The Top 15 Family Films About Adoption

Sometimes it’s difficult to know which films will have a good story-line about adoption, much less an adoption connection at all.  Here is a list of some great adoption options in the movies.

Adoption Films Worth Watching

Cinematic adoption is having a moment. It’s not just America’s favorite “little orphan” who finds a new “Daddy,” Christmas release Into the Woods and the upcoming Paddington (Jan. 16) all involve elements of adoption. However, Annie isn’t leading the trend, it’s actually been an extraordinary year for adoption at the movies. Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Big Hero 6, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Boxtrolls, Maleficent, Noah, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Earth to Echo, The Good Lie, Million Dollar Arm and Guardians of the Galaxy all have themes of adoption or guardianship (although, as Gamora and Peter Quill can attest, the adoption stories weren’t always positive).

With adoption having such a big year at the box office, we’ve come together as specialists in these fields to identify the Top 15 family films about adoption. To qualify, the adoption storyline must be relatable, positive and accurate; the film has to be entertaining to parents and kids (sorry Martian Child), and it needs to be reasonably easy for families to locate for rent, purchase or download.

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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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