Adoption The Best Movies About Adoption  

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List Rules Movies about adoption only.

A list of the best adoption movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This adoption movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about adoption are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about adoption you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous adoption movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these adoption movie titles for more information about the films.

Items on this list include Baby for Sale and Mother and Child.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best adoption movies?" and "What is the greatest adoption movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular adoption movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these adoption movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good adoption movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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Lion is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Adoption
Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham Lion is a 2016 Australian-American-British drama film directed by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. Brierley (Dev Patel), ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more

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Dionis Bodiu added Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan What Maisie Knew is a 2012 American drama film directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. It stars Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham and Steve Coogan, ...more

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Matilda is an extraordinary young girl who is clearly unwanted and mistreated by her parents. She is abused by an evil school principal as well but luckily has one positive and loving influence in her life- her sweet classroom teacher, Miss Honey. In the end, her teacher adopts her and they live happily ever after. 

Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Christopher McDonald, Frederic Forrest, Tess Harper Little Girl Lost is a two hour U.S. Television movie starring Tess Harper and Frederic Forrest. It tells the true story of a six-year-old girl who is removed from the loving care of her foster ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Jasmine Guy Madeline is a 1998 live-action film adaptation of the book series by Ludwig Bemelmans, starring Hatty Jones as the title character, Frances McDormand as Miss Clavel and Nigel Hawthorne as Lord ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American live-action film, directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki and the voices of Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Melanie ...more

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Instant Family Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner Instant Family is a 2018 comedy film directed by Sean Anders. Couple Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children.

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Lawrence Wong added Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Greta Garbo Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan, which in turn is based on Little Orphan ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Anjelica Huston Martian Child is a 2007 American comedy-drama film about a writer who adopts a strange young boy who believes himself to be from Mars. Martian Child was released on November 2, 2007. The film ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi Big Daddy is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler. The film was produced by Robert Simonds and released on June 25, 1999, by Columbia Pictures where it ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Woody Allen, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti Mighty Aphrodite is a 1995 romantic comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. The screenplay was inspired by the story of Pygmalion. Allen co-stars with Mira Sorvino, who received the ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Pauly Shore, Molly Ringwald, Conchata Ferrell For Keeps is a 1988 American coming of age comedy drama film starring Molly Ringwald and Randall Batinkoff as Darcy and Stan, two high school seniors in love. Complications ensue when Darcy ...more

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Problem Child is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Adoption
Lawrence Wong added Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Richards, John Ritter Problem Child is a 1990 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by then-first timer Robert Simonds. It stars John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck, Gilbert Gottfried, Jack Warden, Michael ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl, Steve Nash Life as We Know It is a 2010 comedy film written by Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson, Jon Harmon Feldman and Michael Green and directed by Greg Berlanti.

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Lawrence Wong added Glenn Close, James Woods, Mary Stuart Masterson Immediate Family is a 1989 drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan. It stars Glenn Close and James Woods as a married childless couple who want a baby. They decide to adopt from a pregnant ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis Baby Boom is a 1987 comedy film starring Diane Keaton. The film also launched a subsequent television show, running from 1988 to 1989. The original music score was composed by Bill Conti and the ...more

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Lawrence Wong added László Szabó, Flóra Kádár, Péter Fried Adoption is a 1975 Hungarian drama film directed by Márta Mészáros. It tells the story of a Kata, an unmarried female factory worker, who becomes interested in neglected ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar The Orphanage is a 2007 Spanish horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A. Bayona. The film stars Belén Rueda as Laura, Fernando Cayo as her husband, Carlos, and Roger ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Mortimer, Catherine Keener Lovely and Amazing is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener.

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Lawrence Wong added Kristen Bell, Anne Heche, Diane Ladd Gracie's Choice is a 2004 television movie that premiered on Lifetime, written by Joyce Eliason and directed by Peter Werner, and starring Kristen Bell, Anne Heche, Diane Ladd, and Kristin

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Lawrence Wong added Steve Martin, Anne Heche, Laura Linney A Simple Twist of Fate is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillies MacKinnon. The screenplay by Steve Martin is loosely based on the 1861 novel Silas Marner by George Eliot. Martin stars, ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Margo Martindale Orphan is a 2009 American psychological thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. It stars Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard and Isabelle Fuhrman. The film centers on a couple who, after the ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Off and Running Avery Klein-Cloud Off and Running is a 2010 documentary film written by Avery Klein-Cloud and directed by Nicole Opper.

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Lawrence Wong added Lisa Kudrow, Laura Dern, Tom Arnold Happy Endings is a 2005 American film written and directed by Don Roos and starring Tom Arnold, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale, Steve Coogan, Laura Dern, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow and ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Mary-Louise Parker, Sissy Spacek, Joan Plowright The compassion of a divorced pediatric nurse leads her to become foster mother to an apparently abandoned HIV-positive infant named Annie. Annie's hardened birth mother, a destitute AIDS victim, ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision, and released by Paramount Pictures. It dramatizes the biblical story ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Greene Butter is a 2011 comedy film directed by Jim Field Smith, from a screenplay by Jason Micallef, starring Yara Shahidi, Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Arsinée Khanjian, Thomas Tierney, Berj Fazalian Next of Kin is a 1984 film directed by Atom Egoyan.

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Lawrence Wong added Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox Stuart Little is a 1999 American family comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff. It is loosely based on the novel of the same name by E. B. White. It combines live action and computer animation. The ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick Then She Found Me is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Helen Hunt. The screenplay by Hunt, Alice Arlen, and Victor Levin is very loosely based on the 1990 novel of the same name by ...more

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Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American biographical drama film about Joan Crawford, starring Faye Dunaway. The film was directed by Frank Perry. The story was adapted for the screen by Robert ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, Bruce Ramsay Baby for Sale is a 2004 television film that was premiered on the Lifetime Network on 12 July 2004. It stars Dana Delany and was directed by Peter Svatek. The filming took place in ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Paula Marshall A Family Thing is a 1996 film starring Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones and Irma P. Hall. It was written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and directed by Richard Pearce.

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Lawrence Wong added Teresa Palmer, Daniel Radcliffe, Sullivan Stapleton December Boys is an Australian 2007 drama film directed by Rod Hardy and written by Marc Rosenberg and adapted from the 1963 novel of the same name by Michael Noonan. It was released on 14 ...more

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Lawrence Wong added The Kid Who Loved Christmas Charlie Murphy The Kid Who Loved Christmas is a 1990 film directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman.

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PeteBoyle added Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, and based on Brian Aldiss's short story Super-Toys ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Any Day Now Alan Cumming, Kelli Williams, Garret Dillahunt Any Day Now is a 2012 American drama film directed by Travis Fine who rewrote the original screenplay that George Arthur Bloom had written 30 years previously.

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Lawrence Wong added My Flesh and Blood is a 2003 documentary film by Jonathan Karsh chronicling a year in the life of the Tom family. The Tom family is notable as the mother, Susan Tom, adopted eleven children, ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Pauly Shore Adopted is a 2009 American independent film starring comedian Pauly Shore. It is a mockumentary "in which [Pauly] plays himself going to Africa to adopt a child, à la Madonna and ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Lange Losing Isaiah is a 1995 American drama film starring Jessica Lange and Halle Berry, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. It is based on the novel of the same name by Seth Margolis. The screenplay is ...more

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carlybobarly added Ben Stiller, Mary Tyler Moore, Téa Leoni Flirting with Disaster is a 1996 American comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell about a young father's search for his biological parents. The film stars Ben Stiller, Patricia ...more

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Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Heather Graham, Danny DeVito Twins is a 1988 comedy film, produced and directed by Ivan Reitman about unlikely twins who were separated at birth. The core of the film is the relationship between DeVito's streetwise ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste Secrets & Lies is a 1996 British drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh. Led by an ensemble cast consisting of many Leigh regulars, it stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Hortense, a ...more

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lgilbert7 added Annette Benning, Naomi Watts, David Ramsey Amazing star-studded case with moving performances by Annette Benning and Naomi Watts, who are not the most likeable characters, which is what makes them all the more human.  Surprising ending.  Not what I was expecting, but very powerful. 
 
Mother and Child is an American drama film directed and written by Rodrigo García. It premiered on September 14, 2009, at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and at the Sundance ...more