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The Best Movies About Adoption

Updated September 14, 2020 4.0k votes 807 voters 83.2k views51 items

List RulesMovies about adoption only.

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
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    Instant Family

    Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne

    Released2018

    Directed bySean Anders

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    The Blind Side
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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    Lion
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    Lion

    Dev Patel, Rooney Mara

    Directed byGarth Davis

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  • 4
    Matilda
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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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    Martian Child
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    Martian Child

    Amanda Peet, John Cusack

    Released2007

    Directed byMenno Meyjes

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    What Maisie Knew
    56
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    What Maisie Knew

    Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård

    Released2012

    Directed byScott McGehee, David Siegel

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    Immediate Family
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    Immediate Family

    Glenn Close, James Woods

    Released1989

    Directed byJonathan Kaplan

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    Annie
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    Annie

    Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Huston

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    #117 of 314 The Funniest '80s Movies#114 of 366 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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    For Keeps
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    For Keeps

    Pauly Shore, Molly Ringwald

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    Mighty Aphrodite
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    Mighty Aphrodite

    Woody Allen, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1995

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    Lovely and Amazing
    34
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    Lovely and Amazing

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Mortimer

    Released2001

    Directed byNicole Holofcener

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    Butter
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    Butter

    Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman

    Released2011

    Directed byJim Field Smith

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence
    42
    35

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    Meryl Streep, Robin Williams

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    A Simple Twist of Fate
    33
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    A Simple Twist of Fate

    Steve Martin, Anne Heche

    Released1994

    Directed byGillies MacKinnon

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  • 15
    Big Daddy
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    Big Daddy

    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart

    Released1999

    Directed byDennis Dugan

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    Elf
    56
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    Madeline
    27
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    Madeline

    Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne

    Released1998

    Directed byDaisy von Scherler Mayer

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    Stuart Little 2
    32
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    Stuart Little 2

    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis

    Released2002

    Directed byRob Minkoff

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    #24 of 84 The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids#41 of 92 The Best James Woods Movies

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    The Ten Commandments
    25
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    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

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    #327 of 1,647 The Most Rewatchable Movies#57 of 236 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

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    Les Miserables
    7
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    Les Miserables

    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2012

    Directed byTom Hooper

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    Life as We Know It
    32
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    Life as We Know It

    Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl

    Released2010

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

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    #12 of 26 The Funniest Movies About Babies#15 of 26 The Funniest Movies About Parenting

  • 22
    Stuart Little
    30
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    Stuart Little

    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis

    Released1999

    Directed byRob Minkoff

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    #585 of 737 The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever#104 of 317 The Best Movies For Kids

  • 23
    A Place for Annie
    20
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    A Place for Annie

    Mary-Louise Parker, Sissy Spacek

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Gray

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  • 24
    The Goldfinch
    4
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    The Goldfinch

    Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman

    Released2019

    Directed byJohn Crowley

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    Luce
    5
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    Luce

    Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer

    Released2019

    Directed byJulius Onah

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