Clean Movies: Best Family Movies Kids AND Grownups MUST See!

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I can’t tell you how many times we tried to have a family movie night by starting to watch so-called clean movies that left us red-faced and embarrassed. I quit relying on those movie ratings – they weren’t trustworthy at all. And the family movie reviews I was reading were typically written by folks who cussed their way through the articles. They didn’t seem to see “family movies” in quite the same way that I did. I made it my mission to find all the family-friendly ones that I could – funny family movies, clean action movies, the best Halloween movies, and even some good family movies on Netflix. So buckle up for the ultimate movie list for families…..

view of clean movies reel and popcorn


My hunt for clean movies for families has turned into many movie list posts for you over time. Today I’m rounding up all of my movie list one ultimate article. You and I now have one spot to quickly find the best new family movies list and old classics all in one place (with print friendly button at the bottom if you’d like to print for later).

You’ll find the following genres in the list below:

  • family movies
  • Halloween movies
  • cool movies
  • Romantic movies
  • Christmas movies
  • Action movies
  • Fall movies
  • Classic movies
  • Thanksgiving movies

There aren’t many small kid-focused animated movies listed here because this list is mostly those hard-to-find clean movies for the whole family – to especially watch with slightly older kids – not just little kids. There are scores of animated movies lists floating around the web. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy all the family movie info!


What are good clean movies?

There should be plenty to choose from in all of the genres below from the big screen, to Netflix, and more. If you have any to suggest, tell us in the comments!

What are some good family movies on Netflix?

It’s hard to list Netflix movies that are on this list because of the ever-changing way they remove different ones each month. My suggestion is to put a suggested movie below into your Netflix account’s search bar to see if it is listed before spending money to watch it elsewhere.

What is your criteria to be considered “clean movies?”

Fun family movies without nude folks, foul language, or inappropriate intimacy on the screen. I’ll say this, I am more conservative than most people I know, so I don’t allow much to fly under the radar. I am human, however, and may have missed something inappropriate, so I do not claim responsibility for my movie suggestions listed here. The only way to know for sure is to screen these choices yourself before letting youngsters watch them. 🙂

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story

Orson Welles


For those on the hunt for some spectacular family movies, look no further. Anyone old enough to remember watching the Wonderful World of Disney in the late 70s that came on every Sunday night? Please tell me someone else remembers! I have such fond memories of watching films like the Shaggy DA, the Sound of Music, and the original Escape to Witch Mountain and others with my Dad. You’ll find others HERE.

Escape to Witch Mountain
Escape to Witch Mountain trailer


Looking for fabulous movies for the fam that have great storylines – without all the trash?! This ultimate cool movies list may have a couple classics but many other super cool films like The Lost Medallion. There’s truly something on this list for everyone – all ages!

The Lost Medallion DVD
The Lost Medallion movie trailer 


I hope you love what I think is the best Halloween movies list. Once again, I was having a hard time finding a family-friendly Halloween movie list to watch with my youngest. There were lists but their idea of “family” and mine were very different. Halloween movies are tricky in my opinion because they easily can cross the line for me when they become “horror” movies, too deep into demon themes, or try to be too sexy. These Halloween movies are some you definitely won’t be scared to watch with the fam (see what I did there?! I crack myself up).

The Halloween Tree movie trailer
Girl vs. Monster movie trailer


A wrote a movie series including Mom reviews on five clean family movies I thought you’d enjoy.

  1. Family Movie Guide
  2. Family Movie Mystery
  3. Mandie and The Secret Tunnel
  4. Forever My Girl movie
  5. The Man Who Invented Christmas movie review


Of course, there will be more full movie reviews coming soon about the new movies 2019 and those newly on DVD. As a heads up, here are a few that are newer:

  • Peter Rabbit (PG)
  • Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
  • The Kid Who Would Be King
  • Aladdin
Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase movie trailer
Peter Rabbit movie trailer
The Kid Who Would Be King movie trailer
Aladdin 2019 movie trailer

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Do you have any clean movies you’d like to add to the list? Tell us why you love them in the comments below! 


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  1. Sabrina
    March 26, 2019 / 4:32 pm

    Oh my! We loved the Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights!

    I’m excited to see some of the new ones and watch some older ones with my little ones!

    • Shan
      March 26, 2019 / 4:40 pm

      Yay! Someone remembers!!! Such sweet memories for me. I’m excited about the new movies coming out these days. Sure hope they are good!


  2. Mimi
    April 5, 2019 / 10:58 am

    Can’t wait to see the new aladdin

    • Shan
      April 5, 2019 / 4:01 pm

      Me either! I’m glad I’m not the only adult. haha It looks so good!


  3. Paula I'm Busy Being Awesome
    April 5, 2019 / 10:59 am

    These sounds like really great options for a family night it

    • Shan
      April 5, 2019 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks! We love our movie nights!!!


  4. Tamara | This Mom's Delight
    April 5, 2019 / 1:25 pm

    Sadly, our screening got a little lax as our kids got older. Now that I have a six-year-old that enjoys television more than he once did, I need to be more intentional about this. Thanks for the prompt and suggestions.

    • Shan
      April 5, 2019 / 4:00 pm

      AWWW. Thanks so much for these encouraging words. It makes all the work worthwhile. It’s never too late, Mom, to check these things out! I’m here if you ever need help with any of it!


  5. Leigh Suznovich
    April 6, 2019 / 10:50 pm

    Love these ideas for a family friendly movie night! I’m excited about the ones coming up like Aladdin.

    • Shan
      April 7, 2019 / 5:58 pm

      Thanks, Leigh. I’m super excited about Aladdin too!


  6. Jackie
    April 9, 2019 / 10:06 am

    This is so useful to me! We never know what to watch with the kids.

    • Shan
      April 10, 2019 / 1:24 pm

      I’m so glad, Jackie! Keep me posted on what you think.


  7. Ericka
    July 16, 2019 / 9:21 am

    I needed this because I was running out of movies to watch with the kids. My kids would enjoy , The Lost Medallion.

    • Shan
      July 16, 2019 / 7:32 pm

      Yay! Glad it was helpful, Ericka. I loved The Lost Medallion!


  8. Leigh Suznovich
    July 16, 2019 / 9:53 pm

    I love this list! So perfect for hanging out with my nieces and nephews. My husband and I are never above going to see a family movie like Toy Story in the theatre either.

    • Shan
      July 17, 2019 / 11:13 am

      Yay. So glad it was helpful for you, Leigh. Truly my pleasure – one of my most passionate things!


  9. Kileen
    July 17, 2019 / 2:05 am

    Love watching good, clean movies with the family! Popcorn, drinks and family movie nights are the best!

    cute & little

    • Shan
      July 17, 2019 / 11:14 am

      Me too! One friend got me adding original M&Ms to our warm popcorn. I’d never done that before but the popcorn melts chocolate just enough to soften a bit. The salty – sweet is great!


  10. Rosemary
    July 17, 2019 / 3:28 am

    Loved Nancy Drew books as a kid, so glad to the movie versions are coming out now. It’s about time 🙂 Can’t wait to see the new Aladdin. This is a nice list of “clean” movie options. And I’ve gotten some new suggestions from you. Thanks!

    • Shan
      July 17, 2019 / 11:15 am

      Nancy Drew books were a HUGE part of my childhood!! Love it! Aladdin was GREATTT! You are SO welcome, Rosemary!


  11. Christa
    July 17, 2019 / 9:36 am

    I also don’t always agree with the ratings on movies. There are so many PG movies that are so violent! This is super helpful.

    • Shan
      July 17, 2019 / 11:16 am

      Same, Christa. These days it seems that almost anything goes in PG movies!!


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