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The 15 Best Family and Kids Movies on Netflix Right Now (June 2020)


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Last Updated: June 1, 2020

While the world of streaming has opened up a vast amount of possibilities in terms of viewing options, it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to decide exactly what to choose—especially when you have the entire family on the brain. That’s why we’ve crafted a specially curated list of the best family movies on Netflix, which runs down the very best movie-watching options for all (or at least most) ages to enjoy. They range from animated features to uplifting live-action stories of real-life heroes.

But it’s not only Disney movies—our list of the best family and kids movies on Netflix features films from all kinds of studios, all kinds of eras, and all kinds of genres. So if you’re looking for the perfect viewing option that both kids and parents will enjoy, we’re pretty confident you’ll find something here. Check out our full list of the best family movies on Netflix below.

And for even more recommendations, check out our full list of the 75 best movies on Netflix right now.


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


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Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Melissa Mathison

Cast: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, C. Thomas Howell, and Robert MacNaughton

It’s easy to forget just how good E.T. is. Obviously it’s one of Spielberg’s classics, but there’s an inclination to just assume E.T.‘s greatness without considering just how incredible this really movie is—it’s a downright masterpiece. It’s not enough for Spielberg to simply tell a story about an alien. He had done that already with Close Encounters of the Third Kind. No, this is a deeply personal work for the filmmaker, and one that’s just as much the story of a family torn apart by divorce as it is the tale of friendship between a lonely boy and a homesick alien. These plot devices go hand-in-hand, one informing the other, and it’s a testament to Spielberg’s genius that they blend so perfectly together. This is a movie filled with wonder, imagination, and adventure, but it’s also a considerably dark film that doesn’t shy away from the realities of a broken family. It’s that mix of pure movie magic and a grounded emotionality that make this a quintessential Spielberg film. If you need a reminder that Spielberg is one of the best there’s ever been, or simply want to watch a masterpiece, give E.T. a spin. And bring Kleenex. – Adam Chitwood




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Director: Brad Silberling

Writers: Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver, and J.J. Abrams

Cast: Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Devon Sawa

The 1995 live-action/animation hybrid movie Casper is a delightful pick if you want something slightly spooky, but not existential-crisis-inducing. Based on the friendly ghost cartoon character Casper, the film finds the ghost longing for a friend and working to summon a paranormal therapist (Bill Pullman) and his daughter (Christina Ricci) to the old mansion that he and his uncles haunt. Meanwhile, a spoiled heiress (Cathy Moriarty) is trying to work her way through the mansion and track down a hidden treasure—much to the chagrin of Casper and his prankster uncles. The film is the right mix of sweet and silly that spoke very strongly to kids in the 90s, and it no doubt holds up just as well for kids (and now-grown 90s kids) today. – Adam Chitwood

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


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Directors/Writers: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, and Neil Patrick Harris

Before filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller upended convention with wildly entertaining films like The LEGO Movie and the Jump Street films, they wrote and directed the 2009 animated feature Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs—and it is delightful. The film is absolutely in the same vein of Lord and Miller’s other films; a mix of goofy humor, gloriously intricate jokes, inventive visuals, and most importantly genuine compassion. Bill Hader voices a wannabe scientist named Flint who lives in a tiny town called Swallow Falls, which is thrown into peril when one of Flint’s wild inventions starts turning water into food, at which point it literally starts raining all sorts of delicious—and gigantic—treats. It’s a great film for all ages really, and a terrifically science-positive story. – Adam Chitwood


Despicable Me


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Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Writers: Cino Paul and Ken Daurio

Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Will Arnett, and Julie Andrews

The one that started it all. Illumination Entertainment’s 2010 animated film Despicable Me kicked off a lucrative franchise and introduced the world to “minions,” and in hindsight the initial film is pretty sweet. Steve Carell voices a baddie known as Gru who wants to be the most powerful supervillain in the world. But his “bad guy” tendencies are put to the test when he becomes the parent of three young girls, all the while battling another supervillain for supervillain supremacy. – Adam Chitwood

Back to the Future


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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale

Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and Crispin Glover

If your kids are a little bit older, the 1985 classic Back to the Future is a great choice. Many Millennials saw this one at a young age as well, and for quite a few it’s the film that sparked a love of movies. The story basically posits what would happen if you went to high school with your parents, as teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is sent back in time to prevent a catastrophic event, only to continue running into his parents at their high school. It’s one of the most fun and purely entertaining films ever made. – Adam Chitwood




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Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: John Logan

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Emily Mortimer, and Jude Law

The one and only family film from legendary director Martin Scorsese is also a celebration of cinema because of course it is. Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the 2011 film Hugo follows a young orphaned boy who lives alone in a Paris railway station. He strikes up a friendship with a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), and the two set out on a journey that puts them into direct contact with the work and legacy of groundbreaking filmmaker Georges Méliès. The movie was shot in 3D as Scorsese makes unique use of the full frame, crafting a film that’s adventurous and whimsical, but also very much a love letter to the art of moviemaking that underlines the value of film preservation. – Adam Chitwood

Ralph Breaks the Internet


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Directors: Rich Moore and Phil Johnston

Writers: Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribbon

Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, and Bill Hader

While Wreck-It Ralph delved into the world of arcade and classic gaming to tremendous results, the sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet turns its focus to an entirely different kind of beast: the internet. In the mold of successful Disney sequels, this film maintains the core characters that mean so much to audiences while evolving and challenging them to compelling results. Here, we see Ralph and Vanellope potentially going separate ways as they enter the massive world of the internet, and the film explores themes of toxic masculinity and online culture—though never in a preach-y manner. There’s plenty of time for fun as well, and while one could see the Star Wars and Disney Princess references as shameless cross-promotion, that doesn’t mean they aren’t wonderfully delightful. Thankfully, this is a sequel with a story worth telling. – Adam Chitwood


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


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Directors: Bob Perischetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Writers: Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman

Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Zoe Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber

“Anyone can wear the mask.” That’s the theme of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Versewhich makes it not just one of the most inspiring superhero movies ever made, but also one of the most important. While the film’s protagonist is Miles Morales, a mixed race high school student living in New York City who gets bit by a spider and gains superpowers, the movie expands the world into a “multi-verse” as various Spider-People from other dimensions come into Miles’ life. Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir all have different backgrounds and motivations, but they all rose above adversity to become the hero their world needed. The crux of the film is the relationship between Miles, who’s not yet ready to lead, and an alternate universe Peter Parker, who’s going through a mid-life crisis and reluctantly mentors the young, new Spidey. It’s an endearing, hilarious, and touching the relationship, and the film is packed with themes of friendship, heroism, and family that make it a tremendously positive viewing experience for youngsters. – Adam Chitwood

The Princess and the Frog


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Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker

Writers: Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards

Cast: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey, Bruno Campos, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody, Jim Cummings, John Goodman

10 years ago this December, as of this writing, Disney introduced fans all over the world to Tiana, the first African-American Disney princess, in The Princess and the Frog. Set in New Orleans during the early 20th century, the story centered on Tiana, a working-class woman who dreamed of one day opening her own restaurant. That dream was was far more important to her than the romantic notions of childhood stories like “The Frog Prince”, but as Disney movies go, Tiana soon finds herself smack in the middle of a froggy fantasy that’s complicated by a voodoo curse. And while all’s well that ends well, The Princess and the Frog takes some fun liberties with the original source material.

This movie is also one of the few traditionally animated tales that Disney makes in the modern era. That fact didn’t escape critics and general audiences alike, both of whom loved the old-school Disney feel. The Princess and the Frog is probably the last big-budget production that the acclaimed studio will tackle with traditional animation, so it’s worth a watch for that reason alone. – Dave Trumbore


Incredibles 2


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Writer/Director: Brad Bird

Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Huck Milner, Sarah Vowell, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, and Samuel L. Jackson

Although it doesn’t quite reach the high bar set by the original, Incredibles 2 remains a completely delight from start to finish. Writer-director Brad Bird breaks the narrative into two plotlines, one following Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) as she attempts to restore the good name of the Supers, and a second following Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) as he attempts to raise the kids. Although the Elastigirl plotline has all the colorful action thrills we want from a superhero movie, the film reaches a whole new level as Mr. Incredible struggles valiantly to raise a hyperactive Dash (Huck Milner), an angry Violet (Sarah Vowell), and a Jack-Jack who is bursting with superpowers. Pixar has been uneven with its sequels, but Incredibles 2 is easily a success for the animation powerhouse. – Matt Goldberg

The Little Prince


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Director: Mark Osborne

Writer: Irena Brignull (screenplay), Bob Persichetti (screenplay), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (novel)

Cast: Mackenzie Foy, Riley Osborne, Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks

It’s not every day you get to see a modern animated adaptation of an iconic bestselling story like The Little Prince, but thanks to Netflix and the talented cast and crew assembled to bring Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s story to life, a whole new generation can now enjoy the classic tale. Now while it’s not a point-for-point translation of the tale, it does pay homage to the novella’s fan-favorite characters and scenes. The Fox, The Snake, and The Rose are all present, and they’re brought to life in contrasting animation styles that help to conjure up images of the original drawings alongside the cutting-edge computer-generated characters common in today’s kids movies. This contrast also sets apart the book’s story, which itself exists as a story within a larger framing story following The Little Girl (Foy) and her uptight, hyper-organized Mother (McAdams). Their addition brings a new wrinkle to a familiar story, but the movie’s at its best when it sticks to the original tale. If you haven’t read The Little Prince or seen any of its adaptations over the years, this is a great place to start. — Dave Trumbore


Mary and The Witch's Flower


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Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Writers: Mary Stewart (novel), Riko Sakaguchi, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, David & Lynda Freedman

Cast: Hana Sugisaki, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yûki Amami, Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent

Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata passed away in early 2018, and though often outshined by the slightly more prolific Hayao Miyazaki, Takahata’s contributions to the famed film studio have influenced generations of artists, filmmakers, and creators alike. One such influence can be seen in the spin-off production company Studio Ponoc, whose first animated feature Mary and The Witch’s Flower promises big things ahead for the heir apparent.

Adapted from Mary Stewart’s novel “The Little Broomstick”, Mary and The Witch’s Flower captures all of that story’s magical elements and theme of self-discovery in a way that only an anime-styled movie can. Studio Ghibli’s style is very apparent here and it will take some time to see how Ponoc differentiates itself in order to stand on their own, but it’s clear that their grasp of story and eye for iconic creature creations is a strength. Seek out Mary and The Witch’s Flower to acclimate yourself with Studio Ponoc and get a jump on the next Ghibli-esque obsession. – Dave Trumbore

How the Grinch Stole Christmas


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Director: Ron Howard

Writers: Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeffery Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, Taylor Momsen, and Molly Shannon

There’s something oddly alluring about director Ron Howard’s big budget 2000 live-action adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Even though the film as a whole isn’t great, Jim Carrey’s charismatic performance goes a long way, and the eye-popping production design and makeup bring Whoville to life like never before. On that level alone this one should keep kids enraptured from start to finish, but it’s also just a solid Christmas movie to pop on during the November/December months to get everyone in that holiday spirit. – Adam Chitwood


Ant-Man and the Wasp


Director: Peyton Reed

Writers: Chris McKenna & Eric Sommers and Paul Rudd & Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari

Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Michael Pena, and Michelle Pfeiffer

Ant-Man and the Wasp is kind of perfect for Netflix because it’s a great hangout movie to just have in the background. The stakes are incredibly low for a Marvel movie—it’s about preventing a lab from being stolen so that Scott (Paul Rudd), Hope (Evangeline Lilly), and Hank (Michael Douglas) can rescue Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm. Loads of hijinks ensue, and it’s just a light, fun movie that’s not too demanding and perfect for watching with your kids. If you choose to watch Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a great palette cleanser. – Matt Goldberg

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms


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Directors: Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston

Writer: Ashleigh Powell

Cast: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman

If you’re looking for a visually stunning take on a classic story, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms may be a solid pick. The film is admittedly a bit slow—think a bit of a Downton Abbey vibe but for kids—but that’s all in keeping true to its source material, as Disney’s take twists the iconic tale into a colorful story of a young girl venturing into various fantastical realms to battle an evil woman. The movie famously had such extensive reshoots that its new director shared a credit with the film’s original director, but it’s a visually striking story with some twists and turns that are kind of fun. – Adam Chitwood


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