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


    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    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


    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


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

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    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Dylan McDermott

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    Little Women is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time


    Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

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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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    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

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    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman

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


    Ozzy Osbourne, Emily Blunt, Hulk Hogan

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


    Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dennis Quaid

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


    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


    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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    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


    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


    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


    Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively

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