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, touching, serious, sentimental, clever and melancholic films and TV shows about / with orphan, youth, storytelling, mentor, runaway, family, children, friendship, childhood and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Family and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada 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), Hugo (2011), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), August Rush (2007), Before I Wake (2016), The Orphanage (2007).

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, parents and children, manipulation, fear, deadly, life turned upside down, domestic disturbance, nightmare ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
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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: humorous, semi serious, stylized, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, inheritance, adventure, loss of parent, dishonesty, death in the family, attempted murder, child abuse, siblings relations, children, family relations, murder ...
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, friendship, dangerous animal, good versus evil, family, feral child, animals, mischievous children, courage, revenge ...
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, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, girls' night, family outing
Plot: orphan, love and romance, adoption, countryside, teenage love, island, young heroes, teaching the ways of the world, family life, fall in love, farm, golden years ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 18th century
Place: canada
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Hugo (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
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, captivating, exciting, emotional, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, friendship, kids in trouble, filmmaking, hopes, adventure, destiny, magical, clock, secret, loss, longing ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, post world war one, 1930s, 1920s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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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, hunger, theft, war, bomb, loss of parent, firefly, fighting illness, navy, danger ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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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, atmospheric, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: time travel, orphan, adventure, boarding school life, riddles and clues, fantasy world, imaginary, youth, destiny, time loop, monster, invisibility ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943
Place: england, wales, europe, florida
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, 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, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, against the odds, society, street kid, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, cheating, human spirit, rags to riches ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
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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, music, hopes, lie, orphanage, musician, artists and showbiz, youth, romance, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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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, subconscious, dreams, family, youth, supernatural, dream, insomnia, christmas ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, suspenseful, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: missing child, orphan, haunted by the past, haunted house, disappearance, seance, ghost, paranormal activity, tragic event, death, fear, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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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, surreal, sentimental, humorous, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: childhood sweetheart, orphan, island, first love, social misfits, teenage love, search, disappearance, depression, adolescence, camp, search party ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: new england, usa, england
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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: humorous, feel good, touching, sweet, funny ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, chick flick
Plot: twins, mischievous children, orphan, family, summer camp, single parent, social worker, fall in love, siblings relations, social differences, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: manhattan new york city, london
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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: sentimental, touching, humorous, sweet, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick, teens
Plot: orphan, family, daughter, cons and scams, friendship, urban, society, rich and poor, little girl, school, hugging, single father ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
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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, fairy tale
Plot: orphan, friendship, friends, obsessive quest, on the run, false accusation, teenage life, odd couple, kids in trouble, youth, escapades, on the road ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, kazakhstan, eastern europe, europe, cross country
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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: bleak, gloomy, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: orphan, thief, theft, life is a bitch, crimes, down on your luck, danger, youth, urban, society, social decay, street kid ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england
Place: england, london, 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, humorous, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: unlikely couple, adoption, initially antagonists, parenthood, love and romance, orphan, godparent, opposites attract, life turned upside down, lifestyle change, responsibility, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, hawaii, new jersey, san francisco
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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, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: good versus evil, witch, chosen one, school, wizards and magicians, friendship, supernatural ability, magical, fantasy world, curses spells and rituals, best friends, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1991, year 1992, 1990s
Place: england, 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, sentimental, gloomy, touching, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, crimes, young heroes, life is a bitch, family, social decay, gang, friends, injustice, kidnapping, friendship, coming of age ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1830s
Place: england, london, europe
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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: psychological, suspenseful, scary, bleak, serious ...
Plot: orphan, pregnancy, orphanage, ghost, haunted by the past, mystery, isolation, mentally unstable, danger, uncover truth, mind game, losing-it hero ...
Time: contemporary, year 1958
Place: france, europe
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December Boys (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia, Germany, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: For many years, four teenage orphans at an Australian outback convent have watched their younger comrades find new parents, and realize that they may never be adopted. The Reverend Mother sends the four boys away on a seaside vacation, where they ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, adoption, best friends, orphan, rivalry, orphanage, love and romance, parents and children, couple relations, youth, beach, sea ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 2000s ...
Place: australia, south australia, england, london, tokyo
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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: realistic, gloomy, emotional, serious, bleak
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, child abuse, down on your luck, confined, danger, youth, apprentice, injustice, coming of age, kidnapping, rich and poor, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1830s
Place: europe, england, 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, emotional, serious, uplifting, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, child abuse, thief, theft, orphanage, dog, pickpocket, kids in trouble, street kid, down on your luck, friends, social problems ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1830s, victorian era
Place: london, england, europe, britain
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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: uplifting, realistic, feel good, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, island, rainbow, seal, family relations, parents and children, adoption, couple relations, youth, couples, family life, neighbor ...
Place: ireland, europe
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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: sentimental, humorous, semi serious, feel good, touching ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: orphan, adoption, microphone, little girl, child's point of view, locket, family, family life, rich and poor, friends, family relations, rise to the top ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Little Billy witnesses his parents being brutally murdered by Santa. Years later, when he has to fill in for an absent in-store Santa Claus, his childhood trauma materializes once again.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, christmas horror, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, orphan, psychopath, slasher, obsession, santa claus, christmas, danger, survival, characters killed one by one, childhood trauma ...
Time: 80s, year 1971, year 1984, year 1974
Place: salt lake city utah
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The Jungle Book (1967)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The boy Mowgli makes his way to the man-village with Bagheera, the wise panther. Along the way he meets jazzy King Louie, the hypnotic snake Kaa and the lovable, happy-go-lucky bear Baloo, who teaches Mowgli "The Bare Necessities" of life ...
Style: touching, feel good, fairy tale, funny, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: jungle, orphan, human animal relationship, friendship, adventure, feral child, animal life, young heroes, mischievous children, rivalry, disney, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: india, asia
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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: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, orphan, family, small town, friends, young heroes, small town life, family relations, hopes, change of heart ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: england, europe
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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: love and romance, orphan, couple relations, fall in love, dark hero, rich and poor, society, attic, governess, social differences, estate, haunted by the past ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, europe
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The Quiet (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After her widowed father dies, deaf teenager Dot moves in with her godparents, Olivia and Paul Deer. The Deers' daughter, Nina, is openly hostile to Dot, but that does not prevent her from telling her secrets to her silent stepsister, including ...
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, orphan, mute or deaf, murder, godparent, mind game, society, family problems, teenage life, rivalry, crimes, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut
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