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Movies With Single Parenting

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

The Piano (1993)
R Drama Romance Music
Enabling Abuse, Physical Amputation Sexual Dissatisfaction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder American Sign Language Mute Caregiving Single Parenting Depression

In the mid-1800's, Ada, the single mother of young Flora who is also mute sails -- with her piano -- from Scotland to the rugged forests of New Zealan...

Director : Jane Campion
Cast : Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
PG-13 Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Enabling Panic Attacks Narcissistic Personality Disorder Hypochondria Caregiving Single Parenting Infertility Inferiority Complex Alcoholism Genetically Predisposed Divorce In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Blended Families Adultery Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

In 1986, at a Manhattan Thanksgiving Day family gathering, we meet the three daughters of two former actors, now demanding alcoholics. The sisters ar...

Director : Woody Allen
Cast : Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Michael Caine, Sam Waterson, Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, Diane Wiest, Lloyd Nolan, Maureen O'Sullivan, Max Von Sydow, Daniel Stern

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

The Devils (2002)
NR Action Crime Drama
Foster Parenting Single Parenting Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Siblings Joseph and Chloé, both twelve, have just been placed in another French foster home. Chloé is autistic. She is mute, feels panic when touched,...

Director : Christophe Ruggia
Cast : Adèle Haenel, Vincent Rottiers, Rochdy Labidi, Jacques Bonnaffé

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

Ryan's Daughter (1970)
R Drama Romance
Limp/Antalgic Gait Enabling Disfigurement Sexual Dissatisfaction Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Caregiving Single Parenting Deafness Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

World War I may seem far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula, but the rivalry between the English and Irish is not, especially when reckless and newl...

Director : David Lean
Cast : Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones, John Mills

The Bucket List (2007)
PG-13 Adventure Comedy Drama Senior Interest
Single Parenting Lung Cancer Brain Tumor

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and scholarly mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal cancer. Cole is only sharing...

Director : Rob Reiner
Cast : Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd

Alfie (2004)
R Comedy Drama Romance Remake
Substance Abuse Abortion, Legal Unexpected Pregnancy Commitment Phobia Biracial Passive Aggressive Behavior Bipolar Disorder Single Parenting Anxiety Sexual Dysfunction Adultery

In Manhattan, a British limousine driver, Alfie, has the busy life of a playboy. Women of all ages are attracted to his affable self confidence and lo...

Director : Charles Shyer
Cast : Jude Law, Marisa Tomei, Nia Long, Jane Krakowski, Sienna Miller, Susan Sarandon, Omar Epps, Renée Taylor, Jane Krakowski

16 Years of Alcohol (2003)
R Action Crime Drama Suspense Thriller
Single Parenting Enabling Alcoholism, Reformed Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

A man from Edinburgh, Scotland named Frankie, reflects on his violent childhood raised by an alcoholic father. Then, how his teens were spent with a g...

Director : Richard Jobson
Cast : Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Susan Lynch, Jim Carter, Ewen Bremmer, Stuart Sinclair Blyth

Palindromes (2004)
NOT RATED Comedy Drama Roadtrip
Blindness Promiscuity Down’s Syndrome Abortion, Legal Unexpected Pregnancy Epilepsy Single Parenting Abuse, Sex

While visiting family friends with her parents, thirteen year old Aviva seduces their teenage son, Judah, and intentionally gets pregnant. Her parents...

Director : Todd Solondz
Cast : Matthew Faber, Angela Pietropinto, Bill Buell, Emani Sledge

The Music Man (1962)
N/A Comedy History Musical Romance
Single Parenting Death of Parent

In the early 1900's, a con man and grifter named Harold Hill arrives in cynical River City, Iowa intending to cheat the community with his standard sc...

Director : Morton DaCosta
Cast : Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Ron Howard, Pert Kelton, Paul Ford, Timmy Everett

Ocean Heaven (2010)
NR Drama Family
Cancer Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Single Parenting Death of Parent

A loving, terminally ill father who works in an aquarium attempts to teach his autistic son the necessary life skills he needs to ensure that his can ...

Director : Xiao Lu Xue
Cast : Jet Li, Zhang Wen, Lun Mei Gwei, Yuanyuan Zhu

The Champ (1979)
PG Drama Romance Sport
Alcoholism Single Parenting Divorce

Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now an alcoholic horse trainer who makes just enough money to raise his boy T.J., who he has custody of afte...

Director : Franco Zeffirelli
Cast : Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden

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,

Backstreet Dreams (1990)
R Drama
Divorce Caregiving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Single Parenting

Dean and his wife, Lucy take their son, Shane to a clinic, where he is diagnosed by a psychologist, Stevie, as being autistic. After finding his wife ...

Director : Rupert Hitzig, Jason O'Malley
Cast : Brooke Shields, Jason O'Malley, Anthony Franciosa, Burt Young

Cat Ballou (1965)
G Action Adventure Comedy Romance Western Music
Alcoholism Single Parenting Death of Parent

It's the late 1800's, and no sooner has newly graduated school teacher Catherine "Cat" Ballou boarded a train headed west back home, than she's secre...

Director : Elliot Silverstein
Cast : Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Nat King Cole, Stubby Kaye, John Marley, Tom Nardini

The Champ (1931)
NR Drama Family Romance Sport
Alcoholism Single Parenting Divorce

Dink Purcell loves his alcoholic father, ex-heavyweight champion Andy "Champ" Purcell. In spite of his alcoholism, gambling, and their poor living con...

Director : King Vidor
Cast : Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich, Roscoe Ates

Alfie (1966)
NR Comedy Drama Original Version Satire
Rehabilitation Facility Unexpected Pregnancy Commitment Phobia Passive Aggressive Behavior Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Denial Alcoholism Tuberculosis Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Adultery Abortion, Illegal

For Alfie, the only real life is his sex life, only then can does he feel alive. Attaining elite status has no appeal for him. A working class man is ...

Director : Lewis Gilbert
Cast : Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin, Julia Foster, Jane Asher

The Wrestler (2008)
R Drama Romance Sport
Addiction, Substance Insecurity Single Parenting Promiscuity Addiction, Physical Challenges

An aging professional wrestler, decades past his prime, barely gets by working in wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery employee. Wr...

Director : Darren Aronofsky
Cast : Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Crazy Heart (2009)
R Drama Romance Music Country Western
Alcoholism Insecurity Single Parenting Denial

Bad Blake is an alcoholic, hard-living country music singer and songwriter who's had numerous marriages and years on the road, all fueled by alcohol. ...

Director : Scott Cooper
Cast : Jeff Bridges, Maggie Glynnenthaall, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, James Keane, Anna Felix, Paul Herman

Walk the Line (2005)
PG-13 Drama Biography Music Country Western
Substance Abuse Alcoholism Insecurity Divorce Abuse, Emotional Blended Families Rehabilitation Facility Single Parenting

In the 1944 Arkansas, Johnny has grown up picking cotton, loving music, and feeling inadequate compared to his older brother. By 1950, a tragedy with ...

Director : James Mangold
Cast : Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Shelby Lynne

Dear Frankie (2004)
PG-13 Drama Family Mystery Romance
Enabling Death of Parent Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Single Parenting Denial Deafness Abuse, Child

Frankie is a nine-year-old boy who is deaf. He and his single mother, Lizzie, have been on the move all over Scotland ever since Frankie can remember;...

Director : Shona Auerbach
Cast : Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Jack McElhone, Mary Riggans, Sharon Small

Flight (2012)
R Drama Thriller
Substance Abuse Alcoholism Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Divorce Single Parenting Paralysis

Whip Whitaker is a senior commercial airline pilot. He's also an alcoholic and drug abuser. During a short flight with a new a young co-pilot the airc...

Director : Robert Zemeckis
Cast : Nadine Velazquez, Denzel Washington, Carter Cabassa, Adam C. Edwards

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

Only When I Laugh (1981)
R Comedy Drama
Single Parenting Rehabilitation Facility Alcoholic, Recovering

An alcoholic Broadway actress comes out of a twelve week rehabilitation center to face not just the problems of her best friends, but the neglectful w...

Director : Glenn Jordan
Cast : Marsha Mason, Kristy McNichol, James Coco, Joan Hackett

Secrets & Lies (1996)
R Drama Dark Comedy
Infertility Divorce Adoption Single Parenting Unexpected Pregnancy

Cynthia is a white, single mother who lives in a dreary area of London with her daughter, a sullen street-sweeper. She has a monotonous job at a facto...

Director : Mike Leigh
Cast : Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan, Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Claire Rushbrook

Nobody's Fool (1994)
R Comedy Drama Family
Alcoholism Sexual Dissatisfaction Divorce Single Parenting

Sully, a divorced, unreliable, alcoholic laborer is approaching the age when most men retire. While he is using a worker's compensation suit for a bad...

Director : Robert Benton
Cast : Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith

My Favorite Year (1982)
PG Action Adventure Comedy Crime Romance
Alcoholism Insecurity Divorce Enabling Panic Attacks Caregiving Single Parenting Denial

In 1950's Manhattan, Benjy Stone is the junior writer on the top rated variety/comedy television show based in Rockefeller Center. Television is a new...

Director : Richard Benjamin
Cast : Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna, Lainie Kazan

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

On Golden Pond (1981)
PG Drama Family Romance Senior Interest Dark Comedy Coming of Age Based on a Play
Insecurity Divorce Blended Families Single Parenting Chronic Heart Dementia Alzheimer’s Disease

Eighty-year old Norman, a retired professor, and his wife, Ethel have returned for the summer to their cottage on GoldenPond in New Hampshire. A lette...

Director : Mark Rydell
Cast : Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon

Peyton Place (1957)
G Drama Romance Courtroom Drama Based On Novel
Virginity, Female Sexuality Attachment Disorder Virginity, Male Alcoholism Self-Esteem Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Divorce Incest Adultery Abortion, Illegal Promiscuity Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Depression, Situational Suicide Stress Rape Illegitimacy Denial Frigidity Domestic Violence Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Miscarriage Asocial Behavior

In 1942, Peyton Place, New Hampshire hypocritical adults try to pass off their questionable standards to the next generation with no success. Each fam...

Director : Mark Robson
Cast : Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy, Diane Varsi, Hope Lange, Russ Tamblyn, Terry Moore, David Nelson, Betty Field, Mildred Dunnock, Lorne Greene, Barry Coe, Leon Ames, Erin O'Brien-Moore

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

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

Submarino (2010)
NR Drama Foreign
Substance Abuse Alcoholism Genetically Predisposed Death of Sibling Single Parenting

Nick and his younger brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself into oblivion. When their baby brother dies, they blame...

Director : Thomas Vinterberg
Cast : Gustav Fischer Kjærulff, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Mads Broe Andersen, Jakob Cedergren

Tootsie (1982)
PG Comedy Romance Satire
Anxiety Alcohol Abuse Adultery Single Parenting Unexpected Pregnancy Sexual Harassment, Female Falsifying Gender

Michael is an unemployed actor with a difficult reputation. After begging his agent for a part with no results, he coaches a friend with the lines for...

Director : Sydney Pollack
Cast : Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Geena Davis, Bill Murray, Charles Durning, Doris Belack,

Black Swan (2010)
R Drama Mystery Thriller Psychological Dance
Weight Challenged Single Parenting Eating Disorders Body Image Self-Mutilation Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Nina is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company. She lives with her controlling mother, Erica, a former ballerina. The artistic director Thomas ...

Director : Darren Aronofsky
Cast : Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
R Drama Romance Military
Alcoholism Abuse, Verbal Single Parenting Illegitimacy Abuse, Physical Unexpected Pregnancy Depression, Situational Suicide

After Zack's mother dies, he's raised by an absent, alcoholic father in the Navy. To escape his situation he has signed up for Navy Aviation Officer C...

Director : Taylor Hackford
Cast : Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gosset, Jr.,David Keith, Robert Loggia

Take the Lead (2006)
PG-13 Drama Music Based on True Events Ballroom Dancing Dance
Substance Abuse Abuse, Psychological Enabling Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Single Parenting Abuse, Sex Prostitution Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Alcoholism Abuse, Emotional Artificial Insemination Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Abuse, Physical Sexual Harassment, Female Stress

In New York, a dance instructor, Pierre, sees a black teenager vandalizing the car of an inner city high school principal due to his frustration over ...

Director : Liz Friedlander
Cast : Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Alfre Woodard

Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
N/A Comedy Crime Drama Romance Senior Interest Holiday
Blindness Unexpected Pregnancy Chronic Heart Condition Amputation American Sign Language Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Single Parenting Little People/People of Small Stature Illegitimacy Deafness Alcoholism

1920's prohibition beggar, Apple Annie, is a well known fixture on Manhattan's Broadway. Especially by bootlegger Dave the Dude, who's convinced her a...

Director : Frank Capra
Cast : Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell, Peter Falk, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, Mickey Shaughnessy, Sheldon Leonard

Danny Collins (2015)
R Comedy Drama Music Based on True Events Senior Interest
Substance Abuse Suicidal Death of Parent Chronic Depression Single Parenting Learning Disabilities Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Alcoholism, Reformed Divorce Alcohol Abuse Cancer, Leukemia

In Los Angeles, Danny, a seventy-year-old rock star legend who is still singing songs he hates, abusing drugs and alcohol, and living with women decad...

Director : Dan Fogelman
Cast : Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer

Mermaids (1990)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Coming of Age
Depression, Clinical Alcohol Abuse Virginity, Female Delusional Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Denial

In 1963, after another failed relationship, Mrs. Flax, a single, Jewish mother uproots and moves her two daughters for the eighteenth time since kinde...

Director : Richard Benjamin
Cast : Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, Michael Schoeffling

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
R Comedy Romance
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Anxiety Virginity, Male Single Parenting

At 40, Andy, who lives alone with his collectable action figures and rides to his job at an electronics store on a bike, still hasn't lost his virgini...

Director : Judd Apatow
Cast : Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco

Spanglish (2004)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance
Language Acquisition Weight Challenged Enabling Second Language Acquisition Accent Reduction Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Alcoholism, Functional Single Parenting Body Image

John is a devoted father whose skills as a famous Los Angeles chef have provided his family early affluence. His wife, Deborah, despite her intelligen...

Director : James L. Brooks
Cast : Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman

Juno (2007)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance
Infertility Adoption Single Parenting Denial Abortion, Legal Unexpected Pregnancy Commitment Phobia

After drinking a gallon of orangeade, Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota discovers she's pregnant from a single act with her best fri...

Director : Jason Reitman
Cast : Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons

Laurel Canyon (2002)
R Drama Romance Dark Comedy Coming of Age Erotica
Substance Abuse Abuse, Psychological Enabling Commitment Phobia Sexual Dissatisfaction Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Insecurity Anxiety Alcohol Abuse Abuse, Emotional Sexual Dysfunction Adultery Promiscuity Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Addiction, Sex Depression, Situational Denial Voyeurism

Newly graduated Psychiatrist, Sam and his fiancee, Alex leave the confines of a rigid Harvard life for Sam's residency in Los Angeles. Sam has avoided...

Director : Lisa Cholodenko
Cast : Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale, Alessandro Nivola, Natascha McElhone

Yonkers Joe (2008)
R Action Drama
Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Single Parenting Down’s Syndrome Addiction, Gambling

Yonkers Joe has been a hustler and gambler for longer than he can remember. He's also the father of a son with Down's Syndrome, Joe Jr.; who at twenty...

Director : Robert Celestino
Cast : Chazz Palminteri, Michael Lerner, Nate Bynum, Frank John Hughes