Imagine it’s Saturday night and you’re looking for a fun night out with your family – what do you do? A perfect answer to that is family movie night with a feel-good movie. But what movie should you watch that’s both kid-friendly and enjoyable for adult audiences? Netflix is a great place to start.
While they’re best known for their original movies and wide range of TV shows and reboots, Netflix also has a great selection of family-friendly movies. When Disney+ first opened as a streaming platform, they took many Disney-produced family movies with them from the Netflix catalog. With spaces to fill, Netflix has gone ahead and brought back a variety of family movies to watch. Since February 2022, their film library ranges from classics like To win over to Netflix Originals such as Klaus. Here’s a list of some of the best family movies on Netflix to watch with your kids on your next family movie night.
9 Save Willy
A boy and an orphan orca end up becoming an unlikely duo of friends after they both end up in the same marina in Save Willy. Willy is separated from his parents and taken to the marina where he meets Jesse, a young boy who is forced to clean up the vandalism he created at the same marina. When the marina owner attempts to sell Willy, Jesse must step in and help Willy return to the wild.
The 1993 classic sparked four movies and a TV show throughout the ’90s. This unlikely bond of friendship is cliché but can be enjoyed by all ages. The live-action film tackles the topics of acceptance, maturing, and compassion for all.
8 Home team
In this new Netflix Original, Kevin James plays Sean Payton, an NFL coach who was suspended for his role in the Saints’ Bountygate scandal. During his suspension, he becomes his son’s football coach in hopes of reconnecting with him. Based on a true story, this film features the acting talent of Kevin James, Taylor Lautner and Rob Schneider. Similar to Disney sports movies, this film teaches a valuable lesson about family relationships while including a story that adults can enjoy too.
7 my dog is jumping
This touching film is about a boy and his dog. Growing up in Mississippi in the 1940s, Willie Morris, played by Frankie Muniz, struggles to make friends until his parents give him a Jack Russel Terrier puppy, which he names Skip. Together, the two help each other survive on a daily basis.
This film covers topics of responsibility, friendships and one’s own strength. Since its release in 2000, my dog is jumping has remained highly regarded and enjoyed by all ages. Spoiler alert, you might want to watch this movie with a box of tissues nearby.
6 Despicable Me
Gru is a villain who plans to steal the moon. To do this, he adopts three daughters to trick his nemesis into giving up the shrink ray he stole. Along with his lovable and goofy minions, Gru and his daughters end up finding something more important: a family.
Despicable Me took the world by storm when it was released in 2010. Its storyline and cute characters are from a three-movie franchise and a spin-off starring Gru’s minions. This comedy-filled flick is perfect for family movie night, especially if you want to watch more than one movie as the first two movies in this franchise are now on Netflix.
5 blue miracle
An orphanage in Mexico is about to close due to lack of funds. In an attempt to save the orphanage, Omar and some kids team up with a cocky fisherman, Wade, played by Dennis Quaid, to try and catch the biggest fish and win the prize money.
This 2021 Netflix Original tackles poverty in Mexico and is loosely based on a true story. A truly moving and inspiring film, blue miracle is easy to watch and enjoy regardless of age. True to its name, the film is cast in blue hues which are both aesthetically pleasing and help add to the artistic value of the film.
Perhaps one of the most underrated movies on this list, Paddington focuses on Michael Bond’s beloved bear A bear called Paddington. Paddington is looking for a home in London when he meets the kind Brown family who offer him temporary refuge. It’s not all fun and games, as Paddington accidentally catches the eye of a museum taxidermist who wants to add this rare bear to his collection.
Paddington is another perfect example of a heartwarming movie. The film is full of simple humor like trying to figure out a toothbrush and valuable lessons in human decency and belonging. In fact, the writer and creator of this beloved bear gave his thumbs up to the adaptation, saying the film did his beloved character justice.
3 happy feet
In a world of penguins who use songs to attract their partner, little Mumble was born with a terrible singing voice. Instead, he can tap dance, further adding to his outcast status. Along with a few other penguins of a different species, Mumble sets out to find the answer behind starvation in order to prove himself worthy.
Backed by a star-studded cast of Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaver, Elijah Wood, Hugh Jackman, Brittany Murphy and Robin Williams, this movie is packed with song and dance. The music is music from well-known artists that you can sing along to. Both funny and light, happy feet will definitely dance to the top of the family movie night list.
2 The Mitchells vs. the Machines
An eccentric and slightly dysfunctional family accidentally find themselves in the middle of a robotic apocalypse. Katie has recently been accepted to film school and her father insists that the whole family, including their pig, drive her. During this journey, the Mitchells run into all sorts of machines that have been launched to capture humans. It’s up to the Mitchells and two simple-minded robots to save humanity.
Both humorous and moving, The Mitchells vs. the Machines was recently nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. With a focus on creativity, uniqueness, and self-love, this movie uses bright animation and quirky characters to help boost this movie on your list of movies to watch.
Runaway experts, the Boov aliens make Earth their new home by moving all humans to Australia. Oh, a misfit Boov accidentally sends the coordinates of the Boovs’ new home to their enemy. While on the run, he meets Tip, a girl who has been separated from her family and left behind. Together, the two team up to bring Tip back to his mother.
This underrated DreamWorks movie features an excellent cast, including The Big Bang Theoryby Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez. Filled with comedic moments and lessons in being unique, House is the kind of movie that can be enjoyed multiple times.
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