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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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August: Osage County is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
August: Osage County Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor August: Osage County is a 2013 American drama film written by Tracy Letts and based on his Pulitzer Prize–winning play of the same name, and directed by John Wells. It is produced by George ...more

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Tokyo Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Tokyo Story 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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Death at a Funeral is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Death at a Funeral Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk, Matthew Macfadyen Death at a Funeral 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 funeral of ...more

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Flirting with Disaster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Flirting with Disaster Ben Stiller, Mary Tyler Moore, Téa Leoni Flirting with Disaster is a 1996 American comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell about a young father's search for his biological parents. The film stars Ben Stiller, Patricia ...more

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The House of Yes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
The House of Yes 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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The Grifters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
The Grifters 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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Margot at the Wedding is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Margot at the Wedding 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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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Parenthood 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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Magnolia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Magnolia 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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Flowers in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 10 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 Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
The Royal Tenenbaums 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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The Squid and the Whale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
The Squid and the Whale 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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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Ordinary People 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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Dogtooth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Dogtooth Alexander Voulgaris, Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley Dogtooth is a 2009 Greek film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos about a husband and wife who keep their children ignorant of the world outside their property well into adulthood. The drama stars ...more

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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Terms of Endearment 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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Rachel Getting Married is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Rachel Getting Married 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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The Virgin Suicides is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
The Virgin Suicides Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito The Virgin Suicides 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 ...more

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Orange County is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Amanda Cowton added Orange County Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller, Jack Black Orange County is a 2002 American comedy film starring Colin Hanks and Jack Black. It was released on January 11, 2002. The movie was distributed by Paramount Pictures and produced by MTV Films ...more

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The Ref is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
The Ref 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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The Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
The Family Stone 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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Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Home for the Holidays 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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Happiness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Happiness 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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A Patch of Blue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Tom Islava added A Patch of Blue Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, John Qualen A Patch of Blue is a 1965 American drama film directed by Guy Green about the relationship between a black man, Gordon, and a blind white female teenager, Selina, and the problems that plague ...more

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Tom Islava added Coraline 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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Mommie Dearest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families
Mommie Dearest 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