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The Best Movies About Adoption

Updated April 30, 2021 3.0k votes 898 voters 89.6k 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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    Mommie Dearest

    Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid

    Released1981

    Directed byFrank Perry

    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 Getchell,...  more

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    Mighty Aphrodite

    Woody Allen, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1995

    Directed byWoody Allen

    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 1995...  more

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    Lovely and Amazing

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Mortimer

    Released2001

    Directed byNicole Holofcener

    Lovely and Amazing is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener....  more

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    Problem Child

    Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Richards

    Released1990

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    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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    The Light Between Oceans

    Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander

    Directed byDerek Cianfrance

    The 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
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    Immediate Family

    Glenn Close, James Woods

    Released1989

    Directed byJonathan Kaplan

    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 teenage...  more
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    Annie

    Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx

    Released2014

    Directed byWill Gluck

    Annie 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

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    What to Expect When You're Expecting

    Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz

    Released2012

    Directed byKirk Jones

    What 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

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    Adoption

    László Szabó, Flóra Kádár

    Released1975

    Directed byMárta Mészáros

    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 children and tries to adopt...  more
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    Admission

    Tina Fey, Paul Rudd

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Weitz

    Admission 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
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    Before I Wake

    Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane

    Released2016

    Directed byMike Flanagan

    Before 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
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    A Deadly Adoption

    Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig

    Released2015

    Directed byRachel Goldenberg

    A 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
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    Private Life

    Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti

    Released2018

    Directed byTamara Jenkins

    Private 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
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    Brightburn

    Elizabeth Banks, David Denman

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid Yarovesky

    Brightburn 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

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    Butter

    Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman

    Released2011

    Directed byJim Field Smith

    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, Alicia...  more
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    Ema

    Mariana Di Girólamo, Gael García Bernal

    Released2019

    Directed byPablo Larraín

    Ema 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
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    Off and Running

    Avery Klein-Cloud

    Released2010

    Directed byNicole Opper

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

    Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth

    Released2014

    Directed byPaul King

    Paddington 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

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    Three Identical Strangers

    Eddy Galland, David Kellman

    Released2018

    Directed byTim Wardle

    Three 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
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    Happy Endings

    Lisa Kudrow, Laura Dern

    Released2005

    Directed byDon Roos

    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 Jason...  more
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    A Simple Twist of Fate

    Steve Martin, Anne Heche

    Released1994

    Directed byGillies MacKinnon

    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, along...  more

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    The Ride

    Shane Graham, Ludacris

    Released2020

    Directed byAlex Ranarivelo

    The 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
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    Losing Isaiah

    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1995

    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

    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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    Baby for Sale

    Dana Delany, Hart Bochner

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Svatek

    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 Montréal, Québec,...  more
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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    Meryl Streep, Robin Williams

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    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 Last...  more

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