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The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families

Updated September 3, 2020 1.1k votes 191 voters 20.1k views36 items

List RulesVote 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 Squid and the Whale

    Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario
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    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland
    Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor...  more

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    August: Osage County

    Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep
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    Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin
    Parenthood is a 1989 comedy-drama film with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom...  more

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    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning
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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin
    The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and...  more

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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito
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    Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore
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    Death at a Funeral

    Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk
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    The Virgin Suicides

    Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner
    The film is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her...  more

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Molly Shannon
    Happiness is a 1998 American comedy-drama film directed by Todd Solondz. The lives of three...  more

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    Mommie Dearest

    Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid
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    Rachel Getting Married

    Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger
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    Alexander Voulgaris, Christos Stergioglou
    Dogtooth is a 2009 Greek drama film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. A husband and wife keep...  more

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    Flowers in the Attic

    Kristy Swanson, Louise Fletcher
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    The Family Stone

    Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker
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    The Ref

    Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons
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    The Rest Of Us

    Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse
    The Rest of Us is a 2020 American drama film directed by Aisling Chin-Yee. Two mother-daughter...  more

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    Home for the Holidays

    Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes
    Home for the Holidays is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Jodie Foster and produced by...  more
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    The Grifters

    Annette Bening, John Cusack
    The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese,...  more
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    Lily Collins, Simon Pegg
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    Orange County

    Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller
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    Tokyo Story

    Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū
    Tokyo Story is a 1953 Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu. It tells the story of an aging...  more
  • 24

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette
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    The Big Sick

    Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan
    The Big Sick is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Showalter, from a...  more