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The Best Movies About Adoption

Updated April 30, 2021 2.9k votes 862 voters 87.5k 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
    Instant Family is a 2018 comedy film directed by Sean Anders. Couple Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and...  more
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins
    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and...  more

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    Lion

    Dev Patel, Rooney Mara
    Lion is a 2016 Australian-American-British drama film directed by Garth Davis and written by...  more
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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson
    Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny...  more

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    Annie

    Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters
    Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same...  more

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    Big Daddy

    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart
    Big Daddy is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler....  more

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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell
    Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David...  more

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    Stuart Little 2

    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis
    Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American live-action film, directed by Rob Minkoff and starring...  more
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    Les Miserables

    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried
    Les Misérables is a 2012 musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 1862 French...  more

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    What Maisie Knew

    Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård
    What Maisie Knew is a 2012 American drama film directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. It...  more
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    Life as We Know It

    Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl
    Life as We Know It is a 2010 comedy film written by Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson, Jon...  more

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    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price
    The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B....  more

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    Shazam!

    Zachary Levi, Mark Strong
    Shazam! is a 2019 superhero film directed by David F. Sandberg, based on the DC Comics...  more

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    Stuart Little

    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis
    Stuart Little is a 1999 American family comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff. It is loosely...  more

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    The Goldfinch

    Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman
    The Goldfinch is a 2019 American drama film directed by John Crowley, based on the novel by...  more
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    A Place for Annie

    Mary-Louise Parker, Sissy Spacek
    The compassion of a divorced pediatric nurse leads her to become foster mother to an...  more
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    For Keeps

    Pauly Shore, Molly Ringwald
    For Keeps is a 1988 American coming of age comedy drama film starring Molly Ringwald and...  more

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    Baby Boom

    Diane Keaton, James Spader
    Baby Boom is a 1987 comedy film starring Diane Keaton. The film also launched a subsequent...  more

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    Woman at War

    Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Davíð Þór Jónsson
    Woman at War is a 2018 internationally co-produced comedy-drama thriller film written,...  more
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    Martian Child

    Amanda Peet, John Cusack
    Martian Child is a 2007 American comedy-drama film about a writer who adopts a strange young...  more
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    Luce

    Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer
    Luce is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Julius Onah. A married couple (Naomi Watts and...  more
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    Gracie's Choice

    Kristen Bell, Anne Heche
    Gracie's Choice is a 2004 television movie that premiered on Lifetime, written by Joyce...  more

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    Then She Found Me

    Helen Hunt, Bette Midler
    Then She Found Me is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Helen Hunt. The screenplay...  more
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    A Family Thing

    Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones
    A Family Thing is a 1996 film starring Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones and Irma P. Hall. It...  more
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page
    Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by...  more

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