13 Best Movies To Watch if You Like Little Miss Sunshine, Ranked
Loved those heartwarming-yet-messed-up family dynamics in Little Miss Sunshine?
Here are 13 movies you should watch next. These films are all about messy families, complex characters, and those oh-so-unforgettable road trips.
1. Juno (2007)
When high school junior Juno MacGuff finds herself preggers after a one-night stand with her best friend, Paulie, she first considers abortion. But then she opts for adoption, finding a seemingly perfect couple to adopt her unborn child. The husband, Mark, bonds with her over music and horror movies, while the wife, Vanessa, is super eager to be a mom. As her belly grows, Juno struggles her shifting feelings for Paulie and watches as Mark and Vanessa's marriage begins to crumble.
2. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Royal Tenenbaum and his estranged wife, Etheline, have three kids: Chas, a business prodigy; Margot, a playwright; and Richie, a tennis star. Royal fakes terminal illness to worm his way back into the family's good graces. Each kid has a basket of issues. Chas is paranoid after his wife's death, Margot's having an affair with her neighbor, and Richie's in love with Margot, who's his adopted sister.
3. Captain Fantastic (2016)
Meet Ben, a dad raising his six kids off the grid in the Washington wilderness. They hunt, read philosophy, and celebrate "Noam Chomsky Day" instead of Christmas. When Ben's wife dies, the family takes a road trip to her funeral, confronting the "real world" and their estranged, wealthy in-laws. Each kid struggles to adapt to society's norms, and Ben questions his unorthodox parenting methods.
4. About a Boy (2002)
Will is a 38-year-old bachelor living off his dad's song royalties, doing absolutely nothing with his life. He hatches a plan to meet women by pretending to be a single dad and attending a single parents support group. There he meets Marcus, a 12-year-old with a depressed mom. Though Will initially befriends Marcus to keep up appearances, he eventually becomes a father figure to the boy.
5. The Way Way Back (2013)
Duncan is a 14-year-old spending the summer with his mom, her obnoxious boyfriend Trent, and Trent's snobby daughter. Life sucks, until Duncan finds an unlikely friend in Owen, the manager of the Water Wizz water park. Owen gives Duncan a job, teaches him life lessons, and helps him gain the self-confidence to stand up to Trent.
6. Nebraska (2013)
Woody, an old man, believes he's won a million bucks from a magazine sweepstakes. Despite everyone telling him it's a scam, he's determined to go to Nebraska to claim his prize. His son David decides to drive him there, stopping by their old hometown along the way. Family members and old friends catch wind of Woody's "fortune" and try to stake their claim.
7. Adventureland (2009)
It's the summer of 1987, and recent college grad James has to take a lowly job at Adventureland, a local amusement park, when his plans for a European tour fall through. He befriends Joel, a Russian literature aficionado, and develops a crush on Em, a fellow employee. But guess what? Em's having an affair with the married park maintenance guy.
8. Lady Bird (2017)
We follow the life of Christine Lady Bird McPherson during her senior year of high school in Sacramento, California. She's itching to get out and go to a fancy East Coast college, much to her mother Marion's displeasure who thinks they can't afford it. There are first loves, friendship dramas, and the pressures of impending adulthood.
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Charlie, a high school freshman, befriends two seniors, Sam and her stepbrother Patrick. They introduce him to their world of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, mixtapes, and truth or dare games. Charlie falls for Sam, who's off to college soon and is in a relationship with an older guy. As Charlie gets more invested in his new friendships, he starts to confront his own dark past.
10. Sideways (2004)
Two pals, Miles and Jack, go on a wine-tasting tour in California right before Jack's wedding. Miles is a depressed divorcee and wannabe novelist; Jack is a hedonistic actor looking for a final fling. They meet two women, Maya and Stephanie. Miles finds a kindred spirit in Maya, while Jack has a fling with Stephanie. The trip spirals into chaos, leading to hilarious and cringe-worthy situations.
11. Garden State (2004)
Andrew returns to his New Jersey hometown for his mom's funeral after a decade in Los Angeles. He's a struggling actor who's been numb from meds his whole life. He reconnects with old friends and meets a quirky girl named Sam. Soon enough, he starts to feel emotions he's suppressed for years.
12. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Sam and Suzy, two 12-year-olds, decide to run away together into the wilderness. Both are outcasts, and they seek adventure and solitude. While the island community turns upside down looking for them, the duo sets up camp and enjoys their however brief freedom. But there's a hurricane approaching, just to up the stakes.
13. Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Kym gets a weekend leave from rehab to attend her sister Rachel's wedding. If you think your family is dysfunctional, wait till you meet this clan. Kym's drug addiction and a family tragedy she's blamed for make her the black sheep. There's palpable tension, passive-aggressive remarks, and epic meltdowns, but also deep familial love.