Most Popular Custody Battle Movies and TV Shows

 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Movies or TV
  • Genres
  • Keywords
  • IMDb Rating
  • Instant Watch Options
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year











































































































IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »







Reset



Reset
Release year or range to »

1. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
53 Metascore

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein

Votes: 225,770 | Gross: $219.20M

2. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
76 Metascore

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 372,229 | Gross: $130.16M

3. Gifted (2017)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
60 Metascore

Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer

Votes: 86,558 | Gross: $24.80M

4. The Squid and the Whale (2005)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
82 Metascore

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 70,446 | Gross: $7.36M

5. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

PG | 105 min | Drama

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
77 Metascore

Ted Kramer's wife leaves him, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Votes: 120,967 | Gross: $106.26M

6. I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
28 Metascore

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 137,332 | Gross: $40.31M

7. Kidnap (2017)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
44 Metascore

A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

Director: Luis Prieto | Stars: Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple

Votes: 30,086 | Gross: $30.72M

8. Thunder Road (2018)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
79 Metascore

A police officer faces a personal meltdown following a divorce and the death of his mother.

Director: Jim Cummings | Stars: Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer

Votes: 9,646

9. Over the Top (1987)

PG | 93 min | Action, Drama, Sport

5.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
40 Metascore

Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to win back his son and triumph at the world arm wrestling championships.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Robert Loggia, Susan Blakely, Rick Zumwalt

Votes: 46,911 | Gross: $16.06M

10. Guiding Light (1952–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield and centers on the middle class Bauer family.

Stars: Kim Zimmer, Beth Chamberlin, Maureen Garrett, Robert Newman

Votes: 1,374

11. Dark Water (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
52 Metascore

A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ariel Gade, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth

Votes: 57,719 | Gross: $25.47M

12. Daddy's Little Girls (2007)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Romance

5.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
49 Metascore

A mechanic falls in love with his attorney.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 6,719 | Gross: $31.34M

13. Wildcats (1986)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Sport

6.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A rookie high school football coach has a harder time than she expected trying to whip her tough inner city team into shape.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Swoosie Kurtz, Robyn Lively, Brandy Gold

Votes: 11,221 | Gross: $26.29M

14. Immortal Beloved (1994)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege

Votes: 21,961 | Gross: $9.91M

15. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 28,277

16. Custody (2017)

93 min | Drama

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
83 Metascore

A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the centre.

Director: Xavier Legrand | Stars: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux

Votes: 6,610 | Gross: $0.08M

17. What Maisie Knew (2012)

R | 99 min | Drama

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
74 Metascore

In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel | Stars: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan, Joanna Vanderham

Votes: 25,787 | Gross: $1.07M

18. O.J.: Made in America (2016)

TV-MA | 467 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.

Director: Ezra Edelman | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Albanese, Muhammad Ali, Marcus Allen

Votes: 15,432

19. The Red Pill (2016)

TV-14 | 108 min | Documentary

8.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The Red Pill chronicles filmmaker Cassie Jaye's journey following the mysterious and polarizing Men's Rights Movement. The Red Pill explores today's gender war and asks the question "what is the future of gender equality?"

Director: Cassie Jaye | Stars: Cassie Jaye, Paul Elam, Attila Vinczer, Dean Esmay

Votes: 9,121

20. Black or White (2014)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama

6.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
45 Metascore

A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.

Director: Mike Binder | Stars: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Gillian Jacobs, Anthony Mackie

Votes: 10,841 | Gross: $21.57M

21. Bless the Child (2000)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
17 Metascore

Cody, a little girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her aunt, a nurse, is kidnapped. The girl's guardian, aided by an F.B.I. agent, learn that Cody has supernatural abilities, and the abductees are a Satanic cult willing to do anything to gain them.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Rufus Sewell, Holliston Coleman

Votes: 13,415 | Gross: $29.37M

22. Losing Isaiah (1995)

R | 111 min | Drama

6.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The natural and adoptive mothers of a young boy are involved in a bitter, controversial custody battle.

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal | Stars: Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, David Strathairn, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 5,189 | Gross: $7.60M

23. Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier (1989 TV Movie)

95 min | Action, Drama

6.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Pilot for the cult 90s show 'Baywatch' about a team of L.A. county lifeguards led by heroic Mitch Buchannon. Jill trains rookies. Craig is stalked by a teen girl he saved. Aussie troublemaker joins the team. Mitch's kid needs rescuing.

Director: Richard Compton | Stars: David Hasselhoff, Parker Stevenson, Shawn Weatherly, Billy Warlock

Votes: 461

24. The Christmas Secret (2014 TV Movie)

TV-G | 120 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While her life is falling apart, single mom Christine finds a magical family heirloom that leads to love and good fortune during Christmas.

Director: Norma Bailey | Stars: Bethany Joy Lenz, John Reardon, Susan Hogan, Michael Hogan

Votes: 2,236

25. The Next Best Thing (2000)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
25 Metascore

Abbie, tired of failed relationships, has a one-night-stand with her gay friend; they agree to raise the resulting baby together.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Madonna, Rupert Everett, Benjamin Bratt, Illeana Douglas

Votes: 10,398 | Gross: $14.99M

26. Gracie's Choice (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A teenage girl tries to raise her three half-brothers and one half-sister on her own after their drug-addicted mother is sent to jail.

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Kristen Bell, Diane Ladd, Shedrack Anderson III, Anne Heche

Votes: 2,932

27. The Monster of Mangatiti (2015 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Heather Walsh tells her story of the time she was an emotional prisoner of Bill Cornelius at his remote farm.

Directors: Riccardo Pellizzeri, Philly de Lacey | Stars: Greta Gregory, Mark Mitchinson, Flynn Allan, Mark Warren

Votes: 741

28. The Last Woman (1976)

X | 112 min | Drama

6.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Gerard and his 9-month-old son have been left by his wife for feminist reasons. The custody of his son is being threatened by his next romance.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Michel Piccoli, Renato Salvatori

Votes: 974

29. In a Child's Name (1991)

Not Rated | 192 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A true story about a woman who fights her brother-in-law's parents for custody of her deceased sister's baby upon learning that her brother-in-law murdered her sister.

Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Michael Ontkean, Timothy Carhart, David Huddleston

Votes: 501

30. The Good Mother (1988)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A divorced mother may lose custody of her young daughter to her ex-husband after he learns that the little girl crawled into bed with the mother and her boyfriend.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: Diane Keaton, Liam Neeson, Jason Robards, Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 1,428 | Gross: $4.76M

31. House Shark (2017)

111 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When he finds a shark that can travel on land residing in his home, an ex-cop enlists the help of a grizzled former real estate agent, and an eccentric "house shark" expert to kill the beast.

Director: Ron Bonk | Stars: Collin Dean, Aiden Tetro, Nathan Bonk, Trey Harrison

Votes: 521

32. Avvai Shanmugi (1996)

161 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A comedy drama where a man disguises as a maid to be with his daughter after his wife files for divorce.

Director: K.S. Ravikumar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Meena, Gemini Ganesan, Nassar

Votes: 1,790

33. It Started in Naples (1960)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged "black sheep" brother. Once there, he discovers that the deceased has left an eight-year old... See full summary »

Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Clark Gable, Sophia Loren, Vittorio De Sica, Marietto

Votes: 2,146

34. Bright Eyes (1934)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell, Judith Allen

Votes: 1,895

35. The Good Father (1985)

R | 90 min | Drama

6.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Bill (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is a man who's very bitter about his divorce and losing custody of his son. So, when one of his friends is being sued for divorce by his wife, so that she can ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Frances Viner

Votes: 452 | Gross: $0.42M

36. Switched at Birth (1991)

PG | 176 min | Drama

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This is the story of the two babies who were switched at birth. A few years later when one of the girls gets sick, tests reveal that she was not the daughter of the couple who raised her. ... See full summary »

Stars: Bonnie Bedelia, Brian Kerwin, John M. Jackson, Eve Gordon

Votes: 636

37. Portrait of a Stripper (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

5.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The touching portrayal of a young mother (and dance student) who travels to California after the death of her husband. In order to pay the bills she takes up burlesque dancing. To her ... See full summary »

Director: John A. Alonzo | Stars: Lesley Ann Warren, Edward Herrmann, Vic Tayback, Allan Miller

Votes: 76

38. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

148 min | Musical, Romance

8.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Suresh Sinha, a famous director, discovers star potential in Shanti, a woman he stumbled into one rainy evening, and casts her as the lead in a film. In a twist of fate, Shanti becomes a superstar and Suresh faces a decline in his career.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Kumari Naaz, Johnny Walker

Votes: 1,803

39. The Blue Veil (1951)

113 min | Drama

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Louise Mason is a young widow who fills her empty life with the task of becoming a children's nurse. As the years pass, and the widow tries to find her own place in life, her young charges,... See full summary »

Directors: Curtis Bernhardt, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Jane Wyman, Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell, Richard Carlson

Votes: 307

40. When Innocence Is Lost (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

6.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When Erica French opts to keep the baby she conceived in high school, she never dreamed that one day she would be fighting for custody against the child's father, Scott Stone. Scott Stone ... See full summary »

Director: Bethany Rooney | Stars: Keri Russell, Roberta Maxwell, Vince Corazza, Charlotte Sullivan

Votes: 299

41. Lucan (2013)

63 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A two-part drama about infamous aristocrat Lord Lucan, who mysteriously disappeared in 1974 after being accused of murdering his children's nanny.

Stars: Rory Kinnear, Catherine McCormack, Christopher Eccleston, Alistair Petrie

Votes: 352

42. Heaven (1998)

R | 103 min | Crime, Thriller

6.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A divorced architect, fighting for custody of his son and battling addictions to alcohol and gambling, works off his debt to a sleazy strip club owner. There he meets a transsexual dancer ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Reynolds | Stars: Martin Donovan, Daniel Edwards, Richard Schiff, Joanna Going

Votes: 779 | Gross: $0.00M

43. Hollow Reed (1996)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Following the break-up of his marriage after revealing his homosexuality, GP Martin Wyatt loses custody of his son Oliver to his now ex-wife Hannah and her new partner Frank. It is not long... See full summary »

Director: Angela Pope | Stars: Sam Bould, Martin Donovan, Ian Hart, Joely Richardson

Votes: 1,005 | Gross: $0.06M

44. Bear Cub (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
63 Metascore

Pedro, a gay man with an active social life and big circle of friends, takes in his nephew Bernardo for a couple weeks. When it appears as though it might become a permanent arrangement, ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Albaladejo | Stars: José Luis García Pérez, David Castillo, Empar Ferrer, Elvira Lindo

Votes: 3,441 | Gross: $0.10M

45. Nickel Mountain (1984)

88 min | Drama

5.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Henry Soames owns a rural diner, and has befriended Willard Freud and Callie Wells. One day Willard and Callie get the news that Callie is pregnant, and Willard splits. Henry takes in ... See full summary »

Director: Drew Denbaum | Stars: Michael Cole, Heather Langenkamp, Patrick Cassidy, Brian Kerwin

Votes: 107

46. I'm Alone, You're Alone (1995)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An estranged couple battle for the custody of their only son.

Director: Mansoor Khan | Stars: Aamir Khan, Manisha Koirala, Master Adil, Deven Verma

Votes: 4,261

47. One Potato, Two Potato (1964)

83 min | Drama

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Study of interracial marriage in the 1960's. A white divorcée falls in love with and marries an African-American man. When her ex-husband sues for custody of her child, arguing that a mixed... See full summary »

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Barbara Barrie, Bernie Hamilton, Richard Mulligan, Harry Bellaver

Votes: 559

48. Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)

PG | 110 min | Drama

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lila and Uncle George. When he's six or eight, his posh Aunt Vanessa descends from England. Named a co-guardian by PS's feckless,... See full summary »

Director: Carl Schultz | Stars: Wendy Hughes, Robyn Nevin, Nicholas Gledhill, John Hargreaves

Votes: 654

49. Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982)

180 min | Biography, Drama

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story deals with Gloria Vanderbilt's difficult coming-of-age when, at eleven, she was a pawn in a custody battle between her sybaritic mother and her aunt.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, Maureen Stapleton, Martin Balsam, Glynis Johns

Votes: 621

50. Little Girl Lost (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Based on a true story, The Brady family fight to adopt a little girl they fostered. But then social welfare decide to send Tella back to her natural father, who it is apparent is sexually ... See full summary »

Director: Sharron Miller | Stars: Tess Harper, Frederic Forrest, Patricia Kalember, Lawrence Pressman

Votes: 187



Recently Viewed