Netflix’s current list of the 20 best family and children’s films

This fall, are you looking for a family-friendly movie night at home? The good news is that Netflix currently houses a virtual collection of timeless and contemporary family favorites. For your next streaming decision, we’ve compiled the top family movies.

The top family films presently streaming on Netflix are listed below. Even some honorable mentions are presented.

As Netflix titles are added to and removed from it, this list is periodically updated.

Netflix’s top family and children’s films

  1. Klaus (2019)
    In the critically praised 2D animated family comedy by Sergio Pablos, a postman races through the snow with the most well-known toymaker in the world.
    Winner of the Best Animated Feature BAFTA and Annie Awards. The first Netflix original to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature (it lost to Toy Story 4).
  1. Home (2015)
    Dreamworks and Fox’s animated film is a space-set adventure that is based on the 2007 children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday and features the voices of Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jim Parsons, and Jennifer Lopez. Tim Johnson is the director (Antz).
  2. We Can Be Heroes (2020)
    This Netflix original family-friendly superhero film is written and directed by Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez and serves as a sequel to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D. The film earned generally positive reviews from critics and set numerous Netflix viewership records. A follow-up has been teased.
  3. Enola Holmes (2020)
    Based on the well-known YA series by Nancy Springer, this critically acclaimed Netflix exclusive stars Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. Sam Claflin, Henry Cavill, and Helena Bonham Carter play supporting roles, while Brown plays the younger sister of Britain’s most well-known investigator. Enola Holmes, which was initially slated for a Warner Bros. theatrical release, was acquired and released for streaming in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Later this year, a sequel is planned.

5.A Cinderella Story (2004)
Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray are the stars of a youthful, glossy, oh-so-aughts retelling of the most well-known of all fairy tales. As a wickedly amusing stepmother, Emmy-winning icon Jennifer Coolidge can’t help but take the show overall.

6.Megamind (2010)
In Tom McGrath’s hilarious superhero comedy about a mega-villain going through a crisis of conscience and purpose, the tremendous voice talents of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Brad Pitt star. Mastermind, a commercial success, won plaudits for its voice acting and breathtaking 3D graphics.

7.Yes Day (2021)
Always-luminous The family comedy by Miguel Arteta about parents who give their children 24 hours to set the rules is elevated by Jennifer Garner. A follow-up is forthcoming.

8.The Sleepover (2020)
In this family-friendly Netflix original, Malin Akerman and Joe Manganiello play tween siblings who learn their apparently regular mother is actually a badass in the witness protection program. Sarah Rothschild wrote the screenplay, and Trish She directed the action comedy. When it first debuted, The Sleepover was one of the most popular shows on Netflix.

9.The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Kurt Russell plays a particularly cool, attractive, and wise-cracking Santa Claus in this Netflix original, helping a brother and sister (Judah Lewis and Darby Camp) rediscover the magic of Christmas following the death of their father. The Christmas Chronicles was produced by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and was directed by Clay Kaytis (The Angry Birds Movie). Russell’s performance is the main attraction here, and he does not dissapoint. You probably haven’t seen a Santa like this before.

10.The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)
In the follow-up to the 2018 smash, Santa is joined by the Pierce children as they battle a foe who threatens to ruin Christmas for everyone. The main draw in this area? Goldie Hawn, Russell’s real-life love interest, joins the ensemble as Mrs. Claus after coming out of semi-retirement. Include us!

11.White Christmas (1954)
In addition to The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945), and this important Christmas musical, the highest-grossing movie of 1954, Michael Curtiz was the director of several of the most notable motion pictures of Hollywood’s Golden Age. An effective theatrical adaption had its world premiere in San Francisco in 2004 and has since been on the road. White Christmas, the first picture ever to be released in VistaVision, a widescreen technique utilising twice as much surface area as conventional 35mm film, was shot in beautiful Technicolor.

12.Over the Moon (2020)
The 3D animated sci-fi musical by Oscar-winning Disney animation legend Glen Keane centers on a little girl who builds a rocket to see a mythological goddess on the moon. The Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature is likely to go to Over the Moon.

13.The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
Michael Rianda’s animated sci-fi comedy, a breakout critical and box office success of the pandemic era, is about a road-tripping family who must defend one another and the entire Earth against invading technology. At the 94th Academy Awards, The Mitchells vs. the Machines received a nomination for Best Animated Feature. The movie has received praise for including Katie, an LGBTQ character, in a sympathetic and inspirational way (voice of Abbi Jacobson).

14.A Monster Calls (2016)
J.A. Bayona’s breathtakingly beautiful and intensely emotional low fantasy, which is based on the eerie children’s book of the same name, is about a boy facing the unthinkable: the certain death of his terminally sick mother (Felicity Jones). In a creative, very moving film that made Bayona one of Hollywood’s most sought-after directors, Sigourney Weaver co-stars.

15.Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
As Po, a once-hapless Panda who is repeatedly called upon to behave, Jack Black charms as his voice. The entire Kung Fu Panda trilogy (and its spinoffs) is fantastic family entertainment because it is both hilarious and stunning.

16.Paddington (2014)

The renowned Michael Bond character served as the inspiration for Paul King’s live-action family comedy, which was a tremendous critical and financial success. The anthropomorphic bear, voiced by Ben Whishaw, migrates to London and is taken in by the Brown family. Paddington, which also starred Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters, inspired a sequel and received a BAFTA nomination for Best British Film.

17.Spider-Man 2 (2004)
A superb screenplay is the foundation of most outstanding movies. At the time, it might have seemed odd to choose Alvin Sargent, the two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter of the World War II drama Julia (1977) and Robert Redford’s Ordinary People (1980), to write a Spidey screenplay, but the outcome is a focused, self-contained, and downright exhilarating narrative. Making the difficult decisions in life and finding one’s identity are at the center of Spider-Man 2.

Don’t be fooled by the spandex; this is heavy drama. If Spider-Man 2 is when we received definitive confirmation that a superhero movie could be a work of art, the 2002 Raimi film was the moment when Hollywood understood this genre might be a box office jackpot.

18.Spider-Man (2002)
Two decades later, Spider-Man still holds up admirably because to strong performances and a David Koepp-penned script that emphasizes the characters (Jurassic Park). The romance between Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and Mary Jane Watson is a major factor in this trilogy’s record-breaking box office triumph (Kirsten Dunst). In most Oscar-winning dramas, you’d struggle to find a sweeter, more relatable love tale. The movie functions best when Spidey is not wearing a costume, if anything.

19.Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
As paranormal investigators made famous in animation, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, and Linda Cardellini starred in the early 2000s revival. Despite receiving mixed reviews at the time, Scooby-Doo became an enormous hit, and two years later a sequel was released.

20.Charlotte’s Web (2006)
We have tissues available. In a heartwarming adaptation of E.B. White’s well-known book about a friendship between a pig and a literate spider, a stunning A-list cast featuring the voices of Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Buscemi, Robert Redford, Reba McEntire, John Cleese, Kathy Bates, and Cedric the Entertainer stars opposite a live-action cast that includes Dakota Fanning.

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