Family movies

July 27, 2005 Categories: Movies | 12 Comments  

As our kids get older, Kevin and I find we are enjoying family movie night more. It used to be that Kevin would sit through the first half-hour, eat some popcorn, and then head down to the computer while I opened my book. But now that the kids’ tastes and attention spans are maturing, we’re watching more movies that we all enjoy. (For Kevin, that means no animation or talking animals, although he did like The Incredibles. I came up with a list of the ones we’ve enjoyed so far:

Galaxy Quest
Iron Will
The Rookie
October Sky
Daddy Day Care
Cheaper By the Dozen
Peter Pan
Flight of the Navigator
Swiss Family Robinson
In Search of the Castaways
The Parent Trap
Old Yeller
Agent Cody Banks
Spy Kids
Catch That Kid

Anyone out there have some family favorites we should check out?


  1. Spunky

    We are Gettysburg fans around here. It’s long but it is very good.

    We don’t do many videos to be honest but ever so often we check out the original Father of the Bride (not the modern version) and we are laughing the whole way through.


  2. Laney

    My boys love Cheaper by the Dozen, the original. Have your children seen Mother Goose? My boys were hysterical laughing at that one, it is really cute.

    I love Iron Will!!

  3. Ron

    I think everyone here liked the incredibles. We have such a wide range of ages that it’s a little more difficult for us to find something everybody likes.

  4. sparrow

    I can’t think of anything new, but we love Galaxy Quest…”Quick! Let’s get out of here before one of those things kills Guy!” :)

    ~ Thanks for visiting my blog today! We’re in Portland, Oregon, so I feel like we’re almost neighbors. ;)

    I’m a HP fan too. Boy, did I have a grouchy week when all the negative blog posts came out! Glad the hubbub has died down a little.

    I enjoyed looking through your posts tonight. Thanks!

  5. Laura

    I love The Kid with Bruce Willis. Haven’t watched in a long enough time to remember if it’s completely appropriate for kids or not but I remember enjoying the theme of not letting your dreams/passions die as you grow older. :)

  6. Laney

    I’m sorry, the name of the movie is Father Goose!
    Here’s an amaon link and description.

  7. RANDI

    First Kid

    Rocketman is probably our “ultimate” family movie-it is so funny! Mousehunt has a part that can be fast-forwarded, but otherwise it is OK (well, as far as I can remember.

  8. Melanie Lynne Hauser

    “The Princess Bride” is a huge favorite here. Also “O Brother Where Art Thou.” And of course all the Toy Storys.

    Are you familiar with Wallace and Grommit? They’re clay-animation shorts made by Nick Parks, who also did “Chicken Run.” They’re British and hysterical and we own all three films and watch them regularly.

  9. Carrie

    Thanks for all the great suggestions! We’re major movie lovers here — I inherited it from my Dad. We have also watched and enjoyed Father Goose, Jumanji, The Princess Bride, and Mouse Hunt. They just didn’t pop into my memory when I was posting! Spunky, what ages are okay for Gettysburg? I remember enjoying that, but I wasn’t paying attention too much to the content since it was just hubby and I.

  10. razorbackmama

    My kids have enjoyed Anne of Green Gables. My oldest likes the 3rd one since it has a war in it (the goof), but I didn’t care for it – the script and storyline aren’t very good.

  11. Anonymous

    The Princess Bride has been one of my personal favorites for about 16 or 17 years now. Has it been that long?!? Rocketman is another great one.

    Here are some other favorites that I haven’t seen listed yet: Secondhand Lions (with Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, and Robert Duvall), the original version of That Darn Cat with Haley Mills, and Dennis the Menace (with Walter Matthau, Lea Thompson, and Christopher Lloyd). The Little Rascals is pretty good, too. Pollyanna (with Hayley Mills) is one that girls seem to like, but not many boys.

    My boys seem to love talking animal movies, animated or not. Some of their favorites are Milo and Otis, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, The Jungle Book, Charlotte’s Web, and Stuart Little.

    I can’t wait until my boys are older and we can have a family movie night!


  12. Sherry

    Have you seen my list of 105 Best Movies Ever? There’s a link at my blog. Or you can click here, if the link works.