Recommended Family Movies

FINDING NEMOI don’t think too highly of the recent Pixar movie, Cars. I wasn’t too excited about The Incredibles either. Neither of these films come close to the what Pixar accomplished with Finding Nemo, which I think is one of the best movies ever made, period. Not being a kid, though, I might not be the best judge of kids’ movies.

Nevertheless, I made this short list of movies I’d recommend as family viewing. Some of them are good for younger children, others not, but I think they all fall under the category of family viewing.

What movies would you add to this list?

Finding Nemo, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, A Bug’s Life, The Jungle Book, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Antz, Balto, Big, Ice Age, The Incredibles, Millions, Monsters Inc., On Golden Pond, The Polar Express, The Prince of Egypt, Robots, The Rookie, Saint Ralph, The Secret of Roan Inish, Shrek 1 and 2, Stand By Me (though it contains profanity), Star Wars: A New Hope, Treasure Planet, Two Brothers, Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trouser, Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Whale Rider.

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9 Replies to “Recommended Family Movies”

  1. I heard that list too. “Willow” was on it, as was “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and a few other serious films. The most serious movie on my list is “On Golden Pond.” They also included “The Dark Crystal” and “Cinema Paradiso” (of which there is a new version that is apaprently much better than the theatrical cut).

  2. Yeah, I heard them talking about the list on Sunday morning. Overall, it was pretty good, but The Dark Crystal? I loved it, but it’s a really scary movie for little kids, so its inclusion was puzzling.

    To the list, I’d add The Princess Bride, The Muppet Movie, and Ever After.

  3. The Sunday Edition posted their 10 movies “TO SEE BEFORE 14”:
    1) My Neighbour Totoro
    2) Fantasia
    3) The Princess Bride
    4) Willow
    5) The Dark Crystal
    6) Peter Pan
    7) The Adventures of Robin Hood
    8) To Kill a Mockingbird
    9) Cinema Paradiso
    10) The Miracle Worker

  4. My daughter loves

    the Fern Gully

    It has a great message about saving our environment and about the strength of our creative energy. I wish there were more kids movies that had lessons like these, it makes it easier to feel good that she’s zoned out in front of a movie while i’m getting some things done!

  5. Our son is now 10, some of his favorites over the years have been:
    – Pink Panther 2 (Steve Martin)
    – all Harry Potter movies
    – Zathura
    – A Charlie Brown Christmas
    – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
    – It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
    – all Star Wars movies
    – Transformers 1 (2007) – (He hated the sequel “Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen (2009))
    – Charlottes’s Web
    – Garfield 1 & 2
    – A Night at the Museum
    – Happy Feet
    – Transformers 1 (2007) – (He hated the sequel “Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen (2009))
    – Ghostbusters

  6. my ten year old is currently watching and rewatching the box set Blackadder series….do not think that will make it to many kid friendly lists…

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