Loveliest dysfunctional families

by funny_diana | created - 28 Jun 2011 | updated - 17 Apr 2014 | Public
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1. Imaginary Heroes (2004)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

The Travis family façade is destroyed by an event incomprehensible to them -- an event which will open locked doors and finally reveal the secrets that have haunted them for decades.

Director: Dan Harris | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniels, Emile Hirsch, Michelle Williams

Votes: 9,134 | Gross: $0.23M

2. August: Osage County (2013)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

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 Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Director: John Wells | Stars: Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 79,448 | Gross: $37.74M

3. Home for the Holidays (1995)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Robert Downey Jr., Charles Durning

Votes: 10,743 | Gross: $17.52M

4. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson

Votes: 61,613

5. Polish Wedding (1998)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The film centers on a big Polish family. Jadzia is the mother and the ruler of the Pzoniak family (she has five children). Though she's happily married to Bolek, she is also having a ... See full summary »

Director: Theresa Connelly | Stars: Claire Danes, Gabriel Byrne, Lena Olin, Jon Bradford

Votes: 2,985 | Gross: $0.56M

6. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

Votes: 134,103 | Gross: $71.32M

7. Keeping Mum (2005)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime

53 Metascore

A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair, and his children are up to no good.

Director: Niall Johnson | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze

Votes: 31,569 | Gross: $1.62M

8. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

70 Metascore

The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 231,942 | Gross: $73.71M

9. Whisky (2004)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

When his long-lost brother resurfaces, Jacobo, desperate to prove his life has added up to something, looks to scrounge up a wife. He turns to Marta, an employee at his sock factory, with ... See full summary »

Directors: Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll | Stars: Andrés Pazos, Mirella Pascual, Jorge Bolani, José Pedro Bujaruz

Votes: 4,547

10. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 292,060 | Gross: $45.51M

11. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 410,091 | Gross: $59.89M

12. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his second mother, a trans woman, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 80,886 | Gross: $8.26M

13. Death at a Funeral (2007)

R | 90 min | Comedy

67 Metascore

Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage, Ewen Bremner, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 102,129 | Gross: $8.58M

14. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan

Votes: 165,607 | Gross: $11.90M

15. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller

Votes: 246,186 | Gross: $52.36M

16. Romance & Cigarettes (2005)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

55 Metascore

A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York, tells a story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.

Director: John Turturro | Stars: James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 10,948 | Gross: $0.54M

17. Daddy and Them (2001)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

Dark comedy where a married couple comes to the aid of a jailed uncle.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Kelly Preston

Votes: 2,002

18. The Descendants (2011)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause

Votes: 223,579 | Gross: $82.58M

19. Family Business (1989)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama

An ex professor offers Adam $1,000,000 to "get" some plasma from a high tech company's lab. Adam asks his criminal grandpa for help. Can the 2 convince Adam's now honest dad to join?Let us see what happens.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Rosanna DeSoto

Votes: 11,134 | Gross: $12.20M

20. Little Nicky (2000)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy

38 Metascore

After two of the devil's three sons escape Hell to wreak havoc on Earth, the devil must send his third son, the mild-mannered Nicky, to bring them back before it's too late.

Director: Steven Brill | Stars: Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Rhys Ifans

Votes: 91,723 | Gross: $39.46M

21. About Schmidt (2002)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

A man upon retirement, embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates

Votes: 117,328 | Gross: $65.02M

22. Parenthood (1989)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards

Votes: 40,932 | Gross: $100.05M

23. Birds of America (2008)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

A regular guy struggles with a repressive home and professional life, as well as making amends for the trouble his free-spirited brother and sister cause about town.

Director: Craig Lucas | Stars: Matthew Perry, Ben Foster, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lauren Graham

Votes: 5,136

24. Spanglish (2004)

PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 73,916 | Gross: $42.04M

25. Kick-Ass (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy

66 Metascore

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Garrett M. Brown

Votes: 497,835 | Gross: $48.07M

26. Margot at the Wedding (2007)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is marrying less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Flora Cross, Zane Pais

Votes: 18,383 | Gross: $1.96M

27. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

Votes: 129,254 | Gross: $4.06M

28. Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.

Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass | Stars: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 60,093 | Gross: $4.24M

29. Our Idiot Brother (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters.

Director: Jesse Peretz | Stars: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Nick Sullivan

Votes: 80,776 | Gross: $24.81M



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