Top dysfunctional Family Films...

My personal "dysfunctional family" favorites from genres ranging from drama, thriller, horror, to comedy.
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1.
12 and Holding (2005)
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After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Cuesta
 
2.
White Oleander (2002)
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A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion. (109 mins.)
Director: Peter Kosminsky
 
3.
Precious (2009)
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In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
 
4.
Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
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The Taylor family is devastated by an accident that takes place on the day their matriarch is due to graduate from college -- decades after leaving to raise her children. (120 mins.)
Director: Dennis Lee
 
5.
American Beauty (1999)
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A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
6.
I Am Sam (2001)
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A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family. (132 mins.)
Director: Jessie Nelson
 
7.
Juno (2007)
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Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
8.
The Poker House (2008)
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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa. (93 mins.)
Director: Lori Petty
 
9.
Elizabethtown (2005)
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During a hometown memorial for his Kentucky-born father, a young man begins an unexpected romance with a too-good-to-be-true stewardess. (123 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
10.
Meet the Fockers (2004)
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All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time. (115 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
11.
Garden State (2004)
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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
 
12.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
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After years of mother-daughter tension, Siddalee receives a scrapbook detailing the wild adventures of the "Ya-Yas", her mother's girlhood friends. (116 mins.)
Director: Callie Khouri
 
13.
Fish Tank (2009)
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Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
14.
Girl in Progress (2012)
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As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she's reading for school. (93 mins.)
Director: Patricia Riggen
 
15.
LOL (2012)
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As a new year at school begins, Lola's heart is broken by her boyfriend, though soon she's surprised by her best friend, promising musician Kyle, who reveals his feelings for her. (97 mins.)
Director: Lisa Azuelos
 
16.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (101 mins.)
 
17.
An American Crime (2007)
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The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s. (98 mins.)
Director: Tommy O'Haver
 
18.
Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
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Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, a troubled young girl seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher. (96 mins.)
Director: Daniel Barnz
 
19.
This Is 40 (2012)
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Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart. (134 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
 
20.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
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A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. (96 mins.)
Director: Jared Hess
 
21.
Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
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An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
 
22.
Skin (2008)
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Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era. (107 mins.)
Director: Anthony Fabian
 
23.
Rabbit Hole (2010)
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Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident. (91 mins.)
 
24.
21 Grams (2003)
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A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. (124 mins.)
 
25.
Strange Circus (2005)
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The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear. (108 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ *Watch with caution*---this was the strangest movie I think I've ever seen in any genre. ” - MovieBuff1922
 
26.
The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)
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A woman's survivor's guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago causes her present-day idyllic life to fall apart. (90 mins.)
Director: Vadim Perelman
 
27.
Our Song (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Focusing on the bonding between three girls in Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" and the choices the girls face once their high school closes down for asbestos removal. (95 mins.)
Director: Jim McKay
 
28.
Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
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On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. (110 mins.)
Director: Jake Scott
 
29.
Mother and Child (2009)
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A drama centered around three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and an African American woman looking to adopt a child of her own. (125 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo García
 
30.
One Hour Photo (2002)
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A mentally unstable photo developer begins to attack a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine. (96 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
 
31.
Nine Lives (2005)
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Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life. (115 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo Garcia
 
32.
Happiness Runs (2010)
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A young man named Victor realizes the shortcomings of the Utopian ideals on the hippie commune where he was raised... (88 mins.)
Director: Adam Sherman
 
33.
Melancholia (2011)
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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (135 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
34.
Money Matters (2011)
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A moving and intimate film that follows Monique "Money" Matters (Terri Abney) caught at the brink of adolescence... (89 mins.)
Director: Ryan Richmond
 
35.
The Unloved (2009 TV Movie)
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A film that gives a child's eye view of the U.K.'s government-run care system for orphans and children in danger. (106 mins.)
Director: Samantha Morton
 
36.
The Lake Effect (2010)
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Rob Lawson's perpetual quest for success is interrupted when his estranged daughter shows up pregnant, challenging him to be a father before he becomes a grandfather.
Director: Tara Miele