Movies like For Ellen

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For Ellen (2012)
 6.0
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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 dad. Now is his last chance to fight for shared custody of his daughter, Ellen.
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: parents and children, hopes, family problems, custody, rivalry, reunion, family relations, babies and infants, family gatherings, estrangement, musician, child custody, father daughter relationship, youth, small town, high priced lawyer, bittersweet, female director, winter, truck, doll, snow, swing, billiards, divorce ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to For Ellen

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, hopes, estrangement, youth and dysfunctional family mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like For Ellen: Like Dandelion Dust (2009), Too Young to Be a Dad (2002), Cook County (2008), Taken Away (2014), A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, sincere, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: custody, adoption, starting over, family relations, parents and children, social worker, family life, hopes, family problems, life turned upside down, rivalry, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Too Young to Be a Dad (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When 15-year-old, Matt Freeman, gets his girlfriend, Francesca, pregnant her family decides to put the unborn baby up for adoption. Matt agrees to the decision, but begins to rethink it. This movie is taken from the father's point of view.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: adoption, life turned upside down, teenage life, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, family in crisis, human spirit, babies and infants, youth, family relations, family problems, pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 6.8
 484
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: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, parents and children, homecoming, addiction, drug abuse, estrangement, family problems, small town, adolescence vs adulthood, meth lab, release from prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 4.8
 168
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: realistic, emotional, touching, serious
Plot: adoption, righting the wronged, courtroom drama, custody, youth, single parent, parents and children, rivalry, fighting the system, family relations, teenage life, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, captivating, touching ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, estrangement, family problems, dysfunctional family, aging, drugs/alcohol, hopes, love, elderly, couple relations, righting the wronged ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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 ⇓
75%
 5.7
 737
In Our Nature (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A portrait of two couples at a crossroads. What was supposed to be a romantic getaway for two young lovers, turns into an uncomfortable confrontation when the young man's estranged father shows up ... with his own girlfriend. As their ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, talky ...
Plot: family relations, family problems, estrangement, parents and children, introspection, dysfunctional family, couple relations, awkward situation, country house, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, estranged father, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The siblings of the Fitzgerald family must decide if the dad who abandoned them 20 years ago can come home for Christmas. Can the big Irish clan get past their grievances to be a family again?
Style: serious, touching, sincere, sentimental, realistic
Plot: family gatherings, christmas, family relations, reunion, homecoming, parents and children, sibling relationship, holiday, irish american, estranged father, brother sister relationship, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 5.5
 316
Alpha Male (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama about a family torn apart after the death of its patriarch. Haunted by their father's death, Jack and Elyssa have a fraught relationship with their remarried mother even now they have come of age.
Style: emotional, touching, contemplative, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, reunion, parents and children, dysfunctional family, death in the family, family problems, estrangement, unfulfillment, family gatherings, brother brother relationship, coming of age, family business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.2
 516
Union Square (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A reluctant reunion of two estranged sisters. One is on the verge of marriage; the other is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Both struggle with truths they're hiding from each other - and from themselves. Jenny has rejected her tumultuous ...
Style: sincere, emotional, twists and turns, talky, serious ...
Plot: siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, ego clash, reunion, city life, rivalry, estrangement, strong female presence, snobbism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Pandora's Box (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, hopes, elderly, estrangement, family problems, introspection, parents and children, countryside, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 4.0
 532
Constellation (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Constellation chronicles the lives and loves of an African-American family in the deep South as they are forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair. The film explores the way in which the family ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, touching, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, estrangement, interracial relations, haunted by the past, death in the family, family problems, society, unfulfillment, hopes, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Diary of Preston Plummer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: On the day of his college graduation, Preston Plummer cannot think of a single thing he really loves. Adrift, Preston follows a beautiful but troubled young woman to a small island town where he begins to fall for her, but it all threatens to fall ...
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, love affair, family relations, college graduate, young lovers, romance, small town, fall in love, island, family problems, social relations, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.2
 8K
Krisha (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.
Style: tragicomedy, serious, psychological, touching, realistic ...
Plot: reunion, haunted by the past, family problems, thanksgiving, addiction, friendship, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, family relations, mental illness, family, estranged son ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.5
 137
Reconciliation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: RECONCILIATION is a groundbreaking, provocative story about an estranged father and son struggling to overcome the heartbreaking consequences of their past. Grant Taylor (Eric Nenninger) has been troubled by intense childhood memories ever since his ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: forgiveness, gay parent, redemption, haunted by the past, last wish, family relations, estrangement, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: 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, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, teenager, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, family problems, redemption, family in crisis, parents and children, domestic disturbance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.3
 662
Baby Blues (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Natalia is a 17-year-old mom living with her mother and son, Antos. She wanted to have a baby because it was a “cool” thing to do, and because she feels she has someone to love; someone who can love her in return. Everything changes when ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: teenage life, parent child relationship, family problems, immaturity, couples, hopes, babies and infants, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, youth, mother child relationship, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.4
 17K
Being Flynn (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: During his twenties, a young man works at various homeless shelters in Boston, where he often intersects with his brilliant but troubled father.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: homeless, writer's life, life is a bitch, social misfits, family relations, estrangement, family problems, poet, parents and children, down on your luck, misfit, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 6.6
 249
Islander (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: hopes, island, redemption, starting over, family problems, estrangement, couple relations, friendship, human nature, social misfits, ocean, coast ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A psychotherapist helps a law student cope with schizophrenia in one of five interconnected tales dealing with mental illness.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, human spirit, family problems, family relations, strong female presence, hopes, female director, depressed woman, debate, court hearing, family dinner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Gun Hill Road (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three year in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, bilingual
Plot: family relations, homecoming, going straight, starting over, redemption, dysfunctional family, reunion, estrangement, family problems, crimes, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Alison Dodge, a 17-year old raised by her mother, decides on her own to spend her last summer before college getting to know her father
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: introspection, teenage life, youth, coming of age, family problems, estrangement, one more chance, redemption, parents and children, fear of commitment, estranged father, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arizona, usa, san diego california, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.0
 149
Little Glory (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After his parents’ death, Shawn, 19 and mildly delinquent, tries to look after his little sister to cash in on his dad’s life insurance. But you can’t buy love -- and you sure can’t ignore it. Shawn will find out he’s got more to gain by ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, psychological, gloomy
Plot: custody, family problems, teenage life, coming of age, family relations, family life, small town, youth, rivalry, dog, profanity, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Twelve Mile Road (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A divorced farmer takes in his troubled teenage daughter for the summer, a summer which changes the lives of the two of them, and their friends and family.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: troubled teen, family relations, farmer, teenage life, estrangement, family problems, youth, parents and children, friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, elderly, summer vacation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Of Boys and Men (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Robert Townsend stars as the patriarch of a family devastated when his wife is killed in a senseless auto accident. Reeling with grief, each family member must find courage and vision to carry on, ultimately eager to do the mother proud.
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family life, family in crisis, parents and children, youth, car accident, accidental death, death of wife, grief, society, love, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Redwood Highway (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Marie, a reluctant resident of a retirement community in Southern Oregon, decides to walk 80 miles down the Redwood Highway to see the ocean for the first time in 45 years.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, realistic, serious
Plot: obsessive quest, on the road, introspection, haunted by the past, estrangement, family relations, escapades, parents and children, redemption, hopes, strong female presence, golden years ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.3
 313
A Fine Step (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A Fine Step is an uplifting family drama centering on Cal Masterson (Luke Perry, Beverly Hills 90210) an award winning horseman whose relationship with his beloved horse Fandango allows him to achieve multiple championship wins. However tragedy ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, captivating, emotional, serious ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: contests and competitions, starting over, friendship, parents and children, athlete's life, ambition, youth, family, family relations, rivalry, farm, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 987
Applause (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two boys. Now she wants them to be a part of her life ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: rehabilitation, estrangement, alcohol abuse, starting over, parents and children, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, actor's life, hopes, strong female presence, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ 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: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, single father, single parent, life turned upside down, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, death in the family, babies and infants, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.6
 2K
Lifted (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The chance to shine in a singing competition offers much-needed hope for a Southern middle-schooler who's drowning in worries, from bullies in the halls to turmoil at home -- and the news that his reservist father has been called back to ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: parents and children, family problems, military life, military, hopes, wartime life, contests and competitions, society, family in crisis, soldier, follow your dream, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, middle east, alabama, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%