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1. 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: 82,048 | Gross: $2.04M

2. 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 a 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: 30,573 | Gross: $13.42M

3. Flirting with Disaster (1996)

R | 92 min | Comedy

6.8
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81 Metascore

A young man, his wife, and his incompetent case worker travel across country to find his birth parents.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Téa Leoni, Mary Tyler Moore

Votes: 15,726 | Gross: $14.89M

4. Angie (1994)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.4
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Angie lives in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, N.Y. and dreams of a better life than everyone she knows. When she finds that she is pregnant by her boyfriend Vinnie, she decides that ... See full summary »

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Geena Davis, Stephen Rea, James Gandolfini, Aida Turturro

Votes: 1,834 | Gross: $9.40M

5. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, War

8.5
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A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth 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, P.S. Keerthana, Nandita Das

Votes: 4,881

6. Why Would I Lie? (1980)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Cletus is a compulsive liar. He prefers the term 'fabrication' to lie though. When Cletus becomes a social worker he's assigned the case of a boy called Jorge (with a 'J') who was taken ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Treat Williams, Lisa Eichhorn, Gabriel Macht, Susan Heldfond

Votes: 189

7. Les bêtises (2015)

79 min | Comedy

5.4
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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: 213

8. Sioux City (1994)

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

5.8
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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: 278

9. 2 to Tangle (2013)

108 min | Drama

5.8
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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: 39

10. Up, Down, Fragile (1995)

169 min | Comedy, Musical, Mystery

7.5
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Adventures of three young women in a hot and lazy Paris in summer.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Marianne Denicourt, Nathalie Richard, Laurence Côte, André Marcon

Votes: 407

11. Strange Relations (2001 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Drama, Comedy

7.6
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Jerry is a successful New York psychiatrist who is diagnosed with leukemia. When he tells his mother, she reveals that Jerry was adopted from a young Catholic girl called Sheila in ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Seed | Stars: Paul Reiser, Amber Sealey, Lachele Carl, George Wendt

Votes: 687

12. Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante (2009)

91 min | Drama

6.7
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73 Metascore

Given up for adoption as a toddler, troubled teenager Thomas becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. After years of searching, Thomas finds her single, with a small child, ... See full summary »

Directors: Claude Miller, Nathan Miller | Stars: Vincent Rottiers, Sophie Cattani, Christine Citti, Yves Verhoeven

Votes: 453 | Gross: $0.01M

13. 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: 425 | Gross: $1.32M

14. Prodigal Sons (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.2
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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: 616 | Gross: $0.07M

15. Je vous souhaite d'être follement aimée (2015)

100 min | Drama

6.7
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Elisa is a physiotherapist who unsuccessfully tried to find her biological mother. But they meet each other without even being aware of it, when the mother is admitted as a patient into the medical office where her unknown daughter works.

Director: Ounie Lecomte | Stars: Céline Sallette, Anne Benoît, Françoise Lebrun, Elyes Aguis

Votes: 65

16. Pretty Hattie's Baby (1991)

Biography, Drama

7.3
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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: 15

17. The Stranger Who Looks Like Me (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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A young girl who is looking for the birth parents who gave her up hooks up with a young man who has also been adopted and is looking for his real parents.

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Meredith Baxter, Beau Bridges, Walter Brooke, Neva Patterson

Votes: 33

18. Daughter from Danang (2002)

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: 522

19. Chuyen cua Pao (2006)

98 min | Drama

7.1
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Set in a breath-taking primitive landscape in the mountainous provinces of Vietnam, the film tells the story of a Hmong tribe girl named Pao. She was raised by her stepmother, for her real ... See full summary »

Director: Quang Hai Ngo | Stars: Do Thi Hai Yen, Hoa Thuy Do, Thanh Kha Ly, Nhu Quynh Nguyen

Votes: 110

20. Fruit Fly (2009)

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: 166

21. Princess Kate (1988 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama, Family

7.2
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Kate McLelland's life is a normal one of a girl her age in the eastern suburbs, until her discovery that she is adopted. This is the story of her search for her natural mother and the ... See full summary »

Director: George Ogilvie | Stars: Myra Noblet, Shane Tickner, Mouche Phillips, Claudia Karvan

Votes: 14

22. Off and Running (2009)

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: 108 | Gross: $0.02M

23. Matka swojej matki (1996)

91 min | Drama

6.5
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Director: Robert Glinski | Stars: Maria Seweryn, Krystyna Janda, Joanna Zólkowska, Wanda Wilkomirska

Votes: 47

24. Raakshasudu (1986)

Action, Drama

7.6
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The film opens with a widowed woman giving birth to a baby boy. The landlord does not approve of this and has the baby disposed of. A drunkard finds the baby and keeps him for a couple of ... See full summary »

Director: Kodanda Rami Reddy A. | Stars: Chiranjeevi, Annapoorna, Nagendra Babu, Kannada Prabhakar

Votes: 62

25. Les jumeaux oubliés (2004 TV Movie)

94 min | Drama

8.0
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Mathieu Bretagne, an abandoned child who has been brought up by foster parents, has become a petty criminal. One day he incidentally discovers that he has a twin brother, Adrien, who is the... See full summary »

Director: Jérôme Cornuau | Stars: Clément Sibony, Isabelle Renauld, Christian Charmetant, Gabriele Barialai

Votes: 32

26. Haha taru koto wa jigoku no gotoku (1981 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama

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Director: Yoshiko Sembon | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Daisuke Ryû, Shinobu Ohtake, Yatsuko Tan'ami

27. The Facts of Life (1979–1988)
Episode: Adoption (1980)

TV-PG | Comedy, Family

7.6
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Blair noses into Natalie's business and arranges for her to talk to her birth mother by phone.

Director: Asaad Kelada | Stars: Charlotte Rae, John Lawlor, Lisa Whelchel, Felice Schachter

Votes: 24

28. Family Ties (1982–1989)
Episode: Baby Boy Doe (1984)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family

7.0
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Skippy finds out he is adopted, and decides to meet his birth mother.

Director: Will Mackenzie | Stars: Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman

Votes: 45

29. Maalaala mo kaya (1991– )
Episode: Birth Certificate (2011)

Drama, Romance

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Carol (Pokwang) was given away by her mother when she was still a baby. History repeats itself when she's also forced to give up her own son because of her financial situation. The fact ... See full summary »

Director: Veronica Velasco | Stars: Pokwang, Melai Cantiveros, Jaime Fabregas, Nonie Buencamino

30. Lost and Found (2013– )
Episode: Family Secrets Revealed (2013)

Documentary

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Stars: Kristi Abrams, Rachel Bernstein, Bonnie McAvoy, Micah Youmans

31. Numb3rs (2005–2010)
Episode: Jack of All Trades (2008)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Charlie and Don's fates hang in the balance as the team tracks a white-collar criminal through Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Alan finds out that one of his old planning projects may disappear with a new development by the city.

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal | Stars: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch, Alimi Ballard

Votes: 140

32. The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972– )
Episode: My Secret Mother (1973)

74 min | Comedy, Drama

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Single woman discovers she is pregnant, and decides to find her birth mother.

Director: Lela Swift | Stars: Sondra Locke, Lola Albright, Rue McClanahan, Marge Redmond

33. Maalaala mo kaya (1991– )
Episode: Piyesa (2011)

Drama, Romance

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The story of Star Power grand winner Angeline Quinto who struggled with her complicated family ties as well as her dream to become a singer.

Director: Nuel C. Naval | Stars: KC Concepcion, Irma Adlawan, Yul Servo, Jane Oineza

34. In Plain Sight (2008–2012)
Episode: The Born Identity (2010)

43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Mary helps her latest witness, a homeless man who's struggling with the program, find his birth parents. But the search could cause more problems than she anticipated. Elsewhere, Scott asks... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Nichole Hiltz, Paul Ben-Victor

Votes: 50

35. Punky Brewster (1984–1988)
Episode: The Search (1985)

TV-G | 25 min | Family, Comedy

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Punky has something in common with her teacher, Mike Fulton: they were both abandoned by their mothers. They work together to try and find the whereabouts of their respective families.

Director: Art Dielhenn | Stars: George Gaynes, Soleil Moon Frye, Susie Garrett, Cherie Johnson

36. Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016)
Episode: Throwing Down the Gauntlet (2012)

43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Jane looks for a way for Maura to meet her biological mother, Dr. Hope Davis. Angela gets involved in a political campaign. And a nun from Jane and Frankie Jr.'s past returns.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Brian Goodman, Jordan Bridges

Votes: 228