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The Best Movies About Adoption

Updated April 30, 2021 3.0k votes 881 voters 88.6k views62 items

List RulesPlots must center around adoption or adoptees.

This list of movies about adoption or the process of adopting children is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about adopted kids and family are at the top of the list. There are both comedy and drama movies on this list of movies about adoption and foster care. A few of these films are even based on a true story. 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.

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 Netflix or other streaming serviee, these good adoption movies can be enjoyed no matter what. Be sure to check back for new movies about adoption when they are released and added to the list.

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    Instant Family

    Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne

    Released2018

    Directed bySean Anders

    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....  more
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    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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    Lion

    Dev Patel, Rooney Mara

    Released2016

    Directed byGarth Davis

    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), who...  more
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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

    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 name....  more

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    Annie

    Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Huston

    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 Annie,...  more

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    Big Daddy

    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart

    Released1999

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    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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    Life as We Know It

    Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl

    Released2010

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

    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....  more

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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau

    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 released in...  more

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    Stuart Little 2

    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis

    Released2002

    Directed byRob Minkoff

    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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    What Maisie Knew

    Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård

    Released2012

    Directed byScott McGehee, David Siegel

    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, and is an...  more
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    Les Miserables

    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2012

    Directed byTom Hooper

    Les Misérables is a 2012 musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 1862 French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, which also inspired a 1980 concept album and 1985 musical by Alain...  more

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    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    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 of the...  more

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    Shazam!

    Zachary Levi, Mark Strong

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

    Shazam! is a 2019 superhero film directed by David F. Sandberg, based on the DC Comics character. A boy (Asher Angel) is given the ability to become an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) in times of need...  more

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    Stuart Little

    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis

    Released1999

    Directed byRob Minkoff

    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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    For Keeps

    Pauly Shore, Molly Ringwald

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    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 becomes...  more

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    The Goldfinch

    Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman

    Released2019

    Directed byJohn Crowley

    The Goldfinch is a 2019 American drama film directed by John Crowley, based on the novel by Donna Tartt. After surviving a terrorist bombing that killed his mother, Theodore Decker (Ansel Elgort)...  more
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    A Place for Annie

    Mary-Louise Parker, Sissy Spacek

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Gray

    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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    Martian Child

    Amanda Peet, John Cusack

    Released2007

    Directed byMenno Meyjes

    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 was...  more
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    Baby Boom

    Diane Keaton, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byCharles Shyer

    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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    Woman at War

    Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Davíð Þór Jónsson

    Released2019

    Directed byBenedikt Erlingsson

    Woman at War is a 2018 internationally co-produced comedy-drama thriller film written, produced and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson. A choir conductor, Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), repeatedly...  more
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    Gracie's Choice

    Kristen Bell, Anne Heche

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Werner

    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 Fairlie....  more

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    Luce

    Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer

    Released2019

    Directed byJulius Onah

    Luce is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Julius Onah. A married couple (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), adopted...  more
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    Then She Found Me

    Helen Hunt, Bette Midler

    Released2007

    Directed byHelen Hunt

    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 Elinor...  more
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

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

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    A Family Thing

    Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones

    Released1996

    Directed byRichard Pearce

    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....  more