The best family movies on Amazon Prime Video right now

The best part of family movie night is, well, watching a movie. The worst part is finding a movie to watch. You’ve seen everything in the DVD collection a half dozen times, so you head to the streaming apps. But, somehow, despite so much to watch, there’s nothing to watch, so you just keep scrolling and scrolling. Stop wasting so much time! If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, we’ve already done the searching for you. Prime Video isn’t swimming in family-friendly films, but they do have a few good ones. Check out the best family movies on Amazon Prime this month.

Looking for even more family films? 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+

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Dead Poets Society (1989) new

Dead Poets Society
85%
79 %
8.1/10
pg 128m
Genre Drama
Stars Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard
Directed by Peter Weir
It might be over the head of younger kids, but pre-teens and teens may identify with this drama about an unorthodox new English teacher at an elite all-boys preparatory school known for its ancient traditions and standards. The boys are under enormous pressures from their parents and the school, but their new teacher is determined to help them break out of their shells and find purpose in life beyond simply academics.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) new

Fantastic Mr. Fox
93%
83 %
7.9/10
pg 87m
Genre Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman
Directed by Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson applies his signature kitsch and cutesy to this stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. After 12 years, Mr. Fox breaks a promise to his wife, raiding the farms of human neighbors Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. But Mr. Fox’s actions this time come with consequences. Succumbing to his animal instincts not only endangers his marriage but invokes the wrath of the farmers who force Mr. Fox and the other neighborhood animals deep underground. Now, Mr. Fox and his animal compadres will have to resort to their natural craftiness to defeat the farmers.

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) new

Mrs. Doubtfire
72%
53 %
7.0/10
pg-13 125m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Stars Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan
Directed by Chris Columbus
One of Robin Williams’ greatest roles is that of Daniel Hillard, a divorced dad with barely any access to his children who goes to the extreme length of becoming a British nanny named Eugenia Doubtfire. Duping his ex-wife, Miranda, Daniel is hired as “Mrs. Doubtfire,” soon winning over the children and becoming a better parent in the process. But living a double life always risks exposure.

The Bad News Bears (1976) new

The Bad News Bears
97%
84 %
7.3/10
pg 102m
Genre Family, Comedy
Stars Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Ben Piazza
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Give the family a taste of the classics! The Bad News Bears is one of the greatest baseball movies ever made and full of fun for the entire family. Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) never made it to the minor leagues, and now he’s down on his luck, drunk, and angry. That’s the perfect recipe to coach a Little League team according to councilman 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 he and his team are fully intended to be the laughingstock of the league. However, the traditional league overlooked star pitcher Amanda Whurlitzer (Tatum O’Neal) due to her gender. Now, Buttermaker will lean on Amanda to lead the rest of the misfits to glory.

Pinocchio (2019)

Pinocchio
83%
64 %
6.2/10
pg-13 125m
Genre Fantasy, Adventure, Drama
Stars Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni, Marine Vacth
Directed by Matteo Garrone
This is far from your grandfather’s Pinocchio – the PG-13 remake is beautiful, dramatic, and thoroughly enchanting for older kids and parents who are looking for a movie that the whole family can sit down and enjoy. The classic and familiar beats are here, from the wooden boy trying to become real and a growing nose, but there’s also a lot of new story elements to appreciate (some derived from the original 1883 book and excellent performances. Fun fact: Most of the special effects are made with prosthetic make-up instead of CGI!

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
76%
61 %
6.8/10
pg-13 99m
Genre Fantasy, Romance
Stars Kathryn Newton, Kyle Allen, Jermaine Harris
Directed by Ian Samuels
An original movie from Amazon, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a young adult comedy reminiscent of Netflix’s Russian Doll show — but much more friendly for teens and tweens. Mark (Kyle Allen) is coming to terms with his life living the same day over and over again, when he finds another teen, Margaret (Kathryn Newton) who is experiencing the same event. Love, humor, and mystery all ensue, creating a highly watched teen time-loop romp that’s a great pick if no one knows what to watch.

Troop Zero (2019)

Troop Zero
68%
58 %
6.9/10
pg 94m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Stars Mckenna Grace, Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan
Directed by Bert, Bertie
In rural Georgia in 1977, a misfit little girl (McKenna Grace) dreams of one day going to outer space. So when a national competition offers her a chance to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she jumps at the chance. The only problem is that she has to be a part of the Birdie Scouts to compete. In a rush to enter the competition, she assembles a ragtag crew of misfits like her, only to unwittingly forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

Belle and Sebastian (2013)

Belle and Sebastian
91%
6.9/10
pg 104m
Genre Adventure
Stars Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Dimitri Storoge
Directed by Nicolas Vanier
Adapted from the 1965 novel Belle et Sébastien by Cécile Aubry, our story follows Sebastian (Félix Bosseut), an orphan boy living with an adoptive grandfather and his niece in the German-occupied French Alps in 1943. With dreams of reuniting with his mother, who he believes is just beyond the mighty mountain range, Sebastian spends his days in the shadows of the vistas. Returning home from one such excursion, he encounters a towering stray dog who he names Belle. The two take to each other right away, but just as trouble strikes. A Nazi patrol strolls into Sebastian’s villa, with intentions of cutting off the local French Resistance that has been transporting Jews into Switzerland. Nicolas Vanier’s film weaves a beautiful tale of companionship, humanity, and authentic depiction of a hardship-laced era.

Heidi (2015)

Heidi
100%
7.5/10
pg 111m
Genre Adventure, Family
Stars Bruno Ganz, Anuk Steffen, Katharina Schüttler
Directed by Alain Gsponer
Alain Gsponer’s Heidi is the most recent adaptation of Johanna Spyri’s 1881 Swiss novel about an orphaned girl named Heidi that spends her days roaming the valleys of the Swiss Alps with her grandfather. The child’s way of life is totally uprooted when she’s forced into the care of a bourgeoisie Frankfurt family, where she pines for her days of carefree country living. This is perhaps the closest to the original text as an adaptation has ever neared, with Anuk Steffen delivering an earnest and emotional portrayal of the titular character. Rounding out the talented cast are a host of other great German actors, including the late Bruno Ganz and Anna Schinz. If you and the little ones are OK with subtitles, this is an incredible foreign language entry for the entire family.

Explorers (1985)

Explorers
74%
58 %
6.5/10
pg 109m
Genre Family, Science Fiction
Stars Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson
Directed by Joe Dante
Ben Crandall (Ethan Hawke), a San Francisco youth, keeps having dreams about flying through the sky on some kind of manufactured spacecraft that resembles a circuit board. Ben eventually reports his dream-visions to wunderkind school-friend Wolfgang (River Phoenix). With the help of a third friend, Darren (Jason Presson), the three boys actually construct the circuit board, using the device to create an electromagnetic field around an old Tilt-a-Whirl car that they’ve fashioned for their flight vehicle. Explorers is a fun film that was quickly relegated to cult status upon its release. According to director Joe Dante, the production was infamously rushed by studio executives and released only a week after Back to the Future, the year’s mega box-office hit.

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