Orphanage movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant orphanage movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out touching, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating and emotional films and TV shows about / with orphanage, orphan, youth, boy, coming of age, children, friendship, death, childhood and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, Family and Horror genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
orphanage movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as orphanage: The Day Will Come (2016), The Devil's Backbone (2001), The Italian (2005), No One's Child (2014), The Orphanage (2007), The Boys of St. Vincent (1992), August Rush (2007), The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012), My Life as a Zucchini (2016), The Promised Neverland (2020).

List of orphanage movies

The Day Will Come (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Set in the blooming 1960s, the film centres around two young brothers who are instantly robbed of their lives when they are placed in a boy's home forgotten by time. Armed only with a vivid imagination and a fickle hope, the boys engage in the ...
Style: touching, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: orphanage, abuse, escape, brother brother relationship, brother, mockery, bully, violence, rules, corporal punishment, male nudity, medical experiment ...
Time: 60s
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The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
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: twist ending, scary, gothic, tense, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, spanish civil war, orphanage, orphan, child abuse, supernatural, revenge, gold, boarding school life, coming of age, older woman younger man relationship, bully ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, madrid, andalusia, portugal ...
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The Italian (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.
Style: sentimental, harsh, breathtaking, touching, realistic ...
Plot: orphan, orphanage, youth, adoption, russian, children, coming of age, friendship, adolescence, family relations, self discovery, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s, 70s
Place: russia, tokyo, europe, italy
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No One's Child (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, Croatia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The movie is based on the fascinating, true story of a feral boy whom hunters found among wolves in a forest in the mountains of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) in the mid-1980s. The boy was sent to the institution for children in an attempt to socialize ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating
Plot: neglected child, boy, orphanage, friendship, children, bullying, wolf, forest, capture, little boy, coming of age, prostitute ...
Place: serbia
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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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The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.
Style: realistic, disturbing, sexy, thought provoking, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pedophilia, child molestation, child abuse, man boy relationship, homosexual rape, catholic priest, orphanage, underage sex, child molester, pedophile priest, sexual abuse, rape of a minor ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london, newfoundland
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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 Secret of Crickley Hall (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: A year after their son goes missing, a family moves to Crickley Hall. When supernatural events begin to take place, Eve feels the house is somehow connected to her lost son.
Style: atmospheric, scary, tense, emotional, slasher ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, missing child, orphanage, orphan, supernatural, world war two, child abuse, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, family relations, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2010s
Place: england
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My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 70 min.
Story: After his mother’s death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. There, with the help of his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and ...
Style: touching, sincere, psychological, compassionate, adult animation ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: loneliness, orphanage, friendship, orphan, alcoholic, introvert, boy, accidental killing, adoption, children, children's home, alone ...
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The Promised Neverland (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A group of the smartest kids at a seemingly perfect orphanage uncover its dark secret, and set in motion a dangerous and desperate escape plan.
Style: dark fantasy, psychological, captivating, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: orphanage, friendship, survival, creature, escapades, secret message, betrayal, dark secret, distopia, adventure, family relations, society ...
Time: future, distant future
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The Stolen Children (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Switzerland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing Rosetta (11 years old) to work as a prostitute. First the ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, touching, captivating, sad ...
Plot: orphanage, child abuse, coming of age, child prostitution, social differences, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, self discovery, on the road, family problems, gain trust, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, sicily, europe
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Oliver Twist (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, UK, Czech Republic
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Oliver Twist the modern filmed version of Charles Dickens bestseller, a Roman Polanski adaptation. The classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, child abuse, orphanage, poverty, thief, corporal punishment, boy, friendship, kidnapping, lifestyle, injustice, runaway ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, middle ages, 1930s, 1830s ...
Place: london, england, 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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: adoption, friendship, orphan, best friends, teenager, youth, orphanage, coming of age, rivalry, summer vacation, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1930s ...
Place: australia, south australia, london, england, 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: 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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Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, UK, USA, India
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, motivational, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: adoption, poverty, survival, childhood, loneliness, brother brother relationship, destiny, missing child, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother son reunion, courage, adopted son ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, year 1986, year 2012, year 2008 ...
Place: india, australia, tasmania, kolkata, melbourne australia
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Like Mike (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Calvin and his friends, who all live in an orphanage, find old shoes with the faded letters MJ connected to a powerline. One stormy night, they go to get the shoes when Calvin and the shoes are struck by lightning. Calvin now has unbelievable ...
Style: not serious, feel good, humorous, touching
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens, teens
Plot: basketball, orphanage, sport, teenager, youth, sport team, rising to stardom, teenage life, wish come true, ambition, prodigy, superhuman powers ...
Place: los angeles, europe, england, california
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Blood and Lace (1971)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After her prostitute mother and her john are beaten to death while they are asleep in bed, teen-aged Ellie Masters is sent to an isolated orphanage...
Style: slasher, suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, orphanage, prostitute, psychopath, investigation, murder, orphan, youth, teenage life, isolation, violence, mysterious man ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa
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Blue Miracle (2021)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: To save their cash-strapped orphanage, a guardian and his kids partner with a washed-up boat captain for a chance to win a lucrative fishing competition.
Style: captivating, sincere
Audience: family outing
Plot: sea, fishing, fisherman, orphanage, rivalry, workplace situations, social problems, contests and competitions, sea adventure, escapades, financial problem, children's home ...
Place: mexico
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The Queen's Gambit (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 395 min.
TV show
Story: In a Kentucky orphanage in the 1950s, a young girl discovers an astonishing talent for chess while struggling with addiction.
Style: captivating, psychological, suspense, tense, visually appealing ...
Plot: chess, genius, addiction, child prodigy, female protagonist, girl power, prodigy, girl, mathematics, obsession, orphanage, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 60s
Place: europe, usa, moscow russia, kentucky, las vegas ...
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The BFG (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sophie is snatched from her orphanage early one morning by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), whom she witnesses engaged in mysterious activities. She is soon put at ease, as she learns that BFG's job is to collect, catalog and deliver pleasant ...
Style: exciting, humorous, stylized, semi serious, 2d animation ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: orphanage, dream, giant, cannibalism, nightmare, air force, child protagonist, general, rat, classical music, surrealism, soldier ...
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Stuart Little (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The adventures of a heroic and debonair stalwart mouse named Stuart Little with human qualities, who faces some comic misadventures while searching for his lost bird friend and living with a human family as their child.
Style: humorous, entertaining, light, feel good, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, pre-teens ...
Plot: mouse, cat, adoption, kids and family, adventure, childhood, talking animals, orphanage, anthropomorphic mouse, chase, creativity, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the ...
Style: fairy tale, dark fantasy, exciting, entertaining, absurd ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: magic, wizards, witch, good versus evil, magical creature, fantasy world, friendship, magic wand, adventure, sorcerer, teleportation, chase ...
Time: 1920s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city, england, london ...
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Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get ...
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: bosnian war, adoption, journalism, civil war, anti war, orphan, war, orphanage, family relations, morality, rescue, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, england, sarajevo, iraq, former yugoslavia ...
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Yesterday's Children (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Jenny Cole lives with her husband and son in middle America. She is pregnant and starts to have very vivid dreams about a small city that has a big church. She then starts talking to her mother about it and her mother shows her some drawings she ...
Style: captivating, sincere, mystical
Plot: orphanage, love, family history, female protagonist, parenting, ancestry, family relations, family secret, parents and children, uncover truth, sleeping, mystery ...
Place: ireland
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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: scary, psychological, suspenseful, bleak, surprise ending ...
Plot: ghost, pregnancy, breast feeding, orphan, female nudity, haunted by the past, haunted house, orphanage, mystery, mentally unstable, isolation, uncover truth ...
Time: 1940s, year 1958, 50s, contemporary, post world war two ...
Place: france, alps, europe
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Martyrs (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A woman and her childhood friend seek out revenge on those who victimized and abused them.
Style: brutal, disturbing, bloody, suspense, tense ...
Plot: sadistic horror, violent, revenge, torture, torture chamber, held captive, home invasion, child abuse, torment, burned at the stake, electric torture, deeply disturbed person ...
Time: 2010s
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Monster (2004)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Kenzou Tenma, a Japanese brain surgeon in Germany, finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: doctor, mastermind, moral dilemma, murder, false accusation, guilt, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch, track down, police detective, choice, society ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 80s, 70s ...
Place: germany, europe, czech republic
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Station Jim (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At a rural railway station in Victorian England, Jim is a spunky Jack Russell Terrier who escapes his mean master at the circus, and is soon befriended by station porter Bob and lonely orphan Henry. His performing feats soon become a local ...
Style: suspense, captivating, psychological, sincere
Plot: orphanage, dog, coming of age, railway, animal human communication, human animal relationship, social problems, animal training, social misfits, workplace, pets, relationship problems ...
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The Cider House Rules (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life ...
Style: sentimental, touching, heartbreaking, emotional, melancholic ...
Plot: abortion, coming of age, orphan, incest, adoption, mentor protege relationship, justice, romance, nurse, premarital sex, orphanage, mentor ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: maine, usa, england, new england
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Finding Mother (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A precocious orphan from Central Asia comes to America to find his long lost mother. Along the way he befriends a down on his luck small time hustler, and together they set in motion a daring scheme to solve all their problems. However, things ...
Style: feel good, captivating, funny, light
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphanage, boy genius, orphan, poker player, immigrants, mother, gambling, search for mother, youth, hopes, parents and children, adventure ...
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