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

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about family relations, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, family in crisis and society mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Shirley Adams: Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012), Life, Above All (2010), About Sunny (2011), Phantom Pain (2009), Empire of Dirt (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic
Plot: human spirit, redemption, self discovery, down on your luck, hopes, society, life is a bitch, religions or cults, family problems, guru, death, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
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95%
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: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: prostitution, poverty, school, coffin, human spirit, parents and children, parent child relationship, family in crisis, village, village life, estrangement, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
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84%
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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: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, drugs/alcohol, urban, moral dilemma, parents and children, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family relations, working class, society, family problems, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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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: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, redemption, disability, hopes, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, misfit, couples, family relations, life is a bitch, hit and run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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: serious, gloomy, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: small town, single parent, parents and children, native american, abuse, parent child relationship, family in crisis, family life, danger, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: parents and children, death in the family, family in crisis, family problems, life is a bitch, single parent, dealing with death, redemption, friendship, down on your luck, missing person, twentysomething life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: high school, child illness, mentally challenged, school, single parent, rehabilitation, human spirit, parents and children, family in crisis, relationship vs career, terminal illness, disability ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 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: serious, gloomy, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: aids, village, dealing with death, human spirit, school, infection, couple relations, parents and children, down on your luck, terminal illness, hopes, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, mine, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: serious, gloomy, realistic, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: small town, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, introspection, social decay, society, family problems, family relations, adult virgin, daydreamer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: mentally challenged, friendship, small town, life is a bitch, misfit, single parent, dealing with death, human spirit, impossible love, wooing, unemployment, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: doctor, starving child, single parent, unemployment, parents and children, rich and poor, child illness, down on your luck, family in crisis, life is a bitch, society, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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, serious, sincere, atmospheric
Plot: parents and children, family in crisis, estrangement, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, island, family relations, family gatherings, introspection, resort, family problems, hopes
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: serious, emotional, touching, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, custody, small town, family in crisis, family life, hopes, family relations, legal action, starting over, life turned upside down, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ 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: psychological, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: family life, mental illness, family relations, starting over, parents and children, custody, hopes, family problems, sister sister relationship, woman in underwear, rock paper scissors, psychologist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Grigris (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chad, France
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: sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy, touching
Plot: prostitute, disability, life is a bitch, society, unlikely criminals, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, family relations, paralysis, photo shoot, perjury, beaten up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 1K
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
Plot: immigrants, single parent, starting over, down on your luck, working class, hopes, family problems, family relations, human spirit, family in crisis, life is a bitch, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.3
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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: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: autism, single parent, moral dilemma, parents and children, child illness, life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, family relations, mentally challenged, social misfits, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: disability, social misfits, human spirit, doctors and patients, parents and children, family in crisis, mental illness, misfit, society, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: parents and children, death in the family, religions or cults, family problems, family relations, clergy, mentally challenged, coming of age, introspection, self discovery, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: sexual abuse, mentally challenged, mute or deaf, single parent, parents and children, misfit, family problems, rehabilitation, teachers and students, courtroom drama, family in crisis, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Where God Left His Shoes (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Frank, Angela, and their two children are evicted from their New York City apartment, they have no choice but to move into a homeless shelter. After a few difficult months, good news comes their way on Christmas Eve: a nearby housing project ...
Style: gloomy, serious, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: job seeking, down on your luck, realism, urban, life is a bitch, christmas, race against time, survival, parents and children, family in crisis, chases and races, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: dealing with death, siblings relations, death in the family, hopes, family relations, introspection, family problems, last wish, river, journey, death of mother, coffin ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, emotional, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: single father, single parent, babies and infants, dealing with death, parent child relationship, parents and children, death in the family, family problems, family relations, family in crisis, life turned upside down, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: serious, uplifting, emotional, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: urban, teachers and students, hopes, society, underdog, dealing with death, human spirit, against the odds, city life, life is a bitch, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Way Home (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An inspirational true story about how a rural community rallied around a distraught family to search for their missing two year-old boy and through doing so changed the lives of many of those involved.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: missing child, couple relations, family in crisis, hopes, couples, family problems, family relations, social relations, small town, car accident, missing person, flashback ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dealing with death, redemption, parents and children, family in crisis, terminal illness, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, estrangement, unfulfillment, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, uplifting, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, human spirit, hopes, family problems, family relations, family dinner, psychiatry, debate, funeral, rape, stand up comedian, flashback ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dealing with death, introspection, family in crisis, estrangement, youth, family problems, coming of age, death in the family, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: serious, gloomy, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: starting over, estrangement, human nature, redemption, parents and children, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, unemployment, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: elderly lovers, dealing with death, ocean or sea, human spirit, child illness, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family in crisis, family life, road not taken, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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