20 Awesome Movies to Watch with Kids on Family Movie Night

Family movie night is such a fun and special tradition.  

We asked moms to share their family’s favorite flicks on our FB page; from classic cartoons to modern live action there’s something for everyone. 

Here is the list that is family-approved movie night watching!

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What family-friendly movie will you watch next?

Please note that some of these selections are not intended for the very youngest family members, common sense media is a great resource for checking if a movie is  age appropriate.

10 Best Animated Films for Family Movie Night

Let’s start with our favorite family animated movies!  I am sure there are several on this list you have watched a few too many times…

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The Lego Movie – An ordinary lego finds the extraordinary within himself and leads a quest that will have the whole family laughing.

How to Train Your Dragon – An uplifting tale of how  one boy’s brains and bravery helps him make a very special friend.

Kung-Fu Panda – A hilarious and unlikely hero discovers self confidence and saves the day in this star packed movie that is at times zen like and others totally awesome.

Epic – A teenage girl finds her way back to a connection with her father through a most unusual and exhilarating stint helping tiny protectors of the forest.

Big Hero 6 – Equal parts touching and action packed this film has something for everyone.  Watch one boy discover the power of friendship and healing with the help of the lovable robot Baymax.

Frozen – A classic animated musical with a wonderfully modern twist, Frozen tells the story of the power of sibling love with plenty of singing and humor to keep everyone entertained.

The Incredibles – What better for family movie night than an entire family of super hero out to reconnect and save the world.

Rise Of The Guardians – A beautiful take on the magic of childhood beliefs.  It makes such a compelling case for magic it may even leave  the adults believing in the tooth fairy.

Wall-E – Serious topics presented with plenty of whimsy and the beauty of a classic love story, Wall-E will if nothing else, inspire better stewardship of our earth.

The Emperor’s New Groove – This lesser known Disney film is perfect for family movie night, loaded with humor and sprinkled with morals it’s sure to make it on your family’s list of favorites.

Top 10 Non-animated Films For Family Movie Night

OK, we are moving on to the best family non-animated movies.  Several of these are my absolute favorite movies of all time…

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The Princess Bride – This cult classic is an epic tale of love full of daring adventure complete with sword fights and the storming of castle walls.

The Goonies – Lovable misfits seek adventure and treasure and make unlikely friends whilst overcoming impossible odds and comedic villains.

Never Ending Story – This family friendly  fantasy entertains while teaching the importance of imagination and friendship.

Mary Poppins – Everyone’s favorite nanny teaches much more that proper posture.  Through fantastical adventures and catchy songs this classic musical tells the story of a family reunited.

Honey I Shrunk the Kids – When a scientist unwittingly shrinks his and his neighbor’s children a comical and touching adventure ensues.

Mrs. Doubtfire – A father’s love shines in this hilarious and heartwarming movie.

Alexander and the No Good Very Bad Day – Not every day can be a good one, this family learns what’s most important through a series of hilariously unfortunate events.

Big  – A young boy gets the chance to experience the highs and lows of adulthood in this thoughtful and heartfelt family film.

Night At The Museum – Every child’s (young and old) dream come true, an adventure featuring dinosaurs, cowboys, and the very best history has to offer.

Captain Ron – A busy family reconnects under the zany influence of Captain Ron and many nights out to sea.

Update:  Back in 2015 we partnered with our sponsor Verizon FiOS to bring you this list of the very best films that the whole family will enjoy. While things have changed over the years since this best family movie list was first published, I noticed that some of the changes at Verizon have been really good for family movie watching including the DisneyBundle which includes Disney+ and Discovery+ included for the first year.  Check out the fun at the Verizon website.  A big thanks to Verizon FiOS for supporting Kids Activities Blog.

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What is your favorite family movie?  Please add it in the comments below!


  1. Oh my gosh. My kids and I watched Kung Fun Panda together when they were little. We just rewatched it now that they are teens and we were all laughing out loud. We loved it just as much this time as the first time. From all the ones I have seen, I can tell I love your taste. I am looking forward to watching Epic now and Captain Ron. Thanks for the family movie suggestions.

  2. Kristen Yard says:

    Kung Fu Panda is so funny! Aw, yay! You are so welcome, Scarlet! We are glad the list is so helpful! Let us know what you think of the other movies you mentioned after you watch them!

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