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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.

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Best Non Animated Family Movies on Netflix

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.

Watch Yes Day on Netflix.

Yes Day Netflix Movie Cover.

2. Feel the Beat

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!

Rated PG. 1 hour 49 minutes.

Watch Feel the Beat on Netflix.

3. Finding Ohana

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.

Watch Finding Ohaha on Netflix.

Finding Ohana Netflix show cover image.

4. The Sleepover

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.

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 48 minutes.

Watch The Sleepover on Netflix.

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.

Watch A 2nd Chance on Netflix.

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.

Watch Raising the Bar on Netflix.

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. Full Out 2 also available now.

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 28 minutes.

Watch Full Out on Netflix.

8. Benji

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.

Watch Benji on Netflix.

9. Zapped

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.

Watch Zapped on Netflix.

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 teens’ lives.

Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 20 minutes.

Watch Jessica Darling’s It List on Netflix.

11. Malibu Rescue

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

Rated TV-G. 1 hour 9 minutes.

Watch Malibu Rescue on Netflix.

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. Movie has cool special effects, making it one of the best kids movies to watch with Dad.

Rated PG. 1 hour 44 minutes.

Watch The Last Airbender on Netflix.

13. The Spiderwick Chronicles

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.

Rated PG. 1 hour 37 minutes.

Watch The Spiderwick Chronicles on Netflix.

14. Radio Rebel

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.

Rated TV-G. 1 hour 29 minutes.

Watch Radio Rebel on Netflix.

15. The Princess Switch

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.

Rated TV-G. 1 hour 42 minutes.

Watch The Princess Switch on Netflix.

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.

Watch Pants on Fire on Netflix.

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.

Watch A Witch’s Ball on Netflix.

18. Good Sam

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

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 30 minutes.

Watch Good Sam on Netflix.

19. Pup Star

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.

Rated G. 1 hour 31 minutes.

Watch Pup Star on Netflix.

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.

Watch Rip Tide on Netflix.

21. God Bless the Broken Road

In this faith-based film, a young widow struggles to stay afloat and raise her daughter.

Rated PG. 1 hour 51 minutes.

Watch God Bless the Broken Road on Netflix.

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.

Watch The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind on Netflix.

23. F.R.E.D.I.

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

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 29 minutes.

Watch F.R.E.D.I. on Netflix.

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.

Watch We Can Be Heroes on Netflix.

25. Blue Miracle

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.

Rated PG. 1 hour 36 minutes.

Watch Blue Miracle on Netflix.

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.

Watch Big Miracle on Netflix.

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.

Watch Tall Girl on Netflix.

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. One of the best films made by Netflix according to my kids.

Rated PG-13. 2 hours 4 minutes.

Watch Enola Holmes on Netflix.

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 named Mr. Lemoncello.

Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 8 minutes.

Watch Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

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.

Watch Liar, Liar Vampire.

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.

Watch Legends of the Hidden Temple on Netflix.

32. The Boy Who Cried Werewolf

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

Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 26 minutes.

Watch The Boy Who Cried Werewolf on Netflix.

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.

Watch Walk. Ride. Rodeo. on Netflix.

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 mischief.

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 8 minutes.

Watch Big Time Movie on Netflix.

35. Full Count

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

Rated TV-PG. 1 hour 50 minutes.

Watch Full Count on Netflix.

36. 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.

Watch JEM and the Holograms on Netflix.

37. 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.

Watch Grand Daddy Day Care.

38. Hugo

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

Rated PG. 2 hours 4 minutes.

Watch Hugo on Netflix.

39. Greater

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

Rated PG. 2 hours 10 minutes.

Watch Greater on Netflix.

40. 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.

Watch Unstoppable on Netflix.

41. 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.

Watch What a Girl Wants on Netflix.

42. 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.

Watch Holiday in the Wild on Netflix.

43. 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.

Watch The Main Event on Netflix.

44. 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.

Watch Back of the Net on Netflix.

45. 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.

Watch Going for Gold on Netflix.

46. The Next Karate Kid

A lesser known movie in the popular 80s franchise, The Next Karate Kid features a teen girl (played by Hilary Swank) being trained by the infamous Mr. Miyagi.

Rated PG. 1 hour 47 minutes.

Watch The Next Karate Kid on Netflix.

47. Roped

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

Rated PG. 1 hour 40 minutes.

Watch Roped on Netflix.

48. Hop

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

Rated PG. 1 hour 35 minutes.

Watch Hop on Netflix.

49. Jinxed

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

Rated TV-Y. 1 hour 9 minutes.

Watch Jinxed on Netflix.

50. 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.

Watch Ride Like a Girl on Netflix.

51. 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

Watch A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting on Netflix.

52. Hook

Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts bring the characters from the classic tale of Peter Pan (including Captain Hook and Tinkerbell) to life in this awesome family film from 1991.

Rated PG. 2 hours 21 minutes.

Watch Hook on Netflix.

53. Good Burger

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.

Rated PG. 1 hour 35 minutes.

Watch Good Burger on Netflix.

54. The Little Rascals

This adorable family movie follows the classic characters from The Little Rascals stories. Watch as Alfalfa tries to charm Darla while he gets into all sorts of antics with his friends.

Rated PG. 1 hour 22 minutes.

Watch The Little Rascals on Netflix.

55. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

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.

Rated PG. 1 hour 59 minutes.

Watch Jingle Jangle on Netflix.

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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