Family movie night is great except everyone is trying to figure out what to watch for family movie night. You start with DVDs, realize you don’t want to watch any of them for the third time, and then move on to streaming apps. And you scroll, and you scroll, and you scroll until the party is wasted. If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Prime Video doesn’t have a huge collection of family movies, but they do have a few standout titles. We’ve scoured the heap to put together the best family movies on Amazon Prime this month.
Looking for even more family movies? We’ve also put together a list of the best family movies on Netflix, the best family movies on Hulu, and the best family movies on Disney +.
Comedian Arnold Schwarzenegger? You bet. This ridiculous family comedy stars Arnold as a character in a movie… in a movie. Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien) finds solace after his father’s death by watching action movies about the indestructible LA cop Jack Slater (Schwarzenegger). When a movie director gives him a magical movie ticket, Danny is sucked into the screen, quickly becoming Slater’s mate. Sadly, there’s a nasty villain out there who wants to get the ticket and step into the real world.
Rotten tomatoes: 40%
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O’Brien, Charles Dance
Director: John McTiernan
Duration: 131 minutes
Give the family a taste of the classics! Bad news bears is one of the greatest baseball movies ever made and full of fun for the whole family. Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) never made it to the minor leagues, and now he’s lost his chance, drunk and angry. It’s the perfect recipe for coaching a Little League team according to City Councilor Bob Whitewood (Ben Piazza), who wants to punish the league for excluding his not-so-talented son from playing. Buttermaker accepts the job but soon realizes that he and his team are all destined to be the laughing stock of the league. However, the mainstream league overlooked star pitcher Amanda Whurlitzer (Tatum O’Neal) because of her gender. From now on, Buttermaker will rely on Amanda to lead the rest of the misfits to glory.
Rotten tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal, Ben Piazza
Director: Michael ritchie
Duration: 102 minutes
It’s a far cry from your grandfather’s Pinocchio – the PG-13 remake is beautiful, dramatic, and enchanting for older kids and parents looking for a movie the whole family can sit back and enjoy. The classic, familiar beats are there, from the wooden boy trying to get real and a growing nose, but there are also plenty of new story elements to enjoy (some derivative of the original 1883 book and some great performances. Fun fact: most special effects are done with prosthetic makeup instead of CGI!
Rotten tomatoes: 83%
Stars:Roberto Benigni, Federico Ielapi, Rocco Papaleo
Director: Matteo garrone
Duration: 125 minutes
An original Amazon movie, The perfect little things card is a young adult comedy reminiscent of Netflix’s Russian doll show – but much more friendly for teens and tweens. Mark (Kyle Allen) comes to terms with his life by living the same day over and over again, when he finds another teenage girl, Margaret (Kathryn Newton) who is going through the same event. Love, humor, and mystery ensue, creating a much-watched teen time loop game that’s a great choice if no one knows what to watch.
Rotten tomatoes: 77%
Stars: Kathyrn Newton, Kyle Allen, Al Madrigal
Director: Ian samuels
Duration: 99 minutes
No, not that Cats! This Cats is, thankfully, a fully animated fun moment about a family of cats living in a high-rise apartment. Blanket, the father of the house, must overcome his fear and mistrust of everything that is going on outside to help save his son, Cape. The adventures that follow are perfect for families with a wide variety of age groups, and the search for the legendary cat town of “Peachtopia” covers a variety of quirky characters and quests.
Rotten tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Nicole Tompkins, Nick Guerra
Director: Gary Wang
Duration: 87 minutes
In Storm boy, Geoffrey Rush plays Michael Kingley, a retired businessman who begins to have fleeting visions of his past. As the film unfolds, we learn that in his youth, Michael spent his days on a largely uninhabited part of Australia’s south coast. It was here that he rescued and formed a close bond with an extraordinary pelican he considered to be Mr. Percival. A fairly faithful adaptation of a short story by Colin Thiele and the second film adaptation of the source material, Storm boy is a loving and moving film that will charm the whole family.
Rotten tomatoes: 69%
Stars: Jai Courtney, Geoffrey Rush, Finn Little
Director: Shawn seet
Duration: 98 minutes
In rural Georgia in 1977, a misfit baby girl (McKenna Grace) dreams of someday going to space. So when a national competition gives her a chance to be recorded on the NASA Golden Record, she jumps at the chance. The only problem is that she has to be one of the Birdie Scouts to compete. In a hurry to enter the contest, she brings together a motley team of misfits like herself, to unwittingly forge friendships that will last a lifetime.
Rotten tomatoes: 68%
Stars: Viola Davis, McKenna Grace, Jim Gaffigan
Director: Bert & Bertie
Duration: 97 minutes
Benji is a stray dog who does not need an owner. He enjoys roaming freely in his friendly Texas town where people give him treats and he can pester the local cat as much as he wants. But when two children Benji loves are kidnapped and held for ransom, Benji takes it upon himself to save the day. Who needs Lassie when Benji is around?
Rotten tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Frances Bavier, Edgar Buchanan, Peter Breck
Directors: Joe camp
Duration: 86 minutes
Adapted from the 1965 novel Belle and Sébastien by Cécile Aubry, our story follows Sebastian (Félix Bosseut), an orphan boy living with an adoptive grandfather and his niece in the French Alps occupied by the Germans in 1943. With dreams of finding his mother, whom he believes to be just beyond the mighty mountain ranges, Sebastian spends his days in the shadow of the vistas. Returning from one of these excursions, he meets an imposing stray dog that he calls Belle. The two clash right away, but just when the trouble arises. A Nazi patrol walks through Sebastian’s villa, intending to cut off the local French resistance that has transported Jews to Switzerland. Nicolas Vanier’s film weaves a beautiful story of camaraderie, humanity and authentic portrayal of difficult times.
Rotten tomatoes: 100%
Stars: Félix Bosseut, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Châtelier
Directors: Nicolas varnier
Duration: 99 minutes
that of Alain Gsponer Heidi is the most recent adaptation of Johanna Spyri’s 1881 Swiss novel about an orphan girl named Heidi who spends her days wandering the valleys of the Swiss Alps with her grandfather. The child’s way of life is totally uprooted when she is forced to take charge of a bourgeois family in Frankfurt, where she yearns for her carefree life in the countryside. It is perhaps the closest to the original text as an adaptation has never come close, with Anuk Steffen delivering a serious and emotional portrayal of the main character. To round out the talented cast, a host of other great German actors, including the late Bruno Ganz and Anna Schinz. If you and the little ones are fine with the subtitles, this is an incredible foreign language entry for the whole family.
Rotten tomatoes: 100%
Stars: Anuk Steffen, Bruno Ganz, Anna Schinz
Directors: Alain Gsponer
Duration: 111 minutes
Ben Crandall (Ethan Hawke), a youngster from San Francisco, still dreams of flying through the sky on some kind of manufactured spaceship that looks like a circuit board. Ben eventually brings his dream visions back to his prodigy school friend Wolfgang (River Phoenix). With the help of a third friend, Darren (Jason Presson), the three boys actually build the circuit board, using the device to create an electromagnetic field around an old Tilt-a-Whirl car that they have designed for their flight vehicle. Explorers is a fun movie that was quickly relegated to cult status upon release. According to director Joe Dante, the production was notoriously rushed by studio executives and only released a week after. Back to the future, the mega hit at the box office of the year.
Rotten tomatoes: 77%
Stars: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson
Director: Joe dante
Duration: 109 minutes