Are you looking for something to do while waiting for your baby to be born? A movie can be a pregnant woman’s best friend. Hollywood has churned out a slew of films about impending birth but our list has narrowed it down to the gems.
Whether you’re having a baby, or you’re just in the mood for a romantic comedy, check out our list of the top 10 pregnancy movies.
Warning: these reviews contain spoilers.
10 Look Who’s Talking
In this classic baby movie, Mollie (Kirstie Alley) is an accountant living in NYC who has an affair with Albert, a married executive, and she becomes pregnant. During her pregnancy, Mollie keeps their indiscretion a secret, under the guise that she was artificially inseminated. When Mollie catches Albert fooling around, she gets upset and goes into labor.
She gets into a cab where the driver, James (John Travolta) recklessly speeds through downtown traffic in order to get her to the hospital on time. James ends up witnessing the birth of her son, Mikey. As soon as Mikey is born, the audience can hear his thoughts. The infant comments on every aspect of his infant life, and interacts with things through an inner voice narrated by Bruce Willis.
Hoping to get her life together, Mollie focuses on being a single mom. She tries dating but rejects several men, deciding they would not be a good role model for Mikey. She meets up with James again at her apartment and finds out that he has been using her mailing address as a false residence in order to get his grandfather into a decent senior citizens’ home. She and James spend more and more time together and she soon realizes that James and Mikey have formed quite a bond. She is falling for James, but can’t quite imagine being married to a cab driver.
Although Mollie attempts to work with and even reconcile with Albert, she realizes that he won’t change and he won’t be a good father figure for Mikey. Mollie eventually realizes that Mikey already sees James as his father, so they decide to give their relationship a try. In the sequel, Look Who’s Talking Too, Mollie gives birth to a little girl, Julie.
9 Baby Boom
This forgotten-about 80s movie features yuppie management consultant JC, played by Diane Keaton. She’s a workaholic whose sole purpose in life is to excel at her job. She is in a relationship with an equally driven executive named Steven.
JC is well on her way to becoming a partner at her firm, until she is named the guardian of a baby named Elizabeth from a long lost relative who passed away. A baby doesn’t fit into her plans at all, but JC thinks that she can make it work. A baby doesn’t fit into Steven’s plans either, so he breaks up with JC.
After awhile, JC’s focus begins to change and she decides to pack up, leave the big city behind, and move to the Vermont countryside. It’s not quite what she expected, but a business opportunity arises unexpectedly and she tries to make the best of things on her own.
8 She’s Having a Baby
Jake (Kevin Bacon) and Kristy (Elizabeth McGovern) are adjusting to new careers, a new home, and married life. So what’s next? Kristy decides to stop using birth control without telling Jake, but after several months, she is still unable to get pregnant.
She begins temping and charting and doing everything possible in the hopes of conceiving. They eventually succeed in getting pregnant, and although Jake misses his single life, he eventually realizes what a lucky man he is when his wife and child both survive a traumatic delivery.
7 Immediate Family
Linda (Glenn Close) and Michael (James Woods) have been married for years, and they desperately want to be parents. They try to conceive but are unable.
They turn to an adoption agency and meet a pregnant teenager, Lucy (Mary Stuart Masterson). Linda and Michael take care of Lucy during her pregnancy and they become extremely close. Lucy becomes uncertain about giving up her baby, although she knows deep down that the couple will be able to provide for the baby better than her and her boyfriend Sam (Kevin Dillon).
6 For Keeps?
Darcy (Molly Ringwald) and Stan, (Randall Batinkoff) both high-achieving high school students, have their life after high school all planned; that is, until Darcy discovers that she’s pregnant. Both of the teens’ families try to give the young couple advice and tell them how they should handle the situation, but Darcy and Stan ultimately decide to get married and keep the baby.
They also plan to complete their senior year of high school and continue with their college plans. Reality sets in, the relationship struggles, and the two teenagers become adults—and parents—sooner than they had planned.
5 Knocked Up
Ben (Seth Rogen) is a young slacker who is in the process of starting up a website that lists the exact time famous actors appear nude in movies. Alison (Katherine Heigl) is a responsible young woman who works at E! Television Network.
After celebrating a promotion, Alison meets Ben. They have what they figure will be just a one night stand. Alison later learns she is pregnant. Ben declares he will support her throughout the pregnancy. They spend a lot of time together and Ben, wanting to do the right thing, proposes to Alison. Alison, who is afraid she’ll end up in an unhappy marriage like her sister’s, thinks it’s too soon for marriage, and refuses his proposal.
The couple argues and breaks up. Ben eventually gets his act together, gets a job, prepares his apartment for the baby’s arrival, and reads up on all of the pregnancy books. The couple reconciles just in time for the birth of their daughter and the young family lives happily ever after.
4 Nine Months
Child psychologist Samuel (Hugh Grant) has a great relationship with ballet teacher Rebecca (Julianne Moore). Rebecca would like to get married and start a family, but Samuel is initially against the idea, thinking that things are just fine the way they are. Their relationship is thrown into turmoil when Rebecca finds out that she’s pregnant.
Samuel's anxiety builds throughout the movie. He frequently has run-ins with the annoying but happy couple Marty and Gail (Tom Arnold and Joan Cusack) and their misbehaving brood of children. He receives advice from his single, womanizing friend, Sean (Jeff Goldblum.) Their doctor, played by Robin Williams, speaks broken English and is frustratingly hard to understand.
Samuel is confused and unsure about giving up the life he knows to become a father. Feeling neglected and alone, Rebecca leaves and moves in with Marty and Gail so she will have someone around to help her when the baby arrives. When Samuel finally sees an ultrasound video of his son, he decides it’s time to man up and take responsibility.
3 Father of the Bride Part
In the sequel to Father of the Bride, George Banks (Steve Martin) must accept the fact that his now grown-up daughter, Annie, is not only someone’s wife but is soon to be a mother as well. This transition from father to grandfather has George questioning his own life. As he considers selling the family house and nearly begins to descend into mid-life crisis mode, his wife Nina (Diane Keaton) drops a bomb: she’s pregnant, too.
The movie follows Annie and Nina throughout their pregnancies. At first, both women are shocked to find out that Nina is pregnant; Annie’s new sibling will be as old as her daughter. But they eventually get used to the idea and are glad to have each others’ shoulders to lean on over the next nine months.
Martin Short returns as Franck, who hosts an elaborate baby shower for both women. Franck also helps redesign George and Nina’s house to include a nursery for the baby.
Sixteen-year-old Juno (Ellen Page) learns that she’s pregnant after a one-time sexual encounter with her friend Paulie (Michael Cera). They like each other, but they don’t consider themselves a couple, nor do they consider themselves ready to become parents. Paulie lets Juno call all the shots in regards to the pregnancy.
At first, Juno decides that she will have an abortion, but she can’t go through with it. She decides to tell her parents about her pregnancy and her plans to give the baby up for adoption. Juno agrees to a closed adoption contract with Mark and Vanessa (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), a couple who is desperate to have a baby.
Juno grows close with Mark, finding they have a lot in common. She learns that although Mark and Vanessa appear to be the perfect couple, they have some problems of their own. Despite their issues, Vanessa still wants to be a mother, and Juno leaves the baby with her, knowing she will be in good hands.
1 What To Expect When You’re Expecting
This star-studded movie has a little something for everyone. Five couples’ paths cross and their lives are intertwined due to the challenges they all face as soon-to-be parents.
First, there’s Jules and Evan (Cameron Diaz and Matthew Morrison). This celebrity couple has to balance their careers as a TV fitness host and celebrity dance show star with the demands of caring for a high-risk pregnancy. The couple also debates whether to circumcise their son.
Then there’s Wendy and Gary (Elizabeth Banks and Ben Falcone). Wendy, a pregnancy and baby author, has been dying to get pregnant. When she finally does, the pregnancy hormones take over her body and she struggles to deal with all of the awful pregnancy symptoms.
Gary’s father (Dennis Quaid) and young wife Skyler (Brooklyn Decker) are expecting twins. Skyler is the pregnant woman that most moms envy. She looks and feels great throughout her entire pregnancy, and she has a ridiculously easy labor and delivery.
Holly (Jennifer Lopez) is doing everything she can to prepare for an international adoption, but her husband Alex (Rodrigo Santoro) worries about becoming a parent. He hangs out with a “dudes” group, where his friend Vic (Chris Rock) and other new dads give him parenting advice and share their insight on what it’s really like to be a dad. The scene where they finally become parents is a tearjerker, for sure.
And last but not least, rival food truck owners Rosie and Marco hook up and end up pregnant. Although their relationship started casually, they spend more and more time together and it appears that their bond is growing. Rosie eventually suffers a miscarriage and has a hard time coping. Marco disappears for a little while, but the couple is reunited at the hospital while Rosie is there visiting Skyler and the twins.