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The Best Movies About Men Raising Kids

Updated December 27, 2019 932 votes 180 voters 20.9k views40 items

List RulesVote 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 Happyness1
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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    The Game Plan

    Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2007

    Directed byAndy Fickman

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  • Mr. Mom3
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    Mr. Mom

    Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1983

    Directed byStan Dragoti

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  • Three Men and a Baby4
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    Three Men and a Baby

    Tom Selleck, Ted Danson

    Released1987

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

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    Captain Fantastic

    Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay
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    Gifted

    Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace

    Released2017

    Directed byMarc Webb

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  • Parenthood7
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    Parenthood

    Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • Big Daddy8
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    Big Daddy

    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart

    Released1999

    Directed byDennis Dugan

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    Daddy Day Care

    Eddie Murphy, Lacey Chabert

    Released2003

    Directed bySteve Carr

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  • Cheaper by the Dozen10
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    Cheaper by the Dozen

    Hilary Duff, Ashton Kutcher

    Released2003

    Directed byShawn Levy

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  • Yours, Mine and Ours11
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    Yours, Mine and Ours

    Miranda Cosgrove, Dennis Quaid

    Released2005

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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    Black or White

    Kevin Costner, Gillian Jacobs

    Released2014

    Directed byMike Binder

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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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    About a Boy

    Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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    Jersey Girl

    Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith

    Released2004

    Directed byKevin Smith

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    The Road

    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

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    Captain Fantastic

    Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella

    Directed byMatt Ross

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    Fly Away Home

    Anna Paquin, Dana Delany

    Released1996

    Directed byCarroll Ballard

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    East of Eden

    James Dean, Burl Ives

    Released1955

    Directed byElia Kazan

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    The Family Man

    Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni

    Released2000

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni

    Released2019

    Directed byChiwetel Ejiofor

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    Curly Sue

    Steve Carell, Jim Belushi

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Ben Kingsley, Jim Broadbent

    Released1985

    Directed byGiles Foster

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