36 Family-Friendly Movies That Are Anything but Boring

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Picking a movie to watch is hard enough when you're the only person in the room, so when it comes to choosing a family-friendly movie that everyone can enjoy, the challenge can escalate fast.

If you're witnessing a war over the remote break out in your living room, call a truce and opt for one of these 36 kid-friendly movies that you'll love as much as your little ones do. We broke down our family movie list with age-appropriate recommendations, official ratings, and brief descriptions, so you can easily navigate and create your own watchlist. The best part? None of the family-friendly movies we highlight are boring—we promise! Read on for 36 family-friendly movies that adults, kidsteenagers, and grandparents will actually want to watch together. 

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Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story (1995)

Courtesy of Pixar

Has there ever been a movie more epic than Toy Story? To refresh your memory, Toy Story follows a loyal gang of toys who want to save themselves from the dreaded garage sale. The leader of the crew, a cowboy named Woody (played by Tom Hanks) makes it his mission to keep all of the toys together with their beloved owner and friend, Andy.

Put this movie on when you want to reminisce, or if you want a film that delivers positive role models and messages about friendship and imagination while also trying to accommodate a toddler. 

Rated: G

Age Recommendation: 5+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Fandango Now, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Courtesy of MGM

Super campy and funny to watch as an adult, and a gripping adventure for children, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one of those family movies you'll all want on repeat. And it's about so much more than just a flying car. It also might trigger some wanderlust for early 1900s Bavaria. 

Rated: G

Age Recommendation: 6+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube

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The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Courtesy of MGM

Clever, creative, exciting, and chock-full of Halloween costume ideas, The Wizard of Oz is the ultimate classic family-night movie. In a terrible tornado, Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto get swept away from Kansas into the colorful world of Oz, where she meets a good witch, a bad witch, and three new friends. Together, they journey to Oz, where the Wizard will help Dorothy and Toto get home to Kansas. There are also plenty of hidden meanings and lessons in it that make it a great pick for kids.

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation6+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu

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The Parent Trap (1998)

The Parent Trap (1998)

Courtesy of Amazon

Even when you've watched this movie enough times to recite it by memory, it's still fun. There's nostalgic summer camp bliss, sibling rivalry and bonding, snapshots of London and the San Francisco wine country, and endless sartorial inspiration. Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan, we love you (of course you too, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, and Sammy the dog). 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 6+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Moana (2016)

Moana (2016)

Courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios

Complete with great music from the creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, brave and inspiring characters, and plenty of teachable moments, Moana is one of the best animated movies in recent years. It follows the story of a Polynesian princess on a mission to save her community. 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 6+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Up (2009)

Up (2009)

 Courtesy of Pixar

Though there are moments of sadness in this movie, it's ultimately more uplifting and heartwarming than anything. Up is a movie about the beauty in unlikely friendships. It's also a visually stunning film, which is a treat for both kids and adults alike. 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 6+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Google Plus, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Courtesy of Amazon

Tune into this classic tale for a taste of whimsical characters, candies, and colors. Join Charlie and four less grateful children on a delicious tour of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory where seemingly nothing goes according to plan. This movie is chock-full of morality tales and lessons for kids. As the original Willy Wonka film, you can continue watching it as a family tradition with a few generations in the room. 

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” —Willy Wonka

Rated: G

Age Recommendation: 8+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out (2015)

 Courtesy of Pixar

Imagine if all of your emotions were actually little characters with minds of their own living inside your head. That's what Inside Out is about, plus so much more: major life transitions, coping with our feelings, and learning how to regain control over them. All of this is lightened up with sweet, humorous lines delivered by the star-studded cast (Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, and Mindy Kaling). 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 6+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Annie (1982)

Annie (1982)

 Courtesy of IMDb

Here's a throwback everyone can sing-along to, for better or for worse. Annie is a classic rags-to-riches story arc with a cast of hilarious and absurd characters. It's also a good option for anyone who wants to travel back in time to Prohibition-era New York City. 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 6+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

 Courtesy of Amazon

Introducing your kids to Harry Potter will be a ton of fun to watch (but probably not quite as enjoyable as watching this epic movie itself). Harry Potter is an orphan living in a closet under the stairs in his aunt, uncle and bully of a cousin's home. One day, a mysterious letter arrives informing Harry that he's a wizard and invited to study magic at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Need we say more?

Just be prepared to inspire a lifetime of them waiting for their acceptance letter to Hogwarts. 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 7+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu

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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

 Courtesy of Amazon

Akeelah and the Bee traces a clever girl from South Los Angeles as she qualifies to compete in the National Spelling Bee. You'll want to root for her the entire way and appreciate inspiring displays of community support and connection. 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 8+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Courtesy of Warner Bros.

This film adaptation of the classic book is just as imaginative and captivating on-screen. Max feels misunderstood both at home and at school, so, mischievous as he is, he escapes to the land of the Wild Things. The creatures crown Max their king and he decides to create a kingdom where everyone will be happy, but he soon learns that being king isn't quite so easy.

For parents, you'll enjoy it as an ode to an old classic. It's also directed by Spike Jonze, so the visual beauty alone makes it worth watching. 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 9+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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The Princess Diaries (2001)

The Princess Diaries (2001)

 Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

This coming-of-age story reinforces the importance of family bonding. It'll also make you fall in love with San Francisco, and there are plenty of fun characters to make you laugh, learn from, and empathize with. 

Rated: G

Age Recommendation: 8+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Hugo (2011)

Hugo (2011)

 Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Though it's definitely appropriate for young kids, Hugo is also a masterful period piece that any cinema buff would appreciate. Set in 1930s Paris, our young orphan protagonist takes us along on his adventures into the walls of the train station to find an automaton his father built. 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 8+

Available On: iTunes, Google Play, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube

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The Sandlot (1993)

The Sandlot (1993)

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

The Sandlot is about a group of kids doing what kids (and arguably adults, too) do best: playing and goofing around with friends all summer. There's a healthy dose of mystery and conflict that brings the boys together as a team.  

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 8+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Matilda (1996)

Matilda (1996)

Courtesy of Amazon

This modern fairytale is about the triumph of love over evil, as well as the magic of books and learning. There are so many amazingly entertaining characters, but we have to say our favorite will always be Miss Trunchbull. She's the ultimate childhood villain, but she's also pretty hilarious (sort of like a less real, less severe, less adult-only version of Aunt Lydia from The Handmaid's Tale). 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 9+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Robin Williams stole our hearts in this one. Introduce the late comedian to your children with this heartwarming family drama about coping with divorce and changing family structures. Mrs. Doubtfire tackles these complex topics with warmth, humor, and a nice balance between optimism and realism. 

Rated: PG-13

Age Recommendation: 12+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures (2016)

Courtesy of Amazon

Hidden Figures is about black women who made history at NASA, and it's based on a true story, which makes it all the more inspiring. There's romance, career inspiration, history lessons, and friendship, all in one fascinating performance.

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 10+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Remember the Titans (2000)

Remember the Titans (2000)

Courtesy of Buena Vista Home Entertainment 

Remember the Titans is an inspiring movie that tells the story of integration through the lens of a high school football team. It dives into broader issues of race and class, while also emphasizing personal relationships and dynamics at play within the newly integrated team. 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 10+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Bend it Like Beckham (2003)

Bend it Like Beckham (2003)

 Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

This coming-of-age movie is uplifting and empowering, especially for young girls. It follows two friends and teammates who want to play soccer professionally, even though that's far from what their parents have in mind. 

Rated: PG-13

Age Recommendation: 13+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Courtesy of IMDb

Heart-wrenching, yet so sweet and touching, The Pursuit of Happyness follows a struggling salesman and father living on the streets of San Francisco with his son, until one day his hard work pays off. It's based on the true story of Christopher Gardner. 

Rated: PG-13

Age Recommendation: 12+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube

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La La Land (2016)

La La Land (2016)

Courtesy of Amazon

This contemporary musical is a lighthearted romantic film that'll make you want to get up and dance. The city of Los Angeles is as much of a character as the people are, which makes it fun if you're acquainted with the sprawling region.

Rated: PG-13

Age Recommendation: 13+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Billy Elliot (2001)

Billy Elliot (2001)

Courtesy of Google

For dancing and singing with a bit more struggle involved, opt for Billy Elliot. It tells the story of a talented, brave young boy who breaks through gender stereotypes to pursue his passion for dancing instead of sport. 

Rated: R

Age Recommendation: 13+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

 Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

For a crime adventure that can still be age-appropriate for mature kids, tweens, and teens, you can't go wrong with Catch Me If You Can. It's about one man who keeps outsmarting the police and conning his way into success, leaving a trail of consequences behind him. It's also a midcentury period piece. 

Rated: PG-13

Age Recommendation: 12+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu

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The Help (2011)

The Help (2011)

Courtesy of IMDb

Brilliant performances, funny dynamics, and an entertaining plot—what more could you ask for? In this movie about race and gender in the American South during the 1960s, you'll learn about the Civil Rights Movement and racial inequality, while also glimpsing enduring friendships and funny moments. 

Rated: PG-13

Age Recommendation: 12+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

 Courtesy of Amazon

Napoleon Dynamite never gets old. It's about a quirky, small town teen who befriends a fellow outcast, and together they launch a campaign for student body president. Watch this if you're in the mood for something silly. 

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 11+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Courtesy of IMDb

Lighthearted and fun to watch, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a coming-of-age movie that emphasizes the strength of female friendship through adversity, especially during those tricky teenage years. It'll also make adults miss the good ol' days when a three-month summer break was a thing.

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 12+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Coco (2017)

Coco (2017)

Courtesy of Pixar

This Pixar movie will make you laugh, cry, and make you want to hug your family. The story centers around the revered Mexican holiday El Día de los Muertos, and a boy named Miguel who is trapped in the land of the dead when he decides to become a musician against his family's wishes. The colorful 3D scenery is just one element that will put a smile on your face.

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 7+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Google Play, Vudu

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Bedtime Stories (2008)

Bedtime Stories (2008)

 Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

What's a combination for a killer feel good film? Disney and Adam Sandler. When a man realizes his imaginative stories he makes up for his niece and nephew turn into reality, his life is turned upside down—and it's magical.

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 7+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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The Little Prince (2016)

The Little Prince (2016)

Courtesy of IMDb

This 2016 film boasts some seriously stunning animation. An over-scheduled girl befriends an eccentric aviator who regales her with stories about an unusual boy who lives on an asteroid. It's a feel-good tale for the whole fam.

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 10+

Available On: Netflix

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The Lion King (2019)

The Lion King (2019)

Courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

We didn't think anything could measure up to 1994's The Lion King, but this live-action version made us reconsider. Simba can't wait to walk in his father's paw prints and become king of the Pride Lands. However, Simba's mischievous ways causes an unexpected tragedy that causes him to run away and abandon his dreams of becoming king. The remake stays faithful to the original's plot, but with a funnier, more current cast. Also, Beyoncé stars as Nala and Seth Rogen plays Pumbaa...is there any cast better?

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 8+

Available On: YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, iTunes, Vudu

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The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book (2016)

Courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

Truth be told, you may love this remake more than the original. Plus, the computer-generated animals and action-packed drama will have you on the edge of your seat for all 106 minutes of this gorgeous movie. Lovable human Mowgli has been adopted by the jungle's pack of wolves, but he must leave the only home he's ever known to protect himself against the vengeful tiger Shere Khan, played by Idris Elba. Will he make it on his own? We won't say!

The writers may have taken a few creative liberties with the plot, but we're still on Team Mowgli through his journey of self-discovery.

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 9+

Available On: YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Disney+

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Stick It (2006)

Stick It (2006)

Courtesy of IMDb

If you were a die-hard Bring It On fan, you'll love Stick It—especially because they're both the comedic genius of the same writer. Stick It follows the at-times tumultuous journey of former teen star gymnast Haley Graham whose fitting punishment for juvenile delinquency is returning to the vault, beam, and bars with her old gymnastics team. Will she fall back in love with the sport or run away again? You'll have to watch to find out!

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 12+

Available On: YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, iTunes

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Shrek (2001)

Shrek (2001)

Courtesy of Dreamworks

Shrek was an instant classic when it came out in 2001. It follows the grumpy ogre whose swamp becomes overrun by fairytale creatures due to a royal ordinance ordered by Lord Farquaad. Shrek and his not-so-welcome sidekick (Eddie Murphey in talking donkey form) agree to fetch Lord Farquaad's princess from her dragon-guarded castle in exchange for his swamp back. The plot may be kid-friendly, but the humor is definitely low-key for adults.

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 6+

Available On: Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video

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Space Jam (1996)

Space Jam (1996)

Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Space Jam is kind of like Remember the Titans in that you don't have to be an avid sports fan to love the movie. It stars basketball legend Michael Jordan and just about every Looney Tune you can think of playing for the Tune Squad. You'll be more inspired than you'd think when "I Believe I Can Fly" comes on.

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 7+

Available On: Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu

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The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)

The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)

Courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

If your kids have been begging you for a pooch, this heartfelt flick will convince you to give in. Based on the book of the same name, the movie is about a golden retriever named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) who, courtesy of his owner, understands human conviction, emotion, and love more than we give pups credit for. Enzo's relationship with his owner, played by Milo Ventimiglia, proves that a dog really is man's best friend.

Rated: PG

Age Recommendation: 10+

Available On: Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, HBO Max, iTunes

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