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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.

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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.

And if you’re actually looking for animated movies, you can find them in my list of the Best Animated Family Movies on Netflix.

Best Non Animated Family Movies on Netflix

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

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. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 with a 3rd coming soon.

8. 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.

9. My Girl.

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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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. Through a series of events, Jodi finds herself and her confidence. Don’t miss Tall Girl 2!

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.”

16. 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.

17. JEM and the Holograms.

Rated PG. 1 hour 58 minutes.

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

18. 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.

19. 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. If you like this story, also be sure to watch Soul Surfer, which is a true story based on Hamilton’s experience.

20. The Next Karate Kid.

Rated PG. 2 hour 6 minutes.

A lesser known film in the The Karate Kid series, The Next Karate Kid follows new student Julie Pierce who gets bullied at school. Then she meets Mr. Miyagi and he changes her life, just like he did for Daniel LaRusso in the original films.

And don’t miss the Netflix Original series Cobra Kai along with more of the Best Family Shows on Netflix.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. Little Women.

Rated PG. 1 hour 58 minutes.

Adapted for film from the classic novel, Little Women tells the story of 4 sisters raised by a strong-willed mother in 19th century rural America.

25. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.

Rated PG. 1 hour 31 minutes.

Middle School can be a treacherous time in a kid’s life. In this family movie, two friends challenge their principal by making it their goal to break every single rule in his book.

26. 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.

27. Annie.

Rated PG. 2 hours 7 minutes.

The original Annie film is currently streaming on Netflix! We all know the lyrics to the chorus of, “It’s a hard-knock life…” but do you kids? This cute musical is a fun one to watch as a family.

28. Rescued by Ruby.

Rated TV-G. 1 hour 33 minutes.

This Netflix Original Film is based on a true story. When one state trooper decides to chase his dream of becoming part of an elite K-9 unit, he does it with Ruby, a shelter pup with a clever but naughty disposition.

29. A Cinderella Story.

Rated PG. 1 hour 35 minutes.

A classic tale told through a modern storyline, A Cinderella Story does a good job of bringing the characters to life in a new way. Starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray.

30. The Water Man.

Rated PG. 1 hour 31 minutes.

Eleven-year-old Gunner finds himself desperate to save his ailing mom. So he ventures off on his own into the remote Wild Horse forest in search of a mythical creature who has been rumored to be able to defy death.

31. The Adam Project.

Rated PG-13. 1 hour 46 minutes.

Fighter pilot Adam travels back in time to team up with his 12-year old self. With everything we know about time travel (from the movies), what could go wrong?

32. Free Willy.

Rated PG. 1 hour 51 minutes.

This classic movie from the 1990s tells the story of a young boy who turns from mischief to befriending an orca in captivity.

33. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Rated PG. 1 hour 55 minutes.

Starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory follows poor kid Charlie and his Grandpa as he gets to tour Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Based on the book of the same name.

34. Home Team.

Rated PG. 1 hour 39 minutes.

Starring Kevin James, Taylor Lautner and Rob Schneider, Home Team tells the story of a washed up football coach who tries to reconnect with his son by coaching his youth football team. Coming of age story for boys.

35. Roped.

Rated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes.

A traveling rodeo rider falls in love with a local girl who happens to be the town councilman’s daughter.

36. Hop.

Rated PG. 1 hour 35 minutes.

An unemployed man runs over the Easter bunny and has to take over his duties. But is he really ready to take the call?

37. 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.

38. Ride Like a Girl.

Rated PG. 1 hour 38 minutes.

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

39. Dreamer.

Rated PG. 1 hour 45 minutes.

Starring Kurt Russel and Dakota Fanning, Dreamer follows horse trainer Ben Crane as he struggles to connect with his daughter Cale. Together they rescue an injured race horse from its uncaring owner and train her to race again.

40. 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.

41. 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. Also available: A Second Chance: Rivals! – a new Netflix Original sequel to the first film where country and city girls battle it out on the beam.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. A Witch’s Ball.

Rated PG. 1 hour 34 minutes.

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

45. Pup Star World Tour.

Rated G. 1 hour 27 minutes.

Part of the Pup Star franchise, this film follows dogs from around the globe as they participate to be the next “Pup Star.” Other franchise titles currently streaming on Netflix are Pup Star: Better2Gether and Pup Star Christmas.

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. Big Time Movie.

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 8 minutes.

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.

52. 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.

53. 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.

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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. It’s less than $20 for the whole year!

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