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The Best Movies About Orphans

Updated August 8, 2020 4.0k votes 946 voters 106.7k views50 items

List RulesFilms about orphans and orphanages. Vote up the best orphan movies.

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? 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 movies below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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  • 1
    Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Shazam!

    Zachary Levi, Mark Strong

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

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    A Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    A Little Princess

    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham

    Released1995

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Oliver Twist

    Alec Guinness, Diana Dors

    Released1948

    Directed byDavid Lean

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The  is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Lilo & Stitch

    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames

    Released2002

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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    Hugo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    August Rush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    August Rush

    Robin Williams, Keri Russell

    Released2007

    Directed byKirsten Sheridan

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    The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    The Book Thief

    Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Percival

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    Anne of Green Gables is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Anne of Green Gables

    Richard Farnsworth, Zack Ward

    Released1985

    Directed byKevin Sullivan

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    Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Tom Jones

    Albert Finney, Lynn Redgrave

    Released1963

    Directed byTony Richardson

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    Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Pete's Dragon

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Chaffey

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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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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! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Oliver!

    Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byCarol Reed

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  • 14
    Boys Town is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Boys Town

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1938

    Directed byNorman Taurog

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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  • 16
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Les Miserables

    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2012

    Directed byTom Hooper

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    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Jane Eyre

    Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine

    Released1944

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • 20
    Forbidden Games is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Forbidden Games

    Philippe de Chérisey, Jacques Marin

    Released1952

    Directed byRené Clément

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    Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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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 Brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Jake and Elwood's mission from God was in order to save the orphanage they were raised in.

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    The Cider House Rules is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    The Cider House Rules

    Charlize Theron, Michael Caine

    Released1999

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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    Bleak House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    Bleak House

    Constance Collier, Helen Haye

    Released1920

    Directed byMaurice Elvey

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    The Divine Fury is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Orphans
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    The Divine Fury

    Park Seo-joon, Ahn Sung-ki

    Released2019

    Directed byJason Kim

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