Hosting a family movie night (or giving one to someone else!) is a great budget-friendly activity to spend quality time with those you love most, especially in the cold winter months. And while it’s hard enough to have everyone home at the same time, deciding what to watch together as a family can be a lot more challenging.
But we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 best movies for family movie night to make this decision easier and keep your evening free of tears and slammed doors. So, gather up the crew and enjoy a movie from this list, along with a yummy treat with our hot cocoa and cookies package for a cozy night in.
1. The Blind Side
Everyone loves a good underdog story, and The Blind Side certainly qualifies. This inspiring film stars Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron to portray the true-life story of Michael Oher, a homeless teen who became an American football offensive lineman in the NFL. Not only will this movie tug at your heartstrings, but it will also show you the importance of humanity and being there for one another.
Before Soul, Turning Red, and even our introduction to a spork having an existential crisis in Toy Story 4, there was Coco. This beautifully made Disney Pixar film follows the journey of a young boy named Miguel and his desire to become a musician like his idol, despite his family’s ban on music. As he journeys to the Land of the Dead, you’ll be in awe of all the intricate details, colors, and of course, the fun music the whole family will have stuck in their heads for the next three days.
3. School of Rock
If your family is in the mood for a comedy, School of Rock with Jack Black is a must. Watch how one elementary school class turns upside down when a substitute teacher who just got kicked out of his rock band shows up to teach Rock ‘n’ Roll 101.
If you have Marvel fans in the home who love Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, Uncharted is an adventure-packed film that won’t disappoint. Holland and Mark Wahlberg are the witty dynamic duo on a heist to find a 500-year-old lost fortune. Will they uncover it? You just have to watch and see!
5. The Princess Bride
Sometimes nothing beats the classics, and by classic, we mean The Princess Bride. Have your loved ones discover the fairy tale adventures of Buttercup, Wesley, and the famous duel with Inigo Montoya they’ll be quoting just like mom.
6. Emperor’s New Groove
Trust us when we say that one of the best family movie night movies is the Emperor’s New Groove. This Walt Disney film appeals to every age and will have everyone chuckling (or laughing out loud) throughout. It follows an arrogant young emperor named Kuzco, who’s accidentally turned into a llama by his arch-nemesis. And while he does everything he can to turn back, he ends up learning a valuable lesson along the way.
7. The Sandlot
Even if your family is not new to the neighborhood, everyone can feel like a new kid sometimes, especially if you’re Scotty Smalls. And what better way to make friends than at the local baseball field? See how Scotty and his new pals take on America’s favorite pastime in The Sandlot.
Tom Hanks has a number of iconic roles to his name—Woody the Cowboy, Forrest Gump, Captain John Miller— but one of his earlier films is the hit 80s movie Big. A pre-teen boy named Josh wishes he was “big” when he stumbles upon a Zoltar machine at the carnival. When his wish comes true, Josh—now played by an adult Tom Hanks—discovers adulthood is not always what it’s cracked up to be.
If you have a bookworm in the family, the 90s adaptation of Ronald Dahl’s famous Matilda is a perfect choice for family movie night. Not only will your children find a new appreciation for reading, but they’ll also learn small ways to act with courage while staying true to themselves.
10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Enjoy an evening with wizards and muggles with the film version of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You may even discover each other's Hogwarts houses along the way.
Complete Family Movie Night with Spoonful of Comfort
Family movie night is special—you shouldn’t have to spend it toiling away in the kitchen. If everyone’s sick of ordering pizza yet again, mix things up with the ultimate comfort food. The Spoonful of Comfort Holiday Soup & Mugs Package includes delicious soup, rolls, cookies, mugs, and more!
Even better, share the joy of movie night with a gift to someone else! A soup care package is a delightful surprise the whole family will enjoy—whether you’re sending them get well wishes or just letting them know you’re thinking of them. Add on fun extras like a Cozy Comfort Throw, extra cookies, and cozy socks for everyone. It’s the perfect prelude to snuggling on the couch and enjoying one of the best family night movies.