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 touching, feel good, sentimental, realistic, humorous and sweet films and TV shows about / with adoption, family, family relations, runaway, storytelling, mentor, parents and children, destiny, catastrophe and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Family genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
adoption movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as adoption: Instant Family (2018), The Blind Side (2009), Lion (2016), December Boys (2007), Annie (2014), Problem Child (1990), Losing Isaiah (1995), Raising Helen (2004), Anne of Green Gables (1985), Orphan (2009).

List of adoption movies

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: sweet, funny, feel good, light, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: adoption, foster parent, parenting, adolescence, family relations, family, parents and children, husband wife relationship, happy ending, siblings relations, children, social worker ...
Place: usa, united states
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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: touching, uplifting, motivational, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, strong female character, american football, interracial relations, rising to stardom, life, family drama, interracial adoption, football, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
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Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA
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: motivational, sentimental, emotional, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, childhood, poverty, missing child, survival, loneliness, courage, destiny, long lost relative, lost child, adopted son, orphanage ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1986
Place: india, australia, kolkata, melbourne australia, melbourne
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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: adoption, friendship, orphan, orphanage, best friends, rivalry, couple relations, parents and children, youth, love and romance, male friendship, beach ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 2000s ...
Place: australia, south australia, england, london, tokyo ...
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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, humorous, touching, emotional, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens
Plot: orphan, adoption, family, hopes, parents and children, friends, dancing, foster child, rich and poor, billionaire, rags to riches, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city
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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: dark humor, humorous, feel good, funny, idiotic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: mischievous children, adoption, disorder, troublemaker, kidnapping, parents and children, brat, best friends, friends, orphanage, farce, swearing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: usa
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Losing Isaiah (1995)
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: emotional, serious, touching, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, racist, courtroom drama, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, family problems, legal action, life is a bitch, legal, custody, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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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: touching, sentimental, feel good, romantic, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night, kids
Plot: adoption, custody, couple relations, family relations, parents and children, orphan, life turned upside down, love and romance, society, hopes, happy ending, opposites attract ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, san francisco
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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, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, teaching the ways of the world, adoption, teenage love, countryside, best friends, love and romance, coming of age, foster home, island, young heroes, imagination ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 18th century
Place: canada
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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: scary, suspenseful, twist ending, psychological, serious ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, family problems, family in danger, mysterious character, parents and children, manipulation, female psychopath, murder, deadly, insanity, murderer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
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Life as We Know It (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 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, romantic, sweet, light ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: opposites attract, love and romance, romance, unlikely couple, adoption, initially antagonists, orphan, parenthood, godparent, baby, babies and infants, lifestyle change ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, hawaii, new jersey, san francisco
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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, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: kids
Plot: adoption, orphan, friendship, family relations, thanksgiving, social worker, small town, family, writer's life, single parent, parents and children, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
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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: emotional, realistic, sincere, talky, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: adoption, family relations, estrangement, parents and children, hopes, lawyer, pregnancy, mother daughter relationship, african american, reunion, women, motherhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1973
Place: los angeles
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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: thought provoking, touching, sincere, sentimental
Plot: adoption, childhood memory, break up, childhood, depression, grieving, sibling, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, parenthood, pregnancy ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, contemporary, 80s
Place: pittsburgh
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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: sentimental, thought provoking, semi serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: gay couple, adoption, gay love, gay parent, gay, gay slur, family relations, orphan, gay lead character, teenage boy, eccentric family, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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Foster (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: UK
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, humorous ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, family relations, life turned upside down, hopes, christmas, angel, healing, starting over, save the day, child as adult, psychological trauma, homeless man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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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, touching, melancholic, sincere ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gays and lesbians, foster child, lesbian, foster home, family problems, lesbian mother, adoption, troubled teen, teenage life, step siblings, supportive parent, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san diego california, california
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Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo is being raised by her older sister, Nani, after their parents die -- under the watch of social worker Cobra Bubbles. When Lilo adopts a funny-looking dog and names him "Stitch," she doesn't realize ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sweet, entertaining, light ...
Audience: kids, date night, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: disney, adoption, adventure, orphan, friendship, family relations, experiment, odd couple, fish out of water, alien encounter, partners, good versus evil ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: hawaii, usa, san francisco
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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, feel good, entertaining, light, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, teens ...
Plot: mouse, adoption, cat, adventure, orphan, kidnapping, anthropomorphic mouse, friendship, mischievous children, fish out of water, orphanage, chase ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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Despicable Me (2010)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Villainous Gru lives up to his reputation as a despicable, deplorable and downright unlikable guy when he hatches a plan to steal the moon from the sky. But he has a tough time staying on task after three orphans land in his care.
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, light, sweet ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: adoption, orphan, imaginary, family, disney, friendship, supervillain, little girl, super villain, chase, villain, lifestyle change ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 1960s, 2010s ...
Place: usa, north korea, egypt
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Follow That Bird (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Big Bird is sent to live far from Sesame Street by a pesky social worker. Unhappy, Big Bird runs away from his foster home, prompting the rest of the Sesame Street gang to go on a cross-country journey to find him.
Style: touching, semi serious, feel good, melancholic, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: adoption, social worker, friendship, family relations, road trip, on the road, restaurant, muppets, children, runaway, getting home, male protagonist ...
Place: illinois, usa, sesame street
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, captivating, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: androids and robots, artificial intelligence, adoption, a.i., future dystopia, distopia, androids, destiny, global warming, adventure, parenthood, parents and children ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
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Rent-a-Kid (1995)
Genre: Drama, Family, Comedy
Country: USA, Canada
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, light, funny, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: adoption, orphan, siblings relations, children, mischievous children, dog, family, family relations, disorder, nothing goes right, farce, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s
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The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, jewish, world war two, human spirit, nazi germany, childhood, nazi, against humanity, adoption, life is a bitch, youth, family secret ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
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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: touching, sincere, psychological, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: adoption, family relations, refugee, racism, rescue, refugee camp, rabbi, foster home, hidden identity, hopes, orphan, refugees ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: france, israel, ethiopia, paris france, middle east ...
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Reclaim (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: China, Malaysia, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After their newly adopted daughter goes missing in a small town, Steven and Shannon will stop at nothing to uncover the truth behind her disappearance and the dangerous secret behind the adoption agency they trusted. Risking their own lives, they ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: adoption, couples, uncover truth, missing child, investigation, kidnapping, track down, family problems, chases and races, couple relations, crimes, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: puerto rico
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Philomena (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A woman searches for her adult son, who was taken away from her decades ago when she was forced to live in a convent.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, captivating, heartbreaking ...
Plot: nun, adoption, journalist, search, loss of son, golden years, forgiveness, secret, convent, self discovery, church, buried truth ...
Time: 50s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, year 1952 ...
Place: ireland, washington d.c., england, usa, oxford university
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What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Challenges of impending parenthood turn the lives of five couples upside down. Two celebrities are unprepared for the surprise demands of pregnancy; hormones wreak havoc on a baby-crazy author, while her husband tries not to be outdone by his ...
Style: feel good, funny, romantic, sweet, light ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: pregnancy, pregnant woman, adoption, couple relations, pregnant, parents and children, pregnant wife, childbirth, romance, expectant father, love and romance, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
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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: humorous, funny, sentimental, light, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: child's point of view, adoption, responsibility, parenthood, single father, immaturity, slacker, parents and children, friends, love and romance, orphan, mentor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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A Dog Named Christmas (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need sets out to convince his family - and their whole rural community - to participate in a local shelter's inaugural "Adopt a Dog for Christmas ...
Style: touching, feel good, sincere, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, christmas, pets, dog, boy dog relationship, family relations, mentally challenged, animal life, friendship, family, christmas movie, holiday ...
Time: 50s
Place: vietnam
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