30+ Best Movies to Watch with the Family

I saw this post by Cup of Jo that recommended movies to watch with your family. The main criteria she gave were avoiding sex scenes and swearing – basically, anything that you would be uncomfortable watching with your parents (or grandparents!). However, I thought the list fell short of meeting those very two objectives! (See: Burn After Reading). So, I decided to make my own list – of movies that would ACTUALLY be appropriate for a family gathering.

I will say that some of these movies still have some moments that might be uncomfortable, however, they are short and not explicit. I can vouch that I have watched (almost all of) these with my parents (some of them many, many times) and wouldn’t feel bad doing so again. In addition, I have included a few other movies similar to each of my top picks.

P.S. If you’re looking for holiday movies, check out my ultimate Christmas movie list 🙂

My list…


  • The Prestige
    Similar: A Beautiful Mind, Good Will Hunting
  • Shawshank Redemption
    Similar: Forrest Gump, the Intouchables
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus
    Similar: West Side Story, Grease, Amadeus, The Sound of Music
  • Joy
    Similar: The Blind Side, Inside Out, Jaws
  • The Great Gatsby
    Similar: Pride & Prejudice, the Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Fairy Tales:

  • The Wizard of Oz
    Similar: Oz the Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland (with Johnny Depp), Mary Poppins
  • Harry Potter
    Similar: The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Percy Jackson & The Olympians
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    Similar: The Lorax, The Imaginarium of Dr. Paranassus
  • Hook
    The Princess Bride, Shrek, A Little Princess
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
    The Golden Compass, Stardust, The Neverending Story


  • Young Frankenstein
    Similar: Robin Hood Men In Tights, Clue, The Cat in the Hat (with Mike Myers)
  • Uncle Buck
    Similar: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Cool Runnings, Mrs. Doubtfire, Heavyweights
  • So I Married an Axe Murderer
    Similar: Wayne’s World, Napolean Dynamite, Liar Liar
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Similar: The BFG, The Emperor’s New Groove, Madagascar
  • Zootopia
    Similar: Wreck it Ralph, Despicable Me, The Muppets

Romantic Comedies:

  • Sweet Home Alabama
    Similar: 27 Dresses, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton
  • Hitch
    Similar: You’ve Got Mail, Yes Man, Father of the Bride
  • The Proposal
    10 Things I Hate About You, License to Wed
  • Date Night
    Similar: Did You Hear About the Morgans?, The Bounty Hunter
  • Bewitched
    Similar: Life As We Know It, Marley and Me, Midnight in Paris

Sci Fi:

  • Tomorrowland
    Similar: Blade Runner, The Giver, Back to the Future, The Fifth Element
  • Star Wars
    Similar: Star Trek, Ender’s Game
  • Interstellar
    Similar: Gravity, the Martian, 2001
  • Inception
    Similar: The Matrix, The Island, Minority Report
  • Men in Black
    Similar: Ghostbusters, Back to the Future 2, Planet of the Apes


  • Mission Impossible
    Similar: Jason Bourne, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lego Movie
  • AntMan
    Similar: Captain America, Hancock, The Fantastic Four
  • Duplicity
    Similar: The Adjustment Bureau, Now You See Me
  • The Tourist
    Similar: Knight and Day, Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Ocean’s 11
    Similar: The Italian Job, National Treasure

Enjoy family movie time! What would you add to the list?






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