Movies like Shirley Adams

If you like "Shirley Adams" you are looking for sincere, touching and uplifting movies about / with disability, paralysis, family relations, misfit, parents and children, life is a bitch and human spirit 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, 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, small town, single parent, social decay, down on your luck, family in crisis, strong female presence, violence, depression, betrayal, poverty, sacrifice, abandonment, shoplifting, gang violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, life is a bitch, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis and society mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Shirley Adams: About Sunny (2011), Dawn Anna (2005), Yesterday (2004), Empire of Dirt (2013), Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: emotional, sincere, captivating, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: single parent, working class, down on your luck, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, urban, moral dilemma, society, single mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
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95%
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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: sentimental, sincere, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: high school, against the odds, child illness, human spirit, family problems, terminal illness, family in crisis, relationship vs career, family relations, school, disability, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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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: uplifting, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: aids, village, terminal illness, parents and children, human spirit, witch doctor, kindness, society, injustice, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.6
 141
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: bleak, emotional, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: small town, social misfits, life is a bitch, family problems, youth, danger, misfit, society, parents and children, kids in trouble, family relations, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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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, emotional, uplifting, realistic
Plot: society, self discovery, guru, life is a bitch, hopes, family problems, human spirit, down on your luck, religions or cults, redemption, death, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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: realistic, sincere, emotional, touching, serious
Plot: prostitution, school, poverty, coffin, social relations, parents and children, family relations, family in crisis, village life, human spirit, family problems, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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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, sincere, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: working class, life is a bitch, family problems, society, family in crisis, parents and children, wife husband relationship, desperation, brother brother relationship, social differences, redemption, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 6.3
 834
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: sincere, serious, touching, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: life is a bitch, hopes, couple relations, disability, parents and children, misfit, human nature, redemption, human spirit, family relations, new love, operation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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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: sincere, emotional, rough, touching, serious ...
Plot: life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, introspection, society, family problems, family relations, addiction, human nature, family in crisis, strong female presence, siblings relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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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: impossible love, single parent, friendship, life is a bitch, love and romance, hopes, society, human spirit, misfit, social relations, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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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, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, introspection, family problems, family relations, youth, friendship, human nature, family in crisis, social relations, power relations, friends, solace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, hopes, parents and children, family relations, society, street kid, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, single parent, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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, gloomy, touching, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: single parent, unemployment, doctor, starving child, family problems, parents and children, child illness, family relations, rich and poor, human spirit, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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, emotional, realistic, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, family problems, human spirit, family relations, hopes, strong female presence, stand up comedian, funeral, debate, psychiatry, family dinner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.3
 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: touching, realistic
Plot: down on your luck, immigrants, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, human spirit, misfit, society, american dream, starting over, single parent, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, colombia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 4.6
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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: gloomy, serious, touching, emotional, talky ...
Plot: sauna, widow, catholic, singleness, human spirit, hopes, family problems, golden years, life is a bitch, down on your luck, parents and children, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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Applause (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two boys. Now she wants them to be a part of her life ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: rehabilitation, estrangement, alcohol abuse, starting over, haunted by the past, family relations, parents and children, strong female presence, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, actor's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, family relations, parents and children, starting over, family life, hopes, social worker, custody, family problems, legal, legal action, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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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, realistic, sincere, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: teenager, psychiatrist, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, domestic disturbance, parents and children, family in crisis, family relations, redemption, life is a bitch, family problems, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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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: touching, sincere, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: missing child, couples, hopes, family problems, family in crisis, couple relations, social relations, family relations, search, missing person, small town, missing son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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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: realistic, touching, serious, sincere
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, dysfunctional family, elderly, exile, friendship, misfit, introspection, custody, redemption, human nature, mentally challenged ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 5.8
 820
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, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: isolation, family in crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, teenage life, working class, single parent, drug abuse, youth, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 5.8
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Octavia (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Everybody has a little murder in their heart... somewhere.
Style: sexual, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: disability, hopes, life is a bitch, misfit, captivity, society, friendship, confined, human spirit, friends, family relations, youth ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: single father, single parent, family problems, parents and children, family relations, family in crisis, life turned upside down, babies and infants, death in the family, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: touching, gloomy, serious, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: sexual abuse, parents and children, teachers and students, family relations, power relations, family in crisis, legal, single parent, mentally challenged, courtroom drama, misfit, rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.1
 793
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: human nature, job seeking, society, estrangement, haunted by the past, unemployment, redemption, dysfunctional family, starting over, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 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, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
Plot: parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, estrangement, family relations, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, island, introspection, hopes, family problems, resort
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: sincere, bleak, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: life is a bitch, adult virgin, family problems, introspection, society, social decay, sexual content, unfulfillment, daydreamer, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Plot: job seeking, survival, eviction, coping, family problems, life is a bitch, realism, family in crisis, down on your luck, parents and children, ex athlete, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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Choco (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 80 min.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, sincere
Plot: down on your luck, unemployment, village, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, optimism, strong female presence, parents and children, unsupportive spouse, family relations, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%