The best kids’ movies to watch on Netflix

Giggle along with all the top family films available to watch on Netflix

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Peter Rabbit

It’s not easy to find a film that will tick boxes for every member of the family – so we’ve done the hard work for you.

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From 1990s classics like Matilda to modern efforts like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, we’ve compiled the definitive list of the best all-ages films on Netflix. Each of these has just enough to keep the wee ones and grown-ups entertained.

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Check out our list of the best family films on Netflix below.

Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter’s big-eared woodland hero bounds into the 21st century with a paw-thumping adventure owing as much to the knockabout cartoon mayhem of Tom and Jerry or Looney Tunes as it does the original stories written more than 100 years ago. James Corden lends his voice to the titular bunny. Watch on Netflix

The BFG

A little orphan meets up with a kind giant who’s supposed to eat her but instead protects her from some truly horrible giants who terrorise them both. Watch on Netflix

Minions

Despicable Me’s lovable yellow sidekicks get their own movie in this prequel that sends a trio of intrepid Minions to Sixties London in search of a truly evil leader… Watch on Netflix

The NeverEnding Story

Noah Leslie Hathaway in The NeverEnding Story
Noah Leslie Hathaway in The NeverEnding Story

In German director Wolfgang Petersen’s 1984 fantasy tale, a young boy is drawn by a magical book into a wondrous alternative world that is threatened by evil forces…

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Shrek

Mike Myers voices the ugly, antisocial green ogre who must rescue a human princess (Cameron Diaz) in order to appease evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) and rid his swamp of an infestation of traditional fairy-tale characters in this animated fantasy comedy from DreamWorks… Watch on Netflix

Shrek 2

Mike Myers’s big green ogre may have lost his way in later films, but the first two are fairytale-skewering classics built for repeat-viewing. Watch Shrek 2 on Netflix

Klaus

Klaus (Photo: Netflix)
Klaus (Photo: Netflix)

Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Oscar-winner JK Simmons provide the voices for this charming Christmas animation about Jesper, a spoilt young postman stationed above the Arctic circle.

When Jesper meets a kindly old toy-maker, he starts to discover his seasonal cheer in this Netflix Original movie – one of the streaming service’s first forays into feature-length animation. Watch on Netflix

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

As good as the 1995 original, director Jake Kasdan’s rip-roaring action adventure takes the bare bones of Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 book and adds contemporary twists while downplaying the jungle animal perils… Watch on Netflix

The Dark Crystal

Although The Dark Crystal emerged from the darker side of Jim Henson’s imagination, it’s still a mesmerising picture that will enchant older children and adults alike. A survivor of a near-extinct race is given a dangerous quest as his world approaches an astronomical event that will decide its future… Watch on Netflix

Matilda

Roald Dahl’s story of a clever little girl who takes on her parents and a headmistress. Watch on Netflix

Free Willy

This entertaining children’s picture about a boy and his whale knows exactly what strings to pull and when. Australian director Simon Wincer combines animatronic models with shots of Keiko, the real-life killer whale that plays Willy, with great skill. Watch on Netflix

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