Be the family that laughs, cries, and watches together with these kid-friendly flicks on Netflix.
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Your challenge: Finding a kids' movie on Netflix that grown-ups and older kids can enjoy, too. Fortunately, there are plenty of options the whole family can watch together.

We've narrowed the list down to the best of the best, including a few old-school favorites you might remember from when you were a kid. Whether they're critically acclaimed, full of nostalgia, or beautiful works of art, kids of all ages will enjoy these kids' movies on Netflix, and adults can always find deeper meaning in the dialogue, artistry, and plot. Best of all? You can watch them all immediately—and as many times as you want—so go ahead and binge one or two.

The best kids’ movies on Netflix

Extinct Kids' Movie
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Extinct

If you're looking for adorable animated animals (and a very vague lesson about environmentalism), Extinct features a pair of sweet doughnut-shaped creatures that travel into the future to find that they've somehow gone extinct. They join a crew of fellow extinct animals as they try to find their way back home. The show features comedy actors like Rachel Bloom, Catherine O'Hara, Ken Jeong, and Adam DeVine. 

Moxie! Family Movie
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Moxie!

This story of teen empowerment (with a little old-school riot grrl action) will definitely resonate with teen girls and their moms. (Amy Poehler plays the heroine's mom, and the cool up-and-comer band the Linda Lindas show up at the end, too!)

John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch
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John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch

Comedian John Mulaney creates a sendup of some of those weird children's specials from the 1980s, in a delightfully oddball, music-filled special featuring a group of talented kids alongside a slew of celebs including David Byrne, Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford, and Andre De Shields. 

The Willoughbys Animated movie
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The Willoughbys

This highly rated (and under-appreciated) 2020 animated film features a slightly-less-than-happy family—and the kids' dramatic attempts to create a happier home. It features Jane Krakowski, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, and Terry Crews in an all-star cast of voices. 

Hugo Movie For Families
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Hugo

This charming and adventurous 2011 tale was nominated for 11 Oscars and won five. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it's a fantastical tale of a child named Hugo who lives in a Parisian railway station and engages in an adventure related to his late father. 

Jumanji Movie for Families
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Jumanji

This is the original version of the movie—featuring an epic cast including Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, and Bebe Neuwirth about the truly wild board game that comes to life. Rated PG.

Yes Day Family Movie
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Yes Day

The beloved book by author Amy Krouse Rosenthal is made into a feature-length film as a mom and dad indulge their kids in a rollicking, adventurous day where the answer to every request is "Yes." (Jennifer Garner is on mom duty in the movie.)

The BFG Movie
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The BFG

Based on Roald Dahl's book, this delightful Disney movie (directed by Steven Spielberg) tells the tale of 10-year-old Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant she meets (alongside the not-so-friendly giants, like Bill Hader's Bloodbottler). Rated PG. 

Best kids movies on Netflix - Over the Moon
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Over the Moon

A charming addition to the collection of original kids' movies on Netflix, this song-filled film follows a young girl named Fei Fei as she embarks on a legendary adventure to prove to her widower father that love is forever. Her journey takes her to the moon, where a mythical goddess and her miraculous world await. Full of color, adventure, and heartwarming messages about family and love, this is a kids' movie the whole family will love—and the soundtrack, featuring spectacular performances by Phillipa Soo of Hamilton, is bound to be a new family favorite. Rated PG.

Back to the Outback movie
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Back to the Outback

This December 2021 animated movie features a slew of Australian creatures in a zoo, who decide to band together to escape and head back to the Outback to live their lives. It teaches kids the lesson of not always judging a book by its cover (or a living thing by how it looks). 

Labyrinth Movie with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly
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Labyrinth

Go old-school with this 1980s fantasy adventure (a more grown-up version of Stranger Things' beloved Neverending Story) featuring a fully tricked-out David Bowie as the Goblin King, Jim Henson's fantastical puppets, and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, who enters the labyrinth to rescue her baby brother from the Goblin King's clutches. 

Hairspray the Musical
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Hairspray

The film adaptation of the musical (that was based on John Waters' seminal film) offers lessons about equality and acceptance against a backdrop of Civil Rights-era Baltimore. The show features Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, along with Queen Latifah, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Christopher Walken. 

ParaNorman Movie
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ParaNorman

This cute cartoon features a young boy who can see ghosts—and who's able to use his powers to save his town from zombies. Voices include Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, and John Goodman, to name a few. 

Good, best kids movies on netflix - The Lorax
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The Lorax

Dr. Seuss fans and environmentalists alike will enjoy watching the tale of the Lorax, a stubborn creature who speaks for the trees and works to protect natural resources. The 2012 movie introduces all sorts of adorable creatures and extra characters, but the message remains the same, and the tone is still the heart-warming, funny one we know and love from all Dr. Seuss' stories. To really get little ones excited about this kids' movie on Netflix, read the book together first. Rated PG.

Good, best kids movies on netflix - Madagascar 2
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Madagascar 2

Arguably even better than the first Madagascar, Madagascar 2 follows our favorite escaped zoo animals as they venture away from their new island home and into the African savanna. Each has their own awakening among the wild lions, zebras, hippos, giraffes, and more, with plenty of jokes and gags to keep kids entertained until the end. Rated PG.

Good, best kids movies on netflix - Bee Movie
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Bee Movie

Lighthearted and full of both jokes for kids and jokes for adults, Bee Movie is entertaining and zany all the way through. It follows a bee—voiced by Jerry Seinfeld—who sets off to stop humans from stealing honey from bees for good through (how else?) a lawsuit. Kids will love the premise of a talking bee, and the twists and turns the movie takes will keep everyone laughing. Rated PG.

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Klaus

Probably the very best kids' Christmas movie on Netflix, this Netflix Original Film explores a fresh origin story for dear old Santa Claus. It follows a lazy postman who is sent to a far corner of the globe to learn some tough lessons; there, he unwittingly inspires an entire small town and learns a few things himself. While this kids' movie on Netflix is best left for Christmas time and winter, it's worth watching any time of year. Rated PG.

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Good, best kids movies on netflix - Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Introduce little ones to the zany world of Jimmy Neutron with the movie that started it all. Jimmy, resident genius of the town of Retroville, accidentally summons aliens to Earth. Once there, they kidnap all the adults, and Jimmy then has to lead the charge to get them back. Nominated for the first-ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, it's a great movie for the whole family to watch together. And if kids really get into Jimmy and his band of friends, they'll love the Nickelodeon series that followed. Rated G.

Good, best kids movies on netflix - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Based on a true story, this biographical film follows a young boy who builds a wind turbine to save his village in Malawi from famine. Along with the book of the same name, this story demonstrates the power of determination and perseverance and will inspire everyone to find their own way to help those around them. Rated TV-PG.

Good, best kids movies on netflix - Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
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Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

Just one of a few movies based on the adored cartoon, Rugrats in Paris takes the babies to France, where they explore the city, play with Reptar, and more. Kids will love the babies' antics, and adults will love introducing them to the Rugrat gang at last. Rated G.