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The Best Movies About Parenting

Updated January 7, 2021 4.5k votes 658 voters 122.9k views104 items

List RulesVote up the best movies about the ups and downs of 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 include a lot of hilarious and dramatic movies that you can watch with your parents or kids. Be sure to vote up your favorites so other users know what to watch next.

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  • Mrs. Doubtfire1
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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  • Father of the Bride2
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    Father of the Bride

    Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

    Released1991

    Directed byCharles Shyer

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  • Parenthood3
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    Parenthood

    Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • The Pursuit of Happyness4
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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  • Mary Poppins5
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • Matilda6
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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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  • Cheaper by the Dozen7
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    Cheaper by the Dozen

    Hilary Duff, Ashton Kutcher

    Released2003

    Directed byShawn Levy

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  • Mr. Mom8
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    Mr. Mom

    Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1983

    Directed byStan Dragoti

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  • Look Who's Talking9
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    Look Who's Talking

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1989

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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  • Stepmom10
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    Stepmom

    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

    Released1998

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • Big Daddy11
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    Big Daddy

    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart

    Released1999

    Directed byDennis Dugan

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  • Three Men and a Baby12
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    Three Men and a Baby

    Tom Selleck, Ted Danson

    Released1987

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

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  • Daddy Day Care13
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    Daddy Day Care

    Eddie Murphy, Lacey Chabert

    Released2003

    Directed bySteve Carr

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    Annie

    Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Huston

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  • Little Miss Sunshine16
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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  • The Family Man17
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    The Family Man

    Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni

    Released2000

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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  • Life as We Know It18
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    Life as We Know It

    Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl

    Released2010

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

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    Raising Helen

    Paris Hilton, Hayden Panettiere

    Released2004

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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  • Big Fish20
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    Big Fish

    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor

    Released2003

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • Sleepless in Seattle21
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    Sleepless in Seattle

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1993

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    The Odd Life of Timothy Green

    Jennifer Garner, Common

    Released2012

    Directed byPeter Hedges

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    Happy Feet

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

    Released2006

    Directed byJudy Morris, George Miller, Warren Coleman

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  • Raising Arizona24
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    Raising Arizona

    Nicolas Cage, John Goodman

    Released1987

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • Curly Sue25
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    Curly Sue

    Steve Carell, Jim Belushi

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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