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The selection of family movies on Amazon Prime’s streaming service leaves a little to be desired, but that makes a guide like this all the more useful! You have to dig through the titles on Prime Video to find something suitable for everyone from pre-schoolers to great-grandfathers, but there are titles worth checking out, including family classics you may have overlooked.
Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes
Directors: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon
The characters created by Charles Addams will never get old, even if this recent animated hit isn’t exactly their best outing. There’s still just enough to love in this sequel to the Addams Family’s animated 2019 debut, especially in the voice work of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Nick Kroll, Bill Hader, Wallace Shawn and many more. This one is about a road trip for the Addams Clan and although it was generally ignored during the pandemic, it still made a fortune. They’re gonna make Addams movies forever.
Duration: 1h 58m
Director: Carroll Ballard
Remember when family movies didn’t have to speak to kids? Just watch this poignant and moving adventure classic from Walter Farley’s 1941 book of the same name about a boy who is shipwrecked with a wild stallion, who becomes one of his best friends. When they return to civilization, they enter a race in this film which has been chosen to enter the National Film Registry as one of the most important works of cinematography of all time.
Director: Betty Thomas
Movies based on beloved sitcoms are almost always a waste of time, but Betty Thomas knew how to take the crowd-pleasing comedy from The Brady Group and turn it into a subversive satire of suburban norms. She took the 1970s family and abandoned them in the 90s, turning their values and styles into humorous targets out of the water. It’s still a surprisingly funny movie.
Duration: 1h 53m
Director: Charles A. Nichols and Iwao Takamato
This adaptation of the EB White children’s classic is the animated one that made a mark on just about every 80s kid. The story of a pig named Wilbur who befriends a spider named Charlotte is a classic tale of friendship with an end that moves anyone with a heart. This one also features some memorable music from the Sherman Brothers and voice work from the legendary Debbie Reynolds.
Duration: 1h 53m
Director: Kay Canon
Another year, another Cinderella movie. The original on Prime belongs to pop superstar Camila Cabello, who channeled her fame from the music world into this musical jukebox take on the classic tale. That means familiar hits, intertwined with a few original songs. It’s not the best Cinderella, but it’s not the worst either. This might just be the shoe for you.
Duration: 1h 37m
Director: Walt Becker
This adaptation of the giant dog children’s book series was originally slated for theatrical release, but ended up being mixed on Paramount+ in late 2021 before also being made available to Prime subscribers. It’s just kind enough to make this list, thanks in large part to an acting cast that includes a fun Tony Hale and Kenan Thompson.
Duration: 2h 49m
Director: peter jackson
Almost a decade after winning all the Oscars for The king’s returnPeter Jackson has returned to helm the trilogy based on JRR Tolkien’s other beloved fantasy classic, The Hobbit. The resulting trilogy didn’t leave the same cultural imprint, but they do have their own epic fantasy charms, and all three are now on Prime Video.
Duration: 1h 27m
Director: Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska
The hugely successful franchise of Hotel Transylvania the movies took a surprising turn in early 2022 when the pandemic forced this formerly Sony property into a Prime Video exclusive. Probably the final film in this four-movie series, this one sees Dracula (Adam Sandler) become a human as his son-in-law (Andy Samberg) becomes a monster. Of course, it’s what’s inside that really matters. Everyone knows it.
Duration: 1h 37m
Directors: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
When people talk about the best movie trilogies of all time, too rarely do they include movies based on Cressida Cowell’s books about a boy and his beloved fire-breathing friend. These films are beautifully animated and legitimately moving. They have a weird habit in the age of streaming of bouncing around streaming services like Toothless himself, but the first, and probably still the best, movie is the one that’s currently on Prime Video.
Duration: 2h 10m
Director: Frank Capra
One of the most beloved films of all time shouldn’t just be watched on vacation. This film’s lessons about what people value in life could be enjoyed any time of the year, as could one of the most iconic performances in Jimmy Stewart’s cinematic history.
Duration: 1h 50m
Director: Robert Mulligan
Reese Witherspoon made an immediate impact in her first film, co-starring alongside Sam Waterston and Tess Harper in this family drama. Witherspoon plays Dani, a 14-year-old boy who falls in love with the older boy (Jason London) who moves in next door. It is a tender and nuanced learning film.
Duration: 1h 43m
Director: Daniel Stern
People who were of a certain age in 1993 probably remember this movie with a nostalgic bent. It was a surprising hit that summer, telling the story of a kid who had arm surgery that made him a Major League Baseball star. It was a little mediocre at the time when it came out, but it was the kind of movie that kids loved back then and those kids may now be the parents who want to introduce it to a new generation.
Duration: 1h 42m
Director: John Sayles
Take a break from escapism and show your kids something culturally resonant and unforgettable in John Sayles’ version of a classic Irish legend. With jaw-dropping cinematography by Haskell Wexler, it’s the story of a girl in Ireland who learns that her brother was taken by a selkie when he was a baby. It’s a tale of magic and legends in a way that can only happen in Ireland.
Duration: 1h 38m
Director: Jeff Fowler
It’s hard to believe, but movies about the super-fast blue hedgehog are a bit more popular than games right now. Ben Schwartz voices the character in this first film based on Sega’s games, a film so popular it’s already produced a hit sequel. Jim Carrey kind of steals the movie as the mustachioed villain, going so far that he turns his performance into campy fun.
Duration: 2h 2m
Director: DavidMickey Evans
With a third movie in production, it kind of feels like these movies about the fast little blue guy are the first new mega-franchise of the pandemic, right? And something interesting about them is how quickly Paramount worked to make them available to subscribers. This movie went from theaters to Paramount+ before it was even on Blu-ray and now it’s also on Prime Video. There’s a reason kids love these movies. See for yourself and find out why.
Duration: 1h 45m
Director: Martin Ritte
Maybe it’s not the kind of family movie that Minions that fans are looking for, but why not challenge your kids with something more grounded once in a while? Sounder is more than the story of a dog. It’s a story of the Deep South during the Great Depression, anchored by the stunning performances of Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson, who both earned Oscar nominations for their work here, and the film was also nominated for Best Picture. .
Duration: 2h 27m
Director: Raoul Walch
Let’s move on to a true classic, a silent film released almost a century ago. Loosely based on Thousand and one Night, This Swashbuckler stars the king of the genre of his day, Douglas Fairbanks, who reportedly claimed it as his favorite film. It’s a beautiful film that could be a gateway to classic cinema for the right kid.
Duration: 1h 41m
Director: Niki Caro
A lyrical and moving learning film, this adaptation of the 1987 novel stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as a 12-year-old girl in a Maori clan who wants to become the chief of her tribe, a male-only role. . in the tribe. More than just a tale of female power (although that’s that too), it’s a film that never speaks to its children, understanding their ambitions and fears in a way that’s both poetic and true.
Duration: 1h 37m
Director: Norman Tokar
A lot of 80s kids probably watched this in college and were never quite the same. Relive the trauma! Based on the 1961 novel of the same name, it’s the story of an ordinary 12-year-old boy who is obsessed with hunting dogs, even though his family can’t afford it. A moving and empowering story told well, this is a great option for a book the whole family can read and a movie the whole family can watch together.
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