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, talky, emotional, dramatic and serious films and TV shows about / with dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, parents and children, family, storytelling, dialogue, mentor, family drama and parenthood plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, Russia, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as dysfunctional family: Shameless (2011), An American Crime (2007), August: Osage County (2013), Mommy (2014), American Beauty (1999), The Banishment (2007), Wolfy (2009), This Is Where I Leave You (2014), Dogtooth (2009), Married with Children (1986).

List of dysfunctional family movies

 8.7
 167K
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, offbeat, emotional, dark humor ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, juvenile delinquency, siblings relations, teenage life, life is a bitch, family relations, drinking problem, youth, alcoholic father, everyday life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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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, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: child abuse, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, isolation, confined, suburban life, crime, mentally unstable, threat, captivity, family problems, basement ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, indiana
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August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: 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: talky, emotional, dark humor, serious, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, funeral, drug addiction, poet, family secret, humiliation, death in the family, drinking problem, siblings relations, family in crisis, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
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 8.1
 42K
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, sexual relations, family in crisis, teenage life, 15 year old, youth, life is a bitch, family problems, anti conformity, rebelliousness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2010s, year 1982 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
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 8.4
 978K
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, sexual, cynical, captivating, biting ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, loneliness, age difference, virgin, coming of age, youth, lust, parenthood, marital problem ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: 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: emotional, serious, melancholic, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, abortion, death, russian, pregnancy, crumbling marriage, countryside, misunderstanding, family bonds, relationships, family drama, adultery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: czech republic, europe, russia
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 7.2
 831
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: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, dysfunctional character, alcohol abuse, negligence, neo realism, family relations, sex addict, addiction, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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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, realistic, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, homecoming, death of father, man child, family, breakup, last wish, family problems, eccentric family, death in the family, couples, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa
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 7.3
 67K
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, biting, thought provoking, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: incest, dysfunctional family, greek, punishment, isolation, power relations, child abuse, sex, domestic violence, domestic disturbance, brother sister incest, cat ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, europe
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Married with Children (1986)
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, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, sitcom, struggle, family problems, family life, parents and children, working class, misfit, promiscuous daughter, neighbor, marriage, dog ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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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, suspense, touching, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, friendship, parents and children, high school life, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, youth, family problems, teachers and students, school, family relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 6.1
 85K
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: humorous, road movie, funny, idiotic, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, road trip, on the road, nothing goes right, vacation, family relations, parents and children, family problems, family, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, roller coaster ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
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 6.8
 75K
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, sincere, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, domestic violence, makeover, peer pressure, theft, addiction, coming of age, friendship, marijuana, juvenile delinquency, underage drinking, teen angst ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
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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, realistic, semi serious, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hollywood, haunted by the past, mental illness, aspiring actor, therapy, actress, obsession, actor's life, family problems, desire for fame, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.0
 96K
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, dark humor, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug dealing, dysfunctional family, marijuana, stoners, family life, drug dealer, single mother, eccentric family, drugs/alcohol, single parent, smuggling, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Meryl Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sweet, dramatic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, divorce, family drama, parents and children, aging, family relations, musician's life, rock star, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, female musician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, california, los angeles
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 8.7
 109K
Six Feet Under (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: A darkly comic look at members of a dysfunctional L.A. family that run a funeral business.  When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as ...
Style: dark humor, psychological, emotional, surreal, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, death, funeral home, hopes, dealing with death, self discovery, gays and lesbians, family business, family secret, life changing experience, depression, financial problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.6
 8K
Eulogy (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany
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, talky, clever, realistic, biting ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, exploding boat, lesbian, love and romance, family relations, dealing with death, parents and children, family reunited, gays and lesbians, drugs/alcohol, loud, cold relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, small town, mental illness, parents and children, self discovery, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, obesity, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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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, tense, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, christmas, repression, loss of son, halloween, drowning, therapy, coming of age ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, texas, chicago illinois, illinois, mcdonald's restaurant ...
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The Daytrippers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station ...
Style: witty, talky, humorous, clever, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, on the road, drunkenness, chance meeting, rooftop, infidelity, suburbs, self discovery, midlife crisis, family life, family problems ...
Time: 90s
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 7.5
 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, clever ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, neighbor, thanksgiving, innocence lost, mate swapping, coming of age, guilt, infidelity, generation gap, storm, marijuana, snow ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
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 7.7
 23K
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: bleak, melancholic, rough, psychological, heartbreaking ...
Plot: missing child, divorce, dysfunctional family, disappearance, search party, loveless marriage, search, husband wife relationship, selfishness, dysfunctional marriage, anger, dispute ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 7.0
 21K
Junebug (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the way to meet with an independent artist in the South, newlywed art dealer Madeleine is convinced by her husband, George, that they should stop to meet his family in North Carolina. Madeleine's affluent lifestyle clashes with the family, ...
Style: realistic, humorous, sentimental, offbeat, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, in-laws, culture clash, artist, pregnancy, painting, jealousy, jewish, christian, newlywed, meet the parents, wedding preparations and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, chicago 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: humorous, talky, clever, witty, biting ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, christmas, holiday, farce, hostage, reconciliation, loan, thief, alcoholic, blackmail, santa claus, christmas eve ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: connecticut, usa
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Little Odessa (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, hitman, infidelity, russian mafia, gangsters, immigrants, crime, estrangement, parents and children, life is a bitch, crimes, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, california, tokyo
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 7.4
 8K
Nil by Mouth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, addiction, heroin, domestic violence, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, urban, realism, family problems, temperamental, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
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 7.0
 11K
One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, terminal illness, cancer, small town, parents and children, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, homecoming, journal, death of parent ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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 7.1
 6K
Ulee's Gold (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An elderly beekeeper and Vietnam vet must rescue his daughter-in-law and protect his grandchildren from killers.
Style: realistic, touching, gloomy, serious, intense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prison, beekeeper, vengeance, addiction, heist, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, drug abuse, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa
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 6.9
 8K
Crooklyn (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, coming of age, parents and children, urban, school, family relations, couple relations, single parent, family problems, teenage life, black people ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
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