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, realistic, serious, visually appealing, feel good and sentimental films and TV shows about / with orphan, youth, runaway, storytelling, family relations, mentor, friendship, children, family and childhood plots mostly in Drama, Family and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as orphan: Anne of Green Gables (1985), Oliver Twist (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Hugo (2011), The Jungle Book (2016), August Rush (2007), Orphan (2009), The Thief Lord (2006), Pan (2015), Annie (2014).

List of orphan movies

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, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, countryside, adoption, teaching the ways of the world, teenage love, love and romance, coming of age, best friends, young heroes, foster home, island, imagination ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 18th century
Place: canada
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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: offbeat, exciting, humorous, semi serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, adventure, inheritance, danger, loss of parent, attempted murder, death in the family, dishonesty, young heroes, child in peril, siblings relations, arson ...
Time: 1940s
Place: peru
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 7.4
 3K
Oliver Twist (2007)
Genre: Drama
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, sincere, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, victorian england, thief, child's point of view, street kid, social decay, friendship, danger, society, youth, life is a bitch, injustice ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: europe, england, london
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: 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: uplifting, touching, motivational, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, childhood, against the odds, poverty, destiny, life is a bitch, street kid, society, street life, true love, journey, tv show ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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 7.5
 312K
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: visually appealing, touching, sentimental, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, steampunk, adventure, filmmaking, magical, friendship, street kid, kids in trouble, hopes, destiny, robot, danger ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, post world war one, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 7.4
 266K
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, psychotronic, semi serious, scenic, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: jungle, disney, orphan, animals, talking animals, wolf, feral child, giant snake, adventure, tiger, animal life, panther ...
Place: india
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 7.5
 105K
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, sentimental, inspirational, romantic, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: orphan, prodigy, child prodigy, orphanage, youth, music, musician's life, hopes, musician, lie, dancing, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1995
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, xian, san francisco ...
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 7.0
 201K
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, twist ending, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: orphan, family in danger, female psychopath, adoption, mysterious character, parents and children, deadly, murderer, killer child, family problems, manipulation, insanity ...
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, dark fantasy, gothic, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: fantasy world, supernatural power, orphan, time travel, imaginary, magic, children, boarding school, beautiful scenery, time loop, adventure, monster ...
Time: year 1943, 1940s, year 2016
Place: england, wales, florida, 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, escapades, friendship, imaginary, adventure, young heroes, secret, magic, police, nun, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: venice, italy
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 5.7
 62K
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, visually appealing, exciting, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fantasy world, orphan, magic, pirate, child protagonist, heroes, journey, adventure, flying, imaginary kingdom, young heroes, mischievous children ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 18th century, future
Place: london
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 5.3
 36K
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, touching, humorous, emotional, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens
Plot: adoption, orphan, family, foster child, hopes, parents and children, friends, dancing, rich and poor, rags to riches, father daughter relationship, music ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem
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 6.2
 42K
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, supernatural, nightmare, danger, insomnia, adoption, child, monster, little boy, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.4
 36K
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, realistic, serious, uplifting, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids
Plot: orphan, street kid, child abuse, orphanage, theft, the underworld, thief, group of criminals, child in peril, dog, kids in trouble, pickpocket ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1830s
Place: london, england, europe, britain
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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, harsh, heartbreaking, stylized, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, survival, hunger, world war two, hiding place, death of parent, loss of parent, bomb, theft, war, homelessness ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945, post world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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: sentimental, sincere, feel good, uplifting, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, island, orphanage, couples, family relations, parents and children, family life, adoption, youth, human animal relationship, rescue, seal ...
Place: ireland, europe
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 5.9
 22K
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, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: twins, mischievous children, orphan, family, summer camp, single parent, children, fall in love, social worker, adoption, switching roles, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: manhattan new york city, london, new york
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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, obsessive quest, friendship, teenage life, false accusation, escapades, odd couple, older man younger woman relationship, on the run, kids in trouble, escape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, kazakhstan, eastern europe, europe
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 7.4
 151K
The Orphanage (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, Mexico
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, macabre, surprise ending, psychological ...
Plot: haunted house, ghosts, ghost, supernatural, death, missing child, orphan, fear, haunted by the past, tragic event, life is a bitch, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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 8.7
 43K
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, touching, sincere, realistic
Plot: friendship, orphan, family relations, child's point of view, small town, parents and children, teen romance, adventure, imaginary, school, society, teenage life ...
Time: 19th century
Place: canada
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 7.7
 767
Oliver Twist (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 386 min.
TV show
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, realistic, bleak, gloomy, emotional
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, child abuse, injustice, society, crimes, life is a bitch, confined, young heroes, youth, danger, coming of age, apprentice ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1830s
Place: london, europe, 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, touching, twists and turns, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids, pre-teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: friendship, wizards and magicians, fantasy world, chosen one, good versus evil, magical, magic, supernatural ability, witch, school, wizards, boarding school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 1990s, year 1992 ...
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, feral child, little girl, world war two, young heroes, missing person, wilderness, danger, obsessive quest, against humanity ...
Place: belgium, ukraine, europe, brussels, germany
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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, sentimental, surreal, witty, humorous ...
Audience: kids
Plot: first love, social misfits, boy scout, orphan, teenage love, island, youth, adolescence, childhood sweetheart, family relations, summer camp, misfit ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: new england, usa, england
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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, semi serious, humorous, romantic, funny ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: romance, opposites attract, love and romance, unlikely couple, baby, initially antagonists, parenthood, adoption, orphan, godparent, babies and infants, responsibility ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, hawaii, new jersey, san francisco
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 7.6
 997
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, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, orphan, small town life, young heroes, hopes, small town, countryside, friends, family relations, change of heart ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: england, 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, captivating, sentimental, semi serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, young heroes, adventure, orphan, imaginary, teenage life, curses spells and rituals, rivalry, family relations, in the woods, youth, estate ...
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 7.1
 1K
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, bleak ...
Plot: man boy relationship, kids in trouble, orphan, child neglect, teenage prostitution, prostitute, lifestyle, young heroes, life is a bitch, youth, danger, sexual abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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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, tragic ending, touching, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, terrorism, orphan, hacker, tragic hero, human experiment, anti hero, tragedy, childhood friend, police, terrorist, anti heroes ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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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, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: little girl, boarding school, orphan, princess, servant, reunion, fantasy life, imagination, rescue, french, private school, presumed dead ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: new york, india, usa, london, england
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