Best Netflix Movies for Families

We are always on the lookout for fun family movies to watch together. It's our thing. While we also love to spend time together in other ways, snuggling up on the couch watching a good film is our jam. We've watched so many movies together as a family, I thought I would curate the best of the best on Netflix. Of course, you can find great movies on Hulu and Amazon Video. But for this post, I thought I'd share what we've discovered on Netflix streaming. If you are tired of animated movies, you'll be happy to know that there are no animated films on this list. These are movies on Netflix that both parents and kids will love.

Here they are in no particular order:

The Sandlot (PG) - This 1990's cult classic follows a young boy who is new to town and happens upon a pick up baseball game.

Batteries Not Included (PG) - A group of city apartment dwellers are visited by tiny alien robots who help them fend off the approaching development of mega skyscrapers that threaten their homes.

Holes (PG) - A group of boys in a juvenile detention camp who are forced to dig holes as a punishment discover that their are more mysterious reasons behind their forced labor. A great movie about friendship and sticking up for your friends.

The Princess Bride (PG) - This timeless classic is a tale of adventure, romance, and the power of true love.  I can remember fast forwarding a few of the "scarier" parts when I was younger, so if you haven't seen it, just be aware that there are two scenes that are intense for children below the age of 9.

The Truman Show (PG) - The Truman Show is a film about a man who has no idea he is the main star of a reality show about his life. Soon, Truman begins to realize that there is something wrong with the world he knows as "real." While this movie is probably okay for younger kids, the overarching themes may go over their heads. Looking forward to watching this one this week with the kids.

Nanny McPhee (PG) - A heart warming and charming family movie that teaches so many life lessons. Nanny is an enigmatic governess who helps one family heal after their mother has passed away. When you need her but do not want her, then she must stay. When you want her but no longer need her, then she has to go. 

E.T. (PG) - One of the top grossing movies of all time, E.T. is a sci-fi movie about a little boy who befriends an endearing alien and attempts to reunite him with his family.

Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl (PG-13) - The epic tale of a poor blacksmith, a young admiral's daughter, and a swashbuckling pirate who are united in separate quests. Parents should know there are a few scary parts with skeletons and some very intense scenes for very young viewers.

A League of Their Own: A movie about the women's baseball league during World War II. Star-studded cast. A few crude humor parts, but over all a wonderful film. Very young kids might get bored with the storyline. 

Walt Before Mickey (PG) - The story of Walt Disney before he became the creator of the world's most famous mouse.

Paulie (PG) - The story of a parrot who goes on a journey to reunite with his long lost owner. Heart-warming and moving and a fun family film.

From Time To Time (PG) - A British movie about a young boy who travels in time on his family's sprawling estate to unlock mysteries of his family's past. He befriends a young girl along the way. Touches on themes of family, friendship, and racism.

Game Maker (PG) - This quirky film is perfect for anyone who loves games. A gifted young game creator gets sent to a bizarre boarding school after his parents mysteriously disappear. It's strangely imaginative. Some intense scenes.
Daddy Daycare: Mom goes to work and Dad stays home and opens up a day care for kids. Hijinx ensue. 

The Adventurer: Curse of The Midas Box (PG) - A steam-punk Victorian era adventure about a young teen on a quest to find his brother. He ends up finding more than he bargained for.

The BFG (PG) - Roald DAhl's children's book comes to life in this digitally animated story about a big friendly giant and his little friend.

Dolphin Tale (PG) - Based on a true story. A handicapped dophin finds a new home in an aquarium and teaches his caregivers a thing or two about hope and perseverance.

No longer streaming:

The Lost Medallion (PG): Two boys find a medallion that transport them back in time!

Zathura: Two young boys go on an interstellar adventure after the board game they are playing comes to life. Similar to the movie Jumanji.

Hachi (G)- A film about a man and his incredibly loyal dog named Hachi. 

My Girl (PG-13) - This is a charming movie from the early 90's with stand out performances from Anna Chumsky and Macauly Culkin. However, parents should know that dealing with death is a main theme of this movie. In our opinion, this is not a movie meant for younger kids. It's probably a good movie for ages 11 and over.

We love to cross check our movie choices on CommonSenseMedia.org It's a great tool to use when deciding if a movie is age appropriate and right for your family.

Did I miss one? Let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to add it to the list.

And if you'd like to see more ideas for Netflix streaming movie suggestions, check out our family's favorite Netflix streaming movies for tween girls.


  1. We recently subscribed to netflix and are always looking for new movies to watch together, what a great list!!

  2. Just what I've been needing! Friday night, we never know what to watch. I have to pin this for later. Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. There are some really fun classics and quirky films on the list. Hope you enjoy!

  3. I can't believe I haven't seen Walt Before Mickey! Thanks for the recs

  4. Oh yay! I'd love to watch E.T. with the kids! And I love My Girl! Need to log on tonight! Thanks for sharing this awesome list.