If you haven’t planned on going for a vacation this holiday season, then you ought to watch a few family movies together this time. This can even be done for a change from the routine of going for a vacation every year. Here are some of the top movies to watch with your family.
I love movies, don’t you? Everything that goes into the creation of the two-hour escape from reality fascinates me, and the end result is motion picture magic, that can keep me enthralled no matter how many times I sign up to watch. Sundays follow a path of tradition in my family. Newspapers read and horoscopes tutted over, the coffee is poured, the feet are put up and cushions made comfortable, while a movie marathon is begun. As is the course of nature, disagreements abound when five members’ individual preferences clash―so in an effort to bring order to madness, a consensus was reached, by means of a list drawn up to represent the top movies to watch, taking care to include every possible genre. So whether your family is as scatterbrained as mine or no, all you’re on the lookout for is a list of good movies to watch. This list ought to serve the purpose. Take a look.
Best Movies to Watch with Family
When a movie comes under the classification of family―there are some considerations that I like to keep in mind. Scenes with blood and gore might be kept to a minimum for impressionable young minds (no matter how keen the young minds are to view the blood and gore). Language, for most part, might require censoring, as might intimate scenes that make everyone cringe irrespective of age or gender, simply because of company.
So having got that out of your way, here is a list of must-watch movies of all time that conform to each of the rules above and are good for at least a couple of hours of family fun.
- The Incredibles
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Wall E
- Death at a Funeral
- The Sandlot
- The Night at the Museum
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
- The Lion King
- Father of the Bride
- The Princess Diaries
- Monsters Inc.
- Spirited Away
- How to Train Your Dragon
- The Chronicles of Narnia―the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
- Amazing Grace
- Horton Hears a Who
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- The Polar Express
- E.T.―The Extra Terrestrial
- While You Were Sleeping
- Back to the Future
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks
- Honey I Shrunk the Kids!
- The Parent Trap
- Home Alone
- The Karate Kid
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
- The Man Who Knew Too Much
- Men in Black
- Mrs. Doubtfire
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
- Star Wars: A New Hope
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Any list of family movies worth your while would be incomplete without a mention of the classics. While many are inspired by books―and rarely can movie renditions compete with the written word―some of these movies deserve a mention, not only because they brought the books to life, but also, because they became ensconced so firmly in the minds of movie watchers worldwide.
These are some of the greatest classic movies of all time.
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- The Sound of Music
- Mary Poppins
- The Wizard of Oz
- How Green Was My Valley
- My Fair Lady
- How to Steal a Million
- Roman Holiday
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
- The Swiss Family Robinson
- The Ten Commandments
- Gone with the Wind
The wonderful thing about movies is the wide spectrum of choice they offer, something to suit every mood and every preference. So this holiday season, stock up on the popcorn and sit your near and dear ones down―these family movies will cater to every need for entertainment!