Are you planning to hold a kid-friendly family movie night? Then we are your ultimate guide! From the classics such as “Mary Poppins” and “Annie” to the newer films like “The Boss Baby” and Moana, here are 20 films for your little film buffs:
1. Finding Nemo (2003)
“Finding Nemo” is a heartwarming film that follows a clownfish named Marlin and a regal tang named Dory as they try to find Nemo, Marlin’s son. The original film was followed by a sequel, “Finding Dory”(2016).
2. Charlotte’s Web (2006)
Entertainment your children with this fascinating tale of a pig, a spider, and a really funny rat.
3. The Sound of Music (1965)
This movie is where we first learn our Do-Re-Mi. Based on the memoir “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria von Trapp, the film is about a young Austrian woman studying to become a nun in Salzburg in 1938 who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children.
4. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
“The Wizard of Oz” is a fantasy tale that follows Dorothy Gale as she befriends a scarecrow, a cowardly lion, and a tin man.
5. The Lion King (1994)
“The Lion King” is a Disney classic. We bet your kids won’t stop singing “Hakuna Matata” after they watch this.
6. Mary Poppins (1964)
Hands down, “Mary Poppins” is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
7. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
The late Robin Williams was a great actor and one of his most iconic roles is Mrs. Doubtfire. Funny and heartwarming, “Mrs. Doubtfire” is a must-watch for all kids (and parents)!
8. The Sword In The Stone (1963)
Go on a magical journey with “The Sword In The Stone”! It is also the 18th Disney animated feature film and was the final Disney animated film to be released before Walt Disney’s death.
9. Annie (1982)
Based on “Little Orphan Annie”, a 20s comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” tells the story of an orphan girl from New York City who is taken in by America’s richest billionaire Oliver Warbucks. While there are other adaptions of “Annie”, we personally love this one the most!
10. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Starring the late Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” is an American musical fantasy film that tells the story of Charlie Bucket as he receives a Golden Ticket and visit the chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.
11. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
“Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind.”
“Lilo & Stich” is a timeless tale about friendship and family, and it will leave you and your kids (mostly you though) crying buckets when Lilo shows her adoption papers to the Grand Councilwoman.
12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
This Hayao Miyazaki-directed film is gorgeous, fascinating, and simply irresistible. “Howl’s Moving Castle” tells the story of a young hatter named Sophie after she is turned into an old woman by a witch’s curse. She encounters a wizard named Howl, and gets caught up in his resistance to fighting for the king.
13. The Boss Baby (2016)
Alec Baldwin is “The Boss Baby”! This film is loosely based on the 2010 picture book of the same name written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. The plot follows a baby who is a secret agent in the war between babies and puppies.
14. Moana (2016)
This musical animated film tells the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. By the end of the film, your kids will be screaming, “I am Moana!”
15. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
This Steven Spielberg-directed movie is a timeless story about friendship. Considered as one of the greatest films ever made, it was even selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
16. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Based on the novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford, “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” is a remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey. Filled with adventure, your kids will absolutely love this doggy movie!
17. Toy Story (1995)
Follow Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and friends as they discover the world outside of their owner Andy’s room for the first time. Also, did you know that “Toy Story” was the first feature-length computer-animated film and the first feature film produced by Pixar.
18. Spirited Away (2002)
“Spirited Away” is another one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most significant animated works and it is on the British Film Institute’s list of “Top fifty films for children up to the age of 14”. In not so many words, the film follows the adventures of a 10-year-old girl named Chihiro as she enters a magical world of spirits.
19. Shrek (2001)
Cased on William Steig’s 1990 fairy tale picture book of the same name, this beloved animated movie stars Shrek – a green ogre who rescues and falls in love with Princess Fiona. It also features a really funny talking donkey!
20. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
“Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” is a science fiction comedy that tells the story of an inventor who accidentally shrinks his and his neighbor’s kids to a quarter of an inch with his shrinking machine. The worst part is, he accidentally threw them out with the trash!