A family can some in many different shapes and sizes; “family” might mean the people biologically related to you or it might mean a bunch of people you chose as you grew up and learned more about yourself. However you define “family”, though, they’re the people who are somehow capable of being infuriating while also necessary, annoying, and lovable at the same time. They might have embarrassing photos of you when you were younger, but they will also have your back when you need them to. At the end of the day, though, a family is just the group of people you feel the safest around. And if the day has been long and difficult, there is nothing better than gathering everyone around the TV/laptop screen/streaming device of choice to unwind and watch a movie everyone can enjoy.
Of course, that’s easier said than done.
The plural nature of family means that you’re always dealing with an unpredictable mix of personalities. With different ages, maturities, and tastes to consider, picking a movie can be a difficult task. You’re trying to find that sweet spot between funny, but not offensive, educational, but not didactic, not too edgy, yet not too safe, and also not incredibly long, so you’re not forced to spend any more time with those crazy people than you absolutely have to. As a result, actually agreeing on something to watch can feel about as easy as spotting a unicorn.
But that’s not to say that the perfect family movies don’t exist. We’ve gone and done the hard part for you and found ten of the very best. The following list covers a range of genres and topics and includes movies from different eras and countries. If you can’t satisfy the majority of your family with something on this list of the best family movies, then, well, that’s your problem now, buddy.