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 suspense films and TV shows about / with dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, parents and children, storytelling, runaway, family, mentor, dialogue and parenthood 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), Mommy (2014), The Ice Storm (1997), Vacation (2015), American Beauty (1999), Precious (2009), An American Crime (2007), Wolfy (2009).

List of dysfunctional family movies

 8.6
 190K
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: biting, dark humor, offbeat, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, life is a bitch, teenage life, sex scene, siblings relations, gay teenager, teenage sex, juvenile delinquency, bipolar disorder, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 7.9
 100K
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, cynical, witty, dark humor, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, marijuana, drug dealing, drug dealer, stoners, family life, single mother, suburbs, eccentric family, drugs/alcohol, single parent, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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 7.6
 27K
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, heartbreaking, rough, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, missing child, divorce, husband wife relationship, disappearance, search, search party, dispute, anger, missing son, dysfunctional marriage, selfishness ...
Time: year 2012, year 2015, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 8.1
 47K
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, 15 year old, sexual relations, teenage boy, teenage life, family in crisis, life is a bitch, rebelliousness, anti conformity, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, year 1982, 2010s ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec, montreal
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 7.4
 52K
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, sexy, sexual, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: mate swapping, dysfunctional family, snow, swinger, neighbor, thanksgiving, infidelity, storm, sexual exploration, adultery, innocence lost, suburbs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, new york
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 6.1
 94K
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 ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, road trip, family vacation, on the road, nothing goes right, vacation, family relations, parents and children, family problems, family, father son relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco, memphis, chicago illinois, arizona
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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, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, character study, age difference, coming of age, older man young girl relationship, older man younger woman relationship, virgin, existentialism, dysfunctional family, family problems, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 7.3
 103K
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, rape, abusive mother, dysfunctional family, social misfits, sexual abuse, poverty, illiteracy, parents and children, aids, fat girl ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city
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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, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: child abuse, dysfunctional family, torture, isolation, mentally unstable, confined, domestic violence, murder, crimes, captivity, threat, crime ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa
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 7.0
 954
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, neorealism, disturbing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional character, alcohol abuse, neo realism, negligence, family relations, sex addict, addiction, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
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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, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, incestuous relationship, funeral, family in crisis, family secret, drug addiction, death in the family, family relations, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
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 7.3
 77K
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, psychological, thought provoking, biting, serious ...
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, dysfunctional family, isolation, odd, power relations, punishment, perversion, eccentric family, parents and children, explicit sex, confined ...
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, family secret, death in the family, family reunited, funeral, eccentric family, lesbian, family life, family feud, fall in love, parents and children, generation gap ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, touching, serious, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, friendship, life is a bitch, high school life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, society, family relations, social decay, family problems, school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 6.8
 78K
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, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, addiction, juvenile delinquency, peer pressure, theft, makeover, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, life is a bitch, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
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 7.6
 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 ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, gay relationship, gays and lesbians, coming out, best friends, grownups, homosexual, gay teenager, homosexuality, dysfunctional family, teenage life, gay romance ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: california, southern california, san francisco, canada, new jersey
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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: sincere, serious, surreal, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, self destructing, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, addiction, redemption, parents and children, alcoholic father, father son relationship, alcoholic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, poland
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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: atmospheric, realistic, psychological, serious, meditative ...
Plot: parents and children, dysfunctional family, small town life, family problems, maturity, couple relations, family relations, mental illness, elderly, couples, family, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new england, maine, california
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 5.8
 24K
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: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: family problems, dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, parents and children, teenager, small town, confession, redemption, generation gap, family relations, uncontrollable, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: idaho, usa, san francisco, salt lake city utah, california ...
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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, family relations, homecoming, death of father, family, eccentric family, last wish, breakup, jewish, infidelity, reunion, lesbian mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new england
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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, countryside, russian, pregnancy, crumbling marriage, adultery, misunderstanding, family bonds, relationships, family drama ...
Time: contemporary
Place: czech republic, europe, 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, family relations, mental illness, thanksgiving, eccentric family, family problems, twins, family life, love and romance, brother sister incest, female protagonist ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: virginia
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 6.9
 22K
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: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, culture clash, pregnancy, painting, jealousy, eccentric family, love and romance, family problems, family life, meet the parents, lifestyle, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa
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 8.2
 21K
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: exciting, captivating, tense, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, criminal, crime family, crimes, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional family, mother son relationship, danger, escapades, gay brother, family conflict, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern california, usa, california
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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: suicide attempt, therapy, dysfunctional family, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, loss of son, coming of age, middle class, family problems, youth, death in the family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, texas, illinois, chicago illinois, houston texas
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 6.9
 23K
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: hostage, dysfunctional family, christmas, farce, holiday, robbery, dinner, christmas party, blackmail, thief, alcoholic, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: usa, connecticut
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 8.0
 14K
Shameless (2004)
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: humorous, emotional, realistic, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: family problems, dysfunctional family, working class, drugs/alcohol, gay teenager, parents and children, siblings relations, single father, grownups, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, everyday life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, northern england, europe, manchester
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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: sitcom, humorous, feel good, light, not serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, family life, struggle, parents and children, misfit, working class, promiscuous daughter, neighbor, stupidity, family relations, marriage ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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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: hollywood, dysfunctional family, aspiring actor, satire, haunted by the past, mental illness, rehabilitation, therapy, obsession, parents and children, desire for fame, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
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