Looking for family movie night ideas but tired of cartoons? Check out our list of the best non-animated family movies on Netflix.
While the kids would be happy if we watched animated movies every night, the adults in the house don’t necessarily enjoy watching them all the time. Don’t get me wrong – there are some very awesome cartoon movies. I just like to have non-animated movie options that we can enjoy together.
Netflix has a huge library of family movies streaming right now. This list is kept up to date, so be sure to bookmark (or pin) this post and come back to it regularly. You’ll always find newly added movies on the list!
Best Non Animated Family Movies on Netflix Now
1. Yes Day
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.
Rated PG. 1 hour 29 minutes.
2. Feel the Beat
After failing to find success in her Broadway dreams, April finds a new spark in life while coaching young girls for a big dance competition.
Rated PG. 1 hour 49 minutes.
3. Finding Ohaha
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.
Rated PG. 2 hours 3 minutes.
4. The Sleepover
When your parents are kidnapped by international thieves, it’s time to gear up and save them. Cute and fun family movie enjoyed by kids and adults. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 48 minutes.
5. A 2nd Chance
A struggling gymnast gets a new coach who just might be able to help her achieve her dream of competing on the national team. Rated PG. 1 hour 35 minutes.
6. Raising the Bar
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. Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 36 minutes.
7. Full Out
An Olympic hopeful’s dream’s are dashed after a tragic accident. Watch this former gymnast find new passions in hip hop and college athletics. 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. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 28 minutes.
Zoey juggles the things typical teenagers juggle. Her mom remarries and she discovers a way to get boys to obey her every command using a phone app. Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 32 minutes.
10. Jessica Darling’s It List
Junior High and all its drama on are spotlight in this movie. Entertaining focus on popularity and how its pursuit can affect teen’s lives. Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 20 minutes.
11. Malibu Rescue
Kids compete to join Malibu Rescue, and elite junior lifeguard program. This movie is the prelude to the series of the same name. Rated TV-G. 1 hour 9 minutes.
12. The Last Airbender
A young boy holds the key to ending to violent struggles between the Fire, Water, Air and Earth tribes in his land. Rated PG. 1 hour 44 minutes.
13. The Spiderwick Chronicles
After being forced to move into a rundown mansion in the country, twins discover a magical world that changes their lives. Rated PG. 1 hour 37 minutes.
14. Radio Rebel
Normally shy girl Tara shines on her secret radio talk show – Radio Rebel. Themes of standing up to bullies. Rated TV-G. 1 hour 29 minutes.
15. The Princess Switch
A classic bait and switch story, two nearly identical women – one a princess and one a baker – switch places to experience new things in life. Also has 2 sequels. Rated TV-G. 1 hour 42 minutes.
16. Pants on Fire
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. Rated TV-G. 1 hour 27 minutes.
17. 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.
18. Good Sam
Mysterious bags of cash showing up on people’s doorsteps. A curious reporter pursuing the story finds love in the process. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 30 minutes.
19. Pup Star
The first movie in the Pup Star franchise, this film follows a dog with musical dreams and all the antics that surround. Sequels currently streaming on Netflix are Pup Star: Better2Gether; Pup Star World Tour and Pup Star Christmas. Rated G. 1 hour 31 minutes.
20. Rip Tide
A viral video sends a New York model running away to Australia to stay with an aunt and changes the trajectory of her life. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 27 minutes.
21. God Bless the Broken Road
In this faith-based film, a young window struggles to stay afloat and raise her daughter. Rated PG. 1 hour 51 minutes.
22. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Based on a true story, this movie follows William Kampwamba who is inspired to build a wind turbine to save his Malawian village. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 53 minutes.
A boy must save an intelligent robot he discovers in the woods from an evil plot. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 29 minutes.
24. We Can Be Heroes
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. Rated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes.
This movie follows a hockey team of college students as they prepare for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Rated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes.
26. Big Miracle
The US and USSR work together to save whales trapped in the ice after a reporter raises public attention. Based on a true story. Rated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes.
27. Tall Girl
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. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 42 minutes.
28. Enola Holmes
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. Rated PG-13. 2 hours 4 minutes.
29. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
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 Mr. Lemoncello. Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 8 minutes.
30. Liar, Liar Vampire
A new kid at school decides to play up the rumor that he’s a vampire. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 8 minutes.
31. Legends of the Hidden Temple
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. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 8 minutes.
32. The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
When a high school girl becomes a werewolf, she must hide it from her brother so it won’t slay her. Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 26 minutes.
33. Walk. Ride. Rodeo.
Based on a true story. A champion rodeo rider vows to get back on her horse after being paralyzed. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 39 minutes.
34. 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 mishief. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 8 minutes.
A boy discovers a mysterious rock that grants wishes. Chaos ensues when the locals learn of it. Rated PG. 1 hour 28 minutes.
36. Full Count
An aspiring baseball player must return home to help save the family farm. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 50 minutes.
37. 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.
38. Grand-Daddy Day Care
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. Rated PG-13. 1 hour 36 minutes.
An orphan keeps time as a scavenger hunt begins. If he wins, his biggest wish will come true. Rated PG. 2 hours 4 minutes.
40. The Healer
A young man awakens to his innate ability to heal people. A teenage girl with cancer is able to convince him to embrace his mysterious gift. Rated TV-14. 1 hour 48 minutes.
A talentless football player at the University of Alabama uses faith and determination to become an All American. Rated PG. 2 hours 10 minutes.
42. Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable
Documentary following Bethany Hamilton, the pro surfer who lost her arm to a shark as a teen. Rated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes.
43. What a Girl Wants
A teen girl who grew up with a bohemian single mother seeks to meet her father, who ends up being a stuffy British politician. Rated PG. 1 hour 44 minutes.
44. Holiday in the Wild
When their daughter leaves for college, Kate’s husband unexpectedly ends their marriage. She goes on their second honeymoon alone and discovers new love. Rated PG. 1 hour 26 minutes.
45. The Main Event
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. Rated TV-G. 1 hour 40 minutes.
46. Back of the Net
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. Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 26 minutes.
47. Going for Gold
After moving to Australia, a teen convinces her new friends to form a cheer squad and compete. Rated TV-G. 1 hour 28 minutes.
48. The Next Karate Kid
A lesser known movie in the popular 80s franchise, The Next Karate Kid features a teen girl being trained by the infamous Mr. Miyagi. Rated PG. 1 hour 47 minutes.
A traveling rodeo rider falls in love with a local girl. Rated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes.
An unemployed man runs over the Easter bunny and has to take over his duties. Rated PG. 1 hour 35 minutes.
A teen tries to break the curse that has caused her family to have bad luck for over a century. Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 9 minutes.
52. 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.
53. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
A high school babysitter’s charge gets kidnapped and she’s inducted into an elite society of monster hunting babysitters. Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 38 minutes