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There is a group of people who never get enough appreciation or understanding for all they do–single parents! This week check out five of the best movies with plots that center around fathers and mothers doing it on their own.

The Pursuit of Happyness

One of the best films of 2006, “The Pursuit of Happyness” stars real life father son team Will and Jaden Smith. A down on his luck salesman tries to balance full custody of his son, self advancement and his finances. Get the tissue ready! (117 min., PG13)

My Girl

A coming of age tale, “My Girl” takes us into the life a preteen girl who is dealing with the death of her mother and getting used to the idea of her undertaker father dating again. Starring a very young Macaulay Culkin as the loyal best friend, this one will have you reminiscing about your youth!  (102 min., PG)

Baby Boom

When business woman J.C Wiatt (Diane Keaton) finds out she inherited a baby from a relative her life and career get turned inside out. Released in 1986, this shows that even as a single mother without a partner to help life can be pretty amazing! (110 min., PG13)

Erin Brockovitch

This 2000 film tells the real life story of Erin Brockovich, a single mother who took down a multimillion dollar corupt corporation. Julia Roberts even won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of this working class “she-ro!”  (131 min., R)

Daddy’s Little Girls

In 2007 Tyler Perry enlisted stars Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba to bring to life the story of a father trying to win custody of his three daughters and the love that found him. Plus let’s be honest…with or without the great acting, watching Idris parade around in a wifebeater for two hours is box office gold! (100 min., PG13)

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