Single parent movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant single parent movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, touching, feel good, sentimental, romantic and melancholic films and TV shows about / with single parent, family relations, parents and children, mentor, family, dialogue, storytelling, runaway, culture clash and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as single parent: One Fine Day (1996), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Blended (2014), Labor Day (2013), Pay It Forward (2000), Frozen River (2008), The Boys Are Back (2009), The Rebound (2009), This Boy's Life (1993), About a Boy (2002).

List of single parent movies

 6.5
 45K
One Fine Day (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left unexpectedly with Maggie and forgets that Melanie was to take her ...
Style: light, feel good, humorous, entertaining, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids, girls' night, teens
Plot: opposites attract, single parent, screwball, single father, fall in love, one day, disorder, nothing goes right, looking for love, parents and children, love and romance, romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, united states
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, life, rags to riches, life is a bitch, against the odds, single father, single parent, life philosophy, success, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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 6.5
 125K
Blended (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attractions grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship.
Style: feel good, funny, light, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: fall in love, single parent, love and romance, family, opposites attract, family vacation, youth, resort, parents and children, single father, coincidence, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii, africa, usa, south africa
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 6.9
 44K
Labor Day (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: single parent, family relations, unlikely relationship, fall in love, escaped convict, parents and children, escapades, love and romance, dangerous attraction, holiday, loner, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, canada, california
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 7.2
 116K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: uplifting, motivational, touching, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, parents and children, disfigurement, addiction, teachers and students, child's point of view, life philosophy, good deed, alcohol abuse, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
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 7.1
 25K
Frozen River (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, thought provoking, bleak, serious ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, native american reservation, smuggling, native americans, working class, survival, life is a bitch, snow, winter, teenage boy, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, canada, new york state, quebec ...
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The Boys Are Back (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When the wife of sports-writer Joe Warr dies of cancer, he takes on the responsibility of raising their 6-year-old son, and his teenage son from a previous marriage. As Joe rejects the counsel of his mother-in-law and other parents, he develops his ...
Style: touching, melancholic, sentimental, romantic, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: single parent, parenthood, single father, overcoming, widower, cancer, step siblings, adolescence vs adulthood, family problems, life turned upside down, family relations, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, australia, tokyo, california ...
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 6.3
 47K
The Rebound (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sandy, upon discovering her husband's infidelity while watching her son's birthday video, leaves the suburbs and moves into the city. She gets an apartment that's above a coffee house where she befriends one of the workers, Aram, a ...
Style: romantic, feel good, humorous, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, single parent, fall in love, age difference, nanny, starting over, romance, couple relations, family relations, unfaithful husband, parents and children, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s, future
Place: new york, usa, istanbul turkey, new jersey
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This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: single parent, domestic violence, coming of age, stepfather, friendship, child abuse, dysfunctional family, gay teenager, family relations, mechanic, homosexual, stepfather stepson relationship ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: usa, seattle, united states, washington d.c., seattle washington ...
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 7.1
 178K
About a Boy (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, ...
Style: feel good, romantic, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: single parent, mentor, friendship, singleness, dysfunctional family, single father, coming of age, womanizer, dating, family relations, father son relationship, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, britain, united kingdom
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 6.6
 126K
The Parent Trap (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Hallie Parker and Annie James are identical twins separated at a young age because of their parents' divorce. unknowingly to their parents, the girls are sent to the same summer camp where they meet, discover the truth about themselves, and ...
Style: feel good, humorous, sweet, touching, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, girls' night, chick flick, kids ...
Plot: twins, mischievous children, summer camp, lookalikes, dishonesty, butler, single parent, disorder, mistaken identity, parents and children, family relations, comedy of errors ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, 1990s
Place: california, london, england, maine, usa ...
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Borrowed Hearts (1997)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Single mom Kathleen Russell (Roma Downey) and her daughter Zoey pretend to be Kathleen's boss's "family" so he can close a major business deal with the mysterious Mexican financier Javier Del Campo.
Style: touching, romantic, semi serious, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: christmas, single parent, parents and children, looking for love, romance, unlikely couple, singleness, love and romance, hidden identity, couple relations, family relations, employer employee relationship ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: rome italy, mexico
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The Parent Trap (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Hayley Mills plays twins who, unknown to their divorced parents, meet at a summer camp. Products of single parent households, they switch places (surprise!) so as to meet the parent they never knew, and then contrive to reunite them.
Style: feel good, touching, sweet, humorous, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: twins, summer camp, parents and children, family relations, family, mischievous children, family life, reunion, single parent, summer, love and romance, lookalikes ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1961
Place: california, boston, massachusetts, london
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 7.7
 21K
Dear Frankie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, ...
Style: realistic, emotional, uplifting, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: single parent, letter, stranger, disability, ship, friendship, father son relationship, family drama, bet, newspaper, elementary school, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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Love Comes Softly (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Marty is a 19 year old pioneer woman, recently married. She goes west with her husband Clem, hoping to start a new life. But Clem unexpectedly dies, and Marty finds herself alone, two months pregnant. Clark Davis, a widower, offers her a marriage of ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: marriage of convenience, single parent, farm, survival, pregnancy, starting over, loss of husband, couple relations, family life, family problems, couples, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1800s
Place: usa
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 5.9
 22K
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, orphan, family, 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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 7.7
 20K
Mildred Pierce (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 336 min.
TV show
Story: A newly divorced, uniquely independent woman struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family in Depression-era California.
Style: emotional, serious, clever, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, family relations, divorced divorcee, single parent, housewife, tragic event, lovers, struggle, suffering, friendship, ambitious, divorce ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
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 6.4
 81K
Spanglish (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno finds housekeeping work with Deborah and John Clasky, a well-off couple with two children of their own. When Flor admits she can't handle the schedule because of her daughter, Cristina, Deborah ...
Style: sincere, touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: single parent, unfulfilled love, cooking, cook, romance, love and romance, parents and children, culture clash, relationship problems, parent child relationship, immigrants, chef ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, malibu california, mexico, california ...
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Finding Neverland (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Finding Neverland is an amusing drama about how the story of Peter Pan and Neverland came to be. During a writing slump play writer J.M. Barrie meets the widowed Sylvia and her three children who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and ...
Style: touching, sentimental, heartbreaking, clever, inspirational ...
Plot: friendship, single parent, parents and children, writer's life, actor, family relations, death, funeral, artists and showbiz, human nature, widow, writers ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
Place: london, england, europe
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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young boy who tries to set his dad up on a date after the death of his mother. He calls into a radio station to talk about his dad’s loneliness which soon leads the dad into meeting a Journalist Annie who flies to Seattle to write a story about ...
Style: sentimental, touching, romantic, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick, family outing, date night, girls' night
Plot: starting over, single parent, radio, loneliness, looking for love, happy ending, romance, christmas party, love and romance, friendship, destiny, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: seattle, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois, new york, usa ...
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 7.6
 348K
The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, scary, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, afterlife, psychic, mysterious character, supernatural, nightmare, uncover truth, spiritualism, ghosts, single parent, parallel world ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, england, english channel
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Man of the House (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ben Archer is not happy. His mother, Sandy, has just met a man, and it looks like things are pretty serious. Driven by a fear of abandonment, Ben tries anything and everything to ruin the "love bubble" which surrounds his mom. However, ...
Style: touching, feel good, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: parents and children, single parent, mischievous children, family problems, family relations, family, opposites attract, dysfunctional family, male friendship, male bonding, child as adult, family life ...
Time: 90s, 70s
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 6.1
 101K
The Switch (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An unmarried 40-year-old woman turns to a turkey baster in order to become pregnant. Seven years later, she reunites with her best friend, who has been living with a secret: he replaced her preferred sperm sample with his own.
Style: humorous, sentimental, romantic, funny, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: male female friendship, pregnancy, single parent, best friends, couples, child birth, unfulfilled love, romance, childbirth, artificial insemination, singleness, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, michigan, new jersey
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Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: France, Taiwan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The first part in a new series of films produced by Musée d'Orsay, 'Flight of the Red Balloon' tells the story of a French family as seen through the eyes of a Chinese student. The film was shot in August and September 2006 on ...
Style: sentimental, enigmatic, art house, absurd, melancholic ...
Plot: single parent, nanny, balloon, parents and children, neglect, boy, puppet, telephone call, family relations, museum, imaginary friend, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france, tokyo, japan, brussels
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Fear the Walking Dead (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in "The Walking Dead"? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, tense, scary, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, zombie apocalypse, apocalypse, chaos, plague, family relations, parents and children, survival, danger, life is a bitch, society, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.5
 76K
Louie (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Louis C.K. stars as a fictionalized version of himself; a comedian and newly divorced father raising his two daughters in New York City.
Style: sincere, humorous, semi serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: single parent, comedian, dark humor, midlife crisis, performer's life, family relations, city life, loneliness, mishap, everyday life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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4 Minute Mile (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A teenager overcomes odds to run a 4-minute mile race.
Style: sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: single parent, athlete and trainer, hopes, training, high school, family problems, contests and competitions, ambition, athlete's life, rivalry, redemption, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle, washington d.c., seattle washington, united states
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 3.9
 235
Bigfoot (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Something monstrous is slaughtering deer in the marshlands of Ohio, leaving them torn to shreds. Authorities believe it to be the work of a bear, but army veteran Jack Sullivan knows the truth. He has heard the creature’s name, but nothing can ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, scary, suspense ...
Plot: single parent, creature feature, bigfoot, family relations, crimes, legends and myths, deadly creature, danger, deadly, law enforcement, dangerous animal, monster ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, ohio
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 6.4
 14K
Baby Boy (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The story of Jody, a misguided, 20-year-old African-American who is really just a baby boy finally forced-kicking and screaming to face the commitments of real life. Streetwise and jobless, he has not only fathered two children by two different ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, melancholic, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: womanizer, single parent, gang, dark hero, going straight, introspection, adolescence vs adulthood, crimes, domestic violence, family relations, convicted felon, fatherhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
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Corrina, Corrina (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When Manny Singer's wife dies, his young daughter Molly becomes mute and withdrawn. To help cope with looking after Molly, he hires sassy housekeeper Corrina Washington, who coaxes Molly out of her shell and shows father and daughter a whole ...
Style: sweet, touching, sentimental, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: interracial romance, nanny, friendship, self discovery, housekeeper, parents and children, single parent, single father, romance, starting over, couples, family problems ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., los angeles
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