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, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: disability, paralysis, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, human spirit, hopes, family problems, introspection, single parent, misfit, society, small town, social decay, family in crisis, poverty, strong female presence, down on your luck, violence, depression, court, betrayal, sacrifice, abandonment, shoplifting ...
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 serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, family problems, hopes, parents and children, life is a bitch, family in crisis and society mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Shirley Adams: Between Us (2009), Dawn Anna (2005), Life, Above All (2010), About Sunny (2011), Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, serious
Plot: homelessness, starting over, human spirit, hopes, family problems, life is a bitch, society, single parent, american dream, working class, family relations, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, colombia
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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, sentimental, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: high school, family problems, human spirit, terminal illness, child illness, against the odds, mentally challenged, rehabilitation, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, relationship vs career ...
Time: contemporary
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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, human spirit, social misfits, society, hopes, youth, family problems, estrangement, social relations, family relations, leaving home, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
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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: realistic, serious, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: moral dilemma, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, working class, down on your luck, family problems, single mother, poverty, urban, single parent, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas
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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: uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional, christian film
Plot: self discovery, human spirit, redemption, hopes, society, family problems, friendship, down on your luck, life is a bitch, guru, religions or cults, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
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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: sincere, touching, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: disability, couple relations, life is a bitch, hopes, human nature, redemption, human spirit, misfit, family relations, parents and children, new love, amputation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
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88%
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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: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, youth, society, danger, single parent, social misfits, life is a bitch, family problems, dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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87%
I Am from Titov Veles (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Republic of North 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: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, bleak ...
Plot: social decay, introspection, dysfunctional family, family relations, daydreamer, society, family problems, life is a bitch, small town, adult virgin, siblings relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: macedonia
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87%
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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: touching, sincere, serious, melancholic, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, love and romance, single parent, friendship, impossible love, society, hopes, human spirit, social relations, misfit, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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87%
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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, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: life is a bitch, working class, family in crisis, parents and children, family problems, lifestyle, society, wife husband relationship, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, desperation, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy
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86%
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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: touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: introspection, redemption, friendship, family problems, dysfunctional family, hopes, human nature, addiction, rehabilitation, family life, elderly, custody ...
Time: contemporary
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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: touching, emotional, serious, talky, sexual ...
Plot: widow, sauna, introspection, life is a bitch, love and romance, family problems, family relations, hopes, elderly, parents and children, self discovery, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
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85%
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: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: human spirit, family life, love and romance, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children, couples, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
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81%
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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, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: aids, terminal illness, village, witch doctor, hiv, parents and children, human spirit, kindness, society, life is a bitch, hopes, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa
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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: touching, emotional, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
Plot: death in the family, family relations, family problems, last wish, hopes, introspection, siblings relations, dealing with death, brother brother relationship, very little dialogue, coffin, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Choco (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A young woman raising alone her children while her husband gets drunk but when she breaks free nothing will be the same
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy
Plot: optimism, family relations, parents and children, unemployment, society, hopes, family problems, village, husband wife relationship, loss of job, unsupportive spouse, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, latin america
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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: custody, adoption, starting over, family relations, parents and children, social worker, family life, hopes, family problems, life turned upside down, rivalry, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
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80%
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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, realistic ...
Plot: small town, introspection, family relations, human nature, friendship, family problems, youth, family in crisis, coming of age, swimming, power relations, solace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maryland, usa
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80%
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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: uplifting, touching, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, street kid, parents and children, family relations, society, hopes, urban ghetto life, single parent, urban ghetto, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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80%
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Orphan (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, France, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Chilean family deals with the new values in a quickly changing world.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: social differences, society, hopes, family relations, family problems, parents and children, introspection, human spirit, family life, village, family in crisis, poverty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chile, latin america
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79%
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, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, teenager, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, family problems, redemption, family in crisis, parents and children, domestic disturbance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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79%
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: emotional, sincere, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, dysfunctional family, human nature, addiction, society, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, strong female presence, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
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79%
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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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: isolation, family problems, family in crisis, youth, single parent, drug abuse, working class, dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
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77%
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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: realistic, emotional, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: family relations, siblings relations, estrangement, parents and children, family in crisis, island, introspection, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, resort, hopes, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
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77%
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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: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: rehabilitation, estrangement, alcohol abuse, starting over, parents and children, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, actor's life, hopes, strong female presence, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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76%
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, realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, human spirit, family problems, family relations, strong female presence, hopes, female director, depressed woman, debate, court hearing, family dinner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family problems, dysfunctional family, death in the family, drug abuse, introspection, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, social relations, estrangement, father daughter relationship, overdose ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
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76%
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Lifted (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The chance to shine in a singing competition offers much-needed hope for a Southern middle-schooler who's drowning in worries, from bullies in the halls to turmoil at home -- and the news that his reservist father has been called back to ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: parents and children, family problems, military life, military, hopes, wartime life, contests and competitions, society, family in crisis, soldier, follow your dream, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, middle east, alabama, afghanistan
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76%
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: sentimental, touching, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: self discovery, life is a bitch, society, hopes, clergy, religions or cults, rabbi, family tradition, family problems, parents and children, introspection, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
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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: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, single father, single parent, life turned upside down, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, death in the family, babies and infants, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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