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

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 3 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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celia-yahccs added Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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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 Secret Garden Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time
celia-yahccs added Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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Bridge to Terabithia Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm, AnnaSophia Robb

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Little Women Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

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Lassie Come Home Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall, Elsa Lanchester

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Pollyanna Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Hayley Mills

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Billy Elliot Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

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

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The Little Princess Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero, Anita Louise

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Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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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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The Black Stallion Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

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celia-yahccs added Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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ahmed-maklad added Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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

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ahmed-maklad added The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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Stepmom Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

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

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The Best Years of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 30 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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celia-yahccs added Finding Neverland Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time
ahmed-maklad added The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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Secondhand Lions Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine

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celia-yahccs added Oliver Twist Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, Ophelia Lovibond

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East of Eden James Dean, Burl Ives, Raymond Massey

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A Little Princess Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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ahmed-maklad added Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

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White Fang Ethan Hawke, James Remar, Bill Moseley

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Fly Away Home Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Jeff Daniels

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

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Little Women Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, June Allyson

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

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

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A Christmas Carol Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

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celia-yahccs added Miss Potter Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, Emily Watson

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Big Daddy Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi

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Pleasantville Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire

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

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The Rookie Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths