There is nothing worse, than sitting down to watch a movie together and end up needing to:
Plug their ears
Cover their eyes
Or even turn it off
So today I am sharing a list of our family’s favorite movies to watch together, that we’re sure you will love too.
Just a few notes before we get started:
This list only includes movies with G and PG ratings. For the most part, they avoid bad language and other inappropriate content. That being said, rating standards have changed over time so be sure to pre-screen the movies to make sure you are comfortable with the content.
As a general rule of thumb, I am pretty particular when it comes to what I consider to be appropriate for kids to watch. Same goes for movies I show in my classroom. However, my guidelines and world-view may not align with yours. Ultimately, you are in charge of your family and the types of media they are exposed to. Please be sure to use your own judgement to decide if these movies are appropriate for your family.
We are going to start with the best movies that are appropriate for all audiences.
From new releases to classics, this list includes movies that kids and grown ups will love.
You'll notice that at this rating level, many of the movies are animated. I have done my best to include as many live-action movies as I could find, but they are few and far between (there are many more in the PG rated movies in the next section)
This is a cleaned up, kid-friendly version of the popular 80's film by the same name. The classic antics of four kids, rival babysitters and a pressing curfew make this movie even better than the original.
One of the best animated family films that has been grossly under-rated. Yes, there is some minor peril, but there is also the story of love and a wonderful inclusion of Native American culture. Your entire family will love this beautiful story and heartfelt message.
If your kiddos are entertained by text book "kids take over and rule the world" comedy, then they will love this. While silly and comical this movie is also full of the idea that family is important and so is the need to be responsible.
Follow the story of Goofy and Max on their father-son fishing trip that leads to all sorts of antics. With a great soundtrack and plenty of relatable humor this is a perfect movie that even tweens can enjoy.
Seven-year-old Emily is adjusting to life in a new city when she discovers a lost bear cub in the woods near her home. When her dad finds out what she’s hiding, he insists on alerting the proper authorities - until it appears they may not have the bear’s best intentions in mind. Together the family works to protect this beautiful creature.
A throwback to the 90s, Babe is the story of a pig on a farm who wants nothing more than to herd like a sheepdog. Watch him overcome every obstacle thrown his way and stop at nothing to see his dream come true.
This is the story of Remy, the rat who refuses to eat garbage an only wants the finest cuisine. He ends up helping soux chef "Linguini" create some amazing dishes to help put their restaurant back on the map.
Full of funny antics and sarcasm that will keep grown ups laughing as much as the kids. The Emperor's New Groove is the story of Kuzco the emperor who accidentally gets turned into a llama. Your entire family will crack up as you watch the adventure unfold while he tries to get his kingdom back.
A fun and colorful tale that takes place in Brazil. Given the setting of the movie, there are some tight clothes and mildly rude words used, so parents will need to decide if this is a good fit for their family.
A monster movie that isn't actually scary (except for maybe the most sensitive kids). The premise is that monster's need to collect screams in order to fuel their world and that's why the visit kids at night.
A wholesome sequel to the 1974 original in which, Billy returns home from WWII to the home of his grandfather and some puppies. Sure to become a family classic that leads to discussions about life, death, loving animals and human relationship.
Widowed clown-fish dad Marlin's worst fears are realized when his son Nemo is collected by a team of marine biologist and taken to an aquarium. Follow the story of Marlin as he searches for his son with help from Dory, another fish with short term memory loss.
With an all-star cast of comedians, this feel-good movie tells the tale of a dad who goes on a troop trip to spend some much needed time with his teen daughter. Watch how they pull together as everything that can go wrong, does.
Homeward Bound is the story of three domesticated family pets who end up lost in the California wilderness and face a treacherous journey home. This is a feel-good movie that will have you laughing, crying, and celebrating the family’s joyful reunion at the end.
What happens when our toys are left alone? If Toy Story is an accurate portrayal, they take on a life of their own. Watch as Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang get into all sorts of hijinks while competing for Andy’s affection.
A lonely robot, WALL-E, spends his days cleaning up the planet’s waste. When he meets EVE, he finds companionship and adventure as he heads out on a new mission.
Best for ages 5+
See! Just look how many G-Rated, family movies there are.
In the next section we will be sharing our favorite PG rated movies.
To be honest, I was surprised at how many movies that I thought were G rated are actually PG. So again, please use your own judgement, but I am sure some of your favorites from when you were a kid are on this list (and look, you turned out just fine!) 😉
The Best PG Family Movies
This list is full of family classics that the entire family will love (many of which you probably already do).
I also tried to include some that you've never heard of before.
I hope that your family enjoys these as much as mine has.
This is our family's new favorite movie. The kids keep begging to watch it over and over again...and planning their own Yes Day! Starring Jennifer Garner, just like the pick above. A truly good, clean family movie that the entire family will love.
Onward is a tale of two teenage brothers who set out on a journey to spend one more day with their late father. This is a gripping story full of magic and excitement that opens the door to conversations about love, loss, and the importance of family.
A poignant story of the unbreakable bond between man and his best friend, A Dog’s Purpose is about a dog that is reincarnated many times over five generations and how he makes a difference in the lives of those he befriends.
A 2020 remake of earlier films, Dolittle is a tale set in 19th-century England about a doctor who lives in solitude - well, except for his animal friends. When Queen Victoria becomes very ill, Dr. Dolittle and his furry companions set out on a quest to a mythical island to find the cure and save her.
Released in 2020 this family-friendly movie stars Rober DeNiro as a grandpa who moves in with his family and is sharing a bedroom with his grandson. Unhappy with this arrangement his grandson plans a series of pranks to convince his grandpa to move out.
Based on the true account of a family in Texas, Miracles From Heaven tells the story of a very sick little girl who made a miraculous turnaround after a terrible fall from a tree. An all-star cast including Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, and Queen Latifah brings to life this poignant story.
Hiccup, a misfit and son of the chief, is a Norse teenager living on the island of Berk. Raised to fight dragons, he befriends one and is determined to prove to his family and friends that there’s a different way to live.
First told in the book written by R.J. Palacio, Wonder is the inspiring true story of Auggie Pullman. Auggie was born with a medical condition that caused a facial deformity. Wonder is about Auggie overcoming the challenge of looking different and proving to everyone around him that you don’t judge a book by its cover.
Riley, age 11, is dealing with some big emotions when her family moves to a new city. Watch her feelings come to life in cartoon form as she works through this big life change. This movie is adorable and is a great tool for teaching kids social-emotional awareness.
A gentle giant, Ferdinand is a bull in rural Spain who was adopted by a girl that lives on a farm. His past catches up to him when he’s captured and set to face off against famous bullfighter, El Primero. Ferdinand, with the help of his furry friends, sets out on a quest to break free and find his way home.
Celebrating Mexican culture, Coco tells the story of a boy who wants nothing more than to play music just like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. In order to do so, he’ll have to defy his family’s wishes and dig deep to learn why music is forbidden. Coco is a story of love, hope, redemption, and a boy chasing his dream.
How to Eat Fried Worms is a movie based on the book of the same name, written by Thomas Rockwell in 1973. The story centers around an 11-year-old boy who is having a rough first day at his new school after encountering a bully. This movie is a wholesome treat for tweens.
A modern Rapunzel retelling, Tangled is witty, fun, and enjoyable for the whole family. Rapunzel escapes her tall tower and sets out on a journey to see the lights that have captivated her for as long as she can remember. Helped along the way by a crook on the run, she finds love and family in the most unexpected of places.
Watch the hilarious antics this trio of singing rodents pull as they strive to make it big. Turns out fame and fortune aren’t quite what they expected. Alvin and the Chipmunks is a cute comedy based on the cartoon of the same name.
Shrek is the odd, if not endearing, story of two ogres who meet, fall in love, and have their happily ever after. It’s a bit of a twist on the classic fairy tale, but entertaining with a bit of nostalgic appeal for parents who grew up in the 90s.
This is an animated comedy about a prehistoric family who gather food by day and huddle together in a cave by night. Then Guy comes along and he’s more evolved. Grug, the patriarch of the family, doesn’t trust him at first, but it becomes clear that they need to if they’re to survive the coming destruction of their home. They set out on a journey together to put down roots in a better, safer place.
Annie is a classic 80s film about a little orphan girl who wants nothing more than to get away from the evil Ms. Hannigan and find her parents. Despite the many obstacles she faces, Annie is an encouragement to everyone around her.
Based on the classic children’s book, Paddington is a 2014 film about a beloved bear who tries out life in the city after his home in the Peruvian rainforest is destroyed by an earthquake. Paddington 2 is great too!
Zootopia is an adorable animated movie promoting both teamwork and tolerance. In a busy animal metropolis, Judy Hopps becomes the first ever bunny to join the police force. Wanting to be taken seriously, she pairs up with the unlikeliest of companions - Nick Wilde, a cunning fox. Together, Judy and Nick solve the mystery of animals going missing and take down corrupt government officials.
Max and Duke, doggy duo, accidentally end up in a truck headed for the pound. Saved by Snowball, a ferocious rabbit, the pair get wrangled into joining a group of abandoned pets on a mission to pay back the humans who did them wrong. Watch as Max and Duke work to find their way back home.
Count Dracula invites monsters to his lavish resort to “get away from it all”. He hosts a grand celebration in honor of his daughter’s birthday. A human shows up at the party and he and Mavis unwittingly fall in love, much to Count Dracula’s dismay. This is a movie the whole family can enjoy together.
Best for ages 7+
There you have it! Over 50 movies to watch on Amazon Prime with your family.
Hi, I'm Lauren Tingley; a working, teacher-mom of two who tried to "do it all" and ended up losing myself in the process. Determined to find joy in modern motherhood I discovered simplifying was the answer. Now I share tips for fun family activities, minimalist homemaking and simple parenting advice on Simply Well Balanced for families looking to create more balance in their homes. My ideas and advice has been shared by Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Women's First.Read more about me! Or follow me on Pinterest or Instagram
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