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The Best Family Films of 2014 

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Updated June 14, 2019 2.8k votes 357 voters 91.1k views

When it comes time to round up the kids and head to the movie theater, there are certainly a lot of options to choose from. We've narrowed things down with a list of the best 2014 family movies. A lot of great family-friendly films came out in 2014 and your children are sure to enjoy them, at any age. Which were the top family films of 2014? It's time to put it to a vote! 

2014 saw family-friendly, action-packed superhero movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as well as Disney movies like Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and Big Hero 6. Were The Lego Movie, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, and The Wind Rises some of the best family movies in 2014? Perhaps you enjoyed animated family films like The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2, or Rio 2. Did you watch a lot of Disney movies in 2014? They certainly released a lot of excellent blockbuster family films.

Sound off below with your votes and if you see a great family movie missing, add it to the list so the rest of the world can vote on the best family movies released in 2014.
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Don Hall

Actors: Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, + more

Released: 2014

Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more

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James Gunn

Actors: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper, + more

Released: 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more

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Dean DeBlois

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, + more

Released: 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by Dean DeBlois.

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Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Actors: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, + more

Released: 2014

The Lego Movie is a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. An ordinary Lego minifigure (Chris Pratt) who finds himself being the only one ...more

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Robert Stromberg

Actors: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, Peter Capaldi, Imelda Staunton, + more

Released: 2014

Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. A vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) is driven to curse an ...more

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Shawn Levy

Actors: Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Mickey Rooney, + more

Released: 2014

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a 2014 American comedy adventure film directed by Shawn Levy, and the third installment in the series. Security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) must ...more
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Rob Minkoff

Actors: Stephen Colbert, Lake Bell, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney, + more

Released: 2014

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a 2014 3D computer-animated comic science fiction film featuring the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman of the 1960s animated television series The Rocky and ...more

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Carlos Saldanha

Actors: Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Will i Am, + more

Released: 2014

Rio 2 is a 2014 animated comedy film written by Carlos Saldanha and Don Rhymer and directed by Carlos Saldanha.

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Marc Webb

Actors: Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Martin Sheen, + more

Released: 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. It It is the fifth ...more

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Miguel Arteta

Actors: Jennifer Garner, Steve Carell, Bella Thorne, Dick Van Dyke, Jennifer Coolidge, + more

Released: 2014

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Miguel Arteta from a screenplay written by Rob Lieber. The film stars Steve Carell, ...more
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Paddington Paul King

Actors: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, + more

Released: 2014

Paddington is a 2014 British-French comedy film, directed by Paul King, written by King and Hamish McColl, and produced by David Heyman. Based on Paddington Bear by Michael Bond, the film stars ...more

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Peter Lepeniotis

Actors: Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson, Brendan Fraser, Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett, + more

Released: 2014

The Nut Job is a 2014 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Peter Lepeniotis and starring the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Liam Neeson and ...more

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Nicholas Stoller

Actors: Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Celine Dion, Usher, Tom Hiddleston, + more

Released: 2014

Muppets Most Wanted is a 2014 American musical comedy caper film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films, and the eighth theatrical film featuring the Muppets. Directed by James ...more
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Will Gluck

Actors: Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz

Released: 2014

Annie is a 2014 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Will Gluck, based on the 1977 Broadway musical. A foster kid (Quvenzhané Wallis), who lives with her mean foster mom ...more

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Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

Actors: Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg, + more

Released: 2014

The Boxtrolls is a 2014 American 3D stop-motion animated fantasy-comedy film based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow. Produced by Laika, it was directed by Graham Annable and Anthony ...more

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Hal Hartley

Actors: PJ Harvey, William S. Burroughs, Georgia Hubley, Martin Donovan, Ira Kaplan, + more

Released: 1998

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Charles Martin Smith

Actors: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick, Jr., + more

Released: 2014

Dolphin Tale 2 is a 2014 American family drama film written and directed by Charles Martin Smith and sequel to his 2011 film Dolphin Tale. Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi ...more
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Rob Marshall

Actors: Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, + more

Released: 2014

Into the Woods is a 2014 American fantasy musical drama film directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Broadway ...more

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Jorge Gutierrez

Actors: Zoe Saldana, Christina Applegate, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, + more

Released: 2014

The Book of Life is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated adventure musical comedy film produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Co-written and directed by Jorge ...more

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Roberts Gannaway

Actors: Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Dane Cook, Regina King, + more

Released: 2014

Planes: Fire & Rescue is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2013 film Planes, a spin-off of Pixar's Cars franchise. Produced by DisneyToon ...more
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David Green

Actors: Mary Pat Gleason, Jason Gray-Stanford, Astro, Chris Wylde, Peter MacKenzie, + more

Released: 2014

Earth to Echo is a 2014 adventure film written by Henry Gayden and Andrew Panay and directed by David Green.

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Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey

Actors: John C. Reilly

Released: 2014

Bears is a 2014 nature documentary film about a family of brown bears living in the coastal mountain ranges of Alaska. Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey and narrated by John C. ...more
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David Douglas

Actors: Morgan Freeman

Released: 2014

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Hayao Miyazaki

Actors: Emily Blunt, Martin Short, John Krasinski, Mirai Shida, Hideaki Anno, + more

Released: 2013

The Wind Rises is a 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi. The film follows the life and romance of Jiro Horikoshi, the ...more

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Will Finn, Daniel St. Pierre

Actors: Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart, Dan Aykroyd, Bernadette Peters, + more

Released: 2013

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a 2013 American-Indian 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film that is loosely based on Dorothy of Oz by L. Frank Baum's great-grandson Roger Stanton Baum. ...more