Best 15 Family Movies of 2013
From a documentary about young golfers to a story set in space to a Disney musical masterpiece, the best family movies of 2013 offered joy, laughs, and tears to viewers. These incredible films are not only beautifully produced but include powerful messages that we want our kids to understand -- from the close bond of family, to the benefits of fighting for your rights, to the value of arts and literature in our lives. Our top-rated movies are great titles to queue up on DVD or through streaming services, plus a few are still in theaters.
Frozen, 5 stars, on 5+, This musical masterpiece will have you and your kids singing for weeks afterward. And its messages of sisterhood and cautions against making rash decisions are positive for kids.
Wadjda, 5 stars, on 9+, Kids can gain a lot from seeing how other kids live, even if it's very different from their own experiences. This poignant movie follows an independent girl living in a traditional culture and trying to find her own way.
Gravity, 5 stars, on 14+, This thrilling space drama is like nothing else and will have viewers on the edge of their seats for a big payoff. Watch it!
Monsters University, 4 stars, on 5+, We love the smart writing and original stories packed into this college tale featuring some of our favorite animated characters.
Despicable Me 2, 4 stars, on 6+, Minions make everything better. This movie is lots of fun even without the adorable creatures, but they add a humorous zip that makes watching a joy.
The Short Game, 4 stars, on 7+, Who knew golf could be so interesting? These young pros make the game look like so much fun.
The Croods, 4 stars, on 8+, This goofy prehistoric family go on a treacherous journey, but it brings them together while making us laugh.
From up on Poppy Hill, 4 stars, on 9+, This inspiring, romantic story about teens set in the 1960s has the distinctive feel of Hayao Miyazaki, who wrote this movie while his son directed.
The Painting, 4 stars, on 9+, This stunning animated drama tackles prejudice and forbidden love, so it's not for those looking for lighthearted fun, but it's moving and gorgeous.
Ender's Game, 4 stars, on 12+, This beloved YA novel turned out pretty well on the big screen -- somehow capturing the intensity and the innocence of the young characters tasked with saving the world.
The Book Thief, 4 stars, on 13+, This lovely book-based movie tells a World-War II story that's somehow hopeful and reinforces the idea that literature can enrich our lives beyond measure.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 4 stars, pause 13+, A great sequel to the first Hunger Games which both showcase the fascinating story of a dystopian future along with the incredible performance of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.
Tiger Eyes, 4 stars, on 13+, How nice that the favorite young adult novel from teen mindreader Judy Blume turned out so well.
The Way, Way Back, 4 stars, on 13+, This refreshing coming-of-age tale is a real joy. It skips the cliches and offers something fun, but poignant too.
Mud, 4 stars, on 14+, Another coming-of-age story that goes in strange directions, but ultimately pays off with a memorable tale.