Movies like Ellen Foster

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Ellen Foster (1997)
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Ellen Foster (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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: touching, uplifting, bleak, serious, emotional, realistic, reflective
Plot: dysfunctional family, innocence lost, youth, life is a bitch, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, self fulfillment, family problems, society, death in the family, leaving home, young heroes, unfulfillment, death, child abuse, grandmother, aunt, coming of age, alcoholic father, abuse, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, grief, 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, society, life is a bitch, family relations, dysfunctional family, youth and hopes mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Ellen Foster: Putty Hill (2010), When Andrew Came Home (2000), ...First Do No Harm (1997), Abandoned (2001), The Reading Room (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: realistic, serious, atmospheric, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: youth, estrangement, overdose, coming of age, family problems, death in the family, introspection, social relations, dysfunctional family, drug abuse, family in crisis, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, emotional, serious
Plot: captivity, family relations, kids in trouble, youth, reunion, danger, single parent, kidnapping, estrangement, confined, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
...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: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: child illness, hospital, doctors and patients, family in crisis, rebellion, single parent, fighting the system, family life, unfulfillment, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 7.4
 496
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: touching, realistic, bleak, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, political unrest, teenage life, family problems, human spirit, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, hopes, innocence lost, custody, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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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: feel good, touching, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: city life, life is a bitch, hopes, dealing with death, human spirit, last wish, family relations, power relations, teachers and students, underdog, youth, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, parents and children, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, coming of age, family in crisis, couple relations, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: family relations, family in crisis, chaos and mayhem, life is a bitch, love and romance, parents and children, hopes, miraculous event, elderly lovers, unfulfillment, ocean or sea, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: emotional, sincere, uplifting, realistic, touching ...
Plot: redemption, guardian, unfulfillment, hopes, life is a bitch, custody, family relations, betrayal, youth, legal action, legal, family problems ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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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: touching, rough, gloomy, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: family problems, human nature, introspection, society, addiction, dysfunctional family, family relations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, siblings relations, family in crisis, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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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: serious, touching, sentimental, realistic
Plot: coming of age, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, when the parents are away, teachers and students, environmental health, gain trust, power relations, family relations, environmentalism, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: sentimental, touching, thought provoking, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: prostitute, terminal illness, teenage life, family problems, lifestyle, urban, politics, family relations, friends, coming of age, addiction, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious
Plot: nanny, mental illness, dysfunctional family, single parent, family life, death in the family, couples, family problems, youth, family relations, custody, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Deep in My Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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: realistic, touching, emotional, serious
Plot: adoption, society, interracial relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, foster parent, birth mother, housewife, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.4
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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: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: self discovery, single parent, youth, homecoming, siblings relations, immigrants, parents and children, hopes, crimes, family life, family problems, going straight ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Miracle Worker (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, a gripping battle to overcome impossible obstacles and the struggle to communicate. As a young girl, Helen Keller is stricken with scarlet fever. The illness leaves her blind, mute, and deaf. Sealed ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: disability, social misfits, dedicated educator, young heroes, human spirit, power relations, misfit, against the odds, society, youth, isolation, elderly lovers ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.8
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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
Plot: dysfunctional family, arson, vengeance, family relations, teenage life, small town life, family life, family problems, single parent, youth, society, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Mary and Martha (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: malaria, dealing with death, hopes, human spirit, redemption, terminal illness, life is a bitch, money raising, state affairs, parent child relationship, death of child, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, uplifting, thought provoking, serious, sincere ...
Plot: support group, coping, wall street, unfulfillment, changing lives, down on your luck, family in crisis, family problems, human spirit, ambition, redemption, rehabilitation ...
Time: 30s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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, serious, bleak, emotional, realistic
Plot: unemployment, coming of age, society, alcohol abuse, single parent, youth, parents and children, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, dysfunctional family, working class, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: racism, dysfunctional family, promotion, clergy, crimes, partners against crime, hopes, reluctant partners, unfulfillment, religions or cults, partners, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tennessee, usa, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.6
 980
God's Army (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving ...
Style: touching, psychological, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: hopes, siblings relations, couple relations, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, terminal illness, culture clash, youth, self discovery, tragic hero, working class ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.6
 612
Not Today (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Caden Welles is living life as large as any 20-year-old could dream … until his eyes are opened to a world few Americans know still exists: a thriving human-trafficking trade. Spurred by a true purpose, an unlikely new friendship, and the prayers ...
Style: suspenseful, emotional, serious, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, obsessive quest, prostitute, danger, youth, society, kids in trouble, injustice, family problems, hopes, family in crisis, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: serious, emotional, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, parents and children, immigrants, social misfits, hopes, redemption, youth, friendship, death in the family, family problems, friends, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 6K
The Promise (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Tunisia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this acclaimed and gripping social portrait of immoral lives in need of rescue, Igor (Jérémie Renier), aged 15, and his father Roger (Olivier Gourmet) deal in housing and peddling illicit labor in the outlying districts of Liege, Belgium. ...
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, tense, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, dysfunctional family, coming of age, youth, smuggling, family relations, death in the family, family problems, realism, teenage life, life is a bitch, babies and infants ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, usa, europe, antwerp, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.7
 592
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: gloomy, touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: society, unfulfillment, love and romance, couple relations, life is a bitch, petty job, parents and children, urban, family relations, dull life, estrangement, social decay ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
In the Gloaming (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.
Style: touching, sentimental, gloomy, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: aids, gay brother, bereavement, crumbling marriage, family gatherings, hopes, dealing with death, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, gays and lesbians, family relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.9
 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: serious, realistic, uplifting, touching, gloomy
Plot: going straight, human spirit, crimes, down on your luck, unlikely criminals, life is a bitch, hopes, rise to the top, family problems, ambition, dysfunctional family, child abuse ...
Place: london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
 760
Holly (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, France, Israel, Cambodia
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Shot on location in Cambodia, including many scenes in actual brothels in the notorious red light district of Phnom Penh, HOLLY is a captivating, touching and emotional experience. Patrick, an American card shark and dealer of stolen artifacts, has ...
Style: touching, psychological, disturbing, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: innocence lost, crimes, going straight, social decay, danger, youth, kids in trouble, prostitute, village, lifestyle, society, anti heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cambodia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: gloomy, touching, talky, sincere, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: estrangement, rich and poor, human nature, society, youth, dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children, hopes, siblings relations, unfulfillment, rise to the top ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, england, europe, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.7
 3K
Paradise (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Willard Young is a 10-year-old boy who is sent by his mother to stay with her best friend Lily Reed, who lives in the Delta shrimp-fishing country in a town called Paradise. Lily and her husband Ben have been living in an unmentioned emotional ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, small town, unfulfillment, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, estrangement, friends, family relations, human nature, youth, single parent ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%