10 Best Family Oriented Movies

Wednesday, February 23 by Andrew Jett

If you’re in need of a film that you can enjoy along with your kids, you can't go wrong with the 10 best family oriented movies. Featuring well-written dialogue and plots that will appeal to children as well as adults, these family oriented movies offer something for everyone.

  1. “Toy Story” Released in 1995, this family oriented movie was a breakthrough in computer-generated animation. Adults will love the voice contributions from Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, while kids will be immersed in the exciting plot about sentient toys learning to resolve their differences.
  2. “The Wizard Of Oz” As the oldest of the ten best family oriented movies, this masterpiece dates all the way back to Judy Garland’s star-making performance in 1939. It’s a classic that will appeal to any generation, complete with a feel-good story about getting lost and finding your way back home.
  3. “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” George Lucas’ third installment in the Star Wars franchise is far more family oriented than the previous two. Lucas added a heavy dose of “cute and cuddly” in this movie, but the plot is still entertaining enough to be enjoyed by parents as well as children.
  4. “Field Of Dreams” If you come from a baseball-loving household, this is the family oriented movie for you. Kevin Costner brings the glory of the diamond to life in this 1989 movie about a poor farmer who follows his dreams, no matter what the cost. Young or old, it’ll bring a tear to the eye of any sports fan.
  5. “A Christmas Story” As the only holiday-themed entry on the list of the ten best family oriented movies, this 1983 film transcends genres. Both kids and adults will identify with Peter Billingsley’s character, a cute young boy who only wants one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun.
  6. “Shrek” The producers of this 2001 family oriented movie found the perfect mix of kid-friendly entertainment and snappy writing aimed at adults. The resulting movie crossed the age gap, bringing families to the theater in droves. People young and old were laughing right along with Mike Myers’ plucky green ogre as he rescued a cartoon princess.
  7. “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial” Stephen Spielberg’s 1982 family oriented movie about an adorable alien lost on Earth was the perfect mix of comedy and drama. It’s entertainment for the whole family, with plenty of creative plot elements that will keep everyone enthralled.
  8. “Up” An elderly widower named Carl is the unlikely hero in this 2009 family oriented movie. Along with Russell, his chubby young sidekick, Carl embarks on a lofty adventure that brings him new purpose in life. This award-winning movie will have you and your family on the edge of your seats, cheering Carl and Russell as they light up the screen.
  9. “Big” Appealing to the young as well as the young at heart, this 1988 family oriented movie is as hilarious as it is tender. Playing a boy trapped in a grown man’s body, Tom Hanks brings innocence and charm to his role as he revels in his newfound freedom. Hanks soon learns that being a grown-up isn’t as good as it sounds, and must find a way to reverse the process before it’s too late.
  10. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” Mixing live actors with cartoon characters is a risky proposition for any film, but this 1988 family oriented movie pulled it off beautifully. Kids will love Roger Rabbit’s quirky dialogue and unique outlook, while adults can look to Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd to provide captivating performances.
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