Movies like Shirley Adams

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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, touching, uplifting, gloomy, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: disability, paralysis, family relations, misfit, parents and children, life is a bitch, human spirit, hopes, family problems, society, introspection, single parent, small town, family in crisis, social decay, down on your luck, violence, depression, betrayal, poverty, sacrifice, abandonment, gang violence, therapy, court ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa

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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, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, family in crisis and society mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Shirley Adams: Dawn Anna (2005), Yesterday (2004), About Sunny (2011), Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012), Life, Above All (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: sincere, realistic, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: high school, human spirit, against the odds, family problems, terminal illness, parents and children, school, disability, family relations, single parent, rehabilitation, relationship vs career ...
Time: contemporary
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95%
 7.6
 2K
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: touching, uplifting, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: aids, village, terminal illness, parents and children, human spirit, witch doctor, life is a bitch, hopes, family problems, society, injustice, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, mine, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 6.5
 290
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: sincere, emotional, captivating, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: urban, society, moral dilemma, drugs/alcohol, family relations, working class, single parent, family problems, down on your luck, parents and children, life is a bitch, marijuana ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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: serious, realistic, emotional, uplifting
Plot: human spirit, hopes, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family problems, guru, redemption, religions or cults, society, self discovery, kidnapping, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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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, realistic
Plot: poverty, school, coffin, prostitution, parents and children, social misfits, human spirit, hopes, youth, estrangement, village life, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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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: life is a bitch, couple relations, hopes, disability, family relations, misfit, human nature, parents and children, human spirit, redemption, new love, operation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: touching, uplifting, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, family relations, society, street kid, urban ghetto life, single parent, urban ghetto
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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: gloomy, realistic, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: small town, danger, youth, single parent, parents and children, family in crisis, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, family relations, family life, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Hidden in America (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a man Bill Januson whose pride in being the head of his family won't let him accept help from his sick daughters doctor. He has to prove to his kids that even with the death of his wife and the loss of his job that they can and will ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: unemployment, single parent, doctor, starving child, family in crisis, life is a bitch, rich and poor, human spirit, parents and children, child illness, down on your luck, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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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: touching, realistic
Plot: society, american dream, starting over, petty job, family relations, human spirit, hopes, family in crisis, down on your luck, life is a bitch, immigrants, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, colombia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
I Am from Titov Veles (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Republic of Macedonia, 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: sincere, realistic, gloomy, touching, bleak ...
Plot: siblings relations, society, introspection, family relations, dysfunctional family, adult virgin, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, family problems, social decay, daydreamer, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia who was still in diapers, barely able to ...
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: disability, doctors and patients, parents and children, social misfits, family in crisis, human spirit, life is a bitch, hopes, youth, isolation, mental illness, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.8
 2K
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: serious, gloomy, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: twentysomething life, parents and children, single parent, friends, family relations, lifestyle, society, working class, dealing with death, death in the family, redemption, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.3
 622
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: touching, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: dealing with death, human spirit, life is a bitch, impossible love, society, hopes, love and romance, unfulfillment, single parent, unemployment, wooing, mentally challenged ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, sincere, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, starting over, parents and children, family relations, hopes, family life, social worker, custody, family problems, rivalry, life turned upside down, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: realistic, touching, gloomy, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: sexual abuse, mentally challenged, rehabilitation, hopes, parents and children, mute or deaf, teachers and students, family in crisis, life is a bitch, courtroom drama, misfit, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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: sincere, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: misfit, urban, human nature, introspection, single parent, drug abuse, custody, friends, family relations, exile, redemption, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.3
 2K
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: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, atmospheric
Plot: siblings relations, parents and children, family in crisis, estrangement, dysfunctional family, family relations, island, family gatherings, hopes, resort, family problems, introspection
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 5.7
 53
Octavia (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Everybody has a little murder in their heart... somewhere.
Style: sexual, realistic, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: disability, friends, society, captivity, misfit, youth, friendship, family relations, hopes, human spirit, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: touching, gloomy, realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, family relations, starting over, human nature, society, family problems, job seeking, unemployment, redemption, estrangement, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 4.6
 152
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: serious, realistic, gloomy, sexual, touching ...
Plot: sauna, widow, catholic, single parent, youth, family relations, friends, couples, friendship, gender, introspection, elderly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.3
 328
Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: autism, communication problem, family relations, nursing, mentally challenged, family problems, society, moral dilemma, misfit, social misfits, life is a bitch, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Paper Covers Rock (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Samantha is recovering from a suicide attempt and ready for a fresh start in life. She has to fight for the custody of her daughter.
Style: gloomy, touching, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: mental illness, hopes, parents and children, family relations, family problems, family life, starting over, custody, woman in underwear, psychologist, swimming pool, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: teenager, psychiatrist, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, estrangement, redemption, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
...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, emotional ...
Plot: child illness, hospital, single parent, small town, family relations, unfulfillment, parents and children, death in the family, terminal illness, family problems, against the odds, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, baltimore
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.7
 484
Cook County (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab (IMDb.com)
Style: sentimental, touching, gloomy, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, family problems, redemption, coming of age, small town, addiction, family in crisis, homecoming, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
...And Your Name Is Jonah (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A couple whose son had been diagnosed as mentally retarded, and was institutionalized, are shocked to discover that the diagnosis was wrong, and that their son is in fact deaf.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: deafness, sign language, parents and children, mute or deaf, family in crisis, human spirit, family, disability, hopes, family relations, family problems, misdiagnosed ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: sincere, emotional, touching, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: single father, single parent, parents and children, family in crisis, babies and infants, dealing with death, family relations, life turned upside down, family problems, death in the family, youth, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of a state institution for mentally retarded children. Jean Hansen, a former music teacher anxious to give her life some meaning, joins the staff of the hospital. Jean, who tries to shelter the children with her love, ...
Style: sincere, emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, hopes, dedicated educator, human spirit, social misfits, boss and employee, parents and children, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
My Father My Lord (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 72 min.
Story: "My Father My Lord" is an intimate and deeply disturbing story of the conflict between a father's love and his deep devotion to religion. A respected Orthodox Rabbi dotes on his only son but his religious strictures leave an emotional ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: mentally challenged, religions or cults, family relations, death in the family, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, self discovery, rabbi, clergy, family tradition, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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