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The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families  

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List Rules Vote up the best movies that features a whole family with eccentric - even crazy - members.

There's nothing quite as dramatic as family. Complicated mother/daughter relationships, argumentative siblings, and estranged fathers and sons make movies about dysfunctional families a unique film genre. The best movies about crazy families feature emotional interactions peppered with a splash of humor to add to the entertainment. This is a list of the best dramas about families, including everything from Ordinary People to Terms of Endearment to Happiness.

What films will you find on this list of the greatest movies about eccentric families? The Royal Tenenbaums puts a whimsical spin on the genre. With their absentee father, Royal, returning to their lives, the Tenenbaum children – now adults – must all deal with their own unresolved issues. On the lighter side, Parenthood is a hilarious comedy about a dysfunctional family. August: Osage County is an acting tour de force featuring an all-star ensemble cast portraying the Weston family. Other good films featured here include The Ref, The Grifters, and Death at a Funeral.

Which of these crazy family movies are the best? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any great titles that are missing.

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The Subject Was Roses is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
horseplayer added Martin Sheen, Patricia Neal, Jack Albertson
The Subject Was Roses is a 1968 American drama film directed by Ulu Grosbard. The screenplay by Frank D. Gilroy is based on his 1964 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same title. The film stars ...more
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Beautiful Kate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
May Campos added Rachel Griffiths, Sophie Lowe, Ben Mendelsohn
Beautiful Kate is a 2009 Australian film directed by Rachel Ward and starring Rachel Griffiths, Bryan Brown, Sophie Lowe and Ben Mendelsohn. Ward adapted the script from a 1982 novel of the same ...more

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Back Roads is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Alex Pettyfer, Jennifer Morrison, Nicola Peltz
Back Roads is a 2018 American drama film directed by Alex Pettyfer, based on the novel by Tawni O'Dell. Caring for his three younger sisters after the death of his abusive father and the arrest ...more
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The Big Sick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
MoonshadowRachel added Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
The Big Sick is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Showalter, from a screenplay by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. It is based on the real courtship of Nanjiani and ...more

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Skin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall
Skin is an American biographical drama film written and directed by Guy Nattiv. A notorious white supremacist decides to transform his life with the help of a black activist and the woman he ...more
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Sextuplets is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Mike Glock, Rick Alvarez, Marlon Wayans
Sextuplets is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes. An expecting father-to-be discovers he has five other siblings and tries to track them down before his baby is born.