The best family comedy movies for kids

Family comedy movies pair perfectly with a bowl of popcorn. No one in the fam will be able to resist these funny flicks!

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These amazing family comedy movies will have your whole crew giggling! From Shrek to Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and everything in between, there's a lot to love about these films—and then some. We promise you won't be disappointed with these laugh-out-loud picks!

Looking for even more sweet family films beyond our list of the best family comedy movies? Don't miss our roundups of the coolest kids' movies from the 90s, our favorite movies for tweens and the best animal movies. (And, if you're inclined to get off the couch, our favorite fun things to do with kids in NYC.)

Best family comedy movies

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The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Think your four-legged friend waits patiently by the door for your arrival? Think again! This mischevious misdaventure follows a dog named Max, the king of the house, who is thrown for a loop when his owner brings home another pup, Duke. The two butt heads, largely thanks to Max's jealous tendencies. However, when the duo ends up on the streets of NYC will the "brothers" be able to stick together? A few of Max's friends join forces to help see the pups back to safety. We're being treated to a sequel on June 7, 2019, so prepare for some more canine craziness. Rated PG.

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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

A surefire win (with teeny, tiny scares) for the youngest movie buffs, this classic Disney Pixar film was an extremely memorable leap in animation technology and remains a heartwarming 'spooky' story for your littles. Monsters Sully (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) work together at Monsters, Inc., a power company in a Monsters-only world. The power company is fueled by the screams of human children (collected by monsters who go into the human world to scare them). When one of Mike and Sully's nightly haunts fails terribly and brings a small child into their world, they must work together to make things right (and ultimately save 'Boo' from even more terrible creatures). Rated G.
 
 

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Baby's Day Out (1994)

Two new parents want their baby's portrait taken, but they grow suspicious when the photographers ask for time alone with the tot. They quickly discover that the photographers are actually thieves holding their child for ransom. Thankfully, this little fella has an adventure of his own, so he's unaware of the dispair his mom and dad endured during his kidnapping. This lil' guy certainly showed this wicked trio a thing or two. Rated PG. 
 

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Finding Nemo (2003)

Protective parents will totally relate to clownfish Marlin, a relatively new dad who just wants his only surviving child to be safe. Unfortunately, Nemo—like most youngsters—is a tad defiant and breaks his dad’s rules. When he ultimately goes missing, Marlin heads out on an epic journey across the ocean, meeting Dory (a forgetful Regal Blue Tang), uber-chill sea turtles and other interesting creatures along the way. PSA: Listen to your parents, kids! Rated PG.

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The Goonies (1985)

Goonies never say die, and you'll never believe where determination gets these crazy kids. In the beloved 80s flick, a group of boys must face the music: Their homes are being taken from them, and in turn, they'll be separated. However, one precocious and relentless member of the crew is determined to find One-Eyed Willy's treasure to save their homes. Things seem somewhat plausible...until the Fratelli's get on their case. Will the boys come out of their quest successful, and more importantly, alive? The Goonies is one of Spielberg's best! Rated PG. 

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The Parent Trap (1998)

Annie is from London and Hallie is from California. The two end up at the same sleepaway camp and don't quite see eye-to-eye (to say the least). However, their misadventures turn into one heck of a plan when they discover they're twins who have been separated. Now, they're trying to devise a scheme that'll bring their parents together. Switching places is the best bet, but there are a few roadblocks along the way, namely Meredith Blake. Rated PG.

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Peter Rabbit (2018)

Mischief is synonymous with Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter's well-known trouble maker received the live-action treatment in 2018 and was voiced by funnyman James Corden. All in all, a recipe for laughs...and a bit of disaster (well, for the McGregor family at any rate). Peter and his crew love taking bites out of Mr. McGregor's garden. The battle between man and rabbit continues after the old man's passing, as his young nephew is left to care for the estate. It's game on for Peter and the new McGregor—especially since he's taken a liking to the bunnies' neighbor, Bea. Although a famed tale, this rendition is best for the older rabbits in your clan. Rated PG. 

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Wreck It Ralph (2012 + 2018)

There's an arcade game character, Ralph, who's grown tired of his bad-guy persona. He embarks on a quest to prove that he can be nice, but trouble follows. In the sequel, which hit theaters in 2018, Ralph and his friend take on the World Wide Web in order to save his buddy's video game. Rated PG.

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Paddington (2014 + 2018)

Poor Paddington has had it rough: After he lost his home, he makes his way to England to settle down. He's discovered a new family, but issues arise when taxidermist Millicent Clyde learns of his whereabouts. Make sure to check out the sequel where the beloved bear goes through great lengths to ensure that his aunt has a wonderful present for her 100th birthday. Rated PG. 

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Home Alone (1990)

Kids will love mischief-maker Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy whose family accidentally leaves him behind when rushing out of the house for Christmas vacation in France. Alone in their Chicago home, Kevin learns to fend for himself. Eventually, Kevin must protect his home against Harry and Marv, who plan to burglarize the entire neighborhood. Kevin’s mother Kate tries to rush home as soon as she realizes his absence, but plenty of chaos ensues while Kevin is left to his own devices. Rated PG.

 

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Despicable Me (2010)

Steve Carell is the voice of Gru, a suburban supervillain whose seemingly innocuous home sits above a vast underground lair populated by hordes of yellow gibberish-speaking minions. Gru is prone to freeze-raying passers-by and plots to steal the moon, but when he adopts three adorable tow-headed orphan girls it’s not long before their plucky charm and winning optimism begin to melt his cold, cold heart. Rated PG. 

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The Lego Movie (2014)

With one obvious exception, toy stories do not have the luckiest big-screen pedigree: the results are often either sugary cartoons for undemanding kids or noisy blockbusters for brain-dead teens. If the producers of ‘The LEGO Movie’ had taken either approach, there would have been an outcry: these lifeless plastic bricks are too beloved, too iconic to be subjected to the Hollywood sausage-factory treatment. Luckily the script is witty, the satire surprisingly pointed and the animation tactile and imaginative. Rated PG. 

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Toy Story (1995)

While multiple iterations of Toy Story have turned it into a substantial franchise, the original tale is still our favorite by far. Who can forget meeting Woody and Buzz for the first time? Kids will love seeing Andy’s toys come to life and even go on an unexpected journey when some things go awry. Don’t be surprised when they start looking at their own toys a little differently. Rated G.

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The Muppets (2011)

The original ‘Muppet Show’ first screened its unique combination of sweet, surreal and subtly satirical silliness in 1976. Over 30 years later, Jason Segel and Amy Adams revived the franchise with this feelgood film, chock-full of soulful psychedelic songsmithery and rubber chicken gags. But the real stars are, of course, the Muppets themselves. Prepare yourself for subversive asides, terrible puns and some of the most ludicrous, maniacal musical numbers ever committed to film. Rated PG.
 

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The Princess Bride (1987)

Could Rob Reiner's simultaneous send-up and celebration of fairy tales have better captured the imagination of all who live for the phrase "Once upon a time..."? In-con-ceiv-able, we say! You won't find a sweeter love letter to the glories of cross-generational storytelling. Rated PG.

 

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Shrek (2001)

Shrek (2001)

While kids' movies were making pop-cultural references before this DreamWorks toon came out, none of them were quite as savvy as this ogre's tale in dismantling legendary bedtime stories—and in a way that kids would find both clever and funny. It's like a collegiate Postmodernism 101 course, only aimed at elementary-school students and with better fart jokes. Rated PG.

 

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The Sandlot (1993)

During the summer of 1962, a spotty crew of dead-end kids throw a baseball around at the neighborhood diamond. The new kid in town, Scotty Smalls, is accepted simply as a gofer, but the gang's leader, Rodriguez, takes him under his wing. The quirky crew gets into plenty of mischief outside of batting practice, and they'll have to put their heads together to get a prized baseball back from a snarling neighbor. Rated PG. 

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Zootopia (2016)

Talking animals In a Disney film? Nothing new there. But this animated adventure takes the idea somewhere fresh by giving us a distinctly human world, with cities, streets and ice cream parlors populated by almost every mammal you can think of. The critters are voiced by Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons and more notable celebs, plus there are some fantastic set pieces for older audiences, including a brilliant comic slow burn with a very leisurely bureaucratic sloth and a charming riff on the wedding scene from The Godfather. Rated PG.

 

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Chicken Run (2000)

Britain's Aardman Animations has always had a sly sense of anthropomorphist humor (see their sensational Wallace and Gromit shorts), so it's no surprise that the company's parody of The Great Escape—this time, the POWs are chickens breaking out of a farm—is hilarious. What is shocking is how what could have been a one-joke comedy becomes, in Aardman's deft clay-molding hands, something moving and absolutely poult-errific. Rated G.

 

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The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

Are you prepared for the LEGO action? If so, buckle up for a giggle-filled ride with Bruce Wayne and his battle against those who evilly plot to rule Gotham City. He also accidentally adopts a goofball orphan who desperately wants to be his sidekick. What to do…Rated PG.

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Inside Out (2015)

What would life be like if your feelings were on display for all to see? This Pixar-animated film cleverly shows us when feelings (literally) come alive through Riley, an 11-year-old girl who has some trouble adjusting to her new environs when her parents uproot her from Minnesota and move to San Fransisco. There couldn't be better actors than Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling and Lewis Black to embody those niggling feelings better kept inside. Rated PG. 

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

Father and failure-plagued scientist Wayne Szalinkski works tirelessly on a shrink-ray invention in his attic laboratory to no avail—until one day the contraption finally works. His kids and the neighbors unknowingly wander into the lab and are hit by the laser beam, shrinking to 1/4 of an inch. As the concerned parents search for their youngsters, the kids make their way through the now larger-than-life world around them, tackling perilous obstacles like mud puddles, an ant and a bowl of Cheerios. Rated PG.

 

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Enchanted (2007)

A modern-day twist on classic fairytales, Enchanted begins in conventional, animated Disney territory, with Giselle being courted by Edward, her Prince Charming. His witchy mother banishes Giselle to twenty-first century New York City, where the film flits from animation to live-action just as Giselle (now Amy Adams), emerges from a manhole into a world of bustling humanity. As lawyer Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey) begins to fall for her, Edward appears (in the guise of James Mardsen) and Giselle is left facing a typically predictable rom-com dilemma. Rated PG.

 

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The Incredibles (2004 & 2018)

This super hero, crime-fighting family has won the hearts of children and adults alike as it takes on evil. The 2018 film, The Incredibles 2, takes a page from Wonder Woman's book, as Elastigirl is off fighting crime while her hubby, Mr. Incredible, is home with the kiddos. But when the crew needs to take down another nefarious plan, they'll just have to make it work. Rated PG. 

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Kung Fu Panda (2008–2016)

The trio of films garners a lot of attention for its ironic main character—the super-lazy, clumsy and out-of-shape Po, a panda bear who secretly wants to be a master of kung fu. Rated PG. 

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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)

Pee-Wee Herman sets out on a quest to find his missing red bike, something he is unable to part ways with. While on his journey to find his prized possession, he has many interesting adventures along the way. Rated PG. 

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School of Rock (2003)

Science projects and study sessions go awry when "Mr. Schneebly" shows up to class. The goofy and unorganized teacher is really a rock n' roll musician and tricks the class into performing in a local competition. What will happen when his big secret lets out? Youngsters will love the laugh-out-loud moments and parents will appreciate the classic rock references and tunes. Rated PG–13. 

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Ice Age (2002–2016)

The five-film franchise generates a lot of "LOLs" as its characters attempt to survive the Paleolithic ice age. Rated PG. 

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

The fan-favorite continues to live on for its laugh-out-loud, moments of skipping school that all kids can relate to (sorry, parents). Let's be real: "Life moves at you pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it." Rated PG–13. 

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