The 10 Best Free Family Movies on Amazon Prime Video

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Hoping to gather around the TV for a fun family movie night? Look no further than Amazon Prime Video.

The streaming service is packed with popular titles for viewers of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a superhero origin story for tweens, yearning for a comedy for younger kids, or looking for a fantasy that all of them will enjoy, Prime Video has you covered.

Check out all the best family movies to stream for free with your Prime Video subscription below.

1. How to train your dragon (2010)

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This mind-blowing fantasy film tells the story of a fifteen-year-old Viking named Hiccup who hopes to become a dragon slayer despite being considered too weak. However, after befriending a mysterious Night Fury, he begins to question his tribe’s centuries-old dragon-hunting tradition.

How to train your dragon is beautifully animated, heartfelt, and surprisingly layered. It’s one of those stories that will enchant adult viewers as easily as it captivates children. And while you’ll have to look elsewhere for the equally lauded movie sequels, you can start the adventure on Prime Video.

How to watch: How to train your dragon is now included for free with Prime Video.

2. The Avengers (2012)

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The Avengers Assemble
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Just because you don’t have Disney+ doesn’t mean you can’t stream Marvel’s first big superhero movie.

In The AvengersIron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) unite to defeat Loki, the God of Mischief, after attempting to take over the world with the power of the Tesseract.

If it’s been a while since you watched the opening avengers slice, it might be time to review. It has all the best features of a giant blockbuster movie, including flashy special effects, an engaging cast, and a high-stakes story. It’s the perfect way to end your summer of streaming.

How to watch: The Avengers is now included for free with Prime Video.

3. Shrek (2001)

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Shrek!
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A hilarious fairy tale parody from when she performs “All Star?” from Smash Mouth? Yes please.

In case you didn’t grow up with it Shrek yourself, the film is about an ogre who makes a deal with the evil Lord Farquaad after his peaceful existence is hampered by an eccentric group of fairy tale characters; If Shrek can bring Princess Fiona back to Farquaad so she can become his bride, the ruler will send Shrek’s new neighbors out of his swamp. However, many obstacles, including a “ferocious” dragon, a sarcastic Robin Hood, and his own doubts, stand in the way.

Although ShrekThe visuals of clearly came to life nearly two decades ago, its quick humor and compelling message standing the test of time.

How to watch: Shrek is now included for free with Prime Video.

4. Zero Troop (2019)

Zero Troop

Zero Troop
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If you need something funny and cool, take a trip in this original Amazon Studios movie.

Set in 1977 in Georgia, Zero Troop follows a girl (Mckenna Grace) who hopes to one day go to space. After learning that the winner of a Birdie Scout talent show will be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record – which will be launched into the sky via Voyager – she assembles a group of misfits to fight for the prize.

The comedy-drama film is full of charm, and although the story is simple, it is well acted. After all, there are Viola Davis and Allison Janney in supporting roles. So who could complain?

How to watch: Zero Troop is now included for free with Prime Video.

5. rango (2011)

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If an animated western sounds fun to you, rango is your movie.

It follows a household chameleon (Johnny Depp) who, after falling from his owners car in Nevada, finds himself in the sleepy town of Dirt. Here, he stops blending in and becomes the outpost’s new sheriff.

The film’s voice work is top-notch, as is the creative premise and captivating animations. This earned him several awards, including Best Animated Feature at the Oscars.

How to watch: rango is now included for free with Prime Video.

6. Shaun the Sheep – The Movie (2015)

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Shaun the Sheep
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Is the Shaun the Sheep Movie really so good? Yes. Yes it is. Just ask for the movie’s 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The stop-motion comedy-adventure sees the titular sheep take his flock to town in hopes of bringing his amnesiac farmer back to Mossy Bottom Farm.

It’s simple, it’s innocent and it’s a lot of fun. Shaun the Sheep proves that you don’t need heavy dialogue – just charisma – to bring an animated film to life.

How to watch: Shaun the Sheep – The Movie is now included for free with Prime Video.

seven. Star Trek Beyond (2016)

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Captain. Church.
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Need a family movie better suited to tweens and teens? don’t look beyond Star Trek Beyond.

In this sci-fi episode, the crew of the USS Enterprise crash-land on an unknown planet after being attacked by the lizard-like Krall (Idris Elba) and his swarm. This has Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and their crew members looking for a way to fight the aliens and escape.

Star Trek Beyond is well acted and directed, visually impressive and loaded with energy filled action sequences. This makes it easy to have fun, even if you haven’t seen the movies before this one.

How to watch: Star Trek Beyond is now included for free with Prime Video.

8. The NIMH Secret (1982)

The NIMH Secret

The NIMH Secret
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There’s a kind of special warmth to Don Bluth’s animations – like The land before time and An American tail – which leaves them enchanting years after their initial release. And Bluth’s first film, The NIMH Secretdoes not stray from these familiar sentiments.

The dark fantasy has field mouse Mrs. Brisby seeking help from a colony of rats after her son falls ill with pneumonia. Its multi-faceted themes, artistic visuals, and compelling narrative make it a remarkable site.

How to watch: The NIMH Secret is now included for free with Prime Video.

9. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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Captain America and Peggy
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The Avengers isn’t the only Marvel movie camping on Prime Video. There is also Captain Americain which Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) attempts to prevent Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) from world domination after receiving a dose of “Super-Soldier Serum”.

The 1940s setting helps separate the film from other superhero hits of the 2010s, and its story is gripping for viewers of all ages.

Also, Chris Evans. Chris Evans. Need we say more?

How to watch: Captain America: The First Avenger is now included for free with Prime Video.

ten. Ernest and Celestine (2012)

Bears and mice.

Bears and mice.
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You probably haven’t seen Ernest and Celestine. The film was released in France in 2012, and although it received an English dub in 2014, it was overshadowed by other animated films – such as Frozen – which was still strong from its success at the time.

However, just because Ernest and Celestine isn’t great CGI animation doesn’t mean it’s worth ignoring. Because with storybook-like visuals and a friendship-filled story, the film exudes the feelings of an old-school movie you’ll want to chill with.

The dramatic comedy sees a world in which, separated by fear, rodents live underground and bears live above ground. However, instead of eating Celestine (Mackenzie Foy) after bumping into her, musician bear Ernest (Forest Whitaker) teams up with the mouse to carry out their various agendas. Unfortunately, it also forces them to run from the police together.

How to watch: Ernest and Celestine is now included for free with Prime Video.

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