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.
Directed by: Frank PerryMommie 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 Getchell,... more
Directed by: Woody AllenMighty 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 1995... more
Directed by: Nicole HolofcenerLovely and Amazing is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener.... more
Directed by: Dennis DuganProblem 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
Directed by: Derek CianfranceThe Light Between Oceans is a 2016 romantic period drama film written and directed by Derek Cianfrance and based on the 2012 novel of the same name by M. L. Stedman. The film tells the story of a... more
Directed by: Jonathan KaplanImmediate 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 teenage... more
Directed by: Will GluckAnnie is a 2014 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Will Gluck, based on the 1977 Broadway musical. A foster kid (Quvenzhané Wallis), who lives with her mean foster mom (Cameron Diaz),... more
Directed by: Kirk JonesWhat to Expect When You're Expecting is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Kirk Jones from a screenplay by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach and based on the pregnancy guide of the same name.... more
Directed by: Márta MészárosAdoption 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 children and tries to adopt... more
Directed by: Paul WeitzAdmission is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Paul Weitz and starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. The film was released in the United States and Canada on March 22, 2013. It is an... more
Directed by: Mike FlanaganBefore I Wake (also known as Somnia) is a 2016 American dark fantasy horror film directed by Mike Flanagan. A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically... more
A Deadly AdoptionWill Ferrell, Kristen Wiig
Directed by: Rachel GoldenbergA Deadly Adoption is (Lifetime, 2015) is an American made-for-television black comedy thriller film. After their second miscarriage, a successful couple (Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig) take in and... more
Directed by: Tamara JenkinsPrivate Life is a 2018 American drama film directed by Tamara Jenkins. An author (Kathryn Hahn) is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband... more
Directed by: David YaroveskyBrightburn is a 2019 American superhero horror film directed by David Yarovesky. After adopting a baby that crash-landed on Earth, a couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) attempt to raise the boy... more
Directed by: Jim Field SmithButter 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, Alicia... more
EmaMariana Di Girólamo, Gael García Bernal
Directed by: Pablo LarraínEma is a 2019 Chilean drama film directed by Pablo Larraín. A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.... more
Off and RunningAvery Klein-Cloud
Directed by: Nicole OpperOff and Running is a 2010 documentary film written by Avery Klein-Cloud and directed by Nicole Opper....
PaddingtonNicole Kidman, Colin Firth
Directed by: Paul KingPaddington is a 2014 British-French comedy film, directed by Paul King, written by King and Hamish McColl, and produced by David Heyman. Based on Paddington Bear by Michael Bond, the film stars Ben... more
Directed by: Tim WardleThree Identical Strangers is a 2018 documentary film directed by Tim Wardle. In 1980, three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth.... more
Directed by: Don RoosHappy 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 Jason... more
Directed by: Gillies MacKinnonA 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, along... more
The RideShane Graham, Ludacris
Directed by: Alex RanariveloThe Ride is a 2018 sports movie directed by Alex Ranarivelo. A BMX champion overcomes his abusive childhood through the love and life lessons learned through his foster family.... more
Directed by: Stephen GyllenhaalLosing 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
Directed by: Peter SvatekBaby 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 Montréal, Québec,... more
Directed by: Steven SpielbergA.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 Last... more