Family Movies on Netflix You Definitely Need to Queue Up

Haley Zapal | September 20, 2021 | Culture & Media Parenting Tips

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Right now, there are so many different awesome streaming services to choose from, it can sometimes feel overwhelming! Many families may even have a couple of different subscriptions. But the most popular by far is the O.G. player in the game, Netflix. Fortunately, the company spends a ton of time and money creating and licensing content for viewers of all ages. So, the next time you and the kids are looking for great family movies on Netflix, look no further! We’ve compiled some of our favorites, from Netflix originals to classic throwbacks.

Family Movies on Netflix Perfect for Younger Kids

We Can Be Heroes

If your kids love Marvel movies, this Netflix original asks the question: What if young superheroes had to save the day? We Can Be Heroes is actually a spin-off from The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, which came out 15 years ago. When alien invaders manage to kidnap their parents, these kids with incredible abilities rally to fight off the bad guys and rescue their families. Fun fact: It features Pedro Pascal, who plays the Mandalorian — a.k.a Baby Yoda’s dad!

Stuart Little

Based on the beloved E.B. White children’s book (the author of fellow kid classic Charlotte’s Web), Stuart Little is a delightful film about the power of family. When the Littles bring home their newest family member, everyone is shocked to discover it’s a mouse named Stuart! Filled with laughs and a star-studded cast including Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, and Michael J. Fox, kids will fall in love with the adorable Stuart and his adventures.

Vivo

Have you ever heard of a “kinkajou”? It’s kind of like a raccoon, and his name is Vivo in this delightful, colorful animated movie. Voiced by Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda, Vivo undertakes a journey from Cuba to Miami to deliver a song to an old friend. The magnificent musical numbers truly stand out in this movie — Gloria Estefan even voices one of the characters — and your entire family will be dancing and singing along to them in the living room. 

YES DAY

The premise behind this movie is most likely every child’s dream: an entire day where — no matter what a kid asks — the parents have to say yes. Jennifer Garner stars in the hilarious romp through a no-holds-barred day of fun, food, and festivities. But is too much of a good thing … too much? You’ll have to watch to find out!

Hotel for Dogs

If your family loves canine companions, Hotel for Dogs is going to be a surefire hit! Andi and Bruce aren’t allowed to keep their beloved dog at their foster parents’ house, so they decide to take matters into their own hands. An abandoned hotel becomes the perfect place to hide him — along with many other strays that need a warm bed and a hot meal. Not long after, they get their paws full of all kinds of furry adventures.

Hugo

This family movie was directed by Martin Scorsese and nominated for a ton of Academy Awards in 2012. Set in the 1930s, Hugo tells the story of a lonely boy who lives with his father in a Paris train station and gets pulled into a fascinating mystery. Kids with an interest in history, technology, and old-timey movies and costumes will especially love this touching film. 

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Classic cartoons are all the rage right now, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a great movie for parents and kids of all ages. The wise Mr. Peabody — who’s a very educated dog —  is raising his adopted 7-year-old human son, Sherman. Together, they travel through time to learn about history, humanity, and more — and all kinds of shenanigans ensue.

Tween and Teen Netflix Favorites

Enola Holmes

Millie Bobby Brown — you may know her as Eleven in Netflix’s Stranger Things — stars in this historical adventure as Enola Holmes, the younger sister of famed detective Sherlock Holmes. This fast-paced film is perfect for older kids who love history (especially Victorian England) and strong female protagonists. 

My Octopus Teacher

My Octopus Teacher won an Oscar for best documentary in 2021, and it’s not hard to see why. Filmmaker Craig Foster chronicles his friendship with an octopus who lives in the kelp forest near his house off the coast of South Africa. He learns where she lives, where she plays, and where she hunts, all the while learning even more about his connection to nature and place in the world. 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

This 1986 John Huges classic has become the gold standard in playing-hooky movies for multiple generations! Charismatic high schooler Ferris and his best friends experience the sick day of a lifetime as they head into the big city to take in a Chicago Cubs game, visit museums, go swimming, and more — all while dodging their school principal who’s on to their tricks.

Good Burger

Looking for a ’90s throwback movie to watch? This goofy comedy will definitely fit the bill! Originally a sketch on the Nickelodeon show All That, Good Burger is about two bumbling employees who work at a local fast food joint and get into all kinds of hijinks. The best part? All of the awesome cameos — keep your eyes peeled for Shaq, George Clinton, Sinbad, and Carmen Electra. 

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Based on a true story, this 2019 movie tells the story of William Kamkwamba, a young boy from Malawi that sets out to save his village from famine. A whiz at science, he teaches himself how to build a piece of technology that could change everything. But can he do it in time?

Finding Ohana

If your kids are missing the fun and sun of summer break, consider a cinematic trip to the island of O’ahu in Finding Ohana. This adventure tale features two siblings from Brooklyn who are on vacation in Hawaii when something incredible happens. As they search for long-lost treasure, they bond with their family and discover their Hawaiian heritage, making it truly a vacation to remember.

The Last Airbender

This is a live-action movie version of the wildly popular show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Directed by M. Night Shymalan, it was a worldwide hit with families all over the world in 2010. The film tells the tale of Aang, a powerful young boy who holds the key to restoring peace to a world ravaged by the Fire Nation’s aggression. Family movies on Netflix don’t get much better than this!

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