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About Schmidt (2002)
R Drama Roadtrip Dark Comedy
Death of Spouse Adultery Enabling Depression, Situational Denial Death, Sudden Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha. Upon his retirement, he realizes he is no longer the boss ...

Director : Alexander Payne
Cast : Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney

Po (2015)
Drama Fantasy
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Death of Spouse Cancer Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Single Parenting Death of Parent

David's wife dies of cancer and, suddenly, he finds he is the single father of a ten-year-old son, Po, with special needs due to autism. Both father ...

Director : John Asher
Cast : Christopher Gorham, Julian Feder, Kaitlin Doubleday, Andrew Bowen

Love Story (1970)
PG Drama Romance
Infertility Death of Spouse Cancer, Leukemia Single Parenting Death of Parent

Rich, legacied Harvard Law student Oliver and Radcliffe scholarship music prodigy, Jennifer, are both smart ambitious students. Oliver is expected to ...

Director : Arthur Hiller
Cast : Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland, Tommy Lee Jones

Used People (1992)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Delusional Chronic Depression Single Parenting Alcoholism Insecurity Divorce Abuse, Emotional

At her husband's funeral, Pearl, the Jewish mother of two divorced daughters, meets an Italian man who her husband confided in many years earlier, and...

Director : Beeban Kidron
Cast : Shirley MacLaine, Marcello Mastroianni, Bob Dishy, Kathy Bates

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
R Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Addiction, Substance Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Adultery Death of Parent Agoraphobia Chronic Depression

Thirty-year-old Jeff -- a man who is weight challenged, addicted to pot and unemployed -- lives in the basement of his widowed mother's home watching ...

Director : Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Cast : Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer

The Namesake (2006)
PG-13 Drama Romance Distant Location Coming of Age
Death of Spouse Marital Separation Broken Bones Virginity, Female Arranged Marriage Death of Parent Chronic Heart Condition Virginity, Male Heart Failure

While reading a book by Nicholai Gogol as he travels by train to visit his grandfather in Calcutta, Bengali-speaking Ashoke converses with fellow-trav...

Director : Mira Nair
Cast : Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Jacinda Barrett

Termini Station (1989)
R Drama Dark Comedy
Prostitution Infertility Death of Spouse Alcoholism Delusional Death of Parent Depression, Situational Suicide Single Parenting

In 1989, in a small mining town in northern Ontario, Canada Molly Dushane is a hard-drinking, reckless woman with a past and she's desperate for one l...

Director : Allan King
Cast : Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Gordon Clapp, Debra McGrath,

Labor Day (2013)
PG-13 Drama Romance Coming of Age Based On Novel
Death of Spouse Stillbirth Postpartum Depression Agoraphobia Chronic Depression Miscarriage Mobility Cerebral Palsy Self-Esteem Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Divorce Blended Families Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Death of Child Abuse, Child

In the rural town of Holten Mills, New Hampshire in 1987 at the start of the long Labor Day weekend, a severely depressed mother, Adele, with a thirte...

Director : Jason Reitman
Cast : Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Brooke Smith

Everybody's Fine (2009)
PG-13 Drama Family Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Addiction, Substance Heart Attack Chronic Respiratory Condition Sexuality Sexual Confusion Death of Child Angina/ Coronary Artery Disease

Frank Goode, a recent widower with a chronic respiratory condition as a result of working with PVC, is the proud father of four that he pushed toward ...

Director : Kirk Jones
Cast : Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell

Another Year (2010)
PG-13 Comedy Drama
Death of Spouse Alcoholism Self-Esteem Insecurity Divorce Weight Challenged Smoking/Nicotine Addiction

Four seasons of the year pass In the suburbs of London for a married couple who have managed to remain happy, healthy, and fulfilled after thirty year...

Director : Mike Leigh
Cast : Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Oliver Maltman

The Two Faces of January (2014)
PG-13 Crime Mystery Romance Thriller
Death of Spouse Alcoholism Narcissistic Personality Disorder Adultery Death of Parent Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

In 1962 an American couple, Chester and his young wife Colette, arrive in Athens and meet Rydal, a young, multi-lingual American guide who scams touri...

Director : Hossein Amini
Cast : Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, David Warshofsky

Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
PG-13 Drama Family
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Death, Sudden Depression, Situational Suicide

Bachir, an Algerian immigrant escaping the terrorism that killed his wife and daugher, is hired as the immediate substitute for an elementary school t...

Director : Philippe Falardeau
Cast : Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Marie-Ève Beauregard

Nurse Betty (2000)
R Action Comedy Crime Drama
Death of Spouse Dissociative Identity Disorder Delusional

In 2000, a Kansas City waitress who dreams of becoming a nurse is delusional after seeing her husband murdered for selling drugs. Convinced she's the ...

Director : Neil LaBute
Cast : Morgan Freeman, Renée Zellweger, Chris Rock, Greg Kinnear, Aaron Eckhart, Crispon Glover

Georgia Rule (2007)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Genetically Predisposed Divorce Promiscuity Single Parenting Denial Abuse, Sex Alcoholism

Seventeen year old Rachel is sent to Idaho to spend the summer with her Grandmother, Georgia, who she hasn't seen her sine she was a girl. Georgia and...

Director : Garry Marshall
Cast : Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman, Dermot Mulroney

Fading Gigolo (2013)
R Comedy
Prostitution Death of Spouse Insecurity Anxiety

In Brooklyn New York, Murray, the bankrupted owner of a book store, is forced to close his family business. He tells his shy friend, Fioravante, a flo...

Director : John Turturro
Cast : John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Veraga, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber

Tender Mercies (1983)
PG Drama Romance Music Country Western
Death of Spouse Alcoholism Single Parenting Death of Parent

A former country singer and now alcoholic, Mac Sledge becomes friends with a young widow and her son. Through this relationship, he's inspired to pull...

Director : Bruce Beresford
Cast : Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley

A League of Their Own (1992)
PG Comedy Drama Sport War Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Insecurity Illiteracy Alcoholism, Functional Depression, Situational Limp From Injury

During World War II, the owners of baseball teams, not wanting the sport to be dormant indefinitely, decide to form teams with women. A scout passes t...

Director : Penny Marshall
Cast : Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, David Straitham, Garry Marshall, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Bill Pullman

People Like Us (2012)
PG-13 Drama Romance Based on True Events Coming of Age
Death of Spouse Stress Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Alcoholic, Recovering Single Parenting Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Anxiety Adoption Blended Families Promiscuity Death of Parent Chronic Heart Condition

Sam's once successful life, complete with a job and terrific girlfriend, is in trouble. He's blown a big deal and now owes his employer a lot of money...

Director : Alex Kurtzman
Cast : Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Hall D'Addario, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Duplass

Corrina, Corrina (1994)
PG Comedy Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Death of Parent Stroke Writer's Block Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Caregiving Temporary Speech Loss Single Parenting Denial

In the late 1950's when commercial jingle music writer Manny Singer's wife dies, his young daughter Molly becomes mute and withdrawn. To help cope wit...

Director : Jessie Nelson
Cast : Ray Liotta, Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Cusack, Larry Miller, Don Ameche, Noreen Hennessey, Lucy Webb, Erica Yohn, Tina Majorino

Unforgiven (1992)
R Crime Drama Suspense Western
Death of Spouse Smallpox Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Disfigurement Amputation Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Alcoholism, Reformed

Except for the abusive sheriff Little Bill, the 1880's town of Big Whiskey is people trying to get by. When a couple of cowboys abuse and disfigure on...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Frances Fisher

Stanley & Iris (1990)
PG-13 Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Illiteracy Single Parenting Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Domestic Violence Caregiving

Stanley is a shy man and illiterate short-order cook who lives with his elderly father. Iris is a newly widowed factory worker who has vowed never to ...

Director : Martin Ritt
Cast : Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Swoosie Kurtz, Martha Plimpton

Elsa & Fred (2014)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Dialysis Depression, Situational

For fifty years Elsa has dreamed of enacting the scene in 'La Dolce Vita' at the Fontana di Trevi. She hasn't given up on the dream. For fifty years F...

Director : Michael Radford
Cast : Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Marcia Gay Harden, Scott Bakula

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Deafness Heart Attack Commitment Phobia American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Hearing Loss

The film follows the lives of several friends in London over the course of several years -- four weddings and a funeral -- which serve as the backgrou...

Director : Mike Newell
Cast : Hugh Grant, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristen Scott Thomas, Andie McDowell, Charlotte Coleman

Citadel (2012)
R Drama Horror Thriller
Death of Spouse Abuse, Verbal Single Parenting Abuse, Physical Agoraphobia

Tommy Cowley is a young father who has had agoraphobia ever since his wife was murdered by a gang of aggressive children. Trapped in the grim suburbia...

Director : Ciarán Foy
Cast : Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Ian Hanmore, Wunmi Mosaku

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
PG Drama Family Romance Coming of Age Historical Fiction Based On Novel
Literacy Death of Spouse Alcoholism Blended Families Promiscuity Pneumonia Unexpected Pregnancy

In 1912 Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Nolan family barely makes a living to pay the rent to their slum lord. Papa is an alcoholic singing waiter, but it...

Director : Elia Kazan
Cast : Peggy Ann Gardner, Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Lloyd Nolan, James Gleason, John Alexander

Gran Torino (2008)
R Crime Drama Suspense Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Language Acquisition Abuse, Verbal Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Second Language Acquisition Rape Alcoholism, Functional Lung Cancer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grum...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Scott Eastwood, Christopher Carly,John Carroll Lynch, Brian Haley, Brian Howe, Geraldine Hughes

Tea and Sympathy (1956)
APPROVED Drama Coming of Age Based on a Play
Death of Spouse Suicidal Sexuality Chronic Depression Virginity, Male Sexual Confusion Denial Prostitution Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)

At a private male boarding school in 1956, seventeen-year-old Tom is more interested in the arts than in sports, something he is constantly reminded o...

Director : Vincente Minnelli
Cast : Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson, Edward Andrews, Darryl Hickman, Dean Jones

Gone with the Wind (1939)
G Drama Epic History Romance War
Histrionic Personality Disorder Death of Spouse Death of Parent Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Unexpected Pregnancy Alzheimer’s Disease Sexual Confusion Death of Child Miscarriage Abuse, Sex Developmental Delays

Scarlett is a beautiful, strong-willed, southern woman used to getting what she wants. She survives the Civil War despite the deaths of multiple husba...

Director : Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood
Cast : Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Vivien Leigh, Evelyn Keyes

The Descendents (2011)
R Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Comatose Living Wills Enabling Depression, Situational Caregiving

Matt, a native Hawaiian lawyer, finds his world shattering when a boating accident leaves his wife comatose. The complications mount to include her wi...

Director : Alexander Payne
Cast : George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Beau Bridges

One Special Night (1999)
PG Drama Romance Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Alzheimer’s Disease

Robert, a general contractor, regularly visits his wife who has Alzheimer's disease in an assisted living home. One night he has problems with his car...

Director : Roger Young
Cast : James Garner, Julie Andrews, Patricia Charbonneau, Stacy Grant

Memento (2000)
R Crime Mystery Thriller
Death of Spouse Rape Retrograde Amnesia Diabetes Anterograde Amnesia

Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator, is trying to track down the man who raped and murdered his wife. However, this is difficult however because he ...

Director : Christopher Nolan
Cast : Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

The Secret (1992)
G Drama Family
Dyslexia Death of Spouse Denial

Mike's pride had caused him to keep, what he believes to be, a shameful secret. One that has affected his personal relationships, even with his son, P...

Director : Karen Arthur
Cast : Kirk Douglas, Bruce Boxleitner, Brock Peters, Laura Harrington

Hide and Seek (2005)
R Horror Mystery Thriller
Death of Spouse Adultery Delusional Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Depression, Situational Suicide Denial Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Dissociative Identity Disorder Abuse, Emotional

In 2005, following the suicide of his wife, psychologist David Callaway decides to take his daughter, Emily, away from Manhattan to start a new life i...

Director : John Polson
Cast : Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue

Agnes Browne (1999)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Death of Spouse Single Parenting Heart Failure Death, Sudden Sexuality

In 1967, Dublin, the sudden death of her husband sends Agnes and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional and financial crisis. She is forced to ...

Director : Anjelica Huston
Cast : Anjelica Huston, Marion O'Dwyer, Tom Jones, Niall O'Shea, Ciaran Owens

The Chapman Report (1962)
Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Virginity, Female Frigidity Enabling Panic Attacks Sexual Dissatisfaction Sexual Confusion Abuse, Sex Alcoholism Marital Separation Anxiety Sexual Therapy Promiscuity Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Addiction, Sex Denial

Based on the best-selling book that was inspired by the Kinsey Report on the sexual mores of women, the film details the sexual lives of four women wi...

Director : George Cukor
Cast : Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Jane Fonda, Claire Bloom, Shelley Winters

St. Vincent (2014)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Military Senior Interest Inspirational
Death of Spouse Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Dementia Alzheimer’s Disease Memory, Short Term Single Parenting Memory, Long Term Addiction, Gambling Prostitution Mobility Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Alcoholism Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Divorce Unexpected Pregnancy Stroke

Vincent is a gambling, alcoholic Vietnam veteran with PTSD who owns a run down house in Brooklyn. What money he does have is used to pay for his belov...

Director : Theodore Melfi
Cast : Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
PG-13 Action Adventure Comedy Drama Sport Biography Roadtrip Senior Interest
Prostate Condition Death of Spouse Death of Sibling Crossdressing Coronary Artery Disease Angina/ Coronary Artery Disease

By 1967 Burt Munro has been working on increasing the speed of his motorcycle, a 1920 Indian, for twenty-five years using home made parts made from hi...

Director : Roger Donaldson
Cast : Anthony Hopkins, Chris Williams, Diane Ladd, Christopher Lawford, Paul Rodriguez, Saginaw Grant, Bruce Greenwood, Jessic Cauffield, Annie Whittle, Tessa Mitchell, Aaron James Murphy

The Sound of Music (1965)
G Drama Family History Musical Biography
Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Death of Parent

In 1930's Austria Maria is failing in her attempts to become a nun. The forgetful postulate is told to think before committing to the church by taking...

Director : Robert Wise
Cast : Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Summer of '42 (1971)
R Comedy Drama Romance Coming of Age
Death of Spouse Depression, Situational Virginity, Male

During the summer of 1942, as WWII rages, a teenage Hermie summers on Nantucket Island with his pals Oscy and Benji. Herman meets Dorothy, a wistfull...

Director : Robert Mulligan
Cast : Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant

Double Jeopardy (1999)
R Action Crime Mystery Thriller
Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alcoholic, Recovering Death of Child Adultery

When a woman is framed for her husband's murder and imprisoned, she suspects he is still alive and does everything in her power to find him. And if sh...

Director : Bruce Beresford
Cast : Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, Bruce Greenwood

Return to Me (2000)
PG Comedy Drama Romance
Heart Transplant Death of Spouse Chronic Heart Condition

Heartbroken after his wife's death in a car accident, Bob Rueland agrees to go on a blind date set up by his friend Charlie. Still emotionally broken,...

Director : Bonnie Hunt
Cast : David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O'Connor, Robert Loggia

Private Benjamin (1980)
R Action Comedy Romance War
Death of Spouse Language Acquisition Enabling Sexual Harassment, Female Second Language Acquisition Heart Attack Sexual Satisfaction Sexual Dissatisfaction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Accent Reduction

In a 1980 Philadelphia suburb, after her second husband, an aggressive lawyer, dies on their wedding night, Judy, who has been raised to be a wife, se...

Director : Howard Zieff
Cast : Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber, Sam Wannamaker, Mary Kay Place, Barbara Barrie

The Man from Laramie (1955)
APPROVED Drama History Western Military
Death of Spouse Head Injury Death of Sibling Blindness Enabling Abuse, Physical Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder

While attempting to deliver a wagon of dry goods, former cavalry officer Will is attacked and beaten by Dave, the vicious son of the local cattleranch...

Director : Anthony Mann
Cast : James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell

Love Is All You Need (2012)
R Comedy Romance Foreign
Death of Spouse Eating Disorders Delusional Bulimia Nervosa Breast Cancer Sexuality Sexual Confusion Narcissistic Personality Disorder Depression, Chronic Denial Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alcohol Abuse Adultery Death of Parent

Danish hairdresser Ida, who just completed breast cancer treatment and does not yet know the results, returns home before leaving for her daughter's w...

Director : Susanne Bier
Cast : Trine Dyrholm, Stina Ekblad, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind

The Unfinished Song (2001)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
Mobility Death of Spouse Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Cancer

Arthur is a moody, predictable man not particularly liked by anyone except his wife, Marion, whom he adores. He rarely sees his son or grandchild and ...

Director : Paul Andrew Williams
Cast : Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Christopher Eccleston, Anne Reid, Gemma Arterton

Boynton Beach Club (2005)
R Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
HIV infected Death of Spouse Death of Child Cancer Depression, Situational

Lois, Harry, Marilyn ,Sandy and Jack haven't connected yet, but they all live in the same "Active Adult" community in Boynton Beach, Florida. Their li...

Director : Susan Seidelman
Cast : Brenda Vaccaro, Dyan Cannon, Len Cariou, Joseph Bologna

Shrink (2009)
R Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Germaphobia Death of Spouse Adultery Depression, Situational

In Hollywood, some people's lives revolve around Dr. Henry Carter, a therapist: Jack, an aging star and adulter; Shamus, a director and cokehead; Patr...

Director : Jonas Pate
Cast : Kevin Spacey, Joe Nunez, Mark Webber, Keke Palmer

August: Osage County (2013)
R Drama Mystery
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Suicidal Death of Parent Scapegoat Identity Passive Aggressive Behavior Caregiving Denial Developmental Delays Alcoholism Abuse, Verbal

After years of living with his wife Violet in Osage County, Oklahoma, a wife who has cancer and a propensity for pills, Beverly, a noted poet and alco...

Director : John Wells
Cast : Meryl Streep, Sam Shepard, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson,Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Ulee's Gold (1997)
R Crime Drama Military Senior Interest
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Single Parenting Rape Limp From Injury Chronic Depression

As the is the sole survivor from his squad, Ulee Jackson may have survived Vietnam, but much of him was left behind. A third generation beekeeper, he ...

Director : Victor Nunez
Cast : Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Christine Dunford, Tom Wood

Message in a Bottle (1999)
PG-13 Drama Mystery Romance
Death of Spouse Alcoholism Divorce Chronic Depression Single Parenting

A single mother and journalist finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore. Determined to track down its author she finds he is a reclusive, som...

Director : Luis Mandoki
Cast : Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman, John Savage