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The Best Movies About Parenting

Updated August 10, 2020 4.9k votes 645 voters 121.0k views77 items

List RulesFilms 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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    Mrs. Doubtfire
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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    Father of the Bride
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    Father of the Bride

    Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

    Released1991

    Directed byCharles Shyer

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    Parenthood
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    Parenthood

    Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Howard

    Parenthood is a 1989 comedy-drama film with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Pursuit of Happyness
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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    Mary Poppins
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Matilda
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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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    Cheaper by the Dozen
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    Cheaper by the Dozen

    Hilary Duff, Ashton Kutcher

    Released2003

    Directed byShawn Levy

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    Look Who's Talking
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    Look Who's Talking

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1989

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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    Mr. Mom
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    Mr. Mom

    Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1983

    Directed byStan Dragoti

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    Stepmom
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    Stepmom

    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

    Released1998

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Big Daddy
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    Big Daddy

    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart

    Released1999

    Directed byDennis Dugan

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    Marley and Me
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    Three Men and a Baby
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    Three Men and a Baby

    Tom Selleck, Ted Danson

    Released1987

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

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    Annie
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    Annie

    Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Huston

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    Daddy Day Care
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    Daddy Day Care

    Eddie Murphy, Lacey Chabert

    Released2003

    Directed bySteve Carr

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    Little Miss Sunshine
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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    How to Train Your Dragon
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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    Life as We Know It
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    Life as We Know It

    Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl

    Released2010

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

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    Sleepless in Seattle
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    Sleepless in Seattle

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1993

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    Raising Helen
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    Raising Helen

    Paris Hilton, Hayden Panettiere

    Released2004

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    The Family Man
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    The Family Man

    Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni

    Released2000

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Big Fish
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    Big Fish

    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor

    Released2003

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Curly Sue
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    Curly Sue

    Steve Carell, Jim Belushi

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Happy Feet
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    Happy Feet

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

    Released2006

    Directed byJudy Morris, George Miller, Warren Coleman

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    The Odd Life of Timothy Green
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    The Odd Life of Timothy Green

    Jennifer Garner, Common

    Released2012

    Directed byPeter Hedges

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