Family in crisis movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant family in crisis movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, emotional, melancholic, sincere and touching films and TV shows about / with family in crisis, family problems, family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, catastrophe, storytelling, dialogue and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Canada and other countries.
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family in crisis movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as family in crisis: Trust (2010), Winter's Bone (2010), In the Bedroom (2001), Fireflies in the Garden (2008), Strangerland (2015), Mommy (2014), Serial (2014), Looking for Eric (2009), The Money Pit (1986), Archipelago (2010).

List of family in crisis movies

 6.9
 40K
Trust (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, sincere, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, innocence lost, investigation, parents and children, youth, family in crisis, teenage life, internet, school, obsession, teenager, suicide attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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 7.2
 129K
Winter's Bone (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: missing person, life is a bitch, family in crisis, small town, poverty, family relations, family problems, social relations, bail, girl, down on your luck, realism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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 7.4
 36K
In the Bedroom (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved ...
Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, serious, suspense ...
Plot: family in crisis, jealousy, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, older woman younger man relationship, vengeance, family relations, parents and children, small town, age difference, father son relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, new england
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Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The semi-autobiographical story centers on the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced by an unexpected tragedy.
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, family in crisis, family relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unsupportive parent, college graduate, siblings relations, writer's life, family gatherings, rules and policies ...
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 5.2
 8K
Strangerland (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Newly arrived to a remote desert town, Catherine and Matthew are tormented by a suspicion when their two teenage children mysteriously vanish.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: missing child, australian outback, couple relations, family in crisis, troubled marriage, family problems, social relations, missing daughter, desert, crimes, haunted by the past, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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 8.1
 44K
Mommy (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A peculiar neighbor offers hope to a recent widow who is struggling to raise a teenager who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.
Style: melancholic, sincere, psychological, touching, depressing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, oedipus complex, 15 year old, sexual relations, family in crisis, teenage life, family problems, youth, life is a bitch, rebelliousness, anti conformity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, near future, year 2010 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
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 7.0
 35K
Serial (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A catholic French couple sees their life upside down when their four daughters get married to men of different religion and origins.
Style: humorous, funny, entertaining, light, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: racism, family relations, interracial relations, parents and children, couple relations, family gatherings, family in crisis, family problems, society, life turned upside down, verbal byplay, sister sister relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, africa
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Looking for Eric (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sport
Country: UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A man trying to put his life back on track gets some advice from an unexpected benefactor (the ex football player Eric Cantona) in this comedy-drama from acclaimed British director Ken Loach.
Style: surreal, touching, humorous, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, self esteem, self discovery, old love, sport, family in crisis, society, daydreamer, ex athlete, disorder, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england, manchester, texas, california
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 6.4
 47K
The Money Pit (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After being evicted from their Manhattan apartment, a couple buys what looks like the home of their dreams – only to find themselves saddled with a bank-account-draining nightmare. Struggling to keep their relationship together as their rambling ...
Style: humorous, realistic, light, entertaining, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, couple relations, family in crisis, nothing goes right, chaos, crumbling marriage, domestic disturbance, danger, unfulfillment, home renovation, old house, farce ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 6.3
 2K
Archipelago (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Patricia (Kate Fahy) and her two children, young adults Edward (Tom Hiddleston) and Cynthia (Lydia Leonard), arrive for a break at a holiday cottage. As rain and wind lash against the windows, Patricia grows exasperated at the absence of her ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, atmospheric
Plot: estrangement, family in crisis, parents and children, siblings relations, family gatherings, island, dysfunctional family, family relations, introspection, family problems, hopes, resort
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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 5.8
 10K
Savage Grace (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Spain, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: This examination of a famous scandal from the 1970s explores the relationship between Barbara Baekeland and her only son, Antony. Barbara, a lonely social climber unhappily married to the wealthy but remote plastics heir Brooks Baekeland, dotes on ...
Style: disturbing, serious, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: incest, mother son incest, adultery, murder, gay, sexual relations, couple relations, socialite, scandal, love, crimes of passion, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 40s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: europe, england, london, usa, new york ...
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 7.1
 116K
John Q (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: John Quincy Archibald is a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage ...
Style: twists and turns, thought provoking, sincere, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: hostages, hospital, financial problem, fighting the system, injustice, society, life is a bitch, crimes, power relations, crime, family in crisis, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, illinois, chicago illinois
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 5.4
 25K
Serena (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Czech Republic, France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a ...
Style: realistic, captivating, tense, serious, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: marriage, family business, family in crisis, love affair, couple relations, family problems, crumbling marriage, jealousy, strong female lead, femme fatale, husband wife relationship, anguish ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: north carolina, usa, new jersey
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The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.
Style: psychological, serious, touching, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, family in crisis, parents and children, family life, family problems, romance, unfulfillment, brother sister relationship, cripple, domineering mother, collection ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: usa, tennessee, california
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 4.7
 7K
EastEnders (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The everyday lives of working-class residents of Albert Square, a traditional Victorian square of terrace houses surrounding a park in the East End of London's Walford borough.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, social realism
Audience: girls' night
Plot: working class, society, workplace intrigue, social relations, family in crisis, intrigue, family business, neighbor neighbor relationship, small community, british, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, jealousy ...
Time: 80s, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s
Place: england, europe, london, east end london
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 7.1
 12K
XXY (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Argentina, Spain, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Alex, an intersexed 15-year-old, is living as a girl, but she and her family begin to wonder whether she's emotionally a boy when another teenager's sexual advances bring the issue to a head. As Alex faces a final decision regarding her ...
Style: sincere, serious, disturbing, touching, psychological ...
Plot: transsexual, sexual exploration, sexual abuse, youth, teenage love, gender, teenage life, life is a bitch, social relations, family in crisis, small town life, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: uruguay, latin america, argentina, south america
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 6.7
 6K
The Unsaid (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A doctor dealing with the aftermath of his son's death tries to help a troubled young man.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, gloomy
Plot: mind game, starting over, haunted by the past, family problems, family in crisis, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, mystery, social worker, mentally unstable, parents and children, going straight ...
Time: contemporary
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 5.9
 1K
Normal (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A deadly car accident brings together a group of previously unrelated people, each of whom is forced to deal with the emotional fallout.
Style: psychological, sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: adultery, obsession, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, death in the family, family problems, family life, life is a bitch, parents and children, family in crisis, rehabilitation, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
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The Poker House (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Agnes and her two sisters struggle through a day in a home overrun by gamblers, thieves, and johns.
Style: realistic, rough, emotional, serious, bleak
Plot: pimp, coming of age, drug abuse, prostitute, family in crisis, family relations, life is a bitch, down on your luck, lifestyle, teenage life, small town, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 70s
Place: iowa, usa
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 7.7
 40K
Short Cuts (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Multi-storied, fish-eyed look at American culture with some 22 characters intersecting--profoundly or fleetingly--through each other's lives. Running the emotional gamut from disturbing to humorous, Altman's portrait of the contemporary ...
Style: realistic, captivating, sincere, talky, depressing ...
Plot: suicide, cheating, redemption, infidelity, loss of loved one, party, fishing, multiple storylines, family problems, family in crisis, adulthood, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california
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Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, parents and children, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, coming of age, family in crisis, couple relations, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
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Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, serious
Plot: terminal illness, youth, family in crisis, hopes, human spirit, family problems, coming of age, life is a bitch, dealing with death, child illness, superhero, hair loss ...
Place: usa
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The Sound & the Fury (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A look at the trials and tribulations of The Compson siblings, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy, captivating
Plot: family, dysfunctional family, downfall, siblings relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, family relations, family in crisis, family life, family problems, unfulfillment, disintegration ...
Time: 1910s, 30s, 20s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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Spencer's Mountain (1963)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even helps a newly arrived local minister regain his flock after he ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, feel good, emotional ...
Plot: family, family problems, family life, americana, family in crisis, family gatherings, family relations, couples, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother daughter relationship, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 60s
Place: tokyo, hawaii
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 7.6
 44K
Leviathan (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, thought provoking, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: small town, injustice, life is a bitch, political corruption, dishonesty, family problems, human nature, family in crisis, small town life, rivalry, false accusation, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
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A Town Without Christmas (2001)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the small town of Seacliff, Wash., a child's letter to Santa Claus captures the nation's attention. When the little boy, Chris, writes that he wishes to leave this world so he will no longer be a burden to his divorcing parents, a race ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional
Plot: christmas, small town, parents and children, family problems, missing child, family in crisis, small town life, love and romance, media, journalism, letter, little boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington state
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White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, ...
Style: sexy, suspenseful, surreal, cynical, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, mystery, missing person, coming of age, under the surface, disappearance, teenage sexuality, parents and children, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, family problems, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary, year 1991
Place: usa, california
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 5.9
 360
The Elder Son (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Russian clarinetist living in Los Angeles, whose life changes when Bo, looking for a hideout after a botched car heist, passes himself off as Max's long-lost son. Complications ensue when Bo falls in love with his newfound "sister" ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, melancholic, touching
Plot: fall in love, family life, family relations, love and romance, family in crisis, crimes, criminal heroes, heist, brother sister relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, unrequited love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles
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Running on Empty (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been ...
Style: touching, emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, vietnam war, hidden identity, radical, follow your dream, parents and children, eccentric family, haunted by the past, rebelliousness, society, family in crisis, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1971, 1960s
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, florida ...
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 6.7
 2K
Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: family business, couple relations, life is a bitch, survival, couples, against the odds, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, parents and children, down on your luck, human nature, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: america
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