20 Films about... Pregnancy & Birth
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Perhaps the best, and quirkiest, film about pregnancy, Juno tops the chart with the story of a young acerbic teenage girl who uses her wit and repartee to get through her insane family shenanigans and the couple preparing to adopt her child.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
A young and naive housewife spirals down an emotional and psychological rollercoaster as she becomes paranoid that her husband and new neighbors are members of a cult planning on using her to give birth to the antichrist.
Knocked Up (2007)
A drunken one night stand between a slacker and a media personality result in an unexpected pregnancy, and now they must deal with the repercussions of it.
Children of Men (2006)
Set in a dystopian future, 20 years after worldwide female infertility has stopped the birth of children and may lead to the extinction of the human race, one man aids and protects a pregnant West African refugee, who may be mankind's last hope.
Baby Mama (2008)
A successful, single, infertile businesswoman hires an obnoxious, immature, South Philly woman to be her surrogate mother, ultimately leading to a war between their conflicting personalities.
Ludicrous as it is hilarious, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the world's first pregnant man.
A made-for-tv movie starring Kirsten Dunst, about a young teenage girl who must face the repercussions of her youthful pregnancy.
If These Walls Could Talk (2010)
HBO's highest rated move ever follows the plights of three different women in three different decades and their experiences with pregnancy & abortion.
After a horrible car crash kills her husband and induces her into labor, a young mother becomes obsessed with her strange, blood-drinking child.
Home Fries (1998)
A young fast-food worker becomes pregnant, but opts to leave her married lover. Ultimately, finding love places she's never expect.
She's Having a Baby (1988)
A young newlywed couple deal with married life and what is expected of them as parents, as they contemplate if they are ready for it.
Lake of Fire (2006)
It wouldn't be fair to not include a film about the difficult topic of abortion in a list of pregnancy & birth. Lake of Fire is a documentary about the social standing of abortion itself, told through both perspectives: pro-life and pro-choice.
Baby Boom (1987)
A driven Manhattan career woman must put her hectic life on hold when she inherits a toddler from a deceased cousin.
For Keeps? (1988)
Two high school seniors fall in love, but complications arise when they find they are pregnant just before graduation, and she wants to keep the baby.
Nine Months (1995)
A child psychologists ideal romance with a ballet dancer, is turned inside out when they discover she is pregnant. His fears mount due to encounters with overbearing couples and his perpetually single artist friend.
A harrowing new wave French horror film concerning the attack and home-invasion of a young pregnant woman by a stranger who seeks to take her unborn child.
An art dealer travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, ultimately developing a bond with her brother-in-law's pregnant young wife.
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
The movie spans over the course of 24 years, about Beverly Donofrio, a woman who overcame various obstacles, including being a teen mother, but who later earned a Master's degree.
Look Who's Talking (1989)
Two young parents deal with their first taste of child rearing. Refreshingly, told through the perspective of the baby.
The Back-Up Plan (2010)
After giving up on finding the perfect man, a woman becomes pregnant through artificial insemination, only to find the man of her dreams the day after.
The creation of life is a fascinating and painstaking subject that often is represented in film. Sometimes, realistically, other times, humorously, and even more infrequently, terrifying. These films are the best in that they focus on the events leading to pregnancy, the 9 months of gestation, and ultimately, the birth & care of the child. Others focus on the act of a woman forming a bond with her child, or having to sever that bond.
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