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The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families 

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Updated March 23, 2020 790 votes 147 voters 14.1k views 32 items

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

Released: 2001

Directed by: Wes Anderson

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

Released: 1999

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

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

Released: 2013

Directed by: John Wells

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

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert Redford

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

Released: 2005

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

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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Flowers in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Flowers in the Attic Kristy Swanson, Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Jeffrey Bloom

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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Death at a Funeral is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk, Matthew Macfadyen

Released: 2007

Directed by: Frank Oz

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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Mommie Dearest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest

Released: 1981

Directed by: Frank Perry

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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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ron 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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Rachel Getting Married ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, Sebastian Stan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jonathan 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 ...more

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Tom Islava added Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

Released: 2009

Directed by: Henry Selick

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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The Virgin Suicides is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sofia Coppola

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Dogtooth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Alexander Voulgaris, Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley

Released: 2009

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

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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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow

Released: 1983

Directed by: James L. Brooks

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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Happiness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz

Released: 1998

Directed by: Todd Solondz

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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The Big Sick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
MoonshadowRachel added Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter

Directed by: Michael Showalter

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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The Truth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke

Released: 2020

Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda

The Truth is a 2019 French and Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. A reunion between scriptwriter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) with her famous mother and actress, Fabienne (Catherine ...more
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The Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes

Released: 2005

Directed by: Thomas Bezucha

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 Ref is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons, Denis Leary

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ted Demme

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Skin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall

Released: 2019

Directed by: Guy Nattiv

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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Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jodie Foster

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 Grifters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1990

Directed by: Stephen Frears

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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Sextuplets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Mike Glock, Rick Alvarez, Marlon Wayans

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michael Tiddes

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.
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The House of Yes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Tori Spelling, Rachael Leigh Cook, Parker Posey

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mark Waters

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) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2007

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

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.