Movies like The Girl 2012

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The Girl (2012)
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The Girl (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young Texan mother who loses her child to foster care begins smuggling Mexicans across the border.
Style: touching, realistic, tense, captivating, suspense, sincere, serious, gloomy
Plot: custody, smuggling, immigrants, parents and children, single parent, introspection, life is a bitch, society, haunted by the past, mexican american border, illegal immigration, poverty, human trafficking, strong female lead, self discovery, foster home, family relations, social problems, family problems, family in crisis, bittersweet, money raising, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, mexican border ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas

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Most similar movies to The Girl

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, parents and children, society, life is a bitch, family problems, single parent and family in crisis mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Girl: Steel City (2006), California Solo (2012), About Sunny (2011), Shirley Adams (2009), The Narrows (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Steel City (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. His son PJ, who works washing dishes and cleaning tables in a restaurant, feels lost, ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, touching ...
Plot: police, family life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, redemption, couple relations, introspection, couples, family problems, family relations, youth, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, midwest
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95%
California Solo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Lachlan MacAldonich is a self-described “lazy Scotsman” and former guitar player for a once-popular 1990s rock band. No longer famous, he now lives a comfortably numb existence working on an organic farm outside Los Angeles. He drinks himself ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: deportation, haunted by the past, introspection, musician's life, society, estrangement, music, life is a bitch, age difference, down on your luck, immigrants, farm
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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87%
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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, captivating, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, moral dilemma, society, working class, parents and children, family problems, down on your luck, single mother, poverty, youth, single parent, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 6.7
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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. ...
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere, touching ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, introspection, human spirit, parents and children, life is a bitch, single parent, hopes, family problems, family relations, social decay, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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The Narrows (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A 19 year old Brooklyn boy who is torn between two worlds when his photography portfolio wins him a partial scholarship to NYU. He must figure out how to balance his Italian neighborhood roots with the expansive, sophisticated world on the other ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: college student, crimes, moral dilemma, society, self discovery, human nature, parents and children, city life, family relations, coming of age, nypd, hot and sexy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Man Inside (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A thriller centered on a young boxer trying to distance himself from his father's gangster past and the relationship with his trainer.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, crimes, haunted by the past, athlete and trainer, parents and children, gangsters, family problems, escape from reality, starting over, sport, rivalry, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: realistic, touching, serious
Plot: homelessness, poverty, urban setting, starting over, human spirit, society, life is a bitch, family relations, american dream, hopes, family problems, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Red Bear (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bear has never gotten over the separation from his wife and daughter after having been convicted for armed robbery and homicide and sent to prison. Now he is out, to finally get his cut of the money and reunite with his family, or at least avenge ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: going straight, heist, crimes, criminal heroes, society, criminal's revenge, estrangement, parents and children, redemption, haunted by the past, home invasion, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Marussia (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: France, Russia
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In cities like Paris there are countless people from Eastern Europe who have forsaken their homelands because they can see no future there. Lucia and her little daughter Marussia are two such people. They have been thrown out by the Russian ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Plot: society, childhood, immigration, family, family problems, family relations, poverty, single parent, family in crisis, life is a bitch, mother daughter relationship, girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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The Forger (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, only to be forced to alter his plans and commit one more job for the man who financed his release.
Style: sentimental, serious, suspenseful, touching, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forgery, heist, criminal heroes, going straight, terminal illness, child illness, family problems, parents and children, single parent, teenager, con artists, theft ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 294
Now or Never (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 92 min.
Story: As a mother, in principle, you do not rob banks. But these days, it can be a solution for the future of your home, and not to give up on your dreams. Playing the thieves can quickly become dangerous and bad encounters can turn into a love story ...
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, heist, family relations, down on your luck, society, family in crisis, parents and children, unemployment, plan, bankruptcy, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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52%
Blood of My Blood (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Portugal
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A regular family living in the outskirts of Lisbon sees the serenity of their lives shaken beyond any remedy within a week.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, single parent, family life, mother daughter conflict, life is a bitch, family relations, crimes, family problems, working class, hopes, violence, father daughter incest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Outlaw Country (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty where music, love, hope and tragedy collide. Created as a pilot for a TV Series which was not taken up, this has now been aired as a TV Movie.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: family relations, gang, crimes, parents and children, society, love and romance, graphic violence, danger
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, custody, starting over, family relations, parents and children, hopes, social worker, family life, legal, legal action, rivalry, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, ohio, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Snow on tha Bluff (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When Curtis Snow steals a video camera from some college kids during a dope deal, he gives the camera to his best friend, Pancho, and they start documenting their lives. At first its business as usual for Curtis. He robs dope boys, he runs from the ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, tense ...
Plot: dealer, filmmaking, drug dealing, crimes, introspection, life is a bitch, single parent, found footage, down on your luck, stoners, rivalry, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Ballast (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A single mother and her embattled son struggle to subsist in a small Mississippi Delta township. An act of violence thrusts them into the world of an emotionally devastated highway store owner, awakening the fury of a bitter and longstanding ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: small town, single parent, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, juvenile delinquent, robbery, society, poverty, mother son relationship, little boy, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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A Way of Life (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: At 17 LeighAnne Williams has a six month old baby to look after, with only the help of three teenage squatters who flog stolen gear to make ends meet. A neighbour (actually from Turkey) across the street becomes target to her growing paranoia that ...
Style: realistic, bleak, psychological, disturbing, sad ...
Plot: vandalism, delusion, family relations, family problems, social relations, society, life is a bitch, custody, interracial relations, parents and children, kids in trouble, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.7
 324
Bypass (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tim has no job, but Tim ‘works’, selling stolen goods...In the face of mounting internal and external pressure, how far will he go to keep his head above water and protect those he loves?
Style: suspenseful, touching, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, parents and children, crimes, youth, family relations, society, down on your luck, working class, terminal illness, criminal, urban
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Children of Invention (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two young children living illegally in a model apartment outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their hardworking mother disappears
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: youth, working class, family problems, single parent, parents and children, society, siblings relations, eviction, suburbs, family relations, child, kids in trouble ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Drunkboat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After twenty years of broken bottles and empty hallways, Mort Gleason witnesses his nephew Moo being beaten while in a drunken stupor. The short contact with family brings Mort back to what are left of his senses and he returns to the last home he ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, single parent, parents and children, youth, social relations, coming of age, teenage life, suburbs, self discovery, teenager, boat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 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, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: autism, nursing, moral dilemma, parents and children, family problems, single parent, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, youth, mentally challenged, child illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, realistic, touching, sincere, gloomy
Plot: haunted by the past, redemption, starting over, dysfunctional family, hopes, estrangement, family problems, parents and children, family relations, human nature, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
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42%
Mother of George (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Nigeria, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A story about a woman willing to do anything and risk everything for her marriage.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: immigrants, couple relations, society, couples, lifestyle, married couple, trying to get pregnant, relationships, changing lives, cultural difference, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Least Among Saints (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A haunted soldier just back from war and a boy who has never known peace in his home life embark on a life-changing journey as they become unlikely friends — and one another’s last shot at redemption.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, captivating, tense ...
Plot: boy, friendship, haunted by the past, redemption, escapades, family problems, orphan, journey, crimes, youth, missing person, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.2
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Norfolk (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Set in Norfolk, amidst an idyllic, brooding landscape, an innocent teenage boy and his battle-weary father live a simple life. Days are spent hunting, fishing and daydreaming. Out-of-nowhere, disrupting this tranquility, a mysterious intense figure ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: teenage life, hitman, family in crisis, family relations, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, isolation, single parent, youth, father son relationship, mercenary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
My Only Sunshine (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Hayat, her father and bedridden grandfather live in a riverside shack near the dangerously dark but breathtakingly beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. Hayat's father owns a small boat that secures the family's survival through a miscellany ...
Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, touching, art house ...
Plot: youth, single parent, parents and children, poverty, family relations, society, teenage life, social misfits, elderly, grandfather granddaughter relationship, father daughter relationship, alienation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.1
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Cost of a Soul (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Wounded in the war, Tommy Donahue and DD Davis return home from Iraq to the slum neighborhood they grew up in. Tommy returns to his wife, Faith, whom he abandoned while she was pregnant to escape a life of crime. Tommy meets his disabled six ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: racism, murder, iraq war, crimes, urban ghetto, haunted by the past, homecoming, society, gang, family problems, war veteran, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, sincere, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, family relations, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, redemption, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: christmas, eviction, coping, realism, family problems, life is a bitch, survival, ex athlete, race against time, down on your luck, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Frozen River (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, bleak, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, native american reservation, winter, native americans, native american, smuggling, working class, snow, survival, courage, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, canada, california, new york state, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%