Best Movies of the Year: 2021

Childhood memories are made during family movie nights. Our editors have gathered the best movies released this year that will conjure up nostalgia for years to come. Executive Editor Betsy Bozdech loves the message about families being honest, understanding, and accepting in The Mitchells vs. the Machines. For Beth Pratt, Senior Editor, DVD & Streaming, Wish Dragon's focus on friendship and humility made it the perfect choice to share with her family. The feel-good adaptation of the musical stageplay Everybody's Talking About Jamie made the top of Senior U.K. Editor Danny Brogan's list for its themes of self-acceptance. Check out these and the rest of our favorite picks, all instant classics the whole family will enjoy.

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PAW Patrol: The Movie

age 4+

Brave, talented pups save the day in pre-K adventure.

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My Little Pony: A New Generation

age 5+

Sweet tale of acceptance has some mildly scary scenes.

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Encanto

age 6+

Vibrant visuals, catchy songs, moving messages.

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Luca

age 6+

Sweet fish-out-of-water story about friendship, adventure.

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Vivo

age 6+

Touching musical about family and love has a little peril.

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The Mitchells vs. the Machines

age 8+

Action-packed family adventure tackles tech dependence.

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Raya and the Last Dragon

age 8+

Charming, epic adventure mixes monsters, humor, heart.

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Wish Dragon

age 8+

China-set animated comedy has great messages, some scares.

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

age 10+

Playful paranormal reboot offers funny frights for families.

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Mixtape

age 10+

Serious themes, language in poignant tween dramedy.

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In the Heights

age 11+

Joyous, touching musical has some innuendo, language.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

age 11+

Funny, poignant, thrilling MCU adventure; action violence.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home

age 11+

Fun, funny, touching Spidey sequel has comic book violence.

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CODA

age 13+

Heartwarming, salty story about hearing teen in deaf family.

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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

age 13+

Familiar but likable teen time loop tale; cursing, drinking.

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tick, tick...BOOM!

age 13+

Moving tribute to late composer has language, drinking.

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West Side Story (2021)

age 13+

Dazzling musical adaptation has violence, language.

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie

age 14+

British feel-good teen drag musical; some strong language.

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