20 of the Best Kid’s Movies That Parents Will Love, Too

Part of a working society, we all value time because it only moves forward, not backwards. Time doesn’t wait for you so we have to make the most out of every moment and be productive.

But sometimes, after a really long day, all you want to do is collapse on the couch and watch something that isn’t necessarily deep, just pleasant. These days, not much on TV is uplifting and positive, so sometimes the best kid’s movies can make you smile… with no kids around.

Besides, you’re never too old to watch a kids movie. No arguments.

For those of you who do have kids, I think we can all agree that some of the shows and movies that kids watch are just annoying. But there are definitely movies that would just be as entertaining as non-kid’s movies. For example, the classics such as the Harry Potter series, Aladdin, and Finding Nemo.

Being able to turn on a movie that all family members can agree on made the movie night 10x more special. Especially when we would fall in love with a film as a family and quote the characters and sing the songs for days to follow.

The best kids movies are funny and entertaining of course, but also have a positive message for children, hidden humor for adults, and relatable characters for everyone.

So whether you’re planning your next family movie night, or just looking for something positive to watch, there are the 20 best kid’s movies that parents (and adults) will love, too.

Moana, 2016

Why We Recommend It:

Moana’s songs are super entertaining that even parents can stand listening to them repeatedly. There is a knock-out cast, and it’s amazing that it showcases a strong female lead and a positive message.

“Sometimes our strengths lie beneath the surface… far beneath, in some cases.

Available on: Disney+

Cruella, 2021

Why We Recommend It:

Disney’s brave new take on the classic with Emma Stone at the helm will completely sweep you away. From the 1970s fashion to the punk music, to the London sights, families, kids and adults will be entertained from start to finish.

“From the very beginning, I realized I saw the world differently than everyone else.”

Available on: Disney+

Soul, 2020

Why We Recommend It:

Soul follows Joe, a middle-aged man whose life hasn’t turned out the way he wanted it, on his journey to help 22, a wandering soul with no passion, find a “spark” to live on Earth. Joe has selfish intent at first, but along the way realizes what it truly means to have a passion and have a soul.

This movie is hilarious, but also relatable on a personal level. We’ve all have had those times of life where we feel like we have no purpose or passion, and this movie is a reminder that life is about finding success, it’s about finding joy in the everyday. I’ve always had high hopes and expectations from Pixar and they once let me down; I can honestly say it’s one of the best kid’s movies so be sure to add it to the must-watch list for your next family movie night.

“Life is full of possibilities. You just need to know where to look.”

Available on: Disney+

Coco, 2017

Why We Recommend It:

Another Pixar masterpiece – it was so amazing that I even watched it twice!

Coco is one of those movies that will draw in anyone that watches it, parents and kids alike. The colorful animation is sure to entertain even the youngest of kids, but it is the message that really hits home. This film is all about cherishing the family that you have, following your passions, and gaining a better understanding of your family history.

Warning: you might cry ‘cause I definitely did.

“The rest of the world may follow the rules, but I must follow my heart.”

Available on: Disney+

Aladdin, 2019

Why We Recommend It:

Disney’s new live-action version of Aladdin is perfect for families. For young children, it may be a new Disney movie, but for adults, it was a reinvention of our favorite childhood movie. “A Whole New World” is an all-time classic song that will get all its viewers belting out loud as they watch the magical scene in a whole new way. Also, Will Smith kills it as the genie (although no one can compare to Robin Williams).

“Face it, princess, sometimes you just have to take a risk.”

Available on: Disney+

The Parent Trap, 1998

We We Recommend It:

A list of the best kid’s movies would not be complete without this classic. The humor in The Parent Trap is perfect for kids and adults because the kids will giggle at the camp pranks, the secret handshake, and the infamous lizard scene, but the parents will also laugh at the dynamics between Meredith Blake and Elizabeth James, the two butlers’ relationships, and the overall idea of splitting up twins. This may be one of the best kid’s movies ever.

“So if your Mom is my Mom and my Dad is your Dad…and we’re both born on October 11th, then you and I are…like…sisters.”

Annie: “Sisters? Hallie, we’re like twins!”

Available on: Disney+

The Greatest Showman, 2017

Why We Recommend It:

Featuring Zac Efron and Zendaya, The Greatest Showman would make it on any list of ‘bests’ in my opinion, but it is definitely one of the best kids movies that the parents will love, too. All of the peculiar acts that join the stage as a part of PT Barnum’s Circus are truly incredible and incredibly entertaining.

The soundtrack is home to some of our favorite songs. Entertainment aside, this film is a reminder that everyone is perfectly and wonderfully made, and that we need to embrace our differences.

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.”

Available on: Disney+

Inside Out, 2015

Why We Recommend It:

The creators behind Inside Out are geniuses. This film personifies each emotion: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger as characters in a young girl’s head trying to her navigate a major life change. It creatively depicts the inner workings of our brains and how our emotions can overpower each other, contradict each other, and work with each other, all behind the scenes of our actions. Who would have thought that one of the best kid’s movies would teach me so much about my mind?

The colorful animation and comedic elements will entertain the kids, but the underlying messages and meanings will also entertain the parents.

“Do you ever look at someone and wonder, ‘What is going on inside their head?’ Well, I know. Well, I know Riley’s head.”

Available on: Disney+

Zootopia, 2016

Why We Recommend It:

Zootopia is a testament to never judging a book by its cover and never giving up on your dreams. When a bunny (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first of her kind to become a cop, she is forced to prove herself to all her fellow cops, which are all predator-type animals. She takes on a wild mystery to make her worth known but has to join forces with a fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) in order to do so.

Zootopia is a funny, empowering, inspiring, and an all-time favorite.

“Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.”

Available on: Disney+

Enchanted, 2007

Why We Recommend It:

Featuring Patrick Dempsey, Enchanted is a true classic and one of the best kid’s movies of all time! The harsh juxtaposition of the animated fairy tale world with the live-action “real world.” This film truly answers all of those questions about what it would be like for people to act like they are in a movie in real life. The song “That’s How You Know” is the highlight of the film. The moral of the movie reminds kids and parents alike that sometimes fairy tale endings aren’t all they are chalked up to be, but that reality can be even better.

Giselle: “Why are you staring at me?”

Robert: “I don’t know. It’s just that…it’s like you escaped from a Hallmark card or something.”

Giselle: “Is that a bad thing?”

Available on: Amazon Prime

Hairspray, 2007

Why We Recommend It:

Who doesn’t like musicals?

This movie adaptation of the musical Hairspray is an all-time favorite. The cast is incredible (John Travolta, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Marsden, etc.) and the music is even better. Your kids will be up in front of the TV dancing and so will you. This film also inspires kids to be confident in who they are, love people of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and shoot for the stars because you just might make it.

“Tomorrow is a brand new day, and I don’t know white from black! ‘Cause the world keeps spinnin’ ’round and ’round, and my heart’s keepin’ time to the speed of sound.”

Available on: Amazon Prime

Up, 2009

Why We Recommend It:

Up is definitely one of the best kid’s movies about adventure. Of course, the action/adventure part is great for kids, but what draws the audience is the sweet character of elderly Carl Fredricksen. His character just makes you want to squeeze your grandparents and never let them go. But Up is also a testament to passion and adventure never dying out with age. Definitely remember the tissue box with this one.

“That might sound boring, but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most.”

Available on: Disney+

Frozen, 2013

Why We Recommend It:

Frozen has a cult following that is totally understandable. Every little girl (or boy!) wants to be either Elsa or Anna for Halloween at some point in their lives. I love that this film puts the two sisters’ relationship with each other over any romantic relationship in the film because it really shows that a princess does not need a prince to save her. Parents will love sharing this message with their kids and will also love the familiar voices of Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell.

“Some people are worth melting for.”

Available on: Disney+

Night at the Museum, 2006

Why We Recommend It:

Ben Stiller plays a museum night guard at The Natural History Museum in New York and has a complicated relationship with his son and ex-wife. However, when he starts this new job, he realizes that all of the creatures and people in the museum come alive at night. It is one of the best kid’s movies that I have ever seen, as it simultaneously teaches kids about historical figures and makes them laugh. Parents will love the cast, the acting, and the way that this unique phenomenon brings a father and son together.

“Anything’s possible Lawrence. If it can be dreamed, it can be done. Hence the twenty-foot jackal staring right at you.”

Available on: Disney+

The Lion King, 2019

Why We Recommend It:

This version of The Lion King is another reinvention of a classic that parents and kids will both appreciate. The 1994 classic animated version is definitely one of the best kid’s movies of all time, but the photorealistic animation of the new version is amazing to watch. With such realistic animation, rewatching the incredible story makes it all so much more entertaining. Perfect for family movie nights and sing-alongs, parents, even dads, will love this movie.

“While others look for what he can take, a true king gives back.”

Available on: Disney+

Secret Life of Pets, 2016

Why We Recommend It:

Secret Life of Pets is a funny and hilarious film about what our pets do when we aren’t home, which I know that we are all curious about, and let’s just say that I hope my dog doesn’t get into this much when I’m gone. Your kids will love watching Snowball, Gidget, Chloe, Duke, and Max on their incredible adventures, and you will laugh at Kevin Hart voicing a tiny bunny.

“I will never eat a pill like that again. Unless it’s covered in peanut butter. Because I mean, come on! Right? It’s peanut butter!” (Does anyone else slip their dog’s pills covered in peanut butter on the daily?!)

Available on: Amazon Prime

The Incredibles, 2004

Why We Recommend It:

The Incredibles is a crowd-pleaser for people and kids of all ages. It follows a family of superheroes trying to live normal lives… and failing. When Mr. Incredible sets out on a solo mission and gets in over his head, his family sets out to save him. This movie is not only funny and full of action, but it is a great illustration of family dynamics and the lengths we go to to protect our family. Incredibles 2 came out in 2018 and is equally hilarious and amazing. Plan a family movie night and watch them both back-to-back.

“Every superhero has a secret identity. I don’t know a single one who doesn’t. I mean, who wants the pressure of being super all the time?”

Available on: Disney+

Finding Nemo, 2003

Why We Recommend It:

We all know that Finding Nemo is a classic kid’s movie. I loved it growing up, and I love it now. But, rewatching it as an adult has made me appreciate the film in ways that I didn’t as a kid. I now relate to the overprotective Marlin, because even though I don’t have kids, I feel protective of younger siblings, and one of the many reasons why I chose to specialize in Pediatrics as a nurse. I also relate to Dory, especially in the second film, just wanting to be a part of something and help in any way she can. It is a hilarious adventure movie with a touching message and storyline that the whole family will love.

“Fish are friends, not food.”

Available on: Disney+

Cheaper by the Dozen, 2003

Why We Recommend It:

Cheaper by the Dozen is about a family with, yep you guessed it, 12 kids. Full of chaos, humor, and real-life sibling rivalry, it’s a story about a family that just can’t catch a break, but knows that love runs deeper than all. It’s one of the best kid’s movies for a night of family fun. Your kids will relate to the sibling relationships, and you will relate to the parents juggling their children and personal lives all at once.

“Twelve is still our number. It’s the number of months my book was on the bestseller list. It’s the number of job offers Tom turned down before we found one close to home. And each day it’s the number of times I’m thankful there’s such a thing as family.”

Available on: Disney+

Paddington 2, 2017

Why We Recommend It:

Paddington 2 is a perfect movie, beginning to end, top to bottom. This film isn’t just a children’s movie—it is a magnum opus about love, friendship, our deepest desires, and our greatest fears. It is absolutely hilarious, visually and stylistically gorgeous, the acting is top tier, the soundtrack is to die for, Hugh Grant is the perfect villain, and Paddington is an angel from the heavens.

The score is so good that it was actually in my Spotify Top 10 Most Played in 2020. Don’t believe me? It replaced Citizen Kane on Rotten Tomatoes as the best film of all time.

Lourdes Avila Uribe

Available on: Amazon Prime

Hope these 20 kid’s movies for be many to choose from for that perfect family night! Feel free to comment below what’s your favorite childhood movie and what part got you into an emotional train wreck!

Xoxo, Messycafe.

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