20 of the Best Movies for Family Movie Night
Family movie night is such a fun and special tradition. And over the years so many really good family-friendly movies have been released. We have created a list of good family movies you do not want to miss and will be adding new kids movies to it with your help…
–>What movie titles are your family’s favorites? Please share your family’s favorite flicks: from classic cartoons to modern live action in the comments below so we can add them to our list.
Finding Family Movies to Watch
We have split this list of favorite kids movies into 2 lists – favorite animated films and favorite movies (non-animated) to make it easier to find the perfect movie for everyone.
Here is the list that is family-approved movie night watching!
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 Animated Movies for Family 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…
1. The Lego Movie
An ordinary lego finds the extraordinary within himself and leads a quest that will have the whole family laughing.
2. How to Train Your Dragon
An uplifting tale of how one boy’s brains and bravery helps him make a very special friend.
3. 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.
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.
5. 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.
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.
7. The Incredibles
What better for family movie night than an entire family of super hero out to reconnect and save the world.
8. 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.
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.
10. 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.
10 Best Family Movies to Watch: Non-Animated
OK, we are moving on to the best family non-animated movies. Several of these are my absolute favorite movies of all time…
1. 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.
2. The Goonies
Lovable misfits seek adventure and treasure and make unlikely friends whilst overcoming impossible odds and comedic villains.
3. Never Ending Story
This family friendly fantasy entertains while teaching the importance of imagination and friendship.
4. 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.
5. Honey I Shrunk the Kids
When a scientist unwittingly shrinks his and his neighbor’s children a comical and touching adventure ensues.
6. Mrs. Doubtfire
A father’s love shines in this hilarious and heartwarming movie.
7. 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.
A young boy gets the chance to experience the highs and lows of adulthood in this thoughtful and heartfelt family film.
9. 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.
10. Captain Ron
A busy family reconnects under the zany influence of Captain Ron and many nights out to sea.
Best Family Movies on Netflix
Netflix is a great place to find family movies for even the pickiest family. 5 family movies on Netflix you don’t want to miss: Despicable Me & Despicable Me II, The Cat in the Hat,Inside the Mind of a Cat, Charlottes Web and The Sea Beast.
Best Movies for Family Movie Night: G Rated
There are so many G Rated movies that everyone can enjoy from old movies like The Wizard of Oz to newer movies like Encanto. 5 G rated movies not to miss are: The Parent Trap, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Mary Poppins and The LEGO Movie.
Movies to Watch with Family (Older Kids)
One thing I like to do with my older kids is revisit some of the movies I loved as a kid or teen. 5 movies you might try with older kids is Jumanji, Ferris Buellers Day Off, Harry Potter, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Babe.
Family Movie Night FAQ
Family movie night is less about the movie and snacks and more about spending time with those you love. It is a great excuse to sit down together! Don’t overthink the event and make it easy for everyone to participate. If you start a movie that everyone groans at, then start another!
Note: This best family movies list first appeared on Kids Activities Blog in 2015 and has been updated multiple times. Our next step is to make it a much bigger list in the near future, so please help by adding your favorite classic kids movies and funny family movies to the comments below!
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What is your favorite family movie? Please add it in the comments below!
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.
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!
Our Favorite movie is “Everafter”, a great take on Cinderella
I LOVE that movie!!!
We just watched Christopher Robin….it was so sweet and innocent in a very Pooh-like way. Adorable!
I haven’t watched that one yet! I will have to check it out…
Happy Feet is great for any age! And the sequel is great as well
There’s no such thing as Mrs. Doubtfire, Pooh and all the friends, and we also really like Baby Boss and Superplanes.
The Bee Movie is my personal all time favorite!! My kiddos love Luca, Frozen 2 and Moana.
We love all of those, too! Thank you, Teonna!
My little chefs and love RATATOUILLE! Such a cute movie with a great theme! Anyone can cook!
That movie is so cute, thank you, Kassie!
When my kids were little it was the same as with my grandkids, we love, LOVE to watch the original Lion King! So much to learn from Simba I love sharing it with the next generation.
I LOVED this movie growing up! I was so excited to share it with my daughter, and then even MORE excited when she played Zazu when her theater group performed the play. Mom totally nerded out haha!
My son loves Encanto! He’s also watching Avatar: the last airbender.
Both of those are a hit in our house, too!
Encanto is our new Disney addiction! Lol! And Clone Wars, Boba Fett, and Mandolorian are very huge in our home too!!!
All amazing choices!
Mitchell’s vs machines
My family like to watch RV (with Robin Williams ) and Rat race, along with any Disney/Pixar/Marvel or Harry Potters
Ooh, good choices! Thank you, Diana!
The grands new favorite, as in we watch it multiple times day when here is Mr Poppers Penguins.
I still have’t seen that one yet, Donna! I will have to check it out! Thank you!
My family has always enjoyed The Sound of Music.
That is such a classic! Thank you, Karen!
Great list! We love Despicable Me and the Minion movies.
So glad that you enjoyed the list, Calina! Yes! Those movies are the best. Thank you!
Mary Poppins! Our favorite!
Yes! Such a classic. Thank you, Suzanne!
If your family hasn’t seen HOME it’s a winner!
Thank you, Linda! I haven’t seen that one yet. Will have to check it out!
Most recently, with strong female characters: Moana, Raya and the last dragon, Red Alert, ENCANTO (love it so much!). I’ve loved watching some of my favorite movies growing up with my daughters, and some we’ll watch when they’re a little older, like A little princess, Anastasia, Once upon a forest, Anne of Green Gables (Canadian 1987 version), etc.
Yes! I love all of those. My daughter and I have been reading Anne of Green Gables together, and I can’t wait to watch the movie with her, after! Megan Fellowes really IS Anne Shirley. She was amazing in those films!
Baby’s Day Out used to be our family’s favorite when I was little!!!
Finding Nemo is a great animated family movie.
Thank you, Cody! We love Finding Nemo but I bawl every time we watch it LOL!
Sound of Music; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Bedknobs; Broomsticks
Aw, those movies remind me of my childhood, Esther! Especially Bedknobs and Broomsticks! Thank you!
My 4 year old loves books and movies so I like to combine them into a special movie night. We will read the book together then we will watch the movie. So far his favorites are The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who. He loves watching his book characters come to life on the screen.
Aw, that is so sweet! Thank you! I have always done that with my daughter, too, Lynn! Now that she is older, we like to try and find the differences between the books and the movies and decide why the director made the decision to add/ cut scenes. Leads to some fun conversations!
Its not a new movie but my kids love
“Daddy daycare” with Eddie Murphy. That movie never gets old, its full of so many belly laughs!
My daughter and I LOVE that movie! So funny. Thank, you Marnie!
Here are a few of our favorite family movies are Megamind, Bedtime Stories, Iron Giant, The Man From Snowy River, and Gullivers Travels.
Such good choices! Thank you, Kristy!
The good dinosaur!! A must watch and re-watch movie. It holds such a special place in my heart and is a go to always!
My daughter and I haven’t seen that one yet, Summer! We will have to check it out. Thank you!
We really like Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants and The Tale of Despereaux.
Excellent choices! Thank you, Angelica!
Our family loves Meet the Robinsons. It’s an older movie but it’s a favorite with a great message and meaning behind it. ?
I forgot about that one! I have to add it back into my family’s rotation! Thank you, Janice!
My family loves Encanto. I especially love the presentation of Colombian culture, the messages about family unity, family dysfunction, and family healing, and the message about the resilience of refugees. It also has some incredibly catchy songs!
Yes! I was really impressed to see something about family dysfunction and healing. Such important topics. Gotta love everything about Encanto! Thank you, Ryann!
Omg I love that you put The princess bride and the neverending story on here! Those are our favorites, but I thought it was just because we’re older parents! So happy to see some classics on here! (And thanks for reminding me to watch Big!)
We had to! Total classics! Haha! Enjoy 🙂
My children and I use to watch “The 10th Kingdom”.
Jumanji, Star Wars, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin…the classics!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (The original). My family loves this movie! I also shared it with my class after reading the book and most had never seen the original.
the 10th kingdom is great for adults who will get the jokes and kids who won’t but it’s an adult fairy tale, it’s also a mini-series so it’s about 7 hours long, it’s got action romance a little scary parts, it’s fantasy so it’s got a little of everything it’s still one of my favorites
Old Yeller, The Sound of Music, Polar Express, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, The Narnia series, all the Marvel movies, and my daughter and I loved The Princess Diary’s series.
Nanny McPhee….the sandot and the original space jam….
Yes! Thank you, Alana!
So many great movies on your list! A few throwbacks we love are Homeward Bound 1 & 2, ET, Back to the Future 1, 2, and 3, Babe, Charlotte’s Web, The Wizard of Oz, Indiana Jones, and Space Balls! I had to laugh, we watch The Goonies at least once a month! We also love The Lion King (the original and the new one) and Finding Nemo!
I have never been able to make it through the Homeward Bound movies! I don’t want to cry, haha! All great suggestions! Thanks, Brooke!
Our boys love Monster’s Inc and the Toy Story movies!
Total classics, Kristin!
My kids and I really enjoy all of the Ice Age movies. My son is also really into spiderman and venom right now.
Such fun choices! Thank you, Jen!
We really enjoyed Bolt, Despicable me, and The secret life of pets. Other really good animal movies are Cats, Rio and of course Ice age.
Those are all such good choices. Thank you, Hannah! My daughter and I especially love Bolt and Despicable Me!
My family LOVES The Sandlot!!! It kept my boys watching with us, and the girls loved it too! We still say catch phrases from it! It has so much action while being a thoughtful story 🙂
My daughter and I love that movie so much! I was so excited to share that one with her. Thank you, Kelly!
Yes! Such a cute movie. Thank you, Jaime!
Love watching E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial or Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Both are great classics!
Both are classics! Do you like the newer Charlie and The Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp? They had the original, with Gene Wilder, up at our drive in a few summers back and it was so cool to see it on the big screen. Thank you, Carie!
Our all time Favorite Family Friendly Movie is Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse.
We very much enjoy Rise of the Guardians as well as The Goonies.
Many of these movies are our top go to on a slow lazy weekend.
Love all of them, especially The Goonies! Thank you, Sarah!
well if it’s around christmas (guess it doesn’t have to be if you really like Christmas movies) I’ll be home for Christmas is a good one (1998 disney version)
Yes! That movie is the sweetest. I am up for a good Christmas movie any time of the year. Thank you, Michelle!
We really enjoyed cheaper by the dozen 1 &2 great story of family bonding as well as Yours, mine,& ours and Parent trap
Yes! All of those movies are so good! Do you like the newer or older Parent Trap? Thank you, Judy!
Inside out! A great animated kids movie with a really great message around feelings and emotions in the brain! 🙂
You know, my daughter and I STILL haven’t seen that one yet, Jordan! We have to check it out. Thank you!
My son who is 4 1/2 had loved The Nightmare Before Christmas for over a year now. We saw a clip on tv and I had never seen it before. A bit much but he loves it and had a half bday celebration of it costumes and all. He has all the songs memorized. Loves reading the books.
That’s one of my favorite movies! Thank you, Jena! We have some Nightmare Before Christmas printables and craft ideas you might want to check out for him!
My kids love watching Aladdin! Both the animation and live version. Love them both.
Good choice, Frances! Thank you!
We absolutely love Sing 2, all 10 of my children and me. I am a mother to 3 out of 10 special needs children.
Aw the Sing movies are so sweet! Thank you, Apolonia!
Aladdin. My 4 yr old son loves that movie especially the genie.
Aw, I love Aladdin! Have you watched the live action version, Jena? It’s so well done!
Yes Day, Encanto, Inside Out, Soul, Vivo, Flora and Ulysses, and Sing are a few of our favorites. We have teens down to toddlers and baby so it’s definitely hard to make everyone happy, but these are usually winners for all ages. I also agree with your list especially Alexander and the Terrible, horrible, no Good very bad day.
All good choices! We still have to watch Yes Day! Thank you, Veronica!
Mary Poppins – new and old…Just the best ever! Then both Jumanji movies…
I LOVE the old Mary Poppins! Haven’t watched the new one yet! The Jumanji movies are so good, too. Thank you, Erin!
Our favorite Family Movie Night (animated): Kluas, close second is Encanto haha
Our favorite Family Movie Night (non-animated): Beethoven, close second is Princess Bride
Those are all really good choices. Thank you, Brittney!
We love watching Home with the little purple alien. It’s super duper cute!!!!
I have never heard of that on, Cassandra! I will have to check it out. Thank you!
Our favorite family movie by far has been Mr. Popper’s Penguins. It is funny, heartwarming, and clean. A Dog’s Way Home and A Dog’s Purpose were both tear jerkers but the movies were great to watch as a family. The books have also been enjoyed by my daughter. Any of the Disney live actions are also faves.
I will have to check those movies out! Thank you, Denise!
You can never go wrong with The Shrek movies.
Yes, Frances! The Shrek movies are always a good time. Thank you!
These are wonderful ideas our kids really love Feival goes west and the rest of the american tail collection
Aw, yes! The American Tail collection was my childhood. Thank you, Denise!
The Princess Bride is our family go-to movie. I have loved this from when I was young – humor, daring, romance, sword fighting, magic – everything for everyone. I don’t watch movies over a lot, this one I will watch over and over and over. Best. Movie. Ever. 🙂
Yes! The Princess Bride definitely has something for everyone! A childhood (and adulthood) staple. Thank you, Micaela!
halloweentown1,2,3 or 4,lol and if you’re like me it doesn’t even need to be halloween
The Halloweentown movies are such classics! Perfect for any time of the year. Thank you, Michelle!
1998 i’ll be home for christmas
Yes! That movie is so sweet, Michelle!
We like watching Despicable Me.
That movie is so funny! Thank you, Jeremy!
Ferdinand is lots of family fun. The live action Aladdin is my families favorite too. We love The Muppet Christmas Carol even when it is not Christmas. Zootopia and Hop are greats too.
All great choices! Thanks. Tanni! Yes, I could watch Muppet Christmas Carol any time of the year. Love that movie!
Home Alone has to be one of the best!
Totally agree! One of the few instances when I thought the sequel was just as good as the first movie, too! Thank you, Jarod!
Chitty chitty bang bang,cloudy with a chance of meatballs, and the lorax are all hits in my classroom
All wonderful choices. Thank you, Kim!
Beethoven! Great family movie!
Aw, that movie is so sweet! Thank you, Michelle!
Anything Disney! My family prefers the older Disney movies as that’s what my mom watched with my brothers and I when we were younger! Beauty and the beast is the all time favourite then Cars, toy story and sleeping beauty follow!
There are so many great family movies! I love the original Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Hook, The Neverending Story, The Parent Trap…
Yes! Total classics! Thank you, Kimber!
My family loves Frozen. I feel like Let it Go is appropriate for all circumstances.
Yes! Totally agree. Thank you, Stephanie!
We love SO.MANY.MOVIES (especially the ones from Disney and Dreamworks), but the absolute favorite in our house is the original 1961 version of The Parent Trap with Hayley Mills. It’s easy to watch because you can find it on Disney+!
Shrek, so hilarious every time!
Totally agree! Thank you, Rosie!
I am a huge fan of “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Ponyo” and really anything by Hayao Miyazaki. The animation is beautiful and not computer-animated. Plus, girls are the heroes (heroines) of most of the movies, but one doesn’t have to be a girl to appreciate the films.
A recent, non-animated, discovery that my daughter and I really love is “Four Kids and It” inspired by a classic book (that we were unfamiliar with) titled “5 Children and It”.
Another entertaining non-animated movie that provided a lot of laughs was “Racing Stripes” about a zebra who dreams of becoming a racehorse. This movie reminded me of “Babe” with the animals, humor, and heart.
Excellent choices! Thank you, Tamara!
Encanto is a favorite of my 4 year old. He loves to sing and dance to the songs. Bruno is his favorite and his cousin loves What about Mirabel.
It really is such a masterpiece! Thank you, Jena!
Moana, Tangled, Lion King, the Littlefoot Dinosaur series of movies (filled with life lessons for little ones). Any of the Charlie Brown specials (especially Its the Great Pumpkin…”).
Awww i was OBSESSED with the Littlefoot Dinosaur series when I was little! Great suggestions! Thank you!
I still love Anastasia and Fern Gully.
Yes to both of those! I completely forgot about FernGully! I remember seeing that in the movie theater with my friend (and her grandma) when we were kids! Thank you, Catrina!
Our family favorite is Jingle all the Way, Christmas all year round
That movie is hilarious! I agree, Christmas all year long! Thank you, Cindy!
Okay there was too many comments to read through so I’m not sure if these were mentioned. But for animated movie our favorite has always been the Iron Giant. Such a great family movie! And as for none animated a personal family favorite is Second Hand Lions that movie just has everything laughter Adventure Family Values it has it all! And some really good actors too!!
I have never heard of Iron Giant! Will have to check it out. Thank you for your suggestions, Cherrie!
A Tale of Cinderella is a recording of a stage production of the Italian version of Cinderella. It is set in Venice (complete with canals, boats and gondoliers). The songs are beautiful and the story is inspiring. Not only does Cinderella have a godmother whose magic comes through her wooden spoon, but the Prince has a godfather who does magic with his sword-usually without planning or knowledge. Our entire family loves it.
Well, that sounds AMAZING! Will have to look for it. Thank you, Susan!
All of the Ice Ages are my family’s favorite movies.
Yes! They are so adorable. I always feel so bad for the squirrel, lol! Thank you, Jessica!
We love so many movies, but Dennis the Menace is another classic that we absolutely love!
Yes, that is a good one! So funny. Thank you, Angel!
The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
I forgot about that one! That is such a good movie. Thank you, Lee!
Peter Rabbit is such a cute movie for families to enjoy!
One of my favorites an oldie is “Old Yeller”. I know it taught me some life lessons I have never forgotten. Two others were “Dumbo”, and the original “Peter Pan”. But my most favorite is the “Narnia” series. I just love films that allow the imagination expand. It opens a time to have discussions about so many topics.
We love Home, Sing and Sing 2, Jumanji, Jungle Book, and Guardians of the Galaxy
My son’s always love the movie Pixels.
I have never seen that one! I will have to check it out. Thank you, Stacy!
scooby-doo, i know for the most part it’s a series ( ok series’s is that right? series’? lol) but there are lots of movies too, it’s always a classic I love it,my sister loves it and so do my niece and nephew on of our favorites is scooby doo meets the boo brothers but we love them all
LOVE Scooby Doo, the cartoon and the movies! One of my favorite TV shows did an episode where the characters went into Scooby Doo and became cartoons (Supernatural). It was SO fun! Thank you, Michelle!
The Sandlot! Such a classic and a great movie! 🙂
Yes! I will never grow tired of that movie. It’s so good! Thank you, Paola!
There are a lot of movies my kids love, but a few favorites are
-Meet the Robinsons
My kids love “popcorn surprise”—popcorn with M&M’s in it—with their movies. A visit to the grandparents’ house doesn’t feel complete without it.
Those are some great suggestions! Thank you, Mariah! I have always made popcorn surprise for my daughter, too! I switch up the candy that I use so it’s a surprise every time.
My children have always loved Monsters, inc. and Finding Nemo. My favorite was The Little Mermaid. Everyone loves a good Disney Film.
Yes! I love all of those. Thank you, Nicole! Little Mermaid the play came to our town a few years back and it was the best thing, ever. My daughter and I were spellbound!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Comes to my mind as an old classic in my house a few 25-35 years ago. My children now like to watch a few black -n- white and partial color films from the “older generation” now because of it. Another classic is Wizard of Oz along with Jaws and Jurassic Park.
Those are all so good! Thank you, Nicole! Jaws scares me, though, LOL. Normally, I love scary movies, but I cannot with that one!
We are loving Peter Rabbit as well as Raya and the Last Dragon in our house!
Both excellent choices! Thank you, Karen!
We found Curious George Christmas one day on tv and we watch a little each night. My son loves it.
I have never seen that one! I will have to look for it, Jena! Thank you!
Our current family favorite is Sing or Sing 2!
So cute! Thank you, Autumn!
the addams family, to me they are all great the original, the 90’s movies, both cartoon series (70’s and 90’s) also have a scooby episode,lol (loved scoobynatural too) I like the new addams family, and the recent cartoons(ok so I don’t count addams family reunion) but I did love Halloween with the addams family, the munsters (60’s)is a great go to as well (we don’t talk about the 80’s series,lol)
Yes!!! LOVE the Addams family. Did you hear that Christina Ricci is starring as Wednesday in a new Netflix series?! She just announced it this week and I am SO excited! Thank you, Michelle!
Rescued By Ruby – a great family friendly movie based on a true story.
I have never heard of that one, I will have to check it out! Thank you, Jennifer!
Yes Day, Soul, Inside Out, Harry Potter marathon, Frozen 1 and 2.
I LOVE a good Harry Potter marathon! One of my go-to’s! Thank you, Erica!
My granddaughters came over for 3 days during Spring Break. They are 7 and 4. I had recorded E.T. for them to watch months ago, so we had a movie night! They loved it! I told them that I was 10 when we the movie came out and my eldest granddaughter was in shock! She said, “How?”, like I am a fossil or something! I couldn’t stop laughing!
Aw, LOL!!! That is too cute. Kids are hilarious. It sounds like you guys made some wonderful memories! Thank you for sharing, Susan!
Old School – ET
Newer – Princess Diaries
Love both of those! Thank you, Lisa!
My daughter and I love to watch Enchanted. She loved it when it first came out and we still watch it together (she is 19) when we are wanted to chill out on the couch and spend some mother -daughter time!
Aw, I LOVE that movie! That is so sweet! Thank you for the suggestion, Ellen!
My family loves to watch The Incredibles and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Both are excellent choices, Tricia! Thank you for the suggestion! Which Grinch does your family prefer?
We love Annie, Sound of Music, Big Business, and Harry and the Hendersons. Older movies, but classics!
Ooh! I forgot about Harry and the Hendersons! I loved that one, and have to show it to my daughter. Thank you, Sara!
‘Secondhand Lions’ (2003)
is a great story I’ve enjoyed sharing with my 10 and older grandkids. Stars Michael Caine and Haley Joel Orzment…
I have never seen that, but love anything with Michael Caine in it! Will have to check it out. Thank you!
That’s a classic! Thank you, Debbie!
Luca and Secret Life of Pets are movie night staples in our house!
Good choices! Thank you, Emily!
Encanto, Turning Red, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (Jim Carey), Hocus Pocus, The Santa Claus… my daughter is obsessed with holiday movies if you couldn’t tell 🙂
Love it! Nothing wrong with that! I am, too! Thank you, Mikaela!
Our family loves Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins!
Ooh, two classics! Thank you, Valerie!
Our very favorite non animated movie is Beverly Hills Chihuahua. We love it.
That movie is SO cute! Thank you, Merrilane!
Turning Red!!!! This is such an amazing movie <3
My daughter and I are finally watching it tomorrow night! Thank you, Jenise!
A Mad Mad Mad World, it had so many actors and actresses in it. Really funny.
I have never seen that one! I will have to check it out. Thank you, Faye!
Our favorite family movie is “Encanto”.
Such a good movie! Thank you, Veronica!
We love Annie, the newer version.
Me too! I liked it better than the original! Makes me bawl every time. Loved the music, and all of the new songs. Did you watch the NBC live musical version this past winter? Thank you for sharing, Kim!
Anytime of year my son loves Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. He had an abominable snowmonster fourth birthday.
I’m with him, Jena! I watch Christmas movies year-round! What a cute idea for a birthday party! Thank you for sharing!
Vivo is a really cute family movie on Netflix about a monkey on a mission for love.
I’ve never heard of that one! I will have to check it out! Thank you, Kim!
I would like to recommend Encanto! The songs, the story line, and the culture make this movie a special one for all ages!
Yes! My family loves Encanto! Thank you, Paulette!
We love Shrek, discpicable me, rv, national lampoon’s, lion king, old westerns. Grab our snacks, cuddly blanket, dim the lights, and it’s on. Best ever!
We love the original Parent Trap, Mulan, The Lion King and Miracle on 34th St (both versions)
Ooh good choices! Thank you, Barb! The newer Parent Trap is cute, but the original is my favorite!
Sing and Sing 2 are very cute animated movies.
They really are! Thank you, Polly!
That’s a great list! I have my kids into several 80’s movies. They love The Goonies, Big and Mrs. Doubtfire!
So glad that you like our list! Those are all great suggestions! Thank you, Debbie!
Our family laughs so hard watching The War with Grandpa.
I hadn’t heard of this one but just googled it and HAVE to watch it! Looks funny! Thank you, Anna!
My kiddos are 3 and 5. Their favorite movie is Raya and the Last Dragon. They also LOVE Paw Patrol the Movie, Moana, and Frozen 2.
Aw, so sweet! Thank you, Aspen!
Labyrinth(David Bowie), Legend(Tim Curry & Tom Cruise), The Princess Bride. The never ending story.
I was born in the 80’s and rewatched all of these so many times that my VCR actually overheated and my parents had to buy a new one! As a parent, I had to have my kids watch these and they are such big hits that now my kids walk around saying lines from the movies. How funny is it to hear a 7 year old with a slight lisp say “ Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”. Or when we are at a friends house and a baby cries “Forget about the baby” in his best Bowie impersonation.
Unfortunately, my 9 yr old daughters favorite line is when she’s told to do some chore it’s “YOU HAVE NO POWER OVER ME” lol I can’t help but laugh every time.
YES TO ALL OF THOSE! I made my daughter watch them (she’s a teen), and she was like “well, your childhood was interesting” (lol!) I was like, “you have no idea, kid”! 😉 Thank you, Nancy! LOL to your 9 yo!
We love the movie Mitchell and the machines. It’s funny. Kids always want to watch it.
I have never seen that one! I will have to check it out. Thank you, Ashley!
Our crew loves Moana or Ratatouille. We always have homemade pizza or nachos, so menu plan on Fridays is a snap.
Love both of those and AMEN to that! Friday night is usually pizza night in our house. So quick and easy, and something to look forward to all week long! Thank you, Allyson!
My Favoritie movie to watch with my grandkids is Big Hero 6. It is such a great movie. My grandson even quotes Big Hero 6 when he says” Fa la la la! It is hilarious! He was like 4 years old- so cute!
SUCH a good movie! Awww how cute! Thank you, Maureen!
I love watching The Aristocats with Marie and her brothers. They are hilarious when they are practicing their talents. And the Siamese cats that are always in to mischief. The dog detectives are funny too.
I love that, too! Thank you, Maureen!
We had a big Toy Story phase! Now, they’re way into the Lion King! Honestly Disney+ makes it so easy!
Totally agree! Thank you, Hannah!
The Sound of Music, Aladdin
Yes to both! Thank you, Kathy! Have you seen the live action version of Aladdin?
For animated family favorites, we love Shrek and Toy Story.
For partially animated: Space Jam. Family movie nights are awesome!
Love all of those choices! Thank you, Naomi! You’re right, family movie nights are the best. I love that it’s such a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to make memories! Depending on the movie you choose, it’s also a great “bridge activity” for kids of multiple ages!
We love ET with a box or bag of Reese’s Pieces! Perfect!!!
You just described the perfect night! Thank you, Alicia!
Without a doubt, Fly Away Home ?
I have never seen this one! Thank you for the suggestion, Christine!
Without a doubt, Fly Away Home
Home Team, The Sandlot, Little Rascals, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Home Alone
Lots of classics, right there! Thank you, Wendi!
Sing 1 and 2 are sooo cute and fun for the whole family! Also Luca was great too.
Yes! Those movies are all great! Thank you, Kelly!
We love watch Sonic the Hedgehog movie it’s a favorite for us. Another one we love is Hotel Transylvania.
We haven’t watched Sonic yet (I feel like as a 90’s child, it’s my duty to make my daughter watch that with me haha!). LOVE the Hotel Transylvania movies! They are too funny. Thank you, Jenn!
We love musicals like The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and The King.
Musicals are always so much fun! Do you like watching the live ones NBC does each year? Thank you, Angie!
For animated I love Aristocats, even small kids can watch, and then non animated I love “Secondhand Lions” and “Hotel For Dogs” is also great.
I love the Aristocats! Haven’t seen the others, but will have to check them out! Thank you, Talita!
My 11 year old says, The Mighty Ducks.
Your 11 year old is awesome–that’s a classic! Thank you, Josette!
We love to watch the Paw Patrol Movie and Turning Red!
So cute! Thank you, Janet! I think my daughter and I are watching Turning Red this weekend!
pippi longstocking was always a favorite of mine
Same! One of my favorites, growing up. Thank you, Michelle!
I love watching movies with my granddaughter, our favorite movie is Adventures in Babysitting.
Aw, that is so sweet! The original is my favorite, but have you two checked out the newer version that Disney did a few years ago? It was cute! Thank you, June!
My girls and I love to watch the Peter Rabbit movie. They absolutely love Encanto and the Aladdin remake on Disney plus. We also like Nanny McFee and Sonic the Hedgehog for movie night.
Love all of those choices! Thank you, Ebony! Peter Rabbit is especially fun at this time of the year!
Movie Nights are always fun for us! We have a subscription to Disney+ as the rest of the world does and we have to girls. Some of the most recent family favorites are Turning Red, Encanto, Frozen and Frozen 2. We also love to watch old movies too like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus or Halloweentown
LOVE Disney+! Hours of entertainment, for sure! Love all of those suggestions, especially all of the Halloween ones. Thank you, Autumn!
We are big Disney fans in my house. But right now my boys are really loving Onward, Luca and Encanto! 🙂
All amazing choices. Thank you, Kathy!
Paddington Bear <3
Aw, I love that one. Thank you, Karlene!
I still have littles at home. My almost-2-year-old still isn’t able to express which movie he wants but his big sister loves to tell us which one she thinks he want (just her getting to choose again). But her favorite is Sleeping Beauty (otherwise known as “the Pink Princess.” She can call Elsa by name but doesn’t know the title Frozen. They also like Ice Age.
Ha! That is so cute, Beth! Thank you for sharing!
Hotel Transylvania! My nephews love them (I think there are 4 in total). I have to say they are funny and good hearted movies!
Yes! Those movies are fun for every age! So funny! Thank you, Shay!
My son loves the Grinch movie. Any version any time of year.
I totally agree! I love all versions and watch it year-round, too! I will say the Jim Carrey one is my favorite, though!
The Land Before Time
Such a classic! Thank you, Shaquita!
We love Toy Story! My daughter loves Woody and made a Forky with my husband!
Aww that is so cute! LOVE the Toy Story movies! I was NOT ok after the last one, bawled my way through it LOL! Thank you, Stefanie!
Babe(those talking mice!), The Brave Little Toaster, How to Train your Dragon, Labyrinth (with David Bowie) and my youngest daughter’s all time favorite, Rapunzel ?
Aw, I loved Babe! Forgot about that movie! Excellent choices! Thank you, Donna!
Break though for older kids and Heaven is for Real
I haven’t seen either of those, but will have to check them out! Thank you, Jane!
Our family favorites are Freaky Friday and 13 going on 30!
I love them both, but 13 Going On 30 is one my FAVES! Mark Ruffalo recently posted a video with Jennifer Garner (promoting The Adam Project), and they were talking about 13 Going On 30–so fun to see them together again! Thank you, Nicole!
We love Yes Day! and Hotel for Dogs.
I haven’t watched either of those, and will have to check them out! Thank you, Vicki!
I have recently watched River dance with my grand children.
They enjoyed it very much.
Even my 10 month old little one bopped to the rhythm of the celtic music.
I had as much fun watching the movie than my little granddaughter. 🙂
Aw, that sounds so fun! Thank you, Christine!
My kids love to watch Nanny McPhee & the Despicable Me movies!
Those are both excellent choices! Thank you, Lauryn!
RV, Bedtime Stories, Kangaroo Jack, Adam Project, any Marvel or Star Wars movies.
Excellent choices! Thank you, Kristin! I will have to check out The Adam Project. I keep hearing so many good things about it!
We recently got our active 3yr old who would only watch Minion Movies to sit through Mr. Popper’s Penguins
I still haven’t seen that one yet! (Mr. Popper’s Penguins). I will have to check it out!
The Princess Bride is my all-time favorite movie. I can’t even begin to count how many times I have watched it – and I have passed on my love of the movie to my children. My daughter and I especially love it and it makes me happy that we share a bond over it.
Aw, that is such a good movie!