25 Award Winning Family Films

The Lion King

Come along for a wild adventure with Simba, Timon and Pumba as they learn about the depth of friendship, family and accepting yourself for who you are. Your kids will love singing along to classic hits like “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and “Hakuna Matata.”*Academy Award Best Music: Original Score*Academy Award Best Music: Original Song (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”)

Toy Story 3

In the final chaper of the Toy Story series, Woody and his gang—Buzz, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Barbie—say farewell to their longtime owner and friend Andy to become playmates to new kids.

*Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

Mary Poppins

In search of a fun, new nanny, the Banks children create their own advertisement of what their version of the perfect nanny would be. When Mary Poppins shows up at their door, little do they knowwhat’s in store for them.
*Academy Award for Best Actress (Julie Andrews)*Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American musical

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Journey across the Western frontier with a young stallion in search of himself, companionship and love. Narrated by Matt Damon, Spirit’s boldness will teach kids about courage, respect and never giving up in the face of obstacles.

*Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Feature

*Young Artist Award for Best Family Feature Film-Animation

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

A 1971 musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions, this feel-good film will whisk you away to the streets of London, where a family of three siblings is displaced into the home of an apprentice witch. Follow the characters as they set off on a bewitched bed to find an ancient spell that will aid them against the Nazi’s in World War II era England.

*Academy Award for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects

*Golden Globe Nominee for Best Motion Picture Actress (Angela Lansbury)

*Sant Jordi Award for Best Children’s Film

A Bug’s Life

A courageous ant named Flick and his newfound Circus Bug pals join Flick’s family and friends to save their colony from the bullyish grasshoppers. This uplifting film will teach kids the important lesson that no one is ever too small to make a difference.

*Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Animated Family Movie

*Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Animated Film

*Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Family Film


A charming film about one piglet’s search for who he is in the world, it’ll teach little ones that they can be whoever they want to be so long as they set their minds on it. Viewers wil enjoy both the comedic relationship between Babe and his barnyard pals and his belief that he can do anything given a little faith—even be a sheep-pig.

*Academy Award for Best Effects, Visual Effects

*Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Family Film

*Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical)


Viewers will enter into a whole new world of entertainment with Aladdin and his monkey, Abu, as they encounter a fun-loving genie that can grant them three lucky wishes. Hop on board this magic carpet ride of a film as the characters all learn that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

*Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score

*Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song (“A Whole New World”)

*Annie Award for Best Animated Feature

*Golden Globe for Best Original Score – Motion Picture

*Golden Globe for Best Best Original Song – Motion Picture

*Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Movie

*Young Artist Award for Outstanding Family Entertainment of the Year

The Wizard of Oz

When a tornado hits Kansas, Dorothy and her pup Toto are displaced to the land of Oz, where they embark on a whirlwind journey with Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion to meet the all-powerful wizard. These iconic characters will teach you the value of teamwork, friendship—and the thought that truly there’s no place like home.

*Academy Award for Best Original Song (“Over the Rainbow”)

Beauty and the Beast

In an effort to save her father who has been captured by a cursed Beast, Belle takes his place in the dark, gloomy, enchanted castle where she meets a host of inanimate objects that have come to life in the form of talking houseware objects. They all work together to try to ignite a spark between Beast and Belle, who realizes the important truth that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

*Academy Award for Best Original Song (“Beauty and the Beast”)

*Annie Award for Best Animated Feature

*Golden Globe for Best Original Score

*Golden Globe for Best Original Song (“Beauty and the Beast”)

*Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical

Finding Nemo

Dive into this animated comedy with clownfish Marlin and the charming Dory with her infamous short-term memory loss, as they search for Marlin’s son, Nemo, who was captured by divers in the Great Barrier Reef. This crowd pleaser focuses on the special bond between father and son, as well as the significance of trust and learning to let go as the two experience an under the sea adventure of a lifetime.

*Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

The Muppets

Starring comedic favorites Jason Segel, Amy Adams and the iconic Muppets gang, including Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, kids will want to sing, dance and laugh along in this fun-filled cinematic treat. This feel-good movie follows the biggest Muppet fan banding together with his brother (Segel) and his brother’s girlfriend (Adams) to reunite the Muppets before an evil oil tycoon, Tex Richman, destroyts the Muppet theater.

*Academy Award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original song (“Man or Muppet”)

*Nominated for a Kids’ Choice Award (Favorite Movie)


An unconventional fairy tale, a big green ogre named Shrek tries to win back his swamp from the evil Lord Farquaad, who has relocated storybook creatures to his homeland. Promising Shrek he can have his home back if he finds his wife-to-be, Shrek joins forces with a hysterical talking donkey to go and rescue Princess Fiona. Together, they uncover secrets about each other and learn that true beauty is much more than what appears on the surface.

*Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

Stuart Little

The Little family adopts a tiny young mouse named Stuart from an orphanage, but his brother George refuses to acknowledge the mouse as his brother and the Little’s cat, Snowbell, is not too keen on having him around either. Stuart eventually wins them over, but first he must overcome a series of action-packed incidents.

*Young Artist Award for Best Family Feature Film – Comedy


A classic fairy tale princess is plucked from her storybook world to modern day New York City by an evil queen. The wide-eyed Princess Giselle meets a handsome lawyer and falls in love, but can fairy tale romance survive the real world? Parodying many Disney Princess favorites, this sweet story about the innocently good-natured Princess will enchant your kids’ hearts.

*Broadcast Film Critics Choice Award for Best Family Film

*Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Live Action Family Film

The Little Rascals

Following the timeless television series is this spirited comedy that showcases the adventures of Spanky, Alfalfa, his love Darla and the “he-man-woman-hater’s-club.” After Alfalfa is caught on a boat ride with Darla, Spanky and the gang worry about their ‘boys only’ club having new girl members and try to sabotage their relationship. After a funny chain of events, Spanky, Alfalfa and the gang realize that they will be friends through thick and thin— whether or not girls are involved.

*Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture


After widower Carl decides to take the journey of a lifetime to South America to fulfill his beloved wife’s travel wishes, he ties thousands of balloons to his home, flying him away from his troubles. However, Carl isn’t making this trip alone—wilderness explorer Russell inadvertently comes along for the ride. As they travel to their destination, Carl and Russell will both learn from each other the importance of companionship, no matter how wide the age gap.

*Academy Award for Best Original Score

*Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Three cute little chipmunks are uprooted from their home tree and wind up in Los Angeles, where they bump into struggling song writer Dave Seville. Alvin, Simon and Theodore follow him home, and from there, a friendship ensues. Kids will cheer on the chipmunks as they face adversity and save the day from evil media mogul Ian.

*Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Movie

*Nominated for Young Artist Award (Best Family Feature Film – Fantasy or Musical)

Despicable Me

Super Villain Gru is up to his evil shenanigans as he is challenged by the new Super Villain on the block, Vector. After running into three orphan girls, Gru takes them in to use in an effort against his competition, Vector. However, Gru’s heart unexpectedly warms up to the girls though and he realizes that maybe defeating Vector isn’t the grandest scheme of them all.

*Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie

*Nominated for a People’s Choice Award – Favorite Family Movie

My Dog Skip

Based on the memoir of Willie Morris, this heartfelt story follows one shy boy who grows up in the 1940s and comes into his own with the friendship of his dog, Skip. Discover the influence that friendship can have on one’s courage and devotion, as well as the fact that a dog really can be man’s best friend.

*Broadcast Film Critics Choice Award for Best Family Film

*Christopher Award for Best Feature Film

*Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a Feature Film


Central Park Zoo friends Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria escape from their cozy New York City lifestyle, not having a clue as to how wild and scary the real world could be. After getting caught outside of their cages, they’re shipped to island paradise Madagascar, where their worlds are turned upside down. Together, they face new creatures and come to understand the value of friendship, no matter what may come their way.

*Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie

*Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Feature (Chris Rock)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A loose adaptation of the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a poor, young boy named Charlie—along with everyone else in the world—is in search for golden tickets that’ll gain him entrance into Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory. After he wins admittance with four other children, he’ll come to realize that getting what you want doesn’t mean you’ll get to have it all. In the end, family is what’s really worth having.

*People’s Choice Award for Favorite Family Movie

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

A special effects masterpiece for all time, E.T. is a moving story that follows shy misfit tween Elliott and the friendship that is formed between him and a stranded extra terrestrial. Against all odds, Elliott finds the courage to defy authorities to send his newfound friend back home to return to his own family.

*Academy Award for Best Original Score

*Academy Award for Best Sound

*Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing

*Academy Award for Best Visual Effects

The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Based on the novel by C.S. Lewis, four siblings—Peter, Lucy, Susan and Edmon— set out on a journey of a lifetime while playing hide-and-seek in an old wardrobe that mysteriously brings them into the fantasy world of Narnia. They’ll find that their world will never be the same as they they ally with the great noble lion Aslan to bring down the evil White Witch, Jadis.

*Academy Award for Best Makeup

*Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Award for Best Family Film (Live Action)

*Young Artist Award Best Family Feature Film – Drama

*Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama

*Golden Globe for Best Score

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The film adaptation of the first novel in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling shows an orphan boy named Harry who receives word that he’s a wizard and has been accepted at Hogwarts. Along with learning thow to master the art of wizardry and receiving broom flying lessons, Harry discovers that there is more to this underground school than he originally thought. He befriends Ron and Hermione who join him on a quest to unlock spells and secrets of the world of wizards, including the Philosopher’s Stone, from which one can extract an elixir of life.

*Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards – Best Family Film, Live Action

*Young Artist Awards – Most Promising Young Newcomer (Rupert Grint)

*Phoenix Film Critics Society Award – Best Family Film

*Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards – Best Family Film

Source: Working Mother, Edited by Irene Chang Kwon and Mallory Feeney


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