Movies like The Girl 2012

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The Girl (2012)
 6.2
 1K
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, touching, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, social problems, money raising, family problems, haunted by the past, society, custody, immigrants, introspection, single parent, family in crisis, smuggling, poverty, mexican border, u.s. mexico border, illegal immigration, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, mexican american border, loss of son, mother son relationship
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa

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, life is a bitch, parents and children, society, family in crisis and hopes mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Girl: About Sunny (2011), California Solo (2012), Marussia (2013), A Long Way Home (2003), The End of Love (2012). 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: touching, gloomy, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, life is a bitch, down on your luck, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, family problems, single parent, society, urban, moral dilemma, family relations, marijuana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: estrangement, deportation, life is a bitch, immigrants, down on your luck, music, musician's life, haunted by the past, introspection, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 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: touching, gloomy, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: society, immigration, childhood, life is a bitch, family in crisis, family problems, immigrants, down on your luck, misfit, single parent, family relations, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, gloomy, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, teenager, hopes, unfulfillment, family in crisis, suburban life, parents and children, domestic disturbance, redemption, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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: realistic, touching, gloomy, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: single father, single parent, family relations, parents and children, family in crisis, babies and infants, life turned upside down, dealing with death, youth, family problems, death in the family, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: gloomy, touching, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, misfit, society, family relations, parents and children, family in crisis, introspection, single parent, family problems, human spirit, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 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: sentimental, gloomy, touching, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: family in crisis, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, life is a bitch, addiction, family problems, estrangement, redemption, coming of age, drugs/alcohol, hopes, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: touching, gloomy, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: job seeking, parents and children, family in crisis, life is a bitch, race against time, ex athlete, coping, realism, family problems, chases and races, down on your luck, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 7.1
 709
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, sincere, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: down on your luck, parents and children, family problems, job seeking, family relations, estrangement, unemployment, redemption, life is a bitch, hopes, human nature, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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: custody, youth, estrangement, juvenile delinquency, family problems, teenage life, parents and children, family relations, dysfunctional family, coming of age, aunt, vandalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, unemployment, doctor, starving child, family life, family problems, society, human nature, down on your luck, human spirit, family relations, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense
Plot: haunted by the past, siblings relations, family in crisis, mystery, life is a bitch, in the woods, supernatural, family relations, family problems, supernatural ability, memory loss, loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: realistic, talky, bleak, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: urban ghetto, crimes, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, hopes, family in crisis, petty criminal, family problems, family life, youth, single parent, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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: petty job, life is a bitch, down on your luck, hopes, immigrants, family in crisis, working class, american dream, family relations, family problems, human spirit, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: realistic, sincere, serious, touching
Plot: family in crisis, siblings relations, parents and children, society, youth, single parent, working class, eviction, kids in trouble, suburbs, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, emotional, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, starting over, family relations, parents and children, hopes, family life, social worker, custody, family problems, small town, rivalry, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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: realistic, serious, atmospheric, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: youth, estrangement, overdose, coming of age, family problems, death in the family, introspection, social relations, dysfunctional family, drug abuse, family in crisis, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, emotional, sincere, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: custody, coming of age, teenage girl, custody battle, family relations, family in crisis, parents and children, hopes, manipulations, life is a bitch, siblings relations, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: touching, gloomy, psychological, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: parents and children, hopes, family problems, family life, family relations, mental illness, custody, starting over, woman in underwear, sister sister relationship, swimming pool, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: autism, family relations, nursing, mentally challenged, family problems, coming of age, moral dilemma, misfit, society, single parent, youth, child illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ 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: gloomy, touching, serious, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: bus, rivalry, drug abuse, single parent, youth, isolation, small town life, family problems, teenage life, small town, vengeance, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, realistic, disturbing, touching ...
Plot: hospital, family relations, introspection, estrangement, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, sexual abuse, intensive care ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.6
 224
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: gloomy, touching, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, parents and children, down on your luck, terminal illness, youth, family relations, urban, society, working class, juvenile delinquency
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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: gloomy, psychological, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: vandalism, parents and children, life is a bitch, immigrants, interracial relations, society, custody, down on your luck, single parent, family problems, kids in trouble, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: serious, rough, touching, uplifting, realistic
Plot: single parent, urban ghetto, family relations, hopes, parents and children, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, society, street kid, going straight
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: touching, rough, gloomy, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: family problems, human nature, introspection, society, addiction, dysfunctional family, family relations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, siblings relations, family in crisis, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: realistic, sincere, serious, bleak, touching ...
Plot: small town, introspection, society, family relations, dysfunctional family, daydreamer, family problems, social decay, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, siblings relations, adult virgin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.8
 395
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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense
Plot: society, murder, small town, crimes, interracial relations, rebellion, idealism, injustice, fighting the system, deadly, small town life, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alabama, tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young woman is returned home to her biological parents after living with her abductor for 17 years.
Style: gloomy, psychological, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, stockholm syndrome, family problems, redemption, parents and children, hopes, homecoming, family relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.9
 555
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: realistic, touching, sincere, serious
Plot: social relations, family relations, haunted by the past, siblings relations, suburban life, parents and children, coming of age, teenage life, suburbs, self discovery, youth, single parent
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%