Movies like Shirley Adams

If you like "Shirley Adams" you are looking for sincere, uplifting and touching movies about / with disability, paralysis, family relations, human spirit, parents and children, life is a bitch and family problems themes of Drama genre shot in South Africa or USA.
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Shirley Adams (2009)
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Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. Shirley has no money, no job and no husband - he left. The shooter is one of Donovan's childhood friends. Her reaction to the betrayal is so overwhelming that she chooses not to tell Donovan in fear of further damaging his already unstable emotional state. Determined to make a change in their lives, Shirley actively decides to embrace their new circumstances, hoping that Donovan will follow her example.
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: disability, paralysis, family relations, human spirit, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, single parent, introspection, hopes, misfit, society, family in crisis, small town, social decay, poverty, down on your luck, strong female presence, violence, depression, betrayal, court, sacrifice, therapy, shoplifting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa

Most similar movies to Shirley Adams

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, family problems, hopes, parents and children, life is a bitch, society and family in crisis mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Shirley Adams: Between Us (2009), Dawn Anna (2005), Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012), About Sunny (2011), Life, Above All (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Between Us (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Abruptly abandoned by her husband in a country completely foreign to her, Colombian native Mariana (Paola Mendoza) struggles to take care of herself and her two young children on the unforgiving streets of New York City. Sebastian Villada, Laura ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious
Plot: homelessness, poverty, urban setting, starting over, human spirit, society, life is a bitch, family relations, american dream, hopes, family problems, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, colombia
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Dawn Anna (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life's obstacles.
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: high school, human spirit, against the odds, terminal illness, child illness, family problems, parents and children, family in crisis, school, relationship vs career, disability, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
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95%
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, art house ...
Plot: self discovery, human spirit, society, hopes, family problems, redemption, friendship, christian, life is a bitch, religions or cults, guru, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
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About Sunny (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As things unravel for a struggling single mother in Las Vegas, she must decide what she's willing to give up to get by.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, moral dilemma, society, working class, parents and children, family problems, down on your luck, single mother, poverty, youth, single parent, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
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81%
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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: mother daughter relationship, little girl, poverty, human spirit, family relations, leaving home, social relations, family problems, estrangement, social misfits, youth, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, south africa
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81%
I Am from Titov Veles (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Slovenia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Burdened by memories of their late father, three sisters struggle to escape the suffocating environment of the dying town of Veles. A contemporary story of urban decay, „Jas sum od Titov Veles“ employs a stark realism to depict the vivid ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: introspection, social decay, dysfunctional family, family problems, society, daydreamer, family relations, life is a bitch, small town, adult virgin, sexual content, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: macedonia
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77%
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Empire of Dirt (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, single parent, social misfits, youth, society, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family life, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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76%
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Phantom Pain (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marc is a passionate cyclist and urban slacker who avoids work and responsibility. Marc's life changes from one moment to the next when he suffers a life-changing accident. He can either wallow in self-pity or tackle the beast called life with ...
Style: serious, touching, sincere, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: cyclist, couple relations, hopes, life is a bitch, disability, parents and children, redemption, human spirit, human nature, misfit, family relations, new love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
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Girlfriend (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man with Down's Syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, melancholic, realistic
Plot: single parent, life is a bitch, love and romance, friendship, impossible love, hopes, society, misfit, social relations, human spirit, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Wool Cap (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film, originally made for tv, stars William H. Macy as a mute superintendent of a apartment building that is falling apart who becomes the unwilling guardian to a young girl with a bit of an attitude. The film is an updated and Americanized ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, feel good
Plot: introspection, friendship, redemption, life is a bitch, hopes, custody, parents and children, human nature, family life, misfit, family problems, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
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71%
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Choco (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A young woman raising alone her children while her husband gets drunk but when she breaks free nothing will be the same
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, gloomy
Plot: family relations, optimism, hopes, society, family problems, unemployment, parents and children, village, husband wife relationship, loss of job, strong female presence, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, colombia, latin america
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64%
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Steam (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three women — a young coed, a forty-something single mother, and one a senior-aged widow — meet in the sauna of the local gym, where they gradually get to know one another and bond over their respective trials and tribulations.
Style: talky, serious, touching, emotional, erotic ...
Plot: sauna, widow, introspection, female friendship, family relations, family problems, elderly, love and romance, hopes, life is a bitch, human spirit, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
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64%
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Yesterday (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school.
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, witch doctor, terminal illness, kindness, village, parents and children, society, life is a bitch, hopes, family problems, injustice, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, johannesburg south africa, south africa
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64%
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: christmas, human spirit, family life, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, couples, family problems, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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Two Gates of Sleep (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: After preparing for their mother's imminent death, two brothers go on an arduous upriver journey to honor her final request.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: death in the family, last wish, family problems, family relations, hopes, introspection, dealing with death, siblings relations, brother brother relationship, very little dialogue, journey, death of mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Swimmers (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After an accident in a small Maryland fishing town, 11-year-old Emma begins to question the nature of the adults around her.
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: youth, small town, introspection, family relations, friendship, family problems, human nature, family in crisis, swimming, sex crime, social relations, public health ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maryland, usa
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Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, custody, starting over, family relations, parents and children, hopes, social worker, family life, legal, legal action, rivalry, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, ohio, florida
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A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, family relations, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, redemption, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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58%
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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: rough, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: introspection, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, human nature, family problems, family relations, society, addiction, family in crisis, child abuse, drug addiction, children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
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58%
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Orphan (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, France, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Chilean family deals with the new values in a quickly changing world.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, sincere
Plot: social differences, family relations, family problems, human spirit, family life, parents and children, introspection, society, hopes, village, family in crisis, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile, latin america
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57%
Imperial Dreams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.
Style: uplifting, touching, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, parents and children, society, street kid, family relations, hopes, urban ghetto life, coming of age, gang, gangsters, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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Archipelago (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Patricia (Kate Fahy) and her two children, young adults Edward (Tom Hiddleston) and Cynthia (Lydia Leonard), arrive for a break at a holiday cottage. As rain and wind lash against the windows, Patricia grows exasperated at the absence of her ...
Style: emotional, realistic, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
Plot: family relations, estrangement, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, family gatherings, introspection, island, dysfunctional family, woman, mental disorder, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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Bluebird (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On a freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, winter, family problems, family in crisis, single parent, youth, drug abuse, teenage life, working class, dysfunctional family, parents and children, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
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52%
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Lifted (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The chance to shine in a singing competition offers much-needed hope for a Southern middle-schooler who's drowning in worries, from bullies in the halls to turmoil at home -- and the news that his reservist father has been called back to ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, feel good ...
Plot: family problems, parents and children, military, wartime life, military life, hopes, soldier, society, family in crisis, contests and competitions, youth, follow your dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, alabama, afghanistan, middle east
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51%
The End of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mark is a struggling actor stuck between the life he once knew and the one waiting for him. When the mother of his two-year-old son suddenly passes away, Mark is forced to confront his shortcomings. Their fates, now intertwined, hang in the balance ...
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: single father, family relations, single parent, family problems, life turned upside down, family in crisis, parents and children, parent child relationship, babies and infants, death in the family, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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49%
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A psychotherapist helps a law student cope with schizophrenia in one of five interconnected tales dealing with mental illness.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, family relations, family problems, human spirit, lifetime, strong female presence, hopes, court hearing, mental disorder, depression, post traumatic stress disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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49%
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The Way We Are (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Way We Are is a respectful, unglamorous, and serenely charming portrait of regular people and a Hong Kong town that normally gets a bad rap. It may put you to sleep, but the visit and Ann Hui's quiet touch are exceptionally worthwhile.
Style: touching, psychological, emotional, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, working class, single parent, society, unfulfillment, family problems, poverty, little boy, loss of husband, loss of daughter, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
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47%
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Grigris (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chad, France, Belgium
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A 25 year old young man with dreams of becoming a dancer despite the fact that he's paralyzed from the waist down. His dreams are shattered when his uncle falls seriously ill. To save him, he decides to go work for petrol traffickers.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy
Plot: life is a bitch, disability, haunted by the past, unlikely criminals, society, family relations, paralysis, prostitute, job seeking, dancer, death threat, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: africa
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46%
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Our Life (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Claudio works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child. However, a dramatic event comes to upset this simple and happy life. In a rage for life, Claudio energetically fights against ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: life is a bitch, working class, society, lifestyle, family in crisis, parents and children, family problems, family relations, husband wife relationship, desperation, brother brother relationship, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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46%
Profoundly Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Donna Lee Shelby (Kirstie Alley), a mentally retarded girl who lives in Forest Haven, an institution for the developmentally disabled, meets Ricardo Thornton (Delroy Lindo), a fellow resident. When Forest Haven is closed by a ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: interracial relations, couples, friendship, hopes, society, fighting the system, coping, family life, human spirit, family in crisis, idealism, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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46%