When perusing the family-friendly movies on Netflix, you might feel disheartened by the lack of engaging movies available to you. But just because you have kids, that doesn't mean you're doomed to a Saturday night of watching flicks such as Barney's Great Adventure or Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (unless you're into that).
This gem from 1995 didn't have many viewers when it was originally released, but it is critically acclaimed and offers a beautiful story of overcoming obstacles with a kind heart. It will especially capture the hearts of the little princesses in your family.
Although this movie isn't a perfect pick for little ones, it offers a fun story of adventure for older kids and plucky pre-teens. And because it's based in the '80s, it's a fun throwback movie for parents.
Who doesn't love claymation? Although there are several excellent claymation movies to choose from, Chicken Run is our top pick because it's genius, it's funny and chickens are extremely popular right now.
Maybe it's because Pooh Bear offers nostalgic lessons on growing up, or maybe it's because he resembles our own children a little more than we realized as kids, but The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh just seems to grow more entertaining with time.
This movie brings to life a classic tale, with the added benefit of inspiring children to climb trees and make forts for hours after the movie is over.
A tearjerker if there ever was one, this movie is a classic for a reason. It peers into Americana and explores themes such as love and sacrifice that resonate across generations.
We had to include at least one musical in our list, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is our pick because it's entirely outrageous (a flying car?) while remaining entertaining for at least half of its 2-1/2-hour length.
If you don't cry when Mustafa dies trying to save Simba, then we question whether you have a heart. The Lion King is a timeless story of growing up, overcoming challenges and finding forgiveness, which are great lessons for both children and adults.
If schmaltzy Christmas movies aren't your thing, A Christmas Story offers a great alternative for a holiday movie. It is the opposite of schmaltzy — it's funny but not unkind — and it more closely resembles real American families than other holiday fare.
10. Up, 2009
Any movie that makes us cry like babies in the first 15 minutes is sure to get our attention. We love Up for its creativity, its compelling love story, its laughs and the way the main character reminds us of the crotchety but lovable old men in our lives.