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, serious and dramatic films and TV shows about / with dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, parents and children, storytelling, dialogue, parenthood, mother son relationship, runaway and family plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, Russia, France 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), An American Crime (2007), The Banishment (2007), Mommy (2014), Dogtooth (2009).

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, emotional, offbeat, dark humor ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, gay teenager, family problems, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, parents and children, siblings relations, teenage sex, teenage life, family relations, drinking problem, homosexual ...
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, dark humor, witty, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: marijuana, drug dealing, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, stoners, family life, single mother, drugs/alcohol, eccentric family, single parent, unlikely criminals, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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 7.6
 24K
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: heartbreaking, melancholic, bleak, rough, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, missing child, divorce, husband wife relationship, disappearance, loveless marriage, search, search party, selfishness, dispute, dysfunctional marriage, missing son ...
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, sexual, melancholic, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, dysfunctional family, family problems, virgin, teenage life, age difference, coming of age, youth, older man young girl relationship, parenthood, marital problem ...
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, clever ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mate swapping, thanksgiving, neighbor, infidelity, swinger, sexual exploration, adultery, innocence lost, coming of age, extramarital affair, guilt ...
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, not serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, road trip, on the road, nothing goes right, vacation, parents and children, family relations, family problems, family, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, amusement park ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
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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, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, confined, isolation, mentally unstable, threat, crime, captivity, family problems, basement, torture ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, indiana
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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: czech republic, europe, russia
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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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 7.3
 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, dysfunctional family, isolation, odd, brother sister incest, power relations, punishment, domestic violence, parents and children, eccentric family, family problems, sexual relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, talky, clever, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, exploding boat, lesbian, parents and children, gays and lesbians, family secret, family relations, family reunited, cold relationship, drugs/alcohol, loud, couple relations ...
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, theft, coming of age, addiction, peer pressure, juvenile delinquency, teen angst, makeover, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, 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, captivating, exciting, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, crimes, heist, danger, drugs/alcohol, crime family, escapades, gay brother, friendship, family conflict, outlaw, ex convict ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern california, usa, 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, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, life is a bitch, parents and children, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional character, neo realism, negligence, family relations, sex addict, addiction, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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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, incest, erection, underage sex, teenage sex, sexual relations, teenage life, youth, family relations, dysfunctional family, masturbation, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, australia
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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, psychological, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town life, family problems, maturity, mental illness, couple relations, couples, family relations, family, elderly, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new england, maine, california
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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: talky, emotional, dark humor, touching, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, funeral, drug addiction, poet, family secret, humiliation, death in the family, incestuous relationship, drugs/alcohol, overbearing, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
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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, drugs/alcohol, family relations, breakup, death in the family, eccentric family, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, 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, psychological, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, coming of age, loss of son, therapy, middle class, family problems, acceptance, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, texas, illinois, chicago illinois, mcdonald's restaurant ...
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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: dysfunctional family, christmas, hostages, farce, holiday, hostage, robbery, dinner, thief, blackmail, 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, feel good, light, realistic, not serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, sitcom, family problems, family life, struggle, parents and children, working class, misfit, promiscuous daughter, marriage, dog, neighbor ...
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: teen drama, teens
Plot: teenage life, life is a bitch, friendship, parents and children, high school life, dysfunctional family, youth, family problems, school, friends, social relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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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, obsession, desire for fame, parents and children, family problems, actor's life, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: reunion, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, sisters, eccentric family, family problems, parents and children, family relations, love and romance, family gatherings, human nature, family life ...
Time: 80s
Place: mississippi
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 7.4
 16K
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, gay slur, foul language, mother son relationship, misogyny, friend, skateboard, car accident ...
Time: 1990s
Place: los angeles, california
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 5.6
 4K
Peep World (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: On the day of their Father's 70th birthday party, four siblings come to terms with the publication of a novel written by the youngest sibling, that exposes the family's most intimate secrets.
Style: humorous, realistic, talky, dark humor, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, writer's life, siblings relations, family gatherings, parents and children, family feud, eccentric family, artists and showbiz, family relations, sexual dysfunction, family problems, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: realistic, serious, touching, 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, female musician, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, california, los angeles
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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, teenage life, dysfunctional family, surfing, homosexual, gay teenager ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, southern california, san francisco, canada, new jersey
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 8.7
 112K
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, dealing with death, hopes, self discovery, gays and lesbians, family business, family secret, life changing experience, drugs/alcohol, financial problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, 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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