Skip to content

10 Movies On Netflix To Watch With The Whole Family This Weekend

Grab some popcorn, snuggle up on the couch, and settle in for a long weekend of movies together.

Graham Steinberg · 2 months ago

1. "Taare Zameen Par" (Like Stars On Earth)

Aamir Khan Productions

While it’s likely you’ve never heard of this one, I can say with absolute confidence that it is one of the most delightful family movies ever made. This heartfelt film, directed by and starring Bollywood heavyweight Aamir Khan, tells the story of an 8-year-old boy with undiagnosed dyslexia named Ishaan. After being sent to boarding school, Ishaan befriends a teacher named Ram who helps him tap into his artistic abilities and express himself without words.The ending will leave you speechless and remind your family that we all have our own unique talents.

2. "Hunt For The Wilderpeople"

Piki Films

After watching this, you will see why Marvel Studios gave director Taika Waititi complete control over the Thor franchise. The film is set in the stunning wilderness of New Zealand, where Ricky Baker is sent to live in a rural home with a kindhearted woman named Bella and the curmudgeonly old Hector. While in foster care, Ricky discovers what it’s like to have a family for the first time. Incorporating Waititi’s dry humor, Hunt For The Wilderpeople is a fun and absurd look at coping with the loss of loved ones and forging your own family in the most unexpected places.

(Rated PG-13, so it may not be the best choice for the real youngsters.)

3. "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse"

Columbia Pictures

This new take on the classic web-slinger story incorporates an array of color and movement that feels like it was pulled directly from the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man back in 1963. Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales is thrown way out of his depth when he is forced to unite with a legion of Spideys from across the multiverse to take down crime lord Wilson Fisk. This is one of the most gorgeous and imaginative animated films in a long time, and it has a killer soundtrack to boot.

4. "Enola Holmes"

Legendary Pictures

If you’re a fan of the Emmy award-winning Fleabag, chances are you’ll enjoy series director Harry Bradbeer’s new film, Enola Holmes. With a similar quick wit and constant breaking of the fourth wall, we are introduced to the famous Sherlock’s younger sister, Enola. When her mother disappears, it is up to Enola to take the case and do the one thing she was never prepared for: act like a proper Victorian lady. This fun adventure will give all our young daughters and sons a new hero to root for and show them that we can all be who we want to be regardless of what society expects from us.

5. "The Princess And The Frog"

Walt Disney Animation Studios

If you grew up with the likes of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White, Tiana is a welcome addition to the Disney Princess lineup. The film is set in New Orleans in 1912, where we are introduced to Tiana, an aspiring chef who agrees to kiss prince-turned-frog Naveen in exchange for the money she needs to open her own restaurant. This is one of the last Disney cell-drawn films we will likely see. A lost art brought to the screen for a worthy final showing. 

6. "Back To The Future (And Back To The Future II)"

Universal Pictures

Introduce your family to the iconic film series that made us all ask for hoverboards for the holidays. Sent back to 1955 in a Delorean time machine, ’80s teen Marty McFly must rewrite history to ensure that his parents meet. This is the film that made a generation of kids obsessed with time travel and science fiction, and with a reboot unlikely (and unnecessary!), there’s every reason to pull this classic into the next generation.

7. "Real Steel"

21 Laps Entertainment

This film stars Hugh Jackman. Need I say more? At the intersection of Rocky’s gritty realism about the sport of boxing and the awe-inspiring mechanical engineering of Pacifc Rim is Charlie Kenton, a down-on-his-luck former boxer who is trying to adapt to a world where he has been replaced by robot fighters. This is a classic underdog story from Night At The Museum’s Shawn Levy, full of fun action and a strong message about inner strength.

(Rated PG-13, so it may not be the best choice for the real youngsters.)

8. "Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution"

OLM, Inc.

If you grew up in the ’90s, you may remember the epic battle that took place between Ash Ketchum — everyone’s favorite Pokémon trainer — and Mewtwo, a super-intelligent yet troubled clone of the mystical Mew. I’ve been looking for the VHS copy of this one for years and am so excited to finally relive it in spectacular CGI. Mewtwo Strikes Back is an extremely relevant story about how we can underestimate our environment and need to show better respect for the world around us.

9. "The Little Prince"

Method Animation

Based on the classic French novella of the same name, The Little Prince reimagines the original story for modern audiences. When a little girl meets the now-aged aviator, she is inspired to find the eternally young Little Prince in hopes of reuniting him with his beloved rose on Asteroid B612. Using a beautiful combination of stop-motion and CGI, this story will help you and your whole family address issues of loneliness and understand the importance of always being there for those you love.

10. "Hugo"

GK Films

A true departure for the legendary director Martin Scorsese, Hugo is the story of a young boy who attempts to discover the meaning behind his father’s mysterious automaton robot in interwar Paris. It is a fantastical departure from Scorsese’s typical films like The Departed and Taxi Driver, but his strong directorial skills are very much in evidence. Plus, the steampunk-style animation is a delight!