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Best Non-Animated Family Movies on Netflix

Some of the best family-friendly movies are animated, but there are so many non-animated family movies on Netflix to watch too!

If your house is like ours, the kids would be happy to watch cartoons every night. However, the adults don’t necessarily enjoy watching them all the time.

Netflix has a huge library of non-animated family movies. There are so many amazing options to choose from, so I put together a list of the best family movies to make it easy for you to find something your family will love.

This list is kept up to date, so be sure to bookmark (or pin) it and come back regularly to look for a new addition to the list. You’ll always find the best movies, including new releases, for the whole family right here.

Screenshot of Neflix Kids & Family Movies screen showing non-animated movies.

Best Non Animated Family Movies on Netflix

1. Yes Day

Rated PG. 1 hour 29 minutes.

This Netflix Original starring Jennifer Garner showcases every kid’s dream… parents that say yes to everything for a day. Only a few ground rules apply.

Yes Day Netflix Movie Cover.

2. Feel the Beat

Rated PG. 1 hour 49 minutes.

After failing to find success in her Broadway dreams, April returns home to the small town she grew up in. She is surprised to find a new spark in life while coaching young girls for a big dance competition. One of my favorite Netflix originals!

3. Finding Ohana

Rated PG. 2 hours 3 minutes.

An old journal. A secretive grandfather. A city girl experiencing island life. And an old mystery that needs solving. This adorable family adventure is cute and inspiring.

Finding Ohana Netflix show cover image.

4. The Sleepover

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 48 minutes.

When your parents are kidnapped by international thieves, it’s time to gear up and save them. Cute and fun movie enjoyed by all family members.

5. A 2nd Chance

Rated PG. 1 hour 35 minutes.

A struggling gymnast gets a new coach who just might be able to help her achieve her dream of competing on the national team.

6. Raising the Bar

Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 36 minutes.

An elite gymnast has to give up her spot on her team when her family moves to Australia. She finds new use of her talents in helping a friend in her new home.

7. Benji

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 28 minutes.

This Netflix original takes a new spin on the classic story of Benji. In this movie, Benji uses his skills to help a family in need find connection again.

8. Jessica Darling’s It List

Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 20 minutes.

Junior High and all its drama on are spotlight in this movie. Entertaining focus on popularity and how its pursuit can affect teens’ lives.

9. Malibu Rescue

Rated TV-G. 1 hour 9 minutes.

Kids compete to join Malibu Rescue, an elite junior lifeguard program. This movie is the prelude to the series of the same name.

10. The Last Airbender

Rated PG. 1 hour 44 minutes.

A young boy holds the key to ending to violent struggles between the Fire, Water, Air and Earth tribes in his land. Movie has cool special effects, making it one of the best kids movies to watch with Dad.

11. The Spiderwick Chronicles

Rated PG. 1 hour 37 minutes.

After being forced to move into a rundown mansion in the country, twins (a young girl and boy) discover a magical world that changes their lives.

12. Radio Rebel

Rated TV-G. 1 hour 29 minutes.

Normally shy girl Tara shines on her secret radio talk show – Radio Rebel. Good movie with themes of standing up to bullies. Originally aired on Disney channel.

13. The Princess Switch

Rated TV-G. 1 hour 42 minutes.

A classic bait and switch story where two nearly identical women (a princess and a baker) swap places to experience new things in life. Also has 2 sequels.

14. Pants on Fire

Rated TV-G. 1 hour 27 minutes.

Lies can come back to haunt you… literally. Jack’s habit of telling big lies to gain popularity brings those lies to life in this hilarious comedy.

15. A Witch’s Ball

Beatrix is waiting to achieve her dream of being inducted as a witch. But that dream might be threatened due to an unfortunate accident.

Rated PG. 1 hour 34 minutes.

16. Good Sam

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 30 minutes.

Mysterious bags of cash start showing up on people’s doorsteps. A curious reporter pursuing the story finds love in the process.

17. Pup Star

Rated G. 1 hour 31 minutes.

The first movie in the Pup Star franchise, this film follows a dog on a musical adventure and all the antics that surround. Sequels currently streaming on Netflix are Pup Star: Better2Gether; Pup Star World Tour and Pup Star Christmas.

18. Rip Tide

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 27 minutes.

A viral video sends a New York model running away to Australia to stay with an aunt and changes the trajectory of her life.

19. My Girl (1 & 2)

Rated PG-13. 1 hour 42 minutes.

Be sure to have a tissue box handy with My Girl! The story follows an 11-year old girl as she learns about love and loss in life.

20. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 53 minutes.

Based on a true story, this movie follows William Kampwamba who is inspired to build a wind turbine to save his Malawian village.

21. F.R.E.D.I.

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 29 minutes.

A boy must save an intelligent robot he discovers in the woods from an evil plot.

22. We Can Be Heroes

Rated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes.

In this long awaited sequel to Shark Boy and Lava Girl, the kids must work together to save their parents and the planet from Aliens.

23. Blue Miracle

Rated PG. 1 hour 36 minutes.

To save their struggling orphanage, a guardian and his kids partner up with a washed-up boat captain for a chance to win cash in a fishing competition.

24. Tall Girl

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 42 minutes.

Jodi has spent her whole life being the Tall Girl and trying to hide. That is until a new tall boy arrives at school who she wants to get to know.

25. Enola Holmes

Rated PG-13. 2 hours 4 minutes.

If you’re familiar with the Sherlock Holmes franchise, you’ll love this movie. The little sister of the famous detective has a vibrant personality and a desire to follow in her big brother’s footsteps. One of the best films made by Netflix according to my kids.

26. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 8 minutes.

A group of kids get the chance to navigate an elaborate scavenger hunt through a library full of traps and tricks created by a game designer named Mr. Lemoncello.

27. Liar, Liar Vampire

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 8 minutes.

A new kid at school decides to play up the rumor that he’s a vampire.

28. Legends of the Hidden Temple

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 8 minutes.

Three siblings are trapped in a hidden temple they have to navigate their way out of. Based on the 90s game show of the same name.

29. The Boy Who Cried Werewolf

Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 26 minutes.

When a high school girl becomes a werewolf, she must hide it from her brother so he won’t slay her.

30. Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 39 minutes.

Based on a true story. A champion rodeo rider vows to get back on her horse after being paralyzed.

31. Big Time Movie

Boy band Big Time Rush has their first show in London. When their bags are mixed up during the trip, they get mixed up in mischief.

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 8 minutes.

32. Full Count

An aspiring baseball player must return home to help save the family farm.

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 50 minutes.

33. JEM and the Holograms

Overnight, JEM becomes a sensation after her sister uploads a viral video. She is quickly pursued by Hollywood music executives.

Rated PG. 1 hour 58 minutes.

34. Grand-Daddy Day Care

Rated PG-13. 1 hour 36 minutes.

When a writer is in a pinch, he opens up a senior care center in his home to earn extra income. Hilarious and touching movie.

35. Hugo

Rated PG. 2 hours 4 minutes.

An orphan keeps time as a scavenger hunt begins. If he wins, his biggest wish will come true.

36. Greater

Rated PG. 2 hours 10 minutes.

A talentless football player at the University of Alabama uses faith and determination to become an All American.

37. Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable

Rated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes.

Documentary following Bethany Hamilton, the pro surfer who lost her arm to a shark as a teen.

38. What a Girl Wants

Rated PG. 1 hour 44 minutes.

A teen girl who grew up with a bohemian single mother seeks to meet her father, who ends up being a stuffy British politician.

39. Holiday in the Wild

Rated PG. 1 hour 26 minutes.

When their daughter leaves for college, Kate’s husband unexpectedly ends their marriage. She goes on their second honeymoon alone and discovers new love.

40. The Main Event

Rated TV-G. 1 hour 40 minutes.

An awkward kid finds a magical wrestling mask that makes him a star when he’s wearing it. He chases his dream to become a WWE star.

41. Back of the Net

Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 26 minutes.

A teen interested in science thinks she’s going for a semester at sea program. Instead, she ends up at a soccer camp, and making new friends and memories.

42. Going for Gold

Rated TV-G. 1 hour 28 minutes.

After moving to Australia, a teen convinces her new friends to form a cheer squad and compete.

43. The Karate Kid

Rated PG. 2 hour 6 minutes.

A classic 80s movie that’s a must watch for families, The Karate Kid follows the story of Daniel, a kid who moves to Receda and faces bullying. He learns to stand up to his bullies thanks to Mr. Miyagi.

44. Roped

A traveling rodeo rider falls in love with a local girl.

Rated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes.

45. Hop

Rated PG. 1 hour 35 minutes.

An unemployed man runs over the Easter bunny and has to take over his duties.

46. Jinxed

Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 9 minutes.

A teen tries to break the curse that has caused her entire family to have bad luck for over a century.

47. Ride Like a Girl

Based on a true story, the daughter of a horse trainer attempts to become the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

Rated PG. 1 hour 38 minutes.

48. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 38 minutes.

A high school babysitter’s charge gets kidnapped and she’s inducted into an elite society of monster hunting babysitters.

49. Good Burger

Rated PG. 1 hour 35 minutes.

This Nickelodeon original film starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell follows two teens working at a local fast food joint when a big corporate competitor moves in across the street.

50. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Rated PG. 1 hour 59 minutes.

While this Netflix original starring Anika Noni Rose and Forest Whitaker may be a Christmas tale, it has a nice story year round. A bond is formed between a toymaker and his granddaughter in this touching tale.

51. Dennis the Menace

Rated PG. 1 hour 35 minutes.

Classic characters George and Dennis from the hit TV show are revived in the live action movie Dennis the Menace. Watch as Dennis annoys neighbor George in this family friendly comedy.

52. Jumanji

Rated PG. 1 hour 44 minutes.

The original Jumanji movie from 1995 starring Robin Williams tells the story of 2 siblings who find a magical board game that unleashes chaos on their town.

53. Spy Kids (1-4)

Rated PG. 1 hour 27 minutes.

Siblings team up and become spies to save their parents from an evil mastermind. In the 3 sequels, they continue their careers as spies.

54. Beethoven

Rated PG. 1 hour 26 minutes.

One family learns that while St. Bernard puppies are adorable, adult St. Bernard dogs can be quite destructive. Was it the right pet choice for this family?

55. Hotel for Dogs

Rated PG. 1 hour 41 minutes.

Two siblings in foster care transform an abandoned hotel into a home for dogs. Heartwarming story.

56. Nightbooks

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 43 minutes.

A “soft” scary story for kids, Nightbooks tells the story of Alex, a young boy who gets trapped by a witch and is forced to write scary stories every day for her. A great story of self acceptance for kids who struggle with being “different.”

If you can’t find a family movie to watch on Netflix for family movie night, you may be able to find something new to watch on Hulu, STARZ, Disney+ (where you find most Disney movies these days) or Amazon Prime Video.

If documentaries are more your thing, check out our post on the Best Documentaries on Netflix or Curiosity Stream, a streaming service dedicated to documentaries.

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