The best family movies on Netflix right now

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned family movie night? Especially as the weather gets colder, nothing’s better than cozying up with the family and watching a great flick. But if you’re always arguing over the same DVD collection, movie night gets old fast. Fortunately, your Netflix subscription is a great outlet for many more family-friendly films. However, it doesn’t necessarily resolve the arguing. To help you out, we’ve gone through and pulled out the best family movies for you already. These are the best family movies on Netflix right now.

If you’re looking for more films suitable for the whole family, we’ve also rounded up the best family movies on Amazon Prime Video and the best family movies on Disney+.

Recently Added to Netflix

Stuart Little 2 (2002) new

Stuart Little 2
Genre Family, Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Stars Michael J. Fox, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane
Directed by Rob Minkoff
pg 78m
Mouse hero Stuart Little (Michael J. Fox) returns in this fun-filled sequel! Finally getting settled in his new home, Stuart’s world is tossed upside down when new friend Margalo (Melanie Griffith) is captured by the villainous Falcon (James Woods). With his cat pal Snowbell (Nathan Lane) in tow, they’ll brave the city to save their new friend.

The Cat in the Hat (2003) new

The Cat in the Hat
Genre Family, Fantasy
Stars Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning
Directed by Bo Welch
pg 82m
So, critics hated The Cat in the Hat, but it’s not really for them, is it? It’s for the kids! And this live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic is just goofy and zany enough to click with kids. Bored Sally (Dakota Fanning) and Conrad Walden (Spender Breslin) are forced to stay home and be good while their mother (Kelly Preston) is out. But when the trouble-making Cat in the Hat (Mike Myers) shows up, he’s determined to show them a good time, no matter how much destruction he leaves behind.

Addams Family Values (1993) new

Addams Family Values
Genre Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Stars Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá, Christopher Lloyd
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
pg-13 94m
The ’90s Addams Family movies were some of the best and Addams Family Values shines as one of the most delightfully macabre in the series. The second film in the franchise finds Gomez and Morticia Addams celebrating the arrival of a new baby boy. Siblings Wednesday and Pugsley, however, are not pleased about the new infant and set their sights on destroying him by any means necessary.

Jumanji (1995) new

Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Stars Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce
Directed by Joe Johnston
pg 104m
Maybe you went to see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle but it’s important to teach kids the classics. And for young parents, Jumanji was essential viewing. Robin Williams is at his very best as Alan Parrish, a boy who grew into a man locked inside a mysterious board game set in a mythical jungle. When siblings Peter and Judy Shepard find the game in their new home and start playing, they unleash Alan back into the world … along with a host of terrifying animals that begin to ravage their town. Now, they must finish the game to free Alan and finally send all of the animals back into the game for good.

Hairspray (2007)

Genre Comedy, Romance, Drama
Stars Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, John Travolta
Directed by Adam Shankman
pg 117m
This adaptation of the Broadway smash hit is one of the rare movie-musical adaptations that actually works. Nikki Blonsky steals the show as dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad, growing up in 1960s Baltimore. Despite the sneers of her more conventionally pretty peers, Tracy auditions for a spot on The Corny Collins Show and wins, becoming an overnight celebrity and trendsetter. As the country’s new teen sensation, Tracy makes it her mission to topple Corny’s reigning dance queen and break down the racial barriers that have defined the show.

Spy Kids (2001)

Spy Kids
Genre Action, Comedy, Family, Adventure
Stars Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
pg 88m
Many young parents these days remember when Spy Kids came out because it was so unusual. An action-packed thriller made just for kids? Admittedly, it’s not such a novel concept anymore, but Spy Kids still hits. After their ex-secret-agent parents are kidnapped by an evil mastermind, Carmen (Alexa PenaVega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) discover their parents’ true identities and inherit a legacy their parents tried to keep them from. Now, armed with high-tech gadgets and access to the world’s greatest spy gear, the two kids set off across the globe to save their parents and, potentially, the world.

Labyrinth (1986)

Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud
Directed by Jim Henson
pg 102m
Without a doubt, Labyrinth is a little weird. But it’s a good weird that families with both young children and young adults can enjoy. After all, it’s Jim Henson, and he always knew how to thread the needle to appeal to people of all ages. This puppet-driven fantasy is no different, with an exquisitely wacky performance by David Bowie as a goblin king who abducts a baby boy, prompting the boy’s teenage sister (Jennifer Connelly) to venture into a giant maze to rescue him.

Home (2015)

Genre Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Science Fiction, Family
Stars Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin
Directed by Tim Johnson
pg 94m
With a great voice cast headed up by Jim Parsons, Rihanna, and Steve Martin, Home is an exciting, intergalactic adventure for the whole family. When aliens known as the Boov conquer Earth and begin to relocate the human population, one little girl, Tip, manages to evade escape. But when she crosses paths with a fugitive Boov named Oh, the two form an odd couple with similar aims. Together, they form a friendship and seek out Tip’s mother to help save humanity.

Beethoven (1992)

Genre Comedy, Family
Stars Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones
Directed by Brian Levant
If you’re on the fence about a family dog, don’t watch Beethoven. If you’ve already got a dog who you love, go ahead and watch Beethoven and appreciate how much better behaved your dog is. When the Newton family adopts a St. Bernard puppy called Beethoven, patriarch George soon finds himself feeling less appreciated. But when a nasty vet tries to steal Beethoven to perform a deadly experiment, George will have to get in line with the family to protect their pup.

Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016)

Pee-wee's Big Holiday
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly
Directed by John Lee
Pee-wee Herman is back in a new adventure in this Netflix original introducing a new generation of fans to the plucky adventurer. When Pee-wee meets a mysterious, inspiring stranger (Joe Manganiello), he decides it’s finally time to take his first-ever holiday, hitting the road for his biggest adventure yet.

Dennis the Menace (1993)

Dennis the Menace
Genre Family, Comedy
Stars Walter Matthau, Mason Gamble, Joan Plowright
Directed by Nick Castle
pg 94m
Dennis the Menace may have fallen from the modern zeitgeist, but that’s all the more reason to revisit the classic character with your modern family. That, and the performance of Walter Matthau as the grumpy Mr. Wilson. When mischievous, troublemaking Dennis Mitchell’s parents must leave town for work and can’t find a babysitter, they finally must ask grumpy old Mr. Wilson and his wife, Martha, to take care of Dennis. But when burglar Switchblade Sam descends on the neighborhood to steal Mr. Wilson’s coin collection, he takes Dennis as a hostage, forcing Mr. Wilson to put aside old animosities.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Directed by Michael Rianda
If you’re going to do a family movie night, why not watch a movie about a dysfunctional family coming together? This Lord/Miller (The Lego Movie) animated romp is a ton of fun for everyone. Young Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) feels a bit like an outcast in her family of outcasts, but she knows she’ll find her people once she leaves for her first year of film school. Worried about losing his daughter permanently, Katie’s dad cancels her flight to LA and decides to do a family road trip instead. However, family bonding time is interrupted by the global uprising of electronic devices, organized by a scorned artificial intelligence (A.I.) named Pal. With the rest of the world rounded up and due for banishment to space, the Mitchells must come together to save their family and the planet.

Good Burger (1997)

Good Burger
Genre Family, Comedy
Stars Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Sinbad
Directed by Brian Robbins
pg 95m
As Millennials are growing up and having their own kids, there are few family movies that check as many nostalgia and fun boxes as Good Burger. An absolute smash hit for ’90s babies, Good Burger still resonates with kids of all ages. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell star as a couple of teen misfits working at a modest burger joint to earn a few bucks. But when the burger conglomerate Mondo Burger opens across the street, Good Burger is threatened with closure. Fortunately, dim-witted Ed (Mitchell) has an accidental ace-in-the-hole: His secret sauce.

The BFG (2016)

Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall
Directed by Steven Spielberg
pg 117m
Roald Dahl’s beloved story about a little girl and her friendship with a giant gets the CGI Spielberg treatment in this family-friendly epic. Initially scared by the 24-foot behemoth (voiced by Mark Rylance) peeking through her window, 10-year-old Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) soon realizes that he’s actually a Big Friendly Giant. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of nastier giants like Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater, and the like. As the threat becomes imminent, Sophie must travel to London with her new friend to convince Queen Victoria to rid the land of bad giants once and for all.

Benji (2018)

Genre Crime, Drama
Stars Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Kiele Sanchez
Directed by Brandon Camp
pg 87m
Netflix’s remake of the classic doggy hero tale is a heart-warming, fun adventure for the whole family. Siblings Carter (Gabriel Bateman) and Frankie (Darby Camp) are struggling with a family that’s falling apart at the seams. The only silver lining appears to be Benji, a stray dog that has struck up a special friendship with the children. But when they stumble into serious danger, Benji will have to save the day.

Monster House (2006)

Monster House
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Stars Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke
Directed by Gil Kenan
pg 91m
Monster House is a rare family-friendly horror story. Mitchel Musso voices as Dustin James “D.J.” Walters, a young boy who has a contentious relationship with his cranky neighbor, Horace Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi). After Nebbercracker suffers a heart attack, D.J. and his friends, Chowder (Sam Lerner) and Jenny (Spencer Locke), learn that Nebbercracker’s house may be the true monster on the block. And they’re the only ones who can save the neighborhood from a dire fate.

The Willoughbys (2020)

The Willoughbys
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara
Directed by Kris Pearn
pg 92m
Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, Sean Cullen, and Ricky Gervais lend their voices to this computer-animated film based on the book of the same name by Lois Lowry. It’s about the Willoughbys, two neglectful parents, and their unique children who try to survive on their own until a mysterious nanny arrives. Despite the presumably sad subject matter about orphaned children with bad parents, critics loved the film and lauded its silliness that is “anchored in genuine emotion.”

Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus (2019)

Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus
Genre Family, Animation, Comedy, Science Fiction, TV Movie
Directed by Jenny Goldberg, Jake Wyatt
Cast Jhonen Vasquez, Melissa Fahn, Wally Wingert
While it may not be the same Invader Zim millennials grew up watching, the Netflix-adapted Enter the Florpus will still get the entire family reeling. The story tracks Zim (Richard Steven Horvitz) after the events of the original TV series, seeing the little alien in the throes of an existential dilemma. As he’s fighting for a chance to make a difference and attempting to unlock his true purpose on Earth, Zim’s arch-nemesis plots his downfall in the shadows. Can the little alien gain the confidence he needs to overcome his human rival, or will he only be a memory? With a critics review score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, no family can go wrong with Invader Zim and his Florpus adventures.

Hugo (2011)

Genre Adventure, Drama, Family
Stars Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley
Directed by Martin Scorsese
pg 126m
Given the ample amount of time on everyone’s hands nowadays, Hugo is an unmissable family-friendly escape into a world that uniquely portrays this unstoppable temporal movement. Martin Scorsese’s steampunk adventure captures a 1931 Paris through the eyes of a 12-year-old and has an emotional weight unlike any of his previous films. Hugo’s (Asa Butterfield) adventures in the railway station are where the narrative and themes are expressed most boisterously, depicting a world made vibrant by its art, yet inundated with controlled abandon. Hugo is a tale of spellbinding woe and familial hardship, proving the necessity of creativity to thrive. It’s not an award winner for nothing, after all.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Genre Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
Directed by Dean DeBlois
pg 102m
Like any franchise, it’s probably best to start with the first How to Train Your Dragon. But you won’t be completely lost if you jump in with the equally outstanding sequel. Five years since Hiccup and his dragon friend Toothless united the dragons and Vikings of Berk, the town is more intrepid and more peaceful than ever. However, when Hiccup and Toothless discover a secret cave out in the ocean that’s filled with hundreds of wild dragons, they begin to ask questions. Soon, they find that the dragons answer to a mysterious rider, and they’re just the first domino to fall as a power-hungry warlord closes in on Berk.

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Genre Family, Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Stars Debi Derryberry, Megan Cavanagh, Mark DeCarlo
Directed by John A. Davis
g 83m
During the Golden Age of Nickelodeon, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius stood out for its unique premise and a heavy focus on science. Jimmy Neutron is an 11-year-old boy whose intellect is matched by none. Of course, his brain results in the arrival of an alien species who want to kidnap and sacrifice Earth’s parents to Poultra, the species’ god, who is incidentally a three-headed chicken. Smart and humorous, the movie was the launching pad for the franchise, which brought two different television shows to Nickelodeon over the following decade.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Genre Animation, Adventure, Family
Stars Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter
Directed by Rob Minkoff
pg 92m
The classic duo of Mr. Peabody and Sherman gets a modern update for a new generation in this 2014 animated hit. Mr. Peabody is the most accomplished dog in the world, and with his mischievous boy Sherman, they travel time and space together in their time machine, the WABAC. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they inadvertently tear a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on history. Before past, present, and future are forever altered, Mr. Peabody must put everything back together again, simultaneously making the world right and becoming a parent.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution (2019)

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution
Genre Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Family
Stars Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Otani, Mayumi Iizuka
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, Tetsuo Yajima
pg 98m
This Pokémon movie is a CGI remake of the massively popular 1998 Pokémon film, Pokémon: The First Movie. It doesn’t quite meet the hype of the original movie, which many of today’s parents probably went bananas for as kids, but it’s nonetheless a fun trip down nostalgia lane for adults and an action-packed ride for kids. Starring all the characters from the original Pokémon series, the movie follows Ash, Brock, and Misty as they discover the enormously powerful psychic Pokémon Mewtwo and realize he’s not the villain he’s made out to be.

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