The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time Films

The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

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List Criteria: 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    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

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    My Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    My Girl Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

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    Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 5 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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Bridge to Terabithia Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm, AnnaSophia Robb

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    Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Big Fish Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Charlotte's Web Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

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    The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    The Secret Garden Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly

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    Lassie Come Home is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Lassie Come Home Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall, Elsa Lanchester

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    Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

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

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    Little Women is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Little Women Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Dylan McDermott

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    The Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero, Anita Louise

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    Lassie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth

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    Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

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    Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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    The Black Stallion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    The Black Stallion Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

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    Billy Elliot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Billy Elliot Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Secondhand Lions Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine

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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


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

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    Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


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

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    The Best Years of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 26 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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    Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Pollyanna Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Hayley Mills

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    Rebel Without a Cause is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Rebel Without a Cause Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper

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    White Fang is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    White Fang Ethan Hawke, James Remar, Bill Moseley

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    Pleasantville is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Pleasantville Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire

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    Free Willy 2: The Adventure Ho... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Michael Madsen, Joan Lunden, M. Emmet Walsh

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    Big is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

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    Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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    Little Women is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, June Allyson

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    Big Daddy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Big Daddy Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi

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    The Karate Kid, Part II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    The Karate Kid, Part II Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Tamlyn Tomita

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    Fly Away Home is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Fly Away Home Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Jeff Daniels

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    A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    A Christmas Carol Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

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    East of Eden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    James Dean, Burl Ives, Raymond Massey

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    Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

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    Finding Neverland Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman

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    Frequency is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Frequency Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dennis Quaid

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    Gnomeo & Juliet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Ozzy Osbourne, Emily Blunt, Hulk Hogan

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    The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    The Rookie Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

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    A Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    A Little Princess Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli

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    Lassie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Peter O'Toole, Peter Dinklage, Samantha Morton

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    Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

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    Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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    National Velvet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    National Velvet Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury

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    Meet Me in St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


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

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    Follow Me, Boys! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Kurt Russell, Lillian Gish, Vera Miles

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    Flicka is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Maria Bello, Tim McGraw, Armie Hammer

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    The Karate Kid, Part III is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    The Karate Kid, Part III Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively

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