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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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  • Billy Elliot1
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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...  more

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  • Big Night2
    39
    6

    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...  more
  • Five Easy Pieces3
    31
    7

    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...  more

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  • Monsoon Wedding4
    43
    20

    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...  more

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  • Life as a House5
    41
    21

    Life as a House

    Ian Somerhalder, Hayden Christensen

    Released2001

    Directed byIrwin Winkler

    Life as a House is a 2001 American drama film produced and directed by Irwin Winkler. The...  more
  • Win Win6
    32
    14

    Win Win

    Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor

    Released2011

    Directed byThomas McCarthy

    Win Win is a 2011 comedy-drama directed and written by Thomas McCarthy. The main characters...  more

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  • The Joy Luck Club7
    33
    15

    The Joy Luck Club

    Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy

    Released1993

    Directed byWayne Wang

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  • Rachel Getting Married8
    32
    17

    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...  more

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  • Ordinary People9
    35
    20

    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Redford

    Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor...  more

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  • Soul Food10
    34
    20

    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...  more

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  • Ulee's Gold11
    27
    14

    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...  more
  • Ran12
    32
    21

    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....  more

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  • Legends of the Fall13
    21
    8

    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1994

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring...  more

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  • This Boy's Life14
    24
    12

    This Boy's Life

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro

    Released1993

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    This Boy's Life is a 1993 film adaptation of the memoir of the same name by American author...  more

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  • The Godfather Part III15
    25
    17

    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,...  more

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  • Nowhere in Africa16
    26
    19

    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...  more
  • Transamerica17
    25
    19

    Transamerica

    Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers

    Released2005

    Directed byDuncan Tucker

    Transamerica is a 2005 independent comedy-drama film produced by IFC Films and The Weinstein...  more

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  • Liberty Heights18
    18
    10

    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...  more
  • Reign Over Me19
    27
    22

    Reign Over Me

    Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Binder

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  • The Squid and the Whale20
    25
    21

    The Squid and the Whale

    Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario

    Released2005

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

    The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by...  more

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  • The Hotel New Hampshire21
    22
    16

    The Hotel New Hampshire

    Jodie Foster, Rob Lowe

    Released1984

    Directed byTony Richardson

    The Hotel New Hampshire is a 1984 comedy-drama film based on John Irving's 1981 novel of the...  more

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  • In Country22
    17
    12

    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...  more
  • Fanny and Alexander23
    23
    21

    Fanny and Alexander

    Lena Olin, Peter Stormare

    Released1982

    Directed byIngmar Bergman

    Fanny and Alexander is a 1982 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. The...  more

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  • Cries and Whispers24
    20
    17

    Cries and Whispers

    Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann

    Released1972

    Directed byIngmar Bergman

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  • You Can Count on Me25
    18
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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...  more

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