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, humorous, semi serious, feel good, touching and sentimental films and TV shows about / with family relations, single parent, parents and children, mentor, family, storytelling, catastrophe, love and romance, youth and destiny plots mostly in Comedy, Drama 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), Dear Frankie (2004), Blended (2014), It Takes Two (1995), This Boy's Life (1993), The Others (2001), The Rebound (2009), The Switch (2010), LOL (2008).

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, uplifting, 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, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems, financial problem ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
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 7.2
 105K
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, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, single parent, childhood, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, injustice, addiction, school, life philosophy, parents and children, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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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: uplifting, realistic, heartbreaking, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: single parent, disability, letter, stranger, friendship, family drama, father son relationship, coming of age, mute or deaf, mother son relationship, life & death, ship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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 6.5
 102K
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, mischievous children, family, opposites attract, resort, love and romance, parents and children, children, youth, family values, blind date ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, hawaii, usa, south africa
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 5.8
 17K
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: touching, feel good, humorous, sweet, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: twins, orphan, family, mischievous children, single parent, fall in love, summer camp, social worker, siblings relations, social differences, switching roles, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: 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, serious, rough, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, mechanic, homosexual, jealousy, oppression, alcoholic, parents and children ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, united states, seattle washington
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 7.6
 304K
The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain, 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, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, afterlife, uncover truth, seance, mysterious character, single parent, isolation, supernatural, psychic, losing-it hero, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, english channel
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 43K
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, humorous, romantic, 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, family relations, romance, nanny, divorce ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, future
Place: new york, usa, istanbul turkey, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 88K
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
Plot: best friends, single parent, child birth, pregnancy, artificial insemination, romance, couples, unfulfilled love, parents and children, love and romance, unlikely friendships, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, michigan, new jersey
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 6.3
 7K
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, feel good, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teenage life, teenage love, youth, high school life, parents and children, self discovery, young lovers, love and romance, high school, coming of age, hopes, optimism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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 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, native american reservation, ice, snow, illegal immigrant, border crossing, smuggling, christmas, desperation, unlikely criminals, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, canada, new york state, quebec ...
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 156K
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: witty, clever, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: single parent, friendship, age difference, singleness, coming of age, couples, mentor, bachelor, womanizer, depression, suicide attempt, dating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, mcdonald's restaurant
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 8.6
 69K
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, midlife crisis, urban, performer's life, city life, family relations, comedian, sitcom, singleness, jazz, single father, nothing goes right ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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 6.4
 178K
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, eccentric family, parent child relationship, family gatherings, love and romance, couple relations, lovers reunited, meet the parents, family reunited ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 201K
The Road (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the ...
Style: bleak, rough, harsh, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: apocalypse, survival, single parent, father son relationship, cannibalism, starvation, on the road, human nature, protective parent, dying, future dystopia, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future
Place: 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, clever, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: single parent, dog, opposites attract, neighbor, friendship, waitress, road trip, prejudice, romance, love and romance, homosexual, artist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, cuba
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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, semi serious, realistic, emotional, melancholic ...
Plot: single parent, parenthood, cancer, dysfunctional family, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, coming of age, life turned upside down, family problems, family relations, siblings relations, single father ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, australia, tokyo
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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: serious, sentimental, 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
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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
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: high school, teenage love, supernatural ability, chosen one, imaginary, single parent, fall in love, swimming, family, witch, youth, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: miami, usa
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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, disorder, child's point of view, kids and family, babysitting ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Is relevant ?
 5.7
 540
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 ?
Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Admiral Frank Beardsley returns to New London to run the Coast Guard Academy, his last stop before a probable promotion to head the Guard. A widower with eight children, he runs a loving but tight ship, with charts and salutes. The kids long for a ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic, idiotic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: family, siblings relations, opposites attract, parents and children, mischievous children, family life, family relations, love and romance, single parent, couple relations, eccentric family, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa
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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, crimes, single parent, ex husband, female detective, family relations, parents and children, partners, disorder, crime, mischievous children ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Desperate Housewives (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. Central, on ABC from October 3, 2004, until May 13, 2012. ...
Style: witty, humorous, sexual, dark humor, cynical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: housewife, suburban life, secret, couple relations, neighbor, family relations, investigation, infidelity, social relations, lifestyle, friendship, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa
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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, expedition, circumcision, hoax, lecture, professor, monkey, farce, comedy of errors ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 33K
Raising Hope (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: James "Jimmy" Chance is a clueless 24-year-old who impregnates a serial killer during a one-night-stand. Earning custody of his daughter after the mother is sentenced to death, Jimmy relies on his oddball but well-intentioned family for ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, realistic, not serious, light ...
Plot: babies and infants, family life, sitcom, eccentric family, responsibility, living with parents, single parent, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, disorder, immature, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: 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, gloomy, talky, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: coming of age, single parent, friendship, working class, single mother, gay, teenage pregnancy, 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: feel good, semi serious, humorous, offbeat
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: single parent, egg, teenage life, adventure, family life, dinosaur, family relations, family, animal life, danger, escapades, heroes ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
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 5.5
 2K
Trading Mom (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The Martin kids learn of a magic spell that will take them to the 'mommy market' so they can get a more user friendly model. After giving a few other moms a try, they want their own back. But that is not so easy.
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, offbeat
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: single parent, child as adult, coming of age, nothing goes right, family life, youth, family relations, mischievous children, siblings relations, magic, mother, family ...
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 591
Unwed Father (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: 9 months after a drunken sexual encounter, a young man winds up raising a baby on his own.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: single parent, babies and infants, adoption, custody, college, youth, family relations, music band, parents and children, pregnancy, environmentalism, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas
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