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, melancholic and clever films and TV shows about / with orphan, youth, storytelling, friendship, mentor, runaway, death, children, destiny and family plots mostly in Drama, Family and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
orphan movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as orphan: A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), The Jungle Book (2016), Anne of Green Gables (1985), Orphan (2009), August Rush (2007), Hugo (2011), Oliver Twist (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Before I Wake (2016), The Orphanage (2007).

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: 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, scenic, entertaining, semi serious, intense ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, jungle, dangerous animal, disney, adventure, friendship, good versus evil, wolf pack, feral child, animals, courage, wolf ...
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, emotional, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: orphan, adoption, countryside, teaching the ways of the world, love and romance, best friends, teenage love, island, family life, farm, golden years, young heroes ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 18th century
Place: canada
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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, twist ending ...
Plot: orphan, family in danger, adoption, manipulation, family problems, mysterious character, parents and children, deadly, insanity, fear, domestic disturbance, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
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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, romantic, feel good, inspirational ...
Plot: orphan, prodigy, musician's life, music, hopes, lie, orphanage, dancing, musician, artists and showbiz, youth, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1995
Place: usa, new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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Hugo (2011)
Genre: 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, exciting, captivating, emotional, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, friendship, kids in trouble, filmmaking, hopes, adventure, destiny, clock, magical, secret, loss, longing ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, post world war one, 1930s, 1920s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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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, gloomy, sentimental, touching, bleak
Plot: orphan, thief, youth, danger, crimes, down on your luck, life is a bitch, theft, friends, social decay, kidnapping, society ...
Time: victorian england, 19th century, victorian
Place: london, europe, england
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, 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: kids, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, time travel, time loop, fantasy world, riddles and clues, adventure, boarding school life, imaginary, destiny, boarding school, youth, monster ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943
Place: england, wales, florida, europe
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, 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: realistic, touching, serious, uplifting, motivational ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, true love, poverty, childhood, society, street kid, cheating, human spirit, change of luck ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s, year 2005 ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
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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: suspenseful, serious, scary, psychological, atmospheric
Audience: teens
Plot: orphan, supernatural ability, nightmare, danger, subconscious, dreams, family, supernatural, youth, insomnia, dream, christmas ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, surprise ending, psychological, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: orphan, missing child, haunted house, seance, haunted by the past, fear, disappearance, death, ghost, paranormal activity, ghosts, psychic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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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, feel good, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, island, seal, couples, family relations, adoption, youth, parents and children, family life, love, grief, friendship ...
Place: ireland, europe
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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, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, hunger, theft, war, bomb, loss of parent, firefly, navy, danger, desperation ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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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, twists and turns, touching, entertaining, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: good versus evil, witch, wizards and magicians, chosen one, supernatural ability, friendship, magical, fantasy world, school, adventure, best friends, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991
Place: england, europe
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Gotham (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, twists and turns, bleak
Audience: teens
Plot: super villain, mafia, orphan, gang war, police station, crime, police detective, corruption, organized crime, police corruption, batman, crimes ...
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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: love and romance, parenthood, unlikely couple, initially antagonists, adoption, orphan, godparent, opposites attract, life turned upside down, lifestyle change, parents and children, godfather ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, hawaii, new jersey, san francisco
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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, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick, teens
Plot: orphan, family, friendship, rich and poor, daughter, cons and scams, society, urban, single father, destiny, little girl, school ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
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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, family, mischievous children, orphan, single parent, summer camp, 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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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, youth, kids in trouble, escapades, on the road ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, kazakhstan, eastern europe, europe, cross country
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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, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: fantasy world, magical, parallel world, orphan, adventure, journey, experiment, kidnapping, witch, best friends, adventurer, chosen one ...
Place: england, oxford university
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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, scary, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Plot: orphan, pregnancy, ghost, haunted by the past, mystery, isolation, mentally unstable, orphanage, mind game, danger, uncover truth, losing-it hero ...
Time: contemporary, 1950s, 1940s, year 1958, year 1946
Place: europe, france, alps
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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, feel good, uplifting, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, orphan, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, small town, friends, young heroes, hopes, small town life, family relations, change of heart, family ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe
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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: humorous, semi serious, feel good, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: adoption, orphan, family, foster child, hip hop, friends, kids in trouble, youth, parents and children, rich and poor, hopes, rise to the top ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city
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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: bleak, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, child abuse, confined, down on your luck, social differences, injustice, society, danger, youth, kidnapping, rich and poor, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1830s, victorian era
Place: london, europe, england
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Martian Child (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A recently-widowed, science fiction writer considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially-rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: kids
Plot: adoption, orphan, friendship, thanksgiving, small town, social worker, family, parents and children, writer's life, single parent, family relations, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
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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: serious, emotional, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: orphan, generosity, lovers, rags to riches, power of love, convict, romance, poverty, inheritance, stranger, social differences, redemption ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1820s, victorian era
Place: england
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The Secret Garden (1993)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, childhood, countryside, friendship, garden, little girl, secret, girl, family, imagination, paralysis, reconciliation ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: india, england, europe, yorkshire, liverpool ...
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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, humorous, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: social misfits, first love, orphan, childhood sweetheart, island, 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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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: gloomy, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, social decay, society, injustice, friendship, friends, gang, coming of age, danger, youth, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1830s
Place: london, england, europe
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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, serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: orphan, pirate, fantasy world, imaginary, magic, mermaid, flying, sword and fantasy, imaginary kingdom, adventure, island, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 18th century, future
Place: mine, london
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