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Here are the best family movies on Amazon Prime right now
Family time often involves sitting on 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. As 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. Remember that some of these movies are more for older kids and teens than for little ones.
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Best family movies on Amazon Prime
Editor’s note: We’ll regularly update this list of the best Amazon Prime family movies as new ones are released.
Troop Zero is an Amazon original family film 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.
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.
Camila Cabello plays the title character in this latest interpretation of the popular fairy tale. There’s nothing new that’s explored in this new version, but it is very well done, with lots of great modern songs used for the soundtrack. Cabello handles her role well as the bullied woman constantly put down by her stepmother and stepsisters.
The one truly fresh part of this movie is Billy Porter, who does an excellent job as Cinderella’s “Fab G,” who turns her into a princess for the ball.
Inspired by actual events, The Aeronauts is a movie that narrates the adventures of a meteorologist and a professional aeronaut out to prove that they can predict the weather. 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.
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, best enjoyed on a large screen.
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
This is a fun Sony Animation film that became an Amazon Prime Video exclusive movie. The fourth film in the Hotel Transylvania series has elements of Freaky Friday. A machine mistakenly turns Dracula and some other monsters at the hotel into humans, while the boyfriend of Dracula’s daughter transforms from a human into a monster. The group must go on a quest to a lost land in South America, where they must find a cure before their transformations become permanent.
Brittany Runs A Marathon
This Amazon Prime original movie is about self-motivation and feeling good about your life. The movie’s plot 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.
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 their time together and eventually become family.
Fathers & Daughters
This is a 2016 family drama starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Kylie Rogers, and Aaron 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 negatively affects his work. 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.
Twenty-five 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.
This 2017 Amazon Prime Video original is set in two different timelines. One of them, filmed in black and white, is set in 1927 when a young girl runs away to try to find her mother. In 1977, a young boy also runs away from his home to find his father. How are these two characters linked and will they be successful in their quests to find their missing parents?
This recent Paramount animated movie has a cool premise. It takes place on an alternate Earth where there are huge monsters. However, instead of stopping cities, they get recruited to join a wrestling league where they fight each other. This movie is about a monster who doesn’t seem to have what it takes to be a top wrestler. It takes a human to whip this kaiju into shape and put him in the (very big) ring.
Here are some other family movies on Amazon Prime Video that didn’t quite make our top 10 list:
- Clifford The Big Red Dog — The popular children’s book gets adapted in this charming movie.
- Heidi — This is the latest (2017) movie about the beloved orphan children’s character (free on Amazon Freevee)
- Rookie of the Year — A young boy, who also loves playing baseball, discovered his arm has become the ultimate pitching arm in this movie.
- Sonic The Hedgehog 2 — The popular video game character deals with his evil alter ego Knuckles in this CGI-live action mashup movie.
- Snow Day — Kids go nuts after a snowstorm shuts down everything in a small town.
So those are some of the best family movies on Amazon Prime Video right now. We will update this post as more movies are added, and others are removed.