The Family Movie Night Tradition: Streaming Watchlist 2017

Tomorrow (Friday) I’ll be broadcasting live on Facebook to talk about the Family Movie Night tradition and highlighting Five Fun Family Movies.

There’s nothing new and novel about the idea…make or order pizza, run down the street to Blockbuster to choose a movie the whole family will enjoy. Pop some popcorn and enjoy cuddling up with your loved ones. But its a great tradition. It’s relaxing and enjoyable and a great conversation starter. Below is my watchlist I’ve complied from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go for families with kids under 5 or so.. Anything good I’m missing? I find searching Amazon prime unclear, so I would not be surprised if I missed a few.

I’ve included G rated as well as some PG movies. In our house we have a rule that PG movies must be watched with parents at least the first time. And, if we deem the movie as inappropriate for our almost four-year-old, we turn it off as soon as we are uncomfortable. That happened with Kung Fu Panda. It was just celebrating fighting too much for our son who we are still trying to teach” we do not hit in our family.” In a perfect world my husband and I would preview the movie without the kids first (even if we saw it years ago), but watch it together is more practical for us.

Every family and every child is different, I think that is the point of the PG rating. For us though Prince of Egypt has violence, and some difficult topics such as slavery, because its the story abut God’s deliverance of the people of Israel out of slavery and does not glorify violence we think its a great choice for movie night.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, Common Sense Media is a great resource to read reviews before you watch the movie together. Enjoy the list below (with Common Sense Media links) and please comment and add movies I left out. I’m also curious to know if you have turned off movies with you kids and if so, why and which ones?


    1. The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) (PG)
    2. Beauty and the Beast (PG)
    3. Chicken Little (G)
    4. Fantasia (G)
    5. Free Willy (PG)
    6. *Finding Dory (PG)
    7. Happy Feet (PG)
    8. Hercules (G)
    9. *Homeward Bound (G)
    10. Joseph King of Dreams  (NR)
    11. *Pocahontas (G)
    12. *The Prince of Egypt (PG) 
    13. Pete’s Dragon (PG)
    14. The Secret Garden (G) 
    15. Minions (PG)
    16. *Moana (PG)
    17. *Mulan (G)
    18. *Sing (PG)
    19. *Trolls (PG) 
    20. *Zootopia (PG) 


  1. *The Peanuts Movie (G) 
  2. Ice Age 5.1 PG

Amazon Prime

  1. All Dogs go to Heaven (G)
  2. Black Beauty (PG) 
  3. Shawn the Sheep Movie (PG)
  4. Wizard of Oz (NR)

* Stared Movies are movies I have watched with my family and am available to discuss, the other movies I have not watched with my family yet.

Published by Amy Louise Negussie

Writer, pastor, and community creator passionate about helping urban people connect to one another, self, and God. Amy lives in Chicago with her boys (1 husband, 2 sons, and 1 dog) walking distance to Wrigley Field (go Cubbies!).

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