14 Picture-Perfect Films for Your Next Family Movie Night


Your teen daughter should watch True Spirit. This is the true story of lovely, courageous, and inspirational Australian Jessica Watson, who became the youngest solo voyager aged 16. The lovely Teagan Croft plays Jessica, Anna Paquin plays her mother, and Cliff Curtis excels as Jessica's gruff but knowledgeable sailing coach.

True Spirit

Adam is Ryan Reynolds' younger self in this sci-fi. Adult and 12-year-old Adam, played by beautiful and clever Walker Scobell, are hilarious. Imagining their future selves thrilled my youngsters. They pondered their 20-year futures.

The Adam Project

It's fun how this film mixes fact and fiction. The account of a 10-year-old boy's life during the 1969 Apollo moon landing is imaginative but realistic. My kids knew Glen Powell and Jack Black as the voice actors. Boyhood, Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater wrote and directed. 

A Space Age Childhood

When I suggested seeing Uncharted, I won street cred with my teenage son, which is hard. The film stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg and is based on the popular computer game. Uncharted explores the world for Magellan Expedition treasure. Engaging, game-inspired action.


My house hosts My Little Pony night weekly. Equestria news is discussed on the sofa with my two girls. We've been doing this for almost 10 years, and it's a highlight of my parenting. Home is where My Little Pony is big. My My Little Pony-obsessed daughters think New Generation is the best in 20 years.

My Little Pony: A New Generation

My kids love the family dog, so let them play. Rescued by Ruby. Based on the true story of a cheeky border collie mix frequently adopted and returned to the shelter. Rescued by state trooper Dan (Grant Gustin), who aspires to join the K-9 squad, her situation changes.

Rescued by Ruby

My kids chatted about this Netflix Top 10 movie for weeks. Our house has utilized it ever since. Chickenhare, the adoptive son of a proud king and treasure hunter, is part chicken and part hare and doesn't fit in either world in the animated film. 

Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness

Want a great family night with everyone involved in a sea captain vs. sea creature story? Then watch The Sea Beast, one of the best animated action-adventures streaming today. Karl Urban voices sea beast hunter Jacob Holland and a young girl who stows away on his ship. 

The Sea Beast

Sherlock Holmes is well-known by all ages. Finding a new twist on a familiar story is difficult, so Enola Holmes succeeded. Sherlock's brilliant sister Enola is played by Millie Bobby Brown, and Henry Cavill portrays the pipe-smoking detective. 

Enola Holmes

We loved this silly Adam Sandler film. It has the charm and fun of any Sandler film, plus a murder mystery. My son had just read Murder on the Orient Express for junior high English class. It's a modern take on the classic Agatha Christie story.

Murder Mystery

Shrek's producers made Wish Dragon, so stream it now. Shanghai's brilliant and nice working-class college student Din stars. He wants to see his childhood friend Li Na, who left their neighborhood 10 years ago and lives handsomely.

Wish Dragon

This movie's simple premise is appealing: a family says “yes” to their children for a day. After I mentioned the plot, my kids smiled and agreed to watch. As we saw the wonder and danger of giving in to a child's every request, those grins continued. 

Yes Day

This documentary is for cat lovers at home. The collection has cute kitties that would make even cat skeptics scream “awww…” The experts explain why cats do weird things, making it amusing and educational.

Inside the Mind of a Cat

If you loved watching Paul Reubens honk-laugh in a suit a few sizes too tight as a kid, you should show your kids Pee-wee's Big Holiday. I loved seeing my kids laugh as much as I did in the '80s when Pee-wee stumbles into one hilarious event after another trying to get back to his quiet rural town of Fairville.

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday

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