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The Best R-Rated Family Drama Movies

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List of R-Rated family drama movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated family drama movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Family Drama movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated family drama movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Family Drama movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Family Drama films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Family Drama film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

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    Big Night

    Liev Schreiber, Isabella Rossellini

    Released1996

    Directed byStanley Tucci, Campbell Scott

    Big Night is a 1996 American motion picture drama with comedic overtones directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci. Produced by David Kirkpatrick and Jonathan Filley for the Samuel Goldwyn...  more
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    Monsoon Wedding

    Naseeruddin Shah, Kulbhushan Kharbanda

    Released2001

    Directed byMira Nair

    Monsoon Wedding is a 2001 film directed by Mira Nair and written by Sabrina Dhawan, which depicts romantic entanglements during a traditional Punjabi Hindu wedding in Delhi. Writer Sabrina Dhawan...  more

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    The Joy Luck Club

    Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy

    Released1993

    Directed byWayne Wang

    The Joy Luck Club is a 1993 American film about the relationships between Chinese-American women and their Chinese mothers. Directed by Wayne Wang, the film is based on the eponymous 1989 novel by...  more

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    Soul Food

    Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long

    Released1997

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

    Soul Food is a 1997 American comedy-drama film, produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Tracey Edmonds, and Robert Teitel, and released by Fox 2000 Pictures. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film...  more

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    Rachel Getting Married

    Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger

    Released2008

    Directed byJonathan 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 theaters...  more

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    Five Easy Pieces

    Jack Nicholson, Karen Black

    Released1970

    Directed byBob Rafelson

    Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 American drama film written by Carole Eastman and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson. The film stars Jack Nicholson, with Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Ralph Waite, and...  more

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    Ulee's Gold

    Jessica Biel, Peter Fonda

    Released1997

    Directed byVictor Nuñez

    Ulee's Gold is a 1997 film written and directed by Victor Nuñez, and starring Peter Fonda in the title role. Co-stars include Patricia Richardson, Christine Dunford, Tom Wood, Jessica Biel, J....  more
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    Ran

    Tatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Terajima

    Released1985

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    Ran is a 1985 Japanese-French jidaigeki epic film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku-era warlord who decides to abdicate...  more

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    Nowhere in Africa

    Matthias Habich, Juliane Köhler

    Released2001

    Directed byCaroline Link

    Nowhere in Africa is a 2001 German film that was written and directed by Caroline Link. The screenplay is based on the 1995 autobiographical novel of the same name by Stefanie Zweig. It tells the...  more
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    The Godfather Part III

    Al Pacino, Diane Keaton

    Released1990

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who tries to...  more

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    Billy Elliot

    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Daldry

    Billy Elliot is a 2000 British dance drama film written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry. Set in north-eastern England during the 1984-85 coal miners' strike, it stars Jamie Bell as...  more

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    Liberty Heights

    Misha Collins, Adrien Brody

    Released1999

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Liberty Heights is a 1999 comedy-drama by writer-director Barry Levinson. The film is a semi-autobiographical account of his childhood growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s. It is the fourth of...  more
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    Reign Over Me

    Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Binder

    In Reign Over Me, two former college roommates Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) and Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) run into each other years later and rekindle their friendship. Charlie, who recently lost...  more
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    Cries and Whispers

    Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann

    Released1972

    Directed byIngmar Bergman

    Cries and Whispers is a 1972 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Harriet Andersson, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin and Liv Ullmann. The film is set at a mansion at the end of...  more

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    In Country

    Bruce Willis, Joan Allen

    Released1989

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    In Country is a 1989 American drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison, starring Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. The screenplay by Frank Pierson and Cynthia Cidre was based on the novel by...  more
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    You Can Count on Me

    Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick

    Released2000

    Directed byKenneth Lonergan

    You Can Count on Me is a 2000 American drama film starring Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Rory Culkin, and Matthew Broderick. Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, it tells the story of Sammy, a...  more
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    Antonia's Line

    Jan Decleir, Willeke van Ammelrooy

    Released1995

    Directed byMarleen Gorris

    Antonia's Line is a 1995 Dutch film written and directed by Marleen Gorris. The film, described as a "feminist fairy tale," tells the story of the independent Antonia who, after returning to the...  more
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    Hilary and Jackie

    David Morrissey, Charles Dance

    Released1998

    Directed byAnand Tucker

    Hilary and Jackie is a 1998 British biographical film directed by Anand Tucker. The screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce is often claimed to have been based on the memoir A Genius in the Family by...  more
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    Nil by Mouth

    Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke

    Released1997

    Directed byGary Oldman

    Nil by Mouth is a 1997 British-French drama film portraying a family of characters living in South East London. It was Gary Oldman's debut as a writer and director; the film was produced by Douglas...  more
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    Four Brothers

    Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Four Brothers is a 2005 American action film directed by John Singleton. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund. The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan and...  more

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    Little Voice

    Ewan McGregor, Michael Caine

    Released1998

    Directed byMark Herman

    Little Voice is a 1998 British musical written and directed by Mark Herman and made in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The screenplay is based on Jim Cartwright’s play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice....  more
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    Around the Bend

    Christopher Walken, Michael Caine

    Released2004

    Directed byJordan Roberts

    Around the Bend is a 2004 road movie written and directed by Jordan Roberts VI. The film is inspired by the relationship between Roberts and the absentee, criminally insane, substance-abusing father...  more
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    There Will Be Blood

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American epic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel Oil!...  more

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    The Debut

    Eddie Garcia, Dante Basco

    Released2001

    Directed byGene Cajayon

    The Debut is an independent feature-length film directed and co-written by first-time Filipino American filmmaker Gene Cajayon. It is the first Filipino American film to be released theatrically...  more
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    Junebug

    Amy Adams, Jill Wagner

    Released2005

    Directed byPhil Morrison

    Junebug is a 2005 American comedy-drama film directed by Phil Morrison. It was released on August 3, 2005 and stars Embeth Davidtz, Amy Adams, Benjamin McKenzie, and Scott Wilson. It was filmed in...  more