15 Great Movies About Parenting

Children always change, and sometimes completely turn the fate of their parents. Life next to a little man, whose view of the world is not spoiled by anything, whose legs run towards adventures and discoveries, is an interesting series in itself. Of course, if relatives know how not to break, but to guide, support and love the child. As the heroes of films about raising children try to do, sometimes clumsy and funny, sometimes resourceful and touching, but always insanely exciting.


Fatherhood (2021)

A kind, funny film about family values ​​that can be watched by the whole family. The main character’s wife dies after the birth of their long-awaited daughter. The father is left alone with the newborn baby. No one prepared him for this, and few believe that Matt will cope with raising a child. However, he simply has no other choice but to become for his baby both mom and dad, and the most faithful friend.

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

Original title:  
Fatherhood

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Kevin Hart, Lil Rel Howery, Melody Heard …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:  
18+


Daddy’s Girl (2020)

The French film about parenting is a family fantasy starring the charismatic actor Omar Sy. Plumber Jibi’s life revolves entirely around his daughter. Every night the man tells the little girl fairy tales. Fantastic stories come to life in the children’s imagination, and dad appears as a hero who saves his little daughter-princess. But at the age of 11, Sofia refuses to listen to fairy tales, considering herself an adult. Now her prince is a handsome classmate. And Jibi’s character must try not to fall into Oblivion along with all the fairy-tale heroes.

Original title:  
Le prince oublié

Genre:  
Fantasy, comedy, adventure, family

Actors:  
Omar Sy, Keila Fala, Sara Gay…

Country:  
France, Belgium

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.2

Age Limits
12+


Follow the road (2019)

Former prisoner Russell served 20 years in prison . Having been released, he hardly gets used to life in society. Now his every day is similar to the previous one – a lonely man works as a dishwasher in a roadside cafe. One day, he finds a baby in a trash can. Not afraid of responsibility, Russell decides to take care of the child on his own, and this choice will radically change his fate.

Original title:
Adopt a Highway

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Ethan Hawke, Elaine Hendrix, Christopher Heyerdahl …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Family Quickie (2018)

The comedy will continue the list of the best films about parenting and family relationships , which is worth watching for everyone who loves a good funny movie. Ellie and Pete are a childless married couple. They have business , love and understanding, but they would like more. The couple decides to adopt. By chance, they take custody of not one, but three children of different sexes at once, whose own mother is in prison. New parents will have to make every effort to gain their trust.

Original title:  
Instant Family

Genre:
Drama, comedy, family

Actors:  
Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Educator (2018)

40-year-old Lisa, who works in a kindergarten, is not fulfilled either personally or professionally. She is bored with a phlegmatic husband, colleagues seem to be mediocre workers, and grown-up children are upset by their indifference to culture. The only place where the heroine feels happy is poetry courses. Therefore, she is so attracted to 5-year-old student Jimmy – a boy with an incredible gift for writing poetry. The woman is sure that she must save the child’s talent from an ignorant environment and parents who do not understand anything about art.

Original title:  
The Kindergarten Teacher

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Gael Garcia Bernal…

Country:  
USA, Israel, Great Britain, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
18+


Gifted (2017)

The high-rated drama will continue the selection of the best films about raising children. 7-year-old girl Maria is an unusual child with phenomenal mathematical abilities. After the death of her mother, the child prodigy is raised by Uncle Frank, who dreams that she does not repeat the fate of her brilliant mother, but spends an ordinary childhood. However, Maria’s grandmother sees her granddaughter’s future differently. Wanting to make a great mathematician out of a child , an ambitious woman is ready to separate her from Frank.

Original title:  
Gifted

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits
12+


Florida Project (2017)

The film, which managed to collect a huge number of awards, will show a different, less attractive world of the tourist state. A world where children are left to their own devices, and their parents barely make ends meet and are not involved in education at all. The plot follows 6-year-old Mooney, her motley friends , and her naughty mother. All day long the child walks where he wants, does stupid things, is rude to passers-by and distracts the good-natured manager of the cheap hotel where they live from work.

Original title:
The Florida Project

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Brooklyn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Kotto …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
18+


Captain Fantastic (2016)

Ben raises six children alone in the forest – three daughters and three sons, while his wife and colleague Leslie is in a psychiatric clinic . The father himself teaches the children survival skills , school subjects and languages. Together they meditate, do yoga and read Nabokov. Instead of a supermarket – a forest, instead of a bed – the earth, and instead of a TV – the night sky and songs around the fire. But soon the heroes of the film will still have to face civilization and reality, which they previously knew only from the pages of books.

Original title:  
Captain Fantastic

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


Gorgeous Gilly Hopkins (2014)

Life-affirming film for the whole family introduces the viewer to the teenager Gilly Hopkins. The 11-year-old girl was left completely alone and now wanders around foster families. A difficult childhood made her no less difficult a teenager, so Gilly has already changed 11 married couples who took care of her, but no one could change the impudent habits of the restless girl. So it was until she got to be raised by a patient, loving and caring couple of Trotters.

Original title:
The Great Gilly Hopkins

Genre:
Drama, comedy, family

Actors:
Sophie Nelisse, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.5


Boyhood (2014)

The film tells about the fate of a boy named Mason. The child goes to first grade, and the viewer will have to watch his fate for the next 12 years, until the grown-up young man goes to college. Problems at school , worries about the divorce of parents, first love , finding new friends and hobbies are the stages of growing up Mason, which he will experience with us.

Original title:  
Boyhood

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:  
18+


Instructions Not Included (2013)

Accustomed to a dissolute and frivolous lifestyle, a young man suddenly finds himself in a difficult position. On the threshold of his house in Acapulco, an ex -girlfriend appears and immediately disappears, saying that little Maggie is his daughter. The hero is left with the baby in his arms and, together with the baby, sets off in search of her mother in Los Angeles. But not finding a fugitive, he stays here and raises the child on his own. In six years, from an infantile womanizer , he will turn into the best father, but the return of a good-for-nothing parent will jeopardize their already established happy family.

Original title:  
No se aceptan devoluciones

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Andres Vazquez, Hugo Stieglitz, Eugenio Derbez…

Country:  
Mexico

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits
12+


Tree of Life (2010)

One of the most critically acclaimed films of recent years is a fantasy drama ideal in terms of cinematography and visualization . Architect Jack recounts his life as a child in Texas, where as a boy he was torn between a loving mother and a strict father. A man wanders through the halls of his memory, peering into the first losses, acquaintance with death, teenage riots, and trying to understand the meaning of life.

Original title:  
The Tree of Life

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama

Actors:  
Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:  
16+


Blind Side (2009)

The film is based on the book by Michael Lewis, which tells the amazing but true story of a promising football player Michael Oher. A black teenager from a disadvantaged area is taken under guardianship by a well-off married couple with children. Life in a new environment, care and friendship with a foster mother help the guy realize his potential in sports .

Original title:  
The Blind Side

Genre:
Drama, sports, biography

Actors:  
Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

A motivational film based on real events , based on the autobiographical book by Chris Gardner, a man of amazing destiny. Having lost his job and found himself at the very bottom, he does not give up and takes a huge risk in order to ensure a happy future for his son. Chris gets a job as an intern at a brokerage company, where he has to work for free for a long six months. At this time, he will have to survive in poverty, spend the night in rooming houses and every day think about what he will feed his little son today.

Original title:  
The Pursuit of Happyness

Genre:  
Drama, biography

Actors:  
Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:  
12+


Little Miss Happy (2006)

The family of little girl Olive, consisting of a gloomy father, an always busy mother, a gay uncle suffering from unrequited love, a brother who has taken a vow of silence, and a drug addict grandfather , is going on a journey together . The purpose of the trip is to get to California by van to support Olive in the Little Miss Happy pageant. On the way of the heroes of the comedy, funny, unpredictable and touching events await, which forced such diverse family members to unite.

Original title:  
Little Miss Sunshine

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:  
16+


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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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