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1. Gosford Park (2001)

R | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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90 Metascore

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 74,055 | Gross: $41.31M

2. Switched at Birth (2011–2017)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.8
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Two teenage girls' lives are turned upside down when they find out they were switched at birth.

Stars: Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Constance Marie, D.W. Moffett

Votes: 21,713

3. August Rush (2007)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Music

7.5
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38 Metascore

An orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift to try to find his birth parents.

Director: Kirsten Sheridan | Stars: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard

Votes: 99,311 | Gross: $31.66M

4. Life Unexpected (2010–2011)

60 min | Drama

7.6
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After 15 years in foster homes, Lux decides to get emancipated, which leads to her meeting her birth parents.

Stars: Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha, Britt Robertson, Kerr Smith

Votes: 13,241

5. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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65 Metascore

A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 87,523 | Gross: $2.04M

6. My Girl 2 (1994)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.2
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Vada Sultenfuss must go to LA to stay with her Uncle Phil to do some research on her mother's life, but finds much more...

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Anna Chlumsky, Austin O'Brien

Votes: 17,174 | Gross: $17.36M

7. Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.1
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59 Metascore

When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mira Sorvino, Pamela Blair, Rene Ceballos

Votes: 35,869 | Gross: $6.70M

8. Secrets & Lies (1996)

R | 136 min | Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is an underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Claire Rushbrook

Votes: 33,900 | Gross: $13.42M

9. Admission (2013)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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48 Metascore

A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff, Gloria Reuben

Votes: 31,947 | Gross: $18.00M

10. Wilson (I) (2017)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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49 Metascore

A lonely, neurotic, and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife, and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.

Director: Craig Johnson | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Sandra Lee-Oian Thomas, Shaun J. Brown, James Robert Miller

Votes: 9,044 | Gross: $0.65M

11. Happy Endings (2005)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.4
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57 Metascore

Happy Endings weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictability of life itself.

Director: Don Roos | Stars: Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jesse Bradford

Votes: 8,690 | Gross: $1.31M

12. Lace (1984)

240 min | Drama

7.0
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A young actress, thought to be easy and have no morals, gathers three former school chums to find out which is her mother. Much of the movie takes place in flashback and the identity of her... See full summary »

Stars: Bess Armstrong, Brooke Adams, Arielle Dombasle, Phoebe Cates

Votes: 1,134

13. Mother and Child (2009)

R | 125 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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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: 11,018 | Gross: $1.11M

14. Firelight (1997)

R | 103 min | Romance, Drama

7.3
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In 1838, lovely governess Elisabeth agrees to bear a child of anonymous English landowner, and he will in return pay her father's debt. At birth she, as agreed, gives up the child. Seven ... See full summary »

Director: William Nicholson | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane, Dominique Belcourt, Kevin Anderson

Votes: 3,861 | Gross: $0.78M

15. Irresistible (2006)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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A wife and mother is consumed by the thought that her husband's co-worker is trying to win him away from her and their family.

Director: Ann Turner | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Emily Blunt, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 5,503

16. October Baby (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama

6.8
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32 Metascore

A college freshman's world is rocked when she learns she is the adopted survivor of a failed abortion.

Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin | Stars: Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey, John Schneider, Jasmine Guy

Votes: 6,929 | Gross: $5.36M

17. Daughter of Mine (2018)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

6.2
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74 Metascore

A daughter torn between two mothers, one who raised her with love and her biological mother, who instinctively claims her back.

Director: Laura Bispuri | Stars: Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, Sara Casu, Udo Kier

Votes: 672 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Then She Found Me (2007)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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56 Metascore

39-year-old April Epner's childish husband and school teacher colleague Benjamin/Ben leaves her, but with her biological clock ticking ever more loudly. Her dying bossy adoptive mother is ... See full summary »

Director: Helen Hunt | Stars: Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick

Votes: 9,319 | Gross: $3.74M

19. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Drama, War

8.5
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A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her real mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan, Nandita Das

Votes: 6,388

20. A Family Thing (1996)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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71 Metascore

Earl Pilcher, Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Michael Beach, Irma P. Hall

Votes: 3,033 | Gross: $10.12M

21. A Sort of Family (2017)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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A woman flies from Buenos Aires to be present for the birth of the child she has arranged to adopt. When the child is born, she is confronted with a demand from the biological mother's ... See full summary »

Director: Diego Lerman | Stars: Bárbara Lennie, Daniel Aráoz, Claudio Tolcachir, Yanina Ávila

Votes: 427

22. Dil Kya Kare (1999)

158 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

5.2
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Anand Kishore (Ajay Devgan), his wife, Kavita (Mahima Chaudhary), and only child, a daughter, Neha (Akshita Garud), live a happy and serene life in Delhi, India. The peace and quiet of this... See full summary »

Director: Prakash Jha | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Mahima Chaudhry, Kajol, Chandrachur Singh

Votes: 973

23. High Tide (1987)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama

7.2
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Story about a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator who re-enters her past when she leaves a tour in a small town and finds her daughter in a mobile home park.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Judy Davis, Jan Adele, Claudia Karvan, Colin Friels

Votes: 721 | Gross: $0.14M

24. Too Close to Our Son (I) (2015)

103 min | Drama

6.3
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A tale of a couple of magistrates, a female judge and her husband advocate who are foster parents of a young teen whose the biological mother is in feud with the female judge, and in the same time begins an affair with the advocate.

Director: Yves Angelo | Stars: Sylvie Testud, Grégory Gadebois, Mathilde Bisson, Zacharie Chasseriaud

Votes: 153

25. Pretty Hattie's Baby (1991)

Biography, Drama

7.1
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An unreleased film about a white girl adopted by a black family in 1950s Nevada. Based on the early life of Fauna Hodel whose grandfather is prime suspect in the Black Dahlia murder case.

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Charles S. Dutton, Jill Clayburgh, Bobby Hosea

Votes: 18

26. Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers (2011– )

Animation, Drama, Fantasy

6.6
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A serious motion comic drama about Loki, who becomes the ruler of Asgard after a successful coup, only to realize that even gods must deal with hard political choices. But does anything matter if even fate itself is against you?

Stars: David Blair, Daniel Thorn, Robin Goldsmith, Jennifer Spriggs

Votes: 716

27. Pleasant Days (2002)

99 min | Drama

5.5
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Peter returned from prison in his native city, in the hope that it will begin happy days. With surprise he learns that his sister became a foster mother to the newborn boy, but a real ... See full summary »

Director: Kornél Mundruczó | Stars: Tamás Polgár, Orsolya Tóth, Kata Wéber, Lajos Ottó Horváth

Votes: 548

28. Rain (2006)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

5.8
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A musical prodigy comes to grips with her true past and real identity. Raised by an African American family, she learns that she is actually the daughter of a white socialite who had paid her step-family to raise her as their own.

Director: Craig DiBona | Stars: Brooklyn Sudano, Robert Loggia, Faye Dunaway, Khandi Alexander

Votes: 323

29. Sioux City (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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A young Lakota Sioux, adopted by a wealthy Jewish couple in Beverly Hills, gets in touch with his cultural roots and solves a mystery in this thriller. Because of his upbringing, Jesse ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Diamond Phillips | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Melinda Dillon, Lise Cutter

Votes: 313

30. The Devil and the Ten Commandments (1962)

126 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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1) Jerôme Chambard, a retired man, taken in by nuns in a convent, swears like a trooper. 2) Françoise takes a lover because he has promised her a diamond necklace. 3) Denis, a seminarist, ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Michel Simon, Lucien Baroux, Claude Nollier, Françoise Arnoul

Votes: 648

31. Fathers (I) (2016)

TV-G | 96 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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'LOVE' starts with two people, but 'FAMILY' is more than just the two.

Director: Palatpol Mingpornpichit | Stars: Asda Panichkul, Arituch Pipattangkul, Sinjai Plengpanich, Nat Sakdatorn

Votes: 131

32. Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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46 Metascore

Dwayne and his older sister Mai are adults: Mai is married to Vinh, Dwayne is about to propose to Nina. Twenty-two years ago, when Mai was 10, she and Dwayne were refugees in Vietnam, ... See full summary »

Director: Chi Muoi Lo | Stars: Chi Muoi Lo, Sanaa Lathan, Paul Winfield, Mary Alice

Votes: 433 | Gross: $1.32M

33. Our Very Own (1950)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Gail discovers the shocking news that she is adopted during a heated argument with her sister, Joan. With the reluctant support of her adoptive parents and baby sister, Penny, Gail goes in ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Stars: Ann Blyth, Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Jane Wyatt

Votes: 445

34. Mary Christmas (2002 TV Movie)

G | 100 min | Drama, Family

6.4
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When a nine year old girl writes a letter to Santa Claus asking for a mommy, a television station news director gets wind of it and assigns a hard-bitten reporter to get the story. With the... See full summary »

Director: John Schneider | Stars: Cynthia Gibb, John Schneider, Jenna Boyd, Renee Ridgeley

Votes: 319

35. The Abortion (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

3.6
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Eda was a dance student attending an academy. When she was a student, she got pregnant from her lover Cihan who is already married and has a child. When she realized this, she learned that ... See full summary »

Director: Biray Dalkiran | Stars: Akasya Asiltürkmen, Murat Yildirim, Kubilay Tunçer, Yasin Serif Tulun

Votes: 4,047

36. Prodigal Sons (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.1
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74 Metascore

Filmmaker Kimberly Reed returns home for her high school reunion, ready to reintroduce herself to the small town as a transgender woman and hoping for reconciliation with her long estranged... See full summary »

Director: Kimberly Reed | Stars: Kimberly Reed, Carol McKerrow, Marc McKerrow, Claire Jones

Votes: 631 | Gross: $0.07M

37. Running Home (1999)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.9
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Thanks to a tip from teenager Matt, who survives on the streets as a graffiti artist, policeman Ray is able to arrest Sergei, a diamond smuggler. In return, Matt gets Jules Daniels's file, his biological mother.

Director: Marc F. Voizard | Stars: Kristian Ayre, Claudia Christian, Andreas Apergis, Caroline Dhavernas

Votes: 168

38. 2 to Tangle (2013)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

5.9
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Jessica's true love, Tom, starts appearing to her after his death. Terrified and confused, Jess seeks out an explanation for these haunting attacks and discovers that the key to her ... See full summary »

Director: Caleb Johnson | Stars: Emily Anderson, Blake Applegate, Heather Applegate, Phillip Applegate

Votes: 50

39. Murder in Martigues (2016 TV Movie)

89 min | Crime

6.2
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Elisabeth Richard, a district attorney, and Paul Jansac, a police officer are in charge of the investigation of the death of Pierre Saint-Florent whose corpse was found in a beach near Martigues.

Director: Claude-Michel Rome | Stars: Florence Pernel, Vincent Winterhalter, Florence Coste, Bernard Crombey

Votes: 39

40. Bombay Dreams (2004)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

4.8
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The teenager Ebba, has no idea who her real mother is, or where she is. In India, she and her friend Camilla go on a search for Ebba's mother.

Director: Lena Koppel | Stars: Gayathri Mudigonda, Nadine Kirschon, Sissela Kyle, Peter Dalle

Votes: 607

41. Urban Family (2015)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.0
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Selja is in her thirties and lives in a shared flat with her friends. One day a boy appears at her door; a boy she gave up for adoption sixteen years earlier. Selja has a chance to get to ... See full summary »

Director: Oskari Sipola | Stars: Maria Ylipää, Johannes Brotherus, Riku Nieminen, Anu Sinisalo

Votes: 159

42. Daughter from Danang (2002)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, War

7.5
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77 Metascore

Separated at the end of the Vietnam war, an "Americanized" woman and her Vietnamese mother are reunited after 22 years.

Directors: Gail Dolgin, Vicente Franco | Stars: Mai Thi Kim, Heidi Neville-Bub, Gerald Ford, Tom Miller

Votes: 545

43. Mi prima ciela (2007– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

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Three teenage cousins, who share a particularly strong bond, try to accomplish their dreams. This is a "coming of age" story about unconditional love and about making every day count, when your days may be counted.

Stars: Mauricio Gomez Amoretti, Mayra Africano, Daniel Alvarado, Ana Gabriela Barboza

Votes: 39

44. La voleuse (1966)

88 min | Drama

6.7
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Much to the detriment of his foster dad a middle class woman tries to reclaim her six years old boy she abandoned at birth.

Director: Jean Chapot | Stars: Romy Schneider, Michel Piccoli, Hans Christian Blech, Sonja Schwarz

Votes: 96

45. Les bêtises (2015)

79 min | Comedy

5.6
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Thirty-year-old François, dreamy and awkward, is an adopted child. In order to meet his biological mother, he sneaks into a party organized at her home, pretending to be a waiter. He then ... See full summary »

Directors: Alice Philippon, Rose Philippon | Stars: Jérémie Elkaïm, Sara Giraudeau, Jonathan Lambert, Anne Alvaro

Votes: 271

46. My Monster Mom (2008)

98 min | Comedy

4.5
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Single-mom Esme gives her daughter for adoption to her elder brother who immediately goes to America. Twenty-seven years later, daughter Abby goes back to the Philippines to meet her real ... See full summary »

Director: Jose Javier Reyes | Stars: Rhian Ramos, Cherrie Madrigal, Richard Gutierrez, Ces Aldaba

Votes: 26

47. Off and Running (2009)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

6.4
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68 Metascore

With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers - one mixed-race and one Korean-Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about ... See full summary »

Director: Nicole Opper

Votes: 112 | Gross: $0.02M

48. Sunshine (II) (2009)

72 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.4
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It all starts with getting knocked up. An unplanned pregnancy for an unplanned girl sets off SUNSHINE, a playful, yet ultimately stirring self-portrait of an adopted woman driven to search ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Skloss | Stars: Stephen Beck Fey, Tessa Beck Fey, Karen Skloss

Votes: 11

49. The Shame (2009)

90 min | Drama

7.1
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A young married couple, not knowing how to deal with their new adopted son's behavior, decides to give him back.

Director: David Planell | Stars: Natalia Mateo, Alberto San Juan, Marta Aledo, Norma Martínez

Votes: 263

50. Fruit Fly (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Musical

5.7
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Filipina performance artist Bethesda moves into an art commune to search for her long missing biological mother. Along the way, she comes to realize that she just might be a fairy princess, fag hag, fruit fly.

Director: H.P. Mendoza | Stars: L.A. Renigen, Mike Curtis, Theresa Navarro, Aaron Zaragoza

Votes: 170



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