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The Illegal (1977)
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The Illegal (1977)
Original name: ¡Alambrista!
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After the birth of his first child, Roberto, a young Mexican man slips across the border into the United States. Seeking work to support his family back home, he finds that working hard is not enough.
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, farm, mexican, politics, misfit, hopes, society, immigrants, dancing, money, truck, church, childbirth, photograph, helicopter, father daughter relationship, cafe, brother sister relationship, immigration, deportation, junkyard, mother daughter relationship, border crossing, strike, preacher ...
Time: 70s
Place: mexico, latin america, arizona, colorado

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, society, hopes, parents and children, youth, misfit and immigrants mostly in Drama, Adventure and Romance genres. Some movies like The Illegal: Here and There (2012), The North (1983), Under the Same Moon (2007), Northless (2009), Visit to a Chief's Son (1974). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Here and There (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological
Plot: family relations, parents and children, immigrants, hopes, society, life is a bitch, getting home, music band, worker, countryside, poverty, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
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95%
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The North (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Mexico, USA, UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, touching, emotional ...
Plot: immigrants, american dream, village, illegal immigration, immigration, culture clash, on the road, village life, rich and poor, society, life is a bitch, on the run ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Under the Same Moon (2007)
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, sentimental, sincere, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: immigrants, friendship, obsessive quest, family reunited, escapades, society, custody, travel, grandmother grandson relationship, runaway, survival, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Once You're Born You Can No Longer Hide (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Italy, France, UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A coming-of-age drama set in contemporary Italy.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, melancholic, sexy
Plot: adventure, politics, hopes, parents and children, ship, state affairs, misfit, family problems, family relations, racism, immigrants, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Northless (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Andres reaches the Mexican border to cross into the United Sates. There between each attempt, he discovers that Tijuana is a troubled city. As he waits there, Andres is not only confronted with his feelings and what he left behind, but also with ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: immigrants, human spirit, social decay, friendship, follow your dream, society, hopes, bittersweet, mexican immigrant, u.s. mexico border, workplace, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Visit to a Chief's Son (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An American anthropologist and his son benefit from their experiences with an East African tribe.
Style: offbeat, touching, uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, anthropologist, adventure, parents and children, culture clash, curses spells and rituals, human nature, friends, solar eclipse, family relations, society, parent child relationship ...
Time: 70s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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The City (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: immigrants, working class, lottery, family relations, culture clash, hopes, youth, life is a bitch, social differences, racism, family in crisis, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, mexico, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Gaby: A True Story (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The life of Gaby Brimmer, a girl physically handicapped, who finally gets her goals of study and triumph.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: hopes, human spirit, college, forbidden love, disability, artists and showbiz, misfit, unfulfillment, love, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s
Place: mexico, latin america, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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My Australia (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, Poland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: City of Lodz in Poland, after the Second World War. Two brothers, Tadek and Andrzej, grow up without a father, and their mother, so busy at work, does not notice when the boys join a rowdy and anti-Semitic organization.Only when during a fight one ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, self discovery, family relations, society, single parent, neo nazism, holocaust survivor, immigration, misfit, siblings relations, uncircumcised penis
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: israel, middle east, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Smoke (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Fourteen-year-old Chris is haunted by the death of his father and resentful of his stepfather Cal. He befriends a lost dog and names it Smoke, but tries to keep it a secret for fear Cal will take the dog away.
Style: emotional, feel good, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family relations, family, coming of age, adventure, betrayal, youth, teenage life, estrangement, farm, remarry, animal life, father son relationship ...
Time: 60s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Smile (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Introduced to a volunteer opportunity with the Doctor's Gift Program, Katie (Mika Boorem) signs up for a trip to China, where she meets Lin (Yi Ding), a girl with whom she shares a birthday. Lin has a facial deformity that discourages her from ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, culture clash, teenage life, social differences, human spirit, human nature, society, misfit, teaching the ways of the world, adoption, charity, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, california, asia, usa, malibu california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Skylark (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jacob's farm is in trouble from a severe drought. Jacob and Sarah begin to wonder if Sarah can stay, and what will happen to Jacob if she and the children have to leave the farm.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional
Plot: farm, countryside, drought, misfit, hopes, danger, catastrophe, down on your luck, against the odds, forces of nature, couples, family relations ...
Time: 1910s
Place: kansas, usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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I Am David (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on Anne Holm's acclaimed young adult novel North to Freedom, I Am David chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy (Ben Tibber) who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp on his own -- through sheer will and determination. All ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: reunion, rescue, survival, hopes, human spirit, self discovery, friendship, danger, politics, artist, stowaway, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, year 1951, 50s, year 1952, quarry ...
Place: switzerland, italy, denmark, bulgaria, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A Father's Choice (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The fast-paced city life of two sisters is turned upside down when they are sent to live in the country with their father after their mother is killed.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: teenage life, family life, parents and children, family problems, single parent, youth, love and romance, dysfunctional family, family relations, estrangement, farm, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, serious
Plot: homelessness, starting over, human spirit, hopes, family problems, life is a bitch, society, single parent, american dream, working class, family relations, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Red Hook Summer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, he’s bored and friendless, and his ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, society, clergy, life is a bitch, youth, religions or cults, family life, disorder, church, coming of age, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Standing Firm (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: David, a widower, is working himself to death. Late nights doing paperwork and running on fumes is normal. Bills are piling up by the week, and foreclosure looms on the horizon. Blaming God for his wife's death, he ends his relationship with ...
Style: realistic, serious, christian film, sentimental, touching
Plot: family problems, family relations, church, religions or cults, society, best friends, parents and children, unsupportive spouse, hopes, grieving widower, widower, christian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Mother of George (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Nigeria, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A story about a woman willing to do anything and risk everything for her marriage.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, psychological, sincere
Plot: couple relations, immigrants, society, couples, lifestyle, trying to get pregnant, family relations, female protagonist, strong female presence, urban, woman
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Comet (1999)
Genre: Musical, Adventure, Drama
Country: Mexico, France, Spain
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After witnessing the arrest of her father for publishing "subversive" material against the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz, Valentina escapes taking a sack of gold coins with her in order to hand it over to rebel Francisco I. Madero, who is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: revolution, idealism, society, teenage love, wartime life, circus, parents and children, adventure, fall in love, youth, rebellion, hopes ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: uplifting, touching, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, street kid, parents and children, family relations, society, hopes, urban ghetto life, single parent, urban ghetto, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The third installment of the Sarah trilogy provides a glorious and touching story of a family drawn together by adversity. On a cold winter day a stranger shows up at the farm. He is slow to reveal his identity. When they find out he is Jacobs ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, sentimental, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: family relations, farm, family life, parents and children, strong female presence, hopes, society, redemption, couple relations, americana, siblings relations, couples ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Choco (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A young woman raising alone her children while her husband gets drunk but when she breaks free nothing will be the same
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy
Plot: optimism, family relations, parents and children, unemployment, society, hopes, family problems, village, husband wife relationship, loss of job, unsupportive spouse, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 34
Red Leaves (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An Ethiopian immigrant, sets out on a journey through his children's homes after losing his wife. Coming to know some of life's harsh new realities, he tries to survive in his own way.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, tense
Plot: family relations, parents and children, society, golden years, elderly, dysfunctional family, family problems, immigrants, jewish
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Blue Butterfly (2004)
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Country: Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Based on a true story, The Blue Butterfly tells the story of a terminally ill 10-year-old boy whose dream is to catch the most beautiful butterfly on Earth, the mythic and elusive Blue Morpho. His mother persuades a renowned entomologist to take ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: jungle, terminal illness, butterfly, adventure, parents and children, family life, family relations, single parent, tragic hero, child illness, disability, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, latin america, central america, costa rica
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, sincere ...
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 ⇓
34%
Miss Rose White (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Rose White (Sedgwick) is a modern young career woman in post-World War II New York City who has largely relegated her Jewish heritage to scrapbooks and memories. Born in Poland but fortunate enough to escape the country before the Nazi occupation ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Plot: reunion, family relations, misfit, immigrants, society, starting over, solace, forceful separation, bittersweet, human spirit, haunted by the past, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Easy Rider 2: The Ride Home (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In this revisionist drama, the film delves into the family lineage of Wyatt Williams, the character made famous by Peter Fonda in the original Easy Rider Movie. Centering around the Williams family, and their internal family struggles throughout the ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, dark humor, avant garde ...
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, rock, buddies, estrangement, family problems, father son relationship, on the road, self discovery, family reunited, motorcycle, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 1940s, year 1969 ...
Place: usa, mexico, arizona, ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Based on a short story by the acclaimed author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, comes a holiday story of family and forgiveness. Recently widowed Mary Bassett (Helene Joy) and her three children have hit difficult times on their farm. Suddenly, ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: reunion, family relations, estrangement, farm, family problems, hopes, family, youth, parents and children, family life, teenage life, loss of partner ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Arcadia (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Greta's dad Tom is moving the family cross-country in a dented station wagon, promising a California paradise to his kids. All that's missing is Mom.
Style: touching, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: road trip, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, family problems, on the road, dysfunctional family, single father, single parent, cross country, coming of age, marital problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, oklahoma, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Copperhead (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A family is torn apart during the American Civil War.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, touching, captivating
Plot: american civil war, anti war, americana, life is a bitch, family life, farm, society, danger, family relations, wartime life
Time: 19th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%