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The Best Movies About Dysfunctional Families

Updated September 3, 2020 1.0k votes 168 voters 17.1k 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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    Ordinary People
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    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Redford

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    The Royal Tenenbaums
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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2001

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    Magnolia
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    Magnolia

    Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore

    Released1999

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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    Coraline
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    Coraline

    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning

    Released2009

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    August: Osage County
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    August: Osage County

    Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Wells

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    Death at a Funeral
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    Death at a Funeral

    Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Oz

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    Terms of Endearment
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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    Mommie Dearest
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    Mommie Dearest

    Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid

    Released1981

    Directed byFrank Perry

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    The Squid and the Whale
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    The Squid and the Whale

    Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario

    Released2005

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

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    Parenthood
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    Parenthood

    Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Howard

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    The Virgin Suicides
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    The Virgin Suicides

    Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner

    Released1999

    Directed bySofia Coppola

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    Flowers in the Attic
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    Flowers in the Attic

    Kristy Swanson, Louise Fletcher

    Released1987

    Directed byJeffrey Bloom

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    Happiness
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    Happiness

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Molly Shannon

    Released1998

    Directed byTodd Solondz

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    Rachel Getting Married
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    Rachel Getting Married

    Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger

    Released2008

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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    Home for the Holidays
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    Home for the Holidays

    Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes

    Released1995

    Directed byJodie Foster

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    The Ref
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    The Ref

    Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons

    Released1994

    Directed byTed Demme

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    The Grifters
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    The Grifters

    Annette Bening, John Cusack

    Released1990

    Directed byStephen Frears

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    The King Of Staten Island
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    The King Of Staten Island

    Pete Davidson, Bel Powley

    Released2020

    Directed byJudd Apatow

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    Dogtooth
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    Dogtooth

    Alexander Voulgaris, Christos Stergioglou

    Released2009

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

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    The Rest Of Us
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    The Rest Of Us

    Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse

    Released2020

    Directed byAisling Chin-Yee

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    The Family Stone
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    The Family Stone

    Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Bezucha

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    The Truth
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    The Truth

    Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche

    Released2020

    Directed byHirokazu Koreeda

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    I'm Thinking of Ending Things
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    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette

    Released2020

    Directed byCharlie Kaufman

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    The House of Yes
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    The House of Yes

    Tori Spelling, Rachael Leigh Cook

    Released1997

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Skin
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    Skin

    Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald

    Released2019

    Directed byGuy Nattiv

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