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The Best Dysfunctional Family Movies 

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Updated June 14, 2019 315 votes 75 voters 10.8k views 19 items

A list of the best dysfunctional family movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This dysfunctional family movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about dysfunctional families are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about family dysfunction you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous dysfunctional family movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already - note that these are films about truly messed up families to make this list - this is a different list from a list of best movies about families. Click on the movie titles for more information about these films about screwed up families.

This list has a variety of well known films, like Garden State and multiple versions of Death at a Funeral, in it.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies about dysfunctional families?" and "What is the greatest dysfunctional family movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular dysfunctional family movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these dysfunctional family movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good dysfunctional family movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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PeteBoyle added Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray

Released: 2001

Directed by: Wes Anderson

The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson. The film stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, ...more

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Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert Redford

Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story ...more

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Natalie Portman, Jim Parsons, Ian Holm

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zach Braff

Garden State is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Braff himself. The film centers on Andrew Largeman, a ...more

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Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

Released: 2006

Directed by: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk, Matthew Macfadyen

Released: 2007

Directed by: Frank Oz

This film is a 2007 British comedy film directed by Frank Oz. The screenplay by Dean Craig focuses on a family attempting to resolve a variety of problems while attending the passing of the ...more

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This is Where I Leave You
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Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ron Howard

Parenthood is a 1989 comedy-drama film with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, ...more

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney, Margo Martindale

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tamara Jenkins

The Savages is a 2007 American drama film, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins. It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2007

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

Margot at the Wedding is a 2007 tragicomedy written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film premiered August 31, 2007 at the 34th Telluride Film Festival.

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Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 1999

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Magnolia is a 1999 American drama film written, produced, and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, ...more

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Evan Rosado, Raúl Castillo, Sheila Vand

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jeremiah Zagar

We the Animals is a 2018 drama film directed by Jeremiah Zagar, based on the novel by Justin Torres. Manny (Isaiah Kristian), Joel (Josiah Gabriel), and Jonah (Evan Rosado) tear their way ...more
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz

Released: 1998

Directed by: Todd Solondz

Happiness is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz, that portrays the lives of three sisters, their families and those around them. The film was awarded the ...more

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Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Linney

Released: 2005

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson. It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in ...more

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Ben Stiller, Mary Tyler Moore, Téa Leoni

Released: 1996

Directed by: David O. Russell

Flirting with Disaster is a 1996 American comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell about a young father's search for his biological parents. The film stars Ben Stiller, Patricia ...more

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Flowers in the Attic Kristy Swanson, Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Jeffrey Bloom

Flowers in the Attic is a 1987 psychological horror film starring Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson, and Jeb Stuart Adams. It is based on the 1979 novel of the same name by V. C. ...more

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Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, Sebastian Stan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Rachel Getting Married is a 2008 drama film directed by Jonathan Demme, and starring Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin and Debra Winger. The film was released in the U.S. to select ...more

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Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Elton John

Released: 1975

Directed by: Ken Russell

Tommy is a 1975 British musical fantasy film based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album Tommy. It was directed by Ken Russell and featured a star-studded cast, including the band members ...more

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Tori Spelling, Rachael Leigh Cook, Parker Posey

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mark Waters

The House of Yes is a 1997 American film starring Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Geneviève Bujold, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Tori Spelling. The movie is based on the play of the same name, ...more

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Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest

Released: 1981

Directed by: Frank Perry

Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American biographical drama film about Joan Crawford, starring Faye Dunaway. The film was directed by Frank Perry. The story was adapted for the screen by Robert ...more

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