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 realistic, serious, touching, melancholic, sentimental and stylized films and TV shows about / with orphan, youth, storytelling, children, mentor, childhood, runaway, family, destiny and death plots mostly in Drama, Family and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.

orphan movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as orphan: Orphan (2009), A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), The Jungle Book (2016), Anne of Green Gables (1985), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), August Rush (2007), Hugo (2011), It Takes Two (1995), Before I Wake (2016).
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Anne of Green Gables (1985)
Drama, Family
Canada, West Germany, USA
199 min.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Animation, Drama, War
89 min.
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The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA, India, Canada
105 min.
Not Cinderella's Type (2018)
97 min.

List of orphan movies

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, psychological, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, family in danger, family problems, mysterious character, domestic disturbance, parents and children, life turned upside down, deadly, fear, murder, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, estonia, connecticut
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A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Germany
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, humorous, stylized, dark humor, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: orphan, inheritance, adventure, danger, dishonesty, escapades, death in the family, attempted murder, loss of parent, young heroes, estate, siblings relations ...
Time: 1940s
Place: peru
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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, intense, entertaining, scenic, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, jungle, adventure, dangerous animal, friendship, family, greed, feral child, animals, mischievous children, courage, good versus evil ...
Place: india
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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, semi serious, humorous, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, love and romance, golden years, adoption, fall in love, island, young heroes, teenage love, countryside, family life, teaching the ways of the world, coming of age ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 18th century
Place: canada
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, India
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, serious, uplifting, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, against the odds, life is a bitch, society, street kid, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, taj mahal
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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, stylized, harsh, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, war, hunger, theft, radiation, wartime, firefly, bomb, loss of parent, danger ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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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, feel good, inspirational, romantic ...
Plot: orphan, prodigy, musician's life, hopes, music, lie, orphanage, youth, romance, artists and showbiz, musician, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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Hugo (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
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: sentimental, touching, stylized, epic, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, filmmaking, friendship, kids in trouble, magical, family, adventure, hopes, loss, secret, destiny, friends ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, post world war one, 1920s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Belgium
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, stylized, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, time travel, orphan, riddles and clues, imaginary, boarding school life, destiny, boarding school, transformation, youth, island, monster ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943
Place: england, florida, wales, europe
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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: touching, feel good, humorous, sweet, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: twins, orphan, family, mischievous children, single parent, fall in love, summer camp, social worker, siblings relations, social differences, switching roles, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: london
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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, nightmare, danger, dreams, subconscious, family, insomnia, dream, youth, supernatural, adoption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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: touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: orphan, family, rich and poor, daughter, cons and scams, friendship, lawyer, little girl, urban, school, hugging, single father ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
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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: realistic, bleak, gloomy, sentimental, touching
Plot: orphan, thief, injustice, crimes, urban, society, youth, life is a bitch, friends, friendship, down on your luck, kidnapping ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england
Place: england, europe, london
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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, touching, twists and turns, fairy tale, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: witch, school, good versus evil, wizards and magicians, chosen one, friendship, supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, family, best friends, adventure, orphan ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1992, year 1991, 1990s
Place: england, 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: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, fairy tale
Plot: orphan, friendship, friends, obsessive quest, on the run, false accusation, teenage life, odd couple, kids in trouble, escapades, youth, on the road ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, kazakhstan, europe, cross country, eastern europe
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Oliver Twist (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Charles Dickens' classical story about the young orphan boy in 1837 England is again re-filmed in grand fashion. Richard Dreyfuss portrays Fagin, the unscrupulous leader of the young pick-pockets Oliver (Alex Trench) initially falls in with ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, gloomy
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, young heroes, social decay, family, injustice, crimes, society, youth, life is a bitch, friends, gang, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1830s
Place: england, europe, london
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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Genre: Adventure, 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, stylized, surreal, offbeat, semi serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: orphan, childhood sweetheart, teenage love, social misfits, first love, island, youth, adolescence, summer camp, misfit, disappearance, letter ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: new england, usa
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House of Voices (2004)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1958, in the French Alp, the young servant Anna Jurin arrives in Saint Ange Orphanage to work with Helena while the orphans moved to new families. Anna, who is secretly pregnant, meets the last orphan , Judith, left behind because of her mental ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, psychological, bleak, serious ...
Plot: orphan, haunted by the past, orphanage, ghost, pregnancy, mentally unstable, mystery, isolation, mind game, danger, uncover truth, losing-it hero ...
Time: contemporary, year 1958
Place: europe, france
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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, psychological, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: ghost, orphan, haunted house, psychic, haunted by the past, supernatural, missing child, seance, death, paranormal activity, hallucinations, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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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: serious, gloomy, realistic, bleak, emotional
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, child abuse, young heroes, down on your luck, kidnapping, injustice, society, youth, life is a bitch, rich and poor, social differences, coming of age ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1830s
Place: england, europe, london
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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, captivating, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, kids in trouble, street kid, pickpocket, orphanage, dog, child abuse, thief, theft, song, social decay, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1830s, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe, britain
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Ballerina (2016)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in 1879 Paris. An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.
Style: light, inspirational, sweet, humorous, touching
Audience: kids
Plot: orphan, ballet, inventor, rivalry, escape, follow your dream, mentor, best friends in love, dance, statue of liberty, eiffel tower paris, flying ...
Time: 19th century
Place: paris france
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Ballet Shoes (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An unusual explorer named Gum and his kindly niece adopt three orphans -- Pauline, Petrova and Posy -- and raise them as sisters in 1930s London. But the girls must fend for themselves when Gum doesn't return from one of his adventures. ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, uplifting, touching
Audience: family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, follow your dream, siblings relations, ambition, hopes, youth, family problems, family in crisis, against the odds, family relations, ballet, dancing ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: europe, london
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Annie (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: An orphan in a facility run by the mean Miss Hannigan, Annie believes that her parents left her there by mistake. When a rich man named Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home to promote his image, Annie is ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, sentimental, humorous, touching ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: orphan, adoption, locket, child's point of view, microphone, little girl, family, opposites attract, parents and children, santa claus, rich and poor, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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The Physician (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The story of Rob Cole, a boy who is left a penniless orphan in an 11th-century English mining town when his mother dies of a mysterious illness. Vowing to become a physician and vanquish Death itself, he travels to Isfahan in Persia to study ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, breathtaking, intellectual ...
Plot: follow your dream, ambition, apprentice, orphan, doctors and patients, medicine, surgery, society, mentor, culture clash, islam, unlikely friendships ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century
Place: england, iran, medical school, mine, persia ...
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A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: The orphaned Baudelaire children face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents' death.
Style: captivating, suspense, ironic, melancholic, sincere ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: orphan, crossdressing, brother sister relationship, storytelling, baby, cynicism, danger, children, life is a bitch, escapades, dishonesty, hopes ...
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Jane Eyre (1983)
Genre: Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
Story: After living a miserable life with her aunt, orphaned Jane Eyre is sent to Lowood, a residential school for children of limited means. Jane takes the advice of her friend and over many years takes her studies seriously, eventually advertising for a ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, stylized
Audience: girls' night
Plot: couple relations, fall in love, love and romance, orphan, rich and poor, society, estate, social differences, haunted by the past, human spirit, proposal, blind character ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, europe
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Great Expectations (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: 'Great Expectations' opens with Pip as a boy (played as an young man by newcomer Douglas Booth, 'The Pillars of the Earth') on the marshes near his home, where he encounters the desperate escapee Magwitch (Winstone). Pip is ...
Style: twists and turns, emotional, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: orphan, generosity, inheritance, power of love, lovers, rags to riches, convict, lawyer, obsession, romance, social differences, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, 1820s
Place: england
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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, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: orphan, adoption, family, foster child, hip hop, youth, rise to the top, parents and children, rich and poor, kids in trouble, hopes, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city
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The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares. Soon after his ...
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, orphan, bully, spanish civil war, danger, revenge, murder, boarding school life, orphanage, fear, bomb ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 40s
Place: spain, europe, portugal
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