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, humorous, romantic and semi serious films and TV shows about / with single parent, family relations, parents and children, family, dialogue, destiny, mentor, storytelling, runaway and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as single parent: Blended (2014), About a Boy (2002), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Borrowed Hearts (1997), One Fine Day (1996), Pay It Forward (2000), The Parent Trap (1961), It Takes Two (1995), Frozen River (2008), The Rebound (2009).

List of single parent movies

 6.5
 108K
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: single parent, fall in love, love and romance, opposites attract, family, resort, parents and children, mischievous children, family values, youth, children, family vacation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, hawaii, usa, south africa
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 7.0
 163K
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, single father, depression, family problems, thirtysomething life, odd couple ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, mcdonald's restaurant
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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: emotional, uplifting, sentimental, inspirational, motivational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, rise to the top, life is a bitch, single parent, against the odds, ambition, down on your luck, life, success, hopes, family drama, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: kindergarten, san francisco, 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: sentimental, touching, semi serious, romantic, feel good ...
Plot: single parent, parents and children, unlikely couple, christmas, couple relations, romance, love and romance, singleness, looking for love, employer employee relationship, hidden identity, battle of the sexes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: mexico
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 6.5
 41K
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, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: single parent, single father, opposites attract, screwball, parenthood, disorder, looking for love, parents and children, nothing goes right, love and romance, fall in love, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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 7.2
 108K
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: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
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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, sweet, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: twins, family relations, summer camp, parents and children, single parent, family life, mischievous children, family, prank, reunion, lookalikes, youth ...
Time: year 1961
Place: california, massachusetts, london, boston
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 5.8
 19K
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, pre-teens, family outing, chick flick
Plot: twins, mischievous children, family, single parent, orphan, summer camp, social worker, fall in love, siblings relations, social differences, single father, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: manhattan new york city, london
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 7.1
 24K
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: atmospheric, emotional, thought provoking, melancholic, bleak ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, native american reservation, smuggling, working class, survival, life is a bitch, native americans, snow, winter, teenage boy, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, canada, quebec, new york state ...
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 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, romance, nanny, fall in love, starting over, love and romance, love affair, couple relations, parents and children, age difference, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, future
Place: new york, usa, istanbul turkey, new jersey
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 6.5
 110K
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: humorous, feel good, touching, sweet, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: twins, mischievous children, summer camp, lookalikes, disorder, dishonesty, single parent, butler, trap, comedy of errors, parents and children, divorce ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, 1990s
Place: england, california, london, maine, europe ...
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 7.7
 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, newspaper, child abuse, bet, elementary school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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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, single parent, parents and children, actor, death, funeral, artists and showbiz, human nature, widow, grief, neighbor ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, edwardian era, 19th century
Place: london, england, europe
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Every Witch Way (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
Story: The series follows 14-year-old Emma Alonso, as she moves to Miami and her life turns upside-down. Not only does she discover that she is a witch, she also has a crush on the boy next door, Daniel. But Daniel’s ex-girlfriend Maddie, who is an ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, captivating, light
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: teenage love, high school, chosen one, supernatural ability, fall in love, single parent, youth, family relations, parents and children, family, supernatural, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, 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, single parent, investigation, chase, who done it, danger, young heroes, disorder, family relations, private detective, surveillance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new jersey
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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 problems, family relations, mischievous children, family, opposites attract, dysfunctional family, male bonding, family life, child as adult, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s
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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, family relations, life turned upside down, single father, father son relationship, party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, australia, tokyo, california ...
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 6.1
 92K
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, funny, sincere, semi serious ...
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, little boy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, michigan, 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, sincere, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, gay teenager, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, friendship, child abuse, homosexual, mechanic, respect, drinking problem, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington state, united states ...
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 8.5
 71K
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, mishap, artists and showbiz, everyday life, parenthood, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 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: realistic, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: single parent, athlete and trainer, training, high school, family problems, contests and competitions, direction and purpose, redemption, athlete's life, teenage life, haunted by the past, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle
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 6.4
 12K
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: realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic, light ...
Audience: kids
Plot: womanizer, single parent, gang, going straight, adolescence vs adulthood, crimes, domestic violence, fistfight, intolerance, convicted felon, thief, fatherhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
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 6.4
 74K
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: touching, sentimental, semi serious, feel good, talky ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: single parent, unfulfilled love, chef, cook, romance, mexican, love and romance, parents and children, culture clash, relationship problems, parent child relationship, language barrier ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, malibu california, california ...
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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, age difference, looking for love, waitress, artist, romance, couples, cowardliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, cuba
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 5.4
 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: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic, stylized
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: siblings relations, single parent, family relations, family, high school athlete, brother sister relationship, big brother, single father, high school, teaching the ways of the world, hockey, student athlete ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 6.9
 40K
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: realistic, sincere, captivating, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: single parent, family relations, parents and children, fall in love, unlikely relationship, dangerous attraction, coming of age, mysterious character, escaped convict, holiday, longing, wanted ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, canada, california
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 7.6
 317K
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, afterlife, ghost, psychic, supernatural, mysterious character, parallel world, seance, uncover truth, single parent, isolation, losing-it hero ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, england, english channel
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 6.4
 197K
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, family secret, eccentric family, lovers reunited, ex couple relations, meet the parents, family reunited, family gatherings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: greece, europe
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Bringing Up Bobby (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Netherlands, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bringing Up Bobby is the story of a European con-artist and her son Bobby, who find themselves in Oklahoma in an effort to escape her past and build a better future. Olive and Bobby blithely charm their way from one adventure to another until ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: single parent, troubled past, family, starting over, haunted by the past, family relations, parents and children, hopes, mother, european, drugs/alcohol, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
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 6.9
 1K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: social worker, single parent, village, orphan, adoption, family problems, hopes, parents and children, family relations, orphanage, adopted son, man boy relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, wales
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