The 50 Best “Classic” Family-Friendly Movies

April 10, 2020

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For the past year, we’ve started a new tradition for PIZZA MOVIE NIGHT each Friday. It’s been a highlight of the week for all of us! I typically make homemade pizza with pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe’s, but sometimes we order pizza as well.

Pizza Movie Night is a special event for several reasons. It’s a time that we spend TOGETHER as a family. Justin and I put our phones away, cook with the kids, eat with the kids, and watch the movie together with undivided attention.

We’ve also made it a tradition to make the movie one from our childhoods. It’s be fun and nostalgic to show the movies to our kids that we grew up watching. I’ve kept a running list for the past year of all our favorites! So, if you’re looking for some family-friendly movie ideas, this is a great place to start!

I linked all the movies to where we stream them online. Many are available on Disney + or Netflix (included in your subscription). The others are available to rent for under $4 from Amazon Prime Video. All of these movies are rated G or PG.

Our 50 Favorite Classic Family-Friendly Movies

3 NinjasNacho Libre
A Kid in King Arthur’s CourtNational Treasure
A Little PrincessNational Treasure 2
Angels in the OutfieldNewsies
AnnieOld Yeller
BeethovenRemember the Titans
Beethoven’s 2ndRichie Rich
Blank CheckRookie of the Year
Cheaper by the DozenShipwrecked
Cool RunningsSpace Jam
Dennis the MenaceThe Adventures of Huck Finn
Free WillyThe Big Green
Harry and the HendersonsThe Journey of Natty Gann
HeavyweightsThe Mighty Ducks
Hocus PocusThe Mighty Ducks D2
HolesThe Neverending Story
Homeward BoundThe Parent Trap (old)
Honey, I Shrunk the KidsThe Parent Trap (new)
HookThe Princess Bride
Iron WillThe Sandlot
It Takes TwoThree Amigos
JumanjiThree Men and a Little Lady
Karate KidTom and Huck
Little RascalsWhere the Red Fern Grows
MatildaWhite Fang

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Reader Recommendations

We also received a bunch of reader recommendations and are sharing those below.

Anne of Green GablesPete’s Dragon
Apple Dumpling GangPollyanna
Back to the FutureReturn to Oz
Batteries Not IncludedRudy
Bedknobs and BroomsticksSecretariat
BigSeven Brides for Seven Brothers
Charlotte’s WebSound of Music
Curly SueSpirit
Dan in Real LifeSummer Magic
DumaSwiss Family Robinson
Fiddler on the RoofThe Blind Side
Flight of the NavigatorThe Castaway
Follow Me, Boys!The Goonies
GreaseThe Jungle Book (1994 Live Action)
Herbie the Love BugThe Kid
HildalgoThe Little Giants
Home AloneThe Man From Snowy River
Kindergarten CopThe Swan Princess
Mary PoppinsToby Tyler
Meet Me in St. LouisTreasure Island
Miss PotterWest Side Story
Mrs. DoubtfireWish Upon a Star
October SkyWizard of Oz
Peter RabbitWonder

Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Jane says:

    The Goonies

  2. Jennifer says:

    Curly Sue, Marry Poppins, grease (maybe older kids),

  3. Sarah says:

    We did Mighty Ducks and Mighty Ducks 2. Kids loved them. Same with Kindergarten Cop.

  4. Heather says:

    Great list! Also Home Alone, Big, Kindergarten Cop, Batteries Not Included, Mrs Doubtfire, Back to the Future…

  5. Nina Smith says:

    Dunstin Checks In
    Mary Poppins
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks
    Love Bug
    Sound of Music

    These are older

    Love LOVE your list

  6. Abby says:

    Mrs. Doubtfire

  7. Alayna says:

    Love this!!! Thanks for sharing:) We also love Home Alone and The Man From Snowy River.

  8. Becky says:

    The 1994 live action Jungle Book with Cary Elwes, Sam Neill, and John Cleese. Great soundtrack and beautiful movie! The kids I babysit always asked for that movie and then begged to keep it when their parents got home.

  9. Anne says:

    This isn’t a classic or well known, but Wish Upon A Star has Katherine Heigle in it and is in the same vein. Great sister movie!

  10. Lauren says:

    We also have recently watched the Herby Movies and The Little Giants, our family has enjoyed these!

  11. Leilani says:

    Not 90’s but should be on every list:)
    Original Pete’s Dragon, Pollyanna, Anne of Green Gables, Seven brides for seven brother’s
    Thanks for the list!

  12. Farrah says:

    My 6 year old daughter loved Sound of Music and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

  13. Kathleen says:

    Anne of Green Gables….will take about 7 days to watch, but soooo worth it!

  14. Anna says:

    First Kid!!

  15. Tricia says:

    Spirit, Charlottes web, Not a movie but DVD set of Gilligan’s Island (Even my college student and highschooler still love these movies)

  16. Kathy Mazza says:

    Flight of the Navigator!

  17. Andressa says:

    Thanks so much for the list! I know this one is a cartoon but I absolutely looooove the swan princess and I don’t think kids watch it nowadays. Do they?

  18. Susan Hanks says:

    October Sky
    The Blind Side
    Dan In Real Life

  19. Kristi says:

    Any and all of the old classic disney- Toby Tyler follow me boys apple dumpling gang and returns Swiss Family Robinson bedknobs and broomsticks etc!

  20. Kimber says:

    Return to Oz!!

  21. Natasha says:

    The Princess Bride is a favorite of mine but my children haven’t seen it yet. ????

  22. Cailan says:

    Glad to be reminded of some good ones! A few others that come to mind
    Swiss Family Robinson
    The Little Princess (l like new one best)
    The Kid
    Miss Potter (surprisingly appealing to kids)

  23. Katie says:

    We have been watching old Disney movies : Swiss Family Robinson, Herbie the Lovebug, and Treasure Island. Surprisingly they were hooked!

  24. Kristina says:

    Love this list! Thanks for good ideas. Peter Rabbit has quickly become one of our favs. No Mary Poppins or Wizard of Oz from the old classics?

  25. Marisa says:

    I loved Summer Magic, The Castaways, and Swiss Family Robinson (all old Disney) growing up. At my fam reunion a couple weeks ago my oldest sister and I also talked about musicals to show our kids. Meet Me in St. Louis, West Side Story, and Fiddler on the Roof. Some we split up into 2 nights because some of those oldies are looong! (But good)

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