Finding something the family can watch together can be difficult, especially when the group includes very young viewers.

Here is a look at 59 family-friendly films available on Netflix.

This list is not all-inclusive.

Editor's note: This list was last updated on May 31, 2018.

'A Cinderella Story'
Ron Batzdorff

In this modern take on a classic story, Samantha is a high school student whose life is changed “by two events: a makeover of epic proportions and a sudden electronic correspondence with a mysterious young man,” according to Fandango.

Common Sense Media suggests the movie for ages 7 and up.

'Alice Through the Looking Glass'
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

In the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” Alice travels back in time to help rescue the Mad Hatter. According to movieguide.org, it is a joyful and uplifting film with a “strong moral worldview.”

Parent Previews warns that there is some violence and perilous situations for some characters. In one scene, Humpty Dumpty falls and breaks into pieces.

Common Sense Media recommends this film for viewers ages 9 and older.

‘An Extremely Goofy Movie’
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Goofy’s son, Max, is college-bound, but Max's dreams of an independent life are dashed when Goofy decides to join his son and complete his own degree.

Common Sense Media warns parents that the film portrays college as a non-stop party.

'Atlantis: The Lost Empire'
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Discover a lost world alongside dreamer Milo Thatch, who leads a group of adventurers to Atlantis. After finding the Shepherd’s Journal, rumored to contain information about the location of Atlantis, Milo gathers a capable crew and sets off. The challenges that they face are greater than imagined, and Milo finds out that not everyone’s intentions are as honorable as his.

Common Sense Media warns parents that this film is more intense than other animated Disney films, containing scenes of mass destruction, gun violence, and betrayal. In addition, a few references are made to alcohol, and one character jokes about sleeping nude.

Ok.com recommends this film for viewers ages 5 and older.

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'Bee Movie'

In this animated movie, a bee leaves his hive, learns that humans take and consume the honey he and his friends produce, and decides to sue the humans.

According to Parent Previews, the movie has some “veiled sexual jokes and obscure references to drug use,” in addition to a few scenes of cartoon violence.

'Boss Baby'

Tim has had his parents’ affection and attention to himself for his entire 7-year-old life — which makes the unexpected arrival of a little brother difficult. Especially when it turns out that the baby is actually a mini manager from BabyCorp HQ who’s on a mission to figure out why people are adopting puppies instead of having babies. In the interest of getting rid of the Boss Baby quicker, Tim teams up with him on his mission.

The film has some bathroom humor, according to Common Sense Media.

'Boy and the World'

After his father leaves the countryside for the city to find work, Cuca goes on a quest to find him.

Common Sense Media notes some mild peril, but otherwise no objectionable content.

'Brother Bear 2'
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Join Kenai and Koda again in this sequel to “Brother Bear.” Kenai is now a bear and lives with Koda, his foster brother. They run into Nita, an old friend of Kenai’s who needs his help to accomplish a task. Old feelings resurface between the two, but Kenai is dedicated to his foster brother, even though he cares deeply for Nita.

Parent Previews notes that the film contains some violence and perilous moments, including natural disasters. A moose tries to attract the attention of a female, “resulting in very mild innuendo and some rude behavior.”

Common Sense Media recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.


Anthropomorphic race car Lightning McQueen accidentally tears up the main road through small town Radiator Springs on his way to a big race. Lightning gets arrested and ordered to stay until he finishes repaving the road. Along the way, he makes some anthropomorphic car friends.

Common Sense Media recommends the movie for viewers ages 5 and older, but Plugged In warns of some innuendo that will likely go over young viewers’ heads and a few instances of “hell.”

'Chicken Little'
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

No one believes Chicken Little when he says the sky is falling. He later discovers that what he thought was the sky falling is actually a piece of a UFO, and he has to convince everyone that he is not lying before the aliens invade.

According to Common Sense Media, the film has scenes of mayhem that could scare young children.

Ok.com recommends the movie for viewers age 5 and older.

'Chicken Run'
DreamWorks Animation

A new rooster unexpectedly joins a chicken farm and the rest of the birds see him as their chance to escape.

Parent Previews writes that except for mild "slapstick antics" and "a tiny moment of sexual innuendo," the “hilarious clay animation movie … contains little that would concern parents."

Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

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Courtesy of Focus

Feeling lonely and unhappy with her life after a move, a young girl discovers an alternate reality where everything is better. However, she ultimately learns to be content in the real world.

Common Sense Media says that "Coraline" is “too scary for kids 8 and under” and deals with mature themes such as “being careful what you wish for and thinking the grass is always greener.”

'Curious George'

The monkey who had captivated children with his curiosity in decades of picture books made his way to the big screen in 2006.

Parent Previews refers to the film as a "charming children’s film," adding that it is likely to get children interested in reading the source materials.

Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 3 and older.

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'Despicable Me 3'
Universal Home Entertainment

In part three of the “Despicable Me” franchise, Gru is now a reformed supervillain whose long-lost twin brother, Dru, tries to convince him to team up for one last heist.

The movie is heavier on action than its two predecessors, according to Common Sense Media, and has several instances of comic, partial nudity.

'Ella Enchanted'
Buena Vista Pictures

In this twist on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale, Ella is the unfortunate recipient of a "gift" that requires her to obey any command she is given. After Ella is commanded to end her closest friendship, she sets out to find the fairy who gave her the "gift" and break the spell.

Common Sense Media recommends the movie for ages 8 and up, citing several scenes with violence and social drinking.

'Finding Dory'

When Dory, from the film “Finding Nemo,” remembers moments from her past, she begins to hope that she might be able to find her family. Friends both old and new help Dory navigate the ocean and her memory in search for what she truly wants—home, family, and belonging.

According to this Deseret News article, there are some instances of cartoon violence as well as some scary scenes, like animals being chased by a giant squid.

Common Sense Media recommends this film for viewers ages 6 and older.

'Forever Strong'
Crane Movie Co.

Catholic News Service's John Mulderig referred to the film as an "uplifting study in true maturity, self-possessed masculinity and dedicated sportsmanship." While the film contains underage drinking, drug use and mild innuendo, Mulderig wrote that the "moral idealism on display ... far outweighs the few cautionary notes."

Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 10 and older.

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Buena Vista Pictures

After discovering the truth behind his divine heritage, Greek hero-in-training Hercules sets out to prove he has what it takes to become a true hero.

Common Sense Media says "Hercules" features “a lot of gore and intense, scary stuff for a G-rated movie,” and recommends the movie for ages 7 and up.

'High School Musical 3'
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

As the teens at East High prepare to graduate, Gabriella leaves high school early to attend Stanford, while Sharpay, Ryan, Kelsi and Troy compete for a scholarship to Juilliard.

Parent Previews warns that some costumes are slightly more revealing than in previous movies and there's a “very mild confrontation on the basketball court.”

Kanbar Entertainment

In this twist on Little Red Riding Hood, two cops investigate an altercation between Granny, Red, the wolf, and the huntsman and discover that not everything is as it seems.

Common Sense Media said parents need to know that the film “involves theft and cartoonish violence.”

'Joseph King of Dreams'

MovieGuide.org movie review says the movie clearly focuses on God. The overall theme, according to MovieGuide.org, is that God "knows better than we do because it is God who is at work in our history, thus it is His story, not ours." The movie closely follows the biblical story, though there are a few chronological changes.

Family media guide recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

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'Kubo and the Two Strings'
Laika Entertainment

In this stop-motion hit, Kubo accidentally summons an ancient spirit, and then joins forces with a monkey and a beetle. Kubo is on a quest to find a magical suit of armor that his late father wore so that he can defeat the spirit.

Common Sense Media states that this film has intense battles where characters get injured. At one point an entire village burns.

Ok.com recommends this film for viewers ages 9 and older.

Related article: “Excellent ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is latest stop-motion win for Laika Entertainment”

'Kung Fu Panda'

Po the panda is chosen as the legendary Dragon Warrior — which surprises everyone, including Po. When a dangerous snow leopard escapes from a high-security prison, Po has to learn to be a real warrior, and his kung fu team has to learn to accept him and work together to apprehend their enemy.

According to Common Sense Media, the movie has a lot of positive messages about teamwork and being yourself, but the violence might be a bit much for kindergartners and younger.

The Weinstein Company

Felicie, an aspiring ballet dancer, and her friend Victor, who wants to be an inventor, escape from the orphanage where they live and go to Paris to pursue their respective dreams.

Parent Previews says the movie contains some slapstick and bathroom humor, in addition to an antagonist who becomes murderous during the film’s climax.

'Little Men'
Magnolia Pictures

In this drama, a real estate conflict between two neighboring adults threatens the budding friendship between their teenage children.

According to Common Sense Media, the movie has very little objectionable content aside from some infrequent language and a character who smokes cigarettes.

'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa'
DreamWorks Animation

On their way back home to Central Park Zoo, animal friends Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria become stranded in Africa when their plane crashes. Alex is reunited with his parents and must come to terms with their differences.

Common Sense Media tells parents that the film includes “romance, peril and adult humor.” There is also a scene in the beginning where Alex is separated from his father which might upset a younger audience.

'Meet the Robinsons'

A young genius travels to the future to reclaim his stolen invention and meets an eccentric family, according to IMDb.

Common Sense Media suggests the movie for ages 7+ and says that parents with adopted children might not like how the adoption process is represented in the film. There is also minor cartoon violence.

Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Moana is a princess on a Polynesian island who dreams of being out on the ocean. When their livelihood is threatened, Moana must decide whether to follow her father’s instructions or to venture out and save her people by enlisting the help of Maui, the demigod.

Common Sense Media says that the movie has great characters and music. There are some scary scenes where they encounter monsters and are chased by a giant crab. However, it also mentions that the film contains many positive messages about empowerment and self-discovery.

Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

'Monsters vs. Aliens'
DreamWorks Animation

On her wedding day, Susan gets hit by a meteorite that turns her into a nearly 50-foot-tall giant. Citing safety reasons, the government confines her to a secret prison that holds other “monsters.” But when an alien attacks, the government calls on the monsters to protect the city.

According to Parents Preview, some of the action is violent and potentially scary, and one character makes a vague reference to another’s breasts.

Buena Vista Pictures

In order to protect her ailing father, Mulan and her ancestral guardian, Mushu, enlist in the Chinese army as a man in order to fight against the Hun invasion, according to Fandango.

Common Sense Media recommends the film for ages 5 and up.

'Mulan 2'

Mulan and Shang — now engaged — escort three princesses to a neighboring kingdom, where they will enter into arranged marriages. Along the way, Mushu tries to sabotage Mulan and Shang's relationship to preserve his own standing as a guardian, and the three princesses make some decisions of their own.

Parent Previews gives the film an A in every content category except violence, due to “swordplay and hand-to-hand conflict.”

'Nancy Drew'
Warner Bros. Pictures

Immerse yourself in the world of mystery. In this movie, young teen detective Nancy Drew finds herself engaged in the search for a Hollywood movie star who was murdered unexpectedly — even though she promised her father she would stop sleuthing. The movie details Drew’s discoveries as she finds out even more secrets about the Hollywood star’s past.

Common Sense Media calls the movie “retro and straightlaced.”

Ok.com recommends this film for viewers ages 7 and older.

'National Treasure'
Buena Vista Pictures

Nicholas Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, who begins his search for a lost “national treasure” by attempting to steal the Declaration of Independence.

Movie Guide calls this heist movie “family-friendly entertainment that honors early American history.” Common Sense Media cites “moderately frequent gun play” and other violence and one foreign swear word but recommends the film for viewers age 9 and older.

'Newsies: The Broadway Musical'
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Dreaming of becoming an artist away from the big city, newsboy Jack Kelly joins his friends in fighting back against publisher Joseph Pulitzer, according to Broadway.

Newsies is rated PG for mild language, action and smoking.

'Once I Was a Beehive'
Main Dog Productions

Shortly after her father dies of cancer and her mother marries a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a teenage girl named Lane Speer finds herself at a Mormon girls camp.

Common Sense Media recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.

Heyday Films and StudioCanal

Based on the children’s book, “A Bear Called Paddington” by Michael Bond, “Paddington” tells the story of a young bear who goes in search of a new home after his family was killed in an earthquake. He is fortunately taken in by a family in London, but chaos ensues as he tries to make his new home.

According to Common Sense Media, the movie “is very sweet, polite, and good intentioned,” but does include a scene with alcohol and a passionate kiss shared between the couple who welcomes the bear into their family.

Ok.com recommends the movie for those age 5 and up.

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'Pete's Dragon'
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

A remake from the classic 1977 film, this timeless story focuses on an orphaned boy named Elliot and his best friend, a dragon. According to movieguide.org, the movie is meant to “build courage and compassion.”

Common Sense Media recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

This is the perfect bedtime story, according to Ok.com.

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'Planet Earth II'

This nature documentary series, produced by the BBC, has episodes on topics such as “Cities,” “Islands” and “Grasslands." Common Sense Media gives it an A+ for educational value and found no sexual content, language or drug depictions, although there are some scenes where animals fight each other.

'Queen of Katwe'
Disney Enterprises Inc.

This move is based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, an impoverished girl growing up in Uganda who finds a passion and talent for chess.

Plugged In warns that there are several scenes where prostitution is discussed in general terms (although the film’s message denounces prostitution), in addition to a depiction of a hit-and-run accident.


"Shrek" is the story of an ogre who sets out to save a princess with the help of a talking (and singing) donkey, all in the name of peace and quiet.

According to Plugged In, the story is rife with positive messages about inner beauty, but it also contains bathroom humor, sexual innuendo and about 10 instances of profanity. Additionally, Movie Guide warns against some violence.

Illumination Entertainment

A theater owner hosts a singing competition for a grand prize that does not quite exist. A star-studded cast sings a variety of popular songs, making it worth the watch.

Common Sense Media rates it for children ages 7-plus.

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
Lucas Films

In this film, which is set between the time of "Star Wars: Episode II" and "Star Wars: Episode III," Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi fight the clones to protect the Republic.

Common Sense Media warns the film has a lot of action, although it is considerably less than the non-animated Star Wars films.

Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

'The Angry Birds Movie'
Sony Pictures

Based on the Angry Birds video game, this movie focuses on Red, a bird who is forced to take an anger management class. A group of green pigs suddenly arrive on the island, and Red wonders about their motivations. He works with his friends to investigate the pigs and, if necessary, defend their island.

Parent Previews warns that the film does contain violence and anger as well as some near-swear words and name calling.

Common Sense Media recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

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'The BFG'
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Sophie is an orphan in England who befriends the Big Friendly Giant. Unfortunately, she also attracts the attention of the other giants, who are bigger, meaner, and nastier than the BFG. Together, Sophie and the BFG concoct a plan to enlist the help of Queen Elizabeth II and put a stop to the giants once and for all.

According to movieguide.org the “prospect of children being taken by giants and eaten” runs throughout the film and may frighten children. Also, the film contains numerous jokes about passing gas.

Common Sense Media recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

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'The Iron Giant'
Warner Bros. Pictures

In “The Iron Giant,” a 9-year-old boy is on a journey to protect a giant alien robot. A government official is on the hunt for the robot who he thinks is dangerous. The boy must go through great odds to keep the official from getting his hands on his new friend.

Common Sense Media says, “The filmmakers bring a point of view to the events, hoping to instruct, explain, and offer thought-provoking ideas through which kids can view the action.” Characters can be seen smoking a cigarette in some scenes.

Ok.com recommends this film for viewers ages 6 and older.

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'The Jungle Book'
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Mowgli lives in the jungle and was raised by a wolf pack in the live-action remake of the animated Disney film. However, a dreadful tiger named Shere Khan soon endangers his life. Mowgli leaves the wolf pack and ventures out with his friends, a panther named Bagheera and a bear named Baloo, to find the main village while trying to stay out of Shere Khan’s path.

Movieguide.org mentions that this remake is more dramatic than the original, involving some action and violence, especially from predators.

Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older.

Related article: “Three takeaways parents need to know about the live-action ‘Jungle Book’”

'The Little Prince'
On Animation Studios

This delightful, animated feature centers on a girl pressured to grow up too fast. She befriends their new, next-door neighbor — an old pilot who tells her stories of an unusual boy, the little prince. Over time, the girl begins to understand the wonder of childhood and the importance of imagination.

Movieguide.org warns that there is some violence as well as frightening moments, especially “when the Girl is trapped in a factory and threatened by the machinery.”

Common Sense Media recommends the film for ages 9 and older.

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'The Prince of Egypt'

MovieGuide.org refers to this animated portrayal of the biblical story of Moses as "one of the most entertaining masterpieces of all time."

"Although the movie contains some scary scenes, it contains nothing that little children can’t watch as long as parents are involved," according to MovieGuide.org.

Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

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'The Road to El Dorado'

ParentPreviews.com says the film is "a likely magnet for young audiences" and praised the movie for its animation and its music by Elton John and Tim Rice.

The website warns that one of the main characters is portrayed as a "sensuous sidekick who is willing to enter into a physical relationship for monetary gain."

OK.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

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'The Secret Life of Pets'
Illumination Entertainment

Max is a happy terrier who lives contentedly with his owner Katie, until she brings home another dog named Duke. Not yet ready to welcome Duke into his life, the two dogs quarrel and become entangled with angry animal gangs. They have to learn how to put their differences aside in order to make it back home.

Parent Previews warns that it does contain a fair amount of violence, including threats of bodily harm and dangerous driving resulting in crashes.

Common Sense Media recommends the film for viewers 6 and older.

Read article: “‘Secret Life of Pets’ is more or less your standard talking animal movie (+Points for parents)”

'The Spy Next Door'

Gillian, a single mom of three kids, begins dating Bob, the pen salesman who lives next door. While Gillian is out of town, leaving Bob in charge, a Russian terrorist tracks him down and tries to steal a secret file from him, forcing Bob to use his special skills to protect the kids.

According to Parent Previews, the movie contains a fair amount of violence — although it's usually mild and played for laughs — and some scenes with sexual innuendo and revealing outfits.

'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Universal Pictures

Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch, a Southern lawyer who takes on the case of a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Finch is “a gentle man whose sense of justice is superceded only by his role as a father,” according to Plugged In.

The movie is replete with positive messages and role models, according to Common Sense Media, but it also contains some instances of and references to violence, in addition to racial slurs, although the movie clearly condemns their use. The site recommends the movie for viewers ages 12 and up.

'Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast'
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

A fairy named Fawn befriends a scary creature named NeverBeast that many of the other fairies in Pixie Hollow find frightening. Fawn then enlists her friend Tinker Bell to help convince the others that the new creature isn’t as frightening as he looks.

Common Sense Media says the movie is “a testament to curiosity, heart, independence, the power of teamwork, and unlikely friendships, but very young kids may be frightened in a few instances or have questions about loss.”

It is recommended by Common Sense Media for viewers ages 5 and older.


This fun, animated musical is inspired by the Troll dolls. The Bergens, who eat trolls, invade the troll village and capture a number of Princess Poppy’s friends. Poppy and Branch (a grumpy, unhappy troll) set out to save their friends and their village.

According to Common Sense Media, “little kids are still likely to be scared by the greedy, hungry Bergens.”

Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Related article: “Witty 'Trolls' is a relentless machine of musical happiness”

'Walt Before Mickey'
Conglomerate Media

This film explores the life of Walt Disney and his journey to learn the art of animation during the 10 years before the creation of Mickey Mouse.

Common Sense Media warns parents that Disney's character smokes in the film, something Disney did in real life.

'Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection'

This collection of 12 short Disney films is “a great choice for family movie night,” according to Common Sense Media. There is some slapstick violence and one instance of smoking, but the collection has no sexual content or profanity.