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Top 100 Best Family Movies To Watch In 2024

Shivam ParasharShivam-Updated Jan 3, 2024


top 100 best family movies to watch in 2024

 

The very first relationship that a human shares with another is the one born within the family.

 

Irrespective of whether that bond is weak or strong, it does have an impact on the individual’s growth and shapes the nature of their relationship with others as they progress in life.

 

Therefore, it is safe to say that one’s family reinforces beliefs about relationships and one’s self.

 

Since cinema is a proven reflection of society, it goes without saying that it has gone to a great extent in portraying how different families function under different circumstances.

 

Keeping the aforementioned statements in mind, we have come up with a story on the best family-themed full-length features of all time.

 

 

 

1. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

 

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

 

Entity Detail
Title It's a Wonderful Life
Release Year 1946
Watch time 130 min
Directors Frank Capra
Cast James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 8.6
Metascore 89
Writers Frances Goodrich
Music By Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography By Joseph F. Biroc
Costume By Emile Kuri

 

Starring Hollywood legends James Stewart and Donna Reed in the lead, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ is not only a memorable family drama at heart but also a subtle depiction of the very many crises that a middle-class man faces in society.

 

The film tells the story of George Bailey who considers his life a failure due to his inability to achieve his dreams and travel the world.

 

However, when he is shown an alternate reality of how life could have been if he was never born, Bailey understands the importance of living and having a family.

 

A classic display of the average American family, the film leans on a plethora of familial and non-familial emotions to connect.

 

A solid star-cast and elements of fantasy are aided by a hopeful message that the title carries: one that stands true for most of the world — never to lose hope and to stick with the ones you love, come what may.

 

 

 

2. THE LION KING (1994)

 

THE LION KING (1994)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Lion King
Release Year 1994
Watch time 88 min
Directors Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Cast Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg
Domestic Box office $422.78M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 88
Writers Irene Mecchi
Music By Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Ivan Bilancio
Costume By Andy Gaskill

 

Hailed as one of the greatest Disney animated musicals of all time, ‘The Lion King’ has its fair share of jump-scares and drama for children.

 

Despite the few sad elements that the motion picture encompasses, the message in it remains that of hope, love, responsibility, and family bond.

 

No wonder then that this feature is a favorite exhibition for daycares and pre-schools all across the globe.

 

This animation here is top-notch and the motion picture features noteworthy work from the vocal cast starring the likes of James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Matthew Broderick (Simba), Jeremy Irons (Scar), and Whoopi Goldberg (Shenzi) among others.

 

To add to the proceedings, Mufasa as the King and a father is as good as they come in this family feature that teaches both the kids and the adults to find their place in the complex ‘Circle of Life.’

 

 

 

3. THE HARRY POTTER FRANCHISE (2001-2011)

 

the harry potter franchise (2001-2011)

 

J.K. Rowling, one of Britain's most revered writers, ended up creating history when she penned the Harry Potter books. The groundbreaking popularity of the novels paved the way for a series of equally popular and successful motion pictures.

 

Set in the dreamy world of wizards and witchcraft, the films were spiced with enough twists and turns and some wonderfully sketched characters. Over time, the release of these features went on to signify a family outing at the cinemas.

 

Indeed, the family audiences played a huge part in ensuring that the actors playing the lovable characters went on to become household names throughout the series. Today, it's hard to imagine a child in the world who may not have seen or heard of the Harry Potter films.

 

Add to that the fact that the Hogwarts Houses of Magic and the breathtaking locations and graphics made the movies even more appealing. Not only that but the cast was also further enriched by the presence of the many "fantastic beasts".

 

 

 

4. SPIRITED AWAY (2001)

 

spirited away (2001)

 

Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 'Spirited Away' is as original as an animated full-length feature can possibly get. The story introduces us to a sullen 10-year-old girl who wanders into a mythical world after her family moves to the suburbs.

 

After having entered the fantastical world, she realizes that it is ruled by gods, spirits, and witches. Not only that but even the humans seem to have turned into beasts there.

 

This motion picture thrives on its deep and fascinating storytelling and amazing animation. Indeed, these aspects come together to familiarize us with the inventive characters. Add to that the fact that the music and original score are stunning.

 

 

5. 3 IDIOTS (2009)

 

3 idiots (2009)

 

One of the most popular and successful Indian feature films in the whole world, '3 Idiots' has been helmed by Rajkumar Hirani. It tells the story of two friends who are searching for their long-lost companion.

 

In the process, we are introduced to their wonderful college days in a series of flashback sequences. We observe how they were inspired to think differently by the end of their adventurous college life and how their now-lost pal helped them follow their dreams and stop chasing excellence.

 

So, even though the rest of the world considered the trio to be idiots, they turned out to be the ones providing a life-changing experience to most people around them. This wonderfully entertaining film changed the face of Bollywood in foreign markets and is easily among the most suggested Indian films in Western countries.

 

It takes an incredibly humourous route to convey how students in India are forced to give up on their passion and personal ambition to fulfil the dreams of their parents.

 

 

6. TAARE ZAMEEN PAR (2007)

 

taare zameen par (2007)

 

Helmed for the screen by Aamir Khan, one of India's most acclaimed actors, 'Taare Zameen Par' finds a special place on our list because it managed to evoke a ton of emotions when it hit the cinemas in 2007.

 

The story introduces us to an eight-year-old boy who is thought to be lazy and a troublemaker. Soon after, he is sent to a boarding school to set things straight in his life.

 

There, he meets a patient art teacher who tries to understand him closely and, consequently, ends up changing his life for the better.

 

This motion picture was a deserving critical and commercial success but, more importantly, it paved the way for films to be made on children in India. Aamir has always been an actor par excellence but this time around, he proved his mettle as a filmmaker.

 

Indeed, 'Taare Zameen Par' is one film that makes families the world over laugh, cry and rejoice together.

 

 

7. WALL.E (2008)

 

WALL.E (2008)

 

This motion picture is set in the future and talks about a small waste-collecting robot that undertakes a journey to space to change things for humankind.

 

Banking heavily on science fiction, comedy, and a rather dramatic love angle, ‘WALL. E’ is one of the most distinct Pixar films of all time.

 

Even though there is little dialogue in the movie between the two lead protagonists, the fact that it has personality and a heart keeps its true to its genre and helps it connect to a large family audience worldwide.

 

Add to that the fact that WALL. E is rich in adventure, humor, and action; each of which plays a huge role in telling the viewers the importance of Earth as our home.

 

Not only that but what makes this feature film one to be seen with the entire family is the fact that it does its best to express that humans misuse a lot of resources, which, in turn, can threaten to destroy the idea of sustainable development and burden our planet with toxicity.

 

 

8. COCO (2017)

 

COCO (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title Coco
Release Year 2017
Watch time 105 min
Directors Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Cast Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach
Domestic Box office $209.73M
IMDb Rating 8.4
Metascore 81
Writers Lee Unkrich
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Steve Bloom
Costume By Bert Berry Tim Evatt

 

Reportedly inspired by the traditions of Mexico, this Disney-Pixar animated feature does its best to remind its viewers that the bond shared by one's family is a bond that lasts forever.

 

The film tells the story of an aspiring musician Miguel, who, after being confronted with his family's ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find a celebrated singer - his great-great-grandfather.

 

In the process, Miguel not only comes to learn a lot about his family but also starts feeling good about him.

 

A feel-good feature that motivates youngsters to follow the path of their choice, ‘Coco’ also talks about doing one's best to showcase their talent, even if it means going against the will of their immediate family.

 

However, what sets this movie truly apart and adds to its overall magnanimity is that it is an exploration of values that we fail to practice in the real world.

 

 

9. TOY STORY (1995)

 

TOY STORY (1995)

 

Entity Detail
Title Toy Story
Release Year 1995
Watch time 81 min
Directors John Lasseter
Cast Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney
Domestic Box office $191.80M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 95
Writers John Lasseter
Music By Randy Newman
Cinematography By Robert Gordon Lee Unkrich
Costume By Patsy Bouge

 

A kids' movie that also is equally enjoyable for adults, ‘Toy Story’ was released more than 25 years ago and paved the way for high-quality family entertainment.

 

Credited with launching the new studio Pixar in the annals of cinema history, Toy Story deals with a range of issues like jealousy, leadership, and change.

 

The feature film was a visually stunning experience for its time and the humor continues to strike a chord with the viewers more than two decades after its release.

 

Even though the story is remarkable and the execution a total delight, what truly sets the film apart is the fact that it was produced entirely on the computer and it truly shows when you see that it’s not just the characters that are animated, but also the entire space that they occupy while in motion on the screen.

 

 

10. UP (2009)

 

UP (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title Up
Release Year 2009
Watch time 96 min
Directors Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Cast Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer
Domestic Box office $293.00M
IMDb Rating 8.2
Metascore 88
Writers Pete Docter
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Kevin Nolting
Costume By Daniel Lopez Muñoz

 

This brilliant film is one of the most uplifting and heart-warming animated features of all time.

 

Even though it is sad in parts, ‘Up’ is an attractive motion picture whose beauty lies in its message of friendship and unlikely bonds that we sometimes form with another.

 

It also goes on to showcase that the only real adventures in life are the relationships that we share with other people in our life.

 

Needless to say, this picture is a treat for kids and adults alike and is a fair mix of action, adventure, humor, and emotion.

 

Add to that the fact that its peculiar but noteworthy storyline has an old character as the chief protagonist, and this gives the movie a much-needed distinctive touch and an edge over other animated features by Pixar.

 

 

11. TOY STORY 3 (2010)

 

TOY STORY 3 (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Toy Story 3
Release Year 2010
Watch time 103 min
Directors Lee Unkrich
Cast Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty
Domestic Box office $415.00M
IMDb Rating 8.2
Metascore 92
Writers John Lasseter
Music By Randy Newman
Cinematography By Ken Schretzmann
Costume By Marty Baumann

 

The second sequel to Pixar's 'Toy Story' franchise, Toy Story 3 is another one of Pixar's highly acclaimed animated feature films that run highly on animation and imagination.

 

A significant hit that revolves around the themes of love, loss, and friendship, the screenplay also talks a lot about the inevitable growth of children and how, as they grow, they end up putting their toys away.

 

It makes sense because no matter how naïve and childlike we wish to be, life does get us to age; sometimes sooner than we thought that it would.

 

Like its predecessors, this film also encompasses a near-flawless script, fast and furious action sequences, and carries a weight of realism; all while keeping the family audience thoroughly engaged.

 

 

12. JURASSIC PARK (1993)

 

jurassic park (1993)

 

Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park', when released in 1993, set the global box office ablaze. It not only managed to terrorize audiences worldwide with its solid and ambitious depiction of dinosaurs but it also went on to influence and shape research in both palaeontology and genetic technologies.

 

In this mega-worldwide hit, we catch a pragmatic palaeontologist touring a theme park on an island in Central America that is home to a ton of dinosaurs. During his tour, an unexpected power failure causes the unthinkably large creatures to run loose causing fear and a ton of deaths.

 

Often seen as one of the greatest mainstream motion pictures of all time, 'Jurassic Park' bedazzles us with dinosaurs from the beginning until the end. Thankfully, the amazing scenery and scares are complemented by Spielberg's outstanding direction and the cast's amazing performances. Indeed, this one still serves as your perfect family popcorn entertainer.

 

 

13. BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN (2015)

 

bajrangi bhaijaan (2015)

 

One of India's most celebrated movies of all time, 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' stars India's most popular movie star Salman Khan as the central protagonist. The actor, who is known for his larger-than-life action-oriented blockbusters, abandons his tough-guy persona and wins hearts with his lighthearted and simple character projection.

 

The Kabir Khan directorial venture tracks the journey of a magnanimous Indian man who does everything in his power to take a young mute Pakistan girl back to her motherland to reunite her with her beloved family. In the process, he ends up winning hearts on both sides of the border and eventually becomes a father-like figure to the girl.

 

A must-see motion picture for everyone who thinks Indian cinema and Bollywood lack content, 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' is widely regarded as one of the best movies of megastar Salman Khan's career. It is emotional, thought-provoking, relatable, and truly exceptional.

 

 

14. FINDING NEMO (2003)

 

FINDING NEMO (2003)

 

Entity Detail
Title Finding Nemo
Release Year 2003
Watch time 100 min
Directors Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Cast Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe
Domestic Box office $380.84M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 90
Writers Andrew Stanton
Music By Thomas Newman
Cinematography By Sharon Calahan
Costume By Ralph Eggleston

 

A sweet father-son story that won hearts globally after its release, ‘Finding Nemo’ is an intelligent and entertaining animated feature film in which most of the humor is based on parodies of human behavior and day-to-day life.

 

Even though the storyline follows tropes of the already popular ‘Toy Story’ franchise, it takes a different route altogether by including a character named Dory – a fish with short-term memory loss.

 

Banking heavily on great computer animation skills and fine storytelling, this Pixar title relies on its shimmering underwater landscapes to appeal to both the youngsters and the grownups alike.

 

Executed by a team of highly skilled animation professionals, Finding Nemo perfected the Pixar technology with élan.

 

 

15. A SEPARATION (2011)

 

a separation (2011)

 

Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, 'A Separation' is pretty much the face of contemporary Iranian cinema. Even though it was released more than a decade ago, the critically and commercially successful feature is screened at film festivals worldwide even today.

 

The story introduces us to a married couple as they find themselves in a dilemma; either move to another country in the hope of giving their child a better lifestyle or stay in Iran and look after a parent with Alzheimer's disease.

 

The story grows on you soon after it kicks off courtesy of the top-notch direction and believable performances. Not only is this family-themed drama a good way to start learning about Iranian culture but it is also one which no genuine movie buff can afford to miss.

 

 

16. DANGAL (2016)

 

dangal (2016)

 

Director Nitesh Tiwari's 'Dangal' may be a biographical sports drama but it is also a true-blue family film at heart that traces the journey of an ambitious father and his two hard-working daughters. Starring Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Zaira Wasim, and Sanya Malhotra in prominent roles, it is the highest-grossing Indian film in the whole world.

 

In the story, we are introduced to former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who wants his daughters to fulfill his lifelong dream of winning a gold medal for their country. To ensure that their dreams are accomplished, he takes the onus on himself to train them. However, things soon change for the family when the elder daughter is sent to a training camp to further her chances.

 

Praised worldwide for its presentation of a delicate and relevant subject, 'Dangal' thrives on its tongue-in-cheek humour and well-choreographed wrestling sequences. Add to that the fact that it manages to evoke a ton of emotions courtesy of its depiction of a father-daughter relationship.

 

 

17. PK (2014)

 

pk (2014)

 

The director-actor duo of Rajkumar Hirani and Aamir Khan make it to our story yet again with the mammoth global hit 'PK'. Released in 2014, the comedy-drama tells the story of an alien who lands on Earth but ends up losing the device that helps him connect to his spaceship.

 

During his stay in the country, his childlike innocence and thought-provoking questions push the people to examine their religious views. While doing so, the film ends up shattering a ton of preconceived opinions about religion in our society.

 

However, the film doesn't seem to become dead serious at any point. Matter of fact, it resorts to using a ton of comedy and romance to convey its message. The highest-grossing Indian motion picture of 2014, 'PK' comprises one of the finest performances of Aamir Khan's illustrious career and is a must-see.

 

 

18. DRISHYAM (2015)

 

drishyam (2015)

 

A family movie doesn't necessarily have to be emotional or comedic as is stereotypically believed. This is because things can also get a tad serious when it comes to protecting our families. That's precisely where Bollywood's 'Drishyam' steps in.

 

Helmed by Nishikant Kamat, it tells the story of a man who takes desperate measures to save his family from the dark side of the law after his wife and daughter end up committing an unexpected crime.

 

Toplied by the critically acclaimed Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn, this motion picture is a remake of a Malayalam film of the same title. However, the brilliance of storytelling in this one leaves no room for mediocrity. It is one of the most gripping crime thrillers that revolves around a family.

 

 

19. SOUL (2020)

 

soul (2020)

 

Written and directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, 'Soul' is a critically acclaimed animation film that tracks the journey of a New York jazz pianist, who, after landing the gig of a lifetime, finds himself abruptly trapped in a bizarre land between Earth and the afterlife.

 

The story of this movie perhaps aims to convey that one doesn't need to be fixated on something to find meaning in their life. Instead, one should relish every moment as it possesses rather than wait for that one big moment of satisfaction or utmost joy.

 

The aforementioned idea is precisely what makes 'Soul' come across as refreshing and profound. Indeed, it ends up making both conventional and unconventional statements on life and what lies beyond. 

 

 

20. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (2006)

 

little miss sunshine (2006)

 

In this quirky comedy-drama that hit the screens in 2006, we see a determined family doing everything that they can to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant. To turn her dream into a reality, they end up taking a cross-country trip on their VW bus.

 

Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano and Abigail Breslin in pivotal roles, this motion picture duly showcases the extent to which a family can go to help their young ones realize their dreams by supporting them in their ambitious endeavours.

 

The family dynamics shown in 'Little Miss Sunshine' continue to be relevant and, therefore, will manage to charm its target audience every single time they decide to stream it. The bittersweet drama pretty much succeeds in demonstrating how families function, which makes it even more relatable to the average viewer.

 

 

21. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Wizard of Oz
Release Year 1939
Watch time 102 min
Directors Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor
Cast Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr
Domestic Box office $2.08M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 92
Writers Noel Langley
Music By Harold Rosson
Cinematography By Blanche Sewell
Costume By Adrian

 

A live-action mainstream feature ahead of its time, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is a classic family drama that swirls around themes of fantasy and perseverance; all while trying to convey to the children that there is no solidarity without stability and that one should always come to the aid of their friends and family.

 

Judy Garland’s enactment of Dorothy only enhances the love that this classic, innocent, fantasy drama has received over the years.

 

This mainstream family title has also inspired a lot many adaptations, with some of them indeed having a decent point of their own.

 

However, what distinguishes this movie from its remakes is the fact that it has been crafted in the right spirit and should be viewed with the same energy.

 

 

22. MARY POPPINS (1964)

 

mary poppins (1964)

 

Director Robert Stevenson's 'Mary Poppins' stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in the lead. The film is set at the turn of the century in London where a nanny comes out of nowhere to use music and adventure to bring two neglected children closer to their beloved father.

 

While Andrews wins you over with her loving character projection and calm voice, Dick leaves an impact through his energy and enthusiasm. Along with the children, the duo tells a classic family story that will resonate with most families across the globe.

 

Filled with life and some foot-tapping numbers, 'Mary Poppins' is a feature that anybody can fall in love with irrespective of their age.

 

 

23. INSIDE OUT (2015)

 

INSIDE OUT (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title Inside Out
Release Year 2015
Watch time 95 min
Directors Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen
Cast Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
Domestic Box office $356.46M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 94
Writers Pete Docter
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Kevin Nolting
Costume By Bert Berry

 

A beautiful and equally original movie about handling complex emotions, ‘Inside Out’ is one Pixar feature that has been applauded by critics and adored by the family audiences alike.

 

Even though this motion picture has been a darling at the awards season during its time of release, its greatest achievement lies in the fact that it has managed to make its audience across different age groups look into their minds and contemplate.

 

Not only that but this movie also reminds the families watching it together to embrace themselves, irrespective of who they are or how the circumstances force them to behave.

 

The storyline, which takes place inside the head of an eleven-year-old girl, has some deep things to communicate about five different emotions that comprise the human mind: Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust, and Fear.

 

 

24. THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)

 

THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Princess Bride
Release Year 1987
Watch time 98 min
Directors Rob Reiner
Cast Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon
Domestic Box office $30.86M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 77
Writers William Goldman
Music By Mark Knopfler
Cinematography By Adrian Biddle
Costume By Norman Garwood

 

Based on the 1973 novel of the same name, ‘The Princess Bride’ is a feature film that has enough wit to entertain the adults and enough adventure to please the children.

 

A family movie that has aged like fine wine, it has something for everyone courtesy of the romance, action, and parody infused in the screenplay.

 

The chemistry between Cary Elwes and Robin Wright is a pleasure to watch and how their love story unfurls in the background only heightens the intrigue factor of this much-admired motion picture.

 

The dialogues here are full of dry humor and quick wit and the funny catchphrases have continued to remain popular to date.

 

Since this motion picture relies on its characters to communicate the message of loyalty, it has continued to remain a family favorite for years now.

 

 

25. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010)

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title How to Train Your Dragon
Release Year 2010
Watch time 98 min
Directors Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Cast Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson
Domestic Box office $217.58M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 75
Writers William Davies
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Gil Zimmerman
Costume By Kathy Altieri

 

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ is one of the most acclaimed animated feature movies in the world.

 

The film series has presented a wide variety of dragons to its viewers worldwide; each with its own set of challenges that, ultimately, reflect upon the challenges of life.

 

This movie takes its inspiration from a series of children’s books by Cressida Cowell and the franchise features strong female characters to connect.

 

In addition, the magnificent visual effects make the sky look far more realistic than in most animated films, more so in three-dimensional screens.

 

The background score in the movie helps in making the visuals look more attractive.

 

 

26. MONSTERS, INC. (2001)

 

MONSTERS, INC. (2001)

 

Entity Detail
Title Monsters, Inc.
Release Year 2001
Watch time 92 min
Directors Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
Cast Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi
Domestic Box office $289.92M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 79
Writers Pete Docter
Music By Randy Newman
Cinematography By Jim Stewart
Costume By Tia W. Kratter Dominique Louis

 

The kids might fear monsters, but the monsters in ‘Monsters, Inc.’ give them a light-hearted viewing experience.

 

The charming characters, voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal, and the respect for the audience’s choice and their intelligence make this motion picture stand true to the values that made Disney movies so family-friendly and fun to watch back in the fifties and sixties.

 

One way to describe this movie is fun and the well-placed comical moments only help in consolidating this claim.

 

The storyline, to its credit, is easy to follow and that makes this movie a good watch for the whole family.

 

 

27. WONDER (2017)

 

WONDER (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title Wonder
Release Year 2017
Watch time 113 min
Directors Stephen Chbosky
Cast Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Julia Roberts
Domestic Box office $132.42M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 66
Writers Stephen Chbosky
Music By Marcelo Zarvos
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Kalina Ivanov

 

Starring child actor Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson in pivotal roles, ‘Wonder’ is based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name and tells the story of one Auggie Pullman, who is born with facial differences; something that has prevented him from going to a mainstream school.

 

As sensitive and authentic as the storyline is, it attempts to shed light on the importance of acceptance and compassion among children and how the presence of both these elements helps shape their mental growth in the cycle of life.

 

In addition to its relevant script, the wonderful performances by the entire cast are a major advantage.

 

 

28. THE INCREDIBLES (2004)

 

THE INCREDIBLES (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Incredibles
Release Year 2004
Watch time 115 min
Directors Brad Bird
Cast Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
Domestic Box office $261.44M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 90
Writers Brad Bird
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Andrew Jimenez
Costume By Lou Romano

 

Promising action-packed fun for the entire family, 'The Incredibles' is yet another addition to the rich list of computer-animated films by Pixar Animation Studios that has seen a steady rise in its fondness meter among the family audiences worldwide.

 

The film, which runs high on action and adventure courtesy of its "super-heroic" theme, is one of the very few mainstream features that tries to deconstruct the idea of a superhero; all while showing the conventional family elements under unusual and rather funny circumstances.

 

What sets the film apart from other animated mainstream features is the fact that it doesn't try to sell itself short or rush things to convey what it had to.

 

Keeping the sub-theme of family and its importance intact, The Incredibles relies on sharp wit and observance to connect with both the kids and the adults alike.

 

 

29. ZOOTOPIA (2016)

 

ZOOTOPIA (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title Zootopia
Release Year 2016
Watch time 108 min
Directors Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
Cast Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate
Domestic Box office $341.27M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 78
Writers Byron Howard
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Nathan Warner
Costume By Dan Cooper

 

This motion picture might open with a scene showing a predator chasing its prey, but it is quite simply the story of a place called ‘Zootopia’ in which the predator and prey animals live in harmony.

 

Even though the themes of this movie allow it to be a tad violent, courtesy of sub-plots of kidnapping and discrimination, it still is suitable for children aged over eight years.

 

That said, the message of following one’s dreams and teamwork are paramount throughout the movie which also wishes to convey that one should never judge people based on their appearance or stereotypes.

 

 

30. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)

 

Entity Detail
Title Beauty and the Beast
Release Year 1991
Watch time 84 min
Directors Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Cast Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart
Domestic Box office $218.97M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 95
Writers Linda Woolverton
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By John Carnochan Ellen Keneshea
Costume By Pawel Araszkiewicz

 

A romantic musical fantasy comedy, in essence, this animated movie has stood the test of time beautifully.

 

Released three decades ago to thunderous response, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ promises an epic adventure with Belle, Beast, and a plethora of loving characters and great music that one won’t easily forget.

 

As promisingly as the film shows the adventure of love between Beauty and Beast, it is equally romantic and fantastical in nature.

 

Add to that the fact that the romance between the two chief protagonists is layered and moving and themes of self-loathing, sacrifice, loyalty, and learning to love oneself remains paramount throughout its screenplay.

 

 

31. ALADDIN (1992)

 

ALADDIN (1992)

 

Entity Detail
Title Aladdin
Release Year 1992
Watch time 90 min
Directors Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman
Domestic Box office $217.35M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 86
Writers Ron Clements
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By H. Lee Peterson
Costume By Ralph Eggleston Michael Peraza Jr. Bill Perkins

 

Like many classics of yesteryear, ‘Aladdin’ has also recently been made but the original continues to be a true-blue classic.

 

One of the best examples of Disney’s fairy-tale formula, this motion picture relies heavily on three of the most important tropes of a Disney animated feature film: great songs, a strong villain, and a fantastic sidekick.

 

The noteworthy voices of Robin Williams and Jonathan Freeman, the excellent pacing and fabulous visuals have helped turn this movie into a timeless classic.

 

A favorite among kids and families, Aladdin has love and laughs in abundance to continue to remain a family favorite for years to come.

 

 

32. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)

 

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Sound of Music
Release Year 1965
Watch time 172 min
Directors Robert Wise
Cast Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn
Domestic Box office $163.21M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 63
Writers George Hurdalek
Music By Ted D. McCord
Cinematography By William Reynolds
Costume By Ruby R. Levitt

 

Banking heavily on layered characters, good music, and a solid storyline, ‘The Sound of Music’ is an all-time classic family musical feature that was destined for greatness on the paper itself.

 

Set in the backdrop of the Second World War, the motion picture is known to have gotten kids and young adults curious about Nazi Germany and the repercussions that followed the second great war.

 

The singing in this movie by some talented artists is astounding and the performances are par excellence; especially Julie Andrews’s ground-breaking portrayal of Maria.

 

In addition, the costumes and the settings help the families worldwide in transporting back to the era that this movie attempts to project on-screen.

 

 

33. TOY STORY 2 (1999)

 

TOY STORY 2 (1999)

 

Entity Detail
Title Toy Story 2
Release Year 1999
Watch time 92 min
Directors John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich
Cast Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer
Domestic Box office $245.85M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 88
Writers John Lasseter
Music By Randy Newman
Cinematography By Sharon Calahan
Costume By William Cone Jim Pearson

 

Sequels are not often thought to be as good as the original, but that is truly not the case with the second installment of the ‘Toy Story’ franchise.

 

As thematically compelling as its predecessor and with better action set-pieces in place, Toy Story 2 is as good as its first part and has emotionally rich content to deliver.

 

The voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kelsey Grammer, Joan Cusack, and Jim Varney help in consolidating the belief that Toy Story is one of the most admired animated movie series by families across the globe.

 

The fact that the film continues to showcase the traditional lives of characters shown in the original movie helps the script flow better.

 

 

34. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

 

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

 

Entity Detail
Title Miracle on 34th Street
Release Year 1947
Watch time 96 min
Directors George Seaton
Cast Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart
Domestic Box office $2.65M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 88
Writers George Seaton
Music By Cyril J. Mockridge
Cinematography By Lloyd Ahern Sr.
Costume By Ernest Lansing

 

Besides ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, if there is another American classic that has been a family favorite around Christmastime, it is ‘Miracle on 34th Street’.

 

Starring icons like Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood, John Payne, and Edmund Gwenn in important roles, this motion picture, besides working as a social satire, also attempts to shed ample light on the social and economic situation of a divorced working woman with a child in the late 1940s.

 

What makes this movie one of the most likable and informative mainstream family features is its legal backdrop coupled with a storyline that unfolds in a festive environment.

 

 

35. SHREK (2001)

 

SHREK (2001)

 

Entity Detail
Title Shrek
Release Year 2001
Watch time 90 min
Directors Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Cast Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow
Domestic Box office $267.67M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 84
Writers William Steig
Music By Harry Gregson-Williams John Powell
Cinematography By Sim Evan-Jones
Costume By Guillaume Aretos Sean Mullen

 

An enjoyable animated feature on the surface, ‘Shrek’ is one such movie that carries a lot of messages.

 

Not only does the film bring to light a societal problem like domestic abuse, but it also tends to shift its focus towards the mistreatment of an animal like a donkey for commercial purposes.

 

The lovable characters and the extremely funny and moving elements have turned this picture into one of the most loved animated family movies of al,l time.

 

Even though it is filmed for the kids, the themes that it brushes past are ones that need to be better understood by the grownups as well.

 

 

36. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (2014)

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title How to Train Your Dragon 2
Release Year 2014
Watch time 102 min
Directors Dean DeBlois
Cast Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson
Domestic Box office $177.00M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 76
Writers Dean DeBlois
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Gil Zimmerman
Costume By Pierre-Olivier Vincent

 

A sequel to one of the most liked animated movies of all time, ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is a darker and more mature successor to its original.

 

While the second installment of the franchise continues to remain as eventful and entertaining as the first part, its themes are much more noticeable in comparison.

 

That said, the storyline here may not be as straightforward as originally expected, but the promising screenplay and character development make it a satisfying watch.

 

The beauty of this title lies in the fact that it not only develops the already known characters but also introduces a few interesting ones.

 

 

37. BIG HERO 6 (2014)

 

BIG HERO 6 (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title Big Hero 6
Release Year 2014
Watch time 102 min
Directors Don Hall, Chris Williams
Cast Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller
Domestic Box office $222.53M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 74
Writers Jordan Roberts
Music By Henry Jackman
Cinematography By Rob Dressel
Costume By Paul A. Felix

 

A movie for all age groups, ‘Big Hero 6’ is another fine addition to the list of many great animated films produced by Disney.

 

With action-packed sequences and decent comedy in its arsenal, the film strives to reinstate the faith of its audience in the goodness of science and technology, albeit at a cost of slightly rushed storytelling.

 

The upbeat yet emotional soundtrack and a smart screenplay are the biggest merits of this motion picture.

 

That said, the script of this movie is certainly not flawless, but it works for families and kids who have a liking for science and wish to see its goodwill with an equal amount of fun.

 

 

38. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)

 

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)

 

Entity Detail
Title E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Release Year 1982
Watch time 115 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace
Domestic Box office $435.11M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 91
Writers Melissa Mathison
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Allen Daviau
Costume By Lola 'Skip' McNalley

 

Director Stephen Spielberg made a world of difference to the family audiences around the world, with this simple story that followed the life of a boy who stumbled upon an alien.

 

Embedding this blockbuster with everything that a family audience enjoys set this science-fiction feature film apart from its immediate contemporaries. ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ banked heavily on sub-plots of love, care, share, and childlike innocence, to connect with kids and families alike.

 

Also, the film emphasizes the importance of compassion, inclusion, empathy, and communication; each of which are important traits in ensuring that one lives a healthy, wealthy, and wise lifestyle.

 

 

39. THE CHILDREN ARE WATCHING US (1943)

 

the children are watching us (1943)

 

Movie buffs across the world know that Vittorio De Sica was one of the greatest Italian filmmakers of all time and among the finest of the 20th century. His knack for showing social but relatable drama was yet again on full display in 1943's 'The Children Are Watching Us'.

 

The acclaimed and slightly underrated motion picture tells the story of a four-year-old boy named Pricò, who becomes the subject of the subject of emotional folly by his parents. Over time, a realization dawns upon him that he is being ignored by both his folks and his relatives.

 

One of our favourite Italian films of all time, it portrays the suffering of a child because of his parents in the most delicate manner possible. So, trust us when we say that the story in this one is going to catch you by surprise and leave you with a tear or two towards the end.

 

 

40. BADHAAI HO (2019)

 

badhaai ho (2019)

 

The critically and commercially successful Bollywood drama 'Badhaai Ho' hit the screens in 2019 and was one of the year's best movies. It tells the story of a man who gets embarrassed to learn that his parents are pregnant at a seemingly old age.

 

Packaged with the right amount of humour and emotions, it is a story that most people would like to see with their families. Since people are being served mediocre scripts in the name of comedy in Indian cinema, they will end up cherishing this comedy masterclass even more.

 

That being said, what works in the favour of the film are also its outstanding performances and the heartfelt message that it carries. Indeed, as the story progresses, you'll feel that every character is a hero in it, and that'preciselyly where the movie detives its strengths from.

 

 

41. THE FABELMANS (2022)

 

the fabelmans (2022)

 

Steven Spielberg's modern-day masterpiece, 'The Fabelmans', reinvigorates your love for cinema while telling a semi-autobiographical story that deserves to be seen on the big screen. This deeply personal and moving motion picture highlights what it truly means to follow one's heart, no matter how cumbersome the circumstances are. 

 

Actor Paul Dano truly raises the bar for himself by portraying a kind father with whom you empathize right from the beginning of this stirring drama. On the other hand, the inimitable Michelle Williams goes on to prove her versatility yet again and delivers a performance that is worthy of an Oscar nomination.

 

The duo is ably supported by Gabriel LaBelle and Seth Rogen in the story. Matter of fact, the character projection of the former is an intricate and praiseworthy representation of ardent movie fans across the globe who eat, drink and breathe cinema.

 

Heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, 'The Fabelmans' is Steven Spielberg's love letter to his eternal passion for filmmaking. It is, also, a wonderfully crafted family drama at heart.

 

 

42. THE GOONIES (1985)

 

the goonies (1985)

 

Presented by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner, 'The Goonies' tells the story of a group of misfits who stumble upon an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a pirate's long-lost treasure.

 

This classic 80s children's flick turned out to be a family favourite soon after having hit the screens. Even today, hundreds of people consider this to be their favourite childhood film of all time.

 

Thriving on its exciting plot and admirable performances, the film provides fun to its younger audience who must have been to the cinemas with their parents when the film was released. Needless to say, it is enjoyable and has its charm. 

 

 

43. WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)

 

WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)

 

People often claim that true love lasts a lifetime, and the love that ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ has continued to receive over the years bears testimony to this statement.

 

Although the film pledged to bring the story of a dignified Charlie Bucket to life, it was the story of several kids who come from a modest background and dare to dream big.

 

The screenplay of this film not only teaches families to embrace life as it comes but also gives a much-needed message to be modest with success.

 

The beauty of this motion picture lies in the fact that it attempts to merge elements of cinematic entertainment with an underlying message; one that would continue to stand the test of time.

 

 

44. TANGLED (2010)

 

TANGLED (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Tangled
Release Year 2010
Watch time 100 min
Directors Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Cast Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman
Domestic Box office $200.82M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 71
Writers Dan Fogelman
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By Tim Mertens
Costume By Dan Cooper

 

Wrapped in gorgeous visuals and spot-on animation, ‘Tangled’ is supposedly a movie loved by families all over the world.

 

While the characters are incredibly deep and likable and the plot relatively predictable, the film does have its fair share of wit and drama that makes it connect almost instantly.

 

Needless to say, the scenery in the movie is fantastic and the brisk pace ensures that the romance does not come across as forced at any point.

 

In addition, the CGI is so good that it, sometimes, does not feel like CGI at all.

 

Although riding on its share of slapstick comedy, this animated feature has a heart too, and for the right reasons.

 

 

45. THE LEGO MOVIE (2014)

 

THE LEGO MOVIE (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Lego Movie
Release Year 2014
Watch time 100 min
Directors Christopher Miller, Phil Lord
Cast Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett
Domestic Box office $257.76M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 83
Writers Phil Lord
Music By Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography By Pablo Plaisted Barry Peterson
Costume By Grant Freckelton

 

A 3D animated movie based on the world of Legos, ‘The Lego Movie’ is arguably the best family-oriented movie of the year that it was released in.

 

While the kids have loved the film to the core, even the older crowd has been left astounded by its seamless CGI effects and chirpy execution.

 

Right from the start to its very end, the film throws a wide range of jokes to its viewers.

 

Also, the fact that voice-work is great for most of the parts and that the characters, environment, and vehicles in the movie are made from Lego pieces are each an advantage.

 

 

46. ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980)

 

ordinary people (1980)

 

Helmed by seasoned actor Robert Redford, 'Ordinary People' is an award-winning film that chronicles the journey of a family that sees its relationships strain following the death of their older son.

 

This sensitive family drama is set in suburban Chicago and is pretty much everything you expect a "broken" family genre film to be. While Redford's direction is brilliant, it is the outstanding performances of the cast that manage to bring the delicate story to life.

 

Better still, the film also serves as a psychological drama without trying to over-complicate things at hand. Indeed, 'Ordinary People' is touching, perceptive, and, sometimes, even tough to watch.

 

 

47. CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (2016)

 

captain fantastic (2016)

 

Written and directed by Matt Ross, 'Captain Fantastic' presents a nuanced commentary on modern society in a manner that's uniquely its own. Toplined by acclaimed screen performer Viggo Mortensen, it introduces us to a father who believes that he must raise his kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education.

 

Therefore, he takes his beloved family to the forests of the Pacific Northwest, where his thoughts on how to be a parent are put to the test. As the story progresses, we notice that the members of the family harbour the best intentions but not the same values.

 

That being said, it is imperative to mention that this motion picture may not make sense to each member of the audience. However, it certainly can be seen once to witness slightly different family dynamics in a unique setting.

 

 

48. WE'RE THE MILLERS (2013)

 

we're the millers (2013)

 

One of the finest full-length comedy films of the bygone decade, 'We're the Millers' thrives on its superb performances and outstanding comic liners.

 

The story follows a veteran pot dealer who creates a fake family to move a large shipment of weed from Mexico into the United States of America.

 

As the story progresses, we notice the fake family fetching us a ton of almost ceaseless laughs. While this film can also be called a stoner comedy, it most certainly goes beyond that distinction and serves as your perfect family-themed comedy.

 

The film banks heavily on its smart humour and star cast to pack a solid punch and is worth every minute you spend your time watching it.

 

 

49. ENCANTO (2021)

 

encanto (2021)

 

Disney does it once again by producing the wonderful animated family feature 'Encanto'. Released in 2021, it tells the story of a Colombian teenage girl who feels agitated because she is the only member of her family who is devoid of magical powers.

 

There are a lot of things that have worked in the film's favour. Not only does it have spectacular animation but it also compromises the best character designs for a Disney flick in recent times. Add to that the fact that its catchy soundtrack also helps in relating to its central protagonist and the drama encircling her.

 

If the aforementioned plus points were not enough, 'Encanto' does a fabulous job of transporting you to Columbia. Indeed, this enchanting motion picture can certainly be enjoyed with your family.

 

 

50. WRECK-IT RALPH (2012)

 

WRECK-IT RALPH (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Wreck-It Ralph
Release Year 2012
Watch time 101 min
Directors Rich Moore
Cast John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman
Domestic Box office $189.42M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 72
Writers Rich Moore
Music By Henry Jackman
Cinematography By Rob Dressel
Costume By Mike Gabriel

 

A blessing for those who love video games, this game-themed movie thrives on a bag full of humor and decent messages to convey those movies that revolve around video-game themes can be more than what they promise to be on the outside. ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ has been wonderfully created and its brilliant action pieces make it an amazing watch for families.

 

Thriving on decent direction, writing, voice-work, and visual design, this animated mainstream feature film is satisfying in more ways than one.

 

Add to that the fact that it also includes a popular song by pop-star Rihanna, which may or may not work for the viewers, depending on their personal taste.

 

 

51. FINDING NEVERLAND (2004)

 

FINDING NEVERLAND (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title Finding Neverland
Release Year 2004
Watch time 106 min
Directors Marc Forster
Cast Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell
Domestic Box office $51.68M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 67
Writers Allan Knee
Music By Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Cinematography By Roberto Schaefer
Costume By Gemma Jackson

 

Starring movie legends Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet in the lead roles, ‘Finding Neverland’ is as exciting as it is dramatic.

 

The story revolves around J. M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, and his voyage to writing the well-known play.

 

While the film highlights Barrie’s genius, it also attempts to convey that isolation can often result in great things for the mind.

 

This film is liked by families everywhere courtesy of its informative storyline, incredible performances, and a patient screenplay that doesn’t rush things to communicate what it needs to.

 

And oh, the kids in the movie are a lot of fun to watch and play their parts perfectly.

 

 

52. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988)

 

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988)

 

Entity Detail
Title Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Release Year 1988
Watch time 104 min
Directors Robert Zemeckis
Cast Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer
Domestic Box office $156.45M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 83
Writers Gary K. Wolf
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Dean Cundey
Costume By Roger Cain Elliot Scott

 

Essentially a fairy-tale that was marketed as a kid movie during the time of release, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ has consolidated its position as one of the most liked family movies over the years.

 

Banking on its inimitable concept and storytelling, the film awed family audiences across the globe during its time of release and after.

 

Even though the fanfare around this motion picture is slightly less today, it still stands as a remarkable multi-million-dollar project that was released by Disney.

 

Needless to say, this movie was a “game-changer” of sorts in the true sense of the word and that is no hyperbole.

 

 

53. DESPICABLE ME (2010)

 

DESPICABLE ME (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Despicable Me
Release Year 2010
Watch time 95 min
Directors Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Cast Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews
Domestic Box office $251.51M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 72
Writers Cinco Paul
Music By Heitor Pereira
Cinematography By Gregory Perler
Costume By Christelle Balcon

 

The plot of ‘Despicable Me’ revolves around an evil character named Gru: the main protagonist of this movie who devises an ambitious plan to steal the moon itself with the help of three adopted little girls.

 

As entertaining and mysterious as this movie is though, its strength lies in the message that it tries to convey – that anyone’s heart can be changed by love and that anyone who has the support of their loving family and go against all odds and try to deal with the complexities of life with grace.

 

No wonder then that Despicable Me has continued to be an admirable family film ever since its release.

 

 

54. STARDUST (2007)

 

STARDUST (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title Stardust
Release Year 2007
Watch time 127 min
Directors Matthew Vaughn
Cast Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen
Domestic Box office $38.63M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 66
Writers Jane Goldman
Music By Ilan Eshkeri
Cinematography By Ben Davis
Costume By Gavin Bocquet

 

Not all dreams come true but the bravest are the ones who indeed continue to dream.

 

Relying heavily on the important theme of overcoming one’s fears to shape our respective futures, ‘Stardust’ is a big-scale fantasy drama and carries the weight of comprising a strong strong cast.

 

It is a highly positive and slightly distinct screenplay that avoids stereotypes, misogyny, and religious agenda to turn into a motion picture that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

 

Add to that the fact that the action scenes are brilliant, and the comedy is spread throughout its runtime; both of which make it a joyous mainstream watch.

 

 

55. THE MUPPET MOVIE (1979)

 

THE MUPPET MOVIE (1979)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Muppet Movie
Release Year 1979
Watch time 95 min
Directors James Frawley
Cast Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt
Domestic Box office $76.66M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 74
Writers Jerry Juhl
Music By Kenny Ascher
Cinematography By Isidore Mankofsky
Costume By Joel Schiller

 

Even though ‘The Muppet Movie’ may not be entirely suitable for children under the age of five years, it still is an attractive watch for families who have kids aged six years or above.

 

The film, which has slightly frightening scenes, carries the message of friendship; all while giving due importance to the significance of adventures in the life of children.

 

It features beloved Muppet favorites including Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Beaker, Miss Piggy, and the Great Gonzo.

 

A fun journey likely to appeal to the families even today, The Muppet Movie aims to convey that one should not only follow their own dreams but help others achieve theirs if they can.

 

 

56. THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967)

 

THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Jungle Book
Release Year 1967
Watch time 78 min
Directors Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, Bruce Reitherman
Domestic Box office $141.84M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 65
Writers Larry Clemmons
Music By George Bruns
Cinematography By Tom Acosta
Costume By Bill Peet

 

Hailed as one of the best Disney animated features of the golden era, ‘The Jungle Book’ is a commendable on-screen adaptation of author Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name.

 

While following the basic structure of the book that tracked the adventures of Mowgli, the “man-cub” who was raised by wolves in the jungle, the film adds an even more dramatic angle, higher stakes, and better visual effects to connect to the family audiences worldwide.

 

The title, which respected the emotions and requirements of its viewers, has aged like fine wine.

 

This animated title is a trailblazer of sorts for its attempt to ascertain that on-screen adaptations can be just as innovative as its source material.

 

 

57. KUNG FU PANDA (2008)

 

KUNG FU PANDA (2008)

 

Entity Detail
Title Kung Fu Panda
Release Year 2008
Watch time 92 min
Directors Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Cast Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman
Domestic Box office $215.43M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 74
Writers Jonathan Aibel
Music By John Powell Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Yong Duk Jhun
Costume By Raymond Zibach

 

One of the best comedy animated movies any family could come across, 'Kung Fu Panda' is loaded with both action and intelligence to connect.

 

Communicating a message that asks one to believe in themselves no matter how hard the circumstances, the movie carries strong moral values and educational tone for the kids; something that has been well-appreciated by the adults as well.

 

In addition, its visual appeal and charming execution are a major plus point each. You can't help but fall in love with adorable panda Po who dreams of becoming one of the greatest warriors, only to wake up to the reality of serving noodle soup in his father's shop.

 

The touching screenplay is for people of all age groups and is certain to bring a lot of laugh and love to family viewers worldwide.

 

 

58. ROBIN HOOD (1973)

 

ROBIN HOOD (1973)

 

Entity Detail
Title Robin Hood
Release Year 1973
Watch time 83 min
Directors Wolfgang Reitherman, David Hand
Cast Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov
Domestic Box office $32.06M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 57
Writers Larry Clemmons
Music By George Bruns
Cinematography By Tom Acosta
Costume By Dan Alguire

 

The legend of Robin Hood has transcended generations and the Disney classic 'Robin Hood' tries its best to bring this legendary tale to life.

 

The animation here is praiseworthy and personal in the sense that it carries the old-school feel when animators used to draw the pictures themselves.

 

Not to mention that this was indeed an incredible on-screen adaptation of the Robin Hood story for the children.

 

Even adults have thoroughly relished watching this motion picture courtesy of its funny and romantic sub-themes and a touching but entertaining screenplay; each of which makes this a fun entertainer to watch.

 

That said, even though this movie could come across as a little corny, it does continue to hold its charm, which is why the families refuse to let go of this buried Disney treasure even today.

 

 

59. MULAN (1998)

 

MULAN (1998)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mulan
Release Year 1998
Watch time 88 min
Directors Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Cast Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer
Domestic Box office $120.62M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 71
Writers Robert D. San Souci
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Michael Kelly
Costume By Ric Sluiter

 

Boasting of a strong female lead and a highly effective villain, ‘Mulan’ has pleased family audiences worldwide with grace.

 

It is a lively mainstream feature that doesn’t have one boring moment in its screenplay. As light as this movie is, it is equally captivating for both the kids and families alike; especially for young girls who wish to watch a strong and intelligent female character saving the day.

 

The music here is nice, the animation is first-rate, the plot is character-driven, and the voice-work is superb, to say the least.

 

Mulan, overall, is lavishly made and that’s why it continues to work with family audiences globally.

 

 

60. HOME ALONE (1990)

 

HOME ALONE (1990)

 

Entity Detail
Title Home Alone
Release Year 1990
Watch time 103 min
Directors Chris Columbus
Cast Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard
Domestic Box office $285.76M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 63
Writers John Hughes
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Julio Macat
Costume By John Muto

 

Vacations are the best time for family members to come together and exhibit their affection towards each other.

 

However, sometimes, plans for holidays can go haywire. Nowhere was this better on display than in creator John Hughes’s ‘Home Alone’ series of Christmas comedy flicks.

 

A cult classic for the ages, the entertainer has got several hilarious cinematic moments to keep the whole family entertained.

 

This enormous box office success also exhibited the talent that a child artist like Macaulay Culkin who became an overnight star following the film’s release.

 

In addition, the comical burglar duo of Joe Pesci Daniel Stern only adds to the overall likeability factor of this motion picture.

 

 

61. MOANA (2016)

 

MOANA (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title Moana
Release Year 2016
Watch time 107 min
Directors Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams
Cast Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison
Domestic Box office $248.76M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 81
Writers Jared Bush
Music By Mark Mancina
Cinematography By Jeff Draheim
Costume By Elise Aliberti

 

Riding high on great characters, memorable music, and decent scares, ‘Moana’ is yet another animated feature that has managed to win over family audiences worldwide.

 

It is a good, old-fashioned Disney movie that follows a traditional narrative that is infused with high morals and attractive animation.

 

The screenplay has an effective awareness attached to it which is connecting enough but never overpowering or in the least bit gimmicky.

 

In addition, the colors in the movie are good and it has a heart, imagination, and creativity; each of which helps in making this family drama one for the ages and all age groups.

 

 

62. SECONDHAND LIONS (2003)

 

SECONDHAND LIONS (2003)

 

Entity Detail
Title Secondhand Lions
Release Year 2003
Watch time 109 min
Directors Tim McCanlies
Cast Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick
Domestic Box office $41.41M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 52
Writers Tim McCanlies
Music By Patrick Doyle
Cinematography By Jack N. Green
Costume By David J. Bomba

 

A coming-of-age story about a shy young boy who is sent to his uncles by his mother, ‘Secondhand Lions’ is a rather underrated family drama that has found its much-deserved place in this list.

 

The script, the direction, and the acting are all first-class, and the storytelling commands the attention of the viewers.

 

The flashback scenes are intentionally cartoonish, and the casting is just right. Add to that the fact that the characterization is top-notch and the emotions deep enough to connect with the rather mature family audiences worldwide.

 

Even though the adult members of the family might enjoy this motion picture more, it asks to be seen by pre-teens as well.

 

 

63. WONKA (2023)

 

wonka (2023)

 

The talented Timothée Chalamet steps into the shoes of Willy Wonka with ease in Paul King's 'Wonka'. In this consistent origin story, he's backed by an able supporting cast - playing a handful of delightful characters - and a vibrant production design that exudes a much-needed holiday vibe.

 

Indeed, it's easy to gauge that the film's greatest strength lies in the fact that it's a visual treat. Director King uses his whimsical style of filmmaking to the fullest and ends up creating an immersive big-screen experience for his target audience.

 

Needless to say, kids and family audiences will find this motion picture to be appealing. 

 

 

64. ICE AGE (2002)

 

ICE AGE (2002)

 

Entity Detail
Title Ice Age
Release Year 2002
Watch time 81 min
Directors Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
Cast Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Goran Visnjic
Domestic Box office $176.39M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 60
Writers Michael J. Wilson
Music By David Newman
Cinematography By John Carnochan
Costume By Maria Criscuolo

 

Banking on the state-of-the-art digital animation and the perfectly cast voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Leary (among others), ‘Ice Age’ is one of those family features that keep the elements that could startle the children rather sanitized, albeit with a touch of reality.

 

Carrying a strong political message about getting along with people who share the same space as you, this animated motion picture would, in fact, make for a decent viewing experience for leaders the world over.

 

Good use of colors, believable fantasyland of snow, and the facial expressions of its lead characters make this film a treat to watch.

 

 

65. WHALE RIDER (2002)

 

WHALE RIDER (2002)

 

The story of ‘Whale Rider’ runs high on pride and tradition and is a total surprise.

 

The screenplay is simple but very well told and features a fantastic performance by a child actor, Keisha Castle-Hughes.

 

This motion picture has been filmed wonderfully and acted convincingly and contains a depth that is applicable for all age groups.

 

Even though the plot also carries grim undertones that may not be suitable for kids very young, there is no overdose of violence that can hamper the viewing experience for the entire family.

 

Also, this brilliant movie is a lesson in cultural diversity and does not include preachy social or political slogans.

 

 

66. THE LAND BEFORE TIME (1989)

 

the land before time (1989)

 

As weird as it may be to imagine dinosaurs looking for their families, this ambitious Don Bluth directorial venture manages to bring the aforementioned idea to life.

 

Released in 1989, 'The Land Before Time' traces the journey of an orphaned brontosaurus who teams up with other young dinosaurs to reunite with their families.

 

This beautiful and poignant film is both easy to watch and like. Matter of fact, several kids credit it with introducing them to dinosaurs before Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park' terrorized audiences worldwide.

 

Not to forget that the touching story in the film is backed by James Horner's gorgeous soundtrack.

 

 

67. LUCA (2021)

 

luca (2021)

 

Written and directed by Enrico Casarosa, 'Luca' takes us to the Italian Riviera where a human being and a sea monster disguised as a human end up forming a strong bond.

 

A very simple yet effectively told tale, the film is paced with crowd-pleasing moments that perhaps manage to strike a chord with one and all present in the audience.

 

Thriving on its stunning animation, vibrant colours and beautiful Italian landscapes, this heart-warming movie introduces us to some well-defined and relatable characters that share amazing chemistry among themselves.

 

Add to that the fact that the voice acting here is dynamic and the gags genuinely humorous. 

 

 

68. THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH (1994)

 

THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH (1994)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Secret of Roan Inish
Release Year 1994
Watch time 103 min
Directors John Sayles
Cast Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally, Pat Slowey
Domestic Box office $6.10M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore ---
Writers Rosalie K. Fry
Music By Mason Daring
Cinematography By Haskell Wexler
Costume By Adrian Smith

 

‘The Secret of Roan Inish’ is not particularly made for the youngsters, but it is a great family film, nevertheless.

 

The fact that it is an intelligent film, carrying a vivid and beautiful plot makes it even more appropriate to be shown to the children as they come of age.

 

Families who have a thing for folklore would fancy this motion picture more than anyone else.

 

Not only that but the beautiful cinematography and believable performances by the entire cast make it a delightful experience; all while giving it immense repeat value.

 

The makers must be complimented for not succumbing to Hollywood norms and special effects to make this folk tale connect with the family audiences.

 

 

69. THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE (2023)

 

the super mario bros. movie (2023)

 

'The Super Mario Bros. Movie' was one of the biggest box office surprises of 2023. Based on Nintendo's Mario video game franchise, this adventure comedy film went on to amass over $1.36 billion at the worldwide box office.

 

In the story, we are introduced to a plumber named Mario who travels through an underground labyrinth with his beloved brother Luigi, in the hopes of saving an abducted princess.

 

Considered by its ardent fans to be a solid example of game-to-screen adaptation, this entertaining animated flick showcases the Mario Bros. saving the day once again.

 

Even though this movie is directed towards the fans of the Nintendo and Mario franchise, it can still be enjoyed in the presence of your family.

 

 

70. WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (2005)

 

WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Release Year 2005
Watch time 85 min
Directors Steve Box, Nick Park
Cast Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay
Domestic Box office $56.11M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 87
Writers Steve Box
Music By Julian Nott
Cinematography By Tristan Oliver
Costume By Phil Lewis

 

Witty and charming, ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’ is one of the most liked family movies of 2005.

 

While the animation no doubt is exemplary, it is not marred by too many digital effects that could make the scenes unnecessarily exaggerated.

 

The background score of the movie works fine, the characters are remarkably expressive, and their adventures are pure fun.

 

That said, there is a massive amount of detail that is added to the animation which requires more than one sitting to truly notice.

 

Upon its release, this neat feature film left the families asking for more and the right reasons.

 

 

71. SNOOPY COME HOME (1972)

 

SNOOPY COME HOME (1972)

 

Entity Detail
Title Snoopy Come Home
Release Year 1972
Watch time 81 min
Directors Bill Melendez
Cast Chad Webber, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, David Carey
Domestic Box office $0.19M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore ---
Writers Charles M. Schulz
Music By Don Ralke
Cinematography By Robert T. Gillis Chuck McCann
Costume By Jim Dickson

 

A fine mix of humor and pathos, ‘Snoopy Come Home' is as breezy an entertainer as they come.

 

A family film for the ages, this buddy movie carries a range of themes such as rejection by your loved ones and sadness of separation; each of which helps in making sure that the kids have a decent amount to learn from the movie.

 

Among the most special childhood specials, this motion picture continues to provide families all over with a bittersweet viewing experience.

 

As enjoyable as this film is, it is wacky, has great music, is wonderfully subtle and appropriate for all age groups.

 

 

72. PINOCCHIO (1940)

 

PINOCCHIO (1940)

 

Entity Detail
Title Pinocchio
Release Year 1940
Watch time 88 min
Directors Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen
Cast Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher
Domestic Box office $84.25M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 99
Writers Carlo Collodi
Music By Leigh Harline Paul J. Smith Frank Churchill
Cinematography By Ken Anderson
Costume By Edwin Aardal

 

Arguably one of the first mainstream movies produced on the famous fictional character, ‘Pinocchio’ is a fantasy-adventure drama that has been liked by families all over.

 

There are several morals in this movie for the children which makes it a decent film for the parents to watch with their kids.

 

The scenes are colorful, the adventures super adventurous, and the characters quite lively. Although it is darker in tone when compared to most Disney-animated features, Pinocchio thrives on its attractive animation and impressive special effects; both of which are aided by a notable use of the multiplane camera.

 

 

73. THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE (2000)

 

THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE (2000)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Emperor's New Groove
Release Year 2000
Watch time 78 min
Directors Mark Dindal
Cast David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton
Domestic Box office $89.30M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 70
Writers Chris Williams
Music By John Debney
Cinematography By Thomas Baker
Costume By Paul A. Felix

 

An animated movie designed for children, ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ is one that has been enjoyed by middle-aged people and families as well.

 

The dialogues here are adult-friendly but certainly without crudeness in any form. The plotline is interesting, offers unique turns, and is coupled with David Spade’s fabulous narration skills.

 

The humor in this film is sharp and works for all age groups. That said, the movie is a tale about betrayal, love, and friendship – three of the most important elements that help this motion picture become a worthy family drama.

 

The pace of this animated feature is good and the music is surprisingly decent.

 

 

74. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE (2018)

 

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title I Can Only Imagine
Release Year 2018
Watch time 110 min
Directors Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
Cast J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins
Domestic Box office $83.48M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 30
Writers Bart Millard
Music By Brent McCorkle
Cinematography By Kristopher Kimlin
Costume By Joseph T. Garrity

 

‘I Can Only Imagine’ is truly a one-of-a-kind family film and it shows in its inimitable style and execution.

 

The well-told story and critically acclaimed performances are coupled with noteworthy character development and a commentary on Christianity.

 

However, one does not really have to believe in a certain faith to comprehend its screenplay.

 

That said, what makes this motion picture a rather mature family feature film is the fact that it attempts to cast light on the power of forgiveness; something that this convoluted world is steadily forgetting.

 

Although some of the scenes could be tough to watch for kids, the film holds on to its light-heartedness and strong emotions to create an impact.

 

 

75. THE KARATE KID (1984)

 

THE KARATE KID (1984)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Karate Kid
Release Year 1984
Watch time 126 min
Directors John G. Avildsen
Cast Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove
Domestic Box office $90.82M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 60
Writers Robert Mark Kamen
Music By Bill Conti
Cinematography By James Crabe
Costume By William J. Cassidy

 

A classic underdog story of the 80s, ‘The Karate Kid’ is a multi-genre motion picture whose cult has only grown with time.

 

Inspired by the success of this franchise, a very successful tv series 'Kobra Kai' is now streaming on Netflix.

 

Telling the story of a martial arts master and a bullied teenager, the film subtly touches upon the relationship between a teacher and his student.

 

Having said that, what makes this film a cult family film for the ages is the message that it carries; one that expresses that we might form the strongest bonds with the unlikeliest of people.

 

In addition, this coming-of-age family film is as informative as it is engaging, courtesy of the implicit role that it played in helping alleviate many of the stereotypes associated with Asian people.

 

 

76. FINDING DORY (2016)

 

FINDING DORY (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title Finding Dory
Release Year 2016
Watch time 97 min
Directors Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Cast Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson
Domestic Box office $486.30M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 77
Writers Andrew Stanton
Music By Thomas Newman
Cinematography By Axel Geddes
Costume By Bert Berry Craig Foster Don Shank

 

The strength of ‘Finding Dory’ most certainly lies in its themes of family, friendship, teamwork, and perseverance.

 

Add to that the fact that the CGI is mesmerizing and the execution visibly emotional; both of which help in making this animated feature as admirable as its much-successful predecessor, ‘Finding Nemo.’ Not only did the film excel in giving the waters a realistic blue tone, but it also made the overall colors look far more striking.

 

The message of self-discovery and not giving up on both oneself and the people that you love reverberates throughout this movie, thus, making it one of the nicer family animated films to be experienced out there.

 

 

77. A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN (1969)

 

A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN (1969)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Boy Named Charlie Brown
Release Year 1969
Watch time 86 min
Directors Bill Melendez
Cast Peter Robbins, Pamelyn Ferdin, Glenn Gilger, Andy Pforsich
Domestic Box office $13.08M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore ---
Writers Charles M. Schulz
Music By Vince Guaraldi
Cinematography By Robert T. Gillis Chuck McCann
Costume By Wally Bulloch

 

Riding high on fair animation, fantastical sequences, and imaginative writing, ‘A Boy Named Charlie Brown’ is a nicely done animated family feature that manages to catch the spirit of the strip well.

 

The humorous screenplay and the effective display of original Peanuts characters, especially the central character named Charlie Brown, is a job well done.

 

Hailed as one of the best Peanuts movies by families, this film also has some “artsy-fartsy” moments that make it come across as unusual and delightful at the same time.

 

Oh, and the trippy montages only help it look better.

 

 

78. RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN (1977)

 

RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN (1977)

 

Entity Detail
Title Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown
Release Year 1977
Watch time 76 min
Directors Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Cast Duncan Watson, Greg Felton, Stuart Brotman, Gail Davis
Domestic Box office $3.22M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 55
Writers Charles M. Schulz
Music By Ed Bogas
Cinematography By Roger Donley Chuck McCann
Costume By James A. Corbett

 

‘Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown’ furthers the image developed by its predecessors. It is an enlightening family feature that has also, again, been called the best Peanuts film by many.

 

Slightly less static in comparison, this one is a great watch for families that are blessed with kids, courtesy of the characters that it comprises and its originality.

 

The songs are lively and are certain to make the entire family hum to their tunes.

 

The wonderful animation and adventurous spirit make this a highly entertaining full-length family picture to watch.

 

 

79. PETER PAN (1953)

 

PETER PAN (1953)

 

Entity Detail
Title Peter Pan
Release Year 1953
Watch time 77 min
Directors Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney
Cast Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson
Domestic Box office $87.40M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 76
Writers J.M. Barrie
Music By Oliver Wallace
Cinematography By Donald Halliday
Costume By Robert O. Cook

 

One of the most renowned animated feature movies of all time, ‘Peter Pan’ has developed a cult following among families over the years, and deservedly so.

 

Carrying one of the finest lead characters and Disney animated villains of all time, this motion picture promises a hilarious viewing experience for families across the globe.

 

The story has been told wonderfully and lucidly that one can’t help but fall in love with the characters.

 

That said, the story isn’t too deep or meaningful but there was no kid back in the day who didn’t wish to have adventures like our beloved protagonist, Peter.

 

 

80. CINDERELLA (1950)

 

CINDERELLA (1950)

 

Entity Detail
Title Cinderella
Release Year 1950
Watch time 74 min
Directors Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Cast Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton
Domestic Box office $85.00M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 85
Writers Charles Perrault
Music By Paul J. Smith Oliver Wallace
Cinematography By Donald Halliday
Costume By Bill Peet

 

One of the greatest fairy tales in the world, ‘Cinderella’ is one of those on-screen adaptations that remained faithful to its origins.

 

An amalgamation of fine animation and great voice talents, this animated feature film brought Cinderella’s story to life with great wit and charm.

 

The elegant French-period background and an enhanced stereo soundtrack helped better the overall quality of this movie.

 

While the characters, both noble and villainous, are interesting, the beauty of this movie truly comes to the surface as the melodrama allows the viewers to connect with its admirable titular character.

 

Overall, Walt Disney’s Cinderella is a remarkable family mainstream film that has continued to hold its ground even after half a century.

 

 

81. THE FOX AND THE HOUND (1981)

 

THE FOX AND THE HOUND (1981)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Fox and the Hound
Release Year 1981
Watch time 83 min
Directors Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Art Stevens, David Hand, Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson
Domestic Box office $63.46M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 65
Writers Daniel P. Mannix
Music By Buddy Baker
Cinematography By James Koford
Costume By Don A. Duckwall

 

One of the finest Disney family films of all time, ‘The Fox and the Hound’ thrives on its realism to connect with its viewers.

 

What makes the story of this feature come alive is the fact that it is not your usual good-against-evil-good-eventually-triumphs story, but it has, in fact, no specific villain or hero present.

 

The realistic characters also help the whole plot look even more real, and the songs have little orchestration and need good ears to be caught.

 

The story is distinct, quiet, and provocative and the families continue to accept this animated feature courtesy of its emotional touch and drama.

 

 

82. TARZAN (1999)

 

TARZAN (1999)

 

Entity Detail
Title Tarzan
Release Year 1999
Watch time 88 min
Directors Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
Cast Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close
Domestic Box office $171.09M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 79
Writers Tab Murphy
Music By Mark Mancina
Cinematography By Gregory Perler
Costume By Karenna Mazur Alderton

 

Based on the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs and the movies from the 1930s, ‘Tarzan’ follows the story of a baby boy who loses his parents, and is adopted by a clan of gorillas, who raise him up as their own.

 

Banking on a well-detailed animation and a poignant storyline, this film was among the final movies of the Disney Renaissance and instantly became a family favorite, courtesy of its amazing character development and action sequences.

 

Since the plot is familiar to most families worldwide, this has resulted in this motion picture being liked by both kids and adults alike.

 

 

83. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017)

 

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Lego Batman Movie
Release Year 2017
Watch time 104 min
Directors Chris McKay
Cast Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes
Domestic Box office $175.75M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 75
Writers Seth Grahame-Smith
Music By Lorne Balfe
Cinematography By David Burrows
Costume By Sandra Beerenbrock

 

‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ is a feel-good animated family feature film that makes both adults and kids laugh, thus, making it a fun way for the entire family to pass their time.

 

While the colors help the kids relate to this movie in a big way, the subtle punchlines make it more relatable to the adult audience.

 

This movie has decent action sequences, fine voice work, and takes apparent jibes at live-action Batman movies to leave an impact.

 

That said, what truly makes it a worthy successor to ‘The Lego Movie’ and an attractive family watch is the fact that it also carries a heartfelt message.

 

 

84. MEGAMIND (2010)

 

MEGAMIND (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Megamind
Release Year 2010
Watch time 95 min
Directors Tom McGrath
Cast Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey
Domestic Box office $148.42M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 63
Writers Alan Schoolcraft
Music By Lorne Balfe Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Mike Andrews
Costume By Timothy Lamb

 

Thriving on great punchlines and a solid story, ‘Megamind’ is a terrific family movie that comprises an astounding 3D animation and deep characters to connect.

 

However, the animation is only a part of the film’s appeal, and the dialogues and characterization are equally fantastic.

 

What gives this animated family feature film an edge is the fact that it has appropriate reasons to show why its cowardly characters act in a certain way.

 

While Will Ferrell’s Megamind truly steals the show, Brad Pitt’s small but memorable role as Metro Man is commendable.

 

In addition, the script is genuinely funny and unpretentious, to say the least.

 

 

85. KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011)

 

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011)

 

Entity Detail
Title Kung Fu Panda 2
Release Year 2011
Watch time 90 min
Directors Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Cast Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman
Domestic Box office $165.25M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 67
Writers Jonathan Aibel
Music By John Powell Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Damon O'Beirne
Costume By Raymond Zibach

 

Setting the bar high for sequels, ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ builds on its already adorable characters, constructs a plot that is larger than life, and digs deeper when it comes to its themes than its predecessor.

 

Since the story goes in flashbacks and sheds light on panda Po’s life, it has a good emotional quotient that justifies its characters, what they do, and how they feel.

 

The storyline works majorly with family audiences worldwide is because it is serious, amusing, and somber in equal measure.

 

The story from the first part continues in a fluid manner and has enough humor, spectacular animation, and an outstanding negative character, each of which connects in a big way.

 

 

86. SECRETARIAT (2010)

 

SECRETARIAT (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Secretariat
Release Year 2010
Watch time 123 min
Directors Randall Wallace
Cast Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis
Domestic Box office $59.71M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 61
Writers Mike Rich
Music By Nick Glennie-Smith
Cinematography By Dean Semler
Costume By Thomas E. Sanders

 

A well-made motion picture, ‘Secretariat’ is a commendable family film that can be relished by kids and adults alike, especially for families who would love to have horses for pets.

 

This film tells the inspiring true story of a determined woman who raises one of the most successful racehorses of all time.

 

Banking on a strong performance by Diane Lane, this motion picture uses no off-color language and has enough excitement to keep the entire family entertained.

 

Overall, this is a decent feel-good movie that blends sports and a whole lot of drama to leave an impact.

 

 

87. SHREK 2 (2004)

 

SHREK 2 (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title Shrek 2
Release Year 2004
Watch time 93 min
Directors Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
Cast Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews
Domestic Box office $436.47M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 75
Writers William Steig
Music By Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography By Mike Andrews Sim Evan-Jones
Costume By Steve Pilcher

 

One of the finest animated sequels ever produced, ‘Shrek 2’ commands a massive fan following among families worldwide.

 

Not only does this movie make you laugh right from the start till the very end, but it also relies on funny dialogues, lovely imagery, and loving characters to awe its viewers.

 

Shrek’s character carries the weight of this amazing, animated family feature and conveys the message of carrying the burden of those who depend on you with elan.

 

Not only that but this movie also has strong romantic chemistry between its two lead characters and can, in fact, be called better than its predecessor.

 

 

88. A BUG’S LIFE (1998)

 

A BUG’S LIFE (1998)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Bug's Life
Release Year 1998
Watch time 95 min
Directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
Cast Kevin Spacey, Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere
Domestic Box office $162.80M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 77
Writers John Lasseter
Music By Randy Newman
Cinematography By Sharon Calahan
Costume By William Cone

 

A family film with a heart, ‘A Bug’s Life’ might just come off as a kids’ movie on the surface, but it truly is smart enough to appeal to people of all age groups.

 

As technologically sound as this motion picture is, it is equally touching, funny, and dazzling with great usage of colors and fine character development in its cinematic arsenal.

 

Even though not as entertaining as the ‘Toy Story’ series, this family film is still full of zest and energy.

 

So, stepping into this rather fun-loving world of bugs is a gateway to great comedy aimed at pleasing its young viewers.

 

 

89. THE PARENT TRAP (1961)

 

THE PARENT TRAP (1961)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Parent Trap
Release Year 1961
Watch time 129 min
Directors David Swift
Cast Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charles Ruggles
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 73
Writers Erich Kästner
Music By Paul J. Smith
Cinematography By Lucien Ballard
Costume By Hal Gausman Emile Kuri

 

A feature film about teenage twin sisters who swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents, ‘The Parent Trap’ is a rather warm family comedy that is as reasonable as it is humorous.

 

The star cast is amazing and even though the story idea appears familiar, it is still amusing.

 

An ageless family film, this one is a light-hearted drama that is a must-see for both children and adults alike and is certain to take the entire family back in time.

 

The premise is original which makes the story even more lovable and easy to get into from the beginning.

 

 

90. TREASURE PLANET (2002)

 

TREASURE PLANET (2002)

 

Entity Detail
Title Treasure Planet
Release Year 2002
Watch time 95 min
Directors Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short, Roscoe Lee Browne
Domestic Box office $38.18M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 60
Writers Robert Louis Stevenson
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Rasoul Azadani
Costume By Frank Nissen Steven Olds

 

Tight in line with the classic swashbuckling children’s tale, “Treasure Island”, this motion picture is one visually stunning animated family feature film to come out of the powerhouse Disney animation industry.

 

What makes ‘Treasure Planet’ work is the fact that it stays faithful to its source material and banks on breathtaking color and beauty to amuse families and kids worldwide.

 

It is a fine adventure drama with moments of joy and pathos infused thoroughly in its screenplay.

 

In addition, it is interesting to catch a science-fiction twist on a pirate classic such as this.

 

This movie captures the spirit of Disney, and the soundtrack fits the storytelling well.

 

 

91. CARS (2006)

 

CARS (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title Cars
Release Year 2006
Watch time 117 min
Directors John Lasseter, Joe Ranft
Cast Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy
Domestic Box office $244.08M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 73
Writers John Lasseter
Music By Randy Newman
Cinematography By Jean-Claude Kalache
Costume By William Cone Bob Pauley

 

Director John Lasseter’s strong attention to detail ensures that every car and truck in this animated family motion picture becomes a unique character.

 

The story here contains such a nice theme that even the families and kids who don’t particularly fancy racing would be thoroughly entertained by ‘Cars.’ The animation here is so good that it brings the imagination of the makers to life with utmost charm.

 

Add to that the fact that the story and each of the characters have been developed with care and implanted with subtle nudges and winks to keep the family audiences happy and engaged.

 

 

92. BRAVE (2012)

 

BRAVE (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Brave
Release Year 2012
Watch time 93 min
Directors Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Cast Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters
Domestic Box office $237.28M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 69
Writers Brenda Chapman
Music By Patrick Doyle
Cinematography By Nicholas C. Smith
Costume By Paul Cichocki

 

Encompassing attractive environments and character designs, ‘Brave’ is a brave mixture for classic Disney and classic Pixar fans.

 

Relatively underrated when compared to other Pixar movies, it thrives on decent animation and good music to make an impact.

 

Even though the story is lucid, the imagery helps it appear vivid for the purpose of pleasing kids and a chunk of family audiences worldwide.

 

Besides showcasing the importance of physical bravery, this family animation feature also talks a lot about facing one’s own misgivings and standing up for what one considers to be right, no matter what.

 

The storyline might be predictable but it is still a fair family movie to sit through.

 

 

93. SOUL SURFER (2011)

 

SOUL SURFER (2011)

 

Entity Detail
Title Soul Surfer
Release Year 2011
Watch time 112 min
Directors Sean McNamara
Cast AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood
Domestic Box office $43.85M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 53
Writers Sean McNamara
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By John R. Leonetti
Costume By Rusty Smith

 

CGI sharks have been shown in a much better way in many shark movies, but ‘Soul Surfer’ doesn’t just back on its sharks to be a part of this list.

 

Worth your time and money, this motion picture rides high on its eye-catchy cinematography and well-done surf sequences to provide a tinge of thrill to the family audiences worldwide.

 

Even though its potential target are teenage girls who dare to take the leap in their lives despite all odds, it still can turn into a wholesome viewing experience for the entire family.

 

Also, this one is very uplifting from the start to the end and can even leave you in tears.

 

 

94. THE PEANUTS MOVIE (2015)

 

THE PEANUTS MOVIE (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Peanuts Movie
Release Year 2015
Watch time 88 min
Directors Steve Martino
Cast Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Francesca Capaldi
Domestic Box office $130.18M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 67
Writers Craig Schulz
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By Renato Falcão
Costume By Nash Dunnigan

 

A sweet family-friendly animated feature film, ‘The Peanuts Movie’ offers a range of positive messages about feelings and growing up to its viewers.

 

This motion picture, which talks a lot about the significance of being yourself and never giving up, is primarily like a host of episodes, rather than one cohesive plot.

 

There’s enough dancing and singing to keep the younger kids in the family engrossed. The victorious climax and characters like Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and state-of-the-art 3D animation help this animated feature hold on to its simplicity and sweetness throughout its runtime, all while managing to convey that every underdog has its day.

 

 

95. RIO (2011)

 

RIO (2011)

 

Entity Detail
Title Rio
Release Year 2011
Watch time 96 min
Directors Carlos Saldanha
Cast Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Karen Disher
Domestic Box office $143.62M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 63
Writers Carlos Saldanha
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Renato Falcão
Costume By Thomas Cardone

 

Rich in colors, ‘Rio’ is one animated family feature film that is predictable but fun to watch, courtesy of its animation quality and vibrant scenic shots.

 

The music here is a lot of fun and the screenplay hauls some humorous sequences, especially in the latter half.

 

The action scenes in this motion picture have some great aerial views to add to their beauty, and the locations of Rio are a delight to watch.

 

Having said that, this family film is also a portrayal of animal trafficking, which has been a centuries-old problem in Brazil.

 

That said, this movie is about birds so there’s a lot of flying; something that is certain to bring a smile to the faces of its family audiences.

 

 

96. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (2005)

 

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Release Year 2005
Watch time 143 min
Directors Andrew Adamson
Cast Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes
Domestic Box office $291.71M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 75
Writers Ann Peacock
Music By Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography By Donald McAlpine
Costume By Roger Ford

 

Banking on terrific performances by the entire cast, this motion picture tells the magical tale of four kids who travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their ultimate destiny.

 

Narnia is under the control of a white witch and cursed to remain cold terrifying the living of the land. There's a prophecy that two sons of adam and two daughters of eve will end the reign of the white witch and restore the magical land.

 

This film has cemented its place in the hearts of many family audiences globally and credit must be given to its splendid look, snowy sets, and the spirited enactments of the children; each of which has helped it turn into a massive hit among its ardent fans.

 

The music and the direction in the first on-screen adaptation of C. S. Lewis’s children’s epic fantasy series are commendable, to say the least.

 

 

97. MY FATHER AND MY SON (2005)

 

my father and my son (2005)

 

Written and directed by Çagan Irmak, 'My Father and My Son' is arguably the best Turkish full-length family-themed feature that one can hope to come across. It traces the journey of a left-wing journalist and his family that is torn apart following the military coup in Turkey in 1980.

 

The beauty of this motion picture lies in the fact that one doesn't need to be familiar with Turkish history to understand its story. It thrives on its brilliant performances and outstanding storytelling.

 

The confrontation and reconciliation events have been filmed brilliantly and a countryside setting only makes the drama come off as even more effective. So, if you're someone who has yet to explore Turkish cinema, 'My Father and My Son' will be the right project to start with.

 

 

98. RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (2021)

 

raya and the last dragon (2021)

 

In 2021's 'Raya and the Last Dragon', we are introduced to a warrior named Raya who is more than determined to fight a dragon in a realm known as Kumandra, which is inhabited by ancient civilization.

 

While there is certainly a serious undercurrent that runs throughout its storytelling, one has to confess that the story does come across as a tad familiar. The fantastical story, which is a little stiff, is also populated by the trademark Disney sidekicks and humour. 

 

That said, the culture-rich art direction and the able vocal performances are enough to make you think a little less about the formulaic plot. Indeed, they merit a family outing.

 

 

99. ELEMENTAL (2023)

 

elemental (2023)

 

In Peter Sohn's 'Elemental', we are introduced to Ember and Wade, in a city where fire, water, air, and earth residents seem to be living together.

 

First things first, this animated movie doesn't give you a lot of room to read into it, as is the case with most animated flicks. Its purpose is to bank on its quirky characters to entertain, and it manages to do that rather well.

 

That said, the surprise element in this one is its romantic undertone. While it is not as great as other animated flicks produced by Pixar over the years, it still has enough to sustain your interest. 

 

 

100. LEO (2023)

 

leo (2023)

 

Streaming on Netflix, 'Leo' tells the story of its titular 74-year-old lizard and his turtle pal who decide to escape from the terrarium of a Florida school where they have been residing for years.

 

Adam Sandler voices the main protagonist and does full justice to his portrayal. Indeed, having him involved with this project was one of the better creative decisions by its makers.

 

Complementing Sandler's vocal performance is the many jokes. Surely, everything comes together very well for this animated feature which is as colourful as it is entertaining. Needless to say, it can and should be seen with your family without fail.

 

 

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