Available to rent or watch now on LOVEFiLM Instant, these are some of the LOVEFiLM team’s top family movies. From dramas to action-adventures and comedies, these are the perfect excuse to sit down together and watch some great entertainment…
Yes, more Roald Dahl. Wes Anderson makes the story look brilliant, throws in plenty of igags for the adults; and Boggis, Bunce and Bean look suitably horrid
Like Godfather 2: the sequel was even better. My five year old son believes he is all the characters rolled into one, so we've watched this about a thousand times.
The first of my Roald Dahl recommendations. This version with Johnny Depp has all three children transfixed every time they watch it.
Great fantasy story with a gorgeously happy (and politically correct) ending to it. Yes, yes, ok, I admit I cried, but just a bit.
A complete favourite of mine, that I've never quite got the children to like as much as I do. Worth it for the two songs: Everybody want to be a cat, and Thomas O'Malley [trivia fact: Phil Harris, the voice of Thomas O'Malley was also the voice of Balloo in Jungle Book, and King John in Robin Hood, but you probably knew that already, didn't you?]
This wonderful film certainly stands the test of time and brings pleasure over countless sittings to a new generation. The tale of a rich but sad household finding it’s way to happiness through music, fun and eventually love, against the historical backdrop of the looming second world war is a firm family favourite.
Disney at its best. Hilarious human and animal characters, wonderful animation and a lot of laughs for the grown-ups and the kids. Great for boys and girls. Oh, and probably the funniest horse ever!
This film will inspire your own storytelling and remind you how vivid children’s imaginations can be.
A classic Roald Dahl story is brought to life in this charming film about a little girl with truly horrible parents. Matilda eventually finds happiness after causing a lot of chaos to those who deserved it, thanks to her incredible magic powers.
A lovely tale that should please girls and boys alike with its amazing dragon flying scenes and exciting storyline. Plenty of smiles and tears for Mum too.
Iconic and witty, Wallace and Gromit are comedy geniuses who never fail to deliver a pure dose of clever comedy fun.
Cheeky animals and some real big belly laughs, you can’t help but fall in love with the crazy wild ones in this movie.
Super-cute Sammy is totally adorable, you’ll fall in love with him instantly and his super-cute story about finding true love will melt everyone hearts, even the adults.
Fluffy Penguins, Awesome Music and A-List Voice Cast – do I really need to say any more about this totally amazing sequel?
Old School story-telling at its best, Joe Dante manages to get the balance of scariness just right, I had plenty of fun watching from behind my cushion!
Gnomeo & Juliet is one of the cutest cartoon films I have seen in a long time. Although it’s the old Shakespearian story, it is still loads of fun for the kids and the music is great… it’s amazing!
Adele Blanc-Sec is the French, female version of Indiana Jones. If you love a good mystery, mummies and Egypt then this one is for you.
This is a super fun animated film that’s perfect viewing on a lazy Sunday. It’s about an inventor and weather girl who try to find out why sky is raining food instead of water.
Push is a great hidden gem. There are cool special powers, great camera shots and it’s got Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans…need I say anymore?!
This is a very cool family film from Garth Jennings. Starring a young Will Poulter, it’s about friendship, faith and the bizarre business of growing up.
The 80s/90s output by Studio Ghibli is all brilliant, this might be the sweetest story though, about a young witch trying to make her way in the world
The combination of a horrible monster and Elvis songs with good old fashioned, colourful animation is amazing. My top Disney film.
I love this mainly due to Tao the Siamese cat fighting a bear. Also, the amazing landscape shots.
The 1st half might be the purest animation to ever come out of Hollywood
Who doesn’t love a big drooling dog fighting crime?
Unquestionably one of the best fantasy yarns ever told: by the end your children will be quoting bits of it back to you: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Funny, charming, quotable, brilliant.
Sometimes, films should teach as well as entertain. If you don't know the true story behind Apollo 13, not only is it a brilliant, Oscar-winning movie with a fantastic score, it's a reminder of what mankind can achieve through courage, determination and hard work.
A timeless classic, and proof that, for all that modern computer-generated special effects are amazing, a good solid plot will win out every time.
Pixar doing what Pixar do best - telling engaging, bright, family-friendly stories with amazing animation that doesn't lose sight of the need for a good script to drive it along.
Disney's wonderful animated take on the classic legend - one of the first movies I remember seeing as a youngster, but, like many Disney movies, pitched so it'll raise a smile from the parents too.
The ultimate kid’s classic. If you haven’t seen it yet, why not? And if you have, watch it again.
One of my all-time favourites. An epic fantasy adventure, Willow stars a swashbuckling Val Kilmer and a reluctant Warwick Davies. My Dad and I used to watch this weekly when I was younger; I know it pretty much word for word!
Three domestic pets go AWOL and get up to mischief in the American wilderness in a bid to re-unite with their former owners.
The Vikings and dragons are sword enemies, but after a young dragon injures its wing and can’t fly it’s left to a Viking boy to help it get better. It’s a really fun film with great animation.
Another classic! Mr Miyagi teaches Daniel son there’s more to karate than just fighting, as he battles some well nasty guys in a karate tournament.
I first watched this with my sisters and brother and we all loved it (although I probably did the most!). It’s such a sweet family film, I cannot recommend it enough if you are one of a few people who hasn’t seen it yet!
One from my own childhood, an 80s classic. Tom Hanks as a kid turned adult, playing with toys all day and eating whatever he wants... this was once my ambition in life!
No family film session is complete without at least one Disney animation! One of my favourites, it has some really catchy songs and loveable characters.
Ray Harryhausen may seem a bit dated now, but the kids will still be amazed by claymation Pegasus, Kraken and Medusa (and I know this because I am still amazed by it 30 years later!).
An often forgotten film by Jim Henson, not going to be to everyone’s taste but the puppetry is pretty spectacular and the storyline is easy to follow. A good fantasy film for all ages.
Spike Jones’ ambitious take on the popular children’s book is both a visual delight and a cerebral deconstruction of growing up. And who says family films can’t be smart?
A wonderfully personal film from Garth Jennings about 2 young filmmakers in the early 80s, which also rings true to my own directing escapades of my youth. An absolute joy!
A non-sugar coated story of a group of young teens looking for a missing body in the summer of 1959. Rob Reiner perfectly captures both the joy and nativity of being young.
I was a latecomer to The Goonies, but it certainly didn’t affect my enjoyment of it – great fun for all ages!
Good ol’ fashioned family fun in this intergalactic space adventure. It still hasn’t lost any of its punch after nearly 20 years.