When you're unsure of how to spend your evening with the kids, you can make some popcorn and snuggle up with one of these classic family movies on HBO Max. The streaming platform has done an excellent job of appealing to all kinds of demographics. You'll find more mature films and TV shows that are for adults' eyes only, but these movies are for when the kids are still up.
You can introduce your kids to what cinema was like before they were even born. The all-time classic film The Wizard of Oz is available for streaming on HBO Max, so if your kids haven't seen it already, then it's a great way to show them what movies were like before CGI. Of course, there are plenty of classic animated films as well like the enchanting Spirited Away.
- Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
The Wizard of Oz is considered by many to be one of the most important films ever made. The classic story of little Dorothy going from Kansas to the magical realm of Oz popularized Technicolor in the film industry. There's still a lot for kids today to get out of the movie, which won Academy Awards® for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.
9115A great family classic?
- Actors: Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Ray Bolger
- Released: 1939
- Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming
- Photo: 20th Century Fox
There's a good chance you've seen this film but what about your kids? If not, it's time to sit the family down and bond over Robin Williams's costumed antics. There are some heavy themes in the film to be sure but the movie handles the ideas of divorce and separation with elegance and grace. So get ready to laugh and cry all over again with this family classic.
727A great family classic?
- Actors: Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field, Mara Wilson, Harvey Fierstein
- Released: 1993
- Directed by: Chris Columbus
- Photo: Universal Pictures
From the mind of George Miller (Mad Max) comes a heartwarming story of a pig just doing his best. The titular pig wants to do the work of a sheepdog, and he ends up winning the hearts of everyone on the farm. The visual effects were done by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, which likely played a role in the movie winning Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards®.
6015A great family classic?
- Actors: Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes, Roscoe Lee Browne, Magda Szubanski
- Released: 1995
- Directed by: Chris Noonan
- Photo: Universal Pictures
You might have an uncle like Buck but nobody can pull it off better than John Candy. This John Hughes classic puts Candy in the titular role as an overall sloppy uncle who has to babysit his brother's kids. He ends up teaching them the value of family in his own unique way. You and your kids will be laughing your way through this one.
5425A great family classic?
- Actors: Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Madigan
- Released: 1989
- Directed by: John Hughes