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, abuse, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, grief, child's point of view, alcoholic father
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, touching, serious and emotional films with plots about family problems, society, life is a bitch, family relations, dysfunctional family, hopes and youth mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Ellen Foster: Putty Hill (2010), When Andrew Came Home (2000), Abandoned (2001), The Reading Room (2005), ...First Do No Harm (1997). 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: atmospheric, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: family problems, death in the family, introspection, overdose, estrangement, drug abuse, youth, coming of age, dysfunctional family, dealing with death, life is a bitch, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: death in the family, dysfunctional family, captivity, single parent, danger, youth, reunion, kidnapping, estrangement, family problems, confined, family relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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 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: uplifting, bleak, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: friends, life is a bitch, power relations, kids in trouble, gays and lesbians, crumbling marriage, down on your luck, parents and children, friendship, hopes, family relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, teachers and students, dealing with death, hopes, power relations, life is a bitch, city life, underdog, youth, human spirit, last wish, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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...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: touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: child illness, hospital, family in crisis, doctors and patients, terminal illness, fighting the system, human spirit, family life, unfulfillment, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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: sentimental, touching, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: family in crisis, chaos and mayhem, parents and children, elderly lovers, family gatherings, life is a bitch, ocean or sea, homecoming, clergy, couples, dealing with death, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: redemption, guardian, family relations, human spirit, family problems, family life, legal, custody, youth, legal action, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family problems, introspection, human nature, society, addiction, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, siblings relations, family in crisis, family relations, down on your luck, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
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: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, life is a bitch, family relations, power relations, teenage life, family problems, alcohol abuse, society, innocence lost, youth, environmentalism, when the parents are away ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, realistic, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: prostitute, terminal illness, family problems, teenage life, family in crisis, life is a bitch, politics, drug abuse, youth, urban, lifestyle, society ...
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: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sentimental
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, nanny, family in crisis, couple relations, unfulfillment, parents and children, friendship, babies and infants, master and servant, family relations, sexual relations ...
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: touching, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: adoption, family problems, society, dysfunctional family, interracial relations, parents and children, family relations, life is a bitch, housewife, mother daughter relationship, rape, birth mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.4
 364
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, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: society, store, aging, immigrants, siblings relations, crimes, hopes, family relations, parents and children, family problems, family life, going straight ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ 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, uplifting, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: disability, social misfits, elderly lovers, power relations, dedicated educator, isolation, misfit, against the odds, society, youth, human spirit, mute or deaf ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.8
 240
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: serious, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, arson, society, family problems, teenage life, small town life, family life, siblings relations, family relations, vengeance, single parent, youth ...
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, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: malaria, human spirit, redemption, dealing with death, hopes, state affairs, life is a bitch, money raising, terminal illness, parent child relationship, hospital, death of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: support group, human spirit, ambition, redemption, life is a bitch, changing lives, unfulfillment, wall street, family problems, coping, friendship, rehabilitation ...
Time: 30s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, emotional, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: society, coming of age, unemployment, working class, youth, single parent, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, teenage life, life turned upside down, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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: touching, uplifting, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, racism, reluctant partners, partners against crime, unfulfillment, crimes, hopes, promotion, clergy, family problems, partners, society ...
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: psychological, touching, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, couples, human spirit, disorder, religions or cults, redemption, terminal illness, self discovery, youth, culture clash, working class, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ 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: sentimental, disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: life is a bitch, danger, youth, obsessive quest, human spirit, family problems, society, injustice, kids in trouble, hopes, family in crisis, prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: touching, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, hopes, social misfits, love and romance, youth, friendship, society, death in the family, family problems, redemption, parents and children ...
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: serious, emotional, sincere, tense, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family problems, smuggling, society, human nature, innocence lost, family relations, siblings relations, babies and infants, dealing with death ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, usa, los angeles, europe, antwerp ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 7.7
 578
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, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: unfulfillment, dull life, social decay, family problems, couples, death in the family, estrangement, petty job, life is a bitch, love and romance, pregnancy, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, contemporary
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
⇓ 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, gloomy, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: aids, bereavement, gay brother, unfulfillment, family relations, crumbling marriage, parents and children, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, family gatherings, introspection, human nature ...
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: uplifting, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: family problems, down on your luck, hopes, unlikely criminals, rise to the top, life is a bitch, crimes, dysfunctional family, going straight, human spirit, ambition, abusive parent ...
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, disturbing, psychological, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: innocence lost, anti heroes, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, young heroes, redemption, prostitute, danger, youth, society, lifestyle, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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: touching, gloomy, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: estrangement, family in crisis, rise to the top, rich and poor, hopes, dysfunctional family, youth, parents and children, unfulfillment, family relations, siblings relations, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, england, usa, europe, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: disturbing, emotional, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, corporal punishment, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, rape, coming of age, couples, temperamental, family problems, family relations, family in crisis, down on your luck ...
Time: 50s, 90s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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, pregnancy, dealing with death, crumbling marriage, family relations, unfulfillment, hopes, love and romance, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%