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11 Of The Best Family Movies Streaming On Netflix Right Now

By Urban List Writers
23rd Nov 2022

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A family movie night is one of the most wholesome things in life. But, sometimes your pick can miss the mark when it comes to entertaining the whole clan.

We’ve whipped together the best kids' movies on Netflix right now to guarantee a good time for the whole fam. Read on for reccos to level up your next family movie night. 

Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio

Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro and award winning, stop-motion legend Mark Gustafson reimagine the classic Carlo Collodi tale of Pinocchio. This one really needs no introduction, it's obviously a must-watch over any school holiday period. Watch it from December 9.

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical

A brand new take on the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical—Roald Dahl’s Matilda has been turned into a silver-screen musical so chuck out the colouring books and heat up the popcorn. Watch it from December 25.

Shrek 

Not only a classic watch, but the 2001 original film is also sure to reveal some jokes that may have flown over the head of those who haven’t rewatched since they were kids themselves. Get ready for the newly acquainted to add one-liners about onions, waffles and rocks to their repertoire. Plus, for those with a regular family movie schedule, there’s Shrek 2, 3 and 4 to add to the rotation for a full-on film journey. Watch it here

Secret Life Of Pets 

Action, drama, adventure, and pets with varying and secret agendas—the purrfect weekend watch for the whole fam—four-legged members included. Follow two squabbling pet dogs as they find common ground against a gang of angry animals preparing an attack on humans. Watch it here

Paddington 2 

Reaching cult status, the sequel to the beloved original Paddington provides thrills, laughs and heart-warming fun. Follow Paddington as a well-intentioned shopping trip turns into a wild ride of supposed theft and mystery. Watch it here

Bran Nue Dae 

This Aussie musical dramedy directed by Rachel Perkins is the screen adaptation of the stage show of the same name. Set in 1969 Broome, the film follows Willie Johnson, a First Nations student living on the west coast of Australia. He runs away from a Catholic boarding school with his cruel headmaster in hot pursuit, meeting eccentric characters along the journey back to his hometown. Watch it here

Spirited Away 

A Studio Ghibli masterpiece, Spirited Away will transport you to a world of awe, adventure and dangerously delicious snacks. Follow Chihiro as she wanders into a magical world where the almighty witch, ​​Yubaba, controls a magical bathhouse for wandering spirits and turns those who disobey her into animals. This visual delight is the ideal stepping stone into the captivating world of Ghibli. Watch it here

Red Dog

Another Aussie classic, this one will pull at the heartstring of those who keep their four-legged family members close to heart. Warning—you’ll probably want to have some tissues ready, but the tears are definitely worth the heartwarming journey. Follow Red Dog on an epic and touching journey of loyalty, heartbreak and adventure through the scenic surrounds of Western Australia. Watch it here

Footy Legends 

Filmed in Sydney’s western suburbs, this Aussie flick follows the story of Luc Vu (played by Ahn Do), a young Vietnamese-Australian man with an obsession with rugby league. When his looming unemployment threatens his guardianship of his younger sister, he rallies his old Yagoona High School footy team in the hopes of winning a local competition that will put his prospects back on track. Watch it here

Jasper Jones 

The screen adaptation of Australian writer, Craig Silvey's, 2009 novel by the same name, Jasper Jones is another Rachel Perkins directorial hit. A coming-of-age story about the bookish, fourteen-year-old, Charlie Bucktin, the film is set over a scorching Australian summer holiday in 1969 and navigates the racism, prejudices and secrets of the small town in which it is set. This is one for families with older kids, with plenty of conversations sure to spark after the closing credits. Watch it here.

Suddenly 30

A classic noughties rom-com, Suddenly 30 follows thirteen-year-old, Jenna, who is sick of the social structures of junior high. When a birthday wish goes awry, she suddenly finds herself thrown into a world where she is 30 and all her perceptions of what life would be are put to the test. Watch it here.

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