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Picking a movie that everyone can enjoy is hard enough when you're the only person in the room, so when it becomes a family affair, let's just say—the challenge really escalates. We're here to make that task a little easier so everyone can actually enjoy the point of family night, which is to appreciate each other's company.
We broke down our list with age-appropriate recommendations, official ratings, and brief descriptions, so you can more easily navigate and create your own watchlist. And we promise—none of the family-friendly movies we're highlighting are lame. So read on for 30 family-friendly movies that adults, kids, teenagers, and grandparents will actually want to watch together.
Here are our picks for the best family-friendly films.
Toy Story (1995)
Has there ever been a movie more epic than Toy Story? 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 when you're also trying to accommodate a toddler.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
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 to watch on repeat. And it's about so much more than just a flying car. It also might trigger some wanderlust to early 1900s Bavaria.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Clever, creative, exciting, and chock-full of Halloween costume ideas, The Wizard of Oz is the ultimate family-night movie. There are also plenty of hidden meanings and lessons in it that make it a great pick for kids.
The Parent Trap (1998)
Even when you've watched this movie enough times to recite it by memory, it's still fun to watch. 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).
Complete with great music (it's by same person who created Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda), brave and inspiring characters, and plenty of teachable moments, Moana is one of the best animated movies from recent years. It's about a Polynesian princess on a mission to save her community.
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.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Tune into this classic tale for a taste of whimsical characters, candies, and colors. It's been around for ages, so you can continue watching it as a family tradition with a few generations in the room.
Inside Out (2015)
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. It's about 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).
Here's a throwback everyone can sing along to, for better or for worse. It's 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.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
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). Just be prepared to inspire a lifetime of them waiting for their acceptance letter to Hogwarts.
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Akeelah and the Bee traces a clever girl from South Los Angeles as she qualifies to compete in the National Spelling Bee. You'll be rooting for her the entire way, while seeing inspiring displays of community support and connection.
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
This film adaptation of the classic book is just as imaginative and captivating on-screen. 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.
The Princess Diaries (2001)
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.
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.
The Sandlot (1993)
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 bring the boys together as a team.
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 Ms. Trunchible. 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).
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Robin Williams stole our hearts in this one. Introduce him to your children with this heartwarming family drama about coping with divorce and changing family structures. It represents these complex topics with warmth, humor, and a nice balance between optimism and realism.
Hidden Figures (2016)
This film 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, well-acted movie.
Remember the Titans (2000)
Remember the Titans is an amazing movie that tells the story of integration by spotlighting a high school football team. It dives into the broader issues of race and class, while also emphasizing the personal relationships and dynamics at play in the newly integrated team.
Bend it Like Beckham (2003)
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.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
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 his hard work pays off and he eventually gets back on his feet when his brilliance is noticed. It's based on the true story of Christopher Gardner.
La La Land (2016)
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 from there.
Billy Elliot (2001)
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.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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.
The Help (2012)
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 getting some glimpses of friendship and funny moments.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Lighthearted and fun to watch, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a coming-of-age movie that emphasizes the strength of female friendship, 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.
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 thing that will put a smile on your face.
Bedtime Stories (2008)
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.
The Little Prince (2016)
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 astroid. It's a feel-good tale for the whole fam.
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