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15 Best Family Movies to Watch With Your Kids

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Spending quality time with your family has never been this easy; all you need to do is find the best family movies. It is hard to make movies that hang in between the genre of “Kids movies” and “R rated” or “A-rated” movies; it is an awe-inspiring piece of art. It is even harder to decide on what movie to watch when you’re sitting with your family, keeping in mind the kind of content everyone watches and the content everyone can watch. In times like these, it is always a smart move to pick a family movie out of the lot, which is artistically splendid and appropriate for the whole family.

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Here is a list of the best family movies that can save your day, making it a better, brighter, and happier one: 

#1 – Little Manhattan (2005)

A typical day in the life of Little Manhattan is captured in the film’s plot: A young boy discovers a marvelous magic trick and becomes obsessed with learning how to duplicate it. He goes door-to-door to ask people if they have heard of the magic trick, offering money in exchange for their opinions.

He convinces one family that he is their son’s godfather but soon realizes that he has been hoodwinked. The movie explores the theme of magic and belief but primarily focuses on the effects that pulling off a giant con has on small-town.

It is available for rent on prime, YouTube and GooglePlay Movies.

#2 – Ratatouille (2007)

The Ratatouille film follows an ordinary rat as it has its life turned upside down when adopted by a family and allowed to live inside its gilded cage. Although the rats seem content at first, their happiness is short-lived as they soon discover that their new home contains more than they bargained for—and deadly creatures roaming around the house unseen by their human friends.

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It is available on Netflix, Hotstar, YouTube, and GooglePlay Movies.

#3 – Home Alone (1990)

This is hands down one of the best family movies of all time. It was a morning in 1990 when Kevin walked into his living room and discovered his family was nowhere in sight. With no credit and no way to pay for rent, he locked himself in his bedroom and began to plan his escape.

The plot follows his arduous efforts to retrieve his family before realizing that doing so will require breaking into their home – a task which ultimately proves more difficult than he had feared.

It is available on Hotstar, Netflix, YouTube, and GooglePlay Movies.

#4 – Jumanji (1995)

Jumanji is a fantasy adventure story set in a fictional town. It is a 1995 film about a young boy who discovers a powerful secret: He can communicate with people across time and space using his special powers. He confronts his father about his lack of vision and convinces him to return home with him.

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It is available for rent on Netflix, YouTube and GooglePlay Movies.

#5 – Back to the Future (1985)

An all-time classic, the first of the three-part series, ‘Back to the Future is a top family movie that revolves around a boy named Marty who travels through time with the help of a genius scientist to make his high-school parents fall in love with each other and return to the present. 

In the year 1985, a Bawse teenager named Marty McFly arrives in the fictional town of Hill Valley from 2015. There he meets his future wife and their infant son Joe.

It is available for rent on Prime, YouTube and GooglePlay Movies.

#6 – Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

Based on the true story of a Japanese Akita dog Hachiko, it is a heart-wrenching tale of the unbreakable bond shared between Hachi, an abandoned dog, and his master, a professor who saved him. As the story progresses, viewers discover how Hachi can utilize his power to communicate with people across the country, even in the middle of a war-torn country.

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It is available on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and GooglePlay Movies.

#7 – Up (2009)

An older man sets out to live his wife’s lifelong dream of going on an adventure in search of Paradise Falls. It is a banger in the list of good family movies.

Up depicted what it was like to live with schizophrenia while also giving viewers a look at what ordinary people went through during their last days on earth.

It is available on Hotstar, YouTube, and GooglePlay Movies.

#8 – Jurassic Park (1993)

Directed by Steven Spielberg, ‘Jurassic Park’ engages children and adults alike in its mind-boggling world of dinosaurs and exotic breeds of long-lost animals. The film is about a group of scientists who conduct a research project in the Central Park Zoo during the reign of the tyrannosaurs.

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Their success brings them attention from the authorities, who order the scientists to leave the country. The scientists don’t listen; they decide to stage an escape and hijack a cargo ship bound for America, leaving behind all evidence of their experiment.

It is available on Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, and GooglePlay Movies.

#9 – Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Taare Zameen Par (2007) is an extremely well-made, well-acted film that is sure to leave you with some sort of emotion.

Ishaan, a boy with dyslexia, faces ridicule at school and home and is sent to a faraway boarding school. He finds his hidden potential there with the help of a supporting, unconventional teacher.

It is available on Netflix.

#10 – Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

Next on the list of family movies is ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ starring Robin Williams as the protagonist, who spends more time with his children and works as an ageing housekeeper in his ex-wife’s house.

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A single father struggling to raise three kids on his own, Williams sacrifices much to give his characters sincere moments of hope and joy amidst their misadventures in high school. The movie is a powerful exploration of what it means to parent while struggling with emotional and psychological issues.

It is available on HBO, YouTube, and GooglePlay Movies.

#11 – Hugo (2011)

An unconventional tale of a young boy working and living at a train station to protect his father’s legacy goes out on an adventure to find a place he can call home.

It takes place in a not-so-distant future where the young son of a wealthy inventor decides to travel around the world on a train as his way to find his father. Along the way, he meets different travelers, each with their problems and some questions that need to be answered.

It is available on Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, and GooglePlay Movies.

#12 – The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book (2016) by Walt Disney takes a fresh look at Mowgli’s story, an abandoned human boy raised by a pack of wolves in the jungles, making it one of the best family movies out there.

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It tells the tale of how such an innocent young boy ends up helping to save an entire species from extinction. It’s really interesting how these animals are portrayed.

It is available on Hotstar, YouTube, and GooglePlay Movies.

#13 – The Karate Kid (2010)

An inspirational story of a 12-year-old boy who is bullied by a Kung-fu prodigy at school. He masters the art of Kung-fu by learning from Mr. Han, a Kung-fu expert, played by Jackie Chan.

The boy learns to defend himself against an older student who has ignored earlier warnings and respectful limits. In the midst of this struggle, he learns that everything in life comes with lessons learned – from enemies to allies, from fear to confidence.

It is available on Netflix.

 #14 – Paddington 2 (2014)

Paddington 2 (2014) is the story of a talking brown bear who, in infancy, moves from its Peruvian homeland to the United Kingdom. While living in the country, he encounters problems related to his English language skills which ultimately leads to being adopted by a couple who happen to be both English teachers.

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As the story progresses, it is revealed that the bear is, in fact, a soul who possesses a physical body, called a pet, and can interact with others via projected force fields generated by his thoughts.

It is available on Netflix, YouTube, and GooglePlay Movies.

#15 – The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride (the 1987 adventure movie) is a timeless tale, a film noir filled with mystery and intrigue.

On the list of family movies, this may be the last but not the least. ‘The Princess Bride’ is about a fairy tale adventure of a beautiful young woman, reuniting with her one true love.

It is available on Prime, YouTube, and GooglePlay Movies.

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