films The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

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List Rules Films in the family drama genre.

The best family drama movies represent a fun bonding experience for the entire family. What makes a good family drama? Typically they dive deep into the inter-personal relationships of two or more family members. Often there are dysfunctional dynamics in the beginning that get resolved over the course of the movie. So what are the best family drama movies according to film fans? The list below answers that question.

Popular examples include: Little Man Tate, The Namesake, Night Crossing, Oriana, and more. If we missed any family drama movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list, which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous family drama movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about family drama movie lists. This list of family drama films features details about each of the movies that you can access by clicking on the title. You can also copy the titles on this list start your own ranking of the best family dramas.

If you want to watch some of the best family drama movies ever made on Netflix or Amazon Prime, this list has you covered. To find other popular family movies that are streaming, check out the Best Kids & Family Movies on Amazon Prime and Netflix Instant. If you're looking for more thinly-sliced movie lists, be sure to take a look at the Best Historical Drama Movies, Best R-Rated Drama Movies, and the Best PG-13 Drama Movies

Johnny Depp and Orson Welles are among the directors who have worked on Family Drama movies in the past.

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The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins Kathy Bates

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak Debra Winger

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My Girl Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin Dan Aykroyd

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Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke Elsa Lanchester

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The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton Jaden Smith

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time
Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman Valeria Golino

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio Pat Morita

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The Secret Garden Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob Kate Maberly

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Miracle on 34th Street Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson Dylan McDermott

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Charlotte's Web Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce Henry Gibson

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Bridge to Terabithia Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm AnnaSophia Robb

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Lassie Come Home Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall Elsa Lanchester

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Swiss Family Robinson Annick Obonsawin, Don Francks Janet-Laine Green

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Little Women Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale Claire Danes

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Big Fish Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor Marion Cotillard

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Lassie Michelle Williams, Helen Slater Richard Farnsworth

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Pollyanna Jane Wyman, Karl Malden Hayley Mills

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Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time
Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan Sally Field

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The Black Stallion Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr Hoyt Axton

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Billy Elliot Jamie Bell, Julie Walters Zoe Bell

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Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin Jon Favreau filmography

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The Little Princess Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero Anita Louise

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Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz Elizabeth Perkins

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Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Kevin Costner

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Finding Neverland Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet Dustin Hoffman

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Stepmom Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon Ed Harris

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Secondhand Lions Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment Michael Caine

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A Christmas Carol Patrick Stewart, Dominic West Richard E. Grant

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White Fang Ethan Hawke, James Remar Bill Moseley

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Mr. Holland's Opus Alicia Witt, William H. Macy Terrence Howard

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Big Daddy Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart Steve Buscemi

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The Best Years of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time
The Best Years of Our Lives Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright Fredric March

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The Rookie Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox Rachel Griffiths

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Fly Away Home Anna Paquin, Dana Delany Jeff Daniels

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Rebel Without a Cause Natalie Wood, James Dean Dennis Hopper

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Pleasantville Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker Tobey Maguire

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Little Women Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh June Allyson

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Meet Me in St. Louis Judy Garland, Mary Astor Margaret O'Brien

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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Mark Hamill

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The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter Jason Lee

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons Matthew Broderick

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A Little Princess Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham Vincent Schiavelli

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A Christmas Carol Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman Robin Wright

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East of Eden James Dean, Burl Ives Raymond Massey

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Frequency Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell Dennis Quaid

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National Velvet Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney Angela Lansbury

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Oliver Twist Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong Ophelia Lovibond

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Angels in the Outfield Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Christopher Lloyd

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Miss Potter Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger Emily Watson

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Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Michael Madsen, Joan Lunden M. Emmet Walsh