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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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, 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), Steam (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Yesterday
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 90 min.
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Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
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Christmas at Maxwell's
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, talky ...
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Empire of Dirt
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Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
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About Sunny
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
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Phantom Pain
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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    User:   68%
 
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Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
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    User:   59%
 
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Country: South Africa
Duration: 115 min.
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Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
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Like Dandelion Dust
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Black
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Black is an adaptation of Helen Keller's autobiography. Black revolves around a blind and deaf girl, and her relationship with her teacher who himself later develops Alzheimer's disease.
Style: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, touching ...
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Gracie's Choice
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Cries from the Heart
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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Cook County
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
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Place: texas, usa
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    User:   39%
 
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Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
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System:   41%
    User:   38%
 
Be Sure to Share
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
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Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
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Emile
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story weaving the past and present together, Emile seeks redemption from the family he abandoned.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: golden years, dealing with death, human nature, university, introspection, redemption, college, countryside, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family gatherings ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, england, europe, british columbia
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    User:   45%
 
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Girlfriend
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, sincere, realistic, touching
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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System:   37%
    User:   43%
 

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