Are you searching for a good film the whole family can watch? Then, we got you covered. After someone polled an online film forum for the best movies from boomers to zoomers, here are their top recommendations. Have you seen them?
1. In Search of the Castaways (1962)
A Walt Disney production, In Search Of The Castaways, is a fantasy adventure film following siblings who pair up with a professor friend to help locate their missing father, Captain Grant. The journey takes them to Scotland, South America, and Australia on their search.
2. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
Another Disney Classic, Swiss Family Robinson, tells the story of a shipwrecked family building an island home after becoming shipwrecked by a brutal storm. The family works together and demonstrates that despite being stranded for a decade, they work together to survive as a happy family.
3. The Goonies (1985)
The Goonies is an 80s classic that follows a group of adventurous kids who identify as “The Goonies” as they seek out the treasure of a legendary pirate, One-Eyed Willy — upon finding a treasure map in their attic. They face many dangerous obstacles on their journey, including being chased by a criminal family trio who also wants the gold.
4. Back to the Future (1985)
Another 80s classic, Back to the Future, follows a teen who is sent back to the 50s after an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend goes wrong. He encounters young versions of his parents and must ensure they fall in love, or he will cease to exist in the present 80s. The second film is also excellent.
5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
What can I say? The 80s were a great time that delivered many fantastic family films. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial follows a young boy who discovers a gentle alien and then hides him in his house. His brother and little sister and he keeps it a secret. However, E.T. gets sick, and the government intervenes, creating problems for them.
6. Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo is a Pixar film that follows the adventures of a father clownfish and a forgetful regal blue tang searching the ocean for his son Nemo after a human scoops him from the water. This movie has many great moments and is animated fun for the whole family.
7. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
Honestly, I was impressed by The Super Mario Bros. Movie. It highly exceeded my expectations. My toddler is obsessed, but the story is fun for the whole family. It follows characters from the popular Nintendo game franchise, including Mario, Luigi, Toad, Princess Peach, Donkey Kong, and Bowser.
8. Hidden Figures (2016)
Grab the tissues because Hidden Figures demands a use for them. It is a biographical drama that follows a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
9. Clue (1985)
Clue is a cult classic based on the popular board game. It follows six blackmail victims invited to an isolated mansion by a man who knows a dark secret from each of their pasts. Everyone is assigned a pseudonym and weapon before the lights go out and the blackmailer is killed. The six of them must decipher the clues to uncover who the murderer is.
10. Free Guy (2021)
Free Guy is a cute movie that follows a bank teller discovering he’s a background player in a popular open-world video game. He decides to become the hero of his own story. In a world without limits, he’s determined to save the day before it’s too late and enjoy a little romance with the coder who conceived him. I know it sounds wonky, but it’s honestly hilarious and fun.
11. Islands in the Stream (1977)
Islands In The Stream follows a famous sculptor deciding to retire to an island in the Bahamas. Unfortunately, his dreams of peaceful existence are interrupted by the visit of his three sons and the involvement of the United States in World War II.
12. Up (2009)
Everyone should see the Pixar masterpiece, Up. There is a ten-minute segment in the beginning guaranteed to reduce anyone with a soul to tears, but then it turns into a fun adventure. It follows a 78-year-old balloon salesman fulfilling a dream by tying thousands of balloons to his home and relocating to South America. However, a child stowaway interrupts the plan, and they discover together, “Adventure is out there!”
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