7 Recommended Movies of a Dysfunctional Family

“A dysfunctional family is a family in which conflict, misbehavior, and often child neglect or abuse on the part of individual parents occur continually and regularly, leading other members to accommodate such actions. Children sometimes grow up in such families with the understanding that such an arrangement is normal” (Source: Wikipedia).

So here is a little list about recommended movies of a dysfunctional family from my version!

7. The Virgin Suicides (1999)


Director : Sofia Coppola

Starring : Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods

Genre : Drama, Romance 

IMDb Rating : 7,2

This movie told story about 5 daughters of Lisbon Family who are sheltered by their strict and religious parent. They are not allowed to communicate to world outside their house. Their only communication is with a group of boy through a flashlight from their window.

6. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)


Director : Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Starring : Abigail BreslinToni ColletteSteve Carell

Genre : Comedy, Drama 

IMDb Rating : 7,9

When Olive Hoover (Abigail Breslin) decided that she wants to compete in a Beauty Pageant, her 5 weird family members decide to ride a VW and cross over nation to take Olive to the competition. This movie told us about dream and the illusion of it.

5. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)


Director : Wes Anderson

Starring : Gene HackmanAnjelica HustonBen StillerGwyneth PaltrowLuke WilsonOwen WilsonBill Murray

Genre : Comedy, Drama 

IMDb Rating : 7,6

Directed in usual Wes Anderson style, which is good, The Royal Tenenbaum is artsy story of a fully dysfunctional familiy that shattered after the father left the children and the wife without really divorced by law. The Children forced to be back to their family after the father is terminally ill.

4. The Way, Way Back (2013)


Director : Nat Faxon, Jim Rash 

Starring : Steve CarellToni ColletteLiam JamesAnnaSophia RobbSam Rockwell

Genre : Comedy, Drama 

IMDb Rating : 7,4

14 year old Duncan (Liam James), having a difficulty to fit in among his mother, her overbearing boyfriend and her boyfriend’s daugher while a summer vacation. After verbally abused by his mother’s boyfriend, Duncan tries find another place to be by himself. Then, he finds a friend he never expected, Owen (Sam Rockwell), the employee of a water park, way older and way more sociable than Duncan.

3. American Beauty (1999)


Director : Sam Mendes

Starring : Kevin SpaceyAnnette BeningThora BirchWes BentleyMena Suvari

Genre : Drama, Romance

IMDb Rating : 8,4

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) frustated after continuously underestimated by his succesful wife. He later sexually attracted by his daughter’s friend Angela (Mena Suvari). Bad relationship between Lester and his wife brings his daugter into hatred towards her own family. American Beauty won an Academy Award for Best Picture on 2000.

2. August: Osage County (2013)


Director : John Wells

Starring : Meryl StreepJulia RobertsChris CooperEwan McGregorJulianne NicholsonJuliette LewisAbigail BreslinBenedict Cumberbatch

Genre : Drama 

IMDb Rating : 7,3

This movie is an adaptation of a Pullitzer prize winning stage drama written by Tracy Letts. What makes this movie great are; its how the actors and actresses act and the strong script, strong conversation between the family member. This movie is a total drama, but somehow the problems and secrets among the family, which by the family member is avoided, brought out by the dysfunctional mother played by Meryl Streep.

1. Nobody Knows (2004)


Director : Hirokazu Koreeda

Starring : Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura

Genre : Drama 

IMDb Rating : 8,1

4 children in Japan abandoned by their own reckless and irresponsible mother. They forced to struggle to their life on their own without adult supervision. This movie is about super black tragedy which is surprisingly heartbreaking, adapted from a true event in Japan.

Written By : Syarifah Dhira – I do not own any of pictures, posters or videos in this blog post.

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