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 Movie Poster Image
Favorite book adaptation promotes brains over brawn.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Winnie the Pooh Movie Poster Image
Adorable big-screen Pooh adaptation is short and sweet.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef Movie Poster Image
Fantastic musical special promotes environmental awareness.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Tinker Bell Movie Poster Image
Sweet, simple story is best for young Tink fans.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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The Adventures of Milo and Otis Movie Poster Image
Lovable pet tale about friendship despite differences.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Cars Movie Poster Image
Pixar comedy is full of four-wheeled fun.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Kiki's Delivery Service Movie Poster Image
A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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My Neighbor Totoro Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Angela's Christmas Wish Movie Poster Image
Some emotional intensity in uplifting Ireland-set sequel.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Singin' in the Rain Movie Poster Image
Often considered the finest musical of all time.
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(Release Year: 1952)
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Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars Movie Poster Image
Friendship, family, and role models in coming-of-age tale.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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National Velvet Movie Poster Image
Great family movie; even better for horse lovers.
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(Release Year: 1944)
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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Movie Poster Image
Just as charming and curious as it was in 1985.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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An American in Paris Movie Poster Image
Unforgettable musical is great for parents and kids alike.
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(Release Year: 1951)
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Spellbound Movie Poster Image
Families should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s film.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Dr. Dolittle 3 Movie Poster Image
Positive messages throughout tween-friendly animal comedy.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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The Baby Sitters Club Movie Poster Image
A "girlfriends" story with a great message for tweens.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Hidden Figures Movie Poster Image
Inspiring true story of African-American women at NASA.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Movie Poster Image
Subtitled docu about sushi chef inspires and enlightens.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Pride & Prejudice Movie Poster Image
Gorgeous Jane Austen adaptation has timeless appeal.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Sense and Sensibility Movie Poster Image
A lush and witty adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Be Kind Rewind Movie Poster Image
Quirky Jack Black comedy is sweet and silly.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Bend It Like Beckham Movie Poster Image
Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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