6 Best Family Movies To Watch Together

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Who says that kids movies have to only be for kids? The following 6 movies will provide entertainment for the entire family. You’ll have a great time revisiting these classics with your young ones!

1. Star Wars (1977 – Present)

Director: Various (George Lucas is the creator)

Overview: The epic space saga that follows Anakin Skywalker and his son, Luke, and other various characters through their adventures in a fictional galaxy. Hint: if you have younger kids, you may want to start with Episode I and so on, so that the story line will make more sense. If your kids are older, consider starting in the order in which they were released.

Genres: Action, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Adventure

Runtime: Varies – 2 hours or more, on average

Rated: PG

2. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Director: Frank Capra

Overview: There is an angel that helps a compassionate, but despairingly frustrated, businessman. The angel does this by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. Hint: make some Christmas treats and gather the family around the fire close to Christmas for this holiday classic.

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Holiday

Runtime: 2h 10m

Rated: PG

3. Toy Story 3

Director: Lee Unkrich

Overview: Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy’s toys have not been played with for many years. With Andy about to go to college, the gang accidentally find themselves left at a day care. The toys must then band together to escape and return home to Andy. Hint: watch the first two movies in this series first, and consider buying the kids toys of their favorite characters.

Genres: Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Runtime: 1h 43m

Rated: G

4. Homeward Bound (1993)

Director: Duwayne Dunham

Overview: This heartwarming story of two dogs and a cat who set out on an adventure to find their family will be a huge hit with your kids, especially if you have pets. Chance, Shadow, and Sassy mistakenly believe that they have been abandoned and brave the Rocky Mountains to try to find their owners.

Genres: Family, Adventure, Comedy

Runtime: 1h 24m

Rated: G

5. Wall-E (2008)

Director: Andrew Stanton

Overview: WALL-E is apparently the last robot that seems to be left on Earth, and he is designed for cleaning up the messes left behind on the abandoned planet. This forces him to develop interestingly human-like qualities. He meets another robot, EVE, and quickly falls in love with her. What follows is an adventure into outer space that changes the destiny of humans as well as robots.

Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, and Science Fiction

Runtime: 1h 44m

Rated: G

6. Back To The Future (1985)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Overview: Teenager Marty McFly is sent back in time to 1955, where he meets his future parents. Conflict arises, and Marty desperately needs to get back to 1985, which can only be achieved with the help of eccentric scientist Doc Brown. Hint: Be sure to watch Back to the Future Part II afterward – this is especially fun because it takes place in 2015. Your kids will enjoy seeing what other kids thought the world would be like by this time.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, and Science Fiction

Runtime: 1h 51m

Rated: PG


There you have it: 6 family-friendly movies that anyone can enjoy. Get the popcorn in the microwave and gather ’round the TV for a good time.