Good Family Movies For Everyone
Family movie night is a great tradition! Pull out the blankets, pop some popcorn, and settle in for an evening of entertainment and fun! With so many movie options out there, it can be hard to know which films are appropriate for families — especially those with small children. That’s why we’ve collected 101 good family movies that everyone will love! With suggestions from our readers, ideas from the Diva team, and a little research, we have put together a collection of good family movies that you can use for your next family movie night!
Keep your family night simple or, if you want, you can take your family movie night to the next level! Once you have picked a movie, grab these printables, and get ready for a night of relaxing fun with the whole family.
Must-See Funny Family Movies
Sometimes after a long week, your family just needs something lighthearted! These funny family movies are tried and true when it comes to getting your laugh on! From classic films to more modern movies, there are a large variety of giggles on this list of good family comedies!
1 . Bedtime Stories – A hotel handyman’s life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true. CREDIT
2. The Sandlot – Set in the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team in this coming-of-age movie. Together they get themselves into many adventures, involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog. CREDIT
3. The Muppet Movie – Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog legs merchant is after Kermit. CREDIT
4. Secondhand Lions – A coming-of-age story about a shy young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas. CREDIT
5. Nanny McPhee – Emma Thompson stars as a governess who uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne’er-do-well children in her charge. CREDIT
6. Flubber – An absent-minded professor discovers “flubber,” a rubber-like super-bouncy substance. CREDIT
7. The Little Rascals – Alfalfa is wooing Darla, but his “He-Man-Woman-Hating” friends attempt to sabotage the relationship. CREDIT
8. Matilda – The story of a wonderful little girl (who happens to be a genius) and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable. CREDIT
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The adventures of a preteen who is in middle school, where he has to learn the consequences and responsibility to survive the year. CREDIT
10. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Alexander’s day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister – who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. CREDIT
11. A Cinderella Story – Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Sam Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school’s Halloween dance. CREDIT
12. Ella Enchanted – Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new stepfamily in order to protect the prince of the land — a friend for whom she’s falling. CREDIT
13. Princess Diaries Series – Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her 16th year. CREDIT
14. Parent Trap – Identical twins, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together. CREDIT
15. Freaky Friday – An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other’s life for one freaky Friday. CREDIT
16. Little Giants – Two brothers, one a former football hero and the other a warm-hearted klutz, find themselves at odds when they coach opposing pee-wee football teams. CREDIT
17. Rookie of the Year – When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. CREDIT
18. The Big Green – An underdog soccer team of misfit kids learns to play a new sport and become champions with the able assistance of a foreign exchange teacher and a former local sports hero as coaches. CREDIT
19. Cool Runnings – When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican bobsled team. CREDIT
20. Angels in the Outfield – When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make it possible. CREDIT
21. Evan Almighty – God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood. CREDIT
22. Dr. Dolittle – A doctor finds out that he can understand what animals are saying — and the animals find out that he understands. CREDIT
23. Babe – Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. CREDIT
24. Beethoven – A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but its veterinarian secretly wants to kill him. CREDIT
25. Charlotte’s Web – Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season because he knows that he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen. CREDIT
Family Adventure Movies
Everyone loves a good underdog, a hero, and a battle! These good family movies below are full of adventure and intrigue. The hardest part might be choosing just one!
26. Oz: The Great and Powerful – A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches. CREDIT
27. Pan – 12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger and ultimately discovers his destiny. CREDIT
28. Spy Kids – The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger. CREDIT
29. Hugo – Set in 1930’s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. CREDIT
30. Back to the Future – Some movies will never grow old! Back to the Future is a classic film that is still popular today! A young man is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown. CREDIT
31. Night at the Museum – A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc. CREDIT
32. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them. CREDIT
33. Goosebumps – A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware. CREDIT
34. Holes – A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins in on the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason. CREDIT
35. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – A thrilling misadventure involving three ingenious orphans and a villainous actor named Count Olaf who wants their enormous fortune. CREDIT
36. Homeward Bound – The Incredible Journey – Three pets escape from a California ranch to find their owners in San Francisco. CREDIT
37. Max – A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience. CREDIT
38. Dolphin Tale – A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. CREDIT
39. The Adventures of Milo and Otis – The adventures of a young cat and a dog as they find themselves accidentally separated and each swept into a hazardous trek. CREDIT
40. The Water Horse – A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend. CREDIT
41. The Wizard of Oz – Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. CREDIT
42. Hook – When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. CREDIT
43. The BFG – A young orphan girl, Sophie, gets taken away to a faraway land populated by giants and dreams. CREDIT
44. Mirror Mirror – An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright. CREDIT
45. James and the Giant Peach – An orphan with terrible aunts for guardians befriends human-like bugs who live inside a giant peach and they take the boy on a journey to New York City. CREDIT
46. E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial – A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his homeworld. CREDIT
47. The Neverending Story – A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. CREDIT
48. The Goonies – In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate’s ancient treasure. CREDIT
49. Swiss Family Robinson – A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. CREDIT
50. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land. CREDIT
Family-Friendly Animated Films
Animated films are typically aimed at a child audience, so they are naturally more kid-friendly. There are hundreds of cartoon films to choose from, but these are our FAVORITE animated movies for families!
51. The Book of Life – Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. CREDIT
52. Shrek – After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, an ogre agrees to rescue a princess for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. CREDIT
53. Kung Fu Panda – In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is a huge klutz and a complete novice at martial arts. CREDIT
54. Mr. Peabody and Sherman – The time-traveling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. CREDIT
55. The Lorax – A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. CREDIT
56. Horton Hears a Who – Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists. CREDIT
57. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs – A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky — but little does he know that things are about to take a turn for the worse. CREDIT
58. Hoodwinked – Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, the Woodsman, and Granny all tell the police the events that lead up to their encounter. CREDIT
59. Over the Hedge – A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating — and in the process, learns a lesson about family. CREDIT
60. Anastasia – The last surviving child of the Russian royal family joins two con men who promise to reunite her with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death. CREDIT
61. Peanuts Movie – Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life. CREDIT
62. Chicken Little – After ruining his reputation with the town, a courageous chicken must come to the rescue of his fellow citizens when aliens start an invasion. CREDIT
63. Despicable Me – When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. CREDIT
64. How to Train Your Dragon – A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. CREDIT
65. Puss in Boots – The events leading up to the sword-fighting cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends. CREDIT
66. Ice Age – Set during the Ice Age, a saber-tooth tiger, a sloth, and a woolly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe. CREDIT
67. Happy Feet – Into the world of the emperor penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce! CREDIT
68. Hotel Transylvania – Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenage daughter. CREDIT
69. Rio – When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams. CREDIT
70. Madagascar – Spoiled by their upbringing with no idea what wildlife is really like, four animals from New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar, among a bunch of merry lemurs. CREDIT
71. Lego Movie – An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied “Special,” is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. CREDIT
72. The Croods – After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. CREDIT
73. Boxtrolls – A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. CREDIT
74. Stuart Little – The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him. CREDIT
75. Disney/Pixar Animated Films – Our family-friendly list could have included 101 Disney and Pixar films alone! Disney does an excellent job of creating films the whole family can enjoy. As we asked our readers for their favorites, these were the most listed as favorites for family movie night: Cars, Finding Nemo, Inside Out, Monsters University, Ratatouille, Tangled, The Incredibles, and Up.
Family-Friendly Fantasy Films
Who doesn’t love letting their imagination run wild? Both kids and adults can appreciate a film that takes you to another world. These films are great choices for an adventure to a far off place!
76. Alice in Wonderland – 19-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. CREDIT
77. Tomorrowland – Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. CREDIT
78. The Last Airbender – Follow the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must master all four elements and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom. CREDIT
79. Maleficent – A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. CREDIT
80. Star Wars – Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee, and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. CREDIT BONUS! We have a Star Wars Movie Date Night with activities and printables that could totally work for a family movie night! Make sure to check it out!
81. Jumanji – When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. CREDIT
82. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world — and led by the world’s most unusual candy maker. CREDIT
83. Harry Potter – Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. CREDIT
84. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe – Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. CREDIT
85. Casper – A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. CREDIT
Films Even The Adults Will Love
Even adults who are “kids at heart” can admit that family-friendly films can sometimes be daunting to watch (especially when your two-year-old requests to watch it over and over . . . ) Here is a list of good family movies that kids AND adults will love no matter their age!
86. Enchanted – A princess, who is prepared to be wed is sent away to New York by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer. CREDIT
87. The Princess Bride – While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. CREDIT
88. Cheaper By the Dozen – With his wife doing a book tour, a father of twelve must handle a new job and his unstable brood. CREDIT
89. Remember the Titans – The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. CREDIT
90. Yours, Mine & Ours – A widowed Coast Guard Admiral and a widow handbag designer fall in love and marry, much to the dismay of her 10 and his 8 children. CREDIT
91. Cinderella – When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortune begins to change after meeting a dashing stranger. CREDIT
92. We Bought a Zoo – Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and reopen a struggling zoo. CREDIT
93. The Secret Garden – After losing her self-indulging parents in an earthquake, a bitter young girl named Mary Lennox is sent to live in England with her reclusive uncle. Eventually, she discovers her bedridden cousin and a “secret garden” that once belonged to her deceased aunt. With the help of her cousin, the kindly Dickon, and a little “magic,” can Mary find a way to bring love back to her family? CREDIT
94. A Little Princess – A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead. CREDIT
95. The Karate Kid – A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting. CREDIT
96. Courageous – When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers — and together they make a decision that will change their lives. CREDIT BONUS! We have an activity that goes perfectly with this movie! We have printables for you to Create Your Own Marriage Resolution just like in the movie!
97. Fireproof – In an attempt to save his marriage, a firefighter uses a 40-day experiment known as “The Love Dare.” CREDIT BONUS! We have a planned-for-you date night that goes with this movie! Check it out: Fireproof Your Marriage.
98. Soul Surfer – Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack. CREDIT
99. Marley and Me – A family learns important life lessons from their adorable but naughty and neurotic dog. CREDIT
100. Studio C – Not exactly a movie, but this is a TV series the whole family can enjoy! A fresh, live comedy sketch series that explores the funny side of everyday life.
101. Pixar Shorts – A collection of short films played before Disney Pixar films. Although short and sweet, you can now watch all these small films in one place!
NOTE: Remember that these films are a collection of suggestions and research. Ultimately, however, it is up to you to determine which movies you feel comfortable watching with your family.
If you are looking for more details on the content of any film you want to watch as a family, a great resource is the Internet Movie Database website (a.k.a. IMDB). Within this site, you can search for any particular film and select “Parents Guide” to view content advisory. Most films list, in detail, content issues regarding language, violence/gore, profanity, sex & nudity, alcohol/drugs/smoking, and even frightening/intense scenes!
Another great resource is VidAngel. This is an amazing site that allows you to stream a wide variety of movies from your other subscription services (including Netflix, HBO Amazon, Amazon Prime, and Movies anywhere) all while having complete control in filtering content from the film. With a click of a few buttons, you have access to hundreds of films and the option of choosing filters for nudity, violence, language, and more!
So who is ready for a great family movie night? Since you now have a list of several movies to watch, why not make it a tradition?
And if you are looking for some movies for date night, we have 40+ Creative Movie Date Nights prepped for you and your spouse to enjoy!
With so many good family movies you can’t go wrong! We have even more great ideas for you to check out:
What a great list! I had forgotten about so many of these movies. Now if only Blockbuster we’re still a thing…
Gone are the days of Blockbuster – something that too mourn! Have you tried Amazon Prime? You can rent or purchase all with the touch of a button!
SO many fun movies in here! I think I’ve seen half… looks like we need to get going! lol
I found so many new ones that I want to see too!
Thanks for the list. My family does family movie night with themed foods and activities. You listed many of our favorites. There are some that I didn’t even think about that my kids would enjoy.
What a fun tradition your family has! I am glad you found a few more to add!