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The best family movies on Netflix right now

Making the most out of every second of family movie night is important, which is why we take the time to put together this list of the best family movies on Netflix. You should be able to just come here to figure out what’s worth your time, rather than scrolling endlessly through Netflix. This December, the collection gets a little more interesting with some major ads.

Looking for something else? We’ve also rounded up the best shows on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Amazon Prime, and the best movies on Disney+. For Netflix fans, check out the 10 most popular movies on Netflix right now.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) new

The Super Mario Bros. Movie
46 %
pg 93m
Genre Animation, Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day
Directed by Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath
One of 2023’s most popular movies, The Super Mario Bros. Movie puts a little more of a realistic spin on the classic video game series. Mario and Luigi (Chris Pratt and Charlie Day) are the Mario Brothers, Brooklyn plumbers who are struggling to get by. When they see an opportunity to fix an underground water main, they jump at the opportunity, only to be sucked down a magical pipe and into the Mushroom Kingdom. Unfortunately, only Mario lands in the Mushroom Kingdom, while Luigi lands in Bowser’s domain. Now, Mario must save Luigi before it’s too late.

Wonder Woman (2017) new

Wonder Woman
76 %
pg-13 141m
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Perfect for families with slightly older kids, Wonder Woman tells the origin story of the classic hero. Diana (Gal Gadot) is a princess of the Amazons, an ancient tribe of warrior women who live in a hidden part of the world, isolated from its conflicts. But when an American pilot (Chris Pine) crashes on their shores and is soon followed by German soldiers with guns, Diana realizes something the rest of the Amazons don’t. They can’t stay hidden forever. Believing she can end the conflict, Diana leaves behind her home to enter World War I.

Shazam! (2019) new

71 %
pg-13 132m
Genre Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel
Directed by David F. Sandberg
Every kid dreams of becoming a superhero. For 14-year-old foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel) it actually happens after an ancient wizard bestows his powers upon the child. Now, all he has to do is yell the word “Shazam!” and he becomes the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi). Like any kid would, Billy goes wild testing out all the potential powers he might have, and goes to town having fun with them. But he must master those powers quickly as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) lurks in the shadows.

The Addams Family (1991)

The Addams Family
57 %
pg 102m
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
There have been many iterations of The Addams Family such as the recent Netflix hit Wednesday, but this 1991 classic kicks off the version that’s likely most familiar to young parents. In this adaptation, a man claiming to be the long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) shows up on Gomez and Morticia Addams’ (Raúl Juliá and Anjelica Huston) doorstep after 25 years. The family plans a grand celebration to awaken the dead, but it’s not long before Morticia begins to suspect that Fester is a fraud.

Casper (1995)

49 %
pg 100m
Genre Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Stars Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Malachi Pearson
Directed by Brad Silberling
Kids these days may not know the friendly ghost, but that’s why it’s up to you to make the introduction! “Ghost therapist” Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) is hired by the greedy owner of Whipstaff Manor to exorcise the home’s ghosts. But when he arrives with his daughter Kat (Wednesday‘s Christina Ricci), a friendly, lonely young ghost named Casper appears, eager to make a new friend in Kat. What Harvey doesn’t know, however, is that Casper’s mischievous uncles, Stretch, Stinkie, and Fatso, are causing mayhem in the home because they’re protecting a fabled treasure deep within the home.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
87 %
g 85m
Genre Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter
Directed by Nick Park, Steve Box
You can’t go wrong with a little Wallace and Gromit! Nick Park’s classic Claymation duo pick up a new business, ridding the town of pesky garden-raiding rabbits. Their humane methods, however, turn their home into a halfway house for evicted vermin. Soon, that leads them into a mystery involving a vegetarian monster that’s threatening to ruin the annual veggie-growing contest.

The Karate Kid (1984)

The Karate Kid
60 %
pg 126m
Genre Action, Family, Drama
Stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue
Directed by John G. Avildsen
One of the most iconic franchises of the ’80s, The Karate Kid follows fatherless teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) as he moves to Los Angeles, friendless and lonely. He’s quickly bullied by a gang of karate students from the Cobra Kai dojo when he befriends Ali (Elisabeth Shue), the leader’s ex. Needing to learn some self-defense, Daniel asks Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), a local martial arts master, to help him. But Miyagi’s unconventional methods take some time for Daniel to understand.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022)

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
51 %
pg 106m
Genre Comedy, Family, Music
Stars Javier Bardem, Winslow Fegley, Shawn Mendes
Directed by Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Josh Primm (Winslow Fegley) has just moved to New York City with his family but is struggling to adapt to his new school and make friends. But when he discovers Lyle (Shawn Mendes), a sophisticated singing crocodile living in the attic, the two become fast friends. Unfortunately, the evil neighbor Mr. Grumps (Brett Gelman) wants Lyle thrown out on the street. Now, Josh, his parents (Constance Wu and Scoot McNairy), and Lyle’s owner, Hector P. Valenti (Javier Bardem), must band together to protect the unique crocodile.

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022)

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
83 %
pg 117m
Genre Animation, Fantasy, Drama, Thriller
Stars Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson
There have been enough Pinocchio revivals over the past few years that it’s reasonable to ask why Guillermo del Toro thought another one was a good idea. And yet … del Toro’s pleasantly demented mind is sort of perfect for Pinocchio if you think about it. His stop-motion reimagining of Carlo Collodi’s classic tale is a whimsical musical that breathes surprising new life into the world’s most famous puppet who thinks he’s a real boy.

Enola Holmes 2 (2022)

Enola Holmes 2
61 %
pg-13 129m
Genre Mystery, Adventure, Crime
Stars Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Louis Partridge
Directed by Harry Bradbeer
Millie Bobby Brown returns as Sherlock Holmes’ unheralded — yet even more brilliant — little sister, Enola, in Enola Holmes 2. Fresh off of solving her first case, Enola decides it’s time to open her very own agency, just like her brother, Sherlock (Henry Cavill). Unfortunately, she quickly discovers the demand for female detectives isn’t quite what it is for her male counterparts. Struggling to get any cases, Enola is about ready to close up shop when a penniless matchstick girl asks Enola to find her missing sister. The case, however, is far more complex than expected, sending Enola deep into London’s underworld and all the way to the highest echelons of society.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (2022)

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
61 %
g 86m
Genre Animation, Action, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
Stars Ben Schwartz, Omar Benson Miller, Brandon Mychal Smith
Directed by Andy Suriano, Ant Ward
Nickelodeon’s hit YA series got the Netflix Original treatment! In their biggest adventure yet, Leo (Ben Schwartz), Raph (Omar Benson Miller), Mikey (Brandon Mychal Smith), and Donnie (Josh Brener) are the last hope against an alien invasion. In the year 2044, Earth is on the brink of becoming completely conquered by the Krang. In a desperate hail mary, an older Leo and Mikey send their student Casey Jones (Haley Joel Osment) to the year 2022 to help the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles find a key to stop the invasion before it happens.

Sing 2 (2021)

Sing 2
49 %
pg 110m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family, Music
Stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson
Directed by Garth Jennings
Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) and his talented bunch of animal crooners are back with their most ambitious show yet! After the success of their last talented show, Moon and company aspire to launch a brand new stage extravaganza in the entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. But to keep the gig, Buster will have to deliver on a promise to cast loner lion rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono) in the show.

Too Old for Fairy Tales (2022)

Too Old for Fairy Tales
pg 106m
Genre Family, Comedy
Stars Karolina Gruszka, Dorota Kolak, Andrzej Grabowski
Directed by Kristoffer Rus
Too Old for Fairy Tales is a Polish film that stars newcomer Maciej Karas as Waldek, a spoiled gamer who fills his life with fantasy. But when there is a very real earthquake that forces Waldek apart from his mother, he’s taken in by an unpredictable aunt who introduces a whole new regiment of chores and responsibilities that Waldek has never experienced. Suddenly wrenched away from his precious games, Waldek is put into real-life survival mode, all while learning lessons he didn’t know he needed.

My Octopus Teacher (2020)

My Octopus Teacher
82 %
pg 84m
Genre Documentary
Stars Craig Foster, Tom Foster
Directed by James Reed, Philippa Ehrlich
A nature documentary may seem like a bold choice for family movie night, but the Oscar-winning My Octopus Teacher feels like so much more than an educational film. Craig Foster is a professional photographer and videographer who returns to his childhood home at the southern tip of Africa, hoping to recover from burnout. Swimming in the same freezing ocean that he did as a child, Foster soon meets a young octopus who displays remarkable curiosity and intelligence. Foster continues to visit her den and track her movements, eventually earning her trust. The result is an extraordinary friendship that feels like it could only exist in a fantasy movie.

The Sea Beast (2022)

The Sea Beast
75 %
pg 115m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris
Directed by Chris Williams
The age of monster hunters is alive and well in the animated Netflix original The Sea Beast. And those monsters happen to live in the sea. For years, brave humans have ventured to the sea to wage war against the monsters and make the oceans navigable. The most beloved of all these monster hunters is Jacob Holland (Karl Urban). When little Maisie Brumble (Zaris-Angel Hator) meets her hero in a tavern, she becomes obsessed with the idea of going to sea with him. So, she stows away on Jacob’s legendary ship. When Jacob finds her, he’s not thrilled, but he soon discovers that Maisie is a courageous crew member and unexpectedly useful.

Vivo (2021)

66 %
pg 99m
Genre Animation, Family, Comedy
Stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana
Directed by Kirk DeMicco
Looking for something Encanto-adjacent? A joint effort between Netflix and Sony Pictures Animation, Vivo calls upon the talents of Hollywood music-man Lin-Manuel Miranda to properly weave its animated tale. Miranda not only provides original music to the film, but he also voices the titular character, a magical kinkajou who spends his days serenading alongside Andrés (Juan de Marcos), the creature’s spirited owner. When a chance communication from Andrés’ lost love arrives, the musical duo sets off on a journey to deliver the ultimate love song to the musician’s muse. A kaleidoscopic arrangement of visuals and sound, Vivo is a film filled with heart that bountifully delivers on the beautiful cultural traditions of its Latin-American setting and characters. 

We Can Be Heroes (2020)

We Can Be Heroes
51 %
pg 97m
Genre Action, Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Stars YaYa Gosselin, Lyon Daniels, Andy Walken
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Writer-director Robert Rodriguez certainly knows a thing or two about delivering VFX-laden adventure films, centered on the crazy missions of exceptional pre-teen saviors. Serving as a spiritual continuation of The Adventure of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-DWe Can Be Heroes follows the story of Earth’s many superheroes, extraterrestrial supervillains, and the children of the former. When the vile alien invaders take the heroes as their prisoners, the kids, led by Missy Moreno (YaYa Gosselin), must band together to save their families from the intergalactic foe. Tailor-made for younger viewers, We Can Be Heroes comes to life through dazzling visuals, big set pieces, and great acting from its primary players. 

Back to the Outback (2021)

Back to the Outback
58 %
pg 92m
Genre Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Isla Fisher, Tim Minchin, Eric Bana
Directed by Harry Cripps, Claire Knight
Back to the Outback is a lively animated film that follows the cat-and-mouse getaway of a group of zoo creatures, led by Maddie (Isla Fisher), a snake looking to get back to the Australian outback where she believes she truly belongs. In tow are friends Zoe (Miranda Tapsell), Frank (Guy Pearce), and Neil (Angus Imrie) — a lizard, spider, and scorpion. With the zoo hot on their trail, the band of reptiles and insects must do everything in their power to make it to the faraway continent in one piece. Leaning heavily on the golden rule to never judge a book by its cover, even if it’s scaly or slimy, Back to the Outback is a fun-filled excursion that the whole family will enjoy.

Enola Holmes (2020)

Enola Holmes
68 %
pg-13 123m
Genre Mystery, Crime, Adventure
Stars Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin
Directed by Harry Bradbeer
The Sherlock Holmes legend adds a wrinkle with Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), a much younger sister who has spent her adolescent life learning and experimenting with her brilliant mother in the family’s reclusive mansion. But when her mother goes missing, big brother Sherlock (Henry Cavill) finally comes calling to reassure Enola that he’ll find their mother. Enola, however, has other ideas. She sets out to beat Sherlock at his own game.

Klaus (2019)

65 %
pg 96m
Genre Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones
Directed by Sergio Pablos
Jesper (voiced by Jason Schwartzman) is content with living life his own way, and specifically against the will of his Postmaster General father. After being transferred to the isle of Smeerensburg, Jesper is forced to post six-thousand letters within the year or risk losing his inheritance. Fortunately for him, a reclusive toymaker named Klaus (J.K. Simmons) lives just around the corner. When the children of Smeerensburg learn about the toymaker, they begin writing letters to Klaus, each hoping they’ll receive a toy. A mesmerizing, hand-drawn interpretation of the Santa Claus mythos, Klaus is a brilliant film and an all-new holiday classic.

Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016)

Pee-wee's Big Holiday
63 %
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly
Directed by John Lee
Pee-wee Herman is back in a new adventure in this Netflix original introducing a new generation of fans to the plucky adventurer. When Pee-wee meets a mysterious, inspiring stranger (Joe Manganiello), he decides it’s finally time to take his first-ever holiday, hitting the road for his biggest adventure yet.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

The Mitchells vs. the Machines
80 %
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Directed by Michael Rianda
If you’re going to do a family movie night, why not watch a movie about a dysfunctional family coming together? This Lord/Miller (The Lego Movie) animated romp is a ton of fun for everyone. Young Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) feels a bit like an outcast in her family of outcasts, but she knows she’ll find her people once she leaves for her first year of film school. Worried about losing his daughter permanently, Katie’s dad cancels her flight to LA and decides to do a family road trip instead. However, family bonding time is interrupted by the global uprising of electronic devices, organized by a scorned artificial intelligence (A.I.) named Pal. With the rest of the world rounded up and due for banishment to space, the Mitchells must come together to save their family and the planet.

Benji (2018)

53 %
pg 87m
Genre Crime, Drama
Stars Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Kiele Sanchez
Directed by Brandon Camp
Netflix’s remake of the classic doggy hero tale is a heart-warming, fun adventure for the whole family. Siblings Carter (Gabriel Bateman) and Frankie (Darby Camp) are struggling with a family that’s falling apart at the seams. The only silver lining appears to be Benji, a stray dog that has struck up a special friendship with the children. But when they stumble into serious danger, Benji will have to save the day.
Benji | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

The Willoughbys (2020)

The Willoughbys
68 %
pg 92m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara
Directed by Kris Pearn
Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, Sean Cullen, and Ricky Gervais lend their voices to this computer-animated film based on the book of the same name by Lois Lowry. It’s about the Willoughbys, two neglectful parents, and their unique children who try to survive on their own until a mysterious nanny arrives. Despite the presumably sad subject matter about orphaned children with bad parents, critics loved the film and lauded its silliness that is “anchored in genuine emotion.”

Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus (2019)

Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus
Genre Family, Animation, Comedy, Science Fiction, TV Movie
Cast Jhonen Vasquez, Melissa Fahn, Wally Wingert
While it may not be the same Invader Zim millennials grew up watching, the Netflix-adapted Enter the Florpus will still get the entire family reeling. The story tracks Zim (Richard Steven Horvitz) after the events of the original TV series, seeing the little alien in the throes of an existential dilemma. As he’s fighting for a chance to make a difference and attempting to unlock his true purpose on Earth, Zim’s arch-nemesis plots his downfall in the shadows. Can the little alien gain the confidence he needs to overcome his human rival, or will he only be a memory? With a critics review score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, no family can go wrong with Invader Zim and his Florpus adventures.
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus | Official Trailer | Netflix

If you’re looking for more films suitable for the whole family, we’ve also rounded up the best family movies on Amazon Prime Video and the best family movies on Disney+.

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