Movies To Watch On Netflix That The Whole Family Will Enjoy

What happens when you combine people with different tastes, personalities, and aspirations, and put them in a house together? No, I'm not talking about The Real World. I'm talking about family.

Given the broad spread of interests and maturity levels between family members, finding a movie that actually satisfies everyone can be close to impossible. Odds are, most kids would be perfectly fine with watching an Adam Sandler movie ad infinitum. Aside: as a child, I watched Click once a month. Adults, on the other hand, would shut their brains off around the second movie in the Sandler marathon.

The key is to find a film that strikes a balance between self-aware and entertaining. These movies aren't just speaking to kids, or speaking to adults. From adaptations of classic books to documentaries about child ballerinas, each of these films is universally appealing in their own way. You're guaranteed to have a great family night in.

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Ella Enchanted (2004)

Who is Anne Hathaway's most charming royal character — Ella of Ella Enchanted or Mia of The Princess Diaries? Debate freely. In this fairy tale-inspired movie, Hathaway plays a girl whose misguided fairy godmother gifts her the "gift of obedience," meaning she has to do everything she's told (literally). When her mother passes away, Ella goes off in search of the fairy godmother, and ends up meeting a charming prince.
The Breadwinner (2017)

This Oscar-nominated animated film is the story of an 11-year-old girl living under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is killed, Parvana must dress like a boy and work to support her family.
Planet Earth (2006)

In our homes and our apartment buildings and our crowded cities, many of us are sheltered from the wildness of the planet. David Attenborough gets up close and personal to the grandeur of the planet and brings it to us, so we can ogle from our sofas. It's an educational and thrilling show that will appeal to people of all ages.
The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016)

Speaking frankly, Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nelisse) is a challenging kid. She's tough, and mean, and a bit of a bully. But it's understandable. Gilly was raised in a series of foster homes, and has had a hard upbringing. At her last home (with a foster mom played by Kathy Bates), she actually starts to feel like she has a family — and that's just when her birth mom shows up.
The Boss Baby (2017)

If you haven't seen this yet, what are you doing? Alec Baldwin provides the voice for a suit-wearing, mogul-in-training baby, who is sent to earth on a mission to win more love for the baby race. To do so, he'll have to steal love from puppies. Just go with it.
Hercules (1997)

After being born to Zeus and Hera on Mount Olympus, the baby Hercules is cast out of the heavens onto very mortal territory by his evil uncle, Hades (who doesn't have an evil uncle?). Using his superhuman — almost godlike – strength, Hercules becomes the only hero capable of killing many-headed monsters and outsmarting Hades. We still believe that "Zero to Hero" is the most underrated anthem from a Disney classic movie.
Trolls (2016)

This movie is more than just the reason why you haven't gotten the song "Can't Stop the Feeling" out of your head for a while. Trolls gives us a whole new set of animated creatures to follow on an epic adventure. When their little troll village is taken over by Bergens, another mythological creature, the super-happy Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and the super-grumpy Branch (Justin Timberlake) have to team up to save their friends.
The BFG (2016)

Roald Dahl was a mean old man, but he created some of the most imaginative and beloved figures in children's literature. The B.F.G., a movie about a giant who collects people's dreams, will make you wistful for your youth, and entrance kids with their first taste of magical realism.
Sing! (2016)

Everybody in this city of anthropomorphic animals has a dream that collides with the drudgery of his or her everyday life. The koala Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) wants to run a successful theater — too bad he's all out of cash. Buster's last-ditch effort to bring himself out of bankruptcy is hosting an American Idol-esque singing competition in his dilapidated theater.

Participants include a shy elephant, a sensitive gorilla from a family of gangsters, a porcupine punk rocker, and a pig who sings while taking care of her dozens of piglets.
Lion (2016)

In this wrenching film, a five-year-old boy from rural India is separated from his older brother during a trip to the city to look for work. After a period of homelessness, the boy is adopted into an Australian family, but is haunted by flashes of memories from his former life. As an adult, he uses Google Earth to track down his family. Lion, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, is a retelling of a true story that's stranger than fiction.
Zootopia (2016)

Judy Hopps wants nothing more than to be a police officer. The only issue? She's a rabbit, and in Zootopia, only large carnivores get that job. Noneheless, she moves to Zootopia, the metropolis where all mammals converge, and joins the force. She's assigned to solve an impossibly difficult case in an impossible time limit, and only has a con artist red fox for help.
Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

Children's movies depict fantastical, supernatural, and imaginative worlds. This documentary proves that impossible worlds can be found right here, on earth. You'll see an Antarctica teeming with life, from humans at research stations to creatures unlike anything found elsewhere on the planet.
The Little Prince (2015)

The Little Prince will make children laugh, and make adults cry. In that way, it's the perfect adaptation of the classic children's book. The film manages to both preserve the book's fanciful, whimsical platitudes and apply its message to our modern day.
First Position (2011)

Each year, 5,000 aspiring ballet dancers between the ages of 9 and 19 audition at the Youth American Grand Prix for a spot at an elite ballet academy or in a company. First Position follows six of these children as they prepare for their auditions, including a 12-year-old homeschooled prodigy, and an orphan from Sierra Leone.
Moana (2016)

Disney movies have come a long way since the days of waiting for princes to come. Moana, the Chief-to-Be of a Pacific island, doesn't need a prince to save her people from a crop blight. Taking off to discover uncharted territory, all Moana needs is her intrepid spirit, her compassion, and the occasional help of her demi-god friend, Maui.
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Everyone knows their dolls and stuffed animals come alive at night. In The Secret Life of Pets, it's pets who get fascinating second lives once their owners go off to work.
Finding Dory (2016)

The magic of Pixar lies in its universal appeal. It's impossible to stifle a smile while watching Finding Dory, the sequel to the beloved movie Finding Nemo. In Finding Dory, it's Dory's (Ellen DeGeneres) turn to track down her long-lost family, spread somewhere on the other side of the sea.
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Need a change from the Pixar and Disney monopoly on animated films? This stop-motion, visually stunning Laika movie — the same creators as Coraline – will transport you to more imaginative pastures. Up until now, Kubo (Art Parkinson) has spent his days telling stories and caring for his ailing mother. When one of his stories accidentally summons up an evil spirit, Kubo is whisked away on a journey through the heart of Japanese mythology — and, to his surprise, up the branches of his family tree.
Grease (1982)

It's best to indoctrinate children as quickly as possible into this classic musical about matching pouffy jackets, fast cars, and skipping school, before they question any of its questionable lessons. Tell them to remember Grease for its songs, not the moral of the story: At the end, Sandy changes for her man, Danny.
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