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The Best Movies About Adoption

Updated January 4, 2021 4.0k votes 824 voters 84.2k views60 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 Family1
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    Instant Family

    Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne

    Released2018

    Directed bySean Anders

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  • The Blind Side2
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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  • Lion3
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    Lion

    Dev Patel, Rooney Mara

    Released2016

    Directed byGarth Davis

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  • Matilda4
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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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  • Martian Child5
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • What Maisie Knew6
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    What Maisie Knew

    Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård

    Released2012

    Directed byScott McGehee, David Siegel

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  • Immediate Family7
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    Immediate Family

    Glenn Close, James Woods

    Released1989

    Directed byJonathan Kaplan

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  • Annie8
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    Annie

    Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Huston

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  • For Keeps9
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mighty Aphrodite10
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    Mighty Aphrodite

    Woody Allen, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1995

    Directed byWoody Allen

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  • Lovely and Amazing11
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Butter12
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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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    Meryl Streep, Robin Williams

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • A Simple Twist of Fate14
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Big Daddy15
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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.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Madeline16
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    Madeline

    Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne

    Released1998

    Directed byDaisy von Scherler Mayer

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    Stuart Little 2

    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis

    Released2002

    Directed byRob Minkoff

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  • Elf18
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau

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  • Life as We Know It19
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Les Miserables20
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    Les Miserables

    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2012

    Directed byTom Hooper

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  • The Ten Commandments21
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    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

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  • Stuart Little22
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    Stuart Little

    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis

    Released1999

    Directed byRob Minkoff

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  • Luce23
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    Luce

    Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer

    Released2019

    Directed byJulius Onah

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    The Orphanage

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

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  • A Place for Annie25
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    A Place for Annie

    Mary-Louise Parker, Sissy Spacek

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Gray

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