Watching good family movies on Amazon Prime is a great way to not only get in some quality bonding time but also stretch your Prime subscription even further. In case you didn’t already know this, when you have Prime, you also have access to a huge library of movies that you can watch for “free.” I say “free” in quotes because you’ve technically paid for the service when you bought Prime (just like you’ve paid for the “free” 2-day shipping). Still, it’s one of the extras that makes Prime worthwhile.
While you won’t find a ton of super new good family movies on Amazon Prime to watch for free, they do have an extensive library of older movies that your whole family will enjoy. In fact, there are just over 500 movies in the “family movie” section, and that’s not even counting all the children’s television series. Let’s check out a few of our favorites!
Three Favorite Good Family Movies on Amazon Prime
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Thumbelina is a 1994 animated movie that is based on the 1835 fairy tale written by author Hans Christian Andersen. The movie centers on Thumbelina, a tiny little girl who no bigger than the size of a thumb. Thumbelina was the result of an old woman who wanted a child, planted a seed which blossomed into a flower, the center of the flower featuring little Thumbelina. As time passes on, Thumbelina becomes lonely because of her tiny size. That is until she meets and falls in love with the Fairy Prince. When she is suddenly kidnapped by a toad and tries to escape to get back home, she discovers the true meaning of friendship. The movie features the voice cast of Jodi Benson, Gary Imhoff, Joe Lynch, John Hurt and Carol Channing.
March of the Penguins
March of the Penguins is a 2005 nature documentary, which won the Academy Award in 2005 for Best Documentary Feature. The documentary features the world of Emperor penguins and the journey they take once a year to Antarctica for the breeding season. It showcases the life experiences of the penguins, from birth to mating to fighting for life to death. It is cool to watch baby penguins being raised by both their parents, head out to see alone until they become adults and then repeat the same journey of their parents.
Astro Boy is a 2009 animated film starring the voice talents of Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron and a huge names in Hollywood. The film takes place in the futuristic Metro City, where scientist Tenma (Cage) has created a robot boy with amazing hidden talents. Astro Boy can’t just fly; he has super speed and strength as well as x-ray vision. What he doesn’t have, though, is a sense of belonging. His greatest mission: finding out who he is. Of course, he’ll do that while saving the world!
More good family movies on Amazon Prime
The three above are a good combination of styles and genres, but if you still need more ideas, here are a bunch more that your family will love!
All Creatures Big and Small: a super cute animated film about two Nestorians, a clumsy species trying to sneak onto Noah’s Ark.
The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure: for families who love adventure movies, this one takes your family on a magical journey to find a mythical device & unravel a conspiracy dating back to the civil war!
Free Willy: a classic whale of a movie that every family should watch at least once!
- Alpha & Omega: my son always loved this tale of two very different wolves trying to find their way back home. They also have the sequels available.
- The Smurfs & the Magic Flute: show your kids what the Smurfs were like before they became live-action characters!
- Black Beauty: a classic movie and a must-see for any who loves horses!
These are just a few of our favorite good family movies on Amazon Prime. Check the listing and I bet you’ll find even more great ways to stretch your Prime subscription! I suggest also browsing through the TV shows section, as you’ll find some pretty cool Amazon Originals on there that you won’t find anywhere else. Remember, if it’s included in Prime, you’ll see that big green button. Since the movies do fluctuate depending on agreements that Amazon has with studios, this list is subject to change.