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, serious, emotional, bleak and weird films and TV shows about / with dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, parents and children, mother son relationship, mother daughter relationship, brutality, storytelling, mentor and friendship plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, France, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as dysfunctional family: Shameless (2011), Weeds (2005), Vacation (2015), F is for Family (2015), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Ice Storm (1997), Married... with Children (1987), Thirteen (2003), Mommy (2014), Dogtooth (2009).

List of dysfunctional family movies

 8.6
 229K
Shameless (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
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: biting, emotional, humorous, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, siblings relations, gay teenager, teenage life, youth, juvenile delinquency, teenage sex, sex scene, homosexual ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 8.0
 108K
Weeds (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
TV show
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, cynical, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: marijuana, dysfunctional family, drug dealing, drug dealer, stoners, family life, single mother, suburbs, single parent, eccentric family, unlikely criminals, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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 6.1
 110K
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, not serious, realistic, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, dysfunctional family, family vacation, vacation, family relations, on the road, amusement park, parents and children, nothing goes right, highway travel, family problems, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco, arizona, chicago illinois, memphis
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F is for Family (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France, Canada
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: The story of the Murphy's, a lower middle class family living in the 1970s — a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside, and bring a gun to the airport. “F Is For Family”, is a six-episode animated series based on the comedy of ...
Style: humorous, realistic, not serious, satirical, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, couple relations, teenager, satire, parents and children, family relations, gross out humor, teenage life, emotional abuse, eccentric family, working class ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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: melancholic, touching, depressing, emotional, compassionate ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, dysfunctional family, disability, siblings relations, brothers, family problems, character study, mental illness, parents and children, small town, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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 7.4
 56K
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: sexy, bleak, sexual, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, swinger, neighbor, mate swapping, snow, family relations, thanksgiving, infidelity, sexual exploration, adultery, innocence lost, suburbs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, new york, manhattan new york city
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Married... with Children (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
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: sitcom, humorous, light, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, family relations, family problems, struggle, parents and children, misfit, working class, promiscuous daughter, marriage, dog, stupidity ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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 6.8
 86K
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: tense, realistic, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: peer pressure, underage drinking, dysfunctional family, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, kids in trouble, addiction, friends, friendship, marijuana, theft, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
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 8.0
 56K
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, emotional, sincere, psychological, touching ...
Plot: oedipus complex, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, incest overtones, juvenile delinquent, mother son relationship, teenage life, troubled teen, family problems, rebelliousness, anti conformity, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, year 1982, year 2015 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal
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 7.2
 94K
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: disturbing, thought provoking, psychological, biting, serious ...
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, dysfunctional family, power relations, father daughter incest, family problems, perversion, punishment, family relations, brother sister sex, parents and children, eccentric family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, europe
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 6.5
 9K
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: cynical, humorous, absurd, satirical, stylized ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family secret, death in the family, eccentric family, family reunited, funeral, family feud, parents and children, family life, fall in love, generation gap, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, family relations, family gatherings, last wish, death of father, family, eccentric family, breakup, jewish, infidelity, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
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 8.2
 105K
Bates Motel (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: incestuous desire, motel, mother son relationship, obsession, mental disorder, dysfunctional family, small town, murder, family problems, serial killer, insanity, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa
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 5.8
 25K
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, realistic, sentimental, serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mother daughter relationship, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenager, parents and children, family relations, small town, confession, redemption, rebellious daughter, generation gap, uncontrollable ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: idaho, usa, san francisco, salt lake city utah, 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: emotional, touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, family in crisis, incestuous relationship, suicide, funeral, family secret, drug addiction, family relations, death in the family, brother sister incest, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
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 8.4
 1.1M
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, dramatic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, existentialism, loneliness, coming of age, older man young girl relationship, age difference, virgin, dysfunctional family, older man younger woman relationship, character study, closeted homosexual, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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We're All Christs (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Adaś Miauczyński, a Polish intelectual, has severe alcohol problems which affect his relationship with his son Sylwek.
Style: surreal, serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, self destructing, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, addiction, parents and children, redemption, alcoholic father, father son relationship, alcoholic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, poland
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 8.2
 33K
Animal Kingdom (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: captivating, exciting, tense, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime family, criminal, dysfunctional family, crimes, heist, escapades, family conflict, gay brother, brother brother relationship, mother son relationship, friendship, ex convict ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern california, usa, california
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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, bleak, harsh, rough, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, captivity, confined, crimes, mentally unstable, murder, family problems, court, threat ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, indiana
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 7.3
 110K
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: bleak, rough, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, social misfits, sexual abuse, illiteracy, rape, abusive mother, fat girl, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
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Miss Violence (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On the day of her birthday, eleven-year-old Angeliki jumps off the balcony and falls to her death with a smile on her face. While the police and Social Services try to discover the reason for this apparent suicide, Angeliki's family keep ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, perversion, incest rape, child prostitution, child abuse, domestic violence, incest, suicide, family problems, parents and children, investigation, abusive father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: greece, europe
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 7.0
 1K
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, realistic, serious, tense, neorealism ...
Plot: life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, alcohol abuse, little girl, family relations, negligence, mother daughter relationship, loneliness, human nature, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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Olive Kitteridge (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
TV show
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: meditative, realistic, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
Plot: small town life, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, maturity, couple relations, family relations, elderly, couples, loneliness, family, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa, maine, california
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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: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, friendship, family relations, high school life, dysfunctional family, friends, society, parents and children, social decay, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 8.0
 27K
Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: heartbreaking, serious, touching, gloomy, depressing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: poverty, childhood, dysfunctional family, young kid, innocence lost, survival, responsibility, financial problem, journey, tragedy, brother brother relationship, malnutrition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Steven Murphy is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife and two children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspense, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, surgeon, teenage girl, blackmail, psychopath, hospital, paralysis, revenge, brutality, cruelty, teenage boy, obsession ...
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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: hollywood, dysfunctional family, mental illness, aspiring actor, satire, haunted by the past, rehabilitation, obsession, family problems, desire for fame, actor's life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
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 7.3
 61K
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: skateboard, skateboarder, dysfunctional family, underage sex, coming of age, friends, gay slur, foul language, hip hop, friendship, teenage sex, toxic masculinity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: los angeles, california, florida, spain, paris france ...
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 7.6
 33K
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, bleak, psychological, heartbreaking, rough ...
Plot: missing child, dysfunctional family, divorce, disappearance, search party, selfishness, anger, missing son, dispute, dysfunctional marriage, husband wife relationship, parent child relationship ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s, year 2015
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.
Style: depressing, heartbreaking, psychological, emotional, sad ...
Plot: depression, sadness, loneliness, loss, dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, death, nephew, house fire, funeral, hospital, uncle nephew relationship ...
Time: 2010s
Place: boston, massachusetts, new england
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