Thursday, July 18, 2024

List: Top 3 Dysfunctional Family Movies

This week on Episode 244 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, we talked about our favorite dysfunctional family movies. Dysfunctional family movies is a genre of film that covers a lot of ground, so criteria was more important this week than usual. One could argue that all family dramas feature some level of being dysfunctional, but we looked a little deeper at that to highlight films where familial dysfunction is fundamental to those films thematically. On that note, what movies would make your list?

Here are the one’s that made ours:

**Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections**


1) The Royal Tenenbaums
2) Dogtooth
3) The Magnificent Ambersons


1) Nebraksa
2) Dogtooth
3) The Shining

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Warrior, Silver Linings Play Book, Star Wars, Little Miss Sunshine, American Beauty, Krisha, Ordinary People, Stoker, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Godfather, Christmas Vacation, Where the Wild Things Are, The Tree of Life, Boyhood, Carrie, Winters Bone, Mildred Pierce, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Captain Fantastic, Shotgun Stories, Rachel Getting Married, Mommy, Step Brothers, The Kids Are All Right, We Need To Talk About Kevin, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Tale, Meet the Fockers

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. As mentioned above, there are many other films that could make this list depending on your criteria and how you wanted to define “familial dysfunction” in movies. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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