Adoption Movies

List of the best adoption movies selected by visitors to our site: The Day I Was Not Born, Adopt a Highway, Any Day Now, Lion, Foster, Dammu, Sweet Sixteen, The Light Between Oceans, Woman at War, See You in September.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

The Day I Was Not Born (2010)
Markimdb: 6.8
CountryGermany, Argentina
PlotSwimming, Adoption
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

During a stopover in Buenos Aires on her way to Chile, 31-year-old Maria recognizes a nursery rhyme. Maria doesn't speak a work of Spanish, but without understanding what she is singing, she remembers the Spanish lyrics. Disturbed and thrown off course, she decides to interrupt her journey and wander through the unfamiliar city.

Adopt a Highway (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
PlotTravel, The escape, Internet, Adoption, Parenting
PlacePrison, Beach, USA
StyleAtmospheric, Touching

An ex-felon discovers a live baby left in a dumpster.

Any Day Now (2012)
Markimdb: 7.5
CharactersDisabled people, Lawyers
PlotLove, Adoption, Holidays

In the late 1970s, when a mentally handicapped teenager is abandoned, a gay couple takes him in and becomes the family he's never had. But once the unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men must fight the legal system to adopt the child.

Lion (2016)
Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, biography
CountryAustralia, United Kingdom, USA, India
CharactersFamily, Poor
PlotOn real events, Survival, Time travel, Adventure, Loneliness
PlaceTrains, India, Australia
StyleTo cry, Touching

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.

Foster (2011)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersFamily, Friends
PlotAdventure, Adoption
PlaceEngland, Hospitals
StyleTo cry, Touching

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.

Dammu (2012)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genreaction, drama
CharactersHeroes, Orphans
PlotAdoption, Rivalry
PlaceVillage, India
StyleExciting, Serious

Ramachandra (NTR) - an orphan wants to helps out people and make enough bank balance so that he can settle in life by marrying a girl of his choice. He falls in love with Ashwini (Trisha) at the first sight. He comes to know that a royal family from a distant village are looking to adopt a youngster. Ramachandra approaches them and gets adopted. He goes to a village where there are faction fights between the royals of the two village. It is the turn of Ramachandra to kill the enemies so that his village gets justice and peace. The rest of the story is all about how differently Ramachandra achieves it.

Sweet Sixteen (2016)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersPupils, Friends, Fathers, Orphans
PlotLove, Adoption
PlaceSchool, China

Xia Mu is a troubled child whose salvation comes in the form of Shu Yawang. When something terrible happens to her, he seeks revenge. Nothing is the same in their lives after that.

The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, New Zealand, USA, India, Australia
CharactersFamily, Foster children
PlotLove, Adoption
PlaceIslands, Ocean, Lighthouse, Australia
StyleSad ones, To cry, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

Woman at War (2018)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryIceland, France, Ukraine
CharactersDogs, Strong women, Twins, Sisters, Tourists
PlotAdventure, Flooding, Adoption
PlacePrison, Nature, Helicopters, Ukraine
StyleExciting, Light, Soulful, For girls, Atmospheric

Halla declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves… Until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life.

See You in September (2010)
Markimdb: 4.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama
PlotFriendship, Divorce, Adoption
PlaceNew York
StyleRomantic, To cry, Touching

Feeling abandoned by her therapist who's gone on an extended vacation, beautiful Lindsay gets help with her fear of commitment from an ad hoc support group formed by other New Yorkers also left high and dry by their shrinks. But when her pals dare her to date fellow group member A.J., Lindsay begins to wonder if she's finally found her match.

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Finding Mother (2017)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersFamily, Friends, Orphans
PlotLove, Adoption, The missing mother
PlaceUSA, Los Angeles

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 don't go according to plan.

The Shunning (2011)
Markimdb: 6.3
PlotReligious, Adoption
StyleSoulful, By books, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Beautiful Katie Lapp has always felt something missing in her simple Amish existence -- until a mysterious "Englisher" comes to Lancaster County looking for the baby girl she gave up for adoption 19 years ago.

Lovelace (2013)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, biography
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Death, Adoption
StyleSoulful, By books, Fascinating, Explicit scenes, Serious

Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.

Ema (2019)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, music
PlotDancing, Music, Adoption
StyleTouching, Serious

A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.

It's in the Blood (2012)
Markimdb: 4.5
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
PlotSurvival, Supernatural, Pursuit, Ghosts, Adoption
StyleDepressive, Serious, Disturbing

One year after a tragic incident tore their family apart, a grieving son and his estranged father embark on a journey into the wild to reconcile their past. When a horrifying accident leaves Russell badly injured, and strands them in the wild, it is up to October to save them both. However, this wilderness is not what it seems, and as they deteriorate, so to does their concept of reality.

What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CharactersFamily, Pregnant, Photographers, Parents
StyleRomantic, Light, To cry, Cute, By books

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 father, who's expecting twins with his young trophy wife; a photographer's husband isn't sure about his wife's adoption plans; a one-time hook-up results in a surprise pregnancy for rival food-truck owners.

Wuthering Heights (2011)
Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotLife, Obsession, True love, Family life, Adoption
Time19th century
StyleRomantic, By books, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Serious

A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. Based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte.

Bahubali: The Beginning (2015)
CharactersKings, Soldier, Elephants, Warriors, Foster children
PlotWar, The escape, Death, Weapon, Adoption
StyleEpic, Beautiful landscapes

The young Shivudu is left as a foundling in a small village by his mother. By the time he’s grown up, it has become apparent that he possesses exceptional gifts. He meets the beautiful warrior/princess Avanthika and learns that her queen has been held captive for the last 25 years. Shividu sets off to rescue her, discovering his own origins in the process.

Mama (2013)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy
CountryCanada, Spain
PlotSupernatural, Life after death, Mystery, Ghosts, Adoption
StyleAction, Tense, Creepy, Gothic, Serious

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.

Paddington (2014)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantasy, comedy, family
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA, China, Canada
CharactersAnimals, Bears, Family, Losers
PlotAdventure, Life, Friendship, Family life, Adoption
PlaceJungle, England, London
StyleExciting, Cute, By books, Touching, For a cozy evening

After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed "Paddington" for the london train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry and Mary Brown. Although Paddington's amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: Taxidermist Millicent Clyde has designs on the rare bear and his hide.