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, feel good, touching, sentimental, romantic and humorous films and TV shows about / with single parent, family relations, parents and children, family, mentor, culture clash, dialogue, storytelling, 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: One Fine Day (1996), Blended (2014), About a Boy (2002), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Pay It Forward (2000), It Takes Two (1995), The Parent Trap (1961), Frozen River (2008), The Rebound (2009), Borrowed Hearts (1997).

List of single parent movies

 6.5
 42K
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, humorous, entertaining, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids, girls' night, teens
Plot: single parent, opposites attract, screwball, parenthood, single father, nothing goes right, parents and children, looking for love, disorder, fall in love, love and romance, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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 6.5
 113K
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: feel good, funny, light, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: single parent, fall in love, family, love and romance, resort, parents and children, family values, children, opposites attract, mischievous children, youth, family vacation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii, africa, usa, south africa
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 7.0
 167K
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, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: single parent, mentor, friendship, dysfunctional family, coming of age, age difference, couples, single father, depression, family problems, unlikely friendships, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
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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, motivational, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, rise to the top, ambition, life is a bitch, against the odds, single parent, hopes, life, down on your luck, success, rags to riches, single father ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco
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 7.2
 110K
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: uplifting, sentimental, emotional, touching, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, addiction, parents and children, school, alcohol abuse, death, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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 5.9
 20K
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, touching, humorous, funny ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: twins, mischievous children, orphan, family, single parent, summer camp, fall in love, children, social worker, switching roles, social differences, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: manhattan new york city, london, new york
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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, humorous, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: twins, family relations, parents and children, mischievous children, single parent, family life, summer camp, family, prank, love and romance, lookalikes, reunion ...
Time: year 1961
Place: california, boston, massachusetts, 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, bleak, serious ...
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
 45K
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, teens, girls' night
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, age difference, single parent, nanny, romance, fall in love, starting over, family relations, love affair, parents and children, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, future
Place: new york, usa, istanbul turkey, new jersey
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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, semi serious, sentimental, feel good, romantic ...
Plot: single parent, christmas, parents and children, looking for love, romance, unlikely couple, hidden identity, singleness, love and romance, couple relations, family relations, employer employee relationship ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: rome italy, mexico
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 6.5
 115K
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: humorous, feel good, touching, sweet, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, girls' night, chick flick, kids ...
Plot: twins, mischievous children, lookalikes, summer camp, dishonesty, disorder, butler, single parent, family relations, comedy of errors, mistaken identity, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1998
Place: london, england, california, maine, europe ...
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 7.7
 21K
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, emotional, uplifting, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: single parent, letter, stranger, disability, 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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 6.9
 41K
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: realistic, sentimental, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: single parent, family relations, fall in love, unlikely relationship, parents and children, dangerous attraction, loner, holiday, on the run, crimes, love and romance, fugitives ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, canada, california
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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: sentimental, touching, heartbreaking, clever, inspirational ...
Plot: friendship, single parent, parents and children, writer's life, actor, death, funeral, artists and showbiz, human nature, widow, family relations, writers ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
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, semi serious, humorous, captivating, light
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: high school, teenage love, supernatural ability, fall in love, chosen one, single parent, youth, family relations, family, parents and children, imaginary, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: miami, usa
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 5.9
 19K
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: humorous, semi serious, feel good, light, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, teen comedy, girls' night ...
Plot: amateur detective, riddles and clues, single parent, investigation, chase, who done it, young heroes, private detective, disorder, family relations, danger, hollywood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 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, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: single parent, parents and children, family relations, family problems, mischievous children, family, opposites attract, dysfunctional family, male bonding, male friendship, child as adult, family life ...
Time: 90s, 70s
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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 ...
Audience: teens
Plot: single parent, parenthood, single father, overcoming, widower, cancer, step siblings, adolescence vs adulthood, family problems, life turned upside down, family relations, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, australia, tokyo, ireland ...
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 6.1
 94K
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, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: single parent, pregnancy, best friends, couples, child birth, artificial insemination, male female friendship, unfulfilled love, romance, childbirth, singleness, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, michigan, new jersey
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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: sentimental, enigmatic, art house, absurd, melancholic ...
Plot: single parent, nanny, balloon, parents and children, neglect, boy, puppet, telephone call, family relations, museum, imaginary friend, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france, tokyo, japan, brussels
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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, touching, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, child abuse, dysfunctional family, family relations, mechanic, homosexual, gay teenager, stepfather, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington d.c., washington state ...
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Love Comes Softly (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 88 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: uplifting, touching, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: single parent, survival, farm, marriage of convenience, starting over, fall in love, hopes, romance, family problems, couples, family life, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: usa
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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: sentimental, touching, feel good, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, family outing, girls' night
Plot: single parent, loneliness, radio, looking for love, starting over, friendship, romance, family relations, loner, love and romance, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: seattle, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois, baltimore, new york ...
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 8.5
 73K
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, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: single parent, comedian, midlife crisis, performer's life, city life, family relations, loneliness, parenthood, artists and showbiz, mishap, disorder, everyday life ...
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: sincere, sentimental, realistic, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, athlete and trainer, hopes, training, high school, contests and competitions, family problems, direction and purpose, athlete's life, teenage life, death in the family, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., 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: serious, sincere, realistic, melancholic, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: womanizer, single parent, gang, going straight, crimes, adolescence vs adulthood, domestic violence, family relations, condom, convicted felon, selfishness, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
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 6.4
 77K
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, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: single parent, unfulfilled love, cook, romance, parents and children, love and romance, culture clash, parent child relationship, relationship problems, immigrants, chef, family relations ...
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, sweet, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dog, writers, neighbor, age difference, opposites attract, single parent, friendship, unlikely friendships, waitress, looking for love, artist, romance ...
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, semi serious, humorous, realistic, stylized
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: siblings relations, single parent, family relations, family, big brother, high school athlete, single father, brother sister relationship, high school, teaching the ways of the world, hockey, morality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 7.8
 46K
Mother (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove ...
Style: serious, tense, suspense, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: murder, investigation, single parent, parents and children, uncover truth, amateur detective, determination, arrest, mentally challenged, crime, crimes, desperation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: south korea, asia, korea, tokyo
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