The Top 50 Family Dramas of the 1990s

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1

American Beauty

1999    Sam Mendes    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Coming-of-Age    Drama

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The Ice Storm

1997    Ang Lee    Rated R

Drama    Ensemble Film    Family Drama

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3

Secrets & Lies

1996    Mike Leigh    Rated R

Drama    Family Drama    Reunion Films

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4

The Celebration

1998    Thomas Vinterberg    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Dogme 95    Drama

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5

Big Night

1996    Campbell Scott    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Family Drama    Ensemble Film

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6

A River Runs Through It

1992    Robert Redford    Rated PG

Americana    Coming-of-Age    Drama

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Once Were Warriors

1994    Lee Tamahori    Rated R

Drama    Family Drama    Marriage Drama

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8

This Boy's Life

1993    Michael Caton-Jones    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Coming-of-Age

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9

The Godfather Part III

1990    Francis Ford Coppola    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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10

October Sky

1999    Joe Johnston    Rated PG

Coming-of-Age    Drama    Family Drama

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11

Legends of the Fall

1994    Edward Zwick    Rated R

Costume Romance    Drama    Epic

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12

Nobody's Fool

1994    Robert Benton    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Drama    Ensemble Film

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13

To Live

1994    Yimou Zhang    Not Rated

Drama    Family Drama    Foreign Language Film

Up by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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14

Little Women

1994    Gillian Armstrong    Rated PG

Based-on-19th-Century-Literature    Coming-of-Age    Drama

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15

Affliction

1997    Paul Schrader    Rated R

Addiction Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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16

The Joy Luck Club

1993    Wayne Wang    Rated R

Drama    Ensemble Film    Family Drama

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17

Avalon

1990    Barry Levinson    Rated PG

Americana    Drama    Family Drama

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18

Radio Flyer

1992    Richard Donner    Rated PG13

Drama    Childhood Drama    Family Drama

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19

Little Man Tate

1991    Jodie Foster    Rated PG

Childhood Drama    Drama    Family Drama

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20

Little Voice

1998    Mark Herman    Rated R

Based-on-Theatre    Drama    Family Drama

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21

The Indian Runner

1991    Sean Penn    Rated R

Drama    Family Drama

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22

The Brothers McMullen

1995    Edward Burns    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Domestic Comedy    Drama

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23

Marvin's Room

1996    Jerry Zaks    Rated PG13

Based-on-Theatre    Drama    Family Drama

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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24

Angela's Ashes

1999    Alan Parker    Rated R

Coming-of-Age    Drama    Family Drama

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25

Sunshine

1999    István Szabó    Rated R

Drama    Ensemble Film    Epic

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26

Vanya on 42nd Street

1994    Louis Malle    Rated PG

Avant-garde / Experimental    Drama    Ensemble Film

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27

Stepmom

1998    Chris Columbus    Rated PG13

Comedy Drama    Domestic Comedy    Family Drama

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28

The Butcher Boy

1997    Neil Jordan    Rated R

Childhood Drama    Drama    Family Drama

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29

Ratcatcher

1999    Lynne Ramsay    Rated R

Coming-of-Age    Drama    Family Drama

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30

My Life

1993    Bruce Joel Rubin    Rated PG13

Drama    Family Drama    Melodrama

Down by 5 in the past 45 days 5

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31

Hilary and Jackie

1998    Anand Tucker    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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32

The War

1994    Jon Avnet    Rated PG13

Drama    Family Drama    War Drama

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33

The Daytrippers

1997    Greg Mottola    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Family Drama    Ensemble Film

Up by 56 in the past 45 days 56

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34

Fly Away Home

1996    Carroll Ballard    Rated PG

Adventure    Animal Picture    Coming-of-Age

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35

Nil by Mouth

1997    Gary Oldman    Rated R

Drama    Family Drama    Marriage Drama

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36

Bicentennial Man

1999    Chris Columbus    Rated PG

Comedy    Cyborg / Android / Robot    Domestic Comedy

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37

Julien Donkey-Boy

1999    Harmony Korine    Rated R

Avant-garde / Experimental    Dogme 95    Drama

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38

Lawn Dogs

1998    John Duigan    Not Rated

Childhood Drama    Coming-of-Age    Drama

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39

The Funeral

1996    Abel Ferrara    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

Down by 2 in the past 45 days 2

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40

Class Action

1991    Michael Apted    Rated R

Drama    Courtroom Drama    Family Drama

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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42

The House of the Spirits

1993    Bille August    Rated R

Costume Romance    Drama    Epic

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43

Rhapsody in August

1991    Akira Kurosawa    Rated PG

Drama    Family Drama    Psychological Drama

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44

Benny's Video

1992    Michael Haneke    Not Rated

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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45

Ulee's Gold

1997    Victor Nunez    Rated R

Drama    Family Drama

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46

The Sum of Us

1994    Geoff Burton, Kevin Dowling    Rated R

Based-on-Theatre    Comedy Drama    Drama

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47

Anywhere But Here

1999    Wayne Wang    Rated PG13

Comedy Drama    Family Drama    Road Movie

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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48

A Walk on the Moon

1999    Tony Goldwyn    Rated R

Drama    Family Drama    Feminist Film

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49

The Winslow Boy

1999    David Mamet    Rated G

Based-on-Theatre    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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50

Mississippi Masala

1991    Mira Nair    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Drama    Family Drama

Up by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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