You lovely lot seemed to enjoy my ultimate guide to the best Halloween TV shows and films for families with young children and my ultimate guide to the best family Christmas films so much that I thought I would do a general guide. This one is perfect for a family movie time on a weekend or to help us get through Coronavirus quarantine. My ultimate guide to the best family films that both children AND adults will enjoy is aimed at families with young children. I’ve tried just to include those films that are enjoyable for adults as well as kids and not the ones that are incredibly painful to have to sit through!
None of the films are over a PG rating. For your convenience, where possible I’ve noted the year they were released, the age certification and the IMDb rating.
I’ve only included films that are rated above 6 on IMDb. I’m not including sequels separately or the post will never end but I’ll try to mention them in the description.
There are over 125 films here for you to choose from so I hope that you can find some family films rated U or PG that you’ve never seen before that your whole family can enjoy. I have ordered them from most recently released to oldest.
Over the Moon (2020), U, 1hr 45mins, 6.5 IMDb (Netflix)
In this new animated musical, a girl builds a rocket ship and blasts off, hoping to meet a mythical moon goddess.
Onward (2020), U, 1hr 42mins, 7.5 IMDb
Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there.
Lady and the Tramp (2019), PG, 1hr 43mins, 6.3 IMDb
Cute remake of the romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.
Spies in Disguise (2019), PG, 1hr 42 mins, 6.8 IMDb
When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world.
Away (2019), 1hr 15mins, 6.7 IMDb
A boy and a little bird are on a journey across a strange island trying to get back home.
A Dog’s Journey (2019), PG, 1hr 49mins, 7.4 IMDb
A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.
Dora and the City of Lost Gold (2019), PG, 1hr 42mins, 6.0 IMDb
Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.
Detective Pikachu (2019), PG, 1hr 44mins, 6.6 IMDb
In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.
Abdominable (2019), U, 1hr 37mins, 7.0 IMDb
Three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist who want him for their own needs.
Christopher Robin (2018), PG, 1hr 44mins, 7.3 IMDb
A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.
Ralph breaks the Internet (2018), U, 1hr 52mins, IMDb 7.1
Six years after the events of “Wreck-It Ralph,” Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure. I couldn’t help but include this sequel to Wreck it Ralph as I think it’s better than the original.
Peter Rabbit (2018), PG, 1hr 35mins, 6.5 IMDb
Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.
The Greatest Showman (2017), PG, 1hr 45mins
Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
A Dog’s Purpose (2017), PG, 1hr 40mins, 7.2 IMDb
A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.
Boss Baby (2017), U, 1hr 37mins, 6.3 IMDb
A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.
Coco (2017), PG, 1hr 45mins, 8.4 IMDb
Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
Wonder (2017), PG, 1hr 53mins, 8.0 IMDb
Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), PG, 1hr 53mins, 6.2 IMDb
Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter.
The BFG (2016), PG, 1hr 57mins, 6.4 IMDb
An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.
Trolls (2016), U, 1hr 32mins, 6.5 IMDb
After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. There is a holiday special of the Trolls franchise and the sequel is coming soon.
The Secret Life of Pets (2016), U, 1hr 27mins, 6.5 IMDb
The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes. There is also a Secret Life of Pets 2.
Moana (2016), PG, 1hr 47mins, 7.6 IMDb
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. I think this is the best ever Disney film. Don’t @ me!
Zootropolis/Zootopia (2016), PG, 1hr 48mins, 8.0 IMDb
In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
Sing (2016), U, 1hr 48mins, 7.1 IMDb
In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same.
Ballerina (2016), U, 1hr 29mins, 6.8 IMDb
An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.
Storks (2016), U, 1hr 27mins, 6.8 IMDb
Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.
The Jungle Book (2016), PG, 1hr 46mins, 7.4 IMDb
After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo. We loved this Jungle Book remake directed by Jon Favreau.
Descendants (2015), PG, 1hr 52mins, 6.4 IMDb
The teenage son of the king and queen of Auradon offers the trouble-making children of villains a chance to attend prep school in the kingdom.
Inside Out (2015), U, 1hr 35mins, 8.2 IMDb
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
Cinderella (2015), U, 1hr 45mins, 6.9 IMDb
When her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger. There is an original cartoon version of this film but my kids prefer this new version.
The Good Dinosaur (2015), PG, 1hr 33mins, 6.7 IMDb
In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
Book of Life (2014), U, 1hr 35mins, 7.3 IMDb
Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.
The Lego Movie (2014), U, 1hr 40mins, 7.8 IMDb
An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as “special”, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from glueing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis. There is also a sequel to this film.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014), PG, 1h 21min, 6.2 IMDb
Alexander’s day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister – who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Big Hero 6 (2014), Pg, 1hr 42mins, 7.8 IMDb
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. This is a hugely underrated kids movie.
Paddington (2014), U, 1hr 35mins, 7.2 IMDb
A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. Paddington 2 came out in 2017.
The Croods (2013), U, 1hr 38mins, 7.2 IMdb
After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. A Croods 2 is coming 2021.
Frozen (2013), PG, 1hr 43mins, 7.5 IMDb
When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. Frozen 2 is also excellent and there are a number of Frozen shorts – like Frozen Fever, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
Oz the Great and the Powerful (2013), PG, 2hrs 10mins, 6.3 IMDb
A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfil a prophecy to become the king and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.
Brave (2012), PG, 1 hr 33 mins, 7.1 IMDb
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Hotel Transylvania (2012), U, 1hr 31mins, 7.1 IMDb
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenaged daughter. There are a number of sequels in this franchise.
The Lorax (2012), U, 1hr 26mins, 6.4 IMDb
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Hugo (2011), U, 2hr 6 mins, 7.5 IMDb
In 1931 Paris, an orphan living in the walls of a train station gets wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.
The Adventures of Tin Tin (2011), PG, 1hr 47mins, 7.3 IMDb
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor.
Rango (2011), PG, 1hr 47mins, 7.2 IMDb
Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.
Rio (2011), U, 6.9 IMDb, 1hr 36mins
It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law. If you enjoy this one there is also a Rio 2.
Megamind (2010), PG, 7.2 IMDb, 1hr 35
The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life.
Tangled (2010), PG, 1hr 40mins, 7.7 IMDb
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.
The Sorcerers Apprentice (2010), PG, 1hr 49mins, 6.1IMDb
Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake must find and train Merlin’s descendant to defeat dark sorceress Morgana la Fée.
Alice in Wonderland (2010), PG, 1hr 48mins, 6.4 IMDb
Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.
Despicable me (2010), U, 1hr 35mins, 7.6 IMDb
When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. There is also a Despicable Me 2 and a Minions sequel in this franchise.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010), PG, 1hr 38mins, 8.1 IMDb
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World came out in 2019 and scored 7.5 on IMDb.
The Karate Kid (2010), PG, 2hr 20mins, 6.2 IMDb
Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master. I’ve included the remake here but personally I prefer the original – why not watch both and get the kids to decide which is best.
Monsters Vs Aliens (2009), PG, 1hr 34mins, 6.4 IMDb
A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth. If you enjoy this one there is also a Monsters Vs Aliens short.
Hachi: A Dogs Tale (2009), U, 1hr 33 mins, 8.1 IMDb
A college professor bonds with an abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), U, 1hr 30mins, 6.9 IMDb
A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst. There is a 2013 sequel to this film.
Up (2009), U, 1hr 36mins, 8.2 IMDb
78-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009), PG, 1hr 27mins, 7.8 IMDb
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.
Wall-e (2008), U, 1hr 38mins, 8.4 IMDb
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Kung Fu Panda (2008), PG, 1hr 32mins, 7.5 IMDb
The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China’s fate hangs in the balance. However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a novice in martial arts. There are 2 sequels to this film.
Ponyo (2008), U, 1hr 41mins, 7.7 IMDb
A five-year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.
Bolt (2008), PG, 1hr 36mins, 6.8 IMDb
The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real.
Bedtime Stories (2008) PG, 1hr 39mins, 6.0 IMDb
A hotel handyman’s life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true.
Stardust (2007), PG 2hr 7mins, 7.6 IMDb
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.
The Golden Compass (2007), PG, 1hr 53mins, 6.1 IMDb
In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.
Enchanted (2007), U, 1hr 47mins, 7.0 IMDb
A young maiden in a land called Andalasia, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York City by an evil Queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.
Ratatouille (2007), PG, 1hr 51mins, 8.0 IMDb
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.
Bridge to Teribithia (2007), PG, 1hr 36mins, 7.1 IMDb
A preteen’s life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality.
Cars (2006), PG, 1hr 57mins, 7.1IMDb
A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.
Charlotte’s Web (2006), U, 1hr 37mins, 6.3 IMDb
Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.
Night at the Museum (2006), PG, 1hr 48mins, 6.4 IMDb
A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc. There are a couple of sequels to this if you like it.
Corpse Bride (2005), PG, 1hr 17mins, 7.3 IMDb
When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.
Madagascar (2005), U, 1hr 26mins, 6.9 IMDb
A group of animals who have spent all their life in a New York zoo end up in the jungles of Madagascar, and must adjust to living in the wild. There are sequels in this franchise.
The Chronicles of Narnia (2005), PG, 2hrs 33mins, 6.9 IMDb
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. If you enjoy this there are a number of sequels.
The Incredibles (2004), U, 1hr 55mins, 8.0 IMDb
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. Incredibles 2 came out in 2018 and was a solid sequel.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), U, 1hr 59mins, 8.2 IMDb
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.
Freaky Friday (2003), PG, 1hr 37mins, 6.1 IMDb
An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other’s life for one freaky Friday.
Finding Nemo (2003), U, 1hr 40 mins, 8.1 IMDb
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. Finding Dory came out in 2016 and scores 7.3 on IMDb.
Brother Bear (2003), U, 1hr 25 mins, 6.8 IMDb
When a young Inuit hunter needlessly kills a bear, he is magically changed into a bear himself as punishment with a talkative cub being his only guide to changing back.
Lilo and Stitch (2002), U, 1hr 25mins, 7.2IMDb
A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive.
Ice Age (2002), U, 1hr 21mins, 7.5 IMDb
Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe. There is also an Ice Age 2.
Treasure Planet (2002), U, 1hr 35mins, 7.2 IMDb
A Disney animated version of “Treasure Island”. The only difference is that this movie is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders.
Shrek (2001), U, 1hr 30mins, 7.8 IMDb
A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back. There are a number of Shrek sequels and shorts and my daughter loves them all.
Spirited Away (2001), PG, 2hrs 5mins, 8.6 IMDb
During her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.
Monsters, Inc. (2001), U, 1hr 32mins, 8 IMDb
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think. If you enjoy this one then you might also enjoy the prequel Monster’s University.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001), PG, 2hr 32mins, 7.6 IMDb
An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. I’m sure it goes without saying that there is a whole series of Harry Potter films and they are all fantastic.
The Princess Diaries (2001), U, 1hr 51mins, 6.3 IMDb
Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her sixteenth year.
Tarzan (1999), U, 1hr 28mins, 7.3 IMDb
A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.
The Parent Trap (1998), PG, 2hrs 8mins, 6.5 IMDb
Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.
A Bugs Life (1998), U, 1hr 35min, 7.2 IMDb
A misfit ant, looking for “warriors” to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.
Anastasia (1997), U, 1hr 34mins, 7.1 IMDb
The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.
Matilda (1996), PG, 6.9 IMDb, 1hr 38mins
Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.
Jumanji (1995), PG, 1hr 44mins, 7.0 IMDb
When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades–and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.
Babe (1995), U, 1hr 31mins, 6.7 IMDb
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.
A Little Princess (1995), U, 1hr 37mins, 7.7 IMDb
A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.
Toy Story (1995), PG, 1hr 21mins, 8.3 IMDb
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room. There are now 4 Toy Story films and a number of shorts if you enjoy this one.
Lion King (1994), U, 1hr 28mins, 8.5 IMDb
A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father’s death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities. There is a modern remake to this but in my opinion, the original is better.
Cool Runnings (1993), PG, 1hr 38mins, 7.0 IMDb
When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonoured coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.
Free Willy (1993), U, 1hr 52mins, 6.0 IMDb
When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.
The Secret Garden (1993), U, 1hr 41mins, 7.3 IMDb
A young, recently-orphaned girl is sent to England after living in India all of her life. Once there, she begins to explore her new, seemingly-isolated surroundings, and its secrets.
Homeward Bound, The Incredible Journey (1993), U, 1hr 24mins, 6.9 IMDb
Three pets escape from a California ranch to find their owners in San Francisco.
The Sandlot Kids (1993), U, 1hr 41mins, 7.8 IMDb
In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.
The Mighty Ducks (1992), PG 1hr 44mins, 6.5 IMDb
A self-centered Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), U, 1hr 16mins, 6.5 IMDb
The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus (Tim Curry).
Aladdin (1992), U, 1hr 30mins, 8.0 IMDb
A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. There is a modern live action remake of this but we found it a little underwhelming.
The Addams Family (1991), 1hr 39mins, 6.9 IMDb
Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.
Hook (1991), U, 2hrs 22mins, 6.8 IMDb
When Captain James Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.
Beauty and the Beast (1991), U, 1hr 24mins, 8.0 IMDb
A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman’s love. The 2017 modern remake of this starring Emma Watson was fab.
Father of the Bride (1991), PG, 1hr 45mins, 6.5 IMDb
With his oldest daughter’s wedding approaching, a father finds himself reluctant to let go. If you enjoy this then there are a couple of sequels.
The Little Mermaid (1989), U, 1hr 23mins, 7.6 IMDb
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince’s love.
My Neighbour Totoro (1988), U, 1hr 26mins, 8.2 IMDb
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.
3 Men and a Baby (1987), PG, 1hr 42mins, 6.0 IMDb
Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys’ girlfriends. If you enjoyed this then check out the sequel 3 Men and a Little Lady.
The Princess Bride (1987), PG, 1hr 38mins, 8.1 IMDb
While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.
Labyrinth (1986), U, 1hr 41mins, 7.4 IMDb
Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth.
The Neverending Story (1984), U, 1hr 42mins, 7.4 IMDb
A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), U, 1hr 55mins, 7.8 IMDb
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Annie (1982), U, 2hrs 6mins, 6.6 IMDb
A young orphan girl’s adventures in finding a family that will take her. There is a modern remake of this but we prefer the 80s orginal.
Pete’s Dragon (1977), U, 2hr 8mins, 6.4 IMDb
An orphan boy and his magical dragon come to town with his abusive adoptive parents in pursuit. There is a modern remake of this.
Star Wars (1977), U, 2hr 1mins, 8.6 IMDb
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader. Obviously, there are many sequels and prequels in the Star Wars series.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), U, 1hr 40mins, 7.8 IMDb
A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. My kids enjoyed the original and the modern remake of this.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), U, 2hr 24mins, 6.9 IMDb
A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.
The Sound of Music (1965), U, 2hrs 52 mins, 8.0 IMDb
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
Mary Poppins (1964), U, 2hrs 19mins, 7.8 IMDb
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
Wizard of Oz (1939), A, 1hr 42mins, 8.0 IMDb
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), A, 1hr 23mins, 7.6 IMDb
Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.
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