15 films about the relationship of parents and children

Who among us hasn’t argued with our parents at least once in our lives? Conflict between generations is a common thing at any time. And thanks to the cinema, we can see our family stories from the outside. Movies about parent-child relationships not only reflect the thoughts and feelings of each of us, but also remind us that we should cherish the moments shared with loved ones in our journey called life.

Day of the Dead (2021)

The road movie tells the story of how, on Parental Saturday, a single mother forces her windy son to travel with her in an old foreign car to honor deceased relatives. However, the trip is not set from the very beginning. The slacker son wakes up the meeting, which becomes the starting point in their long road conflict. And the heroes still need to visit five cemeteries scattered far from each other, simultaneously solving family issues that have long tormented them.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Alexander Pal, Agrippina Steklova

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6

Age restrictions:  
12+


Father (2020)

Not only adolescence can be difficult – a foreign film about the relationship between father and daughter, which received two Oscars at once, will make sure of this. The drama will show the other side of the aging and withering of the mind – from the point of view of the person himself, whose health has drastically lost. Anthony is far from young and lives alone in London, which greatly worries his adult daughter. The woman does not want to leave her father unattended and is trying to find a nurse for him. Meanwhile, the relative’s condition worsens. He loses the ability to navigate in space and time, recognize people and objects.

Original title:  
The Father

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams…

Country:  
Great Britain, France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


There will be no sex! (2018)

The plot of the comedy film , filled with vulgar jokes and funny situations, tells the story of three graduates. A farewell school party is just around the corner and friends dream of having an unforgettable last ball. Namely: get drunk and sleep with one of their classmates. Parents of teenagers, having accidentally learned about the plans of their children, are trying with all their might to stop them and prevent the fulfillment of the desires of unreasonable offspring.

Original title:  
Blockers

Genre:  
Comedy

Actors:  
Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:  
18+


Tony Erdmann (2016)

How to reach out to children who are preoccupied with careers and eternal affairs? How to learn to understand relatives? These and other questions will be answered by a European film about the relationship between modern parents and children. Former music teacher Winfred decides to make amends with his daughter, an employee of a prestigious corporation who long ago estranged from her father. To ingratiate herself with her and regain her favor, the hero pretends to be an eccentric businessman named Tony and does a bunch of different stupid things.

Original title:  
Toni Erdmann

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonishek, Michael Wittenborn …

Country:  
Germany, Austria

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


Judge (2014)

A film about the relationship between a stern father and an unprincipled son, the popular lawyer Hank Palmer. The man left his father’s house long ago and moved from the province to the metropolis. He has long-standing grievances with his father and understatement in relations with his brother, so the lawyer prefers not to visit relatives. However, the death of his mother forces Hank to return home. Just at this time, the father, who served as a judge for many years, is accused of murder. Our hero decides to stick around and act as the older Palmer’s defense attorney in court .

Original title:  
The Judge

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


Mommy (2014)

The top bold film about the difficult relationship between mother and son will continue. At the center of the story is the reckless widow Diana and her troubled offspring Steve, who is prone to violence and psychosis. After a fire at a boarding school, Diana takes the boy home in hopes of mending their relationship. But their communication consists only of disputes, scandals and attempts to shout each other down. The situation changes after Steve meets his quiet neighbor Kayla. The balanced character of the former teacher has a positive effect on the explosive family, but happiness will not last long.

Original title:  
Mommy

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clement, Antoine-Olivier Pilon …

Country:  
Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:  
16+


August 2013)

The Watson family, each member of which has long been living in its own way, gathers in the parents’ house. The reason for the meeting was the disappearance of the head of the family. To support her mother and understand what happened, her three daughters and their husbands meet for the first time in a long time under one roof. Everyone has grievances and secrets, but there will definitely come a moment when all the secrets and accumulated pain will come out.

Original title:  
August: Osage County

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
12+


Peace, love and misunderstanding (2011)

Diana is a typical resident of the metropolis, a successful lawyer, wife and mother. Overnight, her cloudless world collapses due to a divorce . The struggle for the right to raise a daughter and son pushes a woman to radical changes. After capturing the children, she travels to Woodstock. Her strange hippie mother lives there, who has not been particularly interested in the fate of her daughter for the past 20 years. What adventures the meeting of three generations will lead to will be shown by a film about the relationship between mother and daughter, which combines a family drama with a life-affirming comedy.

Original title:
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Something Wrong With Kevin (2010)

Despite the fact that Eva was not ready for motherhood, she quits her job and devotes herself completely to raising a child. A woman tries in every possible way to drown out thoughts of buried ambitions and tries to be a good parent. But, unfortunately, Kevin grows up as a difficult boy and does terrible things as a teenager. Who is guilty? What is wrong with Kevin and why did this happen? A poignant dramatic film, together with the audience, will seek answers to these questions.

Original title:  
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:  
Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller…

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


I killed my mom (2009)

Before you is a semi-biographical debut film directed by Xavier Dolan, the script for which the guy wrote at the age of 16. Hubert is 16, he is looking for ways to express himself and is trying to get out from under the obsessive overprotectiveness of his mother. She, in turn, loves Hubert, but does not know how to express feelings, tormented by work and failures in her personal life. Any of their conversations leads to a loud scandal, so the guy hides all his experiences, personal life and problems from the parent, and the teenager has a lot of them.

Original title:
J’ai tué ma mère

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Xavier Dolan, Anne Dorval, Francois Arnault …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


All the Way (2009)

A very warm, sincere and touching movie will continue the list of the best films about the difficult relationship between children and parents. Recently, the elderly Frank lost his wife, who supported their entire family. Four children communicated more with their mother and were not used to sharing their secrets with the second parent. Frank is afraid that now, after the death of their mother, he may completely lose touch with the offspring. The man packs his bags and goes to visit the children. It’s time to build relationships and find out how they live.

Original title:
Everybody’s Fine

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+


Cool Georgia (2007)

Spoiled Rachel is sent for the summer to be re-educated with her grandmother in Idaho. There, the sassy urban teenager will have to face the granny’s equally cool character. But in appearance, a strict relative just wants to help sort out the difficult family situation of her granddaughter. Perhaps Rachel’s habits are not just teenage whims, but a consequence of childhood trauma when her stepfather sexually harassed her. Or is it just an invention of a mischievous girl?

Original title:
Georgia Rule

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Bad Mom Diary (2007)

Here is a touching story of the relationship of three generations of women. Karen can’t get along with Charlie’s 17-year-old daughter. But she has the same problems with her own mother. How to come to a compromise when no one wants to give in? An awkward, but charming and kind boy from Charlie ‘s school will help three headstrong and stubborn women to make peace and understand each other .

Original title:
The Bad Mother’s Handbook

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Catherine Tate, Robert Pattinson, Steve John Shepherd …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.4


True Values ​​(1998)

Ambitious journalist Ellen is forced to leave her career for a while and return to her hometown to care for her sick mother. And although the women have never been particularly close, Ellen, having taken on the cares and responsibilities of the house, begins to understand the parent much better. These changes will help the heroine to better understand herself, find a place in the world and understand the intricacies of family life.

Original title:
One True Thing

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Meryl Streep, Rene Zellweger, William Hurt…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+


Marvin’s Room (1996)

Since childhood, sisters Bessie and Lee did not get along because of their different personalities. After all, it was difficult for the too correct and wise Bess to understand the selfish and eccentric sister. However, the trouble forces two native people to meet after 20 years of separation. It turned out that one of the sisters needed a blood donor, and the other needed help in establishing relationships with her 17-year-old son.

Original title:
Marvin’s Room

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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