Such different nannies: 20 films about those who sit with your children

In modern cinema, a nanny can be a sweet old woman, a young girl, a brutal jock, or even a servant of the devil and a brutal killer. And the genre of films about nannies varies from good comedy and fantasy to a creepy thriller or deep drama. Therefore, everyone will be able to find in our list something suitable for themselves or for the whole family to watch.

Babysitting Guide: How to Catch a Monster (2020)

Fantasy family comedy film from Netflix. During Halloween , Kelly “Monstrella” Ferguson stays to babysit the baby, but the boy disappears from his bed. It turns out that the children’s horror stories about the monster from the closet are true, and the child was dragged away by the Boogeyman. Soon the desperate girl meets a stranger Liz – a teenager with a funny hairstyle and a whole arsenal of witty jokes. As Liz explains, she is a member of a secret society of babysitters who hunt monsters and rescue kidnapped children .

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original Title :
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting

Genre:
Fantasy, Comedy, Family

Actors:
Tamara Smart, Oona Lawrence, Tom Felton…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.4

Age Restrictions :
6+


Babysitter (2020)

This novelty movie – a mystical film about a young teacher who became a nanny, will immerse the viewer in the world of the ghosts of an old estate. The events of the horror film take place in the Gothic estate of a wealthy family, where the main character Kate gets a job. A girl comes here to babysit little Flora and her bully older brother Miles. Over time, the governess realizes that the children and servants are not alone in the Gothic house. There are also other inhabitants – souls whose past does not allow them to find peace.

Original title:
The Turning

Genre:
Horror, drama

Actors:
Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklyn Prince…

Country:
Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, USA, India

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.5, IMDb – 3.8

Age restrictions:
12+


The Haunting of Bly Manor (TV series 2020)

The dramatic series , according to the audience, has become the best adaptation of Henry James’ story “The Turn of the Screw”. The gothic mansion, where the governess Dani Clayton arrives, keeps many terrible secrets within its walls. On the shoulders of the nanny lies the upbringing of orphans – a strange girl Flora and a difficult teenager with the habits of an adult man Miles. In addition to Dani, the manager, the cook and the gardener live here. In the estate, a woman is faced with the inexplicable – children behave strangely, ghosts roam the house at night, and her own skeletons in the closet begin to fall out.

Original title:
The Haunting of Bly Manor

Genre:
Drama, romance, horror

Actors:
Victoria Pedretti, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Amelie Smith …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Perfect Babysitter (2019)

The plot of the foreign film about a nanny in the thriller genre is based on the best-selling book by Leila Slimani about a real tragedy that happened to one family in 2012. Tired of everyday life and caring for two kids, a young married couple decides to use the services of a nanny. After several unsuccessful interviews, Louise, a middle-aged woman with a professional approach, the ability to get along with children and a bunch of positive recommendations, comes to their house, and she immediately gets a job as a governess. However, parents still do not know what devils are found in this still pool.

Original title:
Chanson douce

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Karin Vyar, Leila Behti, Antoine Reinartz …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Saint Francis (2019)

The main character of the film – the once budding poetess Bridget – now works as a waitress, having neither a family nor any prospects for the future. By coincidence, the girl ends up in the house of two lesbians, one of whom has to constantly hang around at work, and the other has recently given birth and is experiencing depression. A married couple urgently needs a governess. So Bridget, who has no idea how to handle children, becomes the nanny of the restless girl Francis.

Original title:
Saint Frances

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Kelly O’Sullivan, Charin Alvarez, Braden Crothers…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


House with servants (TV series, 2019 – 2021)

Horror fans should check out this American nanny serial, a controversial, highly rated thriller that terrifies with its realism despite its mystical plot. The Turner family has a high income, position in society and a beautiful house. However, the recent loss of a three-month-old baby fills the hearts of parents with grief and despair. Wife Dorothy nurses the doll like a son, and even hires a nanny for him. The governess is not at all surprised that she will have to take care of the doll, and begins her duties, but with her arrival, strange events begin to happen.

Original title:
Servant

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective, fantasy

Actors:
Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

The musical continuation of the classic film tells about the new adventures of the charming nanny Mary. It has been 25 years since the events of the previous film. The Banks family is about to lose their home due to debt. By a happy coincidence, the west wind brings elegant Mary to their house, who believes that you can always hide from everyday hardships under a magic umbrella, the main thing is that mutual understanding and love reign in the family.

Original title:
Mary Poppins Returns

Genre:
Musical, fantasy, comedy, family

Actors:
Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
6+


Love for Hire (mini-series, 2018)

The Russian film in the genre of melodrama begins with the sudden dismissal of the stewardess Zhenya from work. The misfortunes of the heroine of the feature film about the nanny do not end there. At home, she finds her husband in bed with another woman. In order to somehow earn money and be distracted, Zhenya gets a job as a nanny in the house of one of his passengers – Anton. She quickly finds a common language with his son and gets used to the role of a governess. Unexpectedly, the employer asks the girl for one more service – to pretend to be his bride for a few days.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Natalya Berger, Artyom Karasev, Sofya Lebedeva …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Nanny (dilogue, 2017 and 2020)

Our list of the best films about nannies will continue with a funny horror comedy about the confrontation between a teenager and representatives of an ancient cult of servants of the devil . 12-year-old Cole does not fit into any company and has no friends, except for the nanny Bee – a spectacular cheerful blonde . When Cole’s parents are away on business, she throws a party at their house, inviting her buddies. And it would be better for a teenager not to spy on them on that ill-fated day. But curiosity takes over, and the boy becomes a witness not only to the murder, but also to the bloody ritual led by Bea. But who will believe him?

Original title:
The Babysitter

Genre:
Horror, comedy

Actors:
Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Tully (2017)

Motherhood does not always bring only joy, but also plunges into the cycle of everyday and personal problems. And the heroine of the film – the mother of three children – overcomes all difficulties alone, because her husband is always busy at work. In order to somehow help Marlo, a wealthy brother hires a nanny for her kids. With the advent of the young ideal Tully in the house, the situation changes dramatically. Now, finally, there is an opportunity to pay attention to yourself – to remember forgotten hobbies and the fact that you are not only a mother, but also an attractive woman.

Original title:
Tully

Genre:
Drama, comedy, detective

Actors:
Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Voice from Stone (2016)

A gothic film about a nanny and children in an old Tuscan castle inspires horror not so much with screamers, but with an oppressive atmosphere of hopelessness. Young nanny Verena knows how to find an approach to children who have received psychological trauma. And for the forty-year-old widower Klaus, she is a real salvation. A man wishes his son Jacob would start talking again. After all, after the death of his mother, he did not utter a word. By the time Verena finds contact with the baby, it begins to seem to her that his dead mother is somewhere nearby and is trying to take over her body.

Original title:
Voice from the Stone

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Emilia Clarke, Marton Chokash, Katerina Murino…

Country:
USA, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Babysitting Adventure (2016)

The heroines of the film – two schoolgirls Lola and Jenny work as baby-sitters in the same family and constantly compete with each other. One day, the youngest of their pupils decides to run away from home while their parents are away. Two rivals will have to join forces and forget old grievances in order to find a fugitive in a huge metropolis. The girls have to move around in a stolen car, run into bandits and even go to jail .

Original title:
Adventures in Babysitting

Genre:
Comedy, adventure, family

Actors:
Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson, Nikki Khan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
6+


Look around (2016)

This movie, which is both funny and frightening, begins on Christmas Eve , about Ashley, the babysitter of troubled teenager Luke . Unusual and creepy adventures await the heroes in a snowy suburban mansion . Left alone, Ashley and Luke had a good time – chatting, playing and eating pizza, until they realized that a stranger with a gun had burst into the house. However, this is not a simple robbery , and someone familiar may be hiding under the mask of a criminal.

Original title:
Better Watch Out

Genre:
Thriller, comedy, crime

Actors:
Olivia DeJong, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould…

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Doll (2015)

An elderly wealthy couple hires Greta to look after their son, because they themselves are leaving for an indefinite period. And everything would be fine, but their son turns out to be a realistic doll named Brahms. The nanny is discouraged by this discovery, but agrees anyway, since good money is offered. The old people assure that the doll is alive, and it is necessary to follow a certain daily routine, otherwise Brahms will play dirty tricks. Strange things soon begin to happen, and if Greta breaks the routine – even frightening ones. Perhaps Brahms is really alive?

Original title:
The Boy

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell…

Country:
USA, Canada, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
16+


Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes (2013)

Before us is not a typical film about female nannies, but a cool art-house drama for fans of intellectual cinema. Teenager Emanuel lives with guilt over the death of his mother in childbirth. One day, a young Linda with a child moves in next door. Emanuel begins to secretly observe the neighbor. She, like a magnet, is drawn to get to know each other better, especially since the girl is surprisingly similar to her dead mother. To get close, she offers to keep an eye on Linda’s daughter. So fate brings two kindred spirits together to help both.

Original title:
The Truth About Emanuel

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, Francis O’Connor …

Country:
USA, Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Jesse (TV series 2011 – 2015)

An American serial film from Disney tells about the life of Jessie, a provincial girl who came from Texas to New York to fulfill her dream. To earn extra money, she gets a job as a governess in the family of a supermodel and director. Despite her young age, she gets along well with children, easily copes with difficult situations and has life experience. Thanks to Jessie, positive and sincere fun will come to the celebrity house.

Original title:
Jessie

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:
Debbie Ryan, Peyton List, Cameron Boyce…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
6+


Melissa and Joey (TV series 2010 – 2015)

Milissa Burke is a businesswoman who has achieved considerable success in politics . After her sister goes to prison and her son-in-law Lewis disappears without a trace, she has to take custody of her nephews. For a careerist, this task is too difficult, and she decides to hire someone to help. A guy named Joey, a successful manager in the past, whose career suddenly collapsed because of Lewis, is taken to look after the children.

Original title:
Melissa & Joey

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Melissa Joan Hart, Joseph Lawrence, Taylor Spreitler…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


My Terrible Nanny (dilogue, 2005 and 2010)

In this film, the mysterious and creepy-looking Nanny McPhee appears at the door of Mr. Brown, a widower struggling with work and childcare. His restless tomboys have already managed to drive away 17 nannies, and they intend to do it again. However, you can’t take a brand new one with your bare hands, because she has her own methods of how to pacify the kids. A children’s film about an unusual governess is full of magic, bright colors and good mood.

Original title:
Nanny McPhee

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, family

Actors:
Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Kelly McDonald, Thomas Sangster …

Country:
USA, UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
0+


Bald Babysitter: Special Assignment (2005)

If you want to see how the unique Vin Diesel fumbles with pacifiers and diapers, immediately start watching this film – a family comedy that has received good reviews from viewers. Retired Lieutenant Shane takes on the role of housekeeping and raising a widow’s five children. His real goal is to find the secret weapon hidden in the house by their father. Will the former military man not only manage to find a common language with the children and save them from bandits, but also complete the mission?

Original title:
The Pacifier

Genre:
Action, drama, comedy, family

Actors:
Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham, Faith Ford …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
6+


Babysitters (1994)

What happens if two adult children are asked to look after other children? That’s right – nothing good, just fun and waste. It so happened that the twin boys temporarily live with their uncle, the owner of a large business . And now he and his nephews are in danger. To protect the kids, the uncle hires two huge guys, also twins , as nannies- bodyguards . Left alone, the company starts a real war – various dirty tricks and pranks are used. Will the nannies be able to cope with the restless boys?

Original title:
Twin Sitters

Genre:
Comedy, crime, family

Actors:
Peter Paul, David Paul, Christian Cousins, Joseph Cousins…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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