The Best Family Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now (August 2021)

These movies are great for the whole family

Amazon Prime Video comes with a ton of great movies that you can stream for free, including ones that are perfect for the whole family. To save you from the search, we've pulled together all the best family movies on Amazon Prime right now, including choices for young kids, teens, and ones the whole family can enjoy.

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Hook (1991): An Underrated Robin Williams Classic



IMDb rating: 6.8/10

Genre: Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts

Director: Steven Spielberg

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 2 hours, 22 minutes

This '90s retelling of the Peter Pan story sees Robin Williams slip into the tights of the Boy Who Never Grew Up. Now an adult with a family, Peter is whisked back to Neverland by Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) so he can once again defeat Captain Hook (a scenery-chewing Dustin Hoffman) and rescue his kids. While it's not among the best of Williams' films, it's a fun watch that's gained more affection in the years following his death, especially among the internet savvy who've turned it into numerous memes.

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Seabiscuit (2003): An Inspiring, if Saccharine Story About a Race Horse

Toby Maguire in 'Seabiscuit'

Universal Pictures

IMDb rating: 7.3/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Toby Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks

Director: Gary Ross

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Seabiscuit is a saccharine but inspirational film about a businessman (Jeff Bridges), a jockey (Toby Maguire), and a trainer (Chris Cooper) who helps a losing racehorse become a winner. It's based on the real story of Seabiscuit, a horse who failed to win his first 17 races before becoming the top-earning racehorse of the 1930s and a symbol of hope for people during the Great Depression.

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Annie (1982): Best '80s Musical About Adoption

Amanda Peterson, Carol Burnett, Albert Finney, and Aileen Quinn in 'Annie'

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IMDb rating: 6.6/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett

Director: John Huston

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 2 hours, 7 minutes

This classic '80s musical stars Aileen Quinn as the titular Annie, an orphan with a head full of red curls and a tough, but perky attitude. She goes from living in an orphanage run by the mean Mrs. Hannigan (Carol Burnett) to living in the mansion of Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks (Albert Finney). While the ending might be a little too gritty for the youngest viewers, the songs are catchy and there are legends like Carol Burnett and Tim Curry hamming it up in memorable performances.

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Surf's Up (2007): A Clever Parody of Professional Sports

Zooey Deschanel and Shia LaBeouf in 'Surf's Up'

Sony Pictures

IMDb rating: 6.7/10

Genre: Animation, Comedy

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder

Director: Ash Brannon, Chris Buck

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

What's better than a surfing movie or a penguin movie? How about a penguin surfing movie! This 2007 animated film is a mockumentary about penguins competing in a surfing championship. The pseudo-documentary format is fresh enough to set it apart from other animated films featuring the flightless birds. It's a cheerful 85 minutes to spend with the kids.

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The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999): A Sweet Film for a Single-Digit Age Audience

Elmo in 'The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland'

Columbia Pictures

IMDb rating: 5.8/10

Genre: Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Kevin Clash, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams

Director: Gary Halvorson

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hour, 13 minutes

This 1990s classic sees Elmo travel to the trashy Grouchland in search of his beloved blue blanket. It's in the hands of a villain named Huxley (Mandy Patinkin). He'll get it back with the help of new friends like a Grouch girl named Grizzy and the Queen of Trash (Vanessa Williams). Obviously designed for small children, the film is sweet and moralistic, with just enough weirdness to hold a parent's interest.

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Pinocchio (2020): A Faithful Adaptation of the Classic Fairy Tale

Massimo Ceccherini and Federico Ielapi in 'Pinocchio' (2019)


IMDb rating: 6.2/10

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni

Director: Matteo Garrone

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 2 hours, 5 minutes

This live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale comes from Italy and stars Life Is Beautiful actor and director Roberto Benigni as Gepetto. While some of the special effects might be a little too uncanny valley (looking at you, Pinocchio), it's visually stunning and sticks closely to the original, timeless story of a puppet who wishes to become a real boy. Parts of it might be a little too dark for younger kids.

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The Last Unicorn (1982): A Charming (And Sometimes Dark) Animated Classic

The Last Unicorn
The Last Unicorn. Lionsgate Home Entertainment

IMDb rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Starring: Alan Arkin, Mia Farrow, Jeff Bridges

Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes

This classic animated fantasy is based on the 1968 novel by Peter S. Beagle. When a unicorn finds out she's the last of her kind, she enlists the aid of a bumbling wizard to find out what happened to the others. Along the way, she encounters an evil witch, battles an evil king, falls in love with a prince, and discovers what it feels like to be human. While some elements of the film might be too dark for younger viewers, it's still a charming fairytale backed by some strong vocal performances.

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Belle and Sebastian (2013): Best Boy and His Dog Foil Nazis Film

Félix Bossuet in "Belle and Sebastian"

Radar Films

IMDb rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Adventure, Drama

Starring: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Chatelier

Director: Nicolas Vanier

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Belle and Sebastian is a charming family film based on an equally delightful children's book about a 6-year-old boy and a stray dog who help defend their French Alps home from Nazis during World War II. While some of the film's themes might be a bit too much for younger viewers, this old-fashioned adventure is a pleasant diversion.

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Troop Zero (2019): Best Underdog Scout Revenge Story

Jim Gaffigan and Mckenna Grace in Troop Zero


IMDb rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Mckenna Grace, Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan

Directors: Bert & Bertie

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes

This Amazon Original movie tells the story of Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace), a young girl growing up in rural 1970s Georgia. Shut out of the local Birdie Scout group, she rallies a group of fellow misfits to create their own troop and compete for the chance to have their voices transmitted into space by NASA.

Though it deals with some heavy themes and emotions, Troop Zero is a fun comedy with an uplifting message that the whole family can enjoy.

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Maya the Bee (2015): A Sweet Film with Positive Messages

Maya the Bee


IMDb rating: 5.9/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Noah Taylor

Director: Alexs Stadermann

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes

Maya the Bee is a sweet (get it?) film about bee-ing yourself (OK, I'll stop now). Maya is a curious and trusting girl who, despite her hive's warnings, befriends a musically-inclined grasshopper, a dung beetle, and some hornets. But when those same hornets are accused of stealing the hive's Royal Jelly, Maya needs to clear their names, as well as her own. The film is filled with positive messages but may be too saccharine for parents to enjoy.

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