Sometimes a night in with movie and popcorn is the kind of family bonding you crave. If Netflix is letting you down this summer, here are 10 classic family movies that your whole family will enjoy.
1. Newsies, PG
Get your dancing shoes on and be prepared to have some show tunes stuck in your head after this fun family film. This classic Disney musical is about a troupe of newsboys in Brooklyn who go on strike.
2. Hook; PG
A grown up Peter Pan must return to Neverland to rescue his kids and learn how to believe again. Starring Dustin Hoffman (Captain Hook), Robin Williams (Peter Pan), and Julia Roberts (Tinkerbell), this adventurous spin on an age-old tale is one your family is sure to have a blast watching together.
3. The Sound of Music; G
Julie Andrews stars as a charming, music-loving postulant from an Austrian abbey who becomes a nanny to the seven Von Trapp children. This musical will inspire your family to sing together, and you may just learn a thing or two about history.
4. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; G (the 1971 version)
When a poor boy named Charlie finds a golden ticket, he and his grandpa win an exciting and strange tour of Willy Wonka’s factory. Get ready for rivers of chocolate, edible wallpaper, and singing Oompa-Loompas. You may want to restock your chocolate supply before this movie night.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; PG
In this inspirational movie, four siblings travel through a magical wardrobe to the beautiful and mysterious land of Narnia where they meet the powerful lion Aslan and fight against the evil White Witch.
6. The Land Before Time; G
Join brave Littlefoot and his adorable new friends on a journey of survival. This classic animated adventure is a heartwarming option your kids will love. (And if you’re not up for the original, there are 12 sequels to choose from.)
7. The Sandlot; PG
Set in the 50s, this movie is a humorous tale about a group of boys who get themselves into trouble while playing baseball in the sandlot. This movie is sure to bring some laughs and may cause you to become nostalgic for the good ‘ol days.
8. Mary Poppins; G
For a singalong that will give you some great ideas for getting your kids to clean their room (and take their medicine), spend the evening with the magical nanny Mary Poppins, played by Julie Andrews. This is a fun and sweet classic that will capture your imagination.
9. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; PG
Four kids become miniature versions of themselves when they have an accidental run-in with their inventor dad’s shrink ray. Now they’ll have to brave the backyard to get back to the house and get their parents’ attention.
10. The Princess Bride; PG
Possibly one of the most quotable movies of all time, you’ll be sure to chuckle throughout this outlandish adventure. When Princess Buttercup is kidnapped, her long-lost love must battle many characters and creatures to come to her rescue. Inconceivable!
What were your favorite movies growing up? Write your own top 10 list and share it with your family.