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76 Classic Family Movies Everyone Will Enjoy

Grab the popcorn and get to watching! These classic family movies will bring the whole family together.

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These classic family movies are sure to be a hit

We’ve all been there: The family sits down to watch a movie, but nobody can seem to agree on which one. The kids want one of the best comedy movies, Mom is in the mood for a rom-com, Dad is looking for some drama, and your film-buff uncle is lobbying for one of the best movies from the past 100 years. Luckily, we’ve come up with a list of films that have something for the whole family, including comedy, adventure, fantasy, and romance. So here are 76 of the best family movies around—a mix of big-time award winners, all-time classics, and some of our own family-friendly favorites. Pass the popcorn and let the on-screen adventures begin!

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The Goonies

Released: 1985

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Goonies never say die!”

The Goonies follows a group of friends who hunt for a pirate’s long-lost treasure. They come across a number of obstacles along the way, including a family of criminals, a gentle giant, and a series of traps that put them to the test. This movie is filled with adventure, comedy, and coming-of-age lessons that everyone in the family will enjoy.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Released: 1982

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “E.T. phone home.”

What would you do if you found an alien hiding in your house? E.T. is a classic ’80s movie by Steven Spielberg that tells the story of a stranded alien trying to find his way back home with the help of a young boy named Elliot.  Kids, teens, and adults alike will enjoy this classic movie that’s been a long-time family favorite.

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Jurassic Park

Released: 1993

Rated: PG-13

Memorable Quote: “Welcome to Jurassic Park.”

Another Spielberg blockbuster, Jurassic Park centers around two paleontologists and a mathematician who come to an island theme park filled with cloned dinosaurs. Though things seem safe at first, that all changes when the dinosaurs break free. Filled with action and adventure for the entire family, Jurassic Park is a thriller film that’ll be a staple in your family movie night lineup. ’90s kids will love the childhood throwback.

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The Sandlot

Released: 1993

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “You’re killing me, Smalls!”

The Sandlot takes place in the summer of 1962 and follows a group of young friends who spend their days playing baseball and getting into shenanigans—including a hunt to retrieve a lost baseball signed by Babe Ruth. This movie is perfect for sports fans and funny family movie fans alike.

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Home Alone

Released: 1990

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Keep the change, ya filthy animal.”

The McCallister family accidentally leaves son Kevin behind as they embark on a trip to Paris, and Kevin doesn’t mind at first. Soon, though, he has to protect his home from two bumbling robbers. Kevin does all he can to stop the bad guys in their tracks—but will that be good enough? This bona fide classic also doubles as a great Christmas movie for kids.

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The Sound of Music

Released: 1965

Rated: G

Memorable Quote: “The hills are alive with the sound of music.”

This classic feel-good movie musical is definitely one for your must-watch list. The Sound of Music tells the story of a woman named Maria who leaves a convent in Austria to look over a widowed naval officer’s brood of seven children. Maria brings more than just guidance into the von Trapp family’s home; she also brings laughter, love, and of course, music.

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Encanto

Released: 2021

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “The miracle is not some magic that you’ve got; the miracle is you.”

There’s a reason there’s so much buzz around Encanto: Disney’s latest film is an instant family classic. Follow the story of Mirabel, a Colombian girl born into a magical family who’s on a mission to save them, even if she doesn’t have magical powers of her own. Kids and adults will love the beautiful animation and the incredibly catchy soundtrack. The music is truly superb—one of its songs, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” even reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 2022.

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The Parent Trap

Released: 1998

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “We’re like twins!”

This classic Disney movie is a remake of the 1961 version and is perfect for movie night. It stars Lindsay Lohan as twins Annie and Hallie, who, until they end up at the same summer camp, had no idea the other existed. So they decide to switch lives to spend time with the parent they never met, leading to some pretty sticky situations—and some pretty heartwarming moments of sisterhood too.

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A League of Their Own

Released: 1992

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “There’s no crying in baseball!”

A League of Their Own is one of the best family movies from the 1990s, with some iconic movie quotes and a star-studded cast. Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna are just a few names you’ll see in the credits of this film, which follows the story of a Midwestern all-female baseball league during World War II.

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Cheaper by the Dozen

Released: 2003

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Twelve is still our number. It’s the number of months my book was on the best-seller list. It’s the number of job offers Tom turned down before we found one close to home. And each day it’s the number of times I’m thankful there’s such a thing as family.”

This remake of a 1950 film is hilarious and heartwarming. Cheaper by the Dozen stars Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt as parents who try to manage life with 12 children. Needless to say, things get chaotic quickly—and your family will enjoy watching Martin try to manage it all.

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The Wizard of Oz

Released: 1939

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “There’s no place like home.”

The Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic for the whole family to enjoy, even if you’ve seen it dozens of times. It’s a movie from your childhood that your kids will love! This fantasy film follows Dorothy, a young girl who is whisked away from her Kansas farmhouse to the wonderful land of Oz. She sets out on a mission to find the Wizard, who she believes will help her get back home, in the company of some unusual and devoted friends.

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Field of Dreams

Released: 1989

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “If you build it, he will come.”

This is another movie to add to the must-watch list if your family is full of baseball fans. Field of Dreams tells the story of an Iowa farmer named Ray, who hears a mysterious message whispered through the cornstalks. In response, creates a baseball diamond on his land. The new ball field brings out the ghosts of baseball legends, but Ray soon learns that his field of dreams about more than just baseball.

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Hook

Released: 1991

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “I do believe in fairies! I do! I do!”

If you’re a fan of Peter Pan, you’ll appreciate Hook. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it stars Robin Williams as an adult Peter Pan, who must return to Neverland to face his old enemy, Captain Hook, after Hook kidnaps his children.

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The Karate Kid

Released: 1984

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Wax on, wax off.”

The Karate Kid is easily one of the best family movies, showing how hard work, guidance, and believing in yourself can change everything. Ralph Macchio plays Daniel, a bullied teenager whose luck soon changes when Mr. Miyagi, a repairman who’s also a martial arts master, agrees to teach him karate.

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Released: 1989

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “I shrunk the kids.”

This family-friendly movie proves that science can be incredible, a bit scary, and even funny at times. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a story about a scientist who invents a device that accidentally shrinks his own and a couple of neighborhood kids, who must then navigate massive hurdles as microscopic beings while the scientist scrambles to find a way to get them back to normal size.

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The Princess Bride

Released: 1987

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Don’t let that memorable quote fool you. The Princess Bride is a movie the entire family will enjoy. Based on William Goldman’s 1973 classic novel of the same name—a classic book you shouldn’t miss—the film follows Buttercup, a young woman devastated by the belief that her true love was killed by pirates. She’s forced to marry a prince she doesn’t love, but her world is turned upside down when she’s kidnapped by three men—and rescued by a mysterious masked man who has his own motives for finding her.

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13 Going on 30

Released: 2004

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “I wanna be 30. Thirty and flirty and thriving.”

While celebrating her 13th birthday, Jenna Rink wishes she could just grow up and be 30. But Jenna should be careful what she wishes for: When she wakes up as a 30-year-old version of herself, she realizes that adult life might not be as glamorous as she expected. Filled with romance, humor, and life lessons, 13 Going on 30 is sure to become a family favorite in no time. Get Mom in on the movie marathon with some of these mom movies.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 

Released: 1971

Rated: G

Memorable Quote: “Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.”

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has been a favorite family film for decades, and it’s no wonder it’s considered one of the best. It tells the story of a poor boy who’s one of five lucky children who win the chance to tour the chocolate factory of an eccentric candy maker. While there, they soon learn they face consequences if they give in to temptation.

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The NeverEnding Story

Released: 1984

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Every real story is a never-ending story.”

The NeverEnding Story tells the tale of a young boy who discovers an enchanting book while hiding from school bullies. Soon he finds himself at the center of the story, where he must help a fantasy land escape impending doom. This movie transcends generations—you’ll enjoy it just as much as you kids.

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The Mighty Ducks

Released: 1992

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Quack, quack, quack!”

If you’re a hockey family, you may already have this film in your regular lineup for movie night. The Mighty Ducks tells the story of Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez), a former hockey player turned lawyer who, after getting into some trouble, has to coach a kids hockey team for community service. Bombay and the Ducks soon face his old coach and the coach’s high-powered team, creating an underdog story for the ages.

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Mary Poppins

Released: 1964

Rated: G

Memorable Quote: “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, in the most delightful way!”

We can all agree that Mary Poppins is the nanny to end all nannies. Julie Andrews stars as the movie’s namesake, a magical nanny hired to look after two children whose parents seem to be perpetually preoccupied. Poppins brings laughter, music, and whimsy back into the children’s lives and, along the way, teaches the family that the best thing they have in life is one another.

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The Harry Potter films

Released: 2001–2011

Rated: PG or PG-13 (depending on the movie)

Memorable Quote: “You’re a wizard, Harry.”

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books dominated a generation’s imagination, and the film versions of them rank as some of the best family movies ever. The series follows the story of Harry Potter, a young boy who discovers he’s a wizard with a legacy. It’s not all fun and games for Harry, though. The series revolves around him facing his enemy, the evil Lord Voldemort.

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The Toy Story franchise

Released: 1995–2019

Rated: G (all four films have this rating)

Memorable Quote: “To infinity and beyond!”

The Toy Story movies are favorites for many children (and adults). Toy Story takes us into a world where toys come to life when people aren’t around and experience similar things as we do, including love, jealousy, adventure, and friendship.

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The Star Wars franchise

Released: 1977–2019

Rated: PG or PG-13 (depending on the movie)

Memorable Quote: “May the Force be with you.”

If epic space dramas filled with action and adventure thrill your family, then Star Wars is the perfect fit. The franchise depicts the ongoing battle between good and evil, with now-legendary characters like Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, and numerous others. Not sure where to start? Our choice would be the very first movie, released back in 1977, A New Hope.

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Air Bud

Released: 1997

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Ain’t no rules says a dog can’t play basketball.”

One of the coolest things about dogs is how smart they are. They can learn how to sit, lie down, fetch, and play basketball (at least in the case of Buddy in Air Bud). This movie follows the story of a high school basketball team whose star player is an adorable Golden Retriever who escaped a cruel owner. That’s right: basketball and a sweet pup. What more could you want?

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Coco

Released: 2017

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “That is what families are supposed to do, support you.”

Grab the tissues for this one. Even though Coco is a vibrant Pixar movie filled with comical moments, there are some scenes that may make you tear up. Coco tells the story of a young boy named Miguel who dreams of being a musician. The thing is, his family has a ban on music—a ban that has been in place for generations. How will Miguel fulfill his dreams? Filled with incredible color, great music, and touching moments, Coco has something for everyone to enjoy.

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Inside Out

Released: 2015

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Take her to the moon for me.”

Emotions can be tricky for kids to understand, and Inside Out gets it. This Pixar comedy is about a girl named Riley, whose move from the Midwest to San Francisco completely uproots her life. Characters that represent her emotions—Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Disgust—try their best to help her navigate this huge change and adjust to her new life.

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Remember the Titans

Released: 2000

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote:Win or lose, we’re gonna walk out of this stadium tonight with our heads held high. Do your best. That’s all anybody can ask for.” 

This classic family movie is about much more than football. Remember the Titans is based on the true story of a newly integrated high school football team in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971. When a new coach (Denzel Washington) arrives, he must teach his players to come together as a team despite their differences.

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Grown Ups

Released: 2010

Rated: PG-13

Memorable Quote: “I wanna get chocolate wasted!”

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to reunite with a group of your childhood friends? Well, if you watch Grown Ups, you’ll get a glimpse into the hilarity that may ensue. In the film, a group of five childhood friends spends the Fourth of July weekend together, sharing laughs while reminiscing about simpler times and navigating the trials of adulthood.

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Mrs. Doubtfire 

Released: 1993

Rated: PG-13

Memorable Quote: “It was a run-by fruiting!”

This is another family-friendly movie starring Robin Williams. Mrs. Doubtfire follows the story of a divorced man who, in order to spend more time with his children, disguises himself as a woman and gets his ex-wife to hire him as a nanny. Your entire family will laugh as Williams’s character tries to keep the act up and marvel at his growth as a father.

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School of Rock

Released: 2003

Rated: PG-13

Memorable Quote: “Would you tell Picasso to sell his guitars?”

Getting fired is tough—and even tougher when you don’t have a backup plan. That’s what Jack Black’s character in School of Rock discovers after he’s kicked out of his band. So what does he do? He becomes a substitute music teacher at a private elementary school, where he teaches his students to let loose and embrace rock and roll. Get ready to laugh and hear some great tunes in this film.

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Miracle on 34th Street

Released: 1947

Rated: Not rated

Memorable Quote: “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”

Who says you need to wait until December to enjoy a heartwarming holiday movie? Miracle on 34th Street is a classic Christmas film to put on your watch list any time of year. A man fills in as a department store Santa but raises eyebrows by claiming he’s the real Saint Nick. This heartwarming movie will get you in the holiday spirit all year long.

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The Secret of Roan Inish

Released: 1994 (1995 in the United States)

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “I’ve no idea of the future, but I can see the past quite well. And the present, if the weather’s clear.”

The Secret of Roan Inish is an Irish/American film that combines familial ties and folklore. It’s about a young Irish girl named Fiona, who’s sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village. Her grandfather tells her stories about their family’s heritage on the island of Roan Inish, and soon Fiona heads off on an adventure to see for herself if the tales are true. Check out more Irish movies you can stream right now.

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Scooby-Doo 

Released: 2002

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Scooby-Doo, where are you?!”

This classic family movie brings the beloved cartoon to life in a hilarious (and spooky) fashion. Scooby-Doo tells the story of Mystery Inc., a group of friends who solve mysteries with the help of their talking Great Dane, Scooby. The gang must work together to solve this mystery and save Spooky Island and those visiting it—before it’s too late. Fans of the original series will love seeing the characters come to life.

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The Baby-Sitter’s Club

Released: 1995

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Something’s wrong here, you guys. School’s out, and I miss it.”

Based on the popular book series of the same name, The Baby-Sitter’s Club tells the story of junior high friends who, one summer, try to make their successful babysitting side gig into a legitimate business. The girls soon learn that juggling a business and teenage life can get complicated. Can the girls handle family drama, health issues, and crushes while trying to make their business boom?

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Casper

Released: 1995

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Can I keep you?”

You don’t have to wait until October to watch this family classic—though, yes, it does make a great Halloween movie for kids. Casper tells the story of a young ghost who haunts a mansion in Maine with his mischievous ghost uncles. But when a man and his daughter move into the mansion and Casper and the girl grow closer, the uncles do whatever they can to get the man out of the mansion. Will their wacky (and spooky) antics push him to the brink? See for yourself!

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Jumanji

Released: 1995

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “In the jungle, you must wait … until the dice read five or eight.”

Imagine playing a board game with friends only to get trapped in the game for decades. No, this isn’t family game night gone bad. It’s the story at the center of Jumanji, another one of the best family movies out there starring Robin Williams.

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Released: 1946

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

Overwhelmed by the pressures of everyday life, a family man named George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) wishes aloud that he’d never been born. So his guardian angel, Clarence, offers to show him how much worse off the world would be if that had been the case. George soon learns that even small deeds he’d all but forgotten had made big differences in the lives of others. No wonder It’s a Wonderful Life ranks high on any list of the best Christmas movies of all time.

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Hocus Pocus

Released: 1993

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “It’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!”

This is another classic family movie that’s popular to watch around Halloween but can be enjoyed any time of the year. Hocus Pocus tells the story of a teenage boy who accidentally brings three witch sisters back from the dead in Salem, Massachusetts. He, along with his friend, little sister, and a magical black cat, must work together on Halloween to save the children of Salem and stop the witches from becoming immortal. Soon, the classic will be making an epic return with the release of its sequel Hocus Pocus 2.

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My Girl

Released: 1991

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Life isn’t just death. Don’t ignore the living.”

Filled with the humor and hard realities of growing up, My Girl is a movie everyone in the family can relate to. The movie centers around a young girl named Vada, who is dealing with the trials and tribulations of being on the brink of her teens in the early 1970s. My Girl hits on a number of powerful subjects, including single parenthood, first love, and loss. Fair warning: You may shed a tear or two, so have the tissues handy.

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Practical Magic

Released: 1998

Rated: PG-13

Memorable Quote: “There are some things I know for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder; keep rosemary by your garden gate; plant lavender for luck; and fall in love whenever you can.”

Practical Magic is a story about two sisters born into a magical family with a dreaded curse: If they fall in love, their lovers face an untimely death. While both girls are talented witches, they set out on different paths that eventually collide when one sister gets into some hot water with a troubled boyfriend. It’s a movie that shows how strong family ties are and just how far sisters will go to protect each other.

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Soul

Released: 2020

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “We’re in the business of inspiration, Joe, but it’s not often we find ourselves inspired.”

Soul is much more than a great Pixar movie—it’s a reminder to live your life and chase your passion. Soul tells the story of a man who, after getting the big break he’s been waiting for, finds himself stuck between the living world and the afterlife. It’s filled with incredible jazz music and an important reminder: Even if things don’t go as planned, your life still has meaning and purpose, so make sure to embrace it as fully as you can.

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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Released: 2004

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “You don’t need a license to drive a patty.”

If your kids have ever watched SpongeBob SquarePants, they’ll love this movie. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie chronicles SpongeBob and his best friend, Patrick, going on a journey to find King Neptune’s stolen crown and clear Mr. Krabs of the crime. Can these two goofy best friends accomplish their mission?

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James and the Giant Peach

Released: 1996

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Remember what your parents said, James—try looking at it another way!”

James and the Giant Peach, based on the children’s book of the same name, tells the story of a young orphaned British boy named James, who is sent to live with his mean aunts. One day, he goes into a magical peach grown in his garden and befriends the bugs living inside it. Together they head for New York City, where adventure awaits.

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The Chronicles of Narnia films

Released: 2005–2010

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “For Narnia, and for Aslan!”

If your family loves fantasy movies filled with adventure, The Chronicles of Narnia films are perfect for movie night. Based on the fantasy book series of the same name, they tell the story of four British siblings and their epic adventures in the enchanted land of Narnia, where they fight for what is right.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Released: 1968

Rated: G

Memorable Quote: “Is that all you do, Mr. Potts, invent things?”

Music, cars, and Dick Van Dyke—what’s not to like? Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one of the best family movies for bringing fantasy to life. An inventor turns a broken-down car into something fantastic for his two children, and together they go on an adventure to save their grandfather, who has been captured by a villain who wants the car for himself.

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Doctor Doolittle

Released: 1998

Rated: PG-13

Memorable Quote: “We are who we are, and you are a doctor who can talk to animals. That’s who you are.”

Ever wondered what it would be like if you could talk to animals? Eddie Murphy stars as a veterinarian who, after an accident, gains that ability. But the gift comes back to bite him in more ways than one, and his odd behavior soon attracts attention. Can he juggle his new gift, his practice, and his family all at once?

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Madagascar

Released: 2005

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “I like to move it, move it!”

Madagascar is a family-friendly movie filled with laughs and adventure. It tells the story of four Central Park Zoo animals as they try to adjust to life in the wild after ending up in the jungles of Madagascar. Do these tame animals have what it takes to make it? See for yourself—and get ready to chuckle along the way.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Released: 2004

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Children, I’m afraid that I must inform you of a very unfortunate event.”

A Series of Unfortunate Events follows the story of the Baudelaire siblings, three young children who are sent to live with a distant relative after their parents die in a tragic home fire. They soon learn that this distant relative, Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), is nothing more than a schemer who’s after their fortune. Watch as the siblings work to outsmart the count.

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The Land Before Time

Released: 1988

Rated: G

Memorable Quote: “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.”

This may be a children’s cartoon, but make no mistake: The Land Before Time will tug at anyone’s heartstrings. After his mother is fatally wounded by a carnivorous dinosaur, a young brontosaurus embarks on a journey with his friends to reunite with their families in a far-away valley. They must work together to get through the obstacles they encounter while learning that the power of friendship can overcome anything.

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The Little Rascals

Released: 1994

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Dear Darla, I hate your stinking guts. You make me vomit. You’re scum between my toes! Love, Alfalfa.”

Kids say (and do) the darndest things. That goes double for the kids in the Little Rascals crew. The movie follows a young boy named Alfalfa, who, along with his friends, is part of the “Woman-Haters Club.” But that all changes when he falls for a girl named Darla. Get ready for some hilarious antics, especially the go-kart race!

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Back to the Future

Released: 1985

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me you built a time machine … out of a DeLorean?”

You may not be able to travel back in time (yet), but you can get a taste of time travel by watching Back to the Future. Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, a teenager who, with the help of his oddball scientist friend Doc Brown, travels back 30 years to the 1950s. There, he meets younger versions of his parents and must make sure they end up together for the sake of the future—his own, in particular.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Released: 2010

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Let me get something straight. This is a journal, not a diary. When mom went to buy this thing, I clearly told her not to buy anything with the word diary on it.”

Growing up can be tough, especially when you’re moving up from elementary school to middle school. How does a kid survive? Diary of a Wimpy Kid, based on the hit book series, chronicles hilarious misadventures of a boy just trying to make it through middle school.

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Holes

Released: 2003

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “You take a bad boy and make him dig holes all day long in the hot sun, it makes him a good boy. That’s our philosophy here at Camp Green Lake.”

Holes is a movie about a boy who is wrongfully convicted of a crime and sent to a questionable desert detention camp, where he and the other inmates are forced to dig holes for unknown reasons. Soon, the kids start putting the pieces of the mysterious puzzle together and figure out they’re digging holes for more than just punishment.

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A Christmas Story

Released: 1983

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote:I tripledogdare ya!

If you haven’t seen this very funny Christmas movie yet, add it to your list ASAP. A Christmas Story is about a boy named Ralphie who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. He wants it so badly, in fact, that he’ll do anything to convince his family (and even Santa) to get it for him.

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Space Jam

Released: 1996

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Don’t lose that confidence. OK, paws and wings in here! All right!”

Looney Toons meets the NBA in Space Jam. It’s a classic family movie that centers around the Looney Toons crew (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, and friends) teaming up with basketball legend Michael Jordan to play a high-stakes game.

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A Wrinkle in Time

Released: 2018

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Love is always there, even if you don’t feel it.”

Based on the children’s novel of the same name, A Wrinkle in Time combines the thrills and mysteries of sci-fi and the warmth of a family tale to create an epic story. Two siblings and their friend are whisked away to space by three mysterious beings to find their father, a scientist who has been missing for five years. They must work together to brave this journey and save their dad before time runs out.

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Labyrinth

Released: 1986

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Live without your sunlight, love without your heartbeat.”

Have you ever wished your siblings would just disappear? Well, as Labyrinth shows, a missing sibling isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. A teenage girl wishes her baby brother would be kidnapped by mystical creatures she’s been reading about, but when the unthinkable happens, it’s up to her to save him.

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The Polar Express

Released: 2004

Rated: G

Memorable Quote: “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”

This is another example of a classic family Christmas movie that can be watched year-round. The Polar Express is about a boy who, after doubting the existence of Santa Claus, takes a magical trip to the North Pole. During his trip, he learns a lot about friendship, courage, and the power of belief.

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Matilda 

Released: 1996

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “I’m right, and you’re wrong. I’m big, and you’re small. And there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Sometimes adults and kids simply don’t understand one another. That seems especially true in Matilda, a movie about a girl with special powers who uses them to fight back against the unfair adults in her life, including her cruel parents and terrifying school principal. Watch as Matilda becomes a protector for those who can’t defend themselves and calls on her powers to thwart evil plans.

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The Marvel movie franchise

Released: 2008—present

Rated: PG-13 (all films except Deadpool, which is rated R)

Memorable Quote: “I still believe in heroes.”

If you’re up for action, adventure, compelling storytelling, and superheroes, look no further than the Marvel cinematic universe. The first film in this franchise was 2008’s Iron Man, and the heroes keep coming: Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers to name but a few. Adventure awaits!

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The Brave Little Toaster 

Released: 1987

Rated: Not rated

Memorable Quote: “I’ve always loved travel anyway: the open road, the smell of the wind in my face, the flies clogging up my grill.”

This animated classic family movie tells the story of five outdated appliances who go on an adventure to find their owner after being left in a cabin in the woods. They trek through the wilderness and navigate their way through an unfamiliar city and prove they’re still useful in modern times.

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The Addams Family 

Released: 1991

Rated: PG-13

Memorable Quote: “Don’t torture yourself, Gomez—that’s my job.”

If your family likes spooky movies, add The Addams Family to your watch list. It’s about an odd and macabre family and a long-lost relative who walks back into their lives. But is he really who he says he is? Find out for yourself in this dark comedy that’ll make you chuckle (and gasp).

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Spy Kids

Released: 2001

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “My parents can’t be spies—they’re not cool enough!”

Imagine you just found out your parents were spies. It would be a little shocking, right? Well, now imagine you have to save them from a dangerous mastermind. Put it all together and you have Spy Kids, one of the classic family movies of the early 2000s.

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Elf

Released: 2003

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

Elf is one of those movies you have to watch around the holidays. It tells the story of Buddy (Will Ferrell), who was raised with elves at the North Pole. One day, Buddy learns that he’s actually human and embarks on a trip to New York City to meet his biological father—who happens to be a cynical businessman. Let the belly laughs begin!

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Ghostbusters 

Released: 1984

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “He slimed me!”

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! This classic ’80s flick is about a group of scientists who form a ghost-removal company to rid New York City of supernatural pests. Can they save the Big Apple from a massive ghost invasion? Find out in this hilarious classic family movie that everyone can enjoy.

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Cool Runnings

Released: 1993

Rated: PG

Memorable Quoteb “Jamaica, we have a bobsled team!”

This sports comedy is sure to become one of your family’s favorites. Based on true events, Cool Runnings is the feel-good story of four Jamaican athletes who decide to form a bobsled team and compete in the Winter Olympics. With the help of a reluctant coach, the underdog team trains hard and sets out to take the gold.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Released: 1988

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “My whole purpose in life is to Make. People. Laugh!”

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a movie that combines cartoon, comedy, and mystery in a seamless way. The plot is about a detective who must prove a cartoon character is innocent of murder. Can he do it before a villainous judge has the innocent toon locked up for good? Watch this thrilling (and hilarious) adventure to find out.

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The Pink Panther

Released: 2006

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “You, sir, are the idiom.”

This remake of the classic 1963 Peter Sellers film is one the entire family will love. Steve Martin stars as bumbling inspector Jacques Clouseau, who must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and the theft of the valuable Pink Panther diamond. Clouseau will stop at nothing to crack the case—but will his own shenanigans get in the way?

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Annie

Released: 1982

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “You love money and power and capitalism? You know they’re never going to love you back.”

This musical tale is sure to tug at your family’s heartstrings. Based on a classic comic strip, Annie tells the story of an abandoned girl who wants nothing more than to be reunited with her parents, who she believes left her at an orphanage by mistake. One day, a rich man decides to take Annie into his home, but she’s still determined to find her parents. All she wants is a family, but little does she know there’s one right in front of her. And that includes her beloved dog, Sandy.

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Kicking and Screaming 

Released: 2005

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Your name is liar ’cause you’re telling lies!”

Will Ferrell stars as a father who starts coaching his son’s less-than-stellar soccer team to spite his own overly competitive father. Ferrell’s character, with the help of former NFL player and coach Mike Ditka, does everything he can to mold this underdog team into a group of champions. Can they turn it around and come out on top?

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Released: 1997

Rated: G

Memorable Quote: “Impossible things are happening every day.”

Cinderella, constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, gets the chance of a lifetime when her fairy godmother helps her attend a lavish ball. Cinderella soon learns the meaning of true love, but is it enough to live happily ever after with her prince? With the talents of Whitney Houston, Brandy, and Whoopi Goldberg, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical version of Cinderella is sure to become a family favorite.

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Big

Released: 1988

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “My best sport is video hockey.”

Pair this flick with 13 Going on 30 for a be-careful-what-you-wish-for double feature. When a 12-year-old boy wishes he was an adult, he doesn’t expect to wake up as a 30-year-old man. Soon, he realizes that being an adult is complicated. But will he be able to return to his simpler life as a kid?

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Enchanted

Released: 2007

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “I wish you every happiness.”

This charming family movie puts a twist on popular fairy tales. Enchanted follows the story of a young princess named Giselle who, on the day of her wedding, is cast away to a place where there appear to be no happily ever afters: New York City. She meets a cynical divorce lawyer, who helps her as she waits for her true love to rescue her. Will her prince come to save her, or is something (or someone) grander waiting for Giselle in the Big Apple?

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Tuck Everlasting

Released: 2002

Rated: PG

Memorable Quote: “Don’t be afraid of death, Winnie. Be afraid of the unlived life.”

This movie has a little bit of everything: fantasy, adventure, and romance. Tuck Everlasting tells the story of a young girl who’s fed up with her highly controlled life. When she runs away from home, she meets an immortal family and falls for their youngest son. The movie hits on several important topics, including family loyalty, living life to its fullest, and the power of love.

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Forrest Gump

Released: 1994

Rated: PG-13

Memorable Quote: “My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Forrest Gump will make you laugh, cry, and reflect on life in general. It’s the story of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75 going through life’s motions but unintentionally touching the lives of everyone he meets. Along the way, he desperately tries to keep up with his childhood sweetheart Jenny. Told over the course of decades, this classic movie is an incredible story of an ordinary man living through extraordinary times. Next, find out what the most popular movie was the year you were born.

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Kelly Kuehn
Kelly Kuehn is an associate editor for Reader’s Digest covering entertainment, trivia, and history. When she’s not writing you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music, and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout New England.