The 10 Best Family Movies on HBO Max


Instinct can lead you to wander towards Disney+ to watch 100 years of family movies. But HBO Max is home to a slew of movies ranging from blockbuster franchises to DC superheroes to timeless classics. Browse all eras and genres, and you’re bound to find gems that everyone in your household can enjoy together.

However Harry Potter left HBO Max and moved on to Peacock, we’ve put together a series of movies that even your older kids will probably enjoy. Embark on memorable adventures with these selections and be sure to check out our suggestions for kids streaming servicesthe best family movies on Netflix and the Pixar’s choice.

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An 80s classic that everyone deserves to experience, The NeverEnding Story follows Bastian in a magical book that sucks him into the world of Fantasia. Re-watch or learn about Falkor, the Child Empress, Atreyu and his horse, and a host of other characters as they all try to save Fantasia. try not to cry [spoiler!]is the horrible death.

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A film that has influenced pop culture and generations of filmmakers, The Goonies is high-level storytelling for kids on a quest that has danger, humor and heart. It was Josh Brolin’s first film, and, long before he became Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings and Bob in Stranger Things, Sean Astin was Mikey, the de facto leader of that team. Dive deep into this treasure.

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This animated classic won Hayao Miyazaki an Academy Award, and it distills everything good about Studio Ghibli into one movie – even Totoro’s soot sprites make a comeback. In this film, 10-year-old Chihiro stumbles into a magical world of monsters and must work to free her parents from an evil enchantment.

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Steven Universe is one of Cartoon Network’s most beloved animated series. This movie takes 16-year-old Steven and the Gems on a musical ride where they face off against a new adversary who wants to kill Steven. They deal with exhausting weapons, memory loss and interplanetary action. If you happen to fall down the rabbit hole, watch the TV show while it’s still on HBO Max.

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At first, The Iron Giant may seem like an unassuming ET-type clone – just in animated form. But it’s not. You’ll feel a thing for this mega robot from outer space and the little boy Hogarth who befriends him as they learn some life lessons. Fun Fact: Vin Diesel voiced the Iron Giant.

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Another gem from Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, Ponyo is a tender story of friendship. Ponyo, a magical fish princess (of course, why not), wants to join the human world to be with her best friend Sousuke, but they encounter more than a few obstacles. Matt Damon, Betty White, Cate Blanchett and Liam Neeson are among the English-speaking voices in this animated tale.

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It’s a Tim Burton fantasy – and one of his best. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter star in this unfair tale of love in the land of the living and the dead.

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Before Johnny Depp, Gene Wilder portrayed the role of Willy Wonka in this Roald Dahl golden ticket to a classic. Wilder plays the eccentric millionaire candy maker in this fantastically fun adaptation that tests children’s morals.

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Even if you’re not in the mood for a holiday movie, you might just want a laugh. The PG-rated 8-bit Christmas hits you with 80s nostalgia, Nintendo mania, and can sometimes remind you of Pixels or A Christmas Story. Neil Patrick Harris stars in this relatable childhood story.

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All descriptions of his film nail the “man-boy in a gray suit” part but fail to capture how Pee-Wee Herman started a temporary dance and rap song craze. It’s a ridiculous but entertaining comedy about this man-boy in a bow tie who jumps through hoops to find his stolen bike. Additionally, this film also marked Burton’s first foray into feature filmmaking.


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