Family movie night is a sacred thing. Nobody wants to waste it by scrolling endlessly trying to find a movie you all agree on. If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you have access to an enormous library of family-friendly films — more than enough to get overwhelmed.
To help you save some time and stress, we’ve searched the library for the month of May and identified the best options. These are the best family movies on Netflix right now.
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The first film in the extensive Croods franchise introduces you to the prehistoric Crood family. Patriarch Grug (Nicolas Cage), his mate Ugga (Catherine Keener), teenage daughter Eep (Emma Stone), son Thunk (Clark Duke), and Gran (Cloris Leachman) gather food by day and hide from the many perils of the world in a cave by night. It’s a nice, survivalist life.
But when a more evolved caveman named Guy (Ryan Reynolds) crosses their path, Grug wants nothing to do with the strange man and his outlandish theories about the impending end of the world. When Guy is proven correct, however, the whole Crood clan and Guy must band together.
On the island of Berk, Vikings grow up learning to fear and fight dragons. As the son of a Viking leader nearing manhood, shy Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) must prove his warrior mettle by slaying a dragon.
But when Hiccup does manage to knock a dragon from the sky, he realizes the beast is more scared of him than he is of it. Realizing there’s some kind of misunderstanding happening here, Hiccup befriends the dragon, naming him Toothless. But now comes the hard work of convincing his people that dragons aren’t the fire-breathing terrors they’ve always believed.
Netflix has also adapted the musical version of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, but Danny DeVito’s 1996 film has a special place in many Millennial parents’ hearts. Matilda (Mara Wilson) is just about the perfect little girl, who just happens to have the worst parents on the planet (DeVito, Rhea Perlman).
But when she finally convinces her parents to let her go to school, Matilda’s genius is finally recognized by her teacher, Miss Honey (Embeth Davidtz). Unfortunately, that supernatural genius is a problem for horrible school principal Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris).
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+.
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