Family time often involves sitting in front of the couch with the whole gang and watching a nice movie. Since the holiday season is just around the corner, it’s the best time to get the family together, pop some corn, and hit that play button on your remote. If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you’ve got plenty of family-oriented titles to choose from. We’ve taken the time to curate some of the best family movies on Amazon Prime Video so you and the Brady Bunch don’t have to sift through the entire exhaustive library. Keep in mind some of these movies are more for older kids and teens, as opposed to little ones.
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Best family movies on Amazon Prime:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Amazon Prime family movies regularly as new ones are released.
1. Troop Zero
Troop Zero is an Amazon original family film that is perfect for a fun movie date with the young ‘uns. It follows the story of a group of misfit elementary school children trying to win a talent show so that their voices can be recorded and sent to space. The movie is a light-hearted comedy, full of zest and spunk. It stars Mckenna Grace of Gifted fame in the lead role of Christian Flint as well as veteran actor Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder) as the troop leader.
2. The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
A 2021 title, this movie is a sci-fi teen romance about two teenagers — Margaret and Mark — who find themselves stuck in a time loop. They relive the same day over and over again. As they start spending time together, they discuss their life goals and dreams and look for perfect moments in their city to try and escape the loop. Of course, they also fall in love during the whole process.
3. E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial
This cult science fiction movie produced and directed by Steven Spielberg is something children and adults from all generations have appreciated over the past 40 years since its release. It chronicles a troubled child’s relationship with a friendly alien and how he helps the creature return home from Earth. The concept of the film was based on an imaginary friend Spielberg created when his parents divorced. Back in the day, the title surpassed Star Wars to become the highest grossing film of all time. So tas you can see, there’s more than one reason the movie should be on your family’s watchlist.
4. The Aeronauts
Inspired by actual events, The Aeronauts is a movie that narrates the adventures of a meteorologist and a professional aeronaut who are out to prove that the weather can be predicted. It’s based on a historic hot-air balloon expedition from circa 1862 in which scientist James Glashier and aeronaut Henry Coxwell rose to a height of 30,000 feet, the highest any human had ever been in a gas balloon. Only in the film, Coxwell is replaced by the fictional character of Amelia Wren, played by Felicity Jones. While the movie does take some creative liberties with the facts, it’s still a remarkable visual journey and an engaging watch, one that’s best enjoyed on a large screen.
This 1998 family comedy film is a must-watch if you have little girls and boys around. Adapted from the children’s book by the same name, Madeline follows the adventures of a young orphan girl who, despite having a tough upbringing, is ever positive and extremely mischievous. When her beloved school is on the verge of being shut down, she uses her wit, craftiness, and friends to attempt to save it.
6. Brittany Runs A Marathon
This Amazon Prime original movie is all about self-motivation and feeling good about your life. The plot of the movie revolves around a party girl named Brittany, who tries to reinvent herself and her choices after a visit to the doctor scares her into becoming more healthy. The film is funny, light-hearted, and thought-provoking at the same time. A must watch for the family if you’re looking for some inspiration and a good ol’ pick-me-up story.
7. My Spy
This is an Amazon original action-comedy movie that you’ll probably have fun watching with your little ones. An undercover CIA operative is caught spying by a nine-year-old girl who then blackmails him into teaching her the basics of espionage. They form a close bond in the time they spend together and eventually become family.
8. Fathers & Daughters
This is a 2016 family drama starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Kylie Rogers, and Aron Paul. It’s a powerful and touching story of the bond between a father and his daughter. Crowe plays a Pulitzer-winning author who has a mental breakdown after the untimely death of his wife. He struggles to take care of his daughter Katie as a single father and the pressure also affects his work negatively. With a burst of inspiration, he manages to write his last book titled “Fathers and Daughters” and dies because of injuries he sustained in the car accident. 25 years later, his grown-up daughter is seen making some questionable decisions and having intimacy issues. The movie alternates between the past and the present and shows how Katie’s behavior and choices as an adult are influenced by her relationship with her father as a girl.
9. Knives Out
Knives Out is a family movie about a wealthy family and its secrets. It’s a classic whodunit mystery movie speckled with comic flavor. The plot revolves around the murder investigation of the patriarch of an eccentric and competitive family. All family members are suspects and it’s up to a private investigator to find the culprit. But the truth is hugely convoluted and many unexpected twists make the chase even more enthralling. The movie also has a great ensemble cast, including names like Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Katherine Langford, and others.
10. The Peanut Butter Falcon
Starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and newcomer Zack Gottsagen, this feel-good adventure-comedy tells the story of a young man with Down syndrome (Gottsagen) who escapes from a residential nursing home to go to a wrestling school. Along the way, he befriends a fisherman on the run (LaBeouf). The two men quickly form a bond and the film tracks their various adventures as a social worker (Johnson) attempts to track them down.
11. Soul Surfer
Soul Surfer is an inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton, a teen surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. The film is based on Bethany’s autobiography wherein she recalls her recovery journey and how she got back on the board despite all odds stacked up against her. If you’re looking for a fulfilling family movie to watch on Amazon Prime Video, this one would be right up your alley. Besides its engaging storyline, you also get to see some great actors in action including Anna Sophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, and others.
So those are some of the best family movies on Amazon Prime Video right now. If you haven’t subscribed to Amazon Prime yet, you can do so by hitting the button below. After you become a Prime member, you can watch all of the titles mentioned above for free.
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