To misquote Dickens, family movie night is the best of times and the oh-will-everyone-please-stop-shouting-at-once?! of times. With all ages and all tastes to satisfy, it’s never easy finding a film to bring joy to all corners of the clan. Crucially, though, it’s not impossible either – especially in this golden age of animation and feel-good family fare that genuinely connects with the wizened as well as the wee’uns.
Of course, not every animation is a banger – for every Into the Spider-Verse there’s several dozen Emoji Movies – and the odd ‘feel-good’ flick can have the opposite effect. To help you navigate the ocean of choices and settle on a winner, we’ve selected 50 of the true classics, old and new: from Mary Poppins to Moana, they’ll spark nostalgia in the oldies, fire up the imaginations of the young ones and leave everyone with the warm-and-fuzzies. Stick one of these on in the evening and who knows? You might even have a peaceful bedtime. Happy viewing!
– The best family movies on Netflix
– The best family comedy movies
– The best Disney Channel Original Movies
– The best kids’ movies on Amazon Prime
– The best kids’ movies from the ’90s