When you and your family come together for a hard-earned movie night, don’t end up in a fight over what to watch. These 10 family-friendly movies on Netflix will please parents and kids alike (including any persnickety tweens you may have).
The Secret of Kells
This little-known gem from Ireland doesn’t have the realistic computer graphics that many of the newer animated films are known for. Instead, The Secret of Kells showcases stylized animation and a thoughtful plot about faith and imagination. Best suited for ages 7 and up, it has some tense moments, but the animation style keeps them from being scary. The music and accents are charming.
Moms and dads may remember this Jim Henson masterpiece from their childhoods. Labyrinth stands the test of time with a mesmerizing performance from David Bowie and a spunky performance from a young Jennifer Connelly. This is a great pick if you’re experiencing some sibling rivalry between your little ones.
Disney’s take on Chinese folklore features a strong female lead any kid can look up to. Parents will love Eddie Murphy’s wisecracking dragon, Mushu. The music is fantastic, and the message of this story can’t be beat. Mulan is easily one of Disney’s most underrated films, and it’s worth the rewatch if you haven’t seen it in a long time.
Perfect for older kids to watch with parents, this epic miniseries about our glorious home gives you the opportunity to have a series of family movie nights. Your kids will have no idea they’re learning, thanks to the engaging way Planet Earth is shot.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Even if you haven’t seen the first film, this family movie is a blast. The pure silliness of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 appeals to kids of all ages, while parents will get a kick out of the clever humor. A few jokes go right over kids’ heads, which is exactly how the best family-friendly films should be.
The voice talents of John Cusack and Meg Ryan in this classic animated film will make moms and dads nostalgic for the 1980s. Preschoolers may be bored with the plot, but young kids and tweens will love the mystery and romance of Anastasia. Catchy songs and a dash of magic round out this family movie. You can’t escape this one without falling in love with Bartok the bat.
Lilo & Stitch
Disney excels at odd couples, and the most poignant of all is Lilo and her alien pal, Stitch. Lilo & Stitch is a particularly good choice if your family is blended or unconventional in any way. A few tear-jerking moments will have you reaching for tissues, but kids will focus on Stitch’s antics. Pick this movie if your family could use a dose of warm and fuzzy.
The Croods is one of the newer family movies on Netflix, and it showcases strong family relationships without feeling heavy-handed. This fun prehistoric tale has plenty of semi-adult humor and lots of slapstick that little ones will love to giggle over. Perfect for ages 5 and up, it’s a beautifully animated adventure that will appeal to all ages.
Introduce your kids to the talent of Robin Williams with one of his most beloved children’s films. Jumanji is a kids movie, but it has enough action and adventure to appeal to adults. A few scary animals make this classic family movie best for ages 5 and up. Pair it with a family board game night for the perfect combination.
The Road to El Dorado
This underrated animated film has amazing music by Elton John and charming voice acting by Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh. Two hooligans are mistaken for gods in El Dorado; it may not be historically accurate, but The Road to El Dorado is a hilarious romp. Parents will love the soundtrack and a spunky performance by Rosie Perez.
Make an event out of your family movie time by putting together some healthy snacks and making a blanket fort in front of the TV. Don’t forget to sneak a few photos of your kids snuggled up in front of a good movie. Those precious moments become few and far between when they get older.