Nonviolent Family Movies

Almost all movies have conflict -- otherwise, why would we watch? But kids (and parents) have different tolerance levels for tension, scariness, and violence, so movies' reliance on these tools just doesn't work for everyone. Here's a list of nonviolent movies that we think are great family viewing. Check the detailed reviews to make sure the topics and themes are right for your family. For more family movies to choose from, check out our Best Family Movies and Feel-Good Family Movies lists.

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The Gruffalo

age 3+

Favorite book adaptation promotes brains over brawn.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Winnie the Pooh

age 3+

Adorable big-screen Pooh adaptation is short and sweet.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef

age 4+

Fantastic musical special promotes environmental awareness.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Tinker Bell

age 4+

Sweet, simple story is best for young Tink fans.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
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The Adventures of Milo and Otis

age 5+

Lovable pet tale about friendship despite differences.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1989)
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Cars

age 5+

Pixar comedy is full of four-wheeled fun.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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Kiki's Delivery Service

age 5+

A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1990)
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My Neighbor Totoro

age 5+

Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1988)
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Angela's Christmas Wish

age 6+

Some emotional intensity in uplifting Ireland-set sequel.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Singin' in the Rain

age 6+

Often considered the finest musical of all time.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1952)
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Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars

age 7+

Friendship, family, and role models in coming-of-age tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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National Velvet

age 7+

Great family movie; even better for horse lovers.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1944)
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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

age 7+

Just as charming and curious as it was in 1985.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1985)
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An American in Paris

age 8+

Unforgettable musical is great for parents and kids alike.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1951)
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Spellbound

age 8+

Families should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s film.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2003)
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Dr. Dolittle 3

age 8+

Positive messages throughout tween-friendly animal comedy.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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The Baby Sitters Club

age 9+

A "girlfriends" story with a great message for tweens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1995)
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Hidden Figures

age 10+

Inspiring true story of African-American women at NASA.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

age 11+

Subtitled docu about sushi chef inspires and enlightens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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Pride & Prejudice

age 11+

Gorgeous Jane Austen adaptation has timeless appeal.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2005)
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