Movie nights with the family can be a wonderful bonding experience and just plain fun. Finding the perfect movie that the whole family will love isn’t as enjoyable. In fact, it can be pretty difficult. Thankfully, there are plenty of great family-friendly movies on Hulu to choose from.
In this article, we’ve compiled 16 of the best movies currently available on Hulu.
16 Best Family Movies on Hulu
- The Addams Family
- Dora and the Lost City
- Trolls World Tour
- The Road to El Dorado
- Bumble Bee
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
- Hunt for the Wilderpeople
- Instant Family
- The Prince of Egypt
- Playing with Fire
- Curious George
- Hotel Transylvania
Abominable (2019) (Source: IMDb)
If you’re looking for a movie that focuses on the love of family, pursuing dreams, and the importance of preserving life, Abominable is a great film to choose. This movie is endearing and heartwarming. It has action and suspense and full of wonderful lessons for kids. Even the grown-ups will love this one.
After a young Yeti escapes from a laboratory holding him captive, he hides on the rooftop of an apartment building in China. The film’s viewers are then introduced to Yi (Chloe Bennet), a teenager who recently lost her father. Both of them had a dream of exploring parts of China together, but it seemed out of reach after Yi’s death.
When she meets the young Yeti, who she names Everest (Joseph Izzo), she gets swept away on an incredible journey as she races to return Everest to his own family with the help of two of her friends. The journey isn’t easy when the scientists who originally captured Everest grow more and more desperate to recapture him.
The film is filled with breathtakingly beautiful scenery, especially for an animated movie. You can find the trailer for this wonderful family film in the video below:
2. The Addams Family
The Addams Family (2019) (Source: IMDb)
If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce your family to the comedic Addams Family, this is a great way to do it, especially for younger children. The original live-action film of the same family may be considered a little too scary for a younger audience. However, this adaptation is geared toward the children in your group, but don’t be mistaken. The adults will love it too!
After being attacked by an angry mob on the night of their wedding, Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) decide to find a home in a place they can live in peace without fear of being judged or attacked again. They find an abandoned insane asylum and make it their home.
Years passed, and the Addams family have been living happily, isolated from the rest of the world in their hilltop asylum. When a girl from the town at the bottom of the hill decides to investigate, Wednesday Addams (Chloë Grace Moretz) makes a new friend. As the two families become more intertwined, conflicts arise, and hilarity ensues.
Check out the video below for the official trailer:
3. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) (Souce: IMDb)
If you are looking for a film that your younger kids will enjoy, this is a great option. There may be times that you, as an adult, will likely roll your eyes a bit, but your kids will love it. They’ll finish the movie singing the songs. You’ll find yourself getting swept up in the fun too.
Growing up, Dora (Isabela Merced) was always off exploring the jungle with her parents. She’s used to the dangers it can bring, but there’s one thing she wasn’t prepared for, high school. In a new kind of jungle, Dora must learn how to adapt to being a typical teenager.
However, all of that is at risk when she has to venture into the jungle once again. This time, Dora needs to rescue her parents, and she needs the help of her new high school friends to do it. As they battle the dangers of the wilderness, the kids must also uncover the mysteries of the lost city from the Inca civilization.
Familiar characters such as Diego, Boots, and Swiper make appearances in the film as well, which your younger kids will simply love. Check out the trailer in the video below:
4. Trolls World Tour
Trolls World Tour (2020) (Source: IMDb)
If you and your family like the first Trolls film, you’ll love this movie too. The cast returns for another silly adventure as the Trolls discover more about the world they live in. There are great lessons in the film, such as the power of unity and accepting others for who they are.
Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) live it up in their corner of the world. Poppy is now queen, and Branch loves her. When they get word that another queen Troll wants to throw a party with all of the other Trolls of the land, Poppy is excited and intrigued. She didn’t know there were others out there, and her father explains that different types of Trolls have different types of music.
As the queen of the pop Trolls, Poppy believes it’s her duty to go to this party. However, on her way, she discovers that the other queen doesn’t want to unite the Trolls for their music. She wants to replace all other kinds of music with Rock by destroying the other genres. Poppy must find a way to unite the other Trolls against the rock Troll queen in order to save all music.
You can check out the official trailer for this film in the video below:
Rango (2011) (Source: IMDb)
Another hilarious animated movie for all ages, Rango, is sure to be a hit with your family. There are enough older themed jokes throughout the film to keep the adults entertained while still keeping the kids engaged.
The film opens with an unnamed chameleon sitting in his little tank, all alone in the back of a vehicle. The chameleon is in his own little world with his own beliefs about who he is. Something in the road makes the car justle, causing the tank and the chameleon to be tossed from the car. The chameleon finds himself lost in the middle of the desert.
After helping another animal to cross the road, the chameleon learns of a town known as Dirt. He’s told he can find water there. However, when he gets there, he makes the mistake of lying about some pretty significant facts.
Suddenly, he’s known as Rango, and the whole town calls him a hero. That is until the town is suddenly short on water. It’s then up to Rango and his new friends to find out what’s happening and stop it before they run out of water completely.
You can watch the official trailer for the film in the video below:
6. The Road to El Dorado
The Road to El Dorado (2000) (Source: IMDb)
Everyone loves a good treasure hunt, especially one of myth and legend. This film is full of good laughs and exciting adventures. The kids will love it, and it’ll keep the adults entertained as well, making it a perfect choice for a family movie night.
El Dorado isn’t supposed to be real, and when two con men get their hands on a map that could lead them right to it, they don’t think anything of it. That is until they find themselves at the location of the first mark on the map. Deciding to take a chance, they follow the map to the legendary city of El Dorado.
There they find a thriving civilization of people who aren’t used to outsiders. However, when the people of El Dorado see the striking resemblance the two have with their gods, they are hailed as gods themselves. As the two men look for a way to escape the city, danger lurks just beneath the surface.
Check out the video below of the classic trailer of this hilarious movie:
Bumblebee (2018) (Source: IMDb)
Origin stories are great for superhero movies, and it’s no different for Transformers. They’re filled with great lessons and tons of action. It’s also entertaining to see how storylines start in prequels like this. So, if your family is a big Transformers family, this is a great option for a family movie night.
The year is 1987, and the Autobots are up against their biggest enemy, the Decepticons. In an attempt to defeat the Decepticons, the Autobots leader Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) sends B-127 (Dylan O’Brien) to Earth to try and establish a base there. He’s safe there while his friends back on Cybertron are continuing the fight.
A signal is accidentally activated after B-127 meets the human girl, Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld). This signal allows the Decepticons to find the Autobot and make their way to Earth to capture him. Charlie and the newly named Bumblebee have to work together to defeat their enemy as they prepare for the war to meet them.
Check out the trailer in the video below:
8. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) (Source: IMDb)
It’s easy to love the first How to Train Your Dragon. If that’s the case, you’re going to like this third and final film in the franchise. It’s filled with beautiful scenery. It introduces an interesting storyline that centers around the dragon that started it all.
Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) finally accomplished his dream of a dragon-filled utopia for his people. He’s the chief but is worried about living up to his father’s legacy. He’s also struggling to take the next step in his relationship with Astrid (America Ferrera).
However, when Toothless discovers another Night Fury, Hiccup can’t deny that his dragon is falling in love with her. They soon discover that there is a dragon slayer on the hunt to kill both the Night Furies. In this final tale of Hiccup and Toothless, Hiccup must fight to protect the dragon who changed his entire world.
Check out the video below for the official trailer of the film:
9. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) (Source: IMDb)
There’s always a great lesson in the development of unlikely friendships. Such is the case with this film. It’s an endearing tale of how you can find love for people in the most unconventional ways. It’ll have you laughing and crying by the end of it.
Bella and Hector are foster parents who take in the orphan, Ricky. Hector and Ricky don’t get along at first, but Bella gives Ricky a warm welcome. However, when Bella suddenly dies, it causes Child Services to get involved.
When Ricky doesn’t want to go back to the orphanage, he decides to run away. Hector and Ricky disappear into the country and the wilderness in an attempt to avoid the government. With a national manhunt on the lookout for them, how will they ever make it?
You can watch the trailer in the video below:
10. Instant Family
Instant Family (2018) (Source: IMDb)
Being a parent isn’t easy, but when you go from no kids to having a teenager, that can be one of the hardest things you’ll have to do. If you have foster or adopted kids, this could be a great movie to watch with them.
When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide they’d like to adopt a child to hopefully fill a void they’re feeling in their marriage. The foster care center takes them to a fair where prospective parents can talk to the children they’re considering for adoption. Pete and Ellie meet a teenage foster child who gets their attention.
When they tell the foster care center they would like to take her in, Pete and Ellie are told that not only is her mother a drug addict, but she also has two younger siblings. After arguing about it, the couple decides to take them in as well. What they discover is much more than they ever would have thought possible.
Check out the video below for the trailer for this endearing and heartfelt movie:
11. The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypt (1998) (Source: IMDb)
This animated film is a great movie, even if you aren’t religious. It has a beautiful message, and the imagery throughout the movie is stunning for its time. You don’t need to be a Christian to truly love and admire this film, which has real-world lessons that anyone who watches can learn.
The film is the story of the book of Exodus but more specifically, it’s the tale of Moses played by Val Kilmer. The film opens with the slaves of Egypt building the pyramids. The order goes out to kill all the newborn babies, and one mother escapes the village. She places her newborn son into a basket and releases the basket on the Nile River.
The queen finds the basket, who rescues him from the water and raises him as her own. The Pharaoh, Seti (Patrick Stewart), and their son, Rameses (Ralph Fiennes), treat him as their family, and no one questions that Moses is a prince of Egypt himself.
That is until Moses stumbles across his birth sister in the village, and his entire world gets shaken by the revelation that he isn’t who he thought he was. This revelation sends him on a journey that shapes the entire land of Egypt forever.
This film has a powerhouse cast that the entire family will enjoy watching. Check out the trailer in the video below:
Spider-Man (2002) (Source: IMDb)
The first Spider-Man live-action film to be made sparked a huge interest in the story of the boy who was bitten by a radioactive spider. While there were plenty of fans of the comics, Spider-Man was relatively unknown in the live-action part of Hollywood. It’s a great film to watch with any superhero fans.
Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is just a high school student with a crush on the girl next door. He’s quiet and gets picked on, but mostly he keeps his head down. He keeps out of trouble. He lost his parents, but he lives with his loving aunt and uncle. Life isn’t bad for Peter Parker.
That is until he’s bitten by a strange, radioactive spider that changes his very genetics. Suddenly, Parker can now climb on walls and swing through the city on webs he shoots from his wrists. However, his uncle’s death pushes Peter to pursue a life as a vigilante. He puts on a red and blue suit and becomes the now-famous Spider-Man.
Check out the official trailer for the film in the video below:
13. Playing With Fire
Playing with Fire (2019) (Source: IMDb)
Movies designed for kids can be a great learning experience for adults as well. This film touches on some hard subjects while also providing light humor for the kids. After watching this film, you’ll be able to have solid conversations with your kids about the importance of taking care of each other and what it means to lose someone you love.
Playing with Fire is about a group of firefighters who make a living by jumping into the most dangerous fires. They take on the ones most other firefighters would avoid. After going into one particular building, the team rescues three kids from the flames.
Now they’re charged with caring for the kids until the parents can be found. These kids don’t make it easy for them, but what happens when they have to go back? Or what if they can’t find them?
You can check out the trailer for the film in the video below:
14. Curious George
Curious George (2006) (Source: IMDb)
The stories of Curious George are classic. Between books and earlier movies, there’s no shortage of hilarious mischief this monkey can get into. However, the 2006 film is one of the best variations of the story and is sure to be a hit at your family movie night, especially for younger audiences.
The film is an origin story about how George (Frank Welker) came to find the Man in the Yellow Hat (Will Ferrell). George is a small little monkey in a big jungle. He gets himself into all sorts of trouble with the other animals. When he finds a group of humans in the wilderness, his curious nature takes over, and he follows them back to the big city.
George surprises the Man in the Yellow Hat at his apartment. After trying to get a hold of animal control, the two misfit companions discover that the museum The Man works at is in danger of closing. Now the two must work together to save it before it’s too late.
You can see the trailer for this adorable animated film in the video below:
15. Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania (2012) (Source: IMDb)
This film is a great family film. It has a great cast that works well together, and the story is great. What shines through with this film is the relationship between Dracula (Adam Sandler) and the human boy, Johnny (Andy Samberg). There is a romance in the film between Johnny and Dracula’s daughter, but it’s the love the two men develop for each other that’s so important here.
After losing his wife in an attack by a mob of humans, Dracula retreats into hiding with his daughter. He builds a massive hotel, which he says will be a safe place for all monsters to go. He vows that no humans will ever harm his daughter. He works tirelessly to protect her from the outside world. However, all of that is at risk when he makes a mistake.
The outside world finds the hotel in the form of a human boy named Johnny. Dracula disguises Johnny as a monster in the hopes of sneaking him out of the hotel, but his plan backfires. The other monsters are soon growing fond of the human, and Dracula is trying his hardest to save the home he worked so hard to protect.
Check out the video below for the official trailer:
Anastasia (1997) (Source: IMDb)
This classic animated tale based on a true story has often been confused for a Disney movie because of its quality in animation and storyline. It’s filled with beautiful music, and the imagery is stunning. It’s a great option for a family movie night.
A fictional fantasy based on the true story of Russia’s last royal family, the film opens on a snowy night that changed the lives of the entire country forever. An evil man who used to be close with the family places a curse on them. He claims they’ll all be dead within a day, and sure enough, almost all of them do die, all except for Anastasia (Meg Ryan).
The film cuts to ten years later, and Anastasia is all grown up with no memories of who she is. She spent her youth in an orphanage outside of the city, dreaming of the day she could finally find her family.
She takes a leap of faith and joins forces with two men who turn out to be working a scam. Without realizing the truth, they tell her that she’s the lost duchess, Anastasia, in the hopes of winning the prize money to return her to her grandmother.
You can watch the official trailer for the film in the video below:
- Hulu: Family Movies
- Vulture: The 30 Best Movies for Kids on Hulu
- The Collider: The Best Family and Kids Movies on Hulu
- IMDb: Abominable
- IMDb: The Addams Family
- IMDb: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
- IMDb: Trolls World Tour
- IMDb: Rango
- IMDb: The Road to El Dorado
- IMDb: Bumblebee
- IMDb: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
- IMDb: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
- IMDb: Instant Family
- IMDb: The Prince of Egypt
- IMDb: Spider-Man
- IMDb: Playing with Fire
- IMDb: Curious George
- IMDb: The Swan Princess
- IMDb: Hotel Transylvania
- IMDb: Anastasia
- IMDb: March of the Penguins
- YouTube: Abominable Official Trailer
- YouTube: The Addams Family Official Trailer
- YouTube: Dora and the Lost City of Gold Official Trailer
- YouTube: Trolls World Tour Official Trailer
- YouTube: Rango Official Trailer
- YouTube: The Road to El Dorado Official Trailer
- YouTube: Bumblebee Official Trailer
- YouTube: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Official Trailer
- YouTube: Hunt for the Wilderpeople Official Trailer
- YouTube: Instant Family Official Trailer
- YouTube: The Prince of Egypt Official Trailer
- YouTube: Spider-Man Official Trailer
- YouTube: Playing with Fire Official Trailer
- YouTube: Curious George Official Trailer
- YouTube: The Swan Princess Official Trailer
- YouTube: Hotel Transylvania Official Trailer
- YouTube: Anastasia Official Trailer
- YouTube: March of the Penguins Official Trailer
- Reel Good: Abominable
- Reel Good: The Addams Family
- Reel Good: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
- Reel Good: Trolls World Tour
- Reel Good: Rango
- Reel Good: The Road to El Dorado
- Reel Good: Bumblebee
- Reel Good: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
- Reel Good: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
- Reel Good: Instant Family
- Reel Good: The Prince of Egypt
- Reel Good: Spider-Man
- Reel Good: Playing with Fire
- Reel Good: Curious George
- Reel Good: The Swan Princess
- Reel Good: Hotel Transylvania
- Reel Good: Anastasia
- Reel Good: March of the Penguins
- Rotten Tomatoes: Abominable
- Rotten Tomatoes: The Addams Family
- Rotten Tomatoes: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
- Rotten Tomatoes: Trolls World Tour
- Rotten Tomatoes: Rango
- Rotten Tomatoes: The Road to El Dorado
- Rotten Tomatoes: Bumblebee
- Rotten Tomatoes: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
- Rotten Tomatoes: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
- Rotten Tomatoes: Instant Family
- Rotten Tomatoes: The Prince of Egypt
- Rotten Tomatoes: Spider-Man
- Rotten Tomatoes: Playing with Fire
- Rotten Tomatoes: Curious George
- Rotten Tomatoes: The Swan Princess
- Rotten Tomatoes: Hotel Transylvania
- Rotten Tomatoes: Anastasia
- Rotten Tomatoes: March of the Penguins
- IMDb: Joseph Izzo
- IMDb: Chloe Bennet
- IMDb: Oscar Isaac
- IMDb: Charlize Theron
- IMDb: Chloë Grace Moretz
- IMDb: Isabela Merced
- IMDb: Anna Kendrick
- IMDb: Justin Timberlake
- IMDb: Peter Cullen
- IMDb: Dylan O’Brien
- IMDb: Hailee Steinfeld
- IMDb: Jay Baruchel
- IMDb: Rose Byrne
- IMDb: Mark Wahlberg
- IMDb: Val Kilmer
- IMDb: Patrick Stewart
- IMDb: Ralph Fiennes
- IMDb: Tobey Maguire
- IMDb: Will Ferrell
- IMDb: Frank Welker
- IMDb: Meg Ryan