The Best Movies With Step Parents
This list features the best movies with step parents. Step parents are a tricky bunch. They're not your real parent, but they're also not your friend. They're stuck in this weird middle ground where they have to be both a parent and a friend, which is never easy to do. It's even harder when you have kids who don't want to accept them as their new family member. This list features some of the best films about step families and blended families, including The Parent Trap, Daddy's Home, and Step Brothers . Vote up the best movies with step parents below.
Some of these films feature great actors playing stepparents like Mary Steenburgen in both Elf and Step Brothers.
What are some other good films about stepfamilies? What are some good family comedies? Which ones feature great performances by actors playing step parents? Vote up your favorites below!
- Photo: The AristocatsWhen a retired opera singer leaves her inheritance to her cat, Duchess (Eva Gabor), and three kittens, the woman's butler drugs the cats and abandons them in the countryside in order to inherit the fortune himself. Lost in unfamiliar territory, Duchess and the kittens meet Thomas O'Malley (Phil Harris), an alley cat willing to help them return to their home in Paris. They meet several kooky characters along the way, including two English geese and an alley cat jazz band.
- Actors: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers, Paul Winchell
- Released: 1970
- Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
- The Bradys of the popular '70s sitcom get thrust into the '90s, with a whole new set of problems. The family's house is in danger of being taken away by developer Larry Dittmeyer (Michael McKean) if the ever-positive brood can't come up with $20,000. Parents Mike (Gary Cole) and Carol (Shelley Long) initially don't fret, until Mike has difficulty getting any of his architectural designs sold. Fearing the worst, the six Brady kids decide to enter a talent contest and raise the money themselves.
- Actors: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Michael McKean, Jean Smart, Henriette Mantel
- Released: 1995
- Directed by: Betty Thomas
- Photo: Elf / New Line Cinema3Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.
- Actors: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, Mary Steenburgen
- Released: 2003
- Directed by: Jon Favreau
- With a wicked stepmother (Eleanor Audley) and two jealous stepsisters (Rhoda Williams, Lucille Bliss) who keep her enslaved and in rags, Cinderella (Ilene Woods) stands no chance of attending the royal ball. When her fairy godmother (Verna Felton) appears and magically transforms her reality into a dream come true, Cinderella enchants the handsome Prince Charming at the ball, but must face the wrath of her enraged stepmother and sisters when the spell wears off at midnight.
- Actors: Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Claire Du Brey, Rhoda Williams
- Released: 1950
- Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
- Two identical twin sisters, separated at birth by their parents' divorce, are reunited years later at a summer camp, where they scheme to bring their parents back together. The girls, one of whom has been living with their mother and the other with their father, switch places after camp and go to work on their plan, the first objective being to scare off a gold-digger pursuing their father.
- Actors: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charlie Ruggles, Una Merkel
- Released: 1961
- Directed by: David Swift
- Photo: Step BrothersBrennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) have one thing in common: they are both lazy, unemployed leeches who still live with their parents. When Brennan's mother and Dale's father marry and move in together, it turns the overgrown boys' world upside down. Their insane rivalry and narcissism pull the new family apart, forcing them to work together to reunite their parents.
- Actors: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott
- Released: 2008
- Directed by: Adam McKay