Family time often involves sitting in front of the couch with the whole gang and watching a nice movie. Since most of the world is locked up at home right now, 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 so you and the Brady bunch don’t have to sift through the entire exhaustive library. Keep in mind most 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. A Quiet Place
This is a family movie that should be reserved for when you and your bunch are in the mood for some jump scares and screams and is certainly not the best for younger kids. A Quiet Place is a post-apocalyptic horror movie starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, who also happen to be spouses in real life. The film follows the trials of a family of five who have to scavenge for supplies in a ghost town inhabited by deadly extraterrestrial creatures. Most of the human and animal population on Earth has been wiped out by these creatures. However, the monsters are blind and can only get you if you make a sound.
Another horror-flick to get the whole family on edge is Hereditary. Fair warning, the film is rated R for horror and violence, so this one is not for the small kiddos out there.
The ghost of an ancestor haunts a family of four. The evil entrenches itself into their life, turning it upside down and causing one of them to die in a horrific accident. Will they survive the wrath of the demon, or will they succumb to its powers? The movie stars Toni Collette in the lead role and will grip you into its fold right from the beginning.
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.
5. Instant Family
They were out to foster one child but got three in the bargain. Instant Family stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as a childless couple looking to start a family. Their idea of doing so is to foster a teenager and her two siblings. The film follows the journey of this unlikely family and will warm your heart as they grow closer to form unbreakable bonds with each other.
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.
So those were some of the best family movies that we could spot on Amazon Prime Video. 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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