave girl named Sarny to read and write, she learns an unforgettable lesson about the power of words and the ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: fighting the system, slave, plantation, teaching, literacy, injustice, racism, human spirit, against the odds, idealism, americana, self discovery ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.1
 532
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, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, environmentalism, dysfunctional family, teenage life, society, gain trust, family problems, bittersweet, life is a bitch, youth, ecology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
The Grace Card (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Everything can change in an instant ... and take a lifetime to unravel. When Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, the ensuing 17 years of bitterness and pain erodes his love for his family and leaves him angry with God ... and just about ...
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: hopes, racism, dysfunctional family, father son relationship, partners, crimes, clergy, partners against crime, reluctant partners, society, family problems, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, memphis, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, life is a bitch, youth, human spirit, family in crisis, hopes, family problems, superhero, child illness, dealing with death, coming of age, teenager ...
Place: usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 6.4
 433
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, aging, youth, single parent, crimes, immigrants, going straight, family life, parents and children, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: rough, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: introspection, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, human nature, family problems, family relations, society, addiction, family in crisis, down on your luck, siblings relations, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.2
 685
America (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps America come to terms with his roller-coaster life, ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, sincere, psychological
Plot: youth, human spirit, custody, teenage life, mental illness, sexual abuse, doctors and patients, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, society, healing power ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
A Christmas Visitor (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they lost their son to the Persian Gulf War. Now a stranger has ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: grief, christmas, introspection, hopes, love and romance, life is a bitch, family problems, family life, redemption, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: kids in trouble, kidnapping, captivity, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family in crisis, hopes, confined, life is a bitch, single parent, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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 7.6
 777
All Around Us (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Kanao, a courtroom portrait artist, observes crimes, scandals and the decline of Japanese values without passing judgement. As he and his wife endure the tragedy of their first child’s death, hope slowly unfolds and their love story flickers to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, psychological, serious ...
Plot: family problems, couple relations, estrangement, pregnancy, death in the family, society, social decay, dysfunctional family, love and romance, unfulfillment, sexual content, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
The Reading Room (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Making good on a promise he made to his dying wife, a widower (Jones) opens a reading room, a place where people can learn to read. Despite his goodwill, problems in the neighborhood threaten his establishment.
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: last wish, against the odds, hopes, human spirit, teachers and students, underdog, youth, dealing with death, society, life is a bitch, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, mental illness, nanny, couples, family problems, estrangement, couple relations, family in crisis, death in the family, family life, sexual relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.3
 163
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, siblings relations, power relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.8
 763
Camp (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 12-year-old Eli finds himself at summer CAMP
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional, suspense ...
Plot: child abuse, summer camp, kids in trouble, friendship, youth, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, boy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, family life, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children, child illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 4.2
 664
Constellation (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Constellation chronicles the lives and loves of an African-American family in the deep South as they are forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair. The film explores the way in which the family ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, touching, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, estrangement, interracial relations, death in the family, haunted by the past, family problems, society, hopes, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%