When it comes to streaming, Netflix is most people's platform of choice. The vast array of original content and licensed properties means that there is something for everyone to watch. This being the case, it is not surprising that Netflix is home to many incredible family films.
Family movies are great because there is almost always something for everyone, no matter the age or demographic. These movies are full of humor, heart, and even occasionally thrills. Whether someone is a fan of animation, live action, or a combination of the two, here are ten of the best family movies on Netflix.
10 Mary and the Witch's Flower
Mary and the Witch's Flower is an incredible piece of animation storytelling. It was the first film released by the Japanese animation studio Studio Ponoc, founded by Yoshiaki Nishimura, a former producer from the beloved Studio Ghibli. The film follows the story of Mary, a little girl who discovers a flower which gifts people the powers of a witch for a single night.
The animation is as breathtaking as any of Studio Ghibli's films and is the movie's greatest strength. The narrative is simple and sweet and will capture the attention of kids and adults alike. If nothing else draws you in, perhaps its incredible voice cast, including Jim Broadbent and Kate Winslet, will do the trick.
9 Atlantis: The Lost Empire
There are a handful of classic Disney animated films currently on Netflix. From Hercules to Mulan, you have a solid selection to browse. One film though deserves far more attention than it has ever gotten, both during its theatrical and home video run. Atlantis: The Lost Empire is one of the most underrated films from Disney Animation ever.
Atlantis is unlike any other Disney film out there. It is a steampunk adventure film of the same vein as Indiana Jones and Hellboy. Legendary comic book artist Mike Mignola even had a hand in the film's production design. It is a breathtaking and epic animated film that has only improved with age.
8 An American Tail
This is a bonafide family classic. An American Tail is a beloved animated film, and one of the rare non-Disney favorites for many. Produced by Steven Spielberg and his team at Amblin, there is inherent magic infused in An American Tail that could only come from them.
The film follows Fievel, a little Russian-Jewish mouse who immigrates to the United States with his family during the late 19th century. Fievel is separated in the process and must traverse the streets of New York to reunite with his loved ones. It has some beautifully animated sequences and a musical number that will push anyone who watches it to tears.
7 Christopher Robin
Christopher Robin was an excellent deconstruction of classic Disney. It both embraced the iconography and warmth of the original Winnie The Pooh films and infused the story with more adult themes of loss and depression. Though some might find the tonal differences jarring, others will see beauty in the pairing.
The visual effects are spectacular, earning the film an Oscar nomination. Pooh and all of his friends come to life in a way never before seen. The human cast is stellar as well, especially Ewan McGregor as the titular hero. Christopher Robin is a film with enough whimsy for youngsters and enough pathos for the older crowd.
After almost 25 years, Pixar is still producing some of the best-animated films around. Their nineteenth film, Coco, is no exception. Coco tells the story of Miguel, a young boy in Mexico who wants to forget his family craft of shoemaking to pursue a career in Music. On the Day of the Dead, Miguel travels to the land of the dead to meet his musical hero, the late Ernesto de la Cruz.
Along the way, Miguel discovers the power of following one's dream while still honoring your family. Coco is possibly Pixar's most beautiful film to date, combining an extraordinary color palette and Mexican design influence. It is a lovely showcase for the power and universality of representation in animation.
5 The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
The Water Horse is a film that has flown under the radar since its release in 2007. Set in the highlands of Scotland, The Water Horse is an adaption of Dick King-Smith's (the author of Babe) book of the same name. It tells a fictionalized account of what would be known as The Loch Ness Monster, and the boy who discovered it.
The film is a sweet and fun family adventure, with homages to other great family films like Harry Potter and E.T. The special effects which bring the Water Horse to life are exceptional, and you will fall in love with the little creature instantly. Give this hidden gem a chance and be swept away by its magic and charm.
4 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
If you're looking for comedy in your family films, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is for you. Starring the comedic chops of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, and even Mr. T, this film is full of incredible talent. The art direction is equally stylistic and humorous, harkening back to mid-century design.
More often than not, Hollywood rarely does justice to adaptions of beloved children's books. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is a perfect exception. The film takes the initial premise of the original book and expands it with modern humor and heartfelt themes of individualism and the acceptance of flaws.
3 The Addams Family
One of TV's most iconic families, The Addams Family remains beloved by the world over. Their feature film from 1991along with its sequel Addams Family Values has almost surpassed the popularity of their original series. The first film is a great adaption full of hilarity, gothic style, and a perfect cast.
Seriously, this is one of the best-casted adaptions out there. Angelica Huston is always fantastic, Raul Julia is a perfect Gomez, Christopher Lloyd is a national treasure, and Christina Ricci cemented herself as the best Wednesday Addams. Some say Addams Family Values is a better film overall, but you can't have a sequel without a strong foundation!
Only the mind of Neil Gaiman could conjure a story like this. Stardust is based on the novel of the same name and is full of Gaiman's signature wit and imagination. The film presents a hidden world of Stormhold, hidden beyond a wall in Britain.
Full of fallen stars, witches, and pirates, the film follows in the footsteps of classics like The Princess Bride. The film is perfect for anyone who loves classic tales of fantasy and adventure, with the added influence of classic British literature and wit. Also, Michelle Pfeiffer's performance as the witch Lamina is a must see.
Another adaption of a Neil Gaiman novel, Coraline is the best family film on Netflix. This was the first film from the geniuses at Laika Animation, who would later go on to create other feats like Paranorman and Kubo and the Two Strings. None of their movies are as jaw-droppingly gorgeous as Coraline (or as frightening).
Coraline is what would happen if Alice in Wonderland was thrown into a blender with The Shining. It is equally whimsical and horrifying. The stop-motion animation is some of the best around and has aged better than most CGI animated film of the early 2000s. Coraline is a must see for everyone, but make sure any kiddos are prepared for the scarier scenes.