Dysfunctional family movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant dysfunctional family movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, melancholic, emotional, talky, dramatic and serious films and TV shows about / with dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, storytelling, parents and children, dialogue, mentor, runaway, parenthood and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, Russia, Germany and other countries.
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dysfunctional family movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as dysfunctional family: Shameless (2011), Weeds (2005), Loveless (2017), American Beauty (1999), The Ice Storm (1997), Vacation (2015), Precious (2009), Mommy (2014), An American Crime (2007), August: Osage County (2013).

List of dysfunctional family movies

 8.6
 174K
Shameless (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Chicagoan Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be... perhaps better off. When Frank's not at the bar spending what little money they have, he's passed out on the floor. ...
Style: humorous, biting, dark humor, emotional, offbeat ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, gay teenager, family problems, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, life is a bitch, siblings relations, parents and children, teenage sex, youth, bipolar disorder, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 7.9
 98K
Weeds (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
Story: Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan. The central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling cannabis to support her family after her husband dies suddenly of a heart attack. Over the ...
Style: humorous, witty, cynical, dark humor, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, marijuana, drug dealing, drug dealer, stoners, family life, single mother, drugs/alcohol, eccentric family, single parent, smuggling, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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 7.6
 25K
Loveless (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening ...
Style: melancholic, rough, bleak, heartbreaking, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, missing child, divorce, husband wife relationship, disappearance, search, search party, dispute, selfishness, dysfunctional marriage, missing son, anger ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 8.3
 1.0M
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, sexual, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, age difference, older man younger woman relationship, older man young girl relationship, dysfunctional family, virgin, family problems, coming of age, existentialism, character study, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 7.4
 51K
The Ice Storm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her ...
Style: bleak, sexual, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mate swapping, thanksgiving, neighbor, infidelity, swinger, sexual exploration, adultery, innocence lost, snow, coming of age, extramarital affair ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
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 6.1
 89K
Vacation (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Hoping to bring his family closer together and to recreate his childhood vacation for his own kids, a grown up Rusty Griswold takes his wife and their two sons on a cross-country road trip to the coolest theme park in America, Walley World. Needless ...
Style: funny, humorous, road movie, idiotic, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, road trip, on the road, family vacation, nothing goes right, vacation, parents and children, family relations, family problems, family, father son relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
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 7.3
 101K
Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: emotional, rough, serious, harsh, bleak ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, dysfunctional family, illiteracy, child abuse, abusive mother, social misfits, sexual abuse, poverty, parents and children, physical appearance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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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: oedipus complex, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, 15 year old, sexual relations, family in crisis, teenage life, life is a bitch, family problems, youth, rebelliousness, anti conformity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, year 2010, 2010s ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
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An American Crime (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: child abuse, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, confined, isolation, mentally unstable, threat, crime, captivity, family problems, basement, torture ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: indiana, usa
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August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Style: emotional, touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, funeral, family in crisis, incestuous relationship, family secret, drug addiction, death in the family, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
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 8.2
 20K
Animal Kingdom (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine "Smurf" ...
Style: tense, exciting, captivating, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, dysfunctional family, crimes, crime family, gay brother, drugs/alcohol, danger, escapades, family conflict, friendship, ex convict, outlaw ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern california, usa, california
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 7.3
 71K
Dogtooth (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Greece
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, disturbing, biting, serious ...
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, dysfunctional family, isolation, odd, power relations, perversion, punishment, domestic violence, parents and children, eccentric family, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, europe
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 6.6
 8K
Eulogy (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A black comedy that follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch - unveiling a litany of family secrets and covert relationships.
Style: humorous, cynical, absurd, satirical, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, funeral, family secret, family reunited, eccentric family, lesbian, family life, family feud, fall in love, parents and children, generation gap, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 6.8
 76K
Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, sincere, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, addiction, peer pressure, juvenile delinquency, theft, makeover, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, kids in trouble, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
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 7.1
 901
Wolfy (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: There are two of them: a mother and a girl. They have no names. And they are in a constant run. The mother runs away from the daughter in an attempt to start new life, and the girl runs after her mother as she has no idea how to live without her. ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional character, alcohol abuse, negligence, neo realism, family relations, sex addict, addiction, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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 7.7
 20K
Shelter (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach works dead-end jobs to support his sister and her son. Questioning his life, he paints, surfs and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe. When Gabe's older brother returns home for the summer, Zach ...
Style: touching, sincere, romantic, sweet, emotional ...
Plot: gay, gay relationship, coming out, gays and lesbians, best friends, grownups, young lovers, dysfunctional family, teenage life, homosexual, surfing, lgbt teen ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, southern california, san francisco, canada, new jersey
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 5.9
 28K
Ken Park (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his ...
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: strong sexual content, underage sex, erection, teenage sex, incest, sexual relations, youth, teenage life, family relations, dysfunctional family, masturbation, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, australia
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Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: teenage life, life is a bitch, friendship, youth, parents and children, high school life, dysfunctional family, social decay, family problems, school, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Olive Kitteridge (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: realistic, serious, meditative, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town life, family problems, maturity, mental illness, family relations, couples, couple relations, family, elderly, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa, maine, california
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 5.8
 23K
Georgia Rule (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Georgia Rule follows a rebellious, uncontrollable teenager who is hauled off by her dysfunctional mother to spend the summer with her grandmother. Her journey will lead all three women to revelations of buried family secrets and an understanding ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town, confession, mother daughter relationship, redemption, teenager, generation gap, life is a bitch, uncontrollable, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: idaho, usa, salt lake city utah, california, san francisco ...
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Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Dolores Claiborne was accused of killing her abusive husband twenty years ago, but the court's findings were inconclusive and she was allowed to walk free. Now she has been accused of killing her employer, Vera Donovan, and this time there is a ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: domestic violence, maid, dysfunctional family, murder, investigation, child abuse, island, abusive husband, anger, incest, mystery, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, 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: humorous, touching, emotional, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, homecoming, death of father, family, family relations, eccentric family, last wish, breakup, infidelity, reunion, family drama, childhood memory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa
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The Banishment (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.
Style: serious, emotional, melancholic, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, abortion, death, russian, pregnancy, crumbling marriage, adultery, countryside, misunderstanding, family bonds, relationships, family drama ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, czech republic, russia
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The House of Yes (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Jackie-O is anxiously awaiting the visit of her brother home for Thanksgiving, but isn't expecting him to bring a friend. She's even more shocked to learn that this friend is his fiance. It soon becomes clear that Jackie Kennedy's ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, absurd, surreal, psychological ...
Plot: incest, dysfunctional family, mental illness, thanksgiving, eccentric family, family relations, brother sister incest, family problems, family life, love and romance, female protagonist, twins ...
Time: 90s
Place: virginia
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Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, therapy, coming of age, loss of son, middle class, family problems, lifestyle, acceptance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, texas, chicago illinois, houston texas, illinois ...
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 6.9
 22K
The Ref (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Caroline and Lloyd are a married couple constantly at each other's throats, masters at crafting acid-tongued barbs at the other's expense. Indeed, they are so obsessed with belittling each other that they never stop -- not even at ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, talky, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: hostages, dysfunctional family, christmas, farce, holiday, hostage, robbery, blackmail, dinner, thief, christmas party, alcoholic ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: usa, connecticut
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Married with Children (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago, Illinois, suburb. The show, notable for being the first prime-time television series to air on Fox, ran from ...
Style: humorous, light, feel good, not serious, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, sitcom, struggle, family life, family problems, parents and children, working class, misfit, promiscuous daughter, dog, marriage, neighbor ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Maps to the Stars (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Driven by an intense need for fame and validation, members of a dysfunctional Hollywood family are chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Style: disturbing, semi serious, realistic, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, mental illness, aspiring actor, therapy, hollywood, obsession, family problems, parents and children, desire for fame, actor's life, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it ...
Style: talky, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: reunion, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, family problems, eccentric family, parents and children, family relations, love and romance, family gatherings, human nature, family life, sisters ...
Time: 80s
Place: mississippi river, mississippi
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 7.4
 35K
Mid90s (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Stevie is a sweet 13-year-old about to explode. His mom is loving and attentive, but a little too forthcoming about her romantic life. His big brother is a taciturn and violent bully. So Stevie searches his working-class Los Angeles suburb for ...
Style: thought provoking, light, humorous, cynical
Plot: skateboarding, dysfunctional family, coming of age, friends, teenager, teenage sex, gay slur, foul language, underage sex, mother son relationship, misogyny, 17 year old ...
Time: 1990s, year 1996
Place: california, los angeles
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