Single mother movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant single mother movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, touching, humorous, feel good, sentimental and captivating films and TV shows about / with single mother, family relations, mother son relationship, single parent, friendship, mother daughter relationship, parents and children, female protagonist, school and small town plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as single mother: Custody (2016), Gilmore Girls (2000), Kidnap (2017), Better Things (2016), SMILF (2017), The Book of Henry (2017), Erin Brockovich (2000), Just Go with It (2011), Maid in Manhattan (2002), Chocolate (2000).

List of single mother movies

 6.4
 1K
Custody (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When a hard-working single mother, Sara Diaz, has her children taken from her after she is suspected of injuring her son, Ally Fisher, a recent law school graduate, is assigned to represent her case before Judge Martha Schulman, a veteran of the ...
Style: suspense, psychological, captivating, disturbing
Plot: single mother, lawyer, judge, custody, children, hearing, abuse, child abuse, courtroom drama, social issues, class differences, family secret ...
Place: new york
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 8.1
 101K
Gilmore Girls (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the charming town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the series follows the captivating lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, a mother/daughter pair who have a relationship most people only dream of.
Style: feel good, talky, realistic, witty, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: small town, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist, boyfriend, single mother, best friends, small town life, looking for love, social relations, lifestyle, family relations, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: connecticut, usa, yale university, new england
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 5.9
 34K
Kidnap (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A mother (in her Minivan) stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.
Style: surprise ending, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, abduction, strong female lead, single mother, danger, rescue, child in peril, track down, little boy, determination, female protagonist, plot twist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, louisiana
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 7.8
 12K
Better Things (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Sam Fox is a single, working actor with no filter trying to raise her three daughters – Max, Frankie and Duke – in Los Angeles. She is mom, dad, referee and the cops.
Style: light, humorous, sincere, touching
Plot: single mother, parent child relationship, family relations, mother daughter relationship, family values, mischievous children, social issues, dating, actress, family problems, female protagonist, woman ...
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 6.7
 5K
SMILF (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: A raw and honest comedic look at a single, 20-something from Southie whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood.
Style: semi serious, cynical, emotional, sweet
Plot: single mother, motherhood, parenthood, young girl, society, new life, family problems, twenty something, interracial family, religious differences, class differences, nipples visible through clothing ...
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The Book of Henry (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Naomi Watts stars as Susan, a single mother of two, working as a waitress in a small town. Her son, Henry, is an 11-year-old genius who not only manages the family finances but acts as emotional support for his mother and younger brother. When Henry ...
Style: touching, emotional, sad, captivating, serious
Plot: boy genius, single mother, child prodigy, suicide, mother son relationship, brain tumor, small town, precocious child, genius, book, dancing, death of brother ...
Place: new york state
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 7.3
 176K
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. ...
Style: captivating, factual, uplifting, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: lawyer, against the odds, contamination, justice, relationship vs career, single mother, court, family relations, righting the wronged, ambition, society, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 6.4
 222K
Just Go with It (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant's kids become involved, and everyone ...
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, ridiculous, funny ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, family outing, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: love and romance, romance, couple relations, pretense, fall in love, single mother, plastic surgery, deception, marriage, blackmail, plan gone awry, office romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, year 1992, year 1988 ...
Place: hawaii, usa, los angeles
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Maid in Manhattan (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Marisa Ventura is a struggling single mom who works at a posh Manhattan hotel and dreams of a better life for her and her young son. One fateful day, hotel guest and senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall meets Marisa and mistakes her for a ...
Style: romantic, light, sentimental, sweet, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: romance, opposites attract, love story, love and romance, cinderella story, fall in love, class differences, mistaken identity, hotel, social differences, single mother, rags to riches ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, san francisco ...
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 7.2
 178K
Chocolate (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, romantic, sweet, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: chocolate, culture clash, women, cooking and food, prejudice, lifestyle change, small town, love and romance, single mother, society, couple relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: france, europe, central america, paris france
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You Can Count on Me (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: single mother, drifter, workplace, introspection, love and romance, hopes, family secret, free spirited, parents and children, small town, workplace romance, suicide attempt ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york state, new york
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 8.1
 39K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.
Style: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, childhood, family relations, wolf, parents and children, human becomes animal, single mother, social relations, supernatural, school, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 8.1
 49K
A Silent Voice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Shouya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shouko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shouya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shouko and Shouya ...
Style: inspirational, touching, sincere, romantic, biting ...
Plot: sign language, deaf, friendship, high school, bullying, redemption, deafness, suicide thoughts, single mother, japanese girl, disability, coming of age ...
Place: japan
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 6.5
 102K
The Lucky One (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth and where she lives, he shows ...
Style: romantic, emotional, touching, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: love affair, true love, soldier, destiny, obsessive quest, single mother, love and romance, veteran, loss of loved one, marines, hopes, lovers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, north carolina, new orleans, middle east, new jersey ...
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 6.8
 198K
The Babadook (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Style: psychological, scary, macabre, tense, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nightmare, danger, family in danger, supernatural, nightmare comes true, dealing with death, single mother, ghost, dark fantasy, dysfunctional family, monster, sleeping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 5.3
 214
Boggart (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the ordinary and bustling city of Moscow there is an unusual House, overgrown with hundreds of secrets and mysteries. In this house there is a strange apartment, in which not a single tenant has stayed for a long time. And only when an ...
Style: enigmatic, captivating, disturbing, fairy tale, atmospheric
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: supernatural being, house, family, magic, single mother, black magic, standoff, showdown, cat, anthropomorphism, tied feet, tape over mouth
Time: 21st century
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 6.8
 130K
A Simple Favor (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mommy vlogger Stephanie joins her best friend Emily's husband, Sean, to investigate her sudden disappearance from their small town.
Style: exciting, captivating, enigmatic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: secret, deception, missing person, blackmail, female friendship, ruse, murder investigation, small town, murder, mother, investigation, single mother ...
Time: 2010s
Place: london, new york, michigan, connecticut
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I Killed My Mother (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Hubert, a brash 17-year-old, is confused and torn by a love-hate relationship with his mother that consumes him more and more each day. After distressing ordeals and tragic episodes, Hubert will find his mother on the banks of Saint Lawrence river, ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, captivating
Plot: gay, homosexuality, gay son, gay teenager, gay relationship, lgbt, youth, single parent, single mother, family problems, family relations, gender ...
Place: france, europe
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 6.6
 265
Olga (2016)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Russia
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Olga brings up two children from different marriages, cares about her alcoholic father and tries to adjust her personal life. The eldest daughter Anya is studying in a vocational school, she thinks that she is the only adequate member of the family, ...
Style: feel good, humorous, captivating, entertaining, twists and turns
Audience: chick flick
Plot: couple relations, pregnancy, single mother, teenage life, unlikely couple, love, teenage love, misfit, hopes, family relations, twists & turns, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
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 7.4
 2K
Raven's Home (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Best friends Raven and Chelsea, now both divorced mothers, are raising their children in a house together. Their house is turned upside down when they realize one of Raven's children inherited the same psychic abilities as their mother.
Style: sitcom, entertaining, humorous, sentimental, captivating
Plot: single mother, parents separation, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, grownups, friendship, family relations, psychic power, school, middle school, kids and family, black family, youth ...
Time: 2010s
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 6.8
 557
The Protector (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Gloria Sheppard is an intuitive LAPD homicide detective who juggles her demanding personal and professional lives while raising two sons with the help of her troubled younger brother, Davey.
Style: sincere, captivating, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: police detective, single mother, lapd, relationship vs career, family relations, crimes, law enforcement, police, investigation, motherhood, homicide detective, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, realistic, scenic, touching ...
Plot: mother son relationship, single mother, american dream, life, grandmother grandson relationship, small town life, brother sister relationship, getting home, family relations, family drama, direction and purpose, acceptance ...
Time: year 1997, year 1946, year 2011
Place: kentucky, yale university, ohio
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I, Daniel Blake (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A middle aged carpenter, who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.
Style: disturbing, compassionate, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: carpenter, single mother, poverty, heart attack, social services, working class, welfare, friendship, public health, compassion, self discovery, immigrants ...
Time: 2010s
Place: northern england, england, britain
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 5.5
 926
My Santa (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A young, single mother, Jen, begins to lose her faith in the magic of Christmas. However, when she takes her son Eric to see the local mall Santa, Jen immediately feels an attraction and connection with Chris, the young, attractive man filling the ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: fall in love, single mother, holiday, secret identity, couples, family relations, love and romance, magic, falling in love, looking for love, love triangle, single parent ...
Time: 2010s
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Like Father Like Son (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Life for Dee Stanton is improving at every turn. Her legal career is blossoming and her boyfriend Dominic unexpectedly proposes to her. Things were very different 11 years ago when her husband Paul was jailed for the brutal murders of four girls and ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, convict, single mother, murder investigation, teenage son, prison, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, family relations, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
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 6.9
 648
On the Outs (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Follows the choices made by three young women - one a drug dealer, one an addict, one a pregnant teen - in Jersey City.
Style: rough, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, single mother, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, life is a bitch, teenage life, addiction, gang, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
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The Soccer Nanny (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A woman hires a Norwegian soccer player to be a male au pair and help her raise her two sons. It deals with personal loss and how a soccer ball can change sadness into laughter.
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, farm, single mother, small town, single parent, nanny, parents and children, gender, gender bending, custody, small town life, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kansas
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 7.9
 103K
Weeds (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
TV show
Story: Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan. The central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling cannabis to support her family after her husband dies suddenly of a heart attack. Over the ...
Style: humorous, witty, dark humor, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: marijuana, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, drug dealing, stoners, family life, single mother, suburbs, profanity, eccentric family, drugs/alcohol, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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 6.5
 13K
Reba (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: After her dentist husband of 20 years leaves her for his dental hygienist, Reba Hart's seemingly perfect world is turned upside down.​
Style: sitcom, humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: single mother, dentist, family life, teenage life, parents and children, family problems, couples, youth, save the day, crumbling marriage, pregnancy, divorced parents ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: texas, usa
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The Client List (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Riley Parks delicately balances two starkly different lives -- one as a single mom in a conservative town struggling to provide for her family and the other as a savvy and ambitious businesswoman working with a rowdy, sexy and unpredictable group of ...
Style: sexy, serious, touching, sentimental, sexual ...
Plot: prostitute, single mother, double life, workplace, society, lifestyle, family relations, parent child relationship, massage parlor, sexual relations, parents and children, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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