50 or so films to show your kids before they’re 13


Family movie night

Given we’re shivering through winter school holidays in much of Australia, it’s the perfect time to make some popcorn, snuggle under a blanket and create a family movie night (or afternoon!).

These films are not in any particular order. These are the result of The Sunshine Collective grown ups and kids (including cousins, nephews and nieces) all casting their votes for their favourites.

(My son also wanted me to add that he voted for Daddy Day Care and ‘anything with The Rock in it’ – but mum said no.)

Some of these have G ratings, some are PG – we’ll leave it to you to decide which ones are appropriate for your kids. We’ve loosely categorized them to help you choose the ones that suit your family best. Hopefully the following list gives you some ideas for a few family movie nights or at least gives you a few hours of sanity in the school holidays. What are your favourites?


Adventure films

Heroes and action

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Superman (the Christopher Reeve version)

The Avengers

Jurassic Park


Fantasy adventure

The Neverending Story

The Last Starfighter


The Dark Crystal

The Indian in the Cupboard



Harry Potter

Pirates of the Carribean

Back to the Future

The Princess Bride


When kids save the day

Home Alone

The Goonies

Spy Kids



The Karate Kid

Freaky Friday

Stand By Me

The Parent Trap


School of Rock

The Muppet Movie (1979)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)


Fun and Fantasy

Edward Scissorhands

Willy Wonker and the Chocolate Factory

The Wizard of Oz



Mary Poppins

The Sound of Music



Animated Films


The Iron Giant

Jungle Book



How to Train Your Dragon

Toy Story

Monsters Inc and Monsters University



Finding Nemo



The Lion King

The Incredibles

Inside Out

Big Hero 6

Arthur Christmas

The Polar Express

Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)

The LEGO Movie

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