Adoption movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant adoption movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, touching, feel good, sentimental, melancholic and sweet films and TV shows about / with adoption, family relations, runaway, life philosophy, storytelling, mentor, childhood, youth, catastrophe and orphan plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
adoption movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as adoption: Raising Helen (2004), The Fosters (2013), Instant Family (2018), Martian Child (2007), Lion (2016), The Blind Side (2009), Annie (2014), Life as We Know It (2010), Mother and Child (2009), December Boys (2007).

List of adoption movies

Raising Helen (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Helen Harris has a glamorous, big-city life working for one of New York's hottest modeling agencies. But suddenly her free-spirited life gets turned upside down when she must chose between the life she's always loved, and the new loves of ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, feel good, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, kids, date night
Plot: adoption, custody, happy ending, couple relations, family relations, orphan, hopes, parents and children, fashion, love, parenthood, opposites attract ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, san francisco
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The Fosters (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Stef Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams, a school vice principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef's biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins, Mariana and Jesus. Their ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, melancholic, sincere, anime ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: lesbian, adoption, foster child, teenage life, foster home, gays and lesbians, troubled teen, adolescence, lesbian mother, supportive parent, siblings relations, gay ...
Time: 21st century
Place: san diego california, usa, california
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Instant Family (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When Pete and Ellie decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl, they find themselves speeding from ...
Style: feel good, funny, sweet, sincere, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, chick flick, teens
Plot: parenting, adoption, foster home, foster parent, adoptive father adopted son relationship, adolescence, family relations, parents and children, couples, court hearing, children, anger ...
Place: usa, california
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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: feel good, touching, emotional, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: adoption, orphan, father son relationship, imagination, friendship, parenthood, youth, alien, mars, writers, eccentricity, children ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california
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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, motivational, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: adoption, poverty, survival, courage, loneliness, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, childhood, rags to riches, foster home, mother son reunion, train, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 2010s, year 1986, year 2012, year 2010, year 2008 ...
Place: india, australia, tasmania, kolkata, melbourne australia
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The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: inspirational, touching, emotional, sentimental, motivational ...
Audience: family outing, teens, chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: american football, life, adoption, christian, interracial relations, human spirit, african american, football, rising to stardom, parents and children, racism, strong female character ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, mississippi, memphis, california
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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, emotional, touching, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, father daughter relationship, orphan, hopes, foster child, rags to riches, music, parents and children, friends, kids and family, rich and poor, dancing ...
Time: 1930s, 2010s, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, harlem
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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, romantic, entertaining, funny, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: adoption, baby, initially antagonists, unlikely couple, love and romance, parenthood, opposites attract, godparent, love story, romantic friendship, orphan, babies and infants ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new jersey, hawaii, usa, atlanta georgia, san francisco
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Mother and Child (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The lives of three women have a commonality: adoption. Karen is a physical therapist who regrets that, as a teenager, she gave up her daughter for adoption. Elizabeth was an adopted child and is now a successful lawyer, but her personal life lacks ...
Style: sincere, realistic, emotional, talky, sad ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: adoption, women, pregnancy, lawyer, family relations, mother daughter relationship, existentialism, manipulation, parents and children, estrangement, hopes, extramarital affair ...
Time: year 1973, 21st century
Place: los angeles
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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, sad, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: adoption, orphan, friendship, best friends, teenager, youth, summer vacation, rivalry, love and romance, couple relations, parents and children, orphanage ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 1930s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: australia, london, england, south australia, tokyo ...
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Foster (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: UK, India
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Some years after their son is killed, a married couple decide to adopt a child. One day a 7-year-old boy, Eli, unexpectedly arrives on their doorstep and things take a strange turn.
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, sincere, philosophical ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, christmas, healing, family relations, hopes, life turned upside down, divine intervention, angel, child as adult, starting over, save the day, homeless man ...
Time: 21st century
Place: england
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Losing Isaiah (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, emotional, sexy, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, courtroom drama, custody battle, racist, justice, single parent, parents and children, family problems, legal action, family relations, life is a bitch, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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Baby Boom (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The life of super-yuppie J.C. is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a baby from a distant relative.
Style: light, touching, humorous, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: adoption, baby, single parent, babies and infants, career woman, love affair, starting over, yuppie, relationship problems, women, fish out of water, happy ending ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, vermont, manhattan new york city, usa
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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: psychological, scary, twist ending, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: orphan, suspense, adoption, killer child, murder, twists and turns, female psychopath, mysterious character, parents and children, fear, serial killer, family in danger ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
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Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, custody, starting over, family relations, parents and children, hopes, social worker, family life, christian, legal action, rivalry, legal ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, ohio, florida
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Patrik, Age 1.5 (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Göran and Sven have been cleared for adoption and they have a possibility to adopt a swedish orphan, Patrik 1,5. But when Patrik arrives he turns out to be someone else, not the little boy they were expecting. A comma had been misplaced, and in ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: gay, adoption, gay couple, gay parent, gay slur, family relations, gay lead character, gay adoption, gay love, orphan, homosexual, lgbt ...
Time: 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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Rent-a-Kid (1995)
Genre: Drama, Family, Comedy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Harry Habert, owner of a rent office has an original idea: To rent babies from a nearby orphanage to the local families. He rents the Ward brothers to his first customers...
Style: humorous, touching, funny, light, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: adoption, children, dog, orphan, siblings relations, mischievous children, disorder, nothing goes right, farce, family relations, parenthood, stereotypes ...
Time: 90s
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Live and Become (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Israel, Belgium, Italy
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In 1980 the black Falashas in Ethiopia are recognised as genuine Jews and are secretly carried to Israel. The day before the transport the son of a Jewish mother dies. In his place and with his name (Schlomo) she takes a Christian 9-year-old boy.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: adoption, racism, family relations, refugee, rescue, rabbi, hidden identity, love of one's life, orphan, hopes, haunted by the past, fall in love ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: africa, paris france, france, israel, ethiopia ...
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Matilda (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.
Style: feel good, fairy tale, humorous, touching, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, girls' night, pre-teens ...
Plot: school, children, mischievous children, supernatural ability, parents and children, adoption, teachers and students, dysfunctional family, young heroes, telekinesis, child protagonist, elementary school ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s
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The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, family outing
Plot: world war two, holocaust, war, childhood, nazi, jewish, adoption, human spirit, nazi germany, life is a bitch, against humanity, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1945, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, europe
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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, feel good, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, girls' night, chick flick ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, imagination, teaching the ways of the world, teenage love, coming of age, countryside, young heroes, love and romance, fall in love, foster home, island ...
Time: edwardian era, victorian era, 19th century, 20th century, 18th century
Place: canada
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This Is Us (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Follows the lives and families of three adults living and growing up in the United States of America in present and past times. As their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways, we find that several of them share the same ...
Style: touching, sentimental, thought provoking, sincere, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adoption, childhood memory, childhood, husband wife relationship, parenthood, family relations, father son relationship, depression, teenage angst, self esteem, love, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 90s, 2020s, 2010s, 80s, 21st century
Place: pittsburgh
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Big Daddy (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.
Style: funny, sentimental, feel good, light, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: responsibility, child's point of view, immaturity, adoption, single father, parenthood, childhood, slacker, children, mentor, friends, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, new jersey
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Then She Found Me (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A New York schoolteacher hits a midlife crisis when, in quick succession, her husband leaves, her adoptive mother dies and her biological mother, an eccentric talk show host, materializes and turns her life upside down as she begins a courtship with ...
Style: romantic, touching, emotional, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, midlife crisis, depression, eccentricity, loneliness, love and romance, betrayal, jewish american, unfulfillment, parents and children, birth mother, love ...
Time: 2000s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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Juno (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young girl named Juno gets herself pregnant and tries to stand on her own, but soon learns a few lessons about being grown up.
Style: funny, touching, sentimental, sweet, feel good ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, pregnancy, teenager, adoption, teenage pregnancy, teenage life, love and romance, social relations, friendship, female protagonist, high school, strong female character ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: minnesota, california, usa
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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, sad, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, kids, family outing ...
Plot: music, musician, orphan, dancing, childhood, child prodigy, adoption, prodigy, child protagonist, youth, chance meeting, children ...
Time: 80s, year 1995, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, xian ...
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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, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: abortion, orphan, coming of age, adoption, mentor protege relationship, mentor, justice, premarital sex, love triangle, childhood, self discovery, incest ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa, england, new england
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Problem Child (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Ben Healy (John Ritter) and his social climbing wife Flo adopt Junior a fun-loving seven year old. But they soon discover he's a little monster as he turns a camping trip, a birthday party and even a baseball game into comic nightmares. But is ...
Style: funny, feel good, light, humorous, satirical ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: mischievous children, adoption, chase, spoiled brat, troublemaker, kidnapping, children, child hero, child, friends, best friends, childhood ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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Mommie Dearest (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In this biographical film, glamorous yet lonely star Joan Crawford takes in two orphans, and at first their unconventional family seems happy. But after Joan's attempts at romantic fulfillment go sour and she is fired from her contract with MGM ...
Style: disturbing, controversial, factual, talky, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: child abuse, adoption, mother daughter relationship, abusive mother, dysfunctional family, narcissism, bad mother, mansion, hollywood, cult, mother, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, new york, los angeles
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The Big Wedding (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother ...
Style: feel good, entertaining, funny, humorous, not serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: wedding, adoption, marriage, family gatherings, family relations, parents and children, family reunited, family feud, in-laws, couple relations, couples, eccentric family ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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