Nearly 100 favourite Family-friendly Movies

Cover of "Kung Fu Panda  (Widescreen Edit...

Cover of Kung Fu Panda (Widescreen Edition)

Most Friday nights, we have a family movie night.  It’s end of the week, everyone is tired, so it’s early, easy dinner and then plonk down for the night to enjoy some chilled out entertainment. There are a few rules that we apply though. Firstly, it has to be something suitable for everyone (sometimes Master B wants to watch something a bit more ‘grown up’, but that is reserved for other times), and secondly it has to be something without gore, swearing etc, in other words, family friendly!  I have scoured the shelves at video stores to find old treasures from my childhood that the kids might like, some are great, some are a bit of a surprise, and completely unsuitable. Where was the parental supervision in the 80’s?! Anyhoo, here is my list in no particular order, of movies my kids (and us too) have loved. Some are old, some are new, some are musicals. Remember that what is suitable for us, may be unsuitable for your kids if they are sensitive to certain things. A good site to check out (you can get an app too for most phones) is the IMBD site. For most movies they have a parents guide that lists all the violence, profanity, and sex/nudity in the movie. I use this all the time!

So here’s the list, in no particular order 🙂

  1. Nanny McPhee
  2. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
  3. Kung fu Panda 1 and 2
  4. Parental Guidance
  5. Pollyanna (Hayley Mills)
  6. Parent Trap (Lyndsay Lohan)
  7. Calamity Jane (Doris Day)
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  9. Smurfs the movie
  10. Despicable me (we all actually prefer the second one, but this list for movies out of the cinema 🙂 )
  11. Mary Poppins (it goes without saying, doesn’t it?!)
  12. On Moonlight Bay (Doris Day. My kids like this one and the next listed movie, because she has a brother in the movie who is cheeky, and my kids find him funny 🙂 )
    The Lion King 1½

    The Lion King 1½ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  13. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (follow up movie to no.12)
  14. Tangled
  15. Mulan (a forgotten Disney movie, my kids quite enjoyed it)
  16. Lion King (an absolute favourite in our house!)
  17. Lion King 1.5 (This one is the story told by Timon and Pumba)
  18. Alvin and the Chipmunks (there’s been a few movies made and all are good kids movies)
  19. Brother Bear
  20. Bushwhacked
  21. Baby’s Day Out
  22. Garfield the movie, 1 and 2
  23. Tinker Bell (2008)
  24. Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)
  25. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010)
  26. Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings (2012)
  27. The Incredibles
  28. Shrek (We like all the Shrek movies)
  29. Puss in Boots
  30. Ratatouille
  31. Aliens in the Attic
  32. Santa Clause (There were 3 made, all are good, and great leading up to Christmas 🙂 )
  33. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  34. Ice Age (We love all of the Ice Age movies!)
  35. Tintin
  36. Spirit (Master B’s favourtite as a little boy, he still loves now 🙂 )
  37. Cats and Dogs, Revenge of Kitty Galore (I don’t love this movie, but my kids do)
  38. Spy Next Door (Great Jackie Chan movie)
  39. Imagine that
  40. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe
  41. The Wizard of Oz (Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh my!)
  42. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  43. Harry Potter (The first one is suitable for the younger kids, but only Master B has seen the others)
  44. Furry Vengeance (animals attacking a man to save their forrest- kids crack up at this one!)
  45. The Lorax
  46. Evan Almighty
  47. Yogi bear (lots of people didn’t like this, but if you have a child who scares easily, this is a great movie, just very easy going, and made just for kids)
    Tooth Fairy (film)

    Tooth Fairy (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  48. Princess Diaries (more of a girly choice, but Master B will sit through it)
  49. Ella Enchanted
  50. Enchanted
  51. The Muppets (We love Flight of the concords, and they wrote the music to this, it’s a great movie)
  52. Little Rascals
  53. Space Jam
  54. School of Rock
  55. Tooth Fairy
  56. The Pacifier
  57. Cheaper by the Dozen 1 and 2 (lots of kids, lots of mayhem 🙂 )
  58. Honey I Shrunk the Kids (and the others that followed, all good family movies)
  59. Denis the Menace
  60. Home Alone (there were lots made, but in my opinion, the first two were the best)
  61. Hook
  62. How to Train your Dragon
  63. Sandlot Kids
  64. Karate Kid (original and remake are both good)
  65. Mrs. Doubtfire (this is a new one we’ve shown the kids, and they loved it)
  66. Richie Rich (every child’s dream house)
  67. Mousehunt
  68. Hotel for Dogs (kids saving all the stray dogs, what’s not to love?)
  69. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990, back when it was guys dressed in a turtle suit. Even has Vanilla Ice song in it lol)
  70. Night in the Museum (1 and 2, but I think the first one was better)
  71. Mighty Ducks (I think in USA they call the first one Champions? I like all these, I think there were 3 in total)
  72. Annie (although there is the odd Miss Hannigan scene that we skip over lol)
  73. Charlotte’s Web (both the original cartoon and the 2006 animated movie are good)
  74. Bolt
  75. Beauty and the Beast
  76. Toy Story 2 (My kids prefer this one to the first)
  77. The Court Jester (An old Danny Kaye movie, great old fashioned fighting scenes)
  78. 17 again (a few inappropriate bits that we skip over)
  79. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (another musical)
  80. Lady and the Tramp
  81. The Sound of Music (who doesn’t love this movie?)
  82. Agent Cody Banks
  83. Mall Cop
  84. Drillbit Taylor
  85. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, an old Errol Flynn movie, lots of old fashion fighting)
    Cover of "Three Amigos!"

    Cover of Three Amigos!

  86. Robin Hood (Disney cartoon)
  87. Garfield (1 and 2)
  88. Horton Hears a Who!
  89. Catch that Kid
  90. Rock-a-Bye Baby (This is a Jerry Lewis movie who of course is a master comedian! I’m so glad my kids can appreciate his talent!)
  91. The looney, looney, looney Bugs Bunny Movie (we all love looney tunes!)
  92. The Aristocats
  93. The Three Muskateers (the Kiefer Sutherland one, a few inappropriate bits to be skipped over, but otherwise a good family movie)
  94. The Three Amigos

I’m sure I’ve still managed to leave off some favourites, but these are all I could think of! Are there any that I’ve left off that are family favourites in your house?

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4 thoughts on “Nearly 100 favourite Family-friendly Movies

  1. Thanks Marianne great list! I’ve been looking into purchasing some movies for the kids and this really helps. I love that you have a regular family movie night 🙂

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