Parenting The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids  

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List Rules Vote up the best movies about a man raising a child, even if it's not his own.

A wide range of hilarity and emotion can be found in films about men raising kids as single parents. The best single father movies have a lot of heart as the lead characters bond with children over the course of the movie. This is a list of the top movies about raising children including everything from The Pursuit of Happyness to Mr. Mom to The Family Man.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about men raising children? Not all of these flicks aim for the heartstrings – Big Daddy sets its sights on the funnybone. Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) didn't have any intentions of becoming a father, but a series of unexpected circumstances finds him fighting for custody of a 5-year-old boy. About a Boy, starring Hugh Grant, is another one of the best movies about men raising children. In Captain Fantastic, a single-father employs some quirky methods to raise his large family. Other good films featured on this roundup include Daddy Daycare, The Boys are Back, and Delivery Man.

Do you have a favorite single father movie? Give the best films a thumbs up and add any great films that are missing.

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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith 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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Three Men and a Baby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg 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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Mr. Mom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Teri Garr 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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Big Daddy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi 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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Yours, Mine and Ours is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Miranda Cosgrove, Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo Yours, Mine & Ours is a 2005 American family comedy film about a family with eighteen children, ranging from 4 year old Ethan, to 18 year old William. Directed by Raja Gosnell, it stars ...more

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To All the Boys I've Loved Bef... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
JenME3 added Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan Johnson, based on the 2014 novel by Jenny Han. Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) writes private love ...more

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The Game Plan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
angelicaihim added Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale, Roselyn Sánchez The Game Plan is a 2007 American family sports comedy film directed by Andy Fickman and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. This movie was the last film in which Johnson uses his ring ...more

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Daddy Day Care is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Eddie Murphy, Lacey Chabert, Elle Fanning 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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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas 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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Cheaper by the Dozen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Hilary Duff, Ashton Kutcher, Steve Martin 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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About a Boy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant, Toni Collette About a Boy is a 2002 British-American comedy-drama film co-written and directed by brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. It is an adaptation of the 1998 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. ...more

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Captain Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Captain Fantastic Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler

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Jersey Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Ben Affleck Jersey Girl is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written, co-edited, and directed by Kevin Smith. It stars Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro, George Carlin, Jason Biggs, Jennifer Lopez and ...more

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The Family Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle 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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Daddy Day Camp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Cuba Gooding Jr., Tamala Jones, Brian Doyle-Murray Charlie Hinton (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Phil Ryerson (Paul Rae) are in over their heads. Summer is coming and after running the very successful Daddy Day Care, they are losing half the group to ...more

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Sam Neill, Rhys Darby, Cohen Holloway

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Black or White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Kevin Costner, Gillian Jacobs, Octavia Spencer Black and White is an upcoming American drama film directed and written by Mike Binder. The film stars Kevin Costner, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle, Octavia Spencer and Bill Burr.

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Baby Daddy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
angelicaihim added Baby Daddy Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Dhelsea kane, Derek theler

Surprise! You're a father! Bartender Ben comes home one day and finds that an ex-girlfriend has left a baby girl on his doorstep. The addition to Ben's family -- or having a family -- turns his life upside down. As a New York bachelor in his 20s, being a single dad doesn't fit his lifestyle. After much deliberation, Ben decides to raise the baby with help from his buddy Tucker, brother Danny, and hovering mom Bonnie. Also law student Riley -- once chubby, now slim -- wants Ben to take notice of her, but it's Danny who does. 

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Jungle 2 Jungle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Tim Allen, Martin Short, Leelee Sobieski Jungle 2 Jungle is a 1997 comedy film starring Tim Allen, Martin Short and Sam Huntington. It is an American remake of the 1994 French film Un indien dans la ville. Jungle 2 Jungle '​s plot ...more

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Getting Even with Dad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Macaulay Culkin, Ted Danson, Glenne Headly Getting Even With Dad is a 1994 American comedy film starring Macaulay Culkin and Ted Danson.

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RV is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Hutchersonm RV is a 2006 American road comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick, written by Geoff Rodkey, and starring Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels, Cheryl Hines, ...more

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The Boys Are Back is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Clive Owen, Laura Fraser, Emma Booth The Boys Are Back is a 2009 Australian/British drama film directed by Scott Hicks, produced by Greg Brenman and starring Clive Owen. Based on the book The Boys Are Back In Town by Simon Carr, ...more

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Kicking & Screaming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Mike Ditka Kicking & Screaming is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Jesse Dylan starring Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall. It focuses on the exploits of a boys' soccer team and their new coach.

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Playing for Keeps is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman Playing for Keeps is a 2012 American romantic comedy film directed by Gabriele Muccino, starring Gerard Butler with Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman and Judy Greer ...more

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Delivery Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Cobie Smulders, Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt Delivery Man is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by Ken Scott, produced by DreamWorks Pictures, and starring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, and Cobie Smulders. The film was released by ...more