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The list contains the best, new and most relevant dysfunctional family movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, melancholic, serious, humorous, dark humor and clever films and TV shows about / with dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, parents and children, mentor, dialogue, catastrophe, adaptation, family and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as dysfunctional family: Shameless (2011), The Addams Family (1991), We're the Millers (2013), Revolutionary Road (2008), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Banishment (2007), Married with Children (1986), American Beauty (1999), Shameless (2004), Death at a Funeral (2007).
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American Beauty
Drama
USA
122 min.
 8.4
Six Feet Under
Comedy, Drama
USA
55 min.
 8.7
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Hereditary
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
USA
127 min.
 7.3
Patrick Melrose
Drama
UK, USA
60 min.
 8.3

List of dysfunctional family movies

 8.7
 155K
Shameless
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: realistic, humorous, entertaining, dark humor, ironic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, alcoholic father, juvenile delinquency, poor family, drugs/alcohol, family problems, alcoholic, teenage sex, siblings relations, working class, gay teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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The Addams Family
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Uncle Fester has been missing for 25 years. An evil doctor finds out and introduces a fake Fester in an attempt to get the Addams Family's money. The youngest daughter has some doubts about the new uncle Fester, but the fake uncle adapts very ...
Style: gothic, dark humor, humorous, dark, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, goth, parents and children, supernatural ability, childhood, supernatural, comics, family problems, fantasy world, family, halloween ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
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We're the Millers
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.
Style: humorous, road movie, funny, sexy, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: road trip, dysfunctional family, family, on the road, drug dealing, adventure, drug smuggling, parenthood, wild ride, partners in crime, marijuana, comedy of errors ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, denver colorado, new mexico, tucson arizona
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Revolutionary Road
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.
Style: serious, depressing, heartbreaking, bad ending, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, relationships, loneliness, under the surface, existentialism, unfulfillment, midlife crisis, family problems, destiny, psychology, life philosophy ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s, year 1955
Place: connecticut, usa, california, paris france
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape
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: dysfunctional family, disability, family bonds, mental illness, family drama, mentally challenged, self discovery, parents and children, brothers, siblings relations, responsibility, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iowa, usa
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The Banishment
Genre: Drama
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, melancholic, emotional, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: pregnancy, abortion, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, family bonds, relationships, death, family drama, russian, adultery, misunderstanding, countryside ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, europe, czech republic
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Married with Children
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, family life, family problems, struggle, parents and children, promiscuous daughter, working class, husband wife conflict, misfit, adult humor, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 8.4
 953K
American Beauty
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: dramatic, realistic, melancholic, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, parenthood, parent child relationship, dysfunctional family, coming of age, depression, loneliness, family problems, life philosophy, obsession, teenage life, existentialism ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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 8.0
 13K
Shameless
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of a young group of siblings pretty much abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits - and humor - on a rough Manchester council estate. Whilst they won't admit it, they need help and find it in Steve, a young middle class lad ...
Style: emotional, humorous, cynical, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, siblings relations, single father, working class, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, social misfits, alcohol abuse, scam, grownups ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, northern england, manchester
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Death at a Funeral
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.
Style: humorous, dark humor, funny, absurd, clever ...
Plot: farce, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, sarcasm, secrets, family gatherings, eccentric family, secret, funeral, british, death, foul language ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
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Everybody Dies But Me
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, psychological, rough ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, realism, friendship, school, parents and children, high school life, teenage girl, boy girl relationship, social decay, underage drinking, girl fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Four Christmases
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Brad and Kate have made something of an art form out of avoiding their families during the holidays, but this year their foolproof plan is about go bust -- big time. Stuck at the city airport after all departing flights are canceled, the couple is ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, entertaining, light ...
Audience: date night
Plot: christmas, family relations, dysfunctional family, holiday, couple relations, family bonds, comedy of errors, nothing goes right, family gatherings, marriage, parents and children, eccentric family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: san francisco, usa
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 6.8
 158K
The Babadook
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Australia, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Style: scary, psychological, dark, tense, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: monster, supernatural, nightmare comes true, dysfunctional family, mental illness, book, deadly creature, single mother, nightmare, depression, insanity, dark fantasy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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 8.7
 106K
Six Feet Under
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, surreal, tense, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family business, funeral home, family problems, family secret, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, parents and children, sibling relationship, financial problem, life changing experience, workplace problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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The Big Wedding
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother ...
Style: entertaining, feel good, humorous, not serious, funny ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: wedding, marriage, dysfunctional family, comedy of errors, family relations, farce, family gatherings, reunion, adoption, eccentric family, stereotypes, meet the parents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.0
 95K
Weeds
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: dysfunctional family, single parent, drugs/alcohol, drug dealer, eccentric family, drug dealing, unlikely criminals, single mother, family life, parents and children, family relations, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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 7.7
 20K
Loveless
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, USA
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: rough, melancholic, depressing, heartbreaking, bleak ...
Plot: missing child, divorce, dysfunctional family, search, loveless marriage, search party, husband wife relationship, dispute, dysfunctional marriage, missing son, anger, selfishness ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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The Nanny Diaries
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A college graduate goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, a new romance, and the spoiled brat in her charge.
Style: humorous, sentimental, sweet, emotional, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: nanny, mischievous children, dysfunctional family, family relations, adaptation, obnoxious boss, parents and children, relationship vs career, marital problem, intergenerational friendship, adult child friendship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, harvard university ...
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 6.1
 18K
Excision
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Alienated teen Pauline struggles with the pressures of fitting into high school, pleasing her mother and a burning desire to lose her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life, Pauline is considered a social outcast by ...
Style: tense, surreal, scary, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: mentally unstable, obsession, surgeon, losing-it hero, gory, dysfunctional family, social outcast, transplant, teacher, dark fantasy, sister sister relationship, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.5
 7K
About a Boy
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Will Freeman lives a charmed existence as the ultimate man-child. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when ...
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: womanizer, dysfunctional family, single parent, lifestyle change, odd couple, parents and children, thirtysomething life, family problems, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, irresponsible, age difference ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Just Before I Go
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for ...
Style: touching, emotional, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: life philosophy, depression, midlife crisis, loneliness, suicide attempt, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, relationships, small town, destiny, siblings relations, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Black Christmas
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one. A remake of the 1974 horror movie, Black Christmas.
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: christmas, psychopath, murder, serial killer, holiday, slasher, gory, danger, violence, brutality, dysfunctional family, sorority ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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 8.2
 81K
Bates Motel
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: overbearing mother, motel, mother son relationship, murder, crimes, dysfunctional family, incestuous desire, family problems, small town, serial killer, teenage life, mad ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, oregon
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Addams Family Values
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Siblings Wednesday and Pugsley Addams will stop at nothing to get rid of Pubert, the new baby boy adored by parents Gomez and Morticia. Things go from bad to worse when the new "black widow" nanny, Debbie Jellinsky, launches her plan to ...
Style: gothic, humorous, dark humor, macabre, not serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: eccentric family, farce, parenthood, parody, family life, danger, family problems, femme fatale, power relations, family in danger, sibling relationship, sarcasm ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: hawaii
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 5.9
 22K
Georgia Rule
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, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, parents and children, family problems, secrets, honest, confession, small town, dysfunctional family, secret, teenager, redemption, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: idaho, usa, california, san francisco, new jersey ...
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 5.3
 38K
Trespass
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Bulgaria
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Kyle (Nicolas Cage) and Sarah Miller (Nicole Kidman) have it all: a huge gated house on the water, fancy cars, and the potential for romance in their relationship. He's just back from a business trip (he brokers diamonds) and their teen ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, intense, suspense, serious ...
Plot: family in danger, home invasion, betrayal, hostages, estate, crime, twists & turns, confined, couple relations, brutality, robbery, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
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 8.3
 62K
Ray Donovan
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players, and makes their problems disappear. His father's unexpected release from prison sets off a chain of events that shakes the ...
Style: captivating, tense, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: power relations, family secret, millionaire, teamwork, dysfunctional family, family problems, intrigue, parents and children, identity crisis, cover up, drugs/alcohol, hollywood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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 7.1
 126K
Remember Me
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: sentimental, touching, surprise ending, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, death in the family, family drama, father daughter relationship, relationships, parents and children, dysfunctional family, suicide, 9/11, parenthood, college student, tragedy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 1990s, year 2001
Place: new york, usa
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Little Indian, Big City
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Stephen, an international trader, tracks down his ex-wife Patricia in some Amazonian backwater. He needs her consent to a divorce so that he can marry Charlotte. Unfortunately, he discovers a son he didn’t know he had – Mimi-Siku. The young ...
Style: humorous, funny, comic, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: culture clash, mischievous children, fish out of water, family, adventure, indians, nothing goes right, disorder, estrangement, city life, adaptation, jungle ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, france, latin america, venezuela, africa ...
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 6.9
 24K
Freeway
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Following the arrest of her mother, Ramona, young Vanessa Lutz decides to go in search of her estranged grandmother. On the way, she is given a ride by school counselor Bob Wolverton. During the journey, Lutz begins to realize that Bob is the ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, cynical, bloody, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, brutality, life is a bitch, disfigurement, crime, prison, sexual abuse, runaway, dysfunctional family, censorship, teenager, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, san diego california
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