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, semi serious, sentimental, dramatic and clever films and TV shows about / with single parent, family relations, parents and children, mentor, storytelling, dialogue, family, destiny, catastrophe and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance 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), Pay It Forward (2000), About a Boy (2002), The Boys Are Back (2009), Dear Frankie (2004), Blended (2014), The Switch (2010), It Takes Two (1995), This Boy's Life (1993), The Others (2001).

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, uplifting, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, down on your luck, rise to the top, against the odds, hopes, life, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
Is relevant ?
 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, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, single parent, childhood, child's point of view, good deed, disfigurement, school, life philosophy, addiction, death, alone in the world, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nevada, las vegas, usa
Is relevant ?
 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: touching, sentimental, humorous, feel good, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: friendship, single parent, age difference, mentor, depression, coming of age, couples, dysfunctional family, odd couple, romance, becoming an adult, single ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, mcdonald's restaurant
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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, cancer, overcoming, adolescence vs adulthood, life turned upside down, family problems, step siblings, family relations, single father, father son relationship, party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, australia, tokyo, ireland ...
Is relevant ?
 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: uplifting, realistic, heartbreaking, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: single parent, disability, letter, stranger, friendship, ship, family drama, father son relationship, mother son relationship, life & death, coming of age, mute or deaf ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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, sentimental, funny, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: fall in love, single parent, family, opposites attract, resort, parents and children, mischievous children, children, love and romance, blind date, youth, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, hawaii, usa, south africa
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: humorous, sentimental, funny, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: single parent, best friends, pregnancy, artificial insemination, child birth, romance, couples, unfulfilled love, singleness, male female friendship, unlikely friendships, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, michigan, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 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: feel good, humorous, touching, sweet, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: twins, mischievous children, orphan, family, single parent, summer camp, fall in love, social worker, siblings relations, social differences, switching roles, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: manhattan new york city, london
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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, rough, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, friendship, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, child abuse, mechanic, homosexual, jealousy, oppression, alcoholic, parents and children ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, united states, washington state ...
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 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: scary, surprise ending, atmospheric, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, afterlife, mysterious character, supernatural, uncover truth, parallel world, psychic, seance, losing-it hero, single parent, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, english channel
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: family outing, pre-teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: twins, summer camp, mischievous children, lookalikes, dishonesty, disorder, trap, single parent, parents and children, family relations, comedy of errors, butler ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, 1990s
Place: california, england, maine, london, europe ...
Is relevant ?
 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: sentimental, stylized, lyrical, light, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mother daughter relationship, parents and children, wedding, single parent, free spirited, eccentric family, parent child relationship, family gatherings, love and romance, couple relations, lovers reunited, meet the parents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, europe
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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, feel good, romantic ...
Plot: single parent, parents and children, christmas, unlikely couple, romance, couple relations, looking for love, singleness, love and romance, hidden identity, employer employee relationship, battle of the sexes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: mexico
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: feel good, romantic, humorous, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, starting over, single parent, couple relations, love affair, fall in love, love and romance, parents and children, romance, family relations, nanny, divorce ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, future
Place: new york, usa, istanbul turkey, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 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, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: single parent, opposites attract, screwball, romance, one day, looking for love, parents and children, urban, disorder, nothing goes right, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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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: opposites attract, neighbor, single parent, friendship, dog, waitress, romance, cowardliness, unlikely couple, artist, couples, looking for love ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, cuba
Is relevant ?
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, serious, atmospheric, realistic, touching ...
Plot: single parent, nanny, balloon, museum, parents and children, family, shadow puppet, neglect, postmodernism, urban, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, brussels, paris france, tokyo, japan
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 8K
LOL (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Lola, a striking teenaged girl who is on the cusp of adulthood, who longs to rush into the adult world of independence, freedom and sexual exploits, but is tenaciously held back by her mother.
Style: touching, realistic, feel good, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teenage life, teenage love, youth, high school life, parents and children, high school, self discovery, young lovers, love and romance, coming of age, hopes, optimism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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, realistic, tense, serious, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, poverty, border crossing, native american reservation, snow, ice, illegal immigrant, smuggling, christmas, desperation, unlikely criminals, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, canada, quebec, new york state ...
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Look Who's Talking (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Mollie is a single working mother who's out to find the perfect father for her child. Her baby, Mikey, prefers James, a cab driver turned babysitter who has what it takes to make them both happy. But Mollie won't even consider James. ...
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, funny, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: babies and infants, pregnancy, single parent, romance, love and romance, fall in love, family life, couples, child's point of view, disorder, babysitting, divorce ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Is relevant ?
Message in a Bottle (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A woman finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder whose wife died tragically early. As a deep and mutual attraction blossoms, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move ...
Style: touching, emotional, semi serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: single parent, haunted by the past, romance, sailing, love letter, sailboat, anonymous letter, love, father son relationship, destiny, fall in love, boat accident ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa, chicago illinois, new york, virginia
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, babies and infants, romance, crumbling marriage, parents and children, custody, fall in love, family life, love and romance, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Is relevant ?
The Mysteries of Laura (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective balances her “Columbo” day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband — also a cop — who just can't seem to sign the divorce papers. ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: police investigation, police station, female detective, crimes, single parent, ex husband, family relations, parents and children, partners, disorder, mischievous children, murder investigation ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After squandering his grant money, despondent and recently widowed anthropologist James Krippendorf must produce hard evidence of the existence of a heretofore undiscovered New Guinea tribe. Grass skirts, makeup, and staged rituals transform his ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, witty, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: college, single parent, jungle, anthropology, monkey, hoax, circumcision, expedition, lecture, professor, farce, comedy of errors ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Is relevant ?
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, actor, human nature, single parent, widow, artists and showbiz, death, funeral, friends, family problems ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
Place: england, london, europe
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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, gloomy, sexual, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, single parent, friendship, working class, single mother, teenage pregnancy, gay, ship, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, youth, realism ...
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: semi serious, feel good, humorous, offbeat
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: single parent, egg, adventure, teenage life, family life, dinosaur, family relations, family, animal life, danger, escapades, heroes ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
Is relevant ?
Necessary Roughness (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Necessary Roughness is a USA Network television series starring Callie Thorne and Scott Cohen. The one-hour drama series was picked up for 12 episodes on January 19, 2011. The series debuted on June 29, 2011, with a 90-minute premiere episode. The ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic
Plot: single parent, single mother, therapy, football, relationship vs career, sport, family relations, power relations, changing lives, overcoming, friendship, morality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: single parent, creature feature, bigfoot, dangerous animal, gory, danger, deadly, in the woods, deadly creature, legends and myths, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
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: talky, humorous, witty, dark humor, clever ...
Plot: single parent, sitcom, midlife crisis, urban, performer's life, city life, family relations, comedian, jazz, single father, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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