What are the best movies about dysfunctional families?

Dark Shadows (2012)

The Family: The Collins family, an austere collection of oddballs whose world is turned upside down by the arrival of an ancient ancestor, who just so happens to be a vampire. Not that they were particularly normal before he showed up… any family with a live-in psychologist surely has a bit of a question mark hanging over them! Most Dysfunctional Element: It would be giving the game away to explain too many of the family’s secrets, suffice to say that nearly every member is harbouring one, each more shocking than the last. When the vampire is the normal one, you know you’re in trouble. How To Make Them Functional: Everybody needs to sit down in a non-judgemental sphere and get everything out in the open. There. Doesn’t that feel better?

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Kapoor Sons (2016)

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From the man who gave cinema the everlasting mantra, ‘it’s all about loving your family’ comes a visceral drama about loving your family even when it’s hard to. Produced by Karan Johar and featuring an ensemble cast that unites some of cinema’s finest names, the movie sees the eponymous Kapoors uniting to fulfil their grandfather’s eternal wish of having a family photo taken. After weathering through tumultuous revelations and emotional upheaval, the family makes its cathartic way towards peace.

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10. Nebraska (2013)

Paramount / Courtesy Everett Collection Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) is determined to get to Lincoln, Nebraska, in order to collect a million-dollar sweepstakes prize he believes he has won. His son David (Will Forte) knows it’s a scam but after his dad won’t stop insisting, he agrees to road trip with him to Lincoln. Woody, for the most part, is an unpleasant alcoholic who basically tells his son that he did not want to have kids and never loved his wife. It would be hard to blame David for leaving his dad on the side of the road but, instead, he sticks by his dad’s side and helps him find the pot of fool’s gold at the end of the rainbow. Watch it on Amazon Prime via Showtime.

3. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Fox Searchlight / Courtesy Everett Collection Peter (Adrien Brody), Francis (Owen Wilson), and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) Whitman reunite for the first time since the death of their father to embark on a journey of spiritual self-discovery across India. Along the way, the three fight like only brothers do, at one point literally fighting and getting thrown off a train as a result. But they also bond in the ways that only brothers do, sharing the grief they are still experiencing because of their father’s death and revealing the hard truths about their own failures and disappointments in their lives.  Watch it on Amazon Prime via Starz.

Never Have I Ever (2020)

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Being a teenager isn’t an easy task, but protagonist Devi Vishwakumar’s life is further complicated by the volatile relationship she shares with her mother following her father’s untimely demise. Over the course of ten episodes, Mindy Kaling’s brainchild takes a look at the process of loving and letting go as mother and daughter finally make their peace while dispersing the father’s ashes.

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