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The Best Movies About Orphans

Updated January 12, 2021 3.8k votes 960 voters 109.8k 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 Princess

    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham

    Released1995

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe3

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

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  • Oliver Twist4
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    Oliver Twist

    Alec Guinness, Diana Dors

    Released1948

    Directed byDavid Lean

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  • Hugo5
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    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Anne of Green Gables6
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    Richard Farnsworth, Zack Ward

    Released1985

    Directed byKevin Sullivan

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  • Lilo & Stitch7
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    Lilo & Stitch

    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames

    Released2002

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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  • The Book Thief8
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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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  • Pete's Dragon10
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    Pete's Dragon

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Chaffey

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    Tom Jones

    Albert Finney, Lynn Redgrave

    Released1963

    Directed byTony Richardson

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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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  • Oliver!13
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    Oliver!

    Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byCarol Reed

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    Boys Town

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1938

    Directed byNorman Taurog

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  • Les Miserables15
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    Les Miserables

    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2012

    Directed byTom Hooper

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  • The Jungle Book16
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • Batman Begins18
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Jane Eyre19
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    Jane Eyre

    Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine

    Released1944

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • Man of Steel20
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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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  • Forbidden Games21
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    Forbidden Games

    Philippe de Chérisey, Jacques Marin

    Released1952

    Directed byRené Clément

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  • The Blues Brothers22
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • The Cider House Rules23
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    The Cider House Rules

    Charlize Theron, Michael Caine

    Released1999

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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  • The Cold Lands24
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    The Cold Lands

    Lili Taylor, John Ventimiglia

    Released2013

    Directed byTom Gilroy

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    Great Expectations

    Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons

    Released1946

    Directed byDavid Lean

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