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Top Ten Family Movies

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Great family movies are profoundly impacting. They warm our hearts, put smiles on our faces, and bring our families closer together.

We have ranked the family films in order of preference. They were judged in terms of direction, acting, and originality. Of course, we also considered how fun and heartwarming they are.

So for your next family movie night, pop some popcorn, dim the lights and put in one of these videos. It’s family fun time.

Top Ten Family Movies

1. Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Candy mogul Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) has been a recluse for years in his factory until he announces a kid’s perfect dream – a personal tour of his factory and a lifetime supply of his world famous chocolate. Only five golden tickets are available and Charlie (Peter Ostrum) wants to find one more than anybody else. Because Charlie’s family is so poor, buying just one bar is tough and enough bars for a golden ticket a miracle. Rated G – general audiences.

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2. Swiss Family Robinson - In this Disney fantasy, the Robinson family gets shipwrecked while fleeing from Napoleonic oppression. After being tossed on a tropical island, they work as a team to construct a treehouse complete with running water and a working pipe organ from the ship. Together they overcome the many obstacles the island has to offer including some newly landed visitors – cutthroat pirates. This is one family adventure you won’t want to miss. Rated G – general audiences.

Top Ten Family Movies

3. Parent Trap - In this remake of the 1961 original, Hallie Parker (Lindsay Lohan) and Annie James (also Lohan), twins have been separated since birth when their parents divorce. 11 years later they are sent to the same summer camp by coincidence. At first they are rivals, but soon discover they are twins and decide to switch places – Hallie off to London and Annie to Napa Valley. The fun doesn’t stop as both twins devise a plan to get their parents back together. Rated PG for some mild mischief.

4. In Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest collaboration, the hills are alive in this cinematic masterpiece. Set during the Nazi movement, a nun named Maria (Julie Andrews) is sent to care for the motherless Von Trapp children. Soon after taming the mischievous children, Maria finds herself falling in love with their stern father (Christopher Plummer). Filmed in beautiful Austria, this film is candy for the eyes and ears. UR – unrated.

5. Mrs. Doubtfire - In this hilarious comedy, Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) finds himself going through a divorce and once a week visitation rights with his children. Yearning to have more time with his kids, Daniel learns that is ex-wife (Sally Field) is looking for a housekeeper, a job he applies for and gets disguised as a hip, Scottish nanny. Everyone comes to love Mrs. Doubtfire, including his ex-wife in this heart-warming story. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references.

6.  Mary Poppins - Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious best describes this Disney classic – a term that was coined by the movie itself. In her screen debut, Julie Andrews plays Mary Poppins, a magical nanny who cares for the Banks children. With Mary Poppins by their side, the Banks children turn chores into fun games and each day an exciting adventure. The songs are unforgettable and include “Chim Chim Cher-ee” – “A Spoonful of Sugar” – and “Feed the Birds”. Rated G – general audiences.

7. Fiddler on the Roof - Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories, the must-see musical tells the life of Jewish milkman Tevye (Topol). Set during pre-revolutionary Russia, Tevye wants “Tradition” – the movie’s opening number. Along the way, Tevye works hard to keep his family’s traditions in tact while his strong-willed daughters want to break their family tradition by choosing whom they will marry. The music is fabulous including the haunting music of the fiddler. Rated G – general audiences.

8. Wizard of Oz - What do you get when you add a Wicked Witch, a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, a Cowardly Lion and a Wizard? A family fantasy film like no other. In this 1939 cinematic classic, Dorothy (Judy Garland) is swept away by a tornado from her Kansas farmhouse into the magical land of Oz. Desiring to return home, she journeys to see the Wizard for help. Along her journey Dorothy overcomes various obstacles including the Wicked Witch of the West. Rated G – general audiences.

9. Honey I Shrunk the Kids - Rick Moranis plays Wayne Szalinski, an absent-minded inventor in this Disney hit. After he accidentally shrinks his kids with his electro-magnetic shrinking machine and throws them in the trash, the kids must journey back through their backyard. Along the way they battle water sprinklers, pesky bees and a lawnmower. At the same time Wayne makes his own rescue plan. This film is family fun for everyone. Rated PG – parental guidance suggested.

10. Big - This is a fun comedy for teenagers and above.Big tells the story of Josh Baskin (David Moscow) who makes a wish to be “big” at a carnival. The next morning he wakes up 22 years older (Tom Hanks). Josh decides to escape to Manhattan after his mother drives him out of the house because she thinks he’s an intruder. While away, Josh wins a kid’s dream job – testing toys all day long. In the end, Josh must decide whether or not he wants to stay “big.” Rated PG – parental guidance suggested.