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, feel good, serious, captivating and humorous films and TV shows about / with single mother, family relations, single parent, mother son relationship, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist, friendship, parents and children, family and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as single mother: Custody (2016), Gilmore Girls (2000), Better Things (2016), SMILF (2017), Just Go with It (2011), Maid in Manhattan (2002), Erin Brockovich (2000), Kidnap (2017), The Book of Henry (2017), I Killed My Mother (2009).

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, disturbing, psychological, captivating
Plot: single mother, judge, lawyer, custody, children, hearing, abuse, child abuse, social issues, courtroom drama, class differences, convict ...
Place: new york
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 8.1
 95K
Gilmore Girls (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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: talky, feel good, witty, realistic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing
Plot: small town, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist, single mother, boyfriend, best friends, lifestyle, looking for love, small town life, teenager, family, verbal byplay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: connecticut, usa, yale university, new england
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 7.8
 12K
Better Things (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
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, actress, dating, family problems, female protagonist, woman ...
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 6.7
 5K
SMILF (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
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: cynical, emotional, semi serious, sweet
Plot: single mother, motherhood, parenthood, young girl, society, family problems, new life, twenty something, actress, basketball, nipples visible through clothing, bisexual woman ...
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 6.4
 217K
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, single mother, fall in love, plastic surgery, deception, marriage, blackmail, plan gone awry, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 90s, 2010s ...
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 and romance, cinderella story, love story, fall in love, social differences, class differences, mistaken identity, single mother, rags to riches, hotel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, san francisco ...
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 7.3
 171K
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, inspirational, factual, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: justice, against the odds, lawyer, contamination, relationship vs career, single mother, family relations, righting the wronged, court, ambition, society, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 5.9
 33K
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, single mother, strong female lead, danger, rescue, track down, child in peril, little boy, determination, female protagonist, anger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, louisiana
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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: sad, touching, emotional, captivating, serious
Plot: boy genius, suicide, single mother, mother son relationship, child prodigy, brain tumor, small town, precocious child, book, dancing, death of brother, genius ...
Place: new york state
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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 relationship, gay teenager, gay son, single mother, single parent, family problems, family relations, lgbt, gender, domineering mother ...
Place: france, europe
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 7.2
 175K
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: sentimental, feel good, romantic, sweet, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: chocolate, culture clash, cooking and food, single mother, prejudice, lifestyle change, small town, love and romance, women, lifestyle, mayor, society ...
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
 37K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, 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, family relations, parents and children, wolf, childhood, human becomes animal, single mother, social relations, supernatural, school, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 6.5
 100K
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, sincere, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: true love, love affair, soldier, destiny, obsessive quest, single mother, love and romance, loss of loved one, lovers, hopes, romance, iraq veteran ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, north carolina, new orleans, middle east, new jersey ...
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 6.8
 191K
The Babadook (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror
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, supernatural, family in danger, single mother, nightmare comes true, dysfunctional family, book, dealing with death, dark fantasy, monster, deadly creature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 6.8
 120K
A Simple Favor (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, 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, female friendship, murder investigation, ruse, blackmail, small town, murder, mother, investigation, single mother ...
Time: 2010s
Place: london, new york, michigan, connecticut
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 5.1
 170
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, black magic, magic, single mother, anthropomorphism, showdown, standoff, cat, tied feet, tape over mouth
Time: 21st century
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 6.6
 224
Olga (2016)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Russia
Duration: 24 min.
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, twists and turns, captivating, entertaining
Audience: chick flick
Plot: couple relations, pregnancy, single mother, misfit, teenage life, unlikely couple, love, teenage love, hopes, family relations, life philosophy, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
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 7.4
 2K
Raven's Home (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
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, sentimental, humorous, captivating
Plot: single mother, parents separation, grownups, friendship, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, family relations, psychic power, school, youth, middle school, kids and family, black family ...
Time: 2010s
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 6.8
 554
The Protector (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, single mother, lapd, relationship vs career, crimes, law enforcement, family relations, police, investigation, motherhood, homicide detective, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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 5.4
 6K
Captive (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is the dramatic, thrilling, and spiritual journey of Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols. After being taken hostage by Brian in her own apartment, Ashley turns to Rick ...
Style: captivating, tense, exciting, suspense, based on true events
Plot: hostage, single mother, murder, drug addict, escape, police, chase, strong female character, mother daughter relationship, paranoia, manhunt, little girl ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, atlanta georgia
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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: single mother, poverty, carpenter, 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
 828
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: feel good, humorous, semi serious, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: fall in love, single mother, holiday, secret identity, family relations, couples, love and romance, magic, looking for love, falling in 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, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, single mother, murder investigation, convict, teenage son, prison, uncover truth, mystery, family relations, crimes, 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, life is a bitch, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, kids in trouble, social misfits, youth, gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: memory loss, female assassin, amnesia, chase, presumed dead, rogue agent, female protagonist, single mother, hitman, teacher, cia, top secret ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, manhattan new york city, new york, new jersey
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Beautiful People (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Beautiful People is an American drama television series about a family that moves from New Mexico to The Big Apple to make a fresh start on their lives. The series aired on the ABC Family Network from August 8, 2005, to April 24, 2006, lasting ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night, teen drama
Plot: single mother, starting over, fish out of water, lifestyle, youth, family relations, family life, teenage life, parents and children, mistress, parents separation, city life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
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 6.5
 13K
Reba (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
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: teens, family outing
Plot: single mother, dentist, family life, teenage life, parents and children, couples, family problems, save the day, youth, crumbling marriage, pregnancy, divorced parents ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: texas, usa
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A Christmas Wish (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: MARTHA EVANS has been abandoned by her ne'er-do-well husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her two daughters and stepson. Martha leaves town in hopes of finding a job and a place to stay, she ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: single mother, christmas, small town, family, parents and children, down on your luck, christmas movie, money problems, holiday season, holiday, prayer, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
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The Client List (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
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: sentimental, touching, serious, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: prostitute, single mother, lifestyle, society, workplace, family relations, parent child relationship, double life, massage parlor, sexual content, family values, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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