10 Best Family Movies 2005

Thursday, February 17 by Peter Matthews

Choosing the 10 best family movies of 2005 was no easy task. It was a good year for kid-friendly films, many of which also held up well for adults. With so many quality movies to choose from, using this list is the perfect way select one of the absolute best for an evening of family fun.

  1. “Because of Winn-Dixie.” AnnaSophia Robb stars as a young girl adjusting to life in a new town when she befriends Winn-Dixie, a dog who was about to take a trip to the pound. Screenwriter Joan Singleton did a great job adapting this contemporary classic children's book by Kate DiCamillo. 
  2. “Are We There Yet?” When you think of family movies, the first celebrity that leaps to mind is not usually Ice Cube. The former rapper does a great job ins this story of a man attempting to impress his girlfriend by driving her mischievous children home for the holidays.
  3. “The Chronicles of Narina: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” Author C.S. Lewis would be proud of this big screen adaptation of his classic book. Featuring excellent CGI effects and amazing cinematography, this family movie is a visual treat.
  4. “Madagascar.” In just a few short years, the Madagascar franchise has become a beloved property around the world. This is the movie that started it all, spawning a sequel and the animated television series “The Penguins of Madagascar.”
  5. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Harry, Ron, and Hermione must thwart Lord Voldemort again, this time against the backdrop of the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Safe for families with young children, this is the last Potter movie before the storyline takes a decidedly dark turn in “The Order of the Phoenix.”
  6. “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” “Star Wars” has been delighting families for over thirty years. While this is one of the weaker films in the saga, it was definitely one of the most anticipated movies of 2005. Viewers will finally witness Anakin Skywalker's tragic transformation into the infamous Darth Vader.
  7. “March of the Penguins.” Morgan Freeman narrates this film about the annual inland migration of emperor penguins. In an age of high-tech special effects and over-the-top stories, this entertaining and understated documentary was a surprise family hit.
  8. “Pooh's Heffalump Movie.” Pooh and the gang set off in search of the dreaded Heffalump, a creature that Rabbit assures them is extremely dangerous, but who winds up befriending Roo. The movie is yet another fun romp in the Hundred Acre Woods, and it contains great messages about friendship and diversity.
  9. “The Pacifier.” Vin Diesel stars as a Navy SEAL assigned to protect a scientist's children—and the secrets he left behind when he died. Surprisingly fun, this is a perfect DVD for a rainy Saturday afternoon with the kids.
  10. “Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” Someone, or something, is vandalizing the village's gardens, and Wallace and Gromit must investigate. Fun characters, excellent claymation, and a great story make this one of the best family films of 2005.
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