Top 20 Most Awesome Streaming Family Movies

by IMDb-Editors | created - 02 Aug 2015 | updated - 15 Aug 2015 | Public

Need an easy way to gather the whole family for a fun (and low-cost) night in? We’ve rounded up 20 of the top movies titles to watch this summer – all of which are available to stream now. Whether it's action or animation, you’re sure to find a hit (or five) in our list of picks. Because why go to the actual movie theater when you can pop your own popcorn and cozy up together on the couch? - Mehera Bonner

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1. Home (II) (2015)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

55 Metascore

An alien on the run from his own people makes friends with a girl. He tries to help her on her quest, but can be an interference.

Director: Tim Johnson | Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

Votes: 83,852 | Gross: $177.40M

Rating: PG. Jim Parsons and Rihanna are a total dream team as Oh, the lovable alien, and Tip, his unlikely human friend. Their quest to find Tip's mom while Oh is on the run from his fellow Boov brings misadventures, laughs, and a lesson in friendship and compassion. Perfect for everyone from toddlers all the way up to you parental units (who will definitely appreciate the movie's family-oriented message).

2. Despicable Me (2010)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

72 Metascore

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud | Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews

Votes: 449,994 | Gross: $251.51M

Rating: PG. In this summer of Minions, go back to where it all began with Despicable Me. It may be aimed at kids, but it has plenty of adult-friendly humor. Watching the World's Greatest Villain, Gru, take on the good guys with his fleet of Minions is hilarious, sweet, and surprisingly sentimental. Plus, there's enough physical comedy to entertain even the littlest viewers — who will surely get excited by all those goofy familiar faces.

3. Big Hero 6 (2014)

PG | 102 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

74 Metascore

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams | Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller

Votes: 352,258 | Gross: $222.53M

Rating: PG. The friendship that develops between Baymax (an inflatable white robot) and 14-year-old Hiro Hamada is the main draw of this fun, action-packed movie (and their fellow high-tech superheroes are pretty enjoyable as well!). Big Hero 6 might not hold the attention of younger viewers, but ages 6 and up should be good to go.

4. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

PG | 102 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

76 Metascore

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

Director: Dean DeBlois | Stars: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson

Votes: 261,712 | Gross: $177.00M

Rating: PG. Hiccup and Toothless are back in this Academy Award-nominated sequel. This time they're stopping Drago and his group of dragon trappers. Along they way, the duo reunite with family, discover the meaning of friendship, and learn that peace and unity always conquer aggression. Some of the more violent scenes might upset little ones, but for the most part this movie is appropriate for young kids.

5. The Sandlot (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur, Patrick Renna

Votes: 68,916 | Gross: $32.42M

Rating: PG. This ‘90s classic epitomizes childhood friendship, and it absolutely stands the test of time. Even after all these years, watching Scotty Smalls and Benny the Jet play baseball and plot against the scary dog in their neighbor's yard is an absolute joy, not to mention a nostalgia-fest. The coming-of-age movie is ideal for pre-teens and teens who are just entering young adulthood.

6. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 129,519 | Gross: $102.27M

Rating: G. In the mood for a classic? Mary Poppins never gets old, and remains one of the greatest family movies that's ever been made. Julie Andrews is at her best as Mrs. Poppins, and while the film might get a little long (and dare we say boring) for younger audiences, its iconic songs are always crowd-pleasers.

7. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

G | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Three pets escape from a California ranch to find their owners in San Francisco.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Alder, Ed Bernard

Votes: 38,070 | Gross: $41.83M

Rating: G. One of the sweetest family movies to come out of the 90s, Homeward Bound is about love and friendship as seen through the eyes of a trio of pets who are separated from their family. Side effects of watching this movie involve weeping hysterically, so young children who don't yet understand the concept of loss might not be ready for it.

8. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

G | 84 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

The neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love.

Director: Kelly Asbury | Stars: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith, Ashley Jensen

Votes: 48,470 | Gross: $99.97M

Rating: G. This movie is much like Romeo and Juliet before it — only with adorable gnomes and sans the deeply tragic ending. With voice work from the likes of Maggie Smith and Emily Blunt, this cute flick is great for ages 7+, but it runs a little long for the super-antsy toddler crowd.

9. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 762,183 | Gross: $191.80M

Rating: G. It goes without saying that Academy Award-winning Toy Story isn't just one of the best family films of all time, it's one of the best films of all time, period. Buzz and Woody's unlikely friendship is almost as much fun to watch as their adventures at Sid's house of horrors — and don't even get us started on the genius that is Mr. Potato Head! Great for all ages (and you might find yourself watching this even when the kids aren't at home.!).

10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

PG | 153 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

78 Metascore

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 399,630 | Gross: $301.96M

Rating: PG. If you're in the mood for something a little more gritty, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the family movie for you. It has the cozy appeal of being a Harry Potter film, but definitely takes a turn for the dark and disturbing as "The Boy Who Lived" comes closer to defeating his biggest wizarding foe. Slightly scary, but nothing a pre-teen can't handle.

11. Hook (1991)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

52 Metascore

When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 208,232 | Gross: $119.65M

Rating: PG. Robin Williams as Peter Pan? Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell? What more could you want from a ‘90s movie? Hook is a bonafide cult classic, and more than 20 years later, it stands the test of time. That said, the movie's dated elements might not hold a young child's attention — though your teen should get a kick out of it (at least in an ironic way).

12. The Incredibles (2004)

PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

90 Metascore

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Votes: 576,088 | Gross: $261.44M

Rating: PG. How about spending movie night watching a family of superheroes save the world in The Incredibles? The film somehow packs in several life lessons in the midst of a fast-paced adventure story, and there are plenty of funny moments for audiences of all ages. No, seriously, even a baby would enjoy this (Note: We are not suggesting you let your baby watch a movie).

13. Monsters University (2013)

G | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Director: Dan Scanlon | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

Votes: 281,670 | Gross: $268.49M

Rating: G. Disney Pixar's prequel to Monsters, Inc. follows Mike Wazowski, James P. Sullivan, and their screwball Oozma Kappa brothers as they struggle to compete in the Scare Games. Along the way they learn about teamwork and cooperation, all while remaining completely hilarious. Younger children could be scared by the nastier monsters, so you might have to check underneath the bed for a few weeks post-viewing….

14. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

88 Metascore

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 814,289 | Gross: $293.00M

Rating: G. The first six minutes of Up are guaranteed to have you sobbing hysterically, and the rest of the movie is just as wonderful. Watch with tears in your eyes as Carl, an adorable old man, attaches balloons to his house and floats to Paradise Falls to fulfill his wife's dream and start a new adventure. Yeah, your younger kids might get bored, but whatever. You can still enjoy the movie once they've dozed off.

15. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

39 Metascore

In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters, to find the mythical Golden Fleece, all the while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.

Director: Thor Freudenthal | Stars: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Nathan Fillion

Votes: 99,874 | Gross: $68.56M

Rating: PG. Percy Jackson and his demigod buddies continue their epic search for the Golden Fleece while discovering their capacity for love, leadership, bravery, and sacrifice. Great for teens and young kids who aren't too scared by the whole "sea of monsters" thing.

16. Song of the Sea (2014)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

85 Metascore

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.

Director: Tomm Moore | Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan, Fionnula Flanagan

Votes: 41,441 | Gross: $0.86M

Rating: PG. Murakami's Song of the Sea follows the adventures of Conor and Saoirse, who unintentionally enlist the help of faeries in the search for their mother. Breathtaking animations of the seaside are sure to please parents, and a beautiful message about family make this fantasy a must-see for everyone.

17. X: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 592,249 | Gross: $146.41M

Rating: PG. Marvel's prequel to the X-Men series chronicles the rise of Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto, as well as the origins of the X-Men themselves. It's a great coming-of-age story about embracing individual differences and straying from the pack, and a solid pick for parents, teens, and older kids.

18. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

33 Metascore

When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World.

Director: Harald Zwart | Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West

Votes: 119,504 | Gross: $31.17M

Rating: PG. The film adaptation of the first installment of The Mortal Instruments follows demon hunter Clary Fray, a teen with the ability to see evil beings (creepiest power ever). Clary struggles to reconcile her talent with finding her place in society, making this film a nice study in self-exploration for YA audiences.

19. Cars 2 (2011)

G | 106 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Directors: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis | Stars: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 130,893 | Gross: $191.45M

Rating: G. Piston Cup champion Lightning McQueen usually lives life in the fast lane, but he gets a change of pace when he returns home to Radiator Springs — until he's wrapped up in an international spy ring, that is! Sounds fun, right? While the plot of Cars 2 might be a little convoluted for small minds, most kids will be entertained simply by watching cars race around.

20. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

When a diabolical pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back.

Directors: Paul Tibbitt, Mike Mitchell | Stars: Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown

Votes: 41,931 | Gross: $162.99M

Rating: PG. "SpongeBob SquarePants" has been on television all these years for a reason: It remains one of the funniest and most out-there children's cartoons of all time. The best part about SpongeBob is that he's beloved by adults and kids alike. In Sponge Out of Water, our hero finally leaves Bikini Bottom and joins our dimension to take on a pirate — a fresh story line sure to intrigue his fans of all ages.



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