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50 of the Best Family Movies of All Time

So it’s family movie time in your house again, and you’re wondering what to watch? The Mykidstime Team have put their collective grey matter together and compiled our list of the best family movies. We argued, we disagreed, and some suggestions just couldn’t be squeezed in! We give you 50 of the Best Family Movies of all Time (in no particular order):

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#1. E.T.

ETA young boy Elliot discovers and befriends a gentle alien who becomes stranded on Earth, and brings him home.

Elliott introduces E.T. to his brother and his little sister and the children decide to keep it secret.

But when E.T. falls ill, the government arrives and Elliott has to decide how to help the alien.

#2. Back to the Future

Back to the FutureCalifornian teen Marty McFly is taken back to the 1950s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc goes wrong.

Marty encounters young versions of his parents and must make sure that they fall in love or he won’t exist in the future.

Marty then has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc, all with the help of the time travelling DeLorean car.

#3. Because of Winn-Dixie

because of winn dixieIndia Opal (known as Opal) has just moved to a new town with her father who is a preacher.

Her mother left when she was a baby. Opal is lonely and misses her old friends, and she ends up rescuing a dog she names Winn-Dixie, after the store where she found him.

With Winn-Dixie’s help, Opal starts to make new friends and even begins mending her relationship with her father.

#4. Mrs Doubtfire

mrs doubtfireDivorced father Daniel Hillard hatches an elaborate plan with the help of his creative brother Frank to dress as an older woman and convince his ex-wife, Miranda, to hire him as a nanny.

“Mrs. Doubtfire” wins over the children and helps Daniel become a better parent.

#5. Jumanji

jumanjiSiblings Peter and Judy find a curious, jungle-themed game called Jumanji in the attic of an old mansion.

When they start playing, they free Alan Parrish (played by Robin Williams) who has been stuck in the game for decades.

If they win Jumanji, the kids can free Alan for good but that means braving all sorts of adventures including giant bugs and stampeding rhinos!

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#6. Frozen

frozenThe hit phenomenon, Frozen, is the story of two royal sisters Elsa and Anna. When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, Anna travels with Kristoff an ice-seller and his reindeer sidekick to find Queen Elsa to help break her icy spell.

They encounter mystical trolls, a comedic snowman called Olaf, and more adventure before they can find out if they can save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip.

#7. Star Wars

star warsWe are showing our age here, but we mean the original Star Wars movie (now called number 4) and which we think is arguably the best.

Luke Skywalker discovers a recording of Princess Leia, who is being held by Darth Vader and the dark forces in their effort to quell a rebellion against the Galactic Empire. This leads him to discover he is not who he thought he was.

He travels to rescue the princess, with the help of Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, with hairy sidekick Chewbacca and droid duo R2-D2 and C3PO.

#8. The Muppet Movie

muppet movieKermit the Frog sets off on a cross-country trip from Florida to California to pursue his dream of becoming a movie star.

Along the way, he meets and befriends Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and rock musicians Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

When Kermit is offered a job by Doc Hopper to advertise the fried frog legs at his restaurant chain, Kermit turns Hopper down. What will happen at the final showdown with Hopper?

#9. Close Encounters of a Third Kind

close encountersRoy Neary witnesses an unidentified flying object and even has a “sunburn” from its bright lights to prove it. 5 musical notes keep running through his mind.

Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and sets off to pursue the truth about UFOs finding likeminded people on the way who share the vision which draws them to a place where they meet old and new friends.

#10. Kiki’s Delivery Service

kiki's delivery serviceKiki is a trainee witch who has to spend a year of independent life away from her family.

She finds somewhere to stay near a bakery and supports herself by running an air courier service on her broomstick.

This heart-warming story of someone finding their place in the world is sure to appeal.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls