All In The Family: Movies Where Real Family Members Play Fictional Relatives

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When the family business is show business, there’s a chance the star and their child/significant other appear in the movie. It’s happened a few times for Meryl Streep and her daughter Mamie, and it also happened for Henry and Jane Fonda too. It’s incredible when actors who are related in real life share the screen.

Not only does this add a layer of realism to movies, but it can make the acting process more natural. On this list, you’ll be surprised to see which siblings and spouses played characters who are actual siblings and spouses in real life.

Knocked Up

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Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow’s daughters made their acting debuts at a very young age. Maude and Iris played their mother’s onscreen daughters in their father’s comedy film. Both would appear in the sequelThis Is 40.

Since then, both have continued acting on Love and episodes of Girls.

The Great Buck Howard

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Colin and Tom Hanks appeared in a movie together. Tom played the title character whereas Colin plays his son. Yeah, it sounds like a real-life movie, but Colin has bounced around different projects since his Orange County days.

But, fans are eagerly awaiting for Tom to appear in the biopic film about Mr. Rogers.

Say Anything

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John and Joan Cusack acted together in High Fidelity and Sixteen Candles. Then, the siblings appeared in Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything.

John plays Lloyd Dobler who falls for his classmate played by Ione Skye. Joan plays his sister, Constance, a single mother with a young son.

For as long as the next pair of siblings were around, they both shared the screen on Groundhog Day. Find out who they are shortly!

The Pursuit Of Happyness

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Will and Jaden won the hearts of critics and audiences with this 2006 biopic. The film would garner Will’s second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and nearly $165 million at the box office.

For Jaden, he’s still acting to this day, and like his father, he’s a rapper too.

Wall Street

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Martin Sheen has appeared in a few movies with his sons. Wall Street featured Martin and his son, Charlie, which might be the most “winning” example yet.

But, for Papa Sheen, he also appeared in the 1996 film The War at Home, which starred and was directed by his other son, Emilio Estevez.

Groundhog Day

For as long as the Murray brothers have been around, you might not have realized they starred in Groundhog Day together. Bill played the title character who’s stuck living the same day on repeat, all thanks to a little groundhog.

But, Brian had a different part. He played Buster Green, the head groundhog wrangler.

Sometimes, it pays off to star in a cult-following film alongside your sibling. The actor who plays a troubled teen with doomsday visions is still on the way.


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Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother, Blythe Danner, was one of the the actresses and her father, Bruce, was a director. One of Paltrow’s least-known roles came in 2003 where she played Sylvia Plath.

It’s about the relationship between Plath and Ted Hughes. But, that’s not all. Danner would appear in the movie as Plath’s mother, Aurelia.

Rocky V

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Sage Stallone plays Rocky Balboa Jr. It was his first onscreen role, but the franchise had difficulty holding down a character for Rocky Jr. A different actor portrayed the character in each film.

But, Sylvester and Sage would appear together in the 1996 film Daylight, but not as parent and child.

Donnie Darko

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These famous siblings played brother and sister in Donnie Darko. Jake plays the troubled teen, and Maggie portrays one of his two sisters.

Their roles in the cult-following film throttled the Gyllenhaal’s into the limelight. Jake and Maggie would go on to appear in blockbusters likeBrokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight.

Bruce Willis has appeared in so many movies that it’s hard to guess which film he co-starred with his daughter! You’ll find out soon enough.



A romantic comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell was something else. Hawn plays Joanna Stayton, a wealthy wife alongside her husband. But, Joanna goes on deck to retrieve her wedding ring only to suffer from amnesia.

The movie just made around $30 million, and it’s considered a small cult classic.

I Am Legend

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Will and his daughter Willow have only shared the screen once. In I Am Legend, Smith plays a U.S. Army virologist who’s the last person in New York after a plague killed everyone.

Willow plays his young daughter in the flashbacks. After appearing in the movie, she continued acting.


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Bruce Willis has appeared in his fare share of movies. In 2005’s Hostage, another Willis is in the film — Bruce’s daughter Rumer. She played the role of Amanda Talley. The film was based on the novel by Robert Crais.

However, it didn’t generate good reviews, and is one of Bruce’s least successful films to date.

Two brothers who went on to win Oscars, respectively, are coming up. Hint: One of them was Batman.

Hit & Run

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Written by Dax Shepard, his wife Kristen Bell came along for the ride too. Shepard plays a guy who breaks out of the witness protection program to drive his girlfriend for an important interview.

But, a federal agent and a mobster played by Tom Arnold and Bradley Cooper make things difficult.

After Math

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Will and Jayden are on the big screen together for this flop. It takes place in the 31st century where a son and father find themselves fighting for survival.

Despite the film being directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this one bombed. He’s filmed other great movies so we’ll give him a pass on this one.

Good Will Hunting

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Casey and Ben Affleck were in 1997’s Good Will Hunting. Ben played Charles, who’s good friends with Will, played by Matt Damon. Casey also played one of Will’s friends, Morgan.

This film would throttle the Affleck’s into successful careers. Both brothers have gone on to win Oscars, respectively.

Read ahead to see what thriller the actor who played Jim Halpert directed shortly!

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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Tomb Raider was the second time Angelina Jolie played Jon Voight’s daughter. The first was 1982’s Looking’ to Get Out.

But, for their next collaboration, Tomb Raider followed Croft as she tries to steal ancient artifacts from the Illuminati. Voight plays her dad, Lord Richard Croft.


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The Stiller’s appear in The Independent and Highway to Hell. However, the movie about a dim-witted model proves to be the most well-known. But, it’s no surprise that Ben got help from his old man, Jerry, who played his manager.

His mother, the late Anne Meara, appeared as an angry protestor.

A Quiet Place

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John Krasinski directed and starred in the 2018 thriller. Alongside his wife, Emily Blunt, a family must live in silence while hiding from extraterrestrial creatures that hunt by sound.

The movie was a box office hit and thanks to its success, a sequel is set to be released in 2020.

Eyes Wide Shut

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The erotic thriller tells the story of an intense perfectionist who finds out that his wife almost had an affair. The most exciting bit about the film is that it broke a Guinness World Record for the most extended continual film shoot at 15 months.

But, Cruise and Kidman divorced in 2001.

The Royal Tenenbaums

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Brothers Luke and Owen Wilson teamed up to play Eli Cash and Richie Tenenbaum, respectively. Richie was a tennis prodigy who expresses love for his adopted sister. But, it’s Eli who has an affair with Richie’s sister.

Interestingly enough, the director, Wes Andersen, has a history with Owen. They were roommates in college.