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, gloomy, serious
Plot: immigrants, smuggling, parents and children, custody, introspection, single parent, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, society, mexican american border, illegal immigration, poverty, family relations, social problems, money raising, family problems, family in crisis, bittersweet, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, mexican border, u.s. mexico border, mother son relationship, loss of son
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas

Most similar movies to The Girl

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and gloomy films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, society, single parent and family in crisis mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Girl: California Solo (2012), About Sunny (2011), Steel City (2006), Marussia (2013), The Forger (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, sincere ...
Plot: haunted by the past, deportation, introspection, musician's life, music, life is a bitch, estrangement, society, immigrants, down on your luck
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.4
 300
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: emotional, sincere, captivating, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: single parent, working class, down on your luck, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, urban, moral dilemma, society, single mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.5
 513
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: serious, gloomy, touching, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: tattoo, police, busboy, blue collar, family life, couples, family problems, hopes, teenage life, working class, youth, single parent ...
Time: contemporary
Place: midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.2
 75
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, sincere, realistic, gloomy
Plot: childhood, immigration, family relations, family problems, society, family, life is a bitch, single parent, family in crisis, poverty, mother daughter relationship, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Movie in collections
 5.8
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The Forger (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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: serious, sentimental, suspenseful, touching, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forgery, going straight, criminal heroes, family problems, child illness, terminal illness, heist, single parent, parents and children, unfulfillment, crime, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: massachusetts, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.4
 601
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: disturbing, realistic, psychological, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: vandalism, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, custody, society, social relations, interracial relations, parents and children, immigrants, kids in trouble, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.0
 656
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, suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, family relations, crimes, parents and children, society, danger, love and romance, crime
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.1
 449
Amber's Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: This is the tragic and true story of the abduction of Amber Hagerman. Her family and the community's efforts to find her and bring her kidnapper to justice prove to be a groundbreaking movement toward implementing a government-run tracking ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, life is a bitch, obsession, danger, family relations, parents and children, injustice, society, crimes, family problems, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: working class, single parent, family problems, suburbs, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, youth, eviction, society, kids in trouble, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
⇓ 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, family relations, parents and children, starting over, family life, hopes, social worker, custody, family problems, legal, legal action, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.8
 820
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: isolation, family in crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, teenage life, working class, single parent, drug abuse, youth, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, contemplative ...
Plot: teenager, psychiatrist, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, domestic disturbance, parents and children, family in crisis, family relations, redemption, life is a bitch, family problems, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: job seeking, survival, eviction, coping, family problems, life is a bitch, realism, family in crisis, down on your luck, parents and children, ex athlete, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: touching, sentimental, captivating, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: family relations, youth, single parent, society, teenage life, parents and children, social misfits, elderly, coming of age, grandfather granddaughter relationship, poverty, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
City by the Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police ...
Style: serious, intense, twists and turns, emotional, talky ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, crime, homicide detective, crimes, parents and children, haunted by the past, family problems, father son relationship, life is a bitch, law enforcement, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.9
 943
True North (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, Ireland, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The crew of a bankrupt Scottish trawler turn to smuggling illegal immigrants over the stormy waters of the North Sea.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, bleak, serious, touching
Plot: ship, illegal immigration, fisherman, parents and children, moral dilemma, dishonesty, life is a bitch, human nature, stowaway, ocean or sea, smuggling, seaport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 329
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: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: autism, family problems, social misfits, life is a bitch, single parent, youth, society, misfit, moral dilemma, bittersweet, child illness, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 546
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: atmospheric, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: family problems, parents and children, society, dysfunctional family, working class, youth, single parent, small town, life is a bitch, realism, teenage boy, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 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, suspense
Plot: motocross, social worker, dysfunctional family, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, estrangement, custody, family problems, youth, parents and children, family relations, juvenile delinquent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: single father, single parent, family problems, parents and children, family relations, family in crisis, life turned upside down, babies and infants, death in the family, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 3.9
 665
War Story (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Lee is a world-weary American woman who arrives in an Italian city. Her tangles with hotel staff, incessant smoking and her disregard of the persistently ringing telephone hint at her volatility brewing beneath the surface. Between fitful naps, she ...
Style: tense, realistic, psychological, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: photojournalist, society, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, immigrants, female protagonist, rivalry, couples, strong female presence, photographer
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Scouting Book for Boys (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Thomas Turgoose (This Is England) stars as David, a young boy who lives a carefree life on a coastal caravan park with his best friend Emily (Holliday Grainger). When David learns that Emily is being forced to move away, he helps her hide out in a ...
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, leaving home, youth, rebelliousness, society, dysfunctional family, parents and children, secret place, life is a bitch, family problems, teenage life, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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: touching, realistic
Plot: down on your luck, immigrants, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, human spirit, misfit, society, american dream, starting over, single parent, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, colombia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 5.7
 830
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: bleak, suspenseful, gloomy, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, haunted by the past, power relations, family relations, athlete and trainer, parents and children, escape from reality, profanity, family problems, crime, gangsters, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Greencard Warriors (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The tragic struggle of an undocumented Latino family in Los Angeles after they have sent their eldest son to war.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, exciting ...
Plot: gang, teenage life, life is a bitch, immigrants, society, coming of age, parents and children, family relations, urban ghetto life, crimes, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 2K
Red Bear (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain, France
Duration: 97 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: emotional, captivating, realistic, touching, serious
Plot: heist, haunted by the past, redemption, estrangement, society, urban, rivalry, crime, going straight, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: touching, uplifting, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, hopes, parents and children, family relations, society, street kid, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, single parent, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.0
 2K
For Ellen (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After an overnight long-distance drive, Joby has a special meeting—with lawyers and his ex-wife. A struggling musician with the prerequisite tattoos, slimy hair, goatee, and his head firmly floating in the clouds, Joby hasn’t been around to be a ...
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, serious
Plot: parents and children, reunion, family problems, hopes, custody, rivalry, estrangement, babies and infants, family relations, family gatherings, child custody, musician ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.7
 488
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: sincere, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: addiction, sexual content, bittersweet, drugs/alcohol, family relations, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, family in crisis, drug abuse, youth, small town, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: realistic, gloomy, serious, touching, emotional ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, human spirit, family problems, life is a bitch, family relations, family in crisis, hopes, strong female presence, introspection, society, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%