Every Friday night, we have family night at our house. After enjoying a meal that everyone like (no brussels sprouts or cabbage on Fridays!), we typically snuggle up to watch a movie together. If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you know how much I LOVE books. I’m a huge advocate for literacy and long to see the day when all kids choose a book over a screen. One of my favorite posts of all time is my 100 Chapter Books You MUST Read To Your Kids. Books are magical, and families need to spend more time together reading and sharing stories.

However, there is something really special about enjoying a movie together as a family. (Great) Movies have a way of inspiring you. They can spark creativity, ignite new ideas, and even encourage reluctant readers to pick up the book their favorite film was based on. Movies get people talking, sharing, and connecting. They make us more aware of our feelings and are terrific vehicles for higher-level conversations. They motivate us to share OUR story. Movies are a one-of-a-kind medium.

Because I have a love of lists, (always have – always will!), I thought it would be fun to create a unique resource for families that details what I think are 100 movies you NEED to watch with your kids. These films are classics and are sure to help your family create some memories. Pick up a few on the list, make a list of your own, and plan a few family nights. Snuggle up. Pop some corn. Pour some root beer. Sit back and ENJOY these stories with your kids and family.


100 movies

1. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

2. Mary Poppins

3. The Wizard of Oz

4. Toy Story

5.Peter Pan

6. Cars

7. Home Alone

8. Big Hero 6

9. Dumbo

10. A Charlie Brown Christmas

11. The Sound of Music

12. Toy Story 3

13. Anne of Green Gables

14. Pollyanna

15. The Goonies

16. Up

17. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

18. Wreck it Ralph

19. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

20. Annie / Annie (I couldn’t pick between versions!)

21. Beauty and the Beast

22. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

23. The Lion King

24. The Princess Bride

25. The Lorax

26. The NeverEnding Story

27. The Muppets Take Manhattan

28. The Parent Trap

29. Matilda

30. Inside Out

31. The Polar Express

32. Bedknobs and Broomsticks

33. Frozen

34. Alice in Wonderland

35. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

36. Hugo

37. Nanny McPhee

38. The Chronicles of  Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

39. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


41.A Christmas Story

42. Honey I Shrunk the Kids

43.It’s a Wonderful Life (*in my personal top 3 movies of all time, but #43 as some kids may not be interested)

44. Remember the Titans

45. Cinderella (live-action)

46. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

47. Brave

48. We Bought a Zoo


50. The Sandlot

51. Ponyo

52. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

53. Cinderella (*animated)

54. Mulan

55. Miracle on 34th St. 

56. The Sword in the Stone

57. A Christmas Carol

58. The Fox and the Hound

59. The Land Before Time

60. The Jungle Book

61. The Princess and the Frog

62. Pete’s Dragon

63. Swiss Family Robinson

64. Robin Hood

65. Monsters University

66. Secondhand Lions

67. WALL-E

68. Cheaper by the Dozen

69. The Little Princess

70. The Shaggy Dog

71. Free Willy

72. Hook

73. Finding Nemo

74. Sleeping Beauty

75. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

76. How to Train Your Dragon

77. The Absent Minded Professor

78. The Little Mermaid

79. Heidi

80. Charlotte’s Web

81. Maleficent

82. Winnie the Pooh

83. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 

84. Elf

85. Despicable Me

86. Rookie of the Year

87. Frosty the Snowman

88. Earth to Echo

89. The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

90. Labyrinth

91. Ella Enchanted

92. The Secret Garden

93. Rise of the Guardians

94. Holes

95. Beethoven

96. Fantasia

97. The Mighty Ducks

98. Cool Runnings

99. My Girl

100. Batteries Not Included


Did your favorite make the list? Is there another film you feel should be on the list? Leave me a comment and let me know YOUR favorite. Have fun watching movies and making memories with your kids!

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