Social worker movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant social worker movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, touching, serious, humorous, melancholic and semi serious films and TV shows about / with social worker, family relations, youth, runaway, friendship, childhood, hopes, life philosophy, storytelling and society plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as social worker: Short Term 12 (2013), 10 1/2 (2010), Standing Tall (2015), Oranges and Sunshine (2010), Follow That Bird (1985), Case 39 (2009), Free Willy (1993), Second Best (1994), It Takes Two (1995), The Boys Next Door (1996).

List of social worker movies

 8.0
 83K
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
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 7.1
 622
10 1/2 (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Tommy, 10 years old, is well known by Social Services. He is considered a danger to society. Gilles, his guardian at this halfway house, sees potential for redemption in this kid driven by violence.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: kids in trouble, boy, social worker, juvenile delinquent, child abuse, life is a bitch, isolation, danger, violence, pedophile, hopes, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: quebec, canada
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Standing Tall (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The film tells the story of Malony and his education as he grows from a six-year-old into an 18-year-old. A minors’ judge and a caseworker work tirelessly to try to save the young offender.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, touching, disturbing, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: social worker, juvenile delinquent, teenage sex, teen angst, children's home, teenage boy, imprisonment, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, juvenile delinquency, anger, compassion, judge ...
Time: contemporary, year 1997
Place: france
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Oranges and Sunshine (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovers one of the most significant social scandals in recent times – the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, Margaret reunited ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: social worker, against the odds, uncover truth, fighting the system, deportation, injustice, society, life is a bitch, state affairs, rebellion, family reunited, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: england, europe, australia, south australia, london ...
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Follow That Bird (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Big Bird is sent to live far from Sesame Street by a pesky social worker. Unhappy, Big Bird runs away from his foster home, prompting the rest of the Sesame Street gang to go on a cross-country journey to find him.
Style: touching, semi serious, feel good, melancholic, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: adoption, social worker, friendship, family relations, road trip, on the road, restaurant, children, runaway, getting home, male protagonist, volkswagen beetle ...
Place: illinois, usa, sesame street, turkey
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 6.2
 80K
Case 39 (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins believes she has seen it all, until she meets 10-year-old Lilith and the girl's cruel parents. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm the child, and so Emily ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: evil child, supernatural, child abuse, social worker, uncover truth, mysterious character, demons, mental institution, danger, murder, family in danger, evil force ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.0
 70K
Free Willy (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When maladjusted orphan Jesse vandalizes a theme park, he is placed with foster parents and must work at the park to make amends. There he meets Willy, a young Orca whale who has been separated from his family. Sensing kinship, they form a bond and, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, uplifting, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: human animal relationship, killer whale, freedom, animals, adventure, social worker, friendship, happy ending, captivity, ocean, animal training, rescue ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
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 6.8
 2K
Second Best (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The difficult relationship between a british postal officer and his adoptive son.
Style: serious, emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: social worker, adoption, man boy relationship, single parent, village, orphan, hopes, family problems, parents and children, family relations, orphanage, absent father ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, wales
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 5.9
 21K
It Takes Two (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Identical 9-year-olds from very different backgrounds: orphaned Amanda and wealthy Alyssa meet at summer camp and decide to switch places -- and play matchmaker between Alyssa's dad, Roger, and the kind social worker who cares for Amanda.
Style: feel good, sweet, touching, humorous, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: twins, mischievous children, family, orphan, summer camp, single parent, children, fall in love, social worker, adoption, switching roles, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: manhattan new york city, london, new york
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The Boys Next Door (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jack Palmer is a social worker whose job has taken precedence over his personal life. Mainly, his job is to help four mentally challenged men live regular lives in a home. They consist of: Norman, who works at a donut shop and has a thing for keys; ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious
Plot: social worker, family relations, disability, golf, mentally challenged, donut, friendship, urban, looking for love, custody, city life, mental illness ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
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The Golden Child (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A detective specializing in missing children is on a madcap mission to save a youth with mystical powers who's been abducted by an evil cult. He battles a band of super-nasties, scrambles through a booby-trapped chamber of horrors and traverses ...
Style: humorous, not serious, entertaining, light, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adventure, chosen one, good versus evil, social worker, missing child, kidnapping, culture clash, rescue, monk, supernatural, heroes, dark fantasy ...
Time: 80s
Place: tibet, los angeles, usa, california, nepal
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 7.3
 2K
The Apple (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Netherlands
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, compassionate, contemplative ...
Plot: confined, social worker, family relations, isolation, life is a bitch, society, religions or cults, human nature, father daughter relationship, blindness, twins, feral child ...
Time: 90s, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, japan
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A Thousand Clowns (1965)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Twelve-year-old Nick lives with his Uncle Murray, a Mr.Micawber-like Dickensian character who keeps hoping something won't turn up. What turns up is a social worker, who falls in love with Murray and a bit in love with Nick. As the child ...
Style: clever, sentimental, humorous, witty, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: social worker, psychologist, fruit, eccentric family, fall in love, midlife crisis, urban, creative block, anti conformity, family relations, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.2
 6K
Pellet (2000)
Genre: Action
Country: Spain
Duration: 88 min.
Story: El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The arrival of a new boy at school changes his attitude ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Plot: abusive father, child abuse, kids in trouble, friendship, social worker, self discovery, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Irena Sendler is a Catholic social worker who has sympathized with the Jews since her childhood, when her physician father died of typhus contracted while treating poor Jewish patients. When she initially proposes saving Jewish children from the ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, suspense, tense ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, world war two, social worker, rescue, life is a bitch, against humanity, rabbi, confined, nazi germany, jewish, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
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Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
Genre: Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.
Style: scary, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, ghost, social worker, death, panic, vengeance, mystery, haunted by the past, missing child, investigation, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.3
 107K
Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: rough, bleak, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, rape, poverty, illiteracy, dysfunctional family, social misfits, sexual abuse, fat girl, abusive mother, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city
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 6.1
 5K
Hellion (2013)
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, juvenile delinquent, teenage life, dysfunctional family, juvenile delinquency, estrangement, family problems, family relations, youth, custody, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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
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Appropriate Adult (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 64 min.
TV show
Story: Dramatisation of the case of serial killers Fred and Rose West, focusing on the way in which they were brought to justice.
Style: serious, disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, controversial
Plot: serial killer, murder, confession, police interrogation, crime scene, social worker, prostitute, police investigation, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, psychopath ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1994
Place: england, europe
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Savage Messiah (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Savage Messiah is a docudrama about Roch "Moïse" Thériault, the charismatic former leader of a small religious group based near Burnt River, Ontario, Canada. Between 1977 and 1989 he held sway over as many as 12 adults and 26 children. ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, suspense, tense ...
Plot: sect, manipulation, social worker, small town, investigation, psychopath, religions or cults, manipulations, crimes, leadership, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada
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 6.8
 1K
The Unloved (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The Unloved is film that gives a child's eye view of the U.K.'s government-run care system for orphans and children in danger. Lucy is eleven years old. Having been neglected by her estranged mother and father, she is placed in a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: isolation, child abuse, social worker, life is a bitch, abandonment, hopes, child care, drug use, human spirit, orphanage, faith, indifference ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
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 7.5
 14K
Elling (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin in his 40s. After two years, the men ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, mental institution, odd couple, social worker, misfit, love and romance, human nature, friendship between men, poet, pregnancy, giant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oslo norway, cambodia, bosnia, south pole, norway ...
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 7.0
 38K
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.
Style: feel good, sentimental, sincere, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: optimism, friendship, looking for love, elementary school, social worker, homeless, female friendship, love and romance, goodhearted, hopes, roommate, stranger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, europe, miami
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 6.8
 20K
Martian Child (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A recently-widowed, science fiction writer considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially-rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.
Style: feel good, touching, emotional, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: kids
Plot: adoption, orphan, friendship, family relations, thanksgiving, social worker, small town, family, writer's life, single parent, parents and children, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
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 8.4
 3K
The Maxx (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
TV show
Story: Confused hulking homeless superhero The Maxx tries to protect his social worker and friend Julie from an omniscient serial killer Mr. Gone both in the real world, which may or may not actually be real, and the subconscious fantasy world.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, offbeat, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: superhero, social worker, queen, real world, heroes, society, imaginary, wilderness, homeless, fantasy world, friendship, blonde ...
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Common Ground (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In Buenos Aires, a few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is compulsory retired in the University, and he concludes that it is impossible to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, clever, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: family life, couples, destiny, love and romance, family relations, social worker, student life, starting over, parents and children, human nature, family in crisis, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: latin america, argentina
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 6.7
 1K
Marry Me (2010)
Genre: Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
TV show
Story: Rae Ann Carter always wanted the fairytale where she meets a prince, falls in love and gets married, but feared that dream would never come true. Suddenly, Rae goes from having no man in her life to having three - charming Luke, passionate Adam, and ...
Style: humorous, captivating, feel good, light, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: looking for love, romance, love triangle, couples, proposal, fall in love, social worker, choice, wedding, couple relations, lifestyle, dating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.2
 12K
Wild Bill (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Out on parole after 8 years inside Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11 and 15 year old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Unwilling to play Dad, an uncaring Bill is determined to move on.
Style: captivating, rough, suspenseful, touching, serious ...
Plot: gang, working class, parole, drug dealer, starting over, kids in trouble, adulthood, redemption, ex convict, danger, selflessness, social worker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
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Ugly Americans (2010)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Ugly Americans is an American animated sitcom created by Devin Clark and developed by David M. Stern. The program focuses on the life of Mark Lilly, a social worker employed by the Department of Integration, in an alternate reality version of New ...
Style: humorous, not serious, adult animation, absurd, parody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: freak, monster, zombie, supernatural, lifestyle, social misfits, imaginary, silly humor, social worker, boss and employee, city life, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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