It’s time for a family-friendly movie night. Check out our family-friendly movies for kids on Netflix. Watching kid’s movies that are adult-friendly is one of our favorite 99+ Indoor activities for kids and one comforting activity we all look forward to. Movie night is a fun family tradition. A weekly or monthly family movie night is a wonderful bonding experience and increases the family atmosphere.
The Best Family Friendly Movies On Netflix
The Family Movie night plan was made, everyone has their blankets, pillows, and stuffies. It seems as if everyone is finally ready, but now your stuck! What family-friendly movies are on Netflix?
How to choose a Family Friendly Movie To Watch
Wasting time browsing through different kids’ movie options takes away valuable watch time.
Which ones will your kids like to watch that will also be entertaining for the adults? Do any of them match the interests of all your children? Can you all agree and decide without wasting too much time? Let me help!
One of my best suggestions for your family movie night is to choose the movie beforehand.
How to find and choose movies:
- Check out my list for recommendations below
- Get recommendations from your friends
- Surf the Netflix Top 10 movies section
- When your kids are watching other TV shows, if they see a trailer for a movie tell them to add it to your movie wish list.
- Then watch movie trailers
- The goal for a family friendly movie is to find a kids movie that interests the adults too.
I’ve compiled a list of movies to watch that can be found on Netflix. Hold on though, for those of you that haven’t heard of Netflix, let me explain.
What is Netflix?
Netflix is a streaming service that offers a wide variety of shows and movies including award-winning family-friendly movies. Some movies are new, while others may be kid movies that you watched when you were a child. The movies can be added and taken off throughout time, but this list includes our favorites that can be found right now. This list will help you know exactly what kid movie your family movie night should feature and which ones you want to add to a family-friendly movie bucket list.
Before we get started with the list, did you know that Netflix has a ‘kids’ section? This section is full of approved shows and movies. This is a great place to start if you’ve gone through this list and need more ideas!
Our Favorite Kids Movies For All Ages
Based on a Roald Dahl classic book, this family-friendly film was released in 2016. While it didn’t get the initial attention that it deserved, it is worth the watch. This child movie is clever, funny, and features a 10-year-old girl that is in for an adventure, with a Big Friendly Giant, she could have never dreamed. She quickly realizes that the giant is friendly and gentle. Their friendship grows as they travel to London.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 1 & 2
Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs is a combination of weather and human-environment interaction. The town of Chewandswallow has weather that is absolutely nothing like normal. The animation really comes alive when the people of Chewandswallow interact with the crazy weather and the environment.
You may remember this classic family-friendly movie from your childhood, I sure do. This twist on a Disney favorite, Peter Pan, kids will love the fun and catchy songs and the edgy fashion. Captain Hook kidnaps children and Peter Pan, now grown, must leap in to save them.
How To Train Your Dragon 2
If you loved the first, you’ll adore the second. Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle. Your kids will love this high-intensity, yet fun movie!
You may remember this classic favorite movie from your childhood, too. A sensae helps a young boy navigate his life, including being bullied, with the mindset that comes with being in karate. This has a strong message of sticking up for yourself, having honor, and being a good person, as well as respect for elders. This movie is with real actors.
Kung Fu Panda
There are actually multiple Kung Fu Panda animated movies on Netflix, so if your children enjoy this series, there are plenty to choose from. The original movie features an overweight panda that surprisingly, to everyone, becomes the protector of the valley. He faces obstacles but having confidence prevails.
A teen girl wishes away her infant half-brother, not knowing that it would actually happen. When she realized what she had done, she went through a series of mazes and confusing landscapes to be able to save him, which she eventually does. This is a movie with real actors and actresses.
Is your family a Dr. Seuss fan? The Lorax is a family-friendly movie based on one of Dr. Seuss’ genius creations. a clever little story of Thneedville, a walled city that has no need for the natural world, and a 12-year-old there who learns the story of the Lorax. The message that is learned is that there are things that we need to cherish in this life and world, it is shown that when the world starts to fall. The reminder is sweet, funny and childlike but the message is great for any age.
Madagascar 2 & Madagascar 3
Another family friendly movie series that Netflix has more than one movie of. If you and your family enjoy the Madagascar movies, you’ll love these. #2 is Escape 2 Africa while the 3rd is Europe’s Most Wanted.
In Escape 2 Africa, the zoo animals are able to escape Madagascar when the penguins reassemble the plane. It flies just long enough to make it over Africa. The animals find out that Africa is a wild place, but debate if it is better than their NYC home.
In Europe’s Most Wanted, the animals are trying to get back to NYC but have to take a detour to Europe. The penguins and monkeys break into a casino and the animals are trying to help. The native to Europe police animals don’t understand, though, so the company must hide by tagging along with a circus.
Mitchell’s Vs. Machines
An animated movie that shows kids that family is always where you can retreat for help when you need it, family always has your back. This movie stars a girl named Katie Mitchell, who takes off on a road trip with her parents, younger brother and the family dog. They are planning to take her to start her first year at film school. They plan to bond as a family until the world’s electronic devices come to life to create an uprising. The family takes help from two friendly robots and together they must come together to save one another — and the planet — from the new technological revolution.
This animated movie has a Halloween theme, but can be relevant for any time of the year. 3 young boys know that their neighbor is not as kind as the adults think. They have suspicions that he actually means harm to the young boys. With Halloween, and trick or treating, right around the corner the boys know it is up to them to protect their town from this harm.
The Never Ending Story
A young boy finds solace in a bookstore as he hides from bullies each morning going to school. He finds a book called “The Never Ending Story” and begins reading it in the attic at school. It features a fantasy land that is threatened by the darkness that destroys everything that it touches. He reads that the kingdom needs the assistance of a human child to survive. When he reads the description of the human child, he recognizes it as himself. He then begins to wonder if the universe needs him to survive.
This movie starts off by showing a mom who is protective, stressed, stretched thin and always says no. Until one day she decides to have a YES DAY. While there are rules and stipulations, like traveling distance, money spent, etc, the family sets out on adventure of YES DAY. The mom has to say YES to anything her children ask. Not only do the children have so much fun, the mom realizes how much she was missing out on by always saying no.
A young orphan has a ‘hard knock life’ living in an orphanage. While she could be upset and negative, she remains positive that one day she will find a family all her own. This family friendly musical movie continues when a rich, single man decides to let an orphan live with him for a short period of time. After falling in love with Annie he decides to help her find parents that will adopt her for life.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Original Movie
A mysterious radio active ooze mutates four sewer turtles into upright walking, crime fighting, talking, pizza loving ninjas. New York is safer because of these intrepid heroes. They are trained in the Ninjutsu arts by their rat sensei, Master Splinter. When a villian strikes New York, it is up to the turtles to save the lawless city. Follow along on their adventures, while they learn and watch them become heroes.
The Polar Express
Lean into winter with this inspiring adventure movie, based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a Santa & Christmas magic doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Even if this isn’t Christmastime anymore, this movie will still inspire.
This version of a classic kids movie is a Netflix original. Two young children find themselves kidnapped. Just as they thought all hope was lost, they stumbled upon a orphaned dog named Benji. Two school kids strike up a friendship with Benji and his scruffy sidekick. The two friends come to the rescue of the children.
This Sci-Fi animation features a hive minded alien. Once he conquered the Earth, they relocate the planet’s human population ,all except for one little girl. She managed to hide from the aliens. Finally, the little girl meets an alien but there is distrust at first. As time goes on, the alien, who craves friendship, turns the girl around and they become companions. They search for the girls mother and try to stay safe from the other aliens.
In an icy world where everyone can sing, the littlest penguin felt completely out of place. After feeling super down, thinking he would never amount to anything or be able to find a mate, he realized that he has his own individual talent. He can tap dance like no one else can, hence the name Happy Feet.
Family Movies For Older Children
These family-friendly movies may be appropriate for younger children, because of the date that they were created. While that may be true, the rating is higher than PG, so I want to keep them separate and you can make the best decision for your family. I understand that each family has their own guidelines. Movie ratings never change, so in 1985, something that was rated PG-13 would most likely be rated PG, for some movies, now. That is why I urge you to use your own discretion and make the decision that is best for your family. In an effort to allow you to do this on your own, I separated the rated PG-13 movies into a different column, regardless of when they were made.
Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
A family-friendly Japanese animated comedy, created in 1979. This action-adventure comedy features Lupid, who robs a casino only to find out the money is fake. He heads to the tiny country of Cagliostro and tries to save the runaway Princess Clarisse from the Count Cagliostro’s men. Unfortunately, he becomes trapped in the dungeon under the castle, until his friends help. They form a pact to escape and foil the Count’s counterfeit operation and save Clarisse from her forced marriage to the Count.
A Monster Calls
In this family-friendly fantasy movie, the young boy realizes his family is not who he thought it was and he feels very alone, he finds solace in a monster that appears in his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides the boy on a once-in-a-lifetime journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.
A young tomboy has a morbid ideal about her because her mother died during childbirth. As odd as it seems, this helps her become best friends with a dying young boy. The movie follows through as they navigate life with each other and their friendship. This is another family-friendly movie that you probably remember from your childhood.
How exciting when a board game becomes magical and opens a world of adventure that no one knew. A group of siblings found the game while exploring an old mansion, in the attic. When they started planning they came across a man who had been stuck in the game’s inner world for multiple decades. They find out that if they win the Jumanji game, they can free the man for good. That means dealing with bugs, mean monkeys, and even stampedes of rhinos.
Other Kid Movies You May Like
- Free Willy
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
- Dennis The Menace
- How To Train Your Dragon 2
- White Fang
- My Little Pony
- Finding Ohana
- Peter Rabbit 2
- The Bee Movie
- Woody Woodpecker
- The Loud House Movie