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The Best Movies for Families

Updated September 3, 2020 18.4k votes 1.5k voters 16.0k views165 items

The films on this list of the best movies for families have been ranked by the community as the greatest family films. It can be tough to find a family friendly movie that everyone in your house will enjoy, but the films on this list are sure to keep everyone happy. What are the best movies for families? What are the best family friendly films?
 
This list has the best movies for families to watch together, many of which have been top box office hits and have received awards as well. No matter what genre you’re craving you’re sure to find an amazing movie on this list that will satisfy and entertain your entire family.  If the kids are getting a little bit too old for the Disney classics, check out our list of best PG-13 movies.
 
This list features good movies to watch with the whole family, including films like The Wizard of Oz, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Toy Story, My Neighbor Totoro, Star Wars, The Sound of Music, and Shrek. Vote up the best family films below or add one you and your family think is great but isn't already on the list. Then, be sure to check out our list of the best musicals for families.

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    The Little Mermaid

    ActorsJodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Sleeping Beauty

    ActorsMarvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton, Taylor Holmes, Eleanor Audley

    Directed byClyde Geronimi

    Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based... more on Wikipedia
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    Ratatouille
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    ActorsPeter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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    The Jungle Book
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    ActorsClint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    The Tale of Despereaux

    ActorsEmma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Broderick

    Directed bySam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen

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    The Incredibles
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    ActorsSamuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Craig T. Nelson, Wallace Shawn

    Directed byBrad Bird

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    WALL-E
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    WALL-E

    2008

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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    Elf
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    Elf

    2003

    ActorsZooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    Finding Nemo
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    ActorsEllen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana, Allison Janney, Albert Brooks

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    Matilda
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    ActorsDanny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens, Jon Lovitz, Rhea Perlman

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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    Bambi
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    Bambi

    1942

    ActorsSterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King, Ann Gillis, Will Wright

    Directed byJames Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright

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    Big Hero 6
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    ActorsJamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

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    Cinderella
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    ActorsCate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgård, Richard Madden

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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    The Wizard of Oz

    ActorsJudy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Ray Bolger

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Inside Out
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    ActorsAmy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

    Directed byPete Docter

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    Beauty and the Beast

    ActorsAngela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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    Shrek
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    Shrek

    2001

    ActorsCameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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    The Sound of Music

    ActorsJulie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    Monsters, Inc.
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    ActorsBilly Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, James Coburn

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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    Star Wars
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    ActorsHarrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    ActorsBilly Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald, Adriana Caselotti, Moroni Olsen

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell

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    Minions
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    ActorsSandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

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    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ActorsEddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Babe
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    Babe

    1995

    ActorsHugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes, Roscoe Lee Browne, Magda Szubanski

    Directed byChris Noonan

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