Best Family Movies on Netflix Right Now That’ll Convince You to Spend Quality Time with Fam

Best Family Movies on Netflix Right Now That’ll Convince You to Spend Quality Time with Fam

We believe that family movie nights are a great way for families to come together and spend some quality time.

Though whenever the family comes together, it’s inevitable that there will be lots of squabbling over what to watch. Some wants to watch sack lunch bunch, few agree to watch Spider-Man.

Netflix has a great collection of family movies (so does Hulu, you can check out our list of the best family movies on Hulu if you like). However, searching for something to watch at that time might seem like a bit of a hassle. Unless you land on our list.

We’ve created a list of the best family movies on Netflix right now for your convenience so for your next Family movie night, you’re sorted!


How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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Director: Dean Deblois

Cast: Jay Baruchel(voice), Cate Blanchett (voice), Gerard Butler(voice) 

IMDB Rating: 7.8/10 

The best way to start watching a franchise is to start watching the first film. However, in the case of the “How to train your dragon series”, you can hop your way over to the sequels and prequels with ease.  Five years since Hiccup and his dragon friend Toothless united the dragons and Vikins, the town is at peace. However, when Hiccup and Toothless discover a secret cave out in the ocean that’s filled with hundreds of wild dragons; they begin to ask important questions. 

The movie is so brilliant that it made the first movie space in our list.


The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)

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Director: Micheal Rianda

Cast: Abbi Jacobson(voice) , Danny Mcbride(voice) , Maya Rudolph (voice) 

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 

Family movie nights have been far from peaceful, we all know that. The film follows young Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) who feels like a bit of an outsider in her slightly dysfunctional family, but she’s about to move out soon, for a year for film school. In typical controlling parent fashion, Katie’s father cancels her flight to LA and decided to take everyone on a family road trip. The family bonding time is disrupted by an uprising of electronic devices, organized by evil mastermind A. I called Pal. The family then comes together to save themselves and the planet that they call home. 

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Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019)

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Director: Hae Young Jung, Young Kyun Park, Jhonen Vasquez  

Cast: Richard Steven Horvitz(voice), Rikki Simons(voice), Andy Berman(voice) 

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10 

The Netflix-adapted Enter the Florpus will have the entire family glued to the screen. A spider verse film. The story follows Zim (Richard Steven Horvitz) after the events of the original TV series, seeing the little alien in the middle of an existential crisis. In his attempt to unlock his true purpose on Earth, Zim’s arch-nemesis plots his downfall in the shadows. Lauded by critics, no family can go wrong with Invader Zim and his Florpus adventures. In this movie we can see a octopus teacher.


Hugo (2011)

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Director: Martin Scorsese  

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Mortez, Christopher Lee 

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10 

Do you have slightly older kids at home who are fans of kids’ movies? Make them watch it and they will love it. Martin Scorsese’s steampunk adventure depicts Paris, in the year 1913, through the eyes of a 12-year-old. Hugo’s (Asa Butterfield) adventures in the railway station are expressed most boisterously, depicting a visually vibrant world. The film is a tale about familial hardship, explained in the most creative way possible. 

You can watch this film on your Christmas classic journey to home.


Labyrinth (1986)

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Director: Jim Henson

Cast: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 

The film, Labyrinth is a bit on the wacky side but it still makes for a good watch for the entire family. The story follows a goblin king who abducts a baby boy, pushing the boy’s teenage sister (Jennifer Connelly) to rescue him. The film’s most notable feature is the wacky performance by David Bowie, directed by the eccentric Jin Henson. 

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The Karate Kid (1984)

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Director: John G.Avildsen

Cast: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue 

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 

Fans of The Karate kid can now watch the trilogy on Netflix. The film introduces us to Daniel (Ralph Macchio) who moves to Southern California with his long lost mother, and soon finds himself bullied by members of the Cobra Kai Karate dojo. Later, Daniel befriends his building’s aged repairman Mr. Miyagi( Noriyuki” Pat” Morita) who is actually a master martial arts trainer. He soon takes Daniel under his wing, training him and preparing him to defeat the brutal Cobra Kai in competition. 


Rango

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Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Johnny Depp (voice), Isla Fisher (voice), Timothy Olyphant (voice) 

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 

The animated movie, Rango (voiced by Jhonny Depp), follows the story of a pet chameleon who falls out of his owners’ car and is left all by himself in the Mojave desert. He stumbles upon a town where he then slyly makes his place by reinventing himself as a title character heroic sheriff. 


School of Rock (2003)

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Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 

If you’re looking for something that’s more suited for the older kids at home, the School of Rock is the perfect choice for the whole family. The film features Jack Black, as guitarist Dewey Finn who is desperately looking for work, having been thrown out of his band. He soon makes his way into an elite private elementary school where he bluffs his way in as a substitute music teacher. He soon riles up to teach kids to the sound of rock and roll, despite raising eyebrows by the school’s management, particularly the principal (Joan Cusack). 


The Muppets

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Director: James Bobin

Cast: Amy Adams (voice), Jason Segel (voice), Chris Cooper (voice) 

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 

The film was released in 2011 and was widely appreciated. A heartfelt story about fans love for the Muppets Studio, a pop culture movie. Tex Richman is plotting a plan to tear down the Studio. The fan and his baby brother, along with the brother’s girlfriend, unite together to save their prized studio. 


Jumanji

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Director: Joe Johnston

Cast: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Jonathan Hyde

IMDB Rating: 7.0/10

The film Jumanji scarred an entire generation away from board games for a long time, but its a movie we all like to visit from time to time. Directed by Joe Johnston, the story follows two young siblings, Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), who discover a mystical jungle-themed board game that not only brings all of its wildlife into the real world but also releases a man Alan Parrish (Robin Williams)  who was trapped within the game 26 years earlier. 


Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

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Director: Rob Minkoff

Cast: Ty Burrell (voice), Max Charles (voice), Stephen Colbert (voice) 

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 

In the animated 2013 hit, the classic duo of Mr.Peabody and Sherman get a modern makeover. Mr. Peabody is the most accomplished dog in the world, and with his mischievous boy Sherman, they traverse through space and time together. But when Sherman takes their time machine, the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally tear a whole in the universe, literally rewriting history. Before everything goes haywire, Mr. Peabody must put everything back together in its place making the world right again. 


HAIRSPRAY (2007)

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Director: Adam Shankman

Cast: Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10 

The movie, Hairspray, is an adaptation of the Broadway smash hit, by the same name. 

The film features Nikki Blonsky as a dance-loving teen, Tracy Turnblad. The science fiction film is set in the 1960s era, in Baltimore. Tracy auditions for a spot on The Corny Collins Show and much to her surprise and others, she wins. She becomes the country’s new teen sensation and she makes it a mission to collapse Corny’s reign as queen.


Spy Kids (2001)

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Director: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10 

Spy kids was a game-changer in the genre of family-action movies for many years to come. The film was pretty unusual for that time, making it memorable for all of us. The story follows Carmen (Alexa PenaVega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) who discover their parents’ true identity only when they get kidnapped by an evil mastermind. The kids, with high-tech gadgets and sleek spy gear, set off across the globe to save their parents. One of the best family films to watch it with your family.


Home (2015)

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Director: Tim Johnson

Cast: Jim Parsons(voice) , Rihanna(voice)  , Steve Martin(voice)

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 

Home is a thrilling, intergalactic adventure family film. Voiced by Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin, the movie follows the aftermath of an attack on Earth by an alien species called Boov, and during the process of relocating the whole human population, a young girl called Tip manages to evade escape. She soon meets a fugitive Boov called Oh, and the two pair up together to save humanity. 


Monster House (2006)

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Director: Gil Kenan 

Cast: Mitchel Musso(voice) , Sam Lerner(voice)  ,Spencer Locke (voice)

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 

Monster House is a delightful family-friendly entry and a lego movie in this list. Dustin James (Mitchel Musso) is a young boy who disagreeable relationship with his cranky neighbor, Horace Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi). After Nebbercracker succumbs to a heart attack, D.J, and his friends, Chowder (Sam Lerner) and Jenny (Spencer Locke), learn that Nebbercracker’s house hides a sinister secret. It’s now up to them to save the neighborhood. Best Animated feature film undoubtedly!


The Willoughbys (2020)

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Director: Gil Kenan 

Cast: Mitchel Musso(voice) , Sam Lerner(voice)  ,Spencer Locke (voice)

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 

This computer-animated film is based on the beloved book of the same name by Lois Lowry. Voices by famous names such as Alessia Cara, Maya Rudolph, and many more, the film follows the Willoughbys, two neglectful parents and their unique children who are trying to make it on their own before their mysterious nanny arrives. The film was well-received by critics and was lauded for its emotionally moving storyline. 


The Secret Life of pets 2

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Director: Chris Renaud, Jonathan Del Val

Cast: Patton Oswalt (voice), Kevin Hart (voice), Harrison Ford (voice) 

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10 

A delightful film and a must-watch story. Life in the country sure is different than NYC. Max learns that the hard way. Although some animals aren’t terribly keen on getting to know him, it’s his friendship with Rooster that makes things a little easier. 


The BFG (2016)

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Director: Steven Spielberg 

Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton 

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10 

Roald Dahl’s stories have tugged the hearts of millions of people. Finally, one of his most heartwarming stories gets the CGI Spielberg treatment it deserves. The story follows a little girl called Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and her friendship with a big friendly giant(Voiced by Mark Rylance).  As the sweet friendship blossoms, Sophie’s presence also begins to attract the unwanted attention of not-so-friendly giants such as Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater, and more. Sophie then decides to travel to London with her new friend in order to convince the Queen to get rid of all of the bad giants once and for all. 


The Lorax

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Director: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda

Cast: Zac Efron (voice), Taylor Swift (voice), Danny Devito (voice) 

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10 

Lorax tugs at your heart with its cute creatures and love song drama. Ted is head over heels in love with Audrey, and the only way to her hear is a Truffula tree. The irony is that nature is almost nonexistent in the town of Thneedville, which makes the courting experience altogether pretty difficult. 

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Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016)

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Director: John Lee 

Cast: Paul Reubens, Jordan Black (voice), Doug Cox

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10 

The film follows Pee-Wee Herman, as he meets a mysterious stranger how inspires him to take his first-ever holiday season. The Netflix original introduces fans to the eccentric adventurer for the first time.  


Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)

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Director: John A. Davis

Cast: Debi Derryberry(voice), Rob Paulsen (voice), Megan Cavanagh (voice) 

IMDB Rating: 6.0/10 

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius stands out because of its unique message and a heavy focus on science throughout the movie. The movie is about an 11-year-old boy, whose intellect is above par. His brain attracts unwanted guests, in this case, alien species who want to kidnap and sacrifice Earth’s parents to Poultry, who is a three-headed chicken. The movie serves as a launching pad for the franchise, and over the following decade or so, two different television shows were also released over Nickerlodeon. 


Beethoven (1992)

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Director: Brian Levant 

Cast: Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones

IMDB Rating: 5.7/10 

The film Beethoven has all the right feels for your family and your furry friends too. 

This original film will make you appreciate you’re well-behaved dog much better. The story follows the Newton family, who adopt a St. Bernard puppy called Beethoven. The head of the house, George soon finds everyone’s attention on the dog more than him. Soon after, a nasty vet tries to steal Beethoven to perform a deadly experiment which makes George act quickly in order to protect their puppy. 


Dennis the Menace (1993)

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Director: Nick Castle

Cast: Walter Matthau, Mason Gamble, Joan Plowright 

IMDB Rating: 5.6/10 

An absolute classic film for younger kids and adults alike, Dennis the Menace takes viewers on a laughable journey over a young boy’s naughty antics. The film opens to show us the dilemma of every young couple with a child – the parents have to leave for a work trip while leaving the son Dennis behind. They try to look for a babysitter but are unable to do so. They reluctantly ask old Mr. Wilson and his wife Martha, to take care of Dennis. Later a burglar called Switchblade Sam begins to terrorize the neighborhood and he tries to steal Mr. Wilson’s coin collection, during which he takes Dennis hostage. 


Conclusion

It’s no easy task trying to select a movie for the entire family, one everyone agrees to watch Actions movies on Netflix and another agrees to watch Best movies on HBO Max, and one agrees to watch Rocko’s modern life. So rather than scrolling through Netflix’s truckload of family-friendly content, we’ve handpicked titles well suited to every age group, where there is something for everyone. 

 

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Chris Mack

Chris Mack

Chris is a technology and entertainment writer whose main interests revolve around the art of writing and expression. He loves writing research-based articles in different niches and translating his thoughts into words that inspire others.


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