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September 14, 2020

50 Best Family Movies to Watch (2020)

Movies bring people together. Dim the light, grab a bowl of popcorn, and press play; it seems so simple. However, finding a motion picture that is perfectly balanced- suitable for the kids and entertaining for adults- can be a bit tricky.

We have compiled a list of 50 of the best family-friendly movies you can all cuddle on the couch and enjoy.

1. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Right off the bat, we start off with a bang. This one, for sure, is a classic. Though released in 1989, it would be an understatement to say that this particular Walt Disney movie has aged gracefully.

Impeccable humor works in tandem with science and fabulous acting to deliver this wholesome comedy. It should come as no surprise that it is rated G. You can be assured that everyone in the household will have a jolly good time.

2. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace and his dog, Gromit, are tasked with the arduous task of trying to identify the individual that destroyed Lady Tottington's garden right before the Giant Vegetable Competition. Embark on this tale as the detectives try to determine precisely who did it.

With the humor and life lessons attached to this particular motion picture, not only does it warrant a rating of 4.6 out of five, but it is also rated G, meaning that there is something for everyone.

3. The Railway Children

Based on a book with a similar name, it's a tale of the lives of three children and their mother who are impacted when their father is wrongly imprisoned. Having to move to a new place after this happens, the kids find pleasure in watching trains go. They befriend a gentleman who works at the train station, a man who will actually help them after they find out the truth about their father.

This one gets a 4 out of 5. It may seem a bit dated, but the old-fashion feel actually proliferates the movie's themes and invokes family love feelings. It is rated G. You and your kids will immensely enjoy it.

4. Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is the story of three African-American heroines who were fundamental in astronaut John Glenn's successful launch to orbit. It showcases the numerous adversities they had to overcome to attain their level of success.

It's a rating of 4.4 out of five and does not shy away from portraying racial and gender biases that were commonplace back then. As a result, it may be suited for slightly older children, and thus is rated P.G.

5. The Neverending Story

The Never-Ending Story clearly portrays the power of imagination and reading. Bastion, the main character, takes refuge in reading old books to cope with bullying and life. Afterward, he is drawn into the magical world that is Fantasia.

It gets a 4.5 out of 5 for its special effects, character portrayal, and general plot—Rated G for everyone's enjoyment.

6. The Chronicles of Narnia

This one is a trilogy, with the first two movies made by Walt Disney. The movies are about the Pevensie children, who discover a whole new world, Narnia, through a wardrobe. This fantasy epic is tailor suited for the imaginations of the little one. However, some of the themes may be a bit too scary. Hence, it is rated P.G.

7. The Harry Potter Films

With eight films, the Harry Potter films will offer you and your kids an incredible entertainment experience. The original story is in the Harry Potter books, written by J.K Rowling. The movies, directed by Chris Columbus, are about the adventures of Harry Potter, a wizard, and his friends as they try and navigate through the magical universe. The magical themes may be a bit too scary for younger audiences. Hence, it is rated P.G.

8. Spirited Away

This movie is about a young girl who goes on an adventure around the world, which she doesn't understand the rules. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki and created in his studio Ghiblis, this anime the highest-grossing film in Japan- and for a good reason. Because it is not in English, you will have to use subtitles. Additionally, some of the themes may be uncomfortable for younger audiences, with the magical creatures. Hence, it is rated P.G.

9. Mary Poppins

Because both the original and the spin-off movies were of great success, this movie should be considered a classic. Mr. Banks has two rambunctious kids and is looking for a nanny to help with them. He finds Mary Poppins, who is more than she could ever ask for. An entertaining and joyful film for the family. Thus, it is rated G.

10. Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep is about a sheep with an almost human intellect, which usually gets him into a lot of trouble. This series will provide you with quality entertainment, with enough quantity, five seasons long though not a movie.

11. Ratatouille

Released by Walt Disney, Ratatouille is the story of a mouse that wants to be a chef in the cuisine capital, Paris. Littered with themes of determination and courage, this animated film is perfect for the little ones. It is rated G.

12. The Incredibles

Both the Incredibles and Ratatouille are both directed by Brad Bird, and both are exceptional family movies. The Incredibles is about a family with superpowers and how they try to live everyday lives while also saving the world. The humor is used to significant effect and is, ergo a splendid watch for all ages. Rated G.

13. The Princess and the Frog

Walt Disney pictures pan the classic tale to bring a classic movie. Based in New Orleans, this musical is about a princess who kissed a frog, turned into a frog, and went on an adventure to reverse the effect. The music and animation are top-tier, but some villains and dark themes maybe a little bit profound for children. Rated P.G.

14. The Little Mermaid

This trilogy is about a young mermaid, Ariel, who makes a deal with a sea witch to meet a human prince that she is in love with. The finds herself, however, in a quandary after making the deal.

Another master class from Walt Disney Pictures; a great watch from the entire family. Rated G.

15. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Based on a Roald Dahl novel of the same name, this movie is about a young boy, Charlie, who wins a lottery whose price is a tour of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. It highlights how our childhood struggles and insecurities impact us even when we grow up—a fantastic film for the entire family.

16. Matilda

Matilda, a girl genius with telekinetic powers, is appreciated neither at home nor at school. However, with her powers, she can settle the score against her strict principal and parents. Filled with laughs for all ages, this kid movie is wholesome. Notwithstanding, due to some violence, it is rated P.G.

17. Tangled

Tangled is the story of Rapunzel, a beautiful princess with long hair who is trapped in a castle. With the wit and humor the characters have, you will continuously be bursting out in laughter. Rated G.

18. Frozen

Frozen is a musical story of two sisters, one blessed with superpowers and a regular human. However, they each have a part to play in saving their kingdom. A film that showcases the importance of sibling love and working together. This is an excellent film for kids. Rated G

19. Aladdin

The Arabian night musical has become a staple of popular culture. It is the tale of a lowly peasant, Aladdin, who stumbles upon a magic lamp, and uses the Genie inside to woo Princess Jasmine. The themes of accepting oneself are evident. Be it the animation or the real-life portrayal of the film. This is a must-watch.

20. Beauty and the Beast

Belle is on a journey to save her father, who has been captured by a beast. However, unbeknownst to her, the Beast is actually a cursed prince. Emma Watson is incredible in the movie, and so are her costars. It is rated P.G. because some violence and a few themes are not suited for younger audiences.

21. The Lion King

The Lion King, a Walt Disney hit, is a musical trilogy that showcases Simba's story, a cub poised to take leadership of the pride after his father, Mufasa. However, not everything goes according to plan. The music and theme portrayal make this trilogy one of the best Disney has ever produced. Rated G.

22. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Walt Disney is creating an animation based on the fairytale of Snow White, who is poisoned by her evil stepmother, cursed to sleep forever, until she gets a true love's kiss. Though close to a century-old, this movie is family-friendly and is rated G.

23. Up

Carl is an old widower who wants to fulfill his late wife's wish of flying a house over Paradise falls. The film shows the importance of not jumping into conclusions, the love spouses have for one another, and the importance of knowing people before making opinions. With some haunting imagery, however, this one is rated P.G.

24. Monsters Inc.

This movie is about closet monsters whose 9 to 5 job is scaring children. However, the movie's monsters are more afraid of the kids. The monsters have to collect the children's screams to fuel their world, but the kids are getting too hard to scare that the monster's world suffers from rolling blackouts. Kids may not find Monsters Inc scary. They might even decide that removable eyes, hair made from snakes, and multiple heads are cute.

25. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Caractacus Potts, an inventor, can transform his Grand Prix car and make it fly. It takes him and his family to a kingdom dictated by the villain Baron Bomburst. Though relatively old, this one is pure gold. A must watch for the family, as it rated G.

26. A Christmas Story

This is the story of Ralphie Parker, a kid who is trying to have the ideal Christmas, but faces a lot of challenges. It is a good film, especially for the holidays, and is rated G.

27. The Iron Giant

This is the tale of a boy who befriends a large, iron giant. The alien giant is not wanted by the government. Showcasing the importance of friendship irrespective of diversity, this Brad Bird film is very popular with kids. It is rated G.

28. Alice in Wonderland

Alice, an adolescent, wonders into a magical world through which she can make friends and realize her true destiny. This dark adventure tale is tailor suited for imaginative kids. With the dark themes, however, it is rated PG-13

29. The Muppets Most Wanted

Jim Henson created one of the most comical and hilarious characters ever with the Muppets. As the Muppets are performing in Berlin, they find themselves involved in a jewel heist. The plot is humorous and extremely creative. However, due to some strong language, it is rated P.G.

30. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg's film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, is about an alien, E.T, who befriends humans, even though the government wants him dead. The film is emotional and touching, a fantastic way to start your Friday movie night. Rated G.

31. The Incredible Journey

The Incredible Journey is a movie about three pets that have been separated from their owners, and they embark on a journey to reunite with them. Witty and too hilarious, it is suitable for all ages. Rated G.

32. The Karate Kid

Daniel, having been bullied by boys who know karate, decides to learn the art. In Mr. Miyagi, he finds the perfect teacher. This coming of age story is inspiring and captivating with lessons such as self-control and patience. It is rated P.G., as it has violent scenes.

33. Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is the story of Mogli, a boy raised in the jungles of India. He must help the wild animals not only with the humans invading but also against Shere Khan, his arch-nemesis. The film is informative and captivating for both adults and children. It is rated G.

34. Jumanji

Jumanji is about four friends who find a board game, Jumanji, a portal to a whole new world. There they embark on an adventure. The film is witty and too hilarious, both in the script and in the acting. However, it does have some strong language and is thus rated PG-13.

35. The Red Balloon

Pascal is a young boy who moves about the city of Paris with a red balloon. The French film is informative as it is inspiring and funny. Rated G.

36. Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is the tale of a parent trying to find his long lost child. Finding Nemo shows the love parents have for their children and what they would do to ensure their safety. This Walt Disney animation is rated G.

37. How to Train your Dragon

To be initiated into manhood, Hiccup must kill a dragon. However, he ends up doing the exact opposite and befriends one, a Night Fury. The animation is pure and humorous, with themes such as friendship and love. Rated P.G., as it has some violence.

38. The Sound of Music

The sound of music shows the impact of music, even in and after times of war, set after World War II. Based on a true story, the movie is inspiring and heartwarming. It is rated G.

39. The Wizard of Oz

A classic to this day, Oz's wizard showcases Dorothy's adventure, the Land of Oz. This is a fabulous family movie, one that has impacted pop culture for over eight decades. It is rated G.

40. The Princess Bride

This is the tale of a young couple who are determined to be together, even amidst turmoil and evil in Florin's kingdom. Like many romantic adventure tales, this one is pleasant to watch for the whole family. It is rated G.

41. Mulan

This is the story of a female warrior who disguised herself as a man to join the army and save her ailing father. It epitomizes female power and creativity through the heroine and is incredibly pleasant for female audiences. It is rated P.G. since the animation has some violence.

42. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spiderman has always been the go-to when it comes to animations. In this particular installment, Miles, the Spiderman, is out to save the world, but he must first find himself. This is one of the best animations to come out in recent years. With the violence that comes with almost every superhero movie, this one is rated G.

43. Paddington 2

Paddington is a young bear who has been adopted into a family living in London and thus must cope with life. It is a perfect portrayal of the Michael Bond book. The animation is rated G.

44. Coco

Coco is a story of Miguel, a boy who journeys to the underworld to know more about his family. This musical animation is hugely entertaining, and the music makes it enjoyable even to toddlers. It is rated G.

45. Moana

Moana is the tail of a heroine by a similar name, who has to save her people by returning the heart of the goddess Te Fitti. The musical is not only fun but aesthetically pleasing. The animation is rated G.

46. Trolls

Trolls is the kid-friendly story of Poppy and Branch, who are on an adventure to rescue their friends. It illustrates the importance of friendships and having fun, no matter what you are doing. It is rated P.G., because of some of its dark portrayals of the villains.

47. Home

Home is the story of an alien named Oh. Oh befriends a human named Tip and together, they help save the world from an alien invasion. With themes such as the parent-child relationship and the importance of accepting oneself. This is a must-watch on a given overnight. It is rated G.

48. Rango

Rango is based on a chameleon who seems to have lost his purpose in the world but eventually finds it helping a town try to get its water back. It highlights crucial aspects, such as finding a purpose in life and proper leadership skills. It has some violent scenes and hence is rated PG-13.

49. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

One of the pioneer films for crossing over animation and live-action, this one is a splendid watch. Roger Rabbit is framed for the murder of Marvin and thus must find a way to acquaint himself. It is rated G.

50. Oliver

Oliver is based on Mark Twain's novel, Oliver Twist. The musical film highlights the adventure of orphan Oliver. It is rated G.

There you have it, 50 films that you can watch and enjoy with your family. Many of these movies have a delicious mixture of humor, heart, and technical wizardry.

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