The Best Family Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now (January 2023)

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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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982): A Boy and His Alien

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


IMDb rating: 7.9/10

Genre: Adventure, Family, Comedy

Starring: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 55 minutes

In this classic story about a boy and his alien, Elliot (Henry Thomas) and his sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore) befriend an extra-terrestrial who wants to go home.

For more than four decades now, Steven Spielberg's masterpiece continues captivating new generations.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014): Double the Dragons, Double the Fun

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III in How to Train Your Dragon 2


IMDb rating: 7.8/10

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler

Director: Dean DeBlois

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is no longer a boy and doesn't feel ready to take on the responsibilities of being a chief. So instead, he sets off on another adventure with his dragon Toothless, but their journey takes a few unexpected turns.

Conceived as the middle movie in a trilogy, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is not just a rehash of the original. It even takes inspiration from one of the most popular sequels of all time, The Empire Strikes Backs.

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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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Wonderstruck (2017): An Imaginative and Emotional Adventure

Julianne Moore, Jaden Michael, and Oakes Fegley in 'Wonderstruck'

Amazon Studios

IMDb rating: 6.2/10

Genre: Adventure, Drama

Starring: Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, Cory Michael Smith

Directors: Todd Haynes

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Wonderstruck is a tale of two children from two different time periods who both wish for a different life. While the film's unconventional structure might be too confusing for younger viewers, it's filled with beautiful visuals and lovely performances.

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The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985): The Beloved Author's Stories Come to (Animated) Life

'The Adventures of Mark Twain' (1985)

Vision Films

IMDb rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Animated, Adventure

Starring: James Whitmore, Michele Mariana, Gary Krug

Directors: Will Vinton

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes

Dissatisfied with the current state of humanity, author Mark Twain sets off in a hot-air balloon to chase down Halley's Comet along with some of his famous characters—Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, and Huck Finn. Sure, the film's plot doesn't make much sense on paper, but The Adventures of Mark Twain is an imaginative claymation film filled with dry humor.

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Arthur Christmas (2011): An Unlikely Holiday Hero

Arthur Christmas in Arthur Christmas

Amazon Prime Video

IMDb rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Animated, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy

Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes

When an aging Santa slips up and forgets one kid on Christmas, his son Arthur Claus (James McAvoy) steps up to save the holiday. With its techy twist on Santa's backstory, Arthur Christmas is a hidden gem that needs to be seen if it slipped your radar when it came out over a decade ago.

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021): A Film Adaptation of the Hit Musical

Max Harwood in 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

Dean Rogers/20th Century Studios

IMDb rating: 6.1/10

Genre: Musical, Comedy

Starring: Max Harwood, Lauren Patel, Richard E. Grant

Director: Jonathan Butterell

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Based on the hit musical, Everybody's Talking About Jamie is about a blue-collar kid who dreams of becoming a drag queen. But, he must contend with an unsupportive father and career advisors, as well as ignorant classmates. Luckily, he has a supportive mom and a mentor, drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (a scene-stealing Richard E. Grant), who believes in him. Based on true events, the film is a sweet lesson in acceptance.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022): A Surprise Sequel That Surpasses the Original

Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog 2


IMDb rating: 6.5/10

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz

Director: Jeff Fowler

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 2 hours, 2 minutes

The first Sonic movie drew a lot of scrutiny from fans of the franchise, but the sequel shut them all up with its superior action, animation, and humor. When Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) recruits Knuckles the Echidna to help him steal the Chaos Emerald, Sonic (Ben Schwartz) teams up with Tails (Colleen O'Shaughnessey) to beat the badniks back to the mushroom planet.

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Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)—A Fun Fantasy About Dreams and Reality

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)

TMS Entertainment

IMDb rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Animated, Adventure

Starring: Gabriel Damon, Mickey Rooney, Rene Auberjonois

Directors: Masami Hata, William Hurtz

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

This 1980s animated film is about a little boy who visits a magical place called Slumberland in his dreams. But there's another land, called Nightmareland, and things get dangerous when the boy discovers it. Although it's a kid flick, some scenes can be a little dark for the youngest viewers.

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Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Brad Abrell, Keegan-Michael Key, and Andy Samberg in 'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania' (2022)


IMDb rating: 6.1/10

Genre: Animated, Comedy

Starring: Brian Hull, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez

Directors: Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

The fourth and final installment in the popular Hotel Transylvania franchise, Transformania sees Drac and his monster buddies turned into humans by Van Helsing's Monsterfication Ray, while their human pal Johnny is turned into a monster. Now, they need to team up to find a cure before the change becomes permanent.

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A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001): A Sci-Fi Spin On Pinocchio for the 21st Century

Haley Joel Osment in AI: Artificial Intelligence

Amazon Prime Video

IMDb rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor

Director: Steven Spielberg

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 2 hours, 26 minutes

When their first child falls ill, a grieving couple adopts an android son named David (Haley Joel Osment) who has all of the emotions of a human child. Unfortunately, David is rejected by his new family and finds himself cast aside with other obsolete electronics.

Stanley Kubric originally conceived the script for A.I. in the 1970s, but he didn't think film technology was then capable of telling the story. Following Kubric's passing in 1999, his friend Steven Spielberg completed the vision two years later.

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