Choosing the right movie to watch with your children will help you bond with your kids through watching a film you all enjoy. Here are the best movies with your kids by category:
Animated films are an easy choice to watch with your whole family. Computer-animated films from studios like Disney-Pixar and DreamWorks have been the most popular among family films over the past decade (Up, Cars, The Shrek Films, Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Kung Fu Panda, Toy Story etc.). Your children will still love the classic Disney 2-D animation films that you also loved watching as a kid (Fantasia, Snow White, Bambi, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin). The Princess And The Frog is also a great throwback to the 2-D style. If your children love the unusual style of stop-motion animation try films like Coraline and Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were Rabbit.
A creative live-action film can create a fantasy world as well as any animated film. Here are some classic fantasy films that your whole family will enjoy: The Princess Bride, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, and The NeverEnding Story. The Harry Potter films are also a great choice (although the content gets a bit more scary and mature for smaller children in the later films). The Lord Of The Rings films are great to watch with your older kids (PG-13), especially if you are fans of the J.R. Tolkien books.
If your children love singing along to their favorite animated musical they will probably enjoy watching a live-action musical too. Check out these great musicals to watch with your family: The Music Man, The Sound Of Music, The Wizard Of Oz, Singing In The Rain, and The Wiz. You can even try to check out the live version after watching it on screen if it’s playing in your area!
Sci-fi films are great to watch with your family but make sure you check the ratings to see if it’s suitable for small children. The early Star Wars films and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial are classic sci-fi films and appropriate for most ages (PG). Other fun movies to watch with your older kids are: Star Trek, Avatar, Jurassic Park, and the Indiana Jones and Back To The Future films.