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, dramatic and romantic films and TV shows about / with single parent, family relations, dialogue, storytelling, parents and children, mentor, family, culture clash, catastrophe and runaway 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), Blended (2014), The Parent Trap (1998), Labor Day (2013), Frozen River (2008), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Pay It Forward (2000), It Takes Two (1995), The Rebound (2009), Borrowed Hearts (1997).

List of single parent movies

 6.5
 46K
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, entertaining, humorous, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: single parent, opposites attract, one day, love, architect, screwball, romance, single mother, single father, kids and family, fall in love, girl ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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 6.5
 132K
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: funny, feel good, light, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: fall in love, single parent, love and romance, opposites attract, youth, family, children, single father, family vacation, happy ending, love story, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii, africa, south africa, usa
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 6.6
 136K
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, light, sweet, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, chick flick, girls' night ...
Plot: twins, mischievous children, summer camp, lookalikes, divorce, single parent, twins separated at birth, disorder, butler, dishonesty, father daughter relationship, disney ...
Time: 90s, year 1998
Place: london, california, england, maine, europe ...
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 6.9
 46K
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: touching, realistic, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: unlikely relationship, single parent, family relations, fall in love, love and romance, single mother, happy ending, escapades, parents and children, crimes, on the run, fugitives ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, canada, california
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 7.1
 26K
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, thought provoking, bleak, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, native american reservation, winter, native americans, native american, smuggling, working class, snow, survival, courage, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, canada, california, new york state, usa ...
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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: inspirational, emotional, motivational, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: life, human spirit, rags to riches, life is a bitch, life philosophy, rise to the top, against the odds, ambition, success, down on your luck, single father, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 7.2
 119K
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: inspirational, motivational, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, life philosophy, parents and children, single mother, disfigurement, teachers and students, addiction, youth, school, child's point of view ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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 5.8
 23K
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, funny, touching, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, chick flick, teens ...
Plot: twins, mischievous children, family, children, summer camp, orphan, single parent, adoption, parents and children, single father, boarding school, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, manhattan new york city, new york
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 6.3
 49K
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, entertaining, sexy, funny ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, kids, teens, date night
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, romance, starting over, nanny, age difference, fall in love, single parent, infidelity, unfaithful husband, couple relations, couples, divorce ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, istanbul turkey
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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, sentimental, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: christmas, single parent, parents and children, looking for love, unlikely couple, romance, pretend relationship, family relations, singleness, couple relations, hidden identity, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, rome italy
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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: inspirational, touching, melancholic, intense, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: single parent, single father, parenthood, cancer, family relations, father son relationship, widower, brothers, depression, life philosophy, overcoming, step siblings ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, australia, tokyo, europe, california ...
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 8.6
 1.8M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Style: mind bending, thought provoking, philosophical, futuristic, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: time travel, outer space, father daughter relationship, space travel, astronaut, nasa, space station, distopia, survival, adventure, spacecraft, time paradox ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: colorado
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 6.2
 17K
Baby Boom (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The life of super-yuppie J.C. is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a baby from a distant relative.
Style: humorous, touching, light, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: adoption, babies and infants, baby, single parent, career woman, romance, relationship problems, starting over, yuppie, women, happy ending, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, vermont, manhattan new york city, usa
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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, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: marriage of convenience, single parent, loss of husband, fall in love, farm, couple relations, love and romance, romance, survival, faith, age difference, pregnancy ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: usa
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 7.1
 183K
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: chick flick, kids, teens, girls' night, family outing ...
Plot: coming of age, father son relationship, friendship, mentor, dating, single father, dysfunctional family, single parent, loneliness, christmas, motherhood, singleness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, britain, united kingdom, europe
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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, light, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, teens, girls' night ...
Plot: family, twins, summer, summer camp, mischievous children, divorce, family life, parents and children, family relations, youth, single parent, teenage girl ...
Time: 60s, year 1961
Place: california, massachusetts, boston, london
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 7.7
 22K
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: heartbreaking, realistic, emotional, melancholic, sweet ...
Audience: teens
Plot: single parent, coming of age, disability, friendship, life & death, stranger, deaf, father son relationship, mother son relationship, ship, little boy, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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Where the Heart Is (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Novalee Nation is a 17-year-old Tennessee transient who has to grow up in a hurry when she's left pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend on a roadside in Sequoyah, Okla., and takes refuge in the friendly aisles of Wal-Mart. In short order, ...
Style: touching, feel good, sincere, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: starting over, teenage pregnancy, small town, pregnancy, coming of age, single parent, friendship, youth, love and romance, family relations, power of love, women ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: oklahoma, tennessee, california, usa, maine ...
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 6.9
 81K
My Girl (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Vada Sultenfuss is obsessed with death. Her mother is dead, and her father runs a funeral parlor. She is also in love with her English teacher, and joins a poetry class over the summer just to impress him. Thomas J., her best friend, is ...
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, sad, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids, family outing, chick flick, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, family, father daughter relationship, single parent, family relations, children, single father, young heroes, parents and children, mortician ...
Time: 70s, year 1972, 20th century, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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 6.1
 106K
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: romantic, funny, sweet, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: pregnancy, male female friendship, single parent, best friends, couples, romance, sperm donor, parenthood, unfulfilled love, childbirth, singleness, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, michigan
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A Home of Our Own (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story is located in Los Angeles in the sixties. An energetic widow, Frances Lacey, with her six children try to make a dream of theirs come true: to have a home of their own. Therefore they leave Los Angeles and head for the countryside, while ...
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, emotional, tear jerker ...
Audience: kids
Plot: single parent, corporal punishment, christmas, widow, bittersweet, family relations, youth, family problems, coming of age, children, parenthood, boy ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, idaho, usa
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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, inspirational, clever, sad ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, kids
Plot: parents and children, friendship, writers, single parent, writer's life, death, family relations, artists and showbiz, human nature, funeral, actor, coming of age ...
Time: edwardian era, future, 50s, 20th century, 19th century
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: romantic, touching, feel good, sentimental, funny ...
Audience: chick flick, family outing, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: loneliness, happy ending, starting over, life, radio, love, single parent, destiny, looking for love, love story, platonic, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: seattle, manhattan new york city, new york, chicago illinois, washington state ...
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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, humorous, feel good, funny, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: single parent, parents and children, mischievous children, disney, childhood, dysfunctional family, family, family relations, family problems, kids and family, opposites attract, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 70s
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 4.7
 14K
Shut In (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, France, USA, India
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A widowed child psychologist lives in an isolated existence in rural New England. When caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, tense, psychotronic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: single parent, psychologist, held captive, oedipus complex, isolation, nightmare, winter, stepmother, stepmother stepson relationship, child in peril, obsession, little boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa
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 7.6
 22K
Mildred Pierce (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 336 min.
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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, thought provoking, clever, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: housewife, depression, single parent, tragic event, struggle, family relations, suffering, divorce, friendship, ambitious, heroine, social differences ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, tokyo, usa
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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: depressing, realistic, emotional, touching, talky ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, child abuse, domestic violence, small town, single parent, gay teenager, dysfunctional family, abusive stepfather, friendship, childhood, stepfather stepson relationship, teenager ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, washington state, salt lake city utah, washington d.c., usa ...
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 7.2
 103K
Broken Flowers (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: As the devoutly single Don Johnston is dumped by his latest girlfriend, he receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.
Style: road movie, melancholic, atmospheric, emotional, touching ...
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, single parent, self discovery, nudity (full frontal - brief), travel, existentialism, illegitimate son, haunted by the past, quest, anonymous letter, flowers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, tokyo, sweden, france
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The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites ...
Style: melancholic, disturbing, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, father daughter relationship, single parent, coming of age, single father, virginity, island, isolation, parents and children, first sex, teenage life, rebelliousness ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, future
Place: usa, california, vermont
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 7.6
 362K
The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy
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: twist ending, surprise ending, suspense, scary, gothic ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, afterlife, mysterious character, uncover truth, spiritualism, able to see the dead, psychic, nightmare, mansion, isolation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, english channel
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