The Best Family Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now (February 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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Sonic the Hedgehog (2020): The Best Film Based on a Sega Property Since House of the Dead

Sonic runs from Dr. Robotnik in 'Sonic the Hedgehog'


IMDb rating: 6.5/10

Genre: Action, Adventure

Starring: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey 

Director: Jeff Fowler

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Video game-based films have a reputation for being bad, but Sonic the Hedgehog breaks from tradition by being a fun, family-friendly film about friendship. Superspeedy alien Sonic is hiding out on Earth when he befriends a local sheriff named Tom (James Marsden). Together, they battle the evil Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), who dreams of world conquest. Yes, it's goofy, but it's a charming enough way to spend 90 minutes with the kids.

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Playing with Fire (2019): Best Schmaltzy Slapstick Featuring a Former Wrestler

John Cena in 'Playing with Fire'

Paramount Pictures

IMDb rating: 5.0/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo 

Director: Andy Fickman

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Former wrestler John Cena has made a number of family films since leaving his previous career behind. In Playing with Fire, he plays one of three wildland firefighters called "smokejumpers" who have to look after three kids rescued from a burning cabin. Straight-laced and serious about his job, Cena finds he's no match for the rambunctious children. Filled with plenty of slapstick and schmaltz, stay after the credits for some fun bloopers.

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Antz (1998): Featuring One Heck of a Voice Cast

Sharon Stone in 'Antz'


IMDb rating: 6.5/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Starring: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman

Director: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 23 minutes

This early Dreamworks film appears a bit dated by today's standards, but it features an A-list voice cast. Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone, and a lot more play various members of an ant colony.

Z (Allen) is a non-conformist who chases a beautiful princess (Stone) and becomes a hero in the process. Considered a technical achievement at the time of its release, it's also surprisingly violent for a kids movie and may not be suitable for the youngest audiences.

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Shanghai Noon (2000): An Old-Fashioned Comedy Western for Teens

Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in 'Shanghai Noon.'

Touchstone Pictures

IMDb rating: 6.6/10

Genre: Action, Comedy

Starring: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu 

Director: Tom Dey

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Action star Jackie Chan's follow-up to his 1998 box office hit Rush Hour is this likeable, old-fashioned Western comedy, where he plays an Imperial Guard who travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess (Lucy Liu). Owen Wilson plays a train robber who helps him on his quest. The film features plenty of stupid humour, charm, and action set pieces, but might not be suitable for younger viewers.

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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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Charlotte's Web (1973): Best Talking Spider You'll Love Story

The animals of Charlotte's Web


IMDb rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Animation, Family, Musical

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson, Pamelyn Ferdin

Director: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Classic children's book Charlotte's Web has multiple adaptations, but this version is the 1973 Hanna Barbara/Sagittarius Productions animated film. The story follows a pig named Wilbur (Henry Gibson) who is first raised by Fern (Pamelyn Ferdin) as a pet, and then sent to a farm when he gets too big. There he meets a spider named Charlotte (Debbie Reynolds), who tries to save him from the eventual fate of all barnyard swine by spinning short messages like Some Pig into her webs.

This one is a real tear jerker, but we won't say exactly why just in case anyone has actually managed to avoid spoilers on this over the years.

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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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Wonder Park (2019): A Lovely Animated Film About Imagination

The animated cast of 'Wonder Park'


IMDb rating: 5.9/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Sofia Mali, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell

Director: Dylan Brown

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

This enjoyable film features a bevy of well-known actors and actresses like Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, and John Oliver. It's about a young girl who finds out that the amusement park of her dreams is real and run by talking animals. But when the park is threatened by a villainous presence called the Darkness, the girl and her new friends embark on an energetic adventure to save it. While many critics criticized the movie's plot, it's not a bad way to spend a lazy afternoon with the kids.

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Ernest & Celestine (2014): A Charming, Old-Fashioned Animated Film

Ernest & Celestine


IMDb rating: 7.9/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti

Director: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Ernest & Celestine is a charming throwback to the early days of animation. There's not a drop of CGI. Instead, the art is hand-drawn and filled with whimsical warmth and sweetness. The English dub of the film also features a terrific voice cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, and more. Oh, and did we mention it's about an adorable mouse and bear who become friends and do crimes?

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