Adoption & Orphans

by holyspacemonkey | created - 28 Apr 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

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2. Oliver Twist (1910)

Short, Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: Camille de Morlhon | Stars: Jean Périer, Louis Baron fils, Madeleine Guitty, Renée Pré

3. Oliver Twist (I) (1912)

Drama

An orphan in early 19th century England escapes the poorhouse only to fall among a gang of pickpockets in London.

Stars: Nat C. Goodwin, Vinnie Burns, Charley Rogers, Mortimer Martine

Votes: 18

4. Oliver Twist (II) (1912)

Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: Thomas Bentley | Stars: Ivy Millais, John McMahon, Harry Royston, Alma Taylor

Votes: 10

5. Oliver Twist (1916)

50 min | Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: James Young | Stars: Marie Doro, Edythe Chapman, Tully Marshall, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 16

6. A Kentucky Cinderella (1917)

50 min | Drama

After the death of her father, a young girl goes to live with her uncle in Kentucky. She immediately comes into conflict with her uncle's shrewish wife.

Director: Rupert Julian | Stars: Rupert Julian, Ruth Clifford, Harry Carter, Aurora Pratt

7. Bachelor Mother (1939)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

An unemployed woman discovers an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage, and accepts an offer to take responsibility for the child in return for a job.

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn, Frank Albertson

Votes: 3,338

8. These Wilder Years (1956)

Approved | 91 min | Drama

A middle-aged man tries to reconnect with his illegitimate son, who was given to an orphanage many years ago.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: James Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Pidgeon, Betty Lou Keim

Votes: 831

9. Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

Approved | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

After losing her young son, Edna Gladney opposes the unfair laws discriminating against children whose parents are unknown, and opens an orphanage for those children.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart, Marsha Hunt

Votes: 1,582

10. Room for One More (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy

A fairly well-to-do family takes in two troubled orphans.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Lurene Tuttle, Randy Stuart

Votes: 1,754

11. The Unforgiven (1960)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiowa tribe.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, John Saxon

Votes: 6,686

12. Mother and Child (2009)

R | 125 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A drama centered around three women: A fifty-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption thirty-five years ago, and a woman looking to adopt a child of her own.

Director: Rodrigo García | Stars: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Alexandria M. Salling

Votes: 11,085 | Gross: $1.11M

13. A Mother's Prayer (1995 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama

Rosemary Holmstrom is struggling to bring up her son following the death of her husband. When she is diagnosed with AIDS, at first she refuses to believe it, but soon turns her attentions ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Linda Hamilton, Noah Fleiss, Bruce Dern, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 292

14. A Place for Annie (1994 TV Movie)

PG | 99 min | Drama

A doctor fights for custody of her HIV positive foster daughter with her inept, junkie mother. Finally they come to an agreement that they should all live together.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Mary-Louise Parker, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jack Noseworthy

Votes: 447

15. Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 5,128

16. Little Orphan Annie (1938)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Sport

Annie (Ann Gillis), an orphan, (based on Harold Gray's comic strip but who is at no point in the film called 'Little Orphan Annie), is befriended by a fight manager, 'Pop' Corrigan (J. ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Holmes | Stars: Ann Gillis, Robert Kent, June Travis, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 25

17. You Can't Buy Luck (1937)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Wealthy and superstitious race-horse owner Joe Baldwin practices philanthropy because he believes his charity donations bring luck to his ponies. One object of his bounty is gold-digger ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Onslow Stevens, Helen Mack, Vinton Hayworth, Maxine Jennings

Votes: 49

18. Captain January (1924)

64 min | Drama

A lighthouse keeper finds a little girl who is washed ashore tied to some wreckage. He adopts her and they become inseparable. Eventually her real family finds her and tries to take her away.

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Hobart Bosworth, Baby Peggy, Irene Rich, Lincoln Stedman

Votes: 192

19. Adam and Evalyn (1949)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Romance

When a friend dies, a gambler adopts his daughter. Complications ensue.

Director: Harold French | Stars: Stewart Granger, Jean Simmons, Edwin Styles, Raymond Young

Votes: 420

20. Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

R | 103 min | Drama, War

72 Metascore

Journalist Floyd from the U.S., Michael Henderson from the U.K., and their teams meet at the beginning of the Bosnian war in Sarajevo. During their reports, they find an orphanage run by ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Stephen Dillane, Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Emira Nusevic

Votes: 6,606 | Gross: $0.34M

21. Millions (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Ethics, being human and the soul come to the fore when a 7-year old finds a bag of Pounds just days before the currency is switched to Euros and learns what we are really made of.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Alex Etel, James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan, Lewis McGibbon

Votes: 23,821 | Gross: $6.58M

22. Here Comes the Groom (1951)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Foreign correspondent Pete Garvey has 5 days to win back his former fiancée, or he'll lose the orphans he adopted.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, Franchot Tone

Votes: 926

23. A Child Is Waiting (1963)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

Psychologist Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of the Crawthorne State Training Institute, one of the first boarding schools for developmentally challenged children. Dr. Clark is sympathetic ... See full summary »

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Gena Rowlands, Steven Hill

Votes: 2,297

24. Journey for Margaret (1942)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, War

1940. For the better part of the war thus far, New York news correspondent John Davis and his wife Nora Davis have been in the hot spots of western Europe, including Rotterdam and much of ... See full summary »

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Herbert Kline | Stars: Robert Young, Laraine Day, Fay Bainter, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 689

25. The Judge Steps Out (1948)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

A Boston judge bored with his life leaves his family and heads off for adventure. He gets a job as a short-order cook at a roadside diner and soon finds romance with the pretty owner. He ... See full summary »

Director: Boris Ingster | Stars: Alexander Knox, Ann Sothern, George Tobias, Sharyn Moffett

Votes: 257

26. The Judge Steps Out (1948)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

A Boston judge bored with his life leaves his family and heads off for adventure. He gets a job as a short-order cook at a roadside diner and soon finds romance with the pretty owner. He ... See full summary »

Director: Boris Ingster | Stars: Alexander Knox, Ann Sothern, George Tobias, Sharyn Moffett

Votes: 257

27. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)
Episode: Polly (1989)

Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

An orphan tries to use gladness to unite the people in a small southern town.

Director: Debbie Allen | Stars: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Phylicia Rashad, Dorian Harewood, Barbara Montgomery

Votes: 510

28. Pollyanna (1960)

Approved | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A young girl comes to an embittered town and confronts its attitude with her determination to see the best in life.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Jane Wyman, Hayley Mills, Richard Egan, Karl Malden

Votes: 8,226

29. The Chalk Garden (1964)

106 min | Drama, Mystery

A grandmother (Edith Evans) seeks a governess for her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Laurel (Hayley Mills), who manages to drive away every one so far by exposing their past, with a record... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills, John Mills, Edith Evans

Votes: 1,517

30. A Child Is Born (1939)

Approved | 79 min | Drama

A maternity ward, staffed by sympathetic nurses, serves mothers-to-be from all walks of life. These include a happy mother of a large family; a secretly-married teenager who thinks their ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jeffrey Lynn, Gladys George, Gale Page

Votes: 144 | Gross: $0.04M

31. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Ethics (1992)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

After an accident that leaves him no longer able to walk, Worf asks Riker to help him commit suicide.

Director: Chip Chalmers | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,721

32. Three Stripes in the Sun (1955)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance, War

Army Master Sergeant Hugh O'Reilly is stationed in Japan after World War II. He hates the Japanese. He meets a pretty young Japanese woman, an interpreter for the Army, and through her ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Murphy | Stars: Aldo Ray, Philip Carey, Dick York, Chuck Connors

Votes: 99

33. The Truth About Youth (1930)

Passed | 69 min | Drama, Romance

Richard Carewe has raised his deceased friend's son from childhood with the help of his housekeeper and her beautiful daughter, Phyllis. He arranges a marriage between Phyllis and the boy, ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Loretta Young, Conway Tearle, David Manners, Myrna Loy

Votes: 216

34. Everything's Rosie (1931)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Romance

A carnival huckster and his 17-year-old foster daughter try to be accepted by the townspeople when she and a handsome lad fall in love.

Director: Clyde Bruckman | Stars: Robert Woolsey, Anita Louise, John Darrow, Florence Roberts

Votes: 97

35. Torch Singer (1933)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

When she can't support her illegitimate child, an abandoned young woman puts her up for adoption and pursues a career as a torch singer.

Directors: Alexander Hall, George Somnes | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, David Manners, Lyda Roberti

Votes: 513

36. A Woman Rebels (1936)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, History, Romance

The story revolves around Pamela, as a woman in late-1800's England who has no intention of marriage and wishes to be her own person. After a great deal of difficulty in finding a job, she ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Herbert Marshall, Elizabeth Allan, Donald Crisp

Votes: 573

37. Life as We Know It (2010)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

Two single adults become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.

Director: Greg Berlanti | Stars: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Alexis Clagett

Votes: 114,861 | Gross: $53.37M

38. Lili (1953)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Votes: 3,011

39. Anthony Adverse (1936)

Passed | 141 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In 18th-century Italy, an orphan's debt to the man who raised him threatens to separate him forever from the woman he loves.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Michael Curtiz | Stars: Fredric March, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Woods, Anita Louise

Votes: 1,491

40. Mother of Mine (1926)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

A sincere working-class 13-year old in France is adopted by a well-meaning philanthropic millionairess from America -- who promises his doting mother that the boy will have the finest education -- but things are not so simple.

Director: Jacques Feyder | Stars: Jean Forest, Rolla Norman, Françoise Rosay, Cécile Guyon

Votes: 206

41. Little Men (1940)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer operate the Plumfield School for poor boys. When Dan, a tough street kid, comes to the school, he wins Jo's heart despite his hard edge, and she ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Kay Francis, Jack Oakie, George Bancroft, Jimmy Lydon

Votes: 271

42. The Torch (1950)

Passed | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A revolutionary and his band take over a small Mexican town. The townspeople begin to take sides over whether to fight him, join forces with him or just try to get along with him.

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Paulette Goddard, Pedro Armendáriz, Gilbert Roland, Walter Reed

Votes: 135

43. A Hatful of Rain (1957)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

A Korean War veteran's morphine addiction wreaks havoc upon his family.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Don Murray, Eva Marie Saint, Anthony Franciosa, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 997

44. Smilin' Through (1941)

Passed | 100 min | Musical, War, Fantasy

John Carteret has long been depressed and lonely, because, at his wedding years ago, his bride, Moonyean, was murdered. He accepts into his house Kathleen, the 5 year old orphaned niece of ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond, Ian Hunter

Votes: 299

45. Rockabye (1932)

Passed | 68 min | Drama, Romance

Actress Judy Carroll, from the gas-house district has been trained, educated and developed so well by her manager, that not even the publicity-seeking world of the theater has guessed her ... See full summary »

Directors: George Cukor, George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea, Paul Lukas, Jobyna Howland

Votes: 310

46. Forty Little Mothers (1940)

Approved | 90 min | Drama

An out-of-work professor gets a break from an old college buddy to teach at an exclusive girl's school. But events conspire against him: he finds an abandoned child which he takes under his... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Eddie Cantor, Judith Anderson, Ralph Morgan, Rita Johnson

Votes: 220

47. The Return of Peter Grimm (1935)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The ghost of a recently deceased family patriarch tries to help his surviving relatives, in part by preventing a marriage that he knows will go wrong.

Directors: George Nichols Jr., Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Helen Mack, Edward Ellis, Donald Meek

Votes: 188

48. The Return of Peter Grimm (1926)

70 min | Fantasy

The fondest wish of Peter Grimm, elderly patriarch of a famous tulip growing family, is that his ward Kate will marry his nephew and primary