Have you and your family ever sat down to watch a movie together only to realize it's entirely inappropriate to watch as a family unit? Because I definitely have. And there's nothing more embarrassing than having to sit through awkward sex scenes or dirty language next to your parents or grandparents. It's also disappointing to see a movie you're excited about but can't really enjoy because of your present company. Luckily, there are plenty of movie options on Netflix that you can watch with your family without fear of embarrassment.
From sweet animated movies to nostalgic throwbacks to blockbuster adventures, Netflix definitely has plenty of family-friendly viewing options. And don't worry, you don't have to settle for some boring, badly-acted film. There are good movies for grandma that you will enjoy, too — no joke. And after extensive research and thorough vetting, I can proudly attest that these 22 movies are perfect for family viewing. There's something for everyone on this list, and hopefully, no one will be bored. Grab the fam, make some popcorn, and stream away.
2. 'Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory'
You could check out the modern reboot Charlie and the Chocolate Factory if you prefer (it's also on Netflix), but the original is a classic for a reason. From Gene Wilder's iconic performance to the memorable songs to the outright strangeness of it all, this bizarro flick makes for some seriously fun family viewing that's a little out of the ordinary.
3. 'Despicable Me'
With the Minions-dominated franchise that emerged out of this humble little animated film, it's easy to forget just how good the original is. With laughs aplenty and a level of heart that's on the same level as some of Disney's best offerings, this tale of a reformed supervillain and the children whom he comes to love will make you more appreciative of your own family.
The special effects of this '90s throwback were groundbreaking when the film debuted in 1995, and though modern kids may not be fooled by its depictions of ghosts, they'll still likely get a kick out of the movie's shenanigans. It also remains a charming little tale about friendship and not judging others, and those aspects of the film have held up remarkably well. It's worth noting that the special effects, while old, are by no means terrible.
5. The Indiana Jones Trilogy
Yes, all four Indiana Jones movies are actually on Netflix, but let's be honest: You can skip Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Instead, stick to the original '80s trilogy for some of the most thrilling movie action of all time, featuring arguably the greatest movie hero of them all. Just be advised that the second installment, Temple of Doom, is a lot more violent than you remember, so make sure your kids are old enough to handle that kind of thing.
6. Ant-Man And The Wasp
This Marvel movie had the misfortune of coming out between box office behemoths Infinity War and Endgame, so it kind of got lost in the shuffle of the MCU. But don't let it's under-the-radar performance fool you, this film is a blast. It's funnier than the original and is the first Marvel movie to feature a female hero in the title. It also features a very nuanced villain that could lead to some enlightening family discussions.
7. The Incredibles 2
Let's get this out of the way first: You don't need to have seen The Incredibles to enjoy The Incredibles 2. The sequel was released a full 14 years after the original, and as such, it's crafted in such a way that newbies can jump right in and quickly get up to speed. The film is just as funny and action-packed as it's predecessor, but features better animation and even more mid-century modern style. This is how sequels should be.
8. The Princess And The Frog
The first Disney Animated Classic to star a black princess, this 2009 fairy tale also has the distinction of being the last traditionally-drawn feature to date from the Mouse House. It is both the last of its kind and a daring trailblazer, but above all else, The Princess and the Frog is just a darn good movie filled with humor, charm, and excellent characters.
The Princess and the Frog is often credited for sparking Disney Animation's second renaissance after the doldrums of the early 2000s, but this film, released one year earlier, deserves some credit to. At the time of its 2008 release, it was the first Disney animated film in years that could be described as a good movie, and without it fans may never have gotten the likes of Frozen, Moana, and Zootopia.
10. 'The Little Prince'
One of the most famous children's books ever written was adapted by Netflix in 2016 as an endlessly charming, gorgeously animated, and utterly heartbreaking family film. The Little Prince should really be required viewing, as everyone who watches it is likely to come away from it in a better place than they went in. It really is a magical movie.
11. 'Christopher Robin'
This live-action adaptation of Disney's Winnie the Pooh stories may not have been a big hit at the box office, but it's still worth a watch. Its unique tale of an adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) who needs to regain his childlike sense of wonder after his life takes a downward turn. It should inspire any adults out there who need help reconnecting with their inner child.
The original Benji from 1974 spawned an entire franchise of charming low-budget films about its lovable titular mutt, but the pooch had long ago faded from the zeitgeist. But now Benji is back thanks to this 2018 Netflix reboot film, and although he may not be quite the same dog that you remember from five decades ago, he still knows how to put a smile on your face.
13. 'Stuart Little'
14. 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind'
15. The Back To The Future Trilogy
One of the few blockbuster franchises that has not seen a reboot or revival, the simple fact is that Back to the Future doesn't need one. The trilogy is just as fun and exciting today as it was in the '80s, and even modern kids will likely get a kick out the film's wacky adventures — especially the woefully incorrect vision of 2015 from Back to the Future Part II.
16. 'All Dogs Go To Heaven'
Bust out the tissues for this one. In case you couldn't tell from the title, this 1989 animated classic is an absolute tearjerker. One of the best films from Don Bluth, the animator and director who competed directly with Disney in the '80s and '90s for animation supremacy, All Dogs Go to Heaven will have you laughing, crying, and holding your four-legged friends a little tighter.
17. 'Mary And The Witch’s Flower'
No, this isn't Kiki's Delivery Service. Although this Japanese film may bear a strong resemblance to that movie and other Studio Ghibli releases, it's actually unrelated — save for the fact that its director, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, previously worked as a director for the studio. But this film holds on its own, and is nearly as good as Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki's best work.
18. 'Avengers: Infinity War'
If your family is in the mood for an epic, then look no further. Even more than Endgame, this is the movie that shows the full power and influence of the MCU. It's a gargantuan beast of a movie, but it is relentlessly entertaining. Even though it's nearly three hours long, this thing just does. Not. Let. Up. It will get the whole family pumped up before taking their breath away with its stunning finale.
19. 'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse'
The first Marvel movie to win a major Oscar wasn't even from the MCU. It was this animated film from Sony, with took home the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature last year. And the movie 100 percent deserved it. With Miles Morales' story putting a new twist on the familiar Spider-Man story, plus groundbreaking animation and numerous nods to black culture, this is one superhero movie the whole family should see.
20. 'E.T. The Extra Terrestrial'
21. 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'
22. 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'