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The Best Movies About Parenting 

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Updated June 22, 2020 5.2k votes 635 voters 117.7k views 76 items

List Rules Films about parents and the ups and downs of parenting. Vote up the best movies about parenting.

Becoming a parent is both the scariest and most rewarding event of a person's life. All of one's hopes, dreams, and greatest fears are summed up in the life of their child. Parents want the best for them, and overcome all obstacles to make sure they succeed in life. Some of the most heartwarming stories of all time are centered on the bond between a parent and child, and the struggles of parenting. What are the best movies about parenting? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!
 
The movies on this list tell stories of parenting in one way or another. Many are based on true events about parents beating incredible odds to protect their children. Some are completely fictional accounts and give viewers an inspirational message. Others take a comedic approach to the complications of raising a child. 
 
This list features the best movies about parenting including, Big Daddy, Marley and Me, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Kids Are All Right, Kramer vs. Kramer, Little Fockers, and Three Men and a Baby. Vote up the best parenting movies below or add one that isn't already on the list.
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Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

Released: 1993

Directed by: Chris Columbus, Chuck Jones

Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. A recently divorced actor (Robin Williams) decides to ...more

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Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ron Howard

Parenthood is a 1989 comedy-drama film with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, ...more

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Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short

Released: 1991

Directed by: Charles Shyer

Father of the Bride is a 1991 American comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, George Newbern, Martin Short, B.D. Wong and Kieran Culkin. It is a remake of the 1950 ...more

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cuddlytart31 added Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will ...more

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brotydoty added Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Teri Garr

Released: 1983

Directed by: Stan Dragoti

Mr. Mom is a 1983 American comedy film directed by Stan Dragoti and written by John Hughes about Jack Butler, a stay-at-home dad. It stars Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Jeffrey Tambor, Ann Jillian, ...more

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Hilary Duff, Ashton Kutcher, Steve Martin

Released: 2003

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Cheaper by the Dozen is a 2003 American family comedy film which takes its title from the autobiographical book of the same name by Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth, but despite ...more

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John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Joan Rivers

Released: 1989

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Look Who's Talking is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling and starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Bruce Willis plays the voice of Mollie's son, Mikey. The ...more

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caileighjoy added Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens

Released: 1996

Directed by: Danny DeVito

Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same ...more

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Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Sarandon won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and ...more

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Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg

Released: 1987

Directed by: Leonard Nimoy

Three Men and a Baby is a 1987 comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy, and starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson and Nancy Travis. It follows the mishaps and adventures of three ...more

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Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1999

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

Big Daddy is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler. The film was produced by Robert Simonds and released on June 25, 1999, by Columbia Pictures where it ...more

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sgelfeld added Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

Released: 2006

Directed by: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Released: 2008

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Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Greta Garbo

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Huston

Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan, which in turn is based on Little Orphan ...more

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sgelfeld added Eddie Murphy, Lacey Chabert, Elle Fanning

Released: 2003

Directed by: Steve Carr

Daddy Day Care is a 2003 American comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and co-starring Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn, Regina King, Anjelica Huston and Lacey Chabert. Written by Geoff Rodkey and directed ...more

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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Parenting
Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more

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cuddlytart31 added Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1993

Directed by: Nora Ephron

Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Nora Ephron. Based on a story by Jeff Arch, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie

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cuddlytart31 added Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl, Steve Nash

Released: 2010

Directed by: Greg Berlanti

Great movie Life as We Know It is a 2010 comedy film written by Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson, Jon Harmon Feldman and Michael Green and directed by Greg Berlanti.

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Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Parenting
dee123 added Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2003

Directed by: Tim Burton

Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle

Released: 2000

Directed by: Brett Ratner

The Family Man is a 2000 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Brett Ratner and starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni. Cage's production company, Saturn Films, helped produce the ...more

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Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 1987

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Raising Arizona is a 1987 American comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, ...more

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Paris Hilton, Hayden Panettiere, Kate Hudson

Released: 2004

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Raising Helen is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall and written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. It stars Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere, ...more

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Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Benton

Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

Released: 2006

Directed by: Judy Morris, George Miller, Warren Coleman

Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation ...more

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