21 Movies Where Real Family Members Play Fictional Families  

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This list of movies that star real families is pretty impressive. Some of the best actors and actresses of all time have starred opposite siblings, parents, and in-laws on the silver screen. This list also includes some of the most iconic on-screen pairings of real-life couples, too. Sometimes, the pairings don't work so well, but when they work, they really work. This list includes some of the most notable on-screen appearances of real families in movies.

Sure, Hollywood has long been known as a place for some serious nepotism, but in many of these cases, the actors and actresses here, who are really related, did some outstanding work. Can anyone, for example, argue that Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen weren't phenomenal on screen together in Wall Street? Or how about Jane Fonda and her real-life father, legendary actor Henry Fonda, starring together as father and daughter in the poignant On Golden Pond? And yes, for this list, Tatum and Ryan O'Neal's turn as a father/daughter con-artist team in Paper Moon definitely counts.

So yes, it is possible for families to co-star together in films that are really great. Will Smith certainly proves that point. Smith and his son, Jaden Smith, have teamed up twice together on the big screen as a father and son: In 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness and in 2013's After Earth. In 2007, Smith starred with his real-life daughter, Willow Smith, as father and daughter Robert and Marley Neville in the great sci-fi movie I Am Legend.

Despite the fact that Smith teamed up once again with his son, Jaden, for the 2013 action film After Earth, audiences (and critics) failed to respond: The film bombed at the summer box office.

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A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 21 Movies Where Real Family Members Play Fictional Families
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John Krasinski and Emily Blunt (as husband and wife)

Released: 2018

Directed by: John Krasinski

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Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 21 Movies Where Real Family Members Play Fictional Families
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Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen (as father and son)

Released: 1987

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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On Golden Pond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 21 Movies Where Real Family Members Play Fictional Families
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Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda (as father and daughter)

Released: 1981

Directed by: Mark Rydell

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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21 Movies Where Real Family Members Play Fictional Families
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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (as Cleopatra and Mark Antony)

Released: 1963

Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian

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