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. Well, 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 52 family-friendly movies that adults, kids, teenagers, and grandparents will actually want to watch together.
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.
Up Next: Finding Nemo
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.
Up Next: Swiss Family Robinson
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 subliminal messages that allow kids and adults to make their own interpretations.
Up Next: Mary Poppins
Even when you've watched this movie enough times to rehearse it by heart, 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 Quad, Natasha Richardson, and Sammy the pet).
Up Next: Father of the Bride
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.
Up Next: Brave
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, timeless friendships and bonds. It's also a visually stunning film, which is a treat for both kids and adults alike.
Up Next: The Little Prince
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.
Up Next: Alice in Wonderland
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).
Up Next: Coco
Here's a throwback everyone can sing along to, for better or for worse. It's a classic rag-to-riches story arc with a cast of hilarious and absurd characters along the way. It's also a good option for anyone who wants to travel back in time to Prohibition-era New York City.
Up Next: A Little Princess
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.
Up Next: E.T.
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 entire way and also see inspiring displays of community support and connection.
Up Next: Holes
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 but it's also directed by Spike Jonze, so the visual beauty alone makes it worth watching.
Up Next: The Jungle Book
This coming-of-age story reinforces the importance of family bonding, which is fitting for the occasion. It'll also make you fall in love with San Francisco and there are plenty of fun characters to make you laugh, learn, and empathize with.
Up Next: Ella Enchanted
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.
Up Next: The Series of Unfortunate Events
The Sandlot is about a group of kids doing what kids (and arguably adult, 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.
Up Next: Leave It to Beaver
This modern fairytale 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).
Up Next: Jumanji
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.
Up Next: Flubber
This film is about black women who made history at NASA, and it's based on a true story, which it all the more inspiring. There's romance, career inspiration, history lessons, and friendship all into one fascinating, well-acted movie.
Up Next: Star Wars
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 honing in on the personal relationships and dynamics at play in the newly integrated team.
Up Next: Loving
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.
Age Recommendation: 10+
Up Next: Whale Rider
Heartwrenching 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.
Age Recommendation: 10+
Up Next: I Am Sam
This contemporary musical is a lighthearted romantic musical 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.
Up Next: Roman Holiday
For dancing and singing with a bit more struggle involved, opt for Billy Eliot. It tells the story of a talented, brave young boy who breaks through gender stereotypes to pursue his passion for dancing instead of sport.
Up Next: Center Stage
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.
Up Next: Back to the Future
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.
Up Next: The Secret Life of Bees
Napolean Dynamite never gets old. Watch this if you're in the mood for something silly and quirky.
Up Next: School of Rock