Best Family Movies of 2019
From superhero sagas to box office-busting sequels to inspiring, moving real-life stories, these movies offer the best of 2019 for kids, teens, and families. They entertained us, made us think, and gave us plenty to talk about. At the same time, they offered worthwhile messages, modeled important character strengths, and left us oohing and aahing at their big-screen spectacle. All also earned the Common Sense seal, which means they offer an exceptional media experience to families with kids of all ages.
Many of these movies are available on DVD or in your streaming queue -- and some are still in theaters.
Toy Story 4, age 5+
Spectacularly animated and remarkably poignant, this Woody-centric fourth installment introduces memorable new friends and brings back beloved old ones for one more adventure.
The Elephant Queen, age 6+
Families with kids of all ages will find something to love in this tender, terrific documentary, which is an inspiring tribute to the power of motherhood and community on the African savanna.
Frozen 2, age 6+
It's a little darker than the original, but this charming musical sequel again elevates sisterhood, empowerment, love, and acceptance -- while introducing catchy new songs.
Klaus, age 6+
This holiday movie with roots in friendship, bridge building, and the dying art of letter writing is sure to entertain and amuse thanks to its impressive animation and expressive voice cast.
The Lego Movie 2, age 6+
Both fun and funny, this sequel has lots of action and peril but also positive messages about perseverance, teamwork, friendship, and cooperation and loving people for who they are -- not who you think they should be.
Penguins, age 6+
With its amusing narration and on-the-nose soundtrack, Penguins is clearly geared toward families with younger kids -- who will learn a lot about penguins and pick up messages of teamwork and perseverance.
Abominable, age 8+
Sweet and entertaining, this snowy animated adventure will keep kids (and parents!) amused, share a bit about Chinese culture, and underline the importance of family, friendship, and working together.
The Biggest Little Farm, age 8+
With themes of teamwork and perseverance, this film is a wonderful, beautifully shot labor of love that just might inspire viewers to commit to lives of purpose that serve the earth and others.
Okko's Inn, age 9+
This vividly animated ghost story shows death and grief from a child's point of view, something that’s relatively rare. And for a family film about death, it's much lighter, more playful, and more colorful than you'd ever expect.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, age 10+
Tom Hanks gives a fabulous performance in this moving drama that serves as a poignant, powerful tribute to the man who embodied kindness and love to children and adults for decades.
The Kid Who Would Be King, age 10+
Director Joe Cornish gives Arthurian legend a modern, crowd-pleasing twist in this updated version, which promotes truth-telling, honoring loved ones, and perseverance.
Little Women, age 10+
Greta Gerwig's lovely remake is as poignant as its predecessors, and it's also full of hope for a better tomorrow -- one the March family believed in, fought for, advocated, and modeled with their values and deeds.
The Farewell, age 11+
This simple but genius film offers something truly rare: the opportunity to introduce true understanding and talk about cultural values with our kids. Writer/director Lulu Wang brilliantly challenges Western views in her thought-provoking dramedy.
Maiden, age 11+
The story of the female sailors who crewed the Maiden -- and kept going despite a lack of respect, support, or confidence -- sends an outstanding message of perseverance and believing in your dreams.
Spider-Man: Far from Home, age 11+
Simultaneously funny and heartfelt, entertaining and angsty, this action-packed sequel has themes of power and responsibility, leadership, courage, confidence, perseverance, and rising up to face your destiny.
Avengers: Endgame, age 13+
This intense, epic Avengers finale is the ultimate gift to Marvel fans -- they'll laugh, cry, and cheer as their favorite superheroes team up to save the universe one more time.
Blinded by the Light, age 13+
Based on a true story, this feel-good comedy about a Pakistani teenager growing up in 1980s England whose life is transformed by the music of Bruce Springsteen is ultimately about working hard and overcoming obstacles to achieve your goals while learning to appreciate the sacrifices others make on your behalf.
Downton Abbey, age 13+
Sumptuous and lovely, this drama is a fitting capper to the hugely popular series. It will positively thrill longtime fans and is great watch-together fare for parents and teens who've missed the show.
Fighting with My Family, age 13+
This funny, heartfelt wrestling biopic is a genuinely well-made film about a quirky family. Alongside lots of in-the-ring action and some rough language, it offers strong messages about courage, perseverance, loyalty, and support.
Knives Out, age 13+
Delightful, hilarious, and clever, this star-studded mystery-comedy is total entertainment, with expert work at every level -- but also with an irresistible, gleeful sense of fun bursting from the screen.