Orphan movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant orphan movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out touching, serious, realistic, visually appealing, feel good and sentimental films and TV shows about / with orphan, youth, runaway, storytelling, family, mentor, friendship, children, family relations and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Family and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as orphan: A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Anne of Green Gables (1985), Oliver Twist (2007), The Jungle Book (2016), August Rush (2007), Orphan (2009), Annie (2014), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Thief Lord (2006), Hugo (2011).

List of orphan movies

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three wealthy children's parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune. This movie is extremely alarming, an expression which here means "a ...
Style: offbeat, exciting, semi serious, humorous, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, adventure, inheritance, loss of parent, attempted murder, death in the family, dishonesty, siblings relations, children, boat, death of parent, danger ...
Time: 1940s
Place: peru
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Anne of Green Gables (1985)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, West Germany, USA
Duration: 199 min.
Story: At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they're mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne Shirley. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, witty, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, teaching the ways of the world, adoption, best friends, countryside, foster home, love and romance, teenage love, young heroes, island, coming of age, family life ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 18th century
Place: canada
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 7.4
 2K
Oliver Twist (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 176 min.
Story: Oliver is born into poverty and misfortune - the son of an unmarried mother, who dies shortly after his birth. He is soon delivered to the workhouse, where the cruel Mr. Bumble oversees children tormented by starvation and suffering. When Oliver ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: orphan, thief, street kid, social decay, friendship, injustice, life is a bitch, youth, danger, society, theft, child abuse ...
Time: victorian england, 19th century, victorian
Place: london, england, europe
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 7.4
 252K
The Jungle Book (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man-cub named Mowgli fostered by wolves. After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan, Mowgli is forced to flee the jungle, by which he embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of the panther, Bagheera and the free-spirited bear, Baloo.
Style: serious, scenic, entertaining, semi serious, intense ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, jungle, disney, dangerous animal, wolf, adventure, friendship, animals, good versus evil, wolf pack, feral child, talking animals ...
Place: india
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 7.5
 102K
August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.
Style: touching, sentimental, inspirational, romantic, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: orphan, prodigy, music, youth, musician's life, hopes, musician, lie, orphanage, dancing, artists and showbiz, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1995
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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 6.9
 185K
Orphan (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple with a rocky past adopt 9-year old, Esther to fill the void created by a recently-stillborn baby. However, Esther is not quite who she seems.
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: orphan, family in danger, family problems, adoption, mysterious character, manipulation, deadly, parents and children, insanity, female psychopath, fear, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Belgium, Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A teenager finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures intent on destroying them.
Style: exciting, gothic, atmospheric, stylized, serious ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: fantasy world, orphan, time travel, imaginary, time loop, children, youth, adventure, boarding school life, riddles and clues, monster, boarding school ...
Time: year 1943, 1940s, year 2016
Place: england, wales, florida, europe
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 5.3
 33K
Annie (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Ever since her parents left her as a baby, little Annie has led a hard-knock life with her calculating foster mother, Miss Hannigan. However, all that changes when hard-nosed billionaire and mayoral candidate Will Stacks takes her in on the ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, emotional, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens
Plot: orphan, adoption, family, parents and children, rich and poor, hopes, friends, happy ending, billionaire, rags to riches, father daughter relationship, foster child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: realistic, motivational, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, destiny, childhood, life is a bitch, society, poverty, true love, street kid, cheating, tv show, journey ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, year 2006 ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
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The Thief Lord (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Luxembourg, UK, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A tale about two young boys, Prosper and Bo, who flee to Venice after being orphaned and dumped in the care of a cruel auntie. Hiding in the canals and alleyways of the city, the boys are befriended by a gang of young urchins and their enigmatic ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, exciting, serious
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, mischievous children, escapades, friendship, imaginary, adventure, young heroes, secret, magic, police, nun, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: venice, italy
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 7.5
 296K
Hugo (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and ...
Style: touching, exciting, captivating, emotional, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, adventure, friendship, filmmaking, kids in trouble, hopes, toys, destiny, child's point of view, magical, clock, loss ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, post world war one, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 5.7
 58K
Pan (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old Peter finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend James Hook and the warrior Tiger Lily. They must band together to save ...
Style: fairy tale, exciting, stylized, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fantasy world, orphan, pirate, imaginary, flying, adventure, journey, mischievous children, danger, escapades, imaginary kingdom, child protagonist ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 18th century, future
Place: london
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A Shine of Rainbows (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, Ireland
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An orphaned boy named Tomás is adopted by Maire O’Donnell to live on a whimsical Irish isle filled with new friends, secret caves and a lost baby pup seal stranded on the coast. But when Maire's reluctant husband Alec refuses to accept ...
Style: sincere, feel good, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, island, orphanage, seal, couples, family relations, adoption, youth, parents and children, family life, love, grief ...
Place: ireland, europe
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I Won't Come Back (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Kazakhstan, Russia, Estonia, Finland, Belarus
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Anya, a young academic raised in an orphanage, is on the cusp of success when she’s accused of drug possession. While in limbo hiding from the police, she hits the road with Kristina, another orphan several years Anya’s junior, in search of her ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, tragic ending ...
Plot: orphan, obsessive quest, teenage life, friendship, false accusation, escapades, friends, older man younger woman relationship, odd couple, kids in trouble, on the run, escape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kazakhstan, russia, europe, eastern europe
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Life as We Know It (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After a distastrous first date for caterer Holly and network sports director Messer, all they have is common is a dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in this world, Holly ...
Style: touching, funny, romantic, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: opposites attract, love and romance, parenthood, orphan, unlikely couple, romance, adoption, initially antagonists, godparent, lifestyle change, life turned upside down, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, hawaii, new jersey, san francisco
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 5.9
 20K
It Takes Two (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Identical 9-year-olds from very different backgrounds: orphaned Amanda and wealthy Alyssa meet at summer camp and decide to switch places -- and play matchmaker between Alyssa's dad, Roger, and the kind social worker who cares for Amanda.
Style: feel good, sweet, touching, humorous, funny ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: twins, mischievous children, orphan, family, single parent, summer camp, fall in love, children, social worker, switching roles, social differences, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: manhattan new york city, london, new york
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 7.5
 900
Pollyanna (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Pollyanna Whittier goes to live with her wealthy but bitter aunt after the tragic death of her father. Pollyanna shares a game her father taught her -- the 'Glad Game' -- in which everyone can find a silver lining in even the darkest ...
Style: feel good, touching, uplifting, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, orphan, teaching the ways of the world, friendship, hopes, young heroes, friends, small town life, family relations, small town, change of heart, family ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: england, europe
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 5.9
 20K
Curly Sue (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bill Dancer and his young companion Curly Sue are the classic homeless folks with hearts of gold. Their scams are aimed not at turning a profit, but at getting enough to eat. When they scam the rich and beautiful Grey Ellison into believing she ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, sweet, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: orphan, little girl, family, friendship, single father, rich and poor, children, homeless, daughter, cons and scams, urban, society ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
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 7.4
 143K
The Orphanage (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage, intent on reopening it. Before long, her son starts to communicate with a new invisible friend.
Style: scary, serious, macabre, psychological, surprise ending ...
Plot: haunted house, haunted by the past, missing child, orphan, death, ghosts, supernatural, fear, paranormal activity, ghost, tragic event, psychic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: heartbreaking, touching, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, world war two, hunger, hiding place, loss of parent, death of parent, bomb, theft, war, firefly ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.2
 37K
Before I Wake (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: About an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically as he sleeps.
Style: serious, suspenseful, scary, psychological, atmospheric
Audience: teens
Plot: orphan, supernatural ability, subconscious, nightmare, danger, dreams, family, supernatural, graphic violence, youth, insomnia, dream ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.7
 732
Oliver Twist (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 386 min.
Story: Based on Charles Dickens' novel, this adaptation traces the childhood of an orphan whose mother dies giving birth to him in an English work-house in the 1820s.
Style: gloomy, serious, bleak, emotional, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, child abuse, life is a bitch, down on your luck, young heroes, rich and poor, crimes, confined, society, social differences, injustice, kidnapping ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1830s, victorian era
Place: london, europe, england
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A Little Princess (1995)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: little girl, orphan, boarding school, princess, reunion, servant, british, fantasy life, imagination, attic, private school, rescue ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: new york, india, usa, london, england
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he ...
Style: exciting, fairy tale, twists and turns, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: witch, wizards and magicians, good versus evil, chosen one, adventure, friendship, fantasy world, supernatural ability, wizards, magical, magic, school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1991, year 1992, 90s ...
Place: england, europe
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Surviving with Wolves (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1942, the young Jewish girl Misha, her Russian mother Gerusha and her German father Reuven hide from the Germans in a small house in Ardennes, Belgium. Misha is very connected to her mother that advises her that if one day a person comes to her ...
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: wolf, survival, orphan, world war two, feral child, young heroes, wilderness, danger, missing person, obsessive quest, dangerous animal, against humanity ...
Place: belgium, ukraine, brussels, europe, germany
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Natsume's Book of Friends (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, serious, shoujo
Plot: supernatural, friendship, ghost, spirit, orphan, japanese culture, afterlife, exorcist, curse, supernatural power, human animal relationship, folklore ...
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The Secret of Moonacre (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Hungary, UK, France, Australia, USA, New Zealand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When 13 year old Maria Merryweather's father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle she didn't know she had, at the mysterious Moonacre ...
Style: captivating, sentimental, feel good, semi serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, imaginary, young heroes, curses spells and rituals, adventure, orphan, teenage life, in the woods, family relations, escapades, estate, rivalry ...
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Terror in Resonance (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to ...
Style: psychological, touching, tragic ending, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: orphan, conspiracy, hacker, terrorism, human experiment, terrorist, tragic hero, anti hero, tragedy, anti heroes, dysfunctional family, police ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.9
 55K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, feel good, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, boarding school, teacher, childhood, music, orphan, singer, boss, musician, friendship, changing lives ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
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The Golden Compass (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After overhearing a shocking secret, precocious orphan Lyra Belacqua trades her carefree existence roaming the halls of Jordan College for an otherworldly adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: fantasy world, adventure, orphan, parallel world, magical, witch, imaginary, journey, kidnapping, experiment, wizards, chosen one ...
Place: england, oxford university, london
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