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The best family movies on Netflix for all ages

Searching for the best family movies on Netflix? Browse our quick guide to which of your favorites are on the lineup!

By Danielle Valente, Allie Early and Time Out editors
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The best family movies on Netflix are calling your name! 

December is around the corner, so it's the perfect time to kick back with a few Christmas movies for kids—and you'll find plenty to choose from. Don't sweat it if you're still in a spooky state of mind: There are some fun scary movies for kids that are still circulating. (Casper, anyone?) Plus you'll love the family comedy movies and even the great TV shows for kids.

The only thing left to do is snag some popcorn! 

Need more streaming recs? See the best new kids' movies and the best kids' shows on Netflix.

Best family movies on Netflix

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102. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Available: December 1

When Elliott finds an alien hiding in his mom’s tool shed, a friendship blossoms into something truly–ahem–out of this world. With the help of his siblings, he keeps E.T. a secret, but it’s hard to keep the creature safe with government agents sniffing him out. You’ll overlook some slightly salty banter to allow your pint-size crew the joy of giggling when Elliott dresses E.T. as a ghost to sneak him out of the house on Halloween, and you’re sure to say “awww” when young Drew Barrymore comes onscreen. Oh, and a final fun fact: Steven Spielberg’s character E.T. is actually inspired by an imaginary friend he had as a child. Rated PG.

the willoughbys
the willoughbys
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103. The Willoughbys (2020)

Abandoned by their heartless parents, Jane Willoughby (voiced by Alessia Cara) and her twin brothers (Séan Cullen and Séan Cullen) try to please their sour nanny (Maya Rudolph) and become perfect children. Based on the bestselling book by Lois Lowry, this animated film also features the voices of Ricky Gervais and Terry Crews. Rated PG.

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Ralph vs Internet
Ralph vs Internet
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105. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

In this animated fantasy, Ralph and Vanellope are on a quest in the unchartered waters of cyberspace to find a way to fix their video game. Viewers will discover that the internet is an interesting place, indeed! Rated PG.

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Jurassic Park
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106. Jurassic Park (1993)

Available: December 1

Being a paleontologist is easy...you know, when the dinosaurs you're studying aren't walking right next to you. A group of scientists is brought to a theme park where dinos are anything but extinct, and to cut to the chase: No one is safe. Rated PG–13. 

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monster house
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107. Monster House (2006)

Available: December 1

One house on the street is not like the others, and teenager DJ knows it. Unfortunately, it’s harder than expected for him to convince the police and his babysitter that their neighbor’s home is actually a living, breathing monster. DJ and his friends must embark on a crazy adventure in hopes of saving the people the house has eaten (and ideally destroying it afterward). Anxiety-prone kids should pass on this one, but young horror fans will dig this film for its relatable characters and heartwarming ending. Rated PG.

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goosebumps
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108. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)

Could you imagine if an R.L. Stine book came to life? For one tween, this is his reality. Sonny and his best friend Sam cross paths with Slappy, a dummy from an unpublished Goosebumps book who is very much alive. Plus, Slappy has set his sights on Sonny's mom. Soon a cast of spooky characters have been unleashed on the town, and it's up to Sonny to save his mother and his neighbors. Talk about getting lost in a good book, huh? Rated PG.

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mary poppins returns
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109. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

If you're in search of a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious movie marathon, Mary Poppins Returns is the way to go. Emily Blunt plays the iconic character who makes her way back into the lives of the Banks family to help them when they need it most. Rated PG.

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
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110. Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

Clara wants nothing more than to unlock her late mother’s box. She didn’t realize that key she receives at holiday party actually unlocks the door to new realms. Who wouldn’t want to take the journey alongside Clara through the Land of Snowflakes, the Land of Flowers and the Land of Sweets? Things get dicey in the fourth realm, but you’ll enjoy tagging along for the ride. Rated PG. 

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the grinch
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111. The Grinch (2018)

Guess who's back to unleash holiday chaos on the town of Whoville? Our favorite green Dr. Seuss character is back—this time in animated form—and he's ready to spread some Christmas misery. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch, but it wouldn't be winter without your curmudgeonly presence. Rated PG. 

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hey arnold
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112. Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie (2017)

A Nickelodeon classic comes back to life! In this TV movie, we find Arnold and the PS 118 gang on their way to  San Lorenzo. However, when they discover danger along the way, Arnold fears it will lead them to a similar fate as his parents who disappeared. Rated PG. 

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113. Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday (2016)

Pee-Wee's in a New York State of mind. After meeting Joe Manganiello, he heads to the Empire State on his first trip to celebrate Joe's birthday in the Big Apple. Naturally, a few shenanigans ensue. Rated PG. 

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the lorax
the lorax
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114. The Lorax (2013)

Ted is swooning over Audrey, and the way to her heart is a Truffula tree. No sweat, right? Well, nature is nonexistent in the town of Thneedville, so winning over the girl of his dreams might not be so simple after all. Will the Lorax, who once reigned over the forest, be able to help the young boy in his quest? Rated PG.

115. Bee Movie (2007)

Barry the Bee (aka Jerry Seinfeld) has a college degree, but no motivation to pursue a career working with honey. That is, until he interacts with humans (a major no-no) and realizes they've been stealing his kind's honey for years. The nerve! Rated PG. 

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116. Nacho Libre (2006)

Jack Black plays a Mexican monk who is struggling to feed the children in his monastary, so he decides that he'll be able to drum up some money by posing as a wrestler, Luchador "Nacho Libre." Rated PG. 

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117. The Muppets (2012)

Tex Richman is planning to tear down the Muppets Studio and drill for oil on the grounds. But the show's biggest fan won't let that happen on his watch. Soon, he, his brother and his brother's girlfriend are on a mission to reunite the Muppets and save their beloved studio. When you're through, be sure to stream The Muppets Most Wanted. Rated PG. 

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princess and the frog
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118. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Tiana has big dreams down in the bayou: The New Orleans chick wants to be a restauranteur, but her ambitions are derailed when Prince Naveen shows up. (Or should we say hops up?) The prince is turned into a frog, and he is under the impression that a kiss from Tiana (who his mistakes for a princess) will break the curse. Well, unfortunately after one smooch, they're both frogs. Will someone be able to get these two out of this mess? Rated PG. 

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120. Hugo (2011)

Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Hugo follows an orphan who lives in a Paris train station's walls circa 1930. Though he's tasked with looking after the clocks in the station, he's more concerned about a broken automaton his late father passed down to him. He intends to figure out what went wrong and hopefully find a sense of belonging in the process. Rated PG. 

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hotel for dogs
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121. Hotel for Dogs (2009)

Siblings Andi and Bruce are forced to part ways with their pup Friday upon finding a foster home that has a no-pet policy. But this is no match for the duo. When faced with this predicament, the two decide to open up a pet-friendly hotel for Friday and his canine gang. It seems like a great idea...until neighbors become suspicious. Rated PG. 

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the cat in the hat
the cat in the hat
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122. The Cat in the Hat (2003)

Sally and Conrad's mother probably shouldn't have left the kids home alone. Believe it or not, the siblings are not the problem—it's their new feline friend and pet fish that are at odds and wreaking havoc in this live-action retelling. Rated PG. 

123. Charlotte’s Web (2006)

We can't resist the 1973 musical adaptation of this beloved children’s book. After little Fern saves Wilbur—the tiniest of his litter—from certain death, the curious piglet learns that there’s more danger up ahead. But with the help of the wise and talented spider Charlotte, Wilbur learns what it means to be brave. Rated G.

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124. Chicken Little (2006)

Chicken Little has it rough. He's like the boy who cried wolf, except he claims that the sky is falling. Naturally, his neighbors aren't terribly thrilled with this accusation and therefore decide to part ways with the bird. He tries to win their approval by joining a town baseball game, but then discovers that the falling sky is actually a UFO. Will he be able to convince an already suspicious town that aliens are coming? Rated PG. 

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the rugrats movie
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125. The Rugrats Movie (1998)

Young Tommy Pickles feels like he's second fiddle when his brother Dill shows up on the scene. After receiving a bout of widsom from his older cousin Angelica (who's known for having a mean streak), Tommy soon goes on a journey with his diaper-clad crew in an attempt to return his baby bro to the hospital. Rated G. 

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127. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Flint is a good guy: He wants to help his neighbors in Swallow Falls, who are only able to eat sardines when hard times hit. The inventor finds a way to make delicious treats fall from the sky, but things seem next to impossible when a few tech glitches cause his machinery to spin out of control. Rated PG. 

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addams family
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128. The Addams Family (1991)

Being reunited with loved ones is always exciting, but something is a bit...strange about Uncle Fester's homecoming (even for his standards). The entire kooky clan begins to pick up on his unusual ways, and soon everyone suspects this man isn't the Addams he claims to be. We must ask, "Will the real Uncle Fester please stand up?" Rated PG-13.

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casper
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129. Casper (1995)

Available: November 1

Instead of inheriting her father’s millions (as expected), Carrigan Crittenden gets only his broken-down mansion. She soon realizes that in order to claim the house (and the hidden fortune that may be inside), she needs to boot the troublesome ghosts that call it home. Crittenden hires Dr. James Harvey, an experienced afterlife therapist who moves into the mansion, and his daughter Kat meets Casper (the only friendly ghost of the bunch). They all work together to help the spirits cross over to the other side (expect some mild cursing in the process). Will they be able to pull it off? Rated PG.

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130. The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)

Available: November 1

Omri receives an old wooden cupboard for his birthday. Most kids wouldn't be terribly thrilled with such a gift...until they realize its capabilities. When Omri begins placing toys inside the cupboard, they come to life, but it's not all fun and games. Rated PG. 

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132. The Little Prince (2015)

Based on the beloved book, The Little Prince follows a young girl who is led into a new world to reasses what matters most: connections with others. Rated PG. 

133. Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

It turns out, Peter Parker isn't in a class of his own: After Brooklynite Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider, he too inherits the same spidey powers. It turns out, he'll need 'em—Kingpin has a few wicked plans that Miles will need to fight. Rated PG. 

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134. Miracle (2004)

When college hockey coach Herb Brooks is given an assignment in the big leagues—to coach the men's team in the Olympics—the odds are against him, especially considering the U.S.A. is to face the Soviet team. A must for all athletes, this patriotic film will give you a glimpse at Americans uniting. Rated PG. 

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the witches
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135. The Witches (1990)

A witch convention is certainly not the first thing you expect to come across while staying at a hotel in England with your grandmother. Unfortunately, little Luke's curiosity gets the better of him, and he's caught spying on their evil gathering. It's up to Luke and his Grandmother to fight back against the witches, but it's just a hair more difficult now that Luke has been turned into a mouse. Rated PG.

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the grinch
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136. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Move over, Scrooge. This Christmas killjoy and his sidekick Max have stolen hearts year after year. When the Whoville outcast decides to finally embrace the holiday spirit, will his plan backfire? Of course, no comedian is more fitting for the Grinch's portrayl than the hilariously quirky Jim Carrey. Rated PG.

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