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, sentimental, semi serious, romantic and humorous films and TV shows about / with single parent, family relations, parents and children, family, mentor, dialogue, storytelling, runaway, destiny and life philosophy 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: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Blended (2014), Borrowed Hearts (1997), Pay It Forward (2000), The Rebound (2009), About a Boy (2002), One Fine Day (1996), It Takes Two (1995), The Parent Trap (1998), Nancy Drew (2007).

List of single parent movies

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: sentimental, emotional, inspirational, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, against the odds, rise to the top, down on your luck, single parent, hopes, success, ambition, life, parents and children, financial problem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 105K
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: humorous, feel good, funny, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: fall in love, single parent, family, love and romance, opposites attract, resort, parents and children, mischievous children, youth, family values, children, coincidence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, hawaii, usa, south africa
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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, sentimental, semi serious, romantic, feel good ...
Plot: single parent, parents and children, unlikely couple, christmas, romance, love and romance, couple relations, singleness, looking for love, employer employee relationship, hidden identity, battle of the sexes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: mexico
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 7.2
 107K
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: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, addiction, parents and children, school, death, life philosophy, bully ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 44K
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
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, single parent, fall in love, starting over, nanny, couple relations, love and romance, parents and children, love affair, family relations, romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, future
Place: new york, usa, istanbul turkey, new jersey
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 7.1
 159K
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, touching, romantic, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: single parent, friendship, mentor, dysfunctional family, coming of age, age difference, couples, depression, family problems, romance, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, mcdonald's restaurant
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 6.5
 40K
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: humorous, feel good, light, entertaining, witty ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: single parent, opposites attract, screwball, romance, parenthood, one day, nothing goes right, disorder, looking for love, parents and children, love and romance, fall in love ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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 5.8
 18K
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: humorous, feel good, touching, sweet, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: twins, mischievous children, family, orphan, summer camp, single parent, social worker, fall in love, siblings relations, social differences, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: manhattan new york city, london
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 107K
The Parent Trap (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
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, touching, sweet, light ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: twins, summer camp, mischievous children, lookalikes, dishonesty, disorder, single parent, trap, divorce, butler, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, 1990s
Place: california, maine, england, london, usa ...
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 5.9
 18K
Nancy Drew (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Intrepid teenage private eye Nancy Drew heads to Tinseltown with her father to investigate the unsolved murder of a movie star in this old-fashioned whodunit based on Carolyn Keene's popular series of books for young adults. But can the ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, light, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, teen comedy, chick flick
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, chase, single parent, investigation, who done it, danger, young heroes, private detective, family relations, disorder, hollywood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new jersey
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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 ...
Plot: single parent, parenthood, overcoming, cancer, step siblings, family problems, adolescence vs adulthood, life turned upside down, family relations, single father, father son relationship, party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, australia, tokyo, ireland ...
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 90K
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: sentimental, humorous, funny, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: single parent, pregnancy, best friends, couples, child birth, artificial insemination, unfulfilled love, romance, singleness, male female friendship, unlikely friendships, aquarium ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, michigan, new jersey
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 7.8
 20K
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, uplifting, heartbreaking, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: single parent, disability, letter, stranger, ship, friendship, father son relationship, family drama, elementary school, bet, newspaper, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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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, touching, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, homosexual, mechanic, teenage life, step parent, youth, respect ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington state, united states ...
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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, emotional, inspirational, sweet ...
Plot: writer's life, friendship, parents and children, single parent, actor, death, funeral, human nature, artists and showbiz, widow, loss of loved one, terminal illness ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
Place: london, england, europe
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 70K
Louie (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
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: dark humor, sincere, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: single parent, midlife crisis, performer's life, city life, family relations, comedian, loneliness, disorder, mishap, everyday life, parenthood, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 23K
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: bleak, tense, realistic, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, native american reservation, christmas, smuggling, desperation, border crossing, illegal immigration, snow, illegal immigrant, ice, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, canada, new york state, quebec ...
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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, humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: twins, summer camp, mischievous children, parents and children, family relations, single parent, family life, prank, family, lookalikes, youth, reunion ...
Time: year 1961
Place: california, massachusetts, london, boston
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As Good as It Gets (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will ...
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: dog, neighbor, opposites attract, single parent, friendship, looking for love, waitress, artist, romance, couples, cowardliness, gender ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, cuba
Is relevant ?
 5.6
 2K
Den Brother (2010)
Genre: Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Alex Pearson has a lot to learn about teamwork. As the star of the Lemon Oaks hockey team, Alex almost always has his way on and off the ice. That ism until he pulls a stunt so outrageous not even his own coach can give him a pass. His punishment? ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic, stylized
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: siblings relations, single parent, family relations, family, big brother, brother sister relationship, single father, high school athlete, high school, teaching the ways of the world, hockey, ice hockey ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 39K
Labor Day (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: single parent, family relations, dangerous attraction, fall in love, parents and children, unlikely relationship, coming of age, mysterious character, escapades, love and romance, gain trust, loner ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, canada, california
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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, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: single parent, parents and children, family relations, family problems, mischievous children, family, opposites attract, dysfunctional family, male bonding, child as adult, family life, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 311K
The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 101 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, suspense, scary, atmospheric, gothic ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, psychic, afterlife, mysterious character, supernatural, seance, uncover truth, single parent, isolation, parallel world, losing-it hero ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, england, english channel
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 6.4
 189K
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Set on an idyllic Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA hit songs. Donna, an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on the island is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited young daughter she's raised ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, stylized, lyrical, light ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: mother daughter relationship, parents and children, single parent, wedding, free spirited, eccentric family, meet the parents, family secret, couple relations, ex couple relations, family reunited, family gatherings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: greece, europe
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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: sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, training, crying, high school, death, running, power relations, ambition, direction and purpose, contests and competitions, sport, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: seattle, usa
Is relevant ?
 5.7
 547
Daddy (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Oliver Watson has never been luckier: he is a successful advertising executive, shares a marriage of eighteen years with Sarah and has three loving kids: 17-year-old Ben, 15-year-old Melissa, and 9-year-old Sam. His perfect life suddenly falls apart ...
Style: semi serious, realistic
Plot: single parent, single father, family problems, couples, family life, custody, romance, parents and children, crumbling marriage, love and romance, unfulfillment, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Is relevant ?
 4.0
 190
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: suspenseful, serious, scary, rough, realistic ...
Plot: single parent, creature feature, bigfoot, deadly, law enforcement, gory, crimes, legends and myths, family relations, in the woods, danger, deadly creature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
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A Taste of Honey (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Focuses on a working class girl who is struggling to create a life for herself with her gay co-worker after becoming pregnant from a one-night stand with a black sailor.
Style: serious, talky, realistic, touching, sexual ...
Plot: coming of age, working class, friendship, single parent, youth, dysfunctional family, ship, pregnancy, single mother, gay, teenage pregnancy, forbidden love ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe
Is relevant ?
 4.1
 1K
Prehysteria! (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A young boy and his family embark on a series of adventures when the boy finds some mysterious eggs which hatch to reveal a brood of baby dinosaurs.
Style: feel good, offbeat, humorous, semi serious
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: single parent, family, escapades, adventure, heroes, teenage life, animal life, disorder, family life, misfit, friends, family relations ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
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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: stylized, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: single parent, nanny, museum, balloon, family, youth, postmodernism, urban, family relations, parents and children, shadow puppet, neglect ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, brussels, paris france, tokyo, japan
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