Movies like The Girl 2012

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The Girl (2012)
 6.2
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The Girl (2012)
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, smuggling, introspection, custody, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, family in crisis, haunted by the past, society, family relations, social problems, money raising, poverty, u.s. mexico border, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, mexican american border, illegal immigration, mexican border, loss of son, mother son relationship
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa

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Most similar movies to The Girl

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, society, single parent and family in crisis mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Girl: About Sunny (2011), California Solo (2012), Hellion (2014), Marussia (2013), Cook County (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, drugs/alcohol, urban, moral dilemma, parents and children, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family relations, working class, society, family problems, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, touching, sincere
Plot: introspection, haunted by the past, music, society, immigrants, musician's life, down on your luck, estrangement, life is a bitch, deportation
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 6.1
 5K
Hellion (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When motocross and heavy metal obsessed, 13-year-old Jacob's delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother Wes with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent father must finally take responsibility for their actions and each other ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, custody, dysfunctional family, teenage life, estrangement, youth, family problems, fire, brother brother relationship, gun ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.2
 73
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: society, childhood, immigration, immigrants, single parent, poverty, family, down on your luck, life is a bitch, misfit, family relations, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 6.7
 482
Cook County (2008)
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: serious, sincere, captivating, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, drugs/alcohol, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: serious, emotional, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: single father, single parent, babies and infants, dealing with death, parent child relationship, parents and children, death in the family, family problems, family relations, family in crisis, life turned upside down, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: teenager, psychiatrist, redemption, suburbs, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, repressed memory, haunted by the past, suburban life, hopes, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: gloomy, serious, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: job seeking, down on your luck, realism, urban, life is a bitch, christmas, race against time, survival, parents and children, family in crisis, chases and races, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, emotional, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, human spirit, introspection, small town, parents and children, down on your luck, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.3
 1K
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
Plot: immigrants, single parent, starting over, down on your luck, working class, hopes, family problems, family relations, human spirit, family in crisis, life is a bitch, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.0
 631
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dealing with death, introspection, family in crisis, estrangement, youth, family problems, coming of age, death in the family, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.1
 700
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, gloomy, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: starting over, estrangement, human nature, redemption, parents and children, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, unemployment, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.3
 324
Fly Away (2011)
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: autism, single parent, moral dilemma, parents and children, child illness, life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, family relations, mentally challenged, social misfits, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.3
 11
Eroded (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Story: "It is said that when left unhealed, the past can destroy our lives. When Billy Reid and his sister Sheila lose loved ones in a horrific accident, they must face the aftermath together. For Billy, that aftermath and the secrets that lie within ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: haunted by the past, mystery, life is a bitch, in the woods, supernatural, family problems, supernatural ability, siblings relations, family in crisis, memory loss, family relations, past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: single parent, siblings relations, suburbs, family in crisis, youth, family problems, family relations, parents and children, working class, kids in trouble, society, eviction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Hidden in America (1996)
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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: doctor, starving child, single parent, unemployment, parents and children, rich and poor, child illness, down on your luck, family in crisis, life is a bitch, society, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: serious, sincere, talky, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, society, juvenile delinquency, single parent, family in crisis, family life, working class, crimes, hopes, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.6
 580
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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: vandalism, 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 ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Gracie's Choice (2004)
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, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: custody, teenage girl, coming of age, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, hopes, youth, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
She Is Not Crying, She Is Singing (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A tale of deliverance. Laura, 27 years old, lives alone in the outskirts of a large town. She learns that her father is in a coma, after a serious car accident. She decides to visit him at the hospital as a last opportunity to settle old scores, ...
Style: sincere, serious, disturbing, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: hospital, parents and children, haunted by the past, estrangement, family problems, introspection, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Paper Covers Rock (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Samantha is recovering from a suicide attempt and ready for a fresh start in life. She has to fight for the custody of her daughter.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: family life, mental illness, family relations, starting over, parents and children, custody, hopes, family problems, sister sister relationship, woman in underwear, rock paper scissors, psychologist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.9
 775
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: bleak, serious, sincere, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: bus, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional family, small town, winter, driver, family in crisis, working class, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: serious, emotional, touching, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, custody, small town, family in crisis, family life, hopes, family relations, legal action, starting over, life turned upside down, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.0
 144
Taken Away (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A corrupt politician covers up his daughter Vicky's pregnancy by forcing her to give the baby up for adoption. The newborn is adopted by a loving couple unable to have children, but a year later Vicky, now in college, realizes she was forced ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional
Plot: parents and children, adoption, courtroom drama, custody, legal, rivalry, family problems, family relations, single parent, teenage life, righting the wronged, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 5K
Keane (2004)
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, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, mental illness, search, schizophrenia, drug abuse, delusion, parents and children, bus, daughter, missing person, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.9
 543
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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: self discovery, coming of age, suburbs, youth, family relations, single parent, parents and children, siblings relations, haunted by the past, suburban life, teenage life, social relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.9
 394
Deadline (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Deadline is the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved, and unpunished for almost twenty years. That changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper (Steve Talley) meets an ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: investigation, journalism, uncover truth, small town, interracial relations, price of justice, crimes, dishonesty, life is a bitch, fighting the system, idealism, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alabama, tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.7
 213
Bypass (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
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: gloomy, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, down on your luck, urban, crimes, youth, life is a bitch, parents and children, terminal illness, working class, society, family relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
 490
Low Tide (2012)
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: realism, single parent, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, small town, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, coming of age, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
I Am from Titov Veles (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Republic of 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: serious, gloomy, realistic, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: small town, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, introspection, social decay, society, family problems, family relations, adult virgin, daydreamer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%