Six Best Adoption-Themed Movies

Combining my love for movies with my love for adoption, I’ve assembled this list of six great adoption-related movies.

Since the day my father took my brother and me to see Star Wars back in 1976, movies have always held a special place in my heart. That fateful day began a love affair with the big screen that I’ve taken with me well into adulthood. Now that I am a father myself, I’ve been attempting to pass on my fondness for film to my 5-year-old daughter.

The first time I took her to the movies was a little over a year ago, when we saw Frozen together. I remember being worried that she would last about 20 minutes, get an acute case of ants in her pants shortly after the popcorn ran out, start running aimlessly up and down the aisles, and force us to leave so everyone else could actually enjoy the movie. Boy, was I wrong! A little over an hour and a half later, she was still glued to her seat as the ending credits were rolling. The words, “Let it Go” would never be spoken again in our house without thinking about Anna and Elsa, or Indina Medelschnogger. Or, whatever John Travolta called her.

In an attempt to match my movie mania with my affinity for adoption, I have compiled a list of the six best adoption-themed movies. Please keep in mind that these movies are in no particular order; I find it all but impossible to really rate movies as being number one, two, three, and so on. My all-time number one favorite movie seems to change from “Shawshank Redemption” to “The Thing” to “The Princess Bride,” depending on whatever mood I’m in. Therefore, I find it futile and nearly impossible to attach numbers to these. So, here they are in no particular order:

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Sarah - Content Specialist for, is a mother both biologically and through domestic infant open adoption. She resides with her husband and two boys in Ohio. She is passionate about open adoption and adoption education. In her free time she enjoys cooking, photography, writing, and hiking. You can find more of her adoption work at Heart For Open Adoption on Facebook or on

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