Older kids might lobby for the ‘live action’ remake with Beyoncé, but parents should hold fast and expose them to the ageless joys of this animated classic from Disney’s renaissance years. In case you need a primer: Simba is the young heir to the kingdom of Pride Lands – that is, until his villainous uncle, Scar, stages a violent coup against his own brother usurps power. Will Simba gain the courage to confront his nemesis and take his rightful place on the throne? No spoilers. No shade on Shakespeare, but this is the superior version of Hamlet. Because lions. Rated G.
Family movie night usually goes one of two ways: it’s either a moment of bonding and joy that creates fond memories that’ll take up residence in the hearts of everyone involved for the rest of their lives, or it’s a stressful evening of eyerolls, yawns and annoyance from both kids and parents. The key is finding a film that satisfies the entire brood, and that is no easy task. But it’s not impossible.
We’re here to help. Among these 50 picks of the all-time best family movies, you’ll find plenty of animated classics, both new and old, along with live-action adventures with generational appeal, inspirational tales of empowerment and comedies sure to make every person on the couch laugh, from tot to tween to grandparent. So take a deep breath, and feel comfortable in the knowledge that whatever you choose, you’ll be everyone’s hero – at least for the night.
✍ The 100 best animated films of all-time
👪 The 50 best kids movies to watch as a family
💻 The best family movies on Netflix for all-ages
🤣 The best family comedy movies
🧒 The best kids’ movies from the ’90s