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The Best Family Movies on Netflix Instant Watch

Updated on August 22, 2015

What are the best family movies on Netflix Instant Watch? Amazing movies for the whole family are often hard to find. Very rarely can the vision of a director leap off the screen and inspire us.

Here at the Institute of Inane Science (a very serious institute that employs Nobel Prize aspirants and, supposedly, the inventor of scrambled eggs), we take movies very seriously. We wear aprons and pith helmets while we do our research, and the sheep... er, staff... are paid with pretzels and loose hair. So you know they're motivated to find your movies so that they can mosey on home and do something better with their lives.

But really, are you looking for some amazing family flicks? I mean, is this going to be an issue for you if you don't get some nice movies into your system? Will it mean staying up all night with room-temperature freeze pops and not returning to work the next day? Well, in that case, I think we can help you.

Here is a list of the finest family-friendly cinema the institute has been able to scrounge up. All are readily available to stream via Netflix. Hopefully this will assuage your deep anxieties, free you from the bounds of a dreary existence, and give you the spiritual and emotional freedom to quit your job so you can move down to the tropics and start a cocoa farm. With your family, of course.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

From Tim Burton's wonderfully twisted mind comes The Nightmare Before Christmas, a loosely animated flick that runs just over an hour and retells the holiday classic with a gothic stylization.

It's sheer gag, and art at the same time. We follow the protagonist, Jack Skellington (a skeleton) as he aims to kidnap Santa Claus, and provide his own ghastly bag of "gifts".


Robin Williams stars as Alan Thicke... I mean, Alan Parrish, in this 1995 family adventure movie. In the 1960s, young Parrish and his girlfriend are playing a board game he found at a construction site. This mystical game releases all sorts of problems, including sucking Alan back into the jungle for 26 years. That time passes when two children who've moved into Alan's old house (in 1995) discover the game and start playing. They save Alan from the jungle, but can they save themselves from all the haunts and craziness to come?

This is a classic family flick with a great cast and a fun plot. It's rated PG, and it co-stars Bonnie Hunt, David Alan Grier, and Kirsten Dunst. Your extended family will love it!

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Arguably the best Star Trek movie ever made, The Wrath of Khan is also way less violent than either of the new Star Trek films and so is a good choice as a family film. It has a great plot about the forces for good working together to fight a common enemy, and there are a lot of memorable ideas and classic lines ("KHAN!")

William Shatner stars as Capt. James T. Kirk, with Leonard Nimoy co-starring as Spock. The crew of the Starship Enterprise encounters the escaped baddie Khan (Ricardo Montalban), whose brash confidence helps him to turn the tables on them. Only through teamwork and wit can the crew even the balances and save their starship.

Made in 1982, this was the most successful Trek film before the JJ Abrams reboots, and it definitely holds up after all this time. A likable flick everyone will like.

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    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Very interesting read. My favorite is Bill Murray in Ground Hogs Day.

      I enjoyed this article.


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