The 10 Best Family Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now (December 2020)

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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Elf (2003): Will Ferrell's Goofy Best

Will Ferrell in 'Elf.'

New Line Cinema

IMDb rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Comedy, Family

Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart 

Director: Jon Favreau

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

This feel-good Christmas classic features Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human raised by elves at the North Pole. Naive, optimistic, and harboring the emotional maturity of a large child, he travels to New York City to find his biological father, a cynical book publisher (James Caan). The two try to form a relationship with chaotic results. While it can be a little hokey at times, Elf is a fun and funny movie filled with holiday spirit and a sweet message about family.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009): Best Science Experiment Gone Wrong

Anna Faris and Bill Hader in 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.'

Sony Pictures

IMDb rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

Starring: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell  

Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Loosely based on the 1978 children's book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is about an aspiring inventor named Flint Lockwood who must save the world from his own creation, a machine that can make any food from water. The machine has gained sentience and is now bombarding people with Italian cuisine. It's a ridiculous premise, but the film has some funny moments, and adults watching with their kids will appreciate the pop culture references and performances by Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, and even Mr. T. 

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A Christmas Story (1983): Best Family Film About BB Gun Safety

A still image of A Christmas Story.

IMDb rating: 7.9/10

Genre: Comedy, Family

Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin

Director: Bob Clark

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Just in case you miss one of the thousand airings of this film on basic cable this holiday season, you can watch A Christmas Story on Amazon Prime. A holiday staple, it follows the exploits of Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), an imaginative kid who desperately wants a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. But standing in his way are his cranky father (Darren McGavin), his doting mother (Melinda Dillion), and every other adult who believes he'll shoot his eye out.

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Troop Zero (2019): Best Underdog Scout Revenge Story

Jim Gaffigan and Mckenna Grace in Troop Zero

 Amazon

IMDb rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Mckenna Grace, Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan

Director: Bert & Bertie

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 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

 Amazon

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

Running Time: 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.

Amazon also has the live-action 2006 version of Charlotte's Web that stars Dakota Fanning as Fern and Julia Roberts as Charlotte.

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Labyrinth (1986): Best Use of Muppets To Teach a Lesson

Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth

 Amazon

IMDb rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family

Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud 

Director: Jim Henson

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes

This cult classic from director Jim Henson tells the story of teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) who wishes that her infant stepbrother Toby (Toby Froud) would disappear. Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie) appears to grant her wish, and Sarah is forced to follow into a world of bizarre creatures (Muppets). If she can't defeat Jareth's labyrinth within the span of 13 hours, her baby brother will be turned into a goblin.

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The Gruffalo (2010): Best Animated Short Film About Using Imagination

The Mouse in The Gruffalo

 Amazon

IMDb rating: 7.5/10

Genre: Animation, Family, Short

Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden, Tom Wilkinson

Director: Max Lang, Jakob Schuh

Motion Picture Rating: Not Rated

Running Time: 27 minutes

This delightful short film, based on the book of the same name, is perfect if you're looking for something to watch with the kids but don't have time for a feature length film. Exploring themes like overcoming your fears and using brains instead of brawn, The Gruffalo is the story of a mouse (James Corden) who conjures up the fearsome Gruffalo (Robbie Coltrane) to scare away predators, but what will he do when his creation comes to life?

If this one goes over well, Amazon Prime has the related short The Gruffalo's Child.

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The Secret of Nimh (1982): Best Mom Saves the Day as Told by Mice Story

The Secret of Nimh

 Amazon

IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise

Director: Don Bluth

Motion Picture Rating: G

Running Time: 1 hour, 22 minutes

The Secret of Nimh is a dark fantasy tale about a widowed field mouse named Mrs. Brisby (Elizabeth Hartman) whose child falls ill. Unable to move her pneumonia-stricken son, and with their field about to be plowed under, Mrs. Brisby seeks help from a mysterious group of rats and their mystical leader Nicodemus (Derek Jacobi). She hopes that the rats can save her child, but they can't do it without her help.

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Rango (2011): Best Use of a Chameleon in a Kids Animated Western Film

Rango

 Amazon

IMDb rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant 

Director: Gore Verbinski

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes

Rango is a western the whole family can enjoy. Johnny Depp stars as the title character, Rango, a chameleon who fancies himself a bit of a swashbuckling hero. He stumbles on the town of Dirt and is forced to rise to the occasion as not the hero he is, but the hero the people of Dirt need.

Kids love the beautifully animated characters and bright colors, parents can appreciate director Gore Verbinski's fantastic visuals, and just about everyone should enjoy the story.

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Addams Family (2019): Best Creepy Kooky Offbeat Humor

Lurch and Morticia in The Addams Family

 Amazon

IMDb rating: 5.8/10

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz 

Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes

The latest adaptation of The Addams Family serves as a perfect introduction to the creepy, kooky characters of Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) Addams, their strange children, and the whole extended family. The movie opens with a bit of background on how the family came to live in their gloomy mansion, and the conflict shows up when a local reality TV host seeks to drive them out to make room for a Truman Show-eque planned community.

If the kids do end up liking this one and want to see more, the fantastic live action 1991 version of The Addams Family is also available to stream free on Prime. It's the far superior version, but the recently-in-theaters animated adaptation will be an easier sell for a lot of kids.