Adoption, Surrogate, Sperm Donor & Birth Parents or Family Predicaments, Dilemmas

by mswoc | created - 10 Oct 2014 | updated - 16 Dec 2017 | Public

someone changes mind, wants to know, seeks or finds truth, including hospital mix-ups - biological v emotional/psychological as custodial parent

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1. The Baby Maker (1970)

R | 109 min | Drama

Tish Gray had a baby and gave it up for adoption. She is contacted by a second childless couple who want her to have the husband's baby because of the wife's inability to conceive. She ... See full summary »

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Collin Wilcox Paxton, Sam Groom, Scott Glenn

Votes: 229

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

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Romance

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: 40

3. The Surrogate (1984)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Stuck in a sexless marriage, a frustrated well-to-do couple agrees to see a female sex therapist. Unfortunately, she only helps escalate the tensions between them. Meanwhile, the police is baffled by a string of brutal nightly killings.

Director: Don Carmody | Stars: Art Hindle, Carole Laure, Shannon Tweed, Jim Bailey

Votes: 207

4. This Child Is Mine (1985 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Fact-based story about an unwed teen (Nancy McKeon) who fought a major court battle to recover her infant daughter from adoptive parents (Lindsay Wagner, Chris Sarandon).

Director: David Greene | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Chris Sarandon, Michael Lerner, John Philbin

Votes: 117

5. Sin of Innocence (1986 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 134 min | Drama

When widower David marries divorcee Vicki, David's teenage son, Tim and Vicki's teenage daughter, Jenny become romantically involved. This makes David and Vicki VERY uncomfortable and ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Bill Bixby, Dee Wallace, Megan Follows, Dermot Mulroney

Votes: 337

6. Baby M (1988)

Not Rated | 200 min | Biography, Drama

A childless couple enlists the help of a woman to be their surrogate for their first child. What ensues changes their lives and laws of surrogacy.

Stars: JoBeth Williams, John Shea, Bruce Weitz, Robin Strasser

Votes: 161

7. Big Business (1988)

PG | 97 min | Comedy

53 Metascore

Two couples of sisters from New York and from the countryside discover that they are connected in an incredible way.

Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 11,667 | Gross: $40.15M

8. Immediate Family (1989)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Glenn Close, James Woods, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kevin Dillon

Votes: 1,431 | Gross: $5.93M

9. Switched at Birth (1991)

PG | 176 min | Drama

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: 648

10. A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story (1992 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

In the 1970's, a teenager staying in an unwed mothers' institution is forced to give up her baby. Eighteen years later, she discovers that her child is dead, and that he was possibly murdered by his religiously -strict adoptive mom.

Director: Claudia Weill | Stars: Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Ivey, Michael McGrady, Max Gail

Votes: 345

11. Heartbeat (1993 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Successful women is left by her husband when she gets pregnant. Her life is a mess until she meets Bill. Together with his childeren they can create a new family, if she can forget her ex husband and the father of her child.

Director: Michael Miller | Stars: John Ritter, Polly Draper, Kevin Kilner, Michael Lembeck

Votes: 336

12. Made in America (1993)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy

A young black woman discovers that her father was a sperm donor, and if that weren't bad enough, he's white.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson, Will Smith, Nia Long

Votes: 15,266 | Gross: $44.94M

13. Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many (1993 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

A woman wholly devoted to pregnancy, having raised many children already, decides to become a surrogate for a wealthy couple, but when she discovers she's having twins, the couple wants them put up for adoption.

Director: Jorge Montesi | Stars: Michele Greene, Conor O'Farrell, Stephen Macht, Nancy Stafford

Votes: 145

14. Empty Cradle (1993 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

Jane Morgan gives birth to her baby at the hospital. When she wakes up the next morning, the hospital tells her that her son died at birth. However from ultrasound reading she had before, ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schneider | Stars: Kate Jackson, Lori Loughlin, Eriq La Salle, David Lansbury

Votes: 324

15. The Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story (1994 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

Married couples, unable to conceive, are thrilled to find they are going to become parents, thanks to a larger-than-life "miracle doctor" and his unusual treatments. However, joy soon turns... See full summary »

Director: Arlene Sanford | Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Shanna Reed, Tom Verica, Shannon Lawson

Votes: 229

16. Someone Else's Child (1994 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

Ten years after the birth of her son, Corey Maddow discovers an awful truth: Her son was switched at birth. After deciding to keep the child she's raised, she goes on a search for her ... See full summary »

Director: John Power | Stars: Lisa Hartman, Bruce Davison, Whip Hubley, Ken Pogue

Votes: 178

17. Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy (1994 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

A young woman under immense social pressure from her parents finds comfort in Kenny, a guy who secretly plans to impregnate her and sell the resulting baby for money.

Director: Gabrielle Beaumont | Stars: Dee Wallace, Danica McKellar, Kurt Deutsch, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 181

18. Sin & Redemption (1994 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

A rape victim learns the truth about her husband when their daughter has a life-threatening illness.

Director: Neema Barnette | Stars: Richard Grieco, Cynthia Gibb, Cheryl Pollak, Concetta Tomei

Votes: 234

19. Losing Isaiah (1995)

R | 111 min | Drama

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: 5,340 | Gross: $7.60M

20. A Modern Affair (1995)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

"A Modern Affair" is a romantic comedy about the strain of contemporary relationships, one woman's urgent desire for parenthood, and a solution to it all. Grace Rhodes is the perfect ... See full summary »

Director: Vern Oakley | Stars: Lisa Eichhorn, Stanley Tucci, Caroline Aaron, Mary Jo Salerno

Votes: 163

21. The Surrogate (1995 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama

A female art student in need of money agrees to be a surrogate mother for a rich couple. When she learns of their sinister secret involving another baby that died, she takes drastic action.

Directors: Jan Egleson, Raymond Hartung | Stars: Connie Sellecca, Alyssa Milano, Vincent Ventresca, Polly Bergen

Votes: 278

22. Switched at Birth (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

On the same night, Milford maternity delivers Morgan, businessman James and Sarah's son, and Linda's boy Luke Wells, whose father Darryl Moncton left town never having wanted kids, so they ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Barr | Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Rosanna Arquette, David Andrews, James McCaffrey

Votes: 443

23. Deep in My Heart (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 89 min | Drama

A white woman who was raped by a black man gives the baby up for adoption. The film follows the life of the child as she grows up and has children of her own.

Director: Anita W. Addison | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Lynn Whitfield, Alice Krige, Cara Buono

Votes: 378

24. The Next Best Thing (2000)

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

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: 10,584 | Gross: $14.99M

25. Mom at Sixteen (2005 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama

Pregnant sixteen year old Jacey's well-meaning mother forces her to keep the birth a secret and decides to raise the baby as her own.

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Jane Krakowski, Clare Stone, Tyler Hynes

Votes: 2,658

26. The Rival (2006 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A couple unable to have children enlist the aid of a surrogate, only for the wife to be driven to insanity and murder by her paranoia.

Director: Douglas Jackson | Stars: Tracy Nelson, Linden Ashby, Heather Tom, Barbara Niven

Votes: 281

27. The Last Trimester (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A couple are suspected of murdering a pregnant woman whose baby they were planning to adopt, and struggle to prove their innocence.

Director: Mark Cole | Stars: Chandra West, Jim Thorburn, Matthew Harrison, Lara Gilchrist

Votes: 182

28. My Baby Is Missing (2007 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The pregnant Jenna Davis is a workaholic worker of an advertisement agency near to give birth that has just been promoted to vice-president by her boss. Jenna is stressed and her doctor ... See full summary »

Director: Neill Fearnley | Stars: Gina Philips, Warren Christie, Ellie Harvie, Jay Brazeau

Votes: 398

29. And Then Came Love (2007)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

Julie, a successful magazine columnist, opens Pandora's Box and seeks out the anonymous sperm donor who fathered her young son.

Director: Richard Schenkman | Stars: Vanessa Williams, Kevin Daniels, Michael Boatman, Jeremy Gumbs

Votes: 488

30. Through the Glass (2008)

R | 86 min | Comedy

Jeffery finds himself stuck with an unknown baby. He then ask his Nigerian neighbor Ada for help. He has to find the mother of the child before his life is completely ruined.

Director: Stephanie Linus | Stars: Garrett McKechnie, Stephanie Linus, Cheyenne Christenson, Brion Rose

Votes: 28

31. Sordid Things (2009)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Thriller

A wealthy couple hires their cousin to be the surrogate for the child they are unable to have on their own, but chaos ensues when the woman holds the baby hostage for ransom. In this ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bloomenthal | Stars: Shannon Beeby, Andrew Bloomenthal, Alex Burns, Chaunice Chapman

Votes: 83

32. Orphan (2009)

R | 123 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

42 Metascore

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder

Votes: 185,023 | Gross: $41.60M

33. The Switch (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

Seven years after the fact, a man comes to the realization that he was the sperm donor for his best friend's boy.

Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum

Votes: 94,304 | Gross: $27.76M

34. My Mother's Secret (2012 TV Movie)


Young high school teacher Lori Colson is pregnant, knowing she is adopted, she and her husband decide to go back to her roots. In trying to discover more of her biological family history ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Crawford | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Yannick Bisson, Barbara Niven, Michael Riley

Votes: 221

35. Adopting Terror (2012 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A husband and wife learn that the biological father of their adopted baby daughter will stop at nothing to get her back.

Director: Micho Rutare | Stars: Sean Astin, Samaire Armstrong, Monet Mazur, Brendan Fehr

Votes: 823

36. The Surrogate (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A married couple, struggling to have a child, hires a young woman to be their surrogate, but soon discovers she has a bizarre and deadly agenda.

Director: Doug Campbell | Stars: Cameron Mathison, Annie Wersching, Amy Scott, Matthew Alan

Votes: 518

37. The Surrogacy Trap (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

After losing hope of conceiving a child on their own, Christy and Mitch turn to surrogacy in hopes of creating the perfect family. However, their confidence is quickly shaken when they ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Wills | Stars: Mia Kirshner, David Julian Hirsh, Natalie Brown, Emma Campbell

Votes: 510

38. Stolen from the Womb (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A psychotic stalker gives a pregnant woman a labor-inducing drug, then kidnaps her newborn.

Director: Terry Ingram | Stars: Larisa Oleynik, Laura Mennell, Sebastian Spence, Tammy Gillis

Votes: 289

39. Sorority Surrogate (2014 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 83 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A surrogate mother faces an uncertain future when the couple who hires her dies in an accident.

Director: John L'Ecuyer | Stars: Cassie Steele, Mimi Kuzyk, Chris Bruno, Daniel Kelly

Votes: 272

40. My Daughter Must Live (2014 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When seeking a liver donor for her daughter, Meghan O'Mailley learns her husband is not the girl's biological father. Meghan must risk her marriage, and then her life, to track down the man... See full summary »

Director: John L'Ecuyer | Stars: Joelle Carter, Madeleine Martin, Paul Popowich, Sergio Di Zio

Votes: 229

41. Taken Away (2014 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

A senator's teenage daughter becomes locked in a custody battle for the child she was forced to give up for adoption.

Director: Michael Feifer | Stars: Chelsea Ricketts, Julie Warner, Michael Nouri, Lisa Sheridan

Votes: 160

42. A Deadly Adoption (2015 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

A distanced couple decide to take in a seemingly innocent pregnant woman in hopes of adopting her unborn child. However, there is more to a book than its cover.

Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg | Stars: Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Lowndes, Alyvia Alyn Lind

Votes: 3,276

43. When the Bough Breaks (2016)

PG-13 | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

28 Metascore

A surrogate mom for a couple becomes dangerously obsessed with the soon-to-be father.

Director: Jon Cassar | Stars: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, Michael Kenneth Williams

Votes: 5,417 | Gross: $29.70M

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