Winning family movies

One thing that’s almost inevitable when you’ve been a mom for a few years, is that you’re going to watch and re-watch a lot of kid-movies. This week we happened to watch a couple movies that are a few years old but that I still enjoy after multiple watchings. It got me thinking about the rarity of a decent family movie that’s still fun for both kids and parents even after you’ve seen it half a dozen times. Here’s my short list. Have any to add? I’d love to see your additions in comments.

Winning Family Movies



Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Ramona and Beezus


Follow Me, Boys!

The Karate Kid


We Bought a Zoo



The Incredibles

Eight Below



National Treasure


Mary Poppins


The Adventures of Tintin


Fly Away Home


Jump In!



Aladdin (with Robin Williams)


Akeelah and the Bee



Treasure Planet




Several of my kids have assured me that Big Hero 6 belongs on this list too.  I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m adding it because it went on sale yesterday!


Have any to add?  Add them in comments below.  Do you find lists like this helpful?  If so, I’d love a pin on Pinterest!


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  1. Christine N. says:

    I’m sure there are more, but off the top of my head, one movie that most of my family likes to watch more than once is Holes.

  2. Good list! I haven’t seen a number of these, so I’ll have to see if our library has them.

    Some of our favorites:
    Winnie the Pooh (the new one from 2011ish)
    Monsters, Inc.
    Despicable Me (the first one)
    Robin Hood (Errol Flynn)
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    The Sound of Music
    White Christmas
    The Narnia trilogy
    Anne of Green Gables (Megan Follows, just the first two)
    Johnny Tremain (old Disney, historical)

    That’s all I can think of right now! 🙂

  3. We haven’t seen a couple of these but will be checking them out. We’re super picky about the kid movies!nAlexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day was cute. Big hero 6 was as well. Also Paddington. My kids also love the Night at The Musem movies. Haven’t seen the newest one, but the first 2 they loved. Also the old Swiss Family Robinson is great.

  4. **these are my favs…never tire of them. And I second Anne of Green Gables! We also have the TV show Road to Avonlea which is fantastic too – 7 seasons**
    Heavyweights **
    Parent Trap**
    Swiss Family Robinson
    Davy Crockett
    Cool Runnings
    Lego Movie (I’ve heard my husband laughing out loud from across the house while watching this one)

    • I think I was late 20s when I saw Avonlea and I totally loved that series. I never see it playing any more. Do they still air the reruns? Every now and again I catch one of the actors in something more recent and it takes me a minute to figure out who they are now that they are all grown up.

      Not sure if I’ve seen the newer Parent Trap, but the ones with Halley Mills were huge favorites when I was young. I loved Cool Runnings (“ya dead, mon?”) but haven’t seen that in ages. I have the DVD, maybe that will be on tonight. Lego Movie was also popular. Thanks for the memory trigger!

    • I didn’t know they made a TV series! I’m so glad you mentioned it. I’m going to look for them!

  5. Well, I had no idea you had a blog! I have been following you on Pinterest for a long time, and now here you are! (haha, I’m sure you’ve been around a while I just didn’t know!) Will be adding you to my blog reader 🙂 (Love your pins!! 🙂

  6. Oh I love these kinds of lists! I’ll look for you over on Pinterest. In the meantime, Little Manhattan is really cute.

  7. I actually didn’t care for the newer Karate Kid. Maybe the original was just too entrenched in my memory. Here are a few others I don’t see listed by anyone else above me:
    Annie (original, didn’t see the remake so no idea how it stacks up)
    Princess Bride
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (personally preferred the original although the remake was closer to the book)
    Short Circuit
    Jungle 2 Jungle
    The Santa Clause
    Camp Nowhere – the kid liked it but I don’t recall if there were things in it that I might find objectionable now
    Toy Story
    I loved the Disney stories (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Aristocats, etc) so he got stuck watching some of those because I wanted to see them. LOL. I still listen to the musical soundtracks for some of them but my copies of the movies were on VHS and I no longer have a player. As soon as a windfall of extra cash drifts my way, perhaps I should get the DVD version. Which reminds me of…
    How To Train Your Dragon

  8. We just watched The Wizard of Oz (first time for kids) and they loved it. It is one of my favorites. Dolphin Tale was really good also.

  9. You might want to check out some indie films made by my friend’s son and daughter-in-law.
    Angel Dog
    My Dog the Champion
    The Adventures of Pepper & Paula (not yet released, but here’s a review) ––encourages-kids-to-see-goals-through.html

  10. Some movies I (and the family) enjoy watching:
    Swiss Family Robinson
    Cheaper by the Dozen (the 1950’s version)
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Freaky Friday (the Original)
    Troop Beverly Hills
    A Little Princess (both the original and the remake)

  11. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.

  12. We liked the first Spy Kids and the first Pirates of the Caribbean.