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The Best Movies About Orphans

Updated January 12, 2021 3.8k votes 979 voters 111.1k views72 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies about orphans and orphanages.

Some of the sweetest and most inspirational movies of all time are those that feature the life of a child who has been abandoned by his or her parents, whether through a death or a circumstance such as war. These stories that touch our hearts in the deepest place possible. It’s no wonder that some absolutely amazing films have told the story of an orphaned child. What are the best movies about orphans and group homes? Vote up your favorites below and see where they rank!

The movies on this list have been ranked as the best of films on this topic. Some of these films are classic greats in the film industry that have forever impacted our hearts. Some of the movies featured here are based on true events of survival, finding a home, and the impact that losing a parent can have on a child. Others are based on famous fictional books and fictional orphans.

This list features the best movies about orphans including, Les Miserables, Hugo, The Jungle Book, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Oliver, The Red Violin, August Rush, The Book Thief, and The Cider House Rules. Vote up the best orphan and orphanage movies below.

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    Shazam!

    Zachary Levi, Mark Strong

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

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  • A Little Princess2
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    A Little Princess

    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham

    Released1995

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • Hugo3
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    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe4

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

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  • Lilo & Stitch5
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    Lilo & Stitch

    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames

    Released2002

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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  • Anne of Green Gables6
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    Anne of Green Gables

    Richard Farnsworth, Zack Ward

    Released1985

    Directed byKevin Sullivan

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  • Oliver Twist7
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    Oliver Twist

    Alec Guinness, Diana Dors

    Released1948

    Directed byDavid Lean

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    The Book Thief

    Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Percival

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  • August Rush9
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    August Rush

    Robin Williams, Keri Russell

    Released2007

    Directed byKirsten Sheridan

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  • Tom Jones10
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    Tom Jones

    Albert Finney, Lynn Redgrave

    Released1963

    Directed byTony Richardson

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  • Pete's Dragon11
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    Pete's Dragon

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Chaffey

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  • The Dark Knight12
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Batman is an orphan, too!
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  • The Jungle Book13
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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  • Batman Begins14
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks15
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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • Man of Steel16
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Don't forget Superman is an orphan!
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  • The Blues Brothers17
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • The Cider House Rules18
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    The Cider House Rules

    Charlize Theron, Michael Caine

    Released1999

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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    Autumn Blood

    Peter Stormare, Sophie Lowe

    Released2013

    Directed byMarkus Blunder

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  • Boys Town20
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    Boys Town

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1938

    Directed byNorman Taurog

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  • The Cold Lands21
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    The Cold Lands

    Lili Taylor, John Ventimiglia

    Released2013

    Directed byTom Gilroy

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    The Secret Garden

    Colin Firth, Maeve Dermody

    Released2020

    Directed byMarc Munden

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  • In The Family23
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    In The Family

    Brian Murray, Trevor St. John

    Released2011

    Directed byPatrick Wang

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  • Great Expectations24
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    Great Expectations

    Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons

    Released1946

    Directed byDavid Lean

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    Oliver!

    Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byCarol Reed

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