We introduce a new family of distributions based on a generalized Burr III generator called Modified Burr III G family and study some of its mathematical properties. Its density function can be bell-shaped, left-skewed, right-skewed, bathtub, J or reversed-J. Its hazard rate can be increasing or decreasing, bathtub, upside-down bathtub, J and reversed-J. Some of its special models are presented. We illustrate the importance of the family with two applications to real data sets.