Social services movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant social services movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, realistic, touching, psychological, sincere and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with social services, family relations, society, teenager, father daughter relationship, hospital, friendship, mother daughter relationship, photograph and coming of age plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as social services: I Am Sam (2001), The Florida Project (2017), The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015), In Safe Hands (2018), The Specials (2019), The Black Balloon (2008), I, Daniel Blake (2016), Damned (2016), All American Christmas Carol (2013), Patrik, Age 1.5 (2008).

List of social services movies

 7.6
 151K
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: inspirational, emotional, touching, sad, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, lawyer, disability, single father, social services, custody, custody battle, child custody, parents and children, parenthood, justice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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The Florida Project (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, inspirational, funny ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: children, mother daughter relationship, friendship, poverty, eviction, motel, social services, little girl, summer, female friendship, childhood, female nudity ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida, orlando florida
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The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Wisecracking, gum-chewing 12-year-old Gilly is well known in the foster system. Totally unmanageable, she has stayed with more families than she can remember and has outwitted them all. After all, how can she settle down when her real mother, the ...
Style: entertaining, sincere, feel good, captivating, sad ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: foster home, foster child, social services, bully, friendship, mother daughter relationship, secret, brother sister relationship, social worker, name calling, transformation, christian ...
Place: maryland
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In Safe Hands (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Théo is given up for adoption by his biological mother on the very day he is born. After this anonymous birth, the mother has two months to change her mind… Or not. The child welfare services and adoption service spring into action… The former ...
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, psychological, feel good
Plot: adoptive mother, newborn baby, motherhood, social services, adoption, baby, foster home, hospital, unwanted pregnancy, childbirth, society, feminist ...
Time: year 2017
Place: europe
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 7.4
 9K
The Specials (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 114 min.
Story: For twenty years, Bruno and Malik have lived in a different world—the world of autistic children and teens. In charge of two separate nonprofit organizations (The Hatch & The Shelter), they train young people from underprivileged areas to be ...
Style: sincere, disturbing, touching, sentimental, social ...
Plot: autism, social services, hospital, lifestyle, hopes, society, rescue, life philosophy, life is a bitch, stereotypes, friendship, mentor ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france
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The Black Balloon (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Thomas is turning 16. His dad's in the army and they've just moved to a town in New South Wales; his mom is pregnant; his older brother, Charlie, who's autistic, has his own adolescent sexual issues. Thomas finds Charlie an ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, emotional, educational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, teenager, social services, eccentric family, acceptance, love and romance, human nature, autism, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mental illness, birthday, birthday party ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, 90s
Place: australia, sydney australia
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I, Daniel Blake (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A middle aged carpenter, who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.
Style: disturbing, compassionate, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, working class, carpenter, bureaucracy, single mother, homeless, friendship, immigrants, self discovery, heart attack, social services, prostitution ...
Time: 2010s
Place: britain, england, united kingdom, northern england
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 7.2
 1K
Damned (2016)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Comedy set in the social services department of a local authority. Social workers Rose and Al swim against the tide of bureaucracy, deal with the absurdities of life and try to navigate their equally trying professional and personal lives.
Style: satirical, entertaining, thought provoking, captivating, humorous
Plot: bureaucracy, workplace, social services, social worker, life, social satire, satire, workplace situations, employer employee relationship, workplace humor, co worker co worker relationship, coworker ...
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The Girl, the Mother and the Demons (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In an apartment a single and psychotic mother locks in herself and her daughter. Here, the demons are in control. Ti can hear her mother talking to the demons, and she sees her changing and confined face. But the demons that the mother speaks with ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, psychological, captivating
Plot: mother daughter relationship, mental illness, malnutrition, schizophrenia, paranoia, child neglect, child abuse, abusive mother, social services, begging, isolation, parent child relationship ...
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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All American Christmas Carol (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A white-trash mom is visited by three ghosts intent on showing her a path to a brighter future.
Style: semi serious, touching, humorous, captivating, cult film
Plot: christmas, starting over, estrangement, family relations, family problems, parents and children, hopes, ghost, single parent, strong female character, social services, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Patrik, Age 1.5 (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Göran and Sven have been cleared for adoption and they have a possibility to adopt a swedish orphan, Patrik 1,5. But when Patrik arrives he turns out to be someone else, not the little boy they were expecting. A comma had been misplaced, and in ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, thought provoking, realistic, touching ...
Plot: gay, adoption, gay couple, gay slur, gay parent, family relations, gay lead character, gay adoption, gay love, orphan, homosexual, lgbt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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 7.1
 60K
Leave No Trace (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an ...
Style: psychological, sincere, captivating, motivational, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: father daughter relationship, teenage girl, veteran, hiking, forest, wilderness, survivalist, hitchhiking, trust, hiding place, freezing, medicine ...
Time: future
Place: washington state, oregon, portland oregon, xian, california ...
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A Sinful Life (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former 'Sonny and Cher' dancer tries to pull her life together when social services threaten to take her daughter away from her.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching, emotional ...
Plot: social services, disaster, catastrophe, babies and infants, single parent, youth, society, family relations, boarding school, family problems, religions or cults, custody ...
Time: 80s
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Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, biting, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: violence, immigrants, fighting the system, dysfunctional family, working class, love, nudity (full frontal - brief), hospital, melancholy, life, race issues, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, california, liverpool, paraguay, london
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 6.3
 133K
I Care a Lot (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A court-appointed legal guardian defrauds her older clients and traps them under her care. But her latest mark comes with some unexpected baggage.
Style: suspense, semi serious, tense, captivating, clever ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: con artists, lesbian, con woman, female protagonist, lesbian relationship, crimes, guardian, lgbt, drugged, diamonds, abduction, disguise ...
Time: contemporary
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 7.3
 19K
Ben X (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Harassed by bullies because of his mild autism, teen Ben (Greg Timmermans) finds refuge in an online computer game, which leads him to his virtual dream girl, Scarlite (Laura Verlinden). Together, the odd couple seeks revenge against Ben's ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, serious, stylized, sad ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: autism, asperger's syndrome, bullying, communication problem, escape from reality, faked death, internet, computer game, antisocial behavior, misfit, mental illness, imagination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, brussels
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 6.5
 1K
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, disturbing, psychological
Plot: single mother, abuse, lawyer, custody, hearing, child abuse, courtroom drama, class differences, social issues, family secret, divorce, convict ...
Place: new york
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 6.4
 12K
Ideal Home (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A couple is going through marital troubles made worse when a previously unknown grandson shows up.
Style: entertaining, captivating, sincere, thought provoking, dramatic ...
Plot: gay, gay adoption, gay love, gay couple, boy, lgbt, lifestyle, father son relationship, friendship, lgbtq, parenting, grandson ...
Place: santa fe new mexico, albuquerque new mexico
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A Thief's Daughter (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Sara has been alone all her life. She’s 22, has a baby, and wants to form a normal family with her young brother and the father of her child. Her own father, Manuel, decides to come back into their lives after years of absence and his release from ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating
Plot: father daughter relationship, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, female protagonist, relationship problems, social issues, financial problem, social problems, family life, money problems, latin ...
Place: barcelona, catalonia
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 7.4
 5K
The Guardian (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Nick Fallin is a hotshot lawyer working at his father's ultrasuccessful Pittsburgh law firm. Unfortunately, the high life has gotten the best of Nick. Arrested for drug use, he's sentenced to do 1,500 hours of community service, somehow to ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: lawyer, legal, law firm, child in peril, friendship, rivalry, society, father son relationship, dysfunctional family, social worker, community service, cocaine ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pittsburgh
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 7.6
 3K
Father (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, France, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Nikola’s children are taken away from him after social services decide that he is too poor to provide them with a decent living environment. He sets off on foot to lodge a complaint in Belgrade.
Style: captivating, social, entertaining
Plot: foster home, corruption, small town, corrupt official, parents and children, social issues, fighting the system, social problems, dysfunctional family, social relations, society, small town life ...
Place: serbia
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 7.0
 4K
Eastern Boys (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: They come from all over Eastern Europe: Russia, Romania, Chechnya. They are Eastern boys. The oldest appear no more than 25; as for the youngest, there is no way of telling their age. They hang around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris. They ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: gay, sexual relations, strong sexual content, prostitute, life is a bitch, male prostitute, hustler, disorder, immigrants, middle aged man, father son relationship, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe, chechnya
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 7.0
 2K
Listen (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, UK
Duration: 73 min.
Story: In the outskirts of London, Portuguese couple and parents of three, Bela and Jota, struggle to make ends meet. When a misunderstanding arises at school with their deaf daughter, the British social services grow concerned for the safety of their ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating, suspense
Plot: money problems, social problems, society, life is a bitch, father daughter relationship, parents and children, family relations, kids and family, family problems, family, social issues, teenager ...
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Anything Is Possible (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Ethan Bortnick plays the leading role as Nathan,a young boy who's separated from his mother when she goes missing during a trip to Japan to help after the tsunami. The movie explores issues like homelessness, military family life and adoption. ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, melancholic, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, tsunami, boarding school, prodigy, single parent, family relations, estrangement, boarding school life, hopes, foster child, friendship, piano ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011
Place: japan, detroit
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Army of Zombies (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: Finland
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Sequel to Kuutamosonaatti (1988).
Style: cult film
Plot: zombie, undead, sauna, living dead, redneck, swamp, amusement park, bachelor, beauty pageant, car accident, revolution, sexuality ...
Time: 90s
Place: finland, helsinki finland
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Raining Stones (1993)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This Ken Loach film tells the story of a man devoted to his family and his religion. Proud, though poor, Bob wants his little girl to have a beautiful (and costly) brand-new dress for her First Communion. His stubbornness and determination get him ...
Style: gloomy, bleak, allegory, visually appealing, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, rain, runaway, poverty, religion, beautiful scenery, depression, life, workplace, irreverent, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, england, manchester, london, europe
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 6.9
 604
The Dynamiter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he's left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. As the deep ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, touching, feel good ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: coming of age, small town, youth, family relations, family problems, social relations, innocence lost, siblings relations, small town life, teenage life, dysfunctional family, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mississippi, usa
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The Accidental Hero (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: A 16 year old son and his single mother are forced to reckon their true identities. What and who is an accidental hero? The answers are forthcoming as tragic circumstances upset the lives of our protagonists.
Plot: moroccan, patience, anger, father son relationship, doctor, food, money, father daughter relationship, trust, murder, paranoia, police ...
Place: acapulco mexico
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Purgatory House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An inside glimpse of how it feels to be a teen in today's disconnected world. PURGATORY HOUSE chronicles the after-life journey of Silver Strand: a lonely teen who abandons her life of turmoil and drug addiction, only to find herself caught ...
Style: gothic, serious, non-linear, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: misfit, hopes, drug abuse, addiction, teenage life, family problems, youth, life is a bitch, social misfits, custody, society, second chance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 5.8
 333
Meant to Be (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When 20-year old Nathan loses his career and his girlfriend, he questions his purpose in life. Compounding his struggle, Nathan grew up in a foster home and never met his birth mother. He sets out on a quest to find his mother and somehow come to ...
Style: psychological, captivating, thought provoking, surprise ending, contemplative
Plot: faith, mother, god, crisis, research, depression, mystery, journey, christian, self discovery, belief in god, chambermaid ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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