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The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

Updated September 3, 2020 8.8k votes 822 voters 176.5k views179 items

List RulesFilms 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, as well as these funny family comedy movies. 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

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  • 1
    Pollyanna
    66
    17

    Pollyanna

    Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman

    Released1960

    Directed byDavid Swift

    Pollyanna is a 1960 American drama film directed by David Swift, and based on the novel by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    102
    63

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 3
    Mary Poppins
    63
    22

    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • 4
    Lassie
    65
    16

    Lassie

    Michelle Williams, Helen Slater

    Released1994

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

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  • 5
    The Karate Kid
    73
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    70
    28

    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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  • 7
    Bridge to Terabithia
    62
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    Bridge to Terabithia

    Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm

    Released2007

    Directed byGábor Csupó

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  • 8
    My Girl
    75
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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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  • 9
    Lassie
    38
    12

    Lassie

    Peter O'Toole, Peter Dinklage

    Released2005

    Directed byCharles Sturridge

    Lassie is a 2005 British-American-French-Irish adventure comedy-drama family film based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    The Secret Garden
    43
    24

    The Secret Garden

    Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob

    Released1993

    Directed byAgnieszka Holland

    The Secret Garden is a 1993 British drama fantasy film directed by Agnieszka Holland and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Rain Man
    57
    42

    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    The Black Stallion
    57
    42

    The Black Stallion

    Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr

    Released1979

    Directed byCarroll Ballard

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  • 13
    A Little Princess
    48
    35

    A Little Princess

    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham

    Released1995

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    A Little Princess is a 1995 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Liesel Matthews,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Field of Dreams
    39
    21

    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

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  • 15
    Big
    25
    11

    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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  • 16
    Oliver Twist
    40
    26

    Oliver Twist

    Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong

    Released2005

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    Oliver Twist is a 2005 Drama film written by Ronald Harwood and directed by Roman Polanski.Amazon buy button
  • 17
    Finding Neverland
    25
    11

    Finding Neverland

    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

    Released2004

    Directed byMarc Forster

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  • 18
    A Christmas Carol
    51
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    A Christmas Carol

    Patrick Stewart, Dominic West

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Hugh Jones

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  • 19
    Stand by Me
    20
    10

    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Lassie Come Home
    23
    16

    Lassie Come Home

    Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall

    Released1943

    Directed byFred M. Wilcox

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  • 21
    Rebel Without a Cause
    56
    57

    Rebel Without a Cause

    Natalie Wood, James Dean

    Released1955

    Directed byNicholas Ray

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  • 22
    Fighting with My Family
    138
    37

    Fighting with My Family

    Florence Pugh, Lena Headey

    Released2019

    Directed byStephen Merchant

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  • 23
    Free Willy
    16
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    Free Willy

    Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen

    Released1993

    Directed bySimon Wincer

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  • 24
    The Blind Side
    177
    72

    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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    The Pursuit of Happyness
    132
    51

    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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