9 Best Family Movies on Amazon Prime

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Ready for a night in with the family? It won’t be hard to choose a movie with Amazon Prime. The site has dozens of great selections that will be suitable for children of all ages. 

Below you’ll find the top 9 best family movies available on Amazon Prime.

  1. Shrek
  2. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
  3. Despicable Me
  4. Despicable Me 2
  5. The Secret Garden
  6. Curious George
  7. Mr. Bean’s Holiday
  8. Charlotte’s Web
  9. Nanny Mcphee

1. Shrek

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Shrek (2001) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
7.8/1088/100Prime Video (Subscription), Illico (Subscription, Cineplex (rent or buy), Apple TV (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), YouTube (rent or buy), Microsoft (buy)

Shrek is a movie that adults will enjoy just as much as the kids. Reviewers rave about how brilliant the film is with its laughable characters and exciting plot. The dark humor will keep the adults entertained, while the jokes will keep the kids laughing. 

Shrek (Mike Myers), a green ogre, accepts a mission from Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) to save a princess (Cameron Diaz). During the long journey back to the kingdom, Shrek begins to fall in love with the stubborn princess. We also learn later that the princess is hiding a secret. 

2. Dora and the Lost City of Gold 

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
6.1/1085/100Prime Video (Subscription), Illico (Subscription, Cineplex (rent or buy), Apple TV (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), YouTube (rent or buy), Microsoft (rent or buy), Amazon (rent)

According to critics, this film has just the right amount of adventure and silliness to keep the kids intrigued. Adults will appreciate the one-liners and over-the-top comic-like action. Dora and the Lost City of Gold is both cheesy yet quirky and a great example of girl-empowerment. 

When Dora enters public high school for the first time, she is in over her head. However, when her parents go missing, she and three other misfits join her on a wild adventure through the jungle. Dora ends up trying to solve the mystery behind a lost Inca civilization. 

3. Despicable Me

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Despicable Me (2010) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
7.6/1081/100Prime Video (Subscription),  Crave Starz (Subscription), Illico (Subscription, Cineplex (rent or buy), Apple TV (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), YouTube (rent or buy), Microsoft (buy)

Despicable Me is a movie that people of all ages will love. Audiences comment on how heartwarming and hilarious the movie is. Steve Carell gives a top-notch performance that amps up the comedy. If you are looking for a charming and original movie, this will be a great choice. 

The film follows Gru as he attempts to plan one of the biggest heists in the world. During his evil scheming, he encounters three little orphan girls. As the story progresses, he finds himself more suited to dad life than the villain life. 

4. Despicable Me 2

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Despicable Me 2 (2013) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
7.3/1075/100Prime Video (Subscription),  Crave Starz (Subscription), Illico (Subscription, Cineplex (rent or buy), Apple TV (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), YouTube (rent or buy), Microsoft (buy)

Despicable Me 2 is just as comedic and entertaining as the first installment. Kristen Wiig’s character brings a new level of humor to the fun movie. Audiences everywhere appreciate how well the plot holds up. This film is a fast-paced adventure that the whole family will love. 

Gru (Steve Carell) is trying to adjust to his mundane life as a retired super-villain. However, the Anti-Villain League soon recruits Gru to help them solve a mystery. Somebody has stolen an arctic laboratory, and Gru is going to find out who the culprit is. 

5. The Secret Garden

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The Secret Garden (2020) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
5.5/1067/100Prime Video (Subscription), Cineplex (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), YouTube (rent or buy), Microsoft (buy), Amazon (rent or buy)

Based on the classic book, The Secret Garden follows Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx). She moves to her uncle’s house after her parents pass away. While exploring, the protagonist finds that the house has many secrets. One day, she finds a key that unlocks a secret garden. To her and her uncle’s surprise, the garden has magical healing abilities. 

Audiences worldwide comment on how the brilliant performances bring a certain charm to the film. This retelling is not as dark or grief-driven as the original, making it ideal for the young viewer.

6. Curious George

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Curious George (2006) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
6.5/1070/100Prime Video (Subscription), Cineplex (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), YouTube (rent or buy), Microsoft (rent or buy)

Curious George showcases the wonderful voices of Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore in this charming, family-friendly film. Many reviewers mention how clever, comforting, and cute the film is, making it the perfect movie for kids. Even though it will not be the most riveting movie for adults, the comedy increases the entertainment value. 

When Ted (Will Ferrell) travels to Africa to find a mysterious relic he wants to place in the museum, he stumbles across a friendly monkey. The film then follows the two as they go on a wild adventure. 

7. Mr. Bean’s Holiday 

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Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
6.4/1051/100Prime Video (Subscription), Cineplex (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), YouTube (rent or buy), Microsoft (rent or buy)

Mr. Bean enters a church raffle and ends up winning a trip to Paris. Along with his trusty camcorder, the protagonist sets off on a wild adventure. After a miscommunication, a concerned parent ends up reporting Mr. Bean to the police for kidnapping a child. As he continues to make his way across the country-side, the protagonist runs into multiple hiccups along the way. 

Critics comment on how Rowan Atkinson’s performance brings a new level of originality to the comedy. This film will be one of the most entertaining family movies for kids. The adults in the room will not be disappointed by the ridiculous gags that Atinkson performs. 

8. Charlotte’s Web

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Charlotte’s Web (2006) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
6.3/1078/100Prime Video (Subscription), Cineplex (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), YouTube (rent or buy), Microsoft (rent or buy), FlixFling (Rent), Illico (Rent)

Fern, a young girl, played by Dakota Fanning, rescues a pig, Wilbur, and raises him as her own. When Fern considers selling Wilbur to her uncle, the pig soon fears for his life. After talking to the other barn animals, Wilbur learns that Fern’s uncle will slaughter him in the winter. However, he meets a gentle spider named Charlotte (Julia Roberts), who promises to save his life. 

Not only does the film have entertaining visuals, but the story teaches children to look at the world with curiosity and positivity, critics say. 

9. Nanny McPhee

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Nanny McPhee (2005) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
6.5/1073/100Prime Video (Subscription), Netflix (Subscription), Cineplex (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), YouTube (rent or buy), Illico (Rent), Apple TV (rent or buy)

A magical nanny played by Emma Thompson enters the household of recently widowed Mr. Cedreic Brown (Colin Firth). As the nanny begins to tame the wild children, her unpleasant facial features start to disappear. Throughout the story, the children begin to learn that their actions have consequences.