Movies like Shirley Adams

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Shirley Adams
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: emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, touching, uplifting
Plot: human spirit, introspection, small town, parents and children, down on your luck, disability, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, single parent, social decay, misfit, society, paralysis, racial, abandonment, therapy, gang violence, poverty, depression, shoplifting, sacrifice, court ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa
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128 min.
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and emotional 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: Yesterday (2004), Life, Above All (2010), Christmas at Maxwell's (2006), Our Life (2010), The Brooke Ellison Story (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Yesterday
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.
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Time: contemporary
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Life, Above All
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.
Style: sincere, serious, touching, realistic, emotional
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Christmas at Maxwell's
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: emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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Our Life
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Brooke Ellison Story
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.
Style: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, touching ...
Plot: college, single parent, high school, social misfits, hospital, underdog, rehabilitation, school, university, human spirit, parents and children, teenage love ...
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Steam
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: emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic, talky ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
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Dawn Anna
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, mentally challenged, single parent, school, rehabilitation, human spirit, parents and children, child illness, family in crisis, relationship vs career, terminal illness, disability ...
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...First Do No Harm
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: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, human spirit, hospital, parents and children, child illness, small town, courtroom drama, custody, death in the family, family in crisis, terminal illness, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
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    User:   59%
 
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About Sunny
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: drugs/alcohol, single parent, urban, moral dilemma, parents and children, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family relations, working class, society, family problems, marijuana ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
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System:   49%
    User:   51%
 
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Empire of Dirt
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: single parent, small town, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, danger, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, social misfits, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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System:   49%
    User:   52%
 
Eastern Plays
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria, Sweden
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two estranged brothers are brought together when they have opposite roles in a racist beating: while Georgi who's recently joined a neo-nazi group participates in the violence, Hristo witnesses and rescues a Turkish family. Georgi, now being ...
Style: serious, gloomy, sincere, realistic, touching ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, bulgaria, istanbul turkey
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Phantom Pain
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
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    User:   39%
 
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Black
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Country: India
Duration: 122 min.
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Plot: dedicated educator, teacher, mute or deaf, human spirit, teachers and students, disability, child illness, mute, deaf, hopes, misfit, youth ...
Place: india
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Angus Buchan's Ordinary People
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Country: South Africa
Duration: 115 min.
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Duration: 128 min.
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Steel City
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Duration: 95 min.
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Hidden in America
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 93 min.
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Place: usa
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Mockingbird Don't Sing
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: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: social misfits, human spirit, doctors and patients, parents and children, family in crisis, disability, mental illness, misfit, society, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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Extraordinary Measures
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: obsessive quest, race against time, family drama, happy ending, human spirit, survival, doctors, internet, catastrophe, child illness, science, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston
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    User:   42%
 
My Father My Lord
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 ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
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Bluebird
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: bleak, serious, sincere, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, parents and children, dysfunctional family, small town, family in crisis, working class, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, family problems, social relations, single parent, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
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 7.6
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I Am Sam
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: lawyer, parenthood, single father, father daughter relationship, fighting the system, disability, love, courtroom, dedicated lawyer, autism, hospital, adoption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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Like Dandelion Dust
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: emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic, touching ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, parents and children, adoption, custody, small town, family in crisis, family life, hopes, family problems, family relations, legal action, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa, ohio
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    User:   44%
 
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Profoundly Normal
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: uplifting, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: mentally challenged, in the woods, human spirit, siblings relations, suburbs, pregnancy, suburban life, optimism, disability, family life, hopes, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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System:   39%
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Cries from the Heart
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: mentally challenged, mute or deaf, single parent, sexual abuse, parents and children, misfit, family problems, rehabilitation, teachers and students, courtroom drama, family in crisis, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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System:   39%
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Gracie's Choice
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, parents and children, custody, coming of age, siblings relations, teenage girl, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, hopes, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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    User:   36%
 
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Pure
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation.
Style: serious, gloomy, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: rehabilitation, single parent, dealing with death, going straight, friendship, drug abuse, parents and children, drug dealer, drug addiction, heroin, waitress, birthday ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
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System:   37%
    User:   31%
 
A Long Way Home
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: redemption, suburbs, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, suburban life, hopes, teenager, psychiatrist, family problems, family relations, domestic disturbance, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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System:   36%
    User:   29%
 

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My Own Country
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After obtaining his medical degree from Madras Medical College, Dr. Abraham Verghese decides to re-locate to Johnson City, Tennessee. He eventually gets married to Rajani, who is an accomplished dancer, and has a boy, Steven. Since Abraham ...
Style: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: fighting the system, gays and lesbians, hospital, crumbling marriage, human spirit, countryside, child illness, doctors and patients, small town, pregnancy, terminal illness, coming out ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
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System:   34%
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