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The Best Movies for Families 

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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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Toy Story Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Families
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Toy Story is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the original 1995 film, Toy Story, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Families
2003

Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana, Allison Janney, Albert Brooks, + more

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Families
teddybear1029 added 2001

Actors: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, James Coburn, + more

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Families
looksharp added 2004

Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Craig T. Nelson, Wallace Shawn, + more

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Families
2001

Actors: Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel, + more

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1989

Actors: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Families
2008

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, + more

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Families
looksharp added 2007

Actors: Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, + more

Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1971

Actors: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Roy Kinnear, Pat Coombs, + more

Directed by: Mel Stuart

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Families
2003

Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, + more

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1939

Actors: Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Ray Bolger, + more

Directed by: Mervyn 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 the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1991

Actors: Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers, + more

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Snow White and the Seven... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1937

Actors: Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald, Adriana Caselotti, Moroni Olsen, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell, + more

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the ...more

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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Families
looksharp added 1959

Actors: Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton, Taylor Holmes, Eleanor Audley, + more

Directed by: Clyde Geronimi

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Families
looksharp added 1967

Actors: Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley, + more

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1998

Actors: Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christina Milian, + more

Directed by: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by ...more

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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1942

Actors: Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King, Ann Gillis, Will Wright, + more

Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright, + more

Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was ...more

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Families
looksharp added 2015

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgård, Richard Madden, + more

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1987

Actors: Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant, Fred Savage, Mark Knopfler, + more

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1982

Actors: Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger, Robert MacNaughton, C. Thomas Howell, + more

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1996

Actors: Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens, Jon Lovitz, Rhea Perlman, + more

Directed by: Danny DeVito

Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same ...more

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The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1979

Actors: Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, Bob Hope, Orson Welles, + more

Directed by: James Frawley

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1977

Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness, + more

Directed by: George Lucas

Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more

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A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1983

Actors: Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward, Bob Clark, Peter Billingsley, + more

Directed by: Bob Clark

A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust: All ...more

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Homeward Bound: The Incr... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Families
1993

Actors: Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker, Don Ameche, Jean Smart, + more

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, which was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. Directed ...more

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