That is after all, what adoption is all about.
The list is in no particular order; however, just for fun, I have included the worldwide historical box office takings.
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Released in 2010
This is multi-faceted in terms of adoption. Not only does the pointy nosed protagonist end up adopting the three main girls, but you have to make some kind of presumptions about the army of little yellow helpers.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $543million
Released in 2009
This is one of my all-time favourite films. This highly evocative production is even more significant in adoption circles because it is based on the real life story of American Footballer Michael Oher. Whether you are interested in adoption or not, this movie is brilliant.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $308million
Released in 1982
Little orphan Annie is one of the most well-known movie themed adoptees. I watched it for the first time very recently despite it being over 30 years old. The story would not be reflected today, but it is no less captivating.
US Box Office Takings – $57million
Released in 2012
Possibly a surprise entry, but I have to admit the fight scenes are as mesmerising as they are ridiculous. It centres on a maths genius Chinese school girl avoiding a host of mafia. Jason Statham to the rescue; in tradition Statham leg-flailing fashion.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $41million
Released in 2003
This is not as far removed from the ‘adoption themed movie’ genre as you may think. It is a story of a child losing a parent, being removed from their birth father, and the birth father battling to get him back. It is an adoption story, just not in the traditional sense.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $906million
Harry Potter franchise
Release dates between 2001 and 2011
Regardless of my indifference about the title star, you can’t deny the success and influence of these films. Sadly, if Dumbledore had followed correct local authority procedure – Harry would still be in care now. Us Muggles can learn a lot from these Wizards.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $7.7billion
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Released in 1984
Short Round is the little chap that Harrison Ford adopts in the second of Indiana Jones’ adventures. Full of pluck, the little rascal is one of the best aspects of the film. It is great to see the boy held in high regard by the main character, and equally being looked after. Sort of a hybrid of a son and a friend.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $333million
Released in 1994
Natalie Portman excels as the mischievous girl in trouble. Anyone who has seen the film will remember the sequence of scenes that lead them to switch hotels – daring, but brilliant.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $45million
Released in 2001
This is many people’s favourite Pixar production, and you may be aware a special movie for my wee son – see our video on Mike Wazowski. The scene toward the end where Sulley is forced to scare a ‘test child’ may well hit home a little harder than you would like – especially for some of you adoptive parents.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $559million
Ice Age 3
Released in 2009
I estimate I have seen this film in excess of 50 times. One of the lads we looked after before adoption, was obsessed with Dinosaurs, and so this was on a constant loop in our house. It is a great film for kids though, and comes highly recommended.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $886million
Released in 1992
The story of Danny Devito’s Penguin character is a twisted tale of child abandonment. This may only be rated PG, but it is not for the faint hearted. Tim Burton’s regular darkness is used in abundance, and that adds to the gloom of the Penquin’s design. Awesome, but not for everyone.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $226million
Empire of the Sun
Released in 1987
Christian Bale as a boy, and presumably before he was lambasting sound technicians. This is the story of a boy held in a POW camp in Japan during World War 2. The film itself does not look at the theme of adoption, but the main character is subjected to a great deal of trauma which can be mirrored in many adoptive children.
US Box Office Takings – $22million
Original Star Wars franchise
Release dates between 1977 and 1983
The Star Wars trilogy (not the more recent prequel) is the ultimate story of parentless children fighting the biggest evil in movie going history. The story is as much about the twins, as it is about lasers, Wookies, X-wings, or the force. Most people my age will always want a light sabre though.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $1.9billion
Release dates between 1978 and 2006
Superman is possibly the most famous adoptee, and almost certainly the strongest. Anyone who has suffered from infertility has at one time wished for a child to blast down from nowhere. This is not about a Superhero, it is about the hope of humanity, or something like that.
Worldwide Box Office Takings – $870million
So there we have it. My list of adoption themed movies – do you agree or disagree with my movies? Have I missed any out? Please leave a comment, I really appreciate the feedback.
All box office statistics are courtesy of http://www.the-numbers.com/