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by caroline_chupaa | created - 24 Jan 2014 | updated - 3 days ago | Public

Movies about extraordinary relationships, strange family bonds, friendships and people having trouble dealing with their emotions.

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1. 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: 80,568 | Gross: $37.74M

2. 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: 18,579 | Gross: $1.96M

3. Flowers in the Attic (1987)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

25 Metascore

Children are hidden away in the attic by their conspiring mother and grandmother.

Director: Jeffrey Bloom | Stars: Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson, Jeb Stuart Adams

Votes: 8,786 | Gross: $15.15M

4. City Island (2009)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond De Felitta | Stars: Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 29,647 | Gross: $6.67M

5. The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid 1970s.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, Kathleen Turner

Votes: 136,602 | Gross: $4.86M

6. The House of Yes (1997)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

A mentally unbalanced young woman - who is convinced she is Jackie Kennedy - flies into a murderous rage when her brother returns home to reveal he is engaged.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling, Freddie Prinze Jr.

Votes: 7,344 | Gross: $0.62M

7. The Family Stone (2005)

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

56 Metascore

An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.

Director: Thomas Bezucha | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Diane Keaton

Votes: 57,208 | Gross: $60.06M

8. Shame (2011)

NC-17 | 101 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A sex addict's carefully cultivated private life falls apart after his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Lucy Walters

Votes: 173,984 | Gross: $4.00M

9. Another Happy Day (2011)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

A wedding at her parents' Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the center of touchy family dynamics.

Director: Sam Levinson | Stars: Ellen Barkin, Ezra Miller, Ellen Burstyn, Demi Moore

Votes: 3,857

10. 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: 416,434 | Gross: $59.89M

11. The Cake Eaters (2007)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Two families are brought together by the return of one family's son -- a reunion that conjures up old ghosts and issues that must be addressed.

Director: Mary Stuart Masterson | Stars: Elizabeth Ashley, Jayce Bartok, Bruce Dern, Miriam Shor

Votes: 6,632

12. In Her Shoes (2005)

PG-13 | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Strait-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose's boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, Anson Mount

Votes: 57,283 | Gross: $32.88M

13. Running with Scissors (2006)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 21,431 | Gross: $6.75M

14. Goats (2012)

R | 94 min | Comedy

38 Metascore

As Ellis prepares to leave Tucson for his freshman year at an East Coast prep school, he also faces separating from his flaky, new age mother and the only real father he has ever known: Goat Man.

Director: Christopher Neil | Stars: David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Graham Phillips, Justin Kirk

Votes: 4,818

15. A Dangerous Method (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 94,482 | Gross: $5.70M

16. Big Nothing (2006)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A frustrated, unemployed professor joins forces with a scammer and a friend of his in a blackmailing scheme.

Director: Jean-Baptiste Andrea | Stars: David Schwimmer, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Jon Polito

Votes: 28,673

17. Loves Her Gun (2013)

99 min | Drama

51 Metascore

Loves Her Gun is a romantic tragedy about a young woman who flees violence in New York for the laid back environment in central Texas. Once she settles into Austin she falls into the local ... See full summary »

Director: Geoff Marslett | Stars: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Francisco Barreiro, Ashley Spillers, Geoff Marslett

Votes: 256

18. Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

R | 110 min | Drama

50 Metascore

On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman.

Director: Jake Scott | Stars: James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo, David Jensen

Votes: 22,494 | Gross: $0.15M

19. In Your Eyes (2014)

Not Rated | 106 min | Fantasy, Romance

Two seemingly unconnected souls from different corners of the United States make a telepathic bond that allows them to see, hear and feel the other's experiences, creating a bond that apparently can't be broken.

Director: Brin Hill | Stars: Michael Stahl-David, Zoe Kazan, Mark Feuerstein, David Gallagher

Votes: 29,159

20. Short Term 12 (2013)

R | 96 min | Drama

82 Metascore

A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever

Votes: 75,199 | Gross: $1.01M

21. Perfect Sisters (2014)

TV-MA | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

44 Metascore

Tired of their mother's alcoholism and a string of her abusive boyfriends, two sisters plot to kill her.

Director: Stanley M. Brooks | Stars: Abigail Breslin, Georgie Henley, Mira Sorvino, James Russo

Votes: 5,895

22. Refuge (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

34 Metascore

After their parents abandon the family, a young woman works to take care of her younger siblings.

Director: Jessica Goldberg | Stars: Krysten Ritter, Brian Geraghty, Logan Huffman, Madeleine Martin

Votes: 499 | Gross: $0.00M

23. Bottled Up (III) (2013)

R | 84 min | Drama

43 Metascore

In this modern day drama, Oscar-winner Melissa Leo beautifully conveys the heart-wrenching struggle that comes with love and addiction, while also lightheartedly depicting a woman ... See full summary »

Director: Enid Zentelis | Stars: Melissa Leo, Marin Ireland, Josh Hamilton, Jamie Harrold

Votes: 194

24. Digging to China (1997)

PG | 98 min | Drama

10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Hutton | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Bacon, Mary Stuart Masterson, Marian Seldes

Votes: 2,390 | Gross: $0.03M

25. Pretty Persuasion (2005)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.

Director: Marcos Siega | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Ron Livingston, James Woods, David Wagner

Votes: 9,604 | Gross: $0.31M

26. Missing William (2014)

PG | 90 min | Drama

Old love and new love collide when a tragic accident brings a woman's childhood sweetheart back into her life.

Director: Kenn MacRae | Stars: Courtney Ford, Brandon Routh, Reid Scott, Spencer Grammer

Votes: 452

27. Boyhood (I) (2014)

R | 165 min | Drama

100 Metascore

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith

Votes: 320,214 | Gross: $25.38M

28. White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

51 Metascore

In 1988, a teenage girl's life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Angela Bassett

Votes: 25,817 | Gross: $0.03M

29. Archie's Final Project (2009)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

A teen coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a media-obsessed geek and the most beautiful and twisted girl in school.

Director: David Lee Miller | Stars: David Carradine, Mariel Hemingway, Brooke Nevin, Nora Dunn

Votes: 1,459

30. Lullaby (II) (2014)

R | 117 min | Drama

35 Metascore

A man estranged from his family receives word that his father has chosen to take himself off life support within forty-eight hours.

Director: Andrew Levitas | Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Anne Archer, Jessica Brown Findlay

Votes: 2,396

31. What Maisie Knew (2012)

R | 99 min | Drama

74 Metascore

In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel | Stars: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan, Joanna Vanderham

Votes: 25,832 | Gross: $1.07M

32. The Boys Are Back (2009)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A sports writer becomes a single parent in tragic circumstances.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Clive Owen, Emma Booth, Laura Fraser, George MacKay

Votes: 9,679 | Gross: $0.81M

33. Sarah's Key (2010)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, War

59 Metascore

In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942.

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot

Votes: 15,278 | Gross: $7.69M

34. A Long Way Down (2014)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

34 Metascore

Four people meet on New Year's Eve, and form a surrogate family to help one another with the difficulties of their lives.

Director: Pascal Chaumeil | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul

Votes: 29,676 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Closer (I) (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Julia Roberts

Votes: 193,247 | Gross: $33.99M

36. One True Thing (1998)

R | 127 min | Drama

63 Metascore

A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, William Hurt, Tom Everett Scott

Votes: 10,782 | Gross: $23.25M

37. Here on Earth (2000)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Romance

25 Metascore

A rich college kid is taught a lesson after a joy ride ends up destroying a country restaurant.

Director: Mark Piznarski | Stars: Chris Klein, Leelee Sobieski, Josh Hartnett, Michael Rooker

Votes: 8,069 | Gross: $10.49M

38. Maps to the Stars (2014)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack

Votes: 35,658 | Gross: $0.35M

39. Elizabethtown (2005)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

During a hometown memorial for his Kentucky-born father, a young man begins an unexpected romance with a too-good-to-be-true stewardess.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 65,053 | Gross: $26.84M

40. This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

44 Metascore

When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver

Votes: 66,489 | Gross: $34.29M

41. Life Partners (2014)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

Sasha and Paige's co-dependent friendship is tested as Paige gets serious with a guy for the first time.

Director: Susanna Fogel | Stars: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, Gabourey Sidibe

Votes: 7,925 | Gross: $0.01M

42. Jaded (1998)

R | 95 min | Drama

At the local bar, one drink leads to another, and Megan ends up skinny-dipping with Pat and Alex. And then, comes the rape. Now, she wants justice; but is she as innocent as she thinks? In the end, what really happened that fateful night?

Director: Caryn Krooth | Stars: Carla Gugino, Richard Bright, Robert Knepper, Donna Mitchell

Votes: 658

43. St. Vincent (2014)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Jaeden Martell

Votes: 90,697 | Gross: $44.13M

44. The Cement Garden (1993)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

Four children try to hold things together and play a family in their isolated prefab house after the death of their parents. As they begin to deteriorate mentally, they hide their mom's festering corpse in a makeshift concrete sarcophagus.

Director: Andrew Birkin | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Andrew Robertson, Alice Coulthard, Ned Birkin

Votes: 4,198 | Gross: $0.32M

45. Siblings (2004)

R | 85 min | Comedy

SIBLINGS is a dark comedy about love, lust, murder and other issues of normal family life.

Director: David Weaver | Stars: Alex Campbell, Paul Soles, Andrew Chalmers, Samantha Weinstein

Votes: 628

46. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin, Danielle Proulx, Émile Vallée

Votes: 30,437

47. Gone Girl (2014)

R | 149 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

79 Metascore

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Votes: 783,642 | Gross: $167.77M