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, visually appealing, realistic, serious, feel good and emotional films and TV shows about / with orphan, youth, runaway, childhood, storytelling, children, mentor, child, family relations and friendship plots mostly in Drama, Family and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
orphan movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as orphan: Hugo (2011), Anne of Green Gables (1985), Oliver Twist (2007), August Rush (2007), The Jungle Book (2016), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Annie (2014), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Anne with an E (2017), Orphan (2009).

List of orphan movies

Lemony Snicket's 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: atmospheric, gothic, exciting, enigmatic, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, adventure, children, death in the family, steampunk, happy ending, young heroes, siblings relations, dishonesty, inheritance, child in peril, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, victorian era
Place: peru
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Hugo (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA, UK, 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, visually appealing, light, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: steampunk, orphan, adventure, magical, robot, friendship, kids in trouble, magic, hopes, destiny, filmmaking, child's point of view ...
Time: 1930s, post world war one, 1920s, 20th century, year 1931
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Anne of Green Gables (1985)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, West Germany, USA
Duration: 199 min.
TV show
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, feel good, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens, preschoolers ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, teaching the ways of the world, imagination, teenage love, coming of age, countryside, love and romance, young heroes, foster home, little girl, fall in love ...
Time: edwardian era, victorian era, 19th century, 20th century, 18th century
Place: canada
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Oliver Twist (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 176 min.
TV show
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, captivating, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: orphan, victorian england, child's point of view, child abuse, thief, street kid, friendship, social decay, life is a bitch, youth, society, injustice ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century
Place: london, england, europe
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August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, South Korea
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, inspirational, sentimental, feel good, romantic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: prodigy, music, child prodigy, orphan, musician, youth, child protagonist, childhood, musician's life, orphanage, genius, chance meeting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1995, 80s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, san francisco ...
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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, psychotronic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: jungle, disney, animals, human animal relationship, talking animals, orphan, friendship, wolf, boy, tiger, panther, courage ...
Place: india, asia
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, 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: touching, motivational, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: poverty, childhood, orphan, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, rags to riches, society, true love, love, street kid, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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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, emotional, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, orphan, father daughter relationship, foster child, family, hopes, rags to riches, dancing, music, parents and children, friends, hip hop ...
Time: 1930s, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, harlem
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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: touching, heartbreaking, depressing, harsh, dramatic ...
Plot: orphan, world war two, hunger, siblings relations, survival, war, death of child, homelessness, desperation, bomb, theft, wartime ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, post world war two
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Anne with an E (2017)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for love and acceptance and for her place in the world. The series centers on a young orphaned girl in the late 1890’s, who, after an abusive childhood ...
Style: compassionate, sincere, touching, realistic
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: orphan, friendship, child's point of view, small town, family relations, school, parents and children, children's home, coming of age, teenage life, adventure, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: canada
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Orphan (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany, France
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, psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, orphan, killer child, female psychopath, mysterious character, family in danger, parents and children, insanity, murder, murderer, family problems, manipulation ...
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: dark fantasy, exciting, gothic, atmospheric, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: time travel, magic, time loop, monster, fantasy world, children, adventure, youth, orphan, supernatural power, beautiful scenery, boarding school ...
Time: year 1943, victorian era, 1940s, year 2016
Place: england, wales, florida, europe
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Pan (2015)
Genre: Action, 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, visually appealing, exciting, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: pirate, fantasy world, magic, orphan, childhood, mischievous children, adventure, imaginary kingdom, journey, chosen one, child protagonist, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, future, 18th century, 1930s
Place: london, vietnam
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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: feel good, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, island, orphanage, youth, adoption, love, friendship, husband wife relationship, couples, family relations, parents and children, family life ...
Place: ireland, europe
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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, friendship, escapades, magic, young heroes, adventure, secret, youth, police, boy, cruelty ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 21st century
Place: italy, venice
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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, little girl, human animal relationship, young heroes, obsessive quest, wilderness, missing person, against humanity ...
Place: belgium, germany, brussels, europe, ukraine
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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, sentimental, touching, witty ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: coming of age, first love, boy scout, island, children, adolescence, youth, orphan, social misfits, search party, summer camp, teenage love ...
Time: 60s, year 1965, 20th century
Place: new england, usa, plymouth, england
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The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Comedy, 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, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teacher, boarding school, childhood, music, teachers and students, orphan, boarding school life, musician, friendship, children, boss, school ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
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Jet Boy (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dave Schultz' feature debut Jet Boy is a drama about a boy attempting to figure out his future. Nathan (Branden Nadon) goes on a search to find his father after his mother dies of a drug overdose. Nathan has been prostituting himself in order ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, erotic ...
Plot: man boy relationship, kids in trouble, orphan, gay, teenage prostitution, child neglect, youth, prostitute, teenage boy, lifestyle, life is a bitch, young heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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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, touching, entertaining, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers ...
Plot: magic, witch, friendship, adventure, magical, fantasy world, school, chosen one, harry potter, wizards, good versus evil, supernatural ability ...
Time: year 1992, contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1981 ...
Place: england, europe, london
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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, twist ending, surprise ending, macabre, psychological ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, ghost, missing child, afterlife, death, fear, haunted by the past, tragic event, orphan, life is a bitch, orphanage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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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, funny, touching, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, chick flick, teens ...
Plot: twins, mischievous children, family, children, summer camp, orphan, single parent, adoption, parents and children, single father, boarding school, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, manhattan new york city, new york
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Oliver! (1968)
Genre: Drama, Family, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, a classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the workhouse and joins up with a group of boys headed by the Artful Dodger and trained to be pickpockets by master thief Fagin.
Style: sentimental, melancholic, witty, dark, visually appealing ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: orphan, street kid, children, orphanage, child abuse, child, coming of age, youth, victorian england, kids in trouble, charles dickens, owl ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1830s
Place: england, london, europe, britain
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Terror in Resonance (2014)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
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: conspiracy, terrorism, orphan, hacker, terrorist bombing, childhood friend, tragic hero, human experiment, tragedy, terrorist, police, death of protagonist ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Despicable Me (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Villainous Gru lives up to his reputation as a despicable, deplorable and downright unlikable guy when he hatches a plan to steal the moon from the sky. But he has a tough time staying on task after three orphans land in his care.
Style: feel good, humorous, light, not serious, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: adoption, orphan, family, disney, super villain, chase, escapades, children, friendship, lifestyle change, little girl, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1969, 20th century, 2010s ...
Place: north korea, usa, egypt
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Pete's Dragon (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace, who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than ...
Style: fairy tale, emotional, compassionate, sweet, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: dragon, boy, orphan, children, disney, feral child, invisibility, friendship, escape, family life, fire breathing dragon, family ...
Time: contemporary, future, 80s
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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: feel good, touching, serious, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: boarding school, princess, little girl, orphan, imagination, servant, girls' boarding school, fantasy life, father daughter relationship, school, magic, british ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, edwardian era, victorian era, future
Place: india, new york, england, london, usa
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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, friends, teenage life, obsessive quest, false accusation, escapades, odd couple, friendship, kids in trouble, on the run, escape, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, kazakhstan, eastern europe, europe
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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: feel good, fairy tale, sentimental, captivating, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, young heroes, teenage life, curses spells and rituals, rivalry, orphan, adventure, family relations, youth, estate, heroes, escapades ...
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All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: When a casino owning dog named Charlie is murdered by his rival Carface, he finds himself in Heaven basically by default since all dogs go to heaven. However, since he wants to get back at his killer, he cons his way back to the living with the ...
Style: sad, touching, sweet, entertaining, tear jerker ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: dog, afterlife, orphan, disney, talking animals, animals, adventure, angel, childhood, heaven, friendship, second chance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1939
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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