Top In-Law Movies

When you marry your spouse, you also marry his or her family. One's in-laws can be a tremendous joy and support in your marriage, or they can be a real burden. Here are our picks of some great movies with in-law based plots. These are listed in chronological order. 

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Monster-in-Law (2005)

The love life of Charlotte, played by Jennifer Lopez, has been an endless string of bad dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother, played by Jane Fonda, will do anything to destroy their relationship.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Nia Vardalos stars as a girl who creates an uproar within her traditional Greek family by falling for a guy with one flaw--he's not Greek! Check out MBFGW 2 as well made in 2016 with more hilarious family and in-law drama. 

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Monsoon Wedding (2001)

Involvement of relatives from all over the world are just one of the complications of an arranged Indian wedding.

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Meet the Parents (2000)

With mischievious cats, grandmother's ashes, hidden video cameras, lost luggage, a disastrous volleyball game, and more, you must see this one!

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The Birdcage (1996)

Robin Williams tries pretending to be someone he isn't for the sake of his son and future daughter-in-law.

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The Son-In-Law (1993)

A farm girl falls for a party boy played by Pauly Shore. Is he the future son-in-law from hell?

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The In-Laws (1979)

This is a hilarious movie with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. The "serpentine, serpentine" scene still makes me chuckle.

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Love Crazy (1941)

An oldie but goody. A meddling mother-in-law takes advantage of every opportunity she can to break up her daughter's marriage. This is a William Powell-Myrna Loy classic comedy.

*List updated by Marni Feuerman