The Best Movies for Family Movie Nights

Live-action films for family movie nights with the kiddos =)
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1.
What a Girl Wants (2003)
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An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the election. (105 mins.)
Director: Dennie Gordon
“ Girls will like this one better than boys, but it is still a great family movie. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
2.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. (143 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson
“ The Narnia films are always great for kids. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
3.
The Rookie (2002)
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A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs. (127 mins.)
“ This is a wonderful family film. It's not just for sports-lovers, but a good film for everyone! ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
4.
Glory Road (2006)
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In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship. (118 mins.)
Director: James Gartner
“ This is great and educational for teaching kids about the segregation and other racial issues that occured in the 1960s. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
5.
The Karate Kid (2010)
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Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master. (140 mins.)
Director: Harald Zwart
“ This one and the original are both great family movies. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
6.
Aquamarine (2006)
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Two teenage girls discover a mermaid in their beach club's swimming pool. (104 mins.)
Director: Elizabeth Allen
“ This is a cute, wholesome, and fun movie for girls who like that fairytale type of story. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
7.
Hoot (2006)
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A young man (Lerman) moves from Montana to Florida with his family, where he's compelled to engage in a fight to protect a population of endangered owls. (91 mins.)
Director: Wil Shriner
“ This is a great family movie that both boys and girls will love! ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
8.
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
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A mischievous dog befriends a lonely young girl in a new town and helps her make new friends. (106 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
“ A great adaptation from the beloved book, Winn Dixie is great for kids who love movies about animals. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
9.
Flicka (2006)
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Young Katy claims a wild horse as her own -- an effort to prove to her father that she is capable of one day taking over the family ranch. (95 mins.)
Director: Michael Mayer
“ *confession* Even though I'm 18, I STILL love this movie. This is perfect for any girl and horse-lover. This is a great family film! ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
10.
Summer of the Monkeys (1998)
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Summer Of The Monkeys (set in 1910 on the prairies of Canada) follows the story of a young boy, Jay... (101 mins.)
“ This was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
11.
The Man from Snowy River (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1880s Australia when young Jim Craig's father dies Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch and he is forced to become a man. (102 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ This is perfect for the western-loving family! Its sequel is just as good if not a bit better. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
12.
A Cinderella Story (2004)
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Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Sam Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school's Halloween dance. (95 mins.)
Director: Mark Rosman
“ This is great for the girls who love the fairytale type of movie. I am not a big fan of Hilary Duff as an actress, but what I like about her is she is far more wholesome than a lot of other actresses young girls have to look up to. (Miley Cyrus, for example). ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
13.
Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998)
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Story of a golden retriever who can play football. (90 mins.)
Director: Richard Martin
“ This was my favorite of the Air Bud movies. All of them are good for kids, however, especially the sports-loving families. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
14.
Moondance Alexander (2007)
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The curiously named, Moondance Alexander is a spirited teen living with her eccentric mother. She is... (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Damian
“ This is great for horse-loving girls. Not terribly realistic (then again, far too few horse movies are), but a fun family film nonetheless. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
15.
The Karate Kid (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting. (126 mins.)
“ Great, classic film. The only reason it's lower on the list than the remake is because I'm tired and this list is in random order. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
16.
The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)
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Daniel accompanies his mentor to Okinawa who is off to see his dying father and confront his old rival, while Daniel inadvertently makes an enemy of his own. (113 mins.)
“ I like this better than the first. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
17.
Tom and Huck (1995)
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Tom and Huck witness Injun Joe's killing of Doc Robinson one night at the graveyard. When an innocent man is accused of killing the Doc, Tom steps up as a witness, not respecting the promise made to Huck to lay low. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Hewitt
“ This is a cute adaptation of Mark Twain's classic. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
18.
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
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Cale Crane catalyzes the rescue and rehabilitation of Sonador, a race horse with a broken leg. (106 mins.)
Director: John Gatins
“ For horse-lovers. ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
19.
Ella Enchanted (2004)
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Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new step-family in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she's falling. (96 mins.)
Director: Tommy O'Haver
“ This is a darling twist on fairytale classics, and the prince is such a doll! ” - thoughtswriteaway
 
20.
The Princess Diaries (2001)
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Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her 16th year. (111 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall