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The Best Family Drama Movies of All Time

Updated March 5, 2021 7.0k votes 887 voters 179.9k views151 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


  • The Black Stallion1

    The Black Stallion

    Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr


    Directed byCarroll Ballard

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    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan


    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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    Natalie Wood, James Dean


    Directed byNicholas Ray

    Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban,...  more
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  • A Christmas Carol4

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    Patrick Stewart, Dominic West


    Directed byDavid Hugh Jones

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    Oliver Twist

    Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong


    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak


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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin


    Directed byHoward Zieff

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio


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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman


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    Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm


    Directed byGábor Csupó

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  • The Secret Garden12

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    Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob


    Directed byAgnieszka Holland

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  • Rain Man13

    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow...  more
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    Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen


    Directed bySimon Wincer

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon


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    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet


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    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce


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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton


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