Yep, we said 60+ family movies. Because honestly, if you haven’t already watched all 60+ over the course of the drama year that has been 2020, good for you! You win the screen time award. And you should reward yourself by taking a break and letting your kids watch…all the movies on this list you haven’t seen yet. It’s only right, right? Besides, you know you can’t haul your kids to the newly-reopened drive-in movie theater every night you need some sit-down family time. So consider this list ahead your at-home inspo for some good old-fashioned family movie nights.
Besides, while movie theaters are always showing the latest in special effects, just because a movie is new doesn’t mean it’s better than those that came before it. In fact, plenty of more classic films — from last year or 50 years ago — boast engaging storylines and jokes that have stood the test of time, minus the bells and whistles of, say, Trolls: World Tour (did that movie give any other parents a headache?). And don’t forget about the family-friendly films of yore that are making a comeback — for a whole new generation of fans. Just look at the live action version of Mulan, which hits Disney+ for streaming on Sept. 4.
Here are our top 60 must-see movies — brand-new, newish, old, and super old — for kids of all ages, and their parents too. (If you want movies that work particularly well for the younger-kid set, head here for our favorite films for preschoolers.)
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A version of this article was originally published in December 2015.