Movies like In the Best Interest of the Children

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In the Best Interest of the Children (1992)
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In the Best Interest of the Children (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Fact-based story of a legal battle fought over custody of five siblings.
Plot: christmas, school, pregnancy, cat, teacher, lawyer, car, kitchen, family relations, doll, court, snow, children, train, sister sister relationship, courtroom, break up, singing, foster child, belief in god, single mother, baby, mental illness, child abuse, toys ...
Place: iowa

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Most similar movies to In the Best Interest of the Children

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family problems, mother son relationship, single parent and girl mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like In the Best Interest of the Children: Custody (2016), I Am Sam (2001), Go Toward the Light (1988), Gifted (2017), A Season for Miracles (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Custody (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When a hard-working single mother, Sara Diaz, has her children taken from her after she is suspected of injuring her son, Ally Fisher, a recent law school graduate, is assigned to represent her case before Judge Martha Schulman, a veteran of the ...
Style: suspense, captivating, psychological, disturbing
Plot: single mother, lawyer, judge, custody, children, hearing, abuse, child abuse, courtroom drama, class differences, social issues, family secret ...
Place: new york
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95%
Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An 11 year old girl accuses her father of incest.
Plot: father daughter incest, incest, repressed memory, trial, accusation, liar, father daughter relationship, child abuse, court, female nudity, little boy, girl ...
Place: canada
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88%
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I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, parents and children, custody, against the odds, lawyer, social services, parenthood, human spirit, child custody, family relations, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Go Toward the Light (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young couple faces the realities of life with their child who is diagnosed with AIDS.
Style: captivating, emotional, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, hopes, family in crisis, siblings relations, parents and children, family life, doctor, 8 year old ...
Time: 80s, year 1986
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: While newspaper writer Church struggles with the death of his wife, he receives a "special" assignment. He must answer a little girl's question about whether Santa Claus really exists.
Plot: family relations, eight year old, christmas decorations, poor family, trashcan, holiday, typewriter, boy, shopping cart, 8 year old, brother sister relationship, widower ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1890s
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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Gifted (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Style: inspirational, touching, sweet, light, emotional ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: child prodigy, childhood, genius, school, mathematics, uncle niece relationship, teacher, girl, child custody, friendship, family, happiness ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
A Season for Miracles (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A miracle occurs for a homeless family consisting of two wayward children and their protective aunt with the help of an angel. When a young woman's niece and nephew are threatened with foster care after her sister is hospitalized following yet ...
Style: serious, suspense, sincere, captivating, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: custody, christmas, life is a bitch, miraculous event, family problems, drug abuse, hopes, police officer, social worker, angel, will, desire ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: rhode island, illinois, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Losing Isaiah (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, racist, courtroom drama, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, legal action, family problems, family relations, custody, human nature, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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A Father for Brittany (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Keith and Kim Lussier are a childless couple who are given custody of a 3-month-old foster child, Brittany. However, tragedy strikes when Kim dies of cancer in the middle of the adoption process, leaving Keith to fight for Brittany's custody ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, adoption, family relations, life is a bitch, single parent, legal, domestic disturbance, youth, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Things That Hang from Trees (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: St. Augustine, Florida, 1969. An eight-year-old boy's wish to see the fireworks from atop the city's lighthouse is complicated by his odd neighbors, abusive peers, and hopeless parents. The young boy's seemingly simple goal develops ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating, touching
Plot: child abuse, traumatic childhood, husband wife relationship, mental illness, boy, small town, teasing, drunkenness, abusive husband, bullying, father son relationship, mother son relationship ...
Time: 1960s, year 1969, 60s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, disturbing, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, women's prison, teenage life, bad mother, coming of age, family relations, murder, crimes, parents and children, fall in love, custody, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
An Unexpected Life (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Sequel to "An Unexpected Family."
Plot: family relations, adoption, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship, surprise, affection, custody, judge, baby, mother son estrangement, aunt niece relationship, aunt nephew relationship ...
Place: new york
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81%
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Judgment (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Fact-based story of a Louisiana priest accused of molesting young parishioners, and of the family of one of his victims, caught between their loyalty to their son and to their Church.
Plot: altar boy, child molester, pedophile priest, catholic church, lawsuit, childhood sexual abuse, singing, little boy, prayer, shower, child abuse, crying ...
Time: 80s, year 1982
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
What Makes a Family (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Brooke Shields believes she has finally found happiness, now that she and her lesbian partner (Cherry Jones) have a child. But when Jones passes away five years later and her scheming parents apply for custody behind Shields' back, an affecting ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, custody, coming out, lesbian couple, terminal illness, pregnancy, family life, adoption, family problems, dysfunctional family, death in the family, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Beniker Gang (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When his younger friends go up for adoption, threatening their extended family, an orphaned teen helps them discourage potential parents.
Style: uplifting, realistic, semi serious, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: family relations, orphan, adoption, teenage life, family life, siblings relations, captivity, chases and races, adventure, gang, youth, on the run ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, hawaii, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Evelyn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Ireland, UK, Netherlands
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice, make it clear to the authorities that ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, sincere, touching, intense ...
Plot: unemployment, family problems, parents and children, against the odds, separated, fighting the system, court, mercy, convent school, custody, church, priest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1953
Place: ireland, europe, scotland, dublin ireland, sydney australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Treeless Mountain (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In Seoul, Korea, two sisters must look after each other when their mother leaves them to search for their estranged father.
Style: psychological, sincere, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: single parent, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, when the parents are away, family in crisis, youth, sister sister relationship, absent mother, little girl, grandmother granddaughter relationship, child protagonist, child's point of view ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seoul
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78%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, alcohol abuse, farm, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, human nature, parents and children, teenage life, americana, love and romance, hopes, coming of age ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, chicago illinois, usa, mississippi river, southern usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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In The Name of God (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In a time of forgiving and giving thanks, a reverend and his family take in a troubled boy named Mason after having lost a son of their own. It's a bumpy ride for Mason, butting heads with his new step-brother and the church counselor he's ...
Style: christian film, melancholic, unusual plot structure, sincere, contemplative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: family relations, teenage boy, christianity, church, support group, foster child, christian, troubled teen, respect, adoptive father, foster home, adoptive mother ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: custody battle, courtroom, divorce, single father, family relations, selfishness, couples, lawyer, marriage, father son relationship, family problems, family ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, family in crisis, teenage life, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Leo (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young mother is plagued by a tragic mistake and alienates her little boy. A brilliant writer is released from prison after serving a 15-year sentence and begins working at Vic's Diner. Their stories converge when the man must overcome ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspense
Plot: infidelity, release from prison, prison, going straight, redemption, life is a bitch, family problems, love affair, prison life, confined, husband wife relationship, diner ...
Time: contemporary, 1960s, 60s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Patty Nowakowski already has three children, but decides to be a surrogate mother. Fully confident of being able to give up her baby, she is nonetheless stunned when she discovers that she is expecting twins, and the couple for whom she is pregnant ...
Plot: fraternal twins, family relations, trial, pregnant woman, court case, court, childless couple, twin, twins, childbirth, child custody, adoption ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Short Term 12 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: compassionate, emotional, thought provoking, touching, realistic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: social worker, child abuse, troubled teen, foster child, incest, adolescence, depression, suicide attempt, haunted by the past, teenage life, human relationship, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Children of Love (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Shows us a weekend in the life of a family torn by disputes and disappointments.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: family relations, custody, starting over, dysfunctional family, family life, couples, family problems, youth, single parent, love and romance, child custody, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brussels, belgium, europe, brussels belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Baby Snatcher (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A woman is delighted to have given birth to a baby girl but her life is turned into a nightmare when she goes missing. The police mount a frantic search but to the woman's horror she finds out that it's herself who is the main suspect.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: pregnancy, kidnapping, dealing with death, couples, family relations, family problems, crimes, rescue, danger, single parent, babies and infants, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Scandal in a Small Town (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Leda Beth Vincent lives in the small town of Shiloh and works as a cocktail waitress there. She is not too well thought of as she is nothing of a blushing virgin. But she is far from a whore and brings up her daughter Julie, a high school student, ...
Plot: small town, single mother, teacher, courtroom, mother daughter relationship, reputation, court, classroom, lawsuit, history teacher, racism, school teacher ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Unwed Father (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: 9 months after a drunken sexual encounter, a young man winds up raising a baby on his own.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: babies and infants, single parent, adoption, custody, hopes, love and romance, youth, music band, couples, family problems, family relations, pregnancy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.3
 9K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: serious, realistic, contemplative, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, curse, infidelity, small town, murder, family relations, prophecy, aunt niece relationship, superstition, tavern, all black cast, incest ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Angela (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A ten year old girl named Angela leads her six year old sister, Ellie, through various regimens of 'purification' in an attempt to rid themselves of their evil, which she believes to be the cause of their mother's mental illness. ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, self discovery, family problems, life is a bitch, youth, parents and children, sexual abuse, human nature, family life, child's point of view, spirituality ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%