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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 Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray
The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson. The film stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, ...more

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Magnolia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Magnolia is a 1999 American drama film written, produced, and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, ...more

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August: Osage County is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor
August: Osage County is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by John Wells, based on the play by Tracy Letts. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose ...more
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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin
Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story ...more

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The Squid and the Whale ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Linney
The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson. It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in ...more

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Death at a Funeral is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk, Matthew Macfadyen
This film is a 2007 British comedy film directed by Frank Oz. The screenplay by Dean Craig focuses on a family attempting to resolve a variety of problems while attending the passing of the ...more

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
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Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane
Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more

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Rachel Getting Married ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, Sebastian Stan
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 ...more
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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas Howard
Parenthood is a 1989 comedy-drama film with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, ...more

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The Ref is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons, Denis Leary
The Ref is a 1994 American black comedy film directed by Ted Demme, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey.

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Dogtooth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Alexander Voulgaris, Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley
Dogtooth is a 2009 Greek drama film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. A husband and wife keep their children ignorant of the world outside their property well into adulthood, causing those children ...more

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Happiness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz
Happiness is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz, that portrays the lives of three sisters, their families and those around them. The film was awarded the ...more

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Mommie Dearest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest
Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American biographical drama film about Joan Crawford, starring Faye Dunaway. The film was directed by Frank Perry. The story was adapted for the screen by Robert ...more

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Flowers in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Flowers in the Attic
Kristy Swanson, Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant
Flowers in the Attic is a 1987 psychological horror film starring Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson, and Jeb Stuart Adams. It is based on the 1979 novel of the same name by V. C. ...more

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The Virgin Suicides is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
The film is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her father Francis Ford Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, and A. ...more

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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow
Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more

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The Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes
The Family Stone is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha. Produced by Michael London and distributed by 20th Century Fox, it stars an ensemble cast, including ...more
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The Grifters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese
The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening. The screenplay was written by Donald E. ...more
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Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter
Home for the Holidays is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Jodie Foster and produced by Peggy Rajski and Foster. The screenplay was by W. D. Richter based on the short story by Chris Radant. ...more
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The House of Yes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Tori Spelling, Rachael Leigh Cook, Parker Posey
The House of Yes is a 1997 American film starring Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Geneviève Bujold, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Tori Spelling. The movie is based on the play of the same name, ...more

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Margot at the Wedding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Margot at the Wedding is a 2007 tragicomedy written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film premiered August 31, 2007 at the 34th Telluride Film Festival.
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Tokyo Story is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū, Kyōko Kagawa
Tokyo Story is a 1953 Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu. It tells the story of an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. The film contrasts the behavior of their ...more
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A Patch of Blue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
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Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, John Qualen
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Flirting with Disaster ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Ben Stiller, Mary Tyler Moore, Téa Leoni
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Orange County is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
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Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller, Jack Black
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