Movies like The Girl 2012

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The Girl
Genre: Drama, Mystery, 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: sincere, serious, gloomy, realistic, touching
Plot: immigrants, single parent, introspection, custody, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, family in crisis, haunted by the past, society, family relations, smuggling, social problems, money raising, mexican border, illegal immigration, mexican american border, poverty, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, loss of son
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
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Gracie's Choice
Drama
Canada, USA
90 min.
 7.7
Crash
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA, Germany
112 min.
 7.8
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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, family problems, parents and children, single parent, life is a bitch, society and family in crisis mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres. Some movies like The Girl: Keane (2004), Shirley Adams (2009), Bluebird (2013), About Sunny (2011), Cook County (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Keane
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A mentally ill man searches New York for his missing eight year old daughter. He recreates her steps each day hoping for some clue to her disappearance, until he meets and befriend a woman with a daughter the same age. Could she help him with the ...
Style: serious, touching, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: kidnapping, parents and children, bus, mental illness, missing person, crimes, search, schizophrenia, danger, family problems, family relations, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, mcdonald's restaurant, manhattan new york city
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System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
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. ...
Style: emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: human spirit, introspection, parents and children, small town, down on your luck, disability, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa
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System:   94%
    User:   93%
 
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   88%
    User:   100%
 
 6.5
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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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    User:   100%
 
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Cook County
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: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, coming of age, redemption, parents and children, small town, addiction, drug abuse, family in crisis, homecoming, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
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    User:   67%
 
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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    User:   77%
 
 7.2
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Marussia
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: serious, gloomy, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: society, immigrants, single parent, down on your luck, life is a bitch, misfit, family relations, immigration, childhood, family in crisis, family problems, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france
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System:   72%
    User:   61%
 
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   53%
 
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   73%
 
Hidden in America
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, gloomy, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: parents and children, rich and poor, child illness, down on your luck, family in crisis, life is a bitch, starving child, doctor, society, single parent, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   50%
 
Where God Left His Shoes
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, gloomy, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: down on your luck, realism, life is a bitch, urban, race against time, survival, parents and children, family in crisis, chases and races, family problems, family relations, christmas ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   64%
 
The End of Love
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: emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: babies and infants, dealing with death, parents and children, death in the family, family problems, single father, single parent, family relations, family in crisis, life turned upside down, youth, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   53%
 
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Amreeka
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Kuwait, Jordan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Eager to provide a better future for her son, Fadi (Melkar Muallem), divorcée Muna Farah (Nisreen Faour) leaves her Palestinian homeland and takes up residence in rural Illinois -- just in time to encounter the domestic repercussions of ...
Style: serious, touching, captivating, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: immigrants, single parent, starting over, small town, culture clash, family in crisis, family life, teenage life, hopes, misfit, society, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003
Place: illinois, usa, palestine, israel
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System:   56%
    User:   67%
 
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Our Life
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, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: parents and children, death in the family, family in crisis, family problems, life is a bitch, single parent, dealing with death, redemption, friendship, down on your luck, missing person, twentysomething life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   66%
 
 7.8
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Crash
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: realistic, bleak, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: racism, prejudice, redemption, police corruption, morality, storytelling, corruption, tragedy, immigrants, depression, plot twist, race issues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, santa monica california, puerto rico, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   59%
 
 7.1
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Low Tide
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Belgium, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A 12 year old boy and his single mother live separate lives. The boy spends his days alone while his mother works and goes out with her friends. The boy’s solitude is both a source of freedom and a cause for grief. His explorations slowly bring to ...
Style: bleak, serious, sincere, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, realism, single parent, parents and children, down on your luck, small town, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, coming of age, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   55%
 
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Sleepwalking
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When her boyfriend is arrested for marijuana possession, Joleen Reedy and her 11-year-old daughter, Tara, take refuge with Joleen's aimless brother, James. Joleen soon runs off with a truck driver, and James is unable to meet his ...
Style: emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: innocence lost, on the road, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, family problems, haunted by the past, uncle niece relationship, road trip, child abuse, family relations, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   60%
 
 6.2
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Fly Away
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: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: single parent, moral dilemma, parents and children, child illness, life is a bitch, autism, misfit, family problems, family relations, mentally challenged, social misfits, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   53%
 
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 145
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 ...
Plot: singleness, hopes, family relations, golden years, single parent, human spirit, sauna, catholic, widow, lesbian, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   51%
 
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Crash
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Crash is an American television drama series that tells the story of how the lives of how several very diverse Southern Californians intersect.
Style: serious, gloomy, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: racism, interracial relations, city life, social decay, hopes, urban, life is a bitch, society, unfulfillment, couples, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   62%
 
 6.7
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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
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   50%
 
 6.6
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Red Doors
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: golden years, immigrants, suburbs, single parent, monastery, crumbling marriage, human nature, parents and children, lesbian, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, eccentric family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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System:   50%
    User:   49%
 
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Powder Blue
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: redemption, hospital, loneliness, suicide, death, depression, cancer, drugs/alcohol, human nature, life philosophy, nudity (topless - notable), destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   41%
 
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Under the Same Moon
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: immigrants, friendship, coming of age, latin, sacrifice, obsessive quest, childhood, parents and children, runaway, mentor, workplace, road trip ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, los angeles, california, south africa, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   45%
 
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Anne B. Real
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: ANNE B. REAL is the coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: hip hop, juvenile delinquency, urban, single parent, introspection, urban ghetto, siblings relations, urban ghetto life, coming of age, family life, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   46%
 
 6.4
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Steel City
Genre: Drama
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, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: single parent, dealing with death, introspection, redemption, couple relations, parents and children, busboy, blue collar, tattoo, police, siblings relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   49%
 
Bridge to Silence
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A woman with a hearing problem tries to get het life back together after a car accident that killed her husband.
Style: emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: mute or deaf, romance, single parent, opposites attract, introspection, parents and children, sexual abuse, custody, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, haunted by the past ...
Time: 80s
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System:   47%
    User:   44%
 
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A Way of Life
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: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: immigrants, single parent, custody, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family relations, social relations, interracial relations, parents and children, kids in trouble, society, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   55%
 

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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 ...
Plot: elderly lovers, ocean or sea, dealing with death, human spirit, child illness, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family in crisis, family life, road not taken, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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System:   47%
    User:   49%
 
...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
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   38%
 
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