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, violence, depression, betrayal, poverty, sacrifice, abandonment, gang violence, therapy, court ...
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, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, hopes, society and family in crisis mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Shirley Adams: About Sunny (2011), Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012), Life, Above All (2010), Phantom Pain (2009), Dawn Anna (2005). 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: touching, gloomy, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, life is a bitch, down on your luck, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, family problems, single parent, society, urban, moral dilemma, family relations, marijuana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: serious, emotional, uplifting, realistic
Plot: guru, religions or cults, life is a bitch, hopes, down on your luck, self discovery, redemption, family problems, society, human spirit, father son relationship, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere
Plot: coffin, prostitution, poverty, school, society, leaving home, family relations, social relations, youth, village life, misfit, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 6.4
 812
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: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, couple relations, hopes, disability, human spirit, misfit, human nature, redemption, parents and children, family relations, new love, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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 7.0
 904
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: serious, sincere, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: high school, child illness, human spirit, couples, mentally challenged, family problems, against the odds, misfit, single parent, relationship vs career, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.6
 127
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, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: small town, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, family life, family problems, social misfits, family in crisis, parents and children, youth, single parent, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, unemployment, doctor, starving child, family life, family problems, society, human nature, down on your luck, human spirit, family relations, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 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: realistic, touching
Plot: petty job, life is a bitch, down on your luck, hopes, immigrants, family in crisis, working class, american dream, family relations, family problems, human spirit, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: realistic, sincere, serious, bleak, touching ...
Plot: small town, introspection, society, family relations, dysfunctional family, daydreamer, family problems, social decay, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, siblings relations, adult virgin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, emotional, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, starting over, family relations, parents and children, hopes, family life, social worker, custody, family problems, small town, rivalry, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ 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: psychological, touching, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: disability, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, parents and children, family in crisis, misfit, society, youth, isolation, self discovery, mental illness, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.6
 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: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: down on your luck, parents and children, dealing with death, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, twentysomething life, crimes, friends, family relations, redemption, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.5
 618
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: unemployment, life is a bitch, love and romance, hopes, unfulfillment, friendship, impossible love, mentally challenged, human spirit, wooing, single parent, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: touching, gloomy, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, family in crisis, hopes, mentally challenged, family problems, family relations, power relations, misfit, courtroom drama, single parent, rehabilitation, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.3
 1K
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, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: urban, human nature, misfit, exile, elderly, friends, introspection, custody, single parent, drug abuse, redemption, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.7
 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: gloomy, touching, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: aids, village, family relations, social relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, plague, terminal illness, human spirit, death in the family, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, mine, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 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: emotional, realistic, atmospheric, serious, sincere
Plot: estrangement, parents and children, family in crisis, siblings relations, family relations, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, island, introspection, family problems, hopes, resort
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.9
 50
Octavia (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Everybody has a little murder in their heart... somewhere.
Style: touching, gloomy, sexual, emotional, serious ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, confined, hopes, life is a bitch, youth, friendship, society, captivity, misfit, family relations, friends ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 7.1
 709
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, sincere, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: down on your luck, parents and children, family problems, job seeking, family relations, estrangement, unemployment, redemption, life is a bitch, hopes, human nature, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.3
 324
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: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: autism, family relations, nursing, mentally challenged, family problems, coming of age, moral dilemma, misfit, society, single parent, youth, child illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: touching, gloomy, psychological, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: parents and children, hopes, family problems, family life, family relations, mental illness, custody, starting over, woman in underwear, sister sister relationship, swimming pool, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, gloomy, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, teenager, hopes, unfulfillment, family in crisis, suburban life, parents and children, domestic disturbance, redemption, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
...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, sincere ...
Plot: child illness, hospital, doctors and patients, family in crisis, rebellion, single parent, fighting the system, family life, unfulfillment, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.7
 482
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, gloomy, touching, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: family in crisis, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, life is a bitch, addiction, family problems, estrangement, redemption, coming of age, drugs/alcohol, hopes, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.3
 151
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, sexual, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: widow, lesbian, sauna, catholic, youth, single parent, self discovery, family problems, human spirit, family relations, friends, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 427
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: realistic, sincere, serious, touching, gloomy
Plot: prostitute, society, family relations, disability, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, unlikely criminals, paralysis, car on fire, beaten up, koran ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: serious, rough, touching, uplifting, realistic
Plot: single parent, urban ghetto, family relations, hopes, parents and children, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, society, street kid, going straight
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: realistic, touching, gloomy, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: single father, single parent, family relations, parents and children, family in crisis, babies and infants, life turned upside down, dealing with death, youth, family problems, death in the family, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: family relations, family in crisis, chaos and mayhem, life is a bitch, love and romance, parents and children, hopes, miraculous event, elderly lovers, unfulfillment, ocean or sea, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: thought provoking, captivating, touching, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, society, introspection, death in the family, family problems, family tradition, mentally challenged, rabbi, clergy, self discovery, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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