Classic Non-Animated Family Movies for Movie Night

Maybe you’ve already made your way through the new releases or you’re looking to introduce your family to some of your favorite childhood memories, here are some of the best family movies around. We love animated movies as much as the next kid but sometimes you want to see live human beings on the screen. Your kids are sure to love this collection of non-animated movies.

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The Princess Bride

A young boy’s grandfather reads him the tale of a farm-boy turned pirate who overcome obstacles to be reunited with his true love.

Released: 1987

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 8 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, Apple TV

Read the Parent Guide: Princess Bride

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The Muppet Movie

Kermit the frog and his new friends set off on a cross-country trip to find success in Hollywood.

Released: 1979

Rating: G

Age Recommended: 5 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, Apple TV

Read the Muppet Movie Parent Guide

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The Goonies

The Goonies, a group of young misfits, find an old treasure map and set out to find a pirate’s treasure.

Released: 1985

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 9 and up

Where to Watch: HBO Max, Prime Video, Freeform

Read The Goonies Parent Guide

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E.T the Extra-Terrestrial

A friendly alien is stuck on earth, a troubled young boys helps him find his way home.

Released: 1982

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 8 and up

Where to Watch: Peacock, Prime Video

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Babe

A farmer helps his pig, who was raised by sheepdogs, learn to herd sheep.

Released: 1995

Rating: G

Age Recommended: 5 and up

Where to Watch: Prime Video

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

A scientist father accidentally shrinks his 2 children and 2 neighbor children to the size of bugs. The kids face new challenges in their shrunken state while the father tries to find them.

Released: 1989

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, Apple TV

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The Sound of Music

A young novitiate is sent by her convent in 1930s Austria to become a governess to the seven children of a widowed naval officer.

Released: 1965

Rating: G

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

Annie

Annie

A spunky young orphan is taken in by a rich eccentric, much to the chagrin of the cantankerous woman who runs the orphanage.

Released: 1982

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Where to Watch: Prime Video, Apple TV

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Released: 1964

Rating: G

Age Recommended: 5 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Young Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are swept away by a tornado from their Kansas farm to the magical Land of Oz, and embark on a quest with three new friends to see the Wizard, who can return her to her home and fulfill the others’ wishes.

Released: 1939

Rating: G

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Where to Watch: HBO Max, Prime Video, Apple TV

Star Wars a New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Released: 1977

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, Freeform

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

Released: 2001

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: Peacock, Prime Video, Apple TV

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Home Alone

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Released: 1990

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory.

Released: 1971

Rating: G

Age Recommended: 8 and up

Where to Watch: HBO Max

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Back to the Future

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Released: 1985

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Peacock, Prime Video, Apple TV

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor’s daughter, from Jack’s former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Released: 2003

Rating: PG-13

Age Recommended: 12 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

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Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark

Archaeology professor Indiana Jones ventures to seize a biblical artifact known as the Ark of the Covenant. While doing so, he puts up a fight against Renee and a troop of Nazis.

Released: 1981

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 11 and up

Where to Watch: Paramount+, Prime Video, Apple TV

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Matilda

A girl gifted with a keen intellect and psychic powers uses both to deal with her crude, distant family and free her kind teacher from their sadistic headmistress.

Released: 1996

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 9 and up

Where to Watch: Hulu, Disney+

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Jurassic Park

A pragmatic paleontologist touring an almost complete theme park on an island in Central America is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park’s cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Released: 1993

Rating: PG-13

Age Recommended: 12 and up

Where to Watch: Hulu, HBO Max

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Jumanji

When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades – and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Released: 1995

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Hulu

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The Addams Family

Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

Released: 1991

Rating: PG-13

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: Netflix, Paramount+, Prime Video

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Good Burger

A dim-witted teenager and his new coworker try to save the old burger joint they work for from failing after the opening of a brand new burger restaurant across the street, which’s planning to put them out of business.

Released: 1997

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Prime Video, Apple TV

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The Sandlot

In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

Released: 1993

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 8 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

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The Parent Trap

Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

Released: 1998

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

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Cheaper By the Dozen

With his wife doing a book tour, a father of twelve must handle a new job and his unstable brood.

Released: 2003

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

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Hook

When Captain James Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

Released: 1991

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Freeform, Prime Video, Apple TV

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The Karate Kid

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Released: 1984

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 11 and up

Where to Watch: Hulu, Prime Video

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The Mighty Ducks

A self-centered Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.

Released: 1992

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 11 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

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Air Bud

An unexpected player joins the school basketball team – a circus dog who escaped from a cruel master.

Released: 1997

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Where to Watch: Prime Video

Casper

Casper

An afterlife therapist and his daughter meet a friendly young ghost when they move into a crumbling mansion in order to rid the premises of wicked spirits.

Released: 1995

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 8 and up

Where to Watch: Prime Video, Apple TV

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Hocus Pocus

A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Released: 1993

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

Hocus Pocus Parent Guide

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