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The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

Updated September 3, 2020 8.8k votes 884 voters 179.8k 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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    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall

    Released1943

    Directed byFred M. Wilcox

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  • Mrs. Doubtfire3
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    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr

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    Directed byCarroll Ballard

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  • Rebel Without a Cause6
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    Natalie Wood, James Dean

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    Directed byNicholas Ray

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    Patrick Stewart, Dominic West

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    Directed byDavid Hugh Jones

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    Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong

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    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • Mary Poppins9
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    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

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    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • My Girl10
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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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  • The Karate Kid11
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • Stand by Me12
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Bridge to Terabithia13
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    Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm

    Released2007

    Directed byGábor Csupó

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  • The Secret Garden14
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    Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob

    Released1993

    Directed byAgnieszka Holland

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  • Rain Man15
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    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • Free Willy16
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    Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen

    Released1993

    Directed bySimon Wincer

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  • Field of Dreams17
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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

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  • East of Eden18
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    James Dean, Burl Ives

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    Directed byElia Kazan

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    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

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    Directed byMarc Forster

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  • Flight of the Navigator20
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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens

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    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    Robin Williams, Sam Neill

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    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce

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    Michael Madsen, Joan Lunden

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    Directed byDwight H. Little

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

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