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The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids 

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Updated December 27, 2019 607 votes 139 voters 15.4k views 40 items

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

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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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

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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Mr. Mom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
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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The Game Plan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
angelicaihim added Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale, Roselyn Sánchez

Released: 2007

Directed by: Andy Fickman

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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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
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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Captain Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Captain Fantastic Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler
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Yours, Mine and Ours is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Miranda Cosgrove, Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo

Released: 2005

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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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Cheaper by the Dozen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
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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About a Boy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant, Toni Collette

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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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Daddy Day Care is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
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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Big Daddy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
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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The Family Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
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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To All the Boys I've Lov... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
JenME3 added Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart

Released: 2018

Directed by: Susan Johnson

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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Jersey Girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Ben Affleck

Released: 2004

Directed by: Kevin Smith

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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Hunt for the Wilderpeopl... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Sam Neill, Rhys Darby, Cohen Holloway

Released: 2016

Directed by: Taika Waititi

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi, based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump.

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Black or White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Kevin Costner, Gillian Jacobs, Octavia Spencer

Released: 2014

Directed by: Mike Binder

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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Captain Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Siersha 2 added Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn

Directed by: Matt Ross

Captain Fantastic is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen. The story centers on a family who are forced by circumstances to ...more
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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Siersha 2 added Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan

Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to ...more

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Gifted is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Siersha 2 added Gifted Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan

Released: 2017

Directed by: Marc Webb

Gifted is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Marc Webb. An intellectually gifted 7-year-old (Mckenna Grace) becomes the subject of a custody battle between her uncle (Chris Evans) and ...more
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The Road is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Siersha 2 added Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Hillcoat

The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of ...more

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Curly Sue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
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Released: 1991

Directed by: John Hughes

Curly Sue is a 1991 American romantic comedy-drama film and starred Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch and Alisan Porter as the titular character. It was the final film directed by John Hughes and the ...more

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Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Siersha 2 added Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self, from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film stars ...more

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Silas Marner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Siersha 2 added Ben Kingsley, Jim Broadbent, Jenny Agutter

Released: 1985

Directed by: Giles Foster

Silas Marner is a 1985 drama television film written by Giles Foster and Louis Marks and directed by Giles Foster.
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A Simple Twist of Fate ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
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Directed by: Fred Potts

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My Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids
Siersha 2 added Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1991

Directed by: Howard Zieff

My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice Elehwany. The film, starring Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky in her feature film debut, depicts the ...more

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