With families spending more time together than ever, we’re all going to need more options for movies to watch. So we’ve combed through Netflix’s selection to find the best movies that are fun for the whole family, not just the kids. Click "Read More" to find out more.
We’re trying to look out for parents, too, so these picks serve two purposes. First, parents who need a break can turn on Netflix, put these family movies on for their kids and not have to worry about content or appropriateness. Second, parents who want to watch along will be just as entertained as their kids.
Get your popcorn ready. Here are the 5 best family movies to fire up on Netflix.
1) Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) are back for more adventures in this sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. After the two find a Wi-Fi router in the arcade, they hit the World Wide Web (a much friendlier internet, of course). New friends and new experiences abound for Ralph and Vanellope, and plenty of fun ensues. Plus, Reilly and Silverman are joined by an all-star cast. This Netflix-available sequel will please families who are fans of the first movie.
2) The Karate Kid
Sharing a childhood classic with your kids is one of the simpler pleasures of parenthood. Remakes, even when they don’t live up for their predecessors, offer parents that chance. The Karate Kid is one of the remakes that is better than anyone anticipated. Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan star as the student and teacher who form an unlikely bond through martial arts. They channel the energy of Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, and that central relationship makes both Kids as good as they are.
3) Despicable Me
This may be the movie that unleashed the minions on the world, but at least it’s good. Despite the prevalence of the yellow troublemakers, the heart of the story is the three orphans (Margo, Edith, and Agnes) finding a family with supervillain Gru and his minions. As the girls form their bond with Gru, he’s distracted by his feud with fellow villain Vector. The Despicable Me series has grown repetitive over time, but this first film remains funny and charming.
4) Spy Kids
Speaking of filmmakers who are still chasing the ghosts of past work, this Netflix-ready, family-oriented action movie is a great reminder of what made Robert Rodriguez a wunderkind in the ’90s. The premise of the Cortez kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara), having to save their spy parents is such a fun high concept that still holds up. Over the years, it felt like Rodriguez’s quest for technical innovation came at the expense of his storytelling, but movies like Spy Kids will make you root for a return to form.
5) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is easily one of the best superhero films of the past few years, standing alongside Black Panther in terms of visual imagination and joyfully innovative use of the source material. It’s a fresh, funny new take on Spidey’s origin story, focusing on Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) with a supporting cast of Spider-people like Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy (aka Spider-Woman). The combination of CG and hand-drawn animation is revolutionary, and the film is self-referential without being smug. Instead of relying on tired tropes to fill in the gaps, Into the Spider-Verse gives us everything we need to love and understand Miles: a satisfyingly personal story embedded in a uniquely energetic visual experience.