Family drama movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant family drama movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with family drama, family relations, family, storytelling, mentor, runaway, relationships, dysfunctional family, catastrophe and parenthood plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as family drama: Manchester by the Sea (2016), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), If I Stay (2014), My Sister's Keeper (2009), Brothers and Sisters (2006), The Family (2016), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Lovely Bones (2009), Captain Fantastic (2016), Still Alice (2014).

List of family drama movies

Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.
Style: depressing, sad, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, loss, loneliness, suicide attempt, sadness, death, dysfunctional family, nephew, uncle nephew relationship, death of brother, guardian, uncle ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston, new england
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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
Style: touching, romantic, dramatic, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: mental illness, romance, love, bipolar disorder, life philosophy, depression, character study, social misfits, supportive parent, male female friendship, football, young widow ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new jersey, philadelphia, baltimore
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 6.7
 124K
If I Stay (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Mia Hall, a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with the love of her life, Adam, a rock ...
Style: emotional, touching, tear jerker, sad, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: teenager, love, teenage girl, love and romance, teenage love, youth, teenage life, hospital, death in the family, parents and children, out of body experience, car accident ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon
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My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The ...
Style: sad, sentimental, touching, heartbreaking, tear jerker ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, parenthood, lawyer, mother daughter relationship, sisters, sick child, life is a bitch, family life, relationships, leukemia, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rhode island, usa, los angeles, montana
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Brothers and Sisters (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Brothers & Sisters is an American television drama series that centers on the Walker family and their lives in Pasadena, California. The series premiered on ABC on September 24, 2006, and aired its final episode on May 8, 2011. It aired, for its ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, family business, brother brother relationship, parents and children, siblings relations, love and romance, jealousy, parenthood, family problems, family life, couple relations, gay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: california, los angeles, usa, pasadena california
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 7.5
 5K
The Family (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: This thriller follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak, melancholic
Plot: missing child, lie, secret, kidnapping, twists and turns, suspicion, teenager, politics, political campaign, parents and children, loneliness, small town ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: inspirational, emotional, motivational, dramatic, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: life, rags to riches, human spirit, life philosophy, rise to the top, against the odds, life is a bitch, ambition, down on your luck, homeless, single father, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco, california
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The Lovely Bones (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, New Zealand
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.
Style: suspense, emotional, surreal, psychological, tense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: afterlife, serial killer, rape, pedophile, loss of daughter, death in the family, missing child, loss of child, murder mystery, death of child, loss of family member, dealing with death ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, pennsylvania, delaware
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Captain Fantastic (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with his six young kids tries to assimilate back into society.
Style: intellectual, philosophical, sad, cerebral, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: road trip, capitalism, home schooling, survivalist, funeral, precocious child, suicide, teenage girl, large family, socialism, family relations, children ...
Place: washington state, oregon, xian
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 7.5
 136K
Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: sad, heartbreaking, touching, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, memory loss, mother daughter relationship, supportive spouse, columbia university, terminal illness, illness, family bonds, doctors, mental illness, professor, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.6
 333K
The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: inspirational, touching, emotional, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, teens, chick flick, girls' night, kids
Plot: american football, life, adoption, christian, interracial relations, human spirit, football, rising to stardom, parents and children, life philosophy, fish out of water, strong female character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, mississippi, memphis, california
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 7.1
 148K
Remember Me (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Still reeling from a heartbreaking family event and his parents' subsequent divorce, Tyler Hawkins discovers a fresh lease on life when he meets Ally Craig, a gregarious beauty who witnessed her mother's death. But as the couple draws ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, romantic, sad ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: suicide, relationships, death in the family, love, romance, teenager, 9/11, love story, young love, love and romance, twists and turns, teenage love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 1991, 90s ...
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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 7.1
 129K
Brothers (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When his helicopter goes down during his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marine Sam Cahill is presumed dead. Back home, brother Tommy steps in to look over Sam’s wife, Grace, and two children. Sam’s surprise homecoming triggers domestic ...
Style: psychological, realistic, tense, touching, emotional ...
Plot: adultery, family problems, war, marital infidelity, presumed dead, military, american soldier, brothers, suspicion, twists and turns, iraq war, civil war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, iraq, usa
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The Disappearance (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada
TV show
Story: When Anthony Sullivan disappears on his tenth birthday, his family is devastated. However, as more and more time passes without the police being able to locate him, long-buried family secrets are dragged to the surface, turning the Sullivan family ...
Style: atmospheric, enigmatic, non-linear, social, bleak ...
Plot: judge, missing child, investigation, hopes, police, treasure hunt, parents and children, tv show, kidnapping, family drama, search, marching
Place: quebec
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 6.3
 17K
Solitary Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A car magnate watches his personal and professional life hit the skids because of his business and romantic indiscretions.
Style: sexy, cynical, melancholic, sexual, semi serious ...
Plot: loneliness, sex addict, midlife crisis, divorce, womanizer, aging, obsession, character study, bankrupt, self destructing, business, game playing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, california, new jersey, usa, macau ...
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, depressing, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: disability, dysfunctional family, mentally challenged, self discovery, small town, mental illness, responsibility, brothers, character study, coming of age, life philosophy, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When their father passes away, four grown, world-weary siblings return to their childhood home and are requested -- with an admonition -- to stay there together for a week, along with their free-speaking mother and a collection of spouses, exes and ...
Style: touching, humorous, emotional, melancholic, funny ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dysfunctional family, family, infidelity, homecoming, death of father, family gatherings, jewish, family relations, loneliness, life & death, last wish, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
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 7.9
 355K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, emotional, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, childhood, teenager, divorced parents, dysfunctional family, youth, brother sister relationship, stepsister stepsister relationship, abusive husband, abusive relationship, divorce, bully ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, contemporary, year 2011 ...
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, austin texas
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 7.4
 33K
Howards End (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A saga of class relations and changing times in an Edwardian England on the brink of modernity, the film centers on liberal Margaret Schlegel, who, along with her sister Helen, becomes involved with two couples: wealthy, conservative industrialist ...
Style: romantic, emotional, compassionate, melancholic, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: english countryside, estate, wealthy family, sister sister relationship, beautiful scenery, dysfunctional family, romance, inheritance, character study, greed, country house, love triangle ...
Time: 1910s, turn of the century, edwardian era, victorian era, 19th century ...
Place: england, london
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 8.3
 35K
Parenthood (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Parenthood is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Jason Katims. Loosely based on the 1989 film of the same title, Parenthood tells of the Braverman clan which consists of an older couple, their four children and their families.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, touching, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: family life, responsibility, family relations, large family, parenthood, autism, marital problem, couple relations, adolescence, supportive parent, social relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 7.8
 2K
The A Word (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The various generations of the Hughes family, who all love, work and fight like any other clan, find they must learn to communicate all over again when the youngest member is diagnosed with autism.
Style: social, psychological, uplifting, touching, compassionate
Plot: autism, problem child, bbc, family relations, parents and children, training, strong female lead, small town, stubbornness, dysfunctional family, love, family drama
Place: yorkshire, manchester, northern england
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When Hope Calls (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
TV show
Story: The story of sisters Lillian and Grace who open an orphanage in the 1916 Western town of Brookfield. Caught between the traditions of cattle ranchers and the ambitions of a growing town, they strive to find romance and happiness while overcoming the ...
Style: sincere, light, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, teen drama
Plot: children's home, two sisters, family relations, sister sister relationship, romance, sisters, mentor, teacher, small town, orphanage, siblings relations, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: usa
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The Banishment (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.
Style: surreal, melancholic, bleak, serious, emotional ...
Plot: abortion, dysfunctional family, death, adultery, russian, family bonds, relationships, crumbling marriage, betrayal, brothers, countryside, hide and seek ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, europe, czech republic
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Borderline Normal (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A family goes through a divorce.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, captivating, touching ...
Plot: divorce, dysfunctional family, first sexual experience, domineering mother, brother brother relationship, sibling rivalry, group therapy, teenage life, divorced parents, sex scene, making love, woman urinating ...
Place: detroit
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Doctor Thorne (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: The story of the penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her rich aunt/cousins at Greshamsbury Park estate.
Style: captivating, cynical, sentimental, thought provoking, touching
Plot: aristocrat, english countryside, ward, physician, village, family relations, intrigue, social differences, couples, society, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century
Place: england
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 7.6
 22K
Mildred Pierce (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 336 min.
TV show
Story: A newly divorced, uniquely independent woman struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family in Depression-era California.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, clever, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: housewife, single parent, struggle, tragic event, suffering, divorce, depression, family relations, friendship, ambitious, heroine, social differences ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, tokyo, usa
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 6.6
 13K
Black or White (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.
Style: thought provoking, touching, compassionate, sincere, poignant ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, custody, custody battle, courtroom, culture clash, family problems, death of wife, father daughter relationship, widower, family in crisis, society, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa, los angeles
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The Second Mother (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After leaving her daughter Jessica in a small town in Pernambuco to be raised by relatives, Val spends the next 13 years working as a nanny to Fabinho in São Paulo. She has financial stability but has to live with the guilt of having not raised ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, melancholic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: class differences, depression, honest, loneliness, family relations, character study, nanny, family problems, parent child relationship, brazilian, twists and turns, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, tokyo, australia, sao paulo brazil ...
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Northern Lights (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 54 min.
Story: Emma approaches adulthood, she tries to live an ordinary life and keep up to her late mothers expectations. However her anxiety weighs over her, stopping her from enjoying the last few youthful years.
Style: sincere, suspenseful, serious, touching, surprise ending
Plot: first love, panic attack, college, alcohol abuse, teenage love, loneliness, anxiety, writers, mental health, love interest, writer's block, single father ...
Place: northern england, manchester
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I Capture the Castle (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A love story set in 1930s England that follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle. Based on Dodie Smith's 1948 novel with the same name.
Style: touching, atmospheric, stylized, lyrical, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, castle, coming of age, beautiful scenery, eccentricity, eccentric family, siblings relations, sisters, first love, sister sister relationship, bittersweet, ex convict ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: england, london, europe
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