School Movie Night Picks for K-5

Heading to (or planning) a school movie night? These community-building events are growing more popular. They're a great way of bringing families together, fundraising, easing the transition to school, meeting new friends, and learning new things. From classics and popular animated titles to foreign films and silly comedies, these kid-friendly picks are sure to be a hit at your next elementary school event. And for even more great ideas, check out these lists: 50 Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They're 12, Best Documentaries, Movies That Inspire Kids to Change the World, Movies That Build Character, and Common Sense Selections.

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The Peanuts Movie Movie Poster Image
Gentle family-friendly comedy has sweet messages.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Finding Nemo Movie Poster Image
Sweet father-son tale has some very scary moments.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Frozen Movie Poster Image
Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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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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Monsters University Movie Poster Image
Monsters Inc. prequel is a fun college comedy for all ages.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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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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Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe Movie Poster Image
Cosmic adventure offers more franchise fun for families.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon Movie Poster Image
Delightful family-friendly sequel has positive themes.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Born in China Movie Poster Image
Nature docu has gorgeous vistas, moments of peril.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Despicable Me Movie Poster Image
Clever, funny, and sweet villain-with-a-heart-of-gold tale.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Dolphin Reef Movie Poster Image
Entertaining, educational nature docu has some peril.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Elephant Movie Poster Image
Nature docu has stunning visuals, positive messages, peril.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Ferdinand Movie Poster Image
Sweet story about compassion, nonviolence has a few scares.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Frozen 2 Movie Poster Image
Slightly darker sequel charms with catchy songs, messages.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Inside Out Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, original story about handling big feelings.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Lego Movie Movie Poster Image
Hilarious toy tale plugs product but is nonstop fun.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids in Space Movie Poster Image
Fun space adventure brings laughs and learning.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Mary Poppins Movie Poster Image
World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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Moana Movie Poster Image
Great characters, memorable music, some monsters/scares.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Smallfoot Movie Poster Image
Fun, feel-good animated musical offers positive messages.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Trolls Movie Poster Image
Fun, colorful adventure has some peril, lots of great music.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Wizard of Oz Movie Poster Image
Even decades later, one of the best family films ever made.
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(Release Year: 1939)
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Batkid Begins Movie Poster Image
Tremendously heartwarming, positive docu for all ages.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Big Hero 6 Movie Poster Image
Awesome origin story is action-packed, deals with grief.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Book of Life Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated film has some scary imagery.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Coco Movie Poster Image
Stunningly animated, poignant tribute to family and culture.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Movie Poster Image
Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Poster Image
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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How to Train Your Dragon Movie Poster Image
Thrilling adventure sends brains-over-brawn message.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Onward Movie Poster Image
Original, heartfelt sibling adventure about love and loss.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Movie Poster Image
Fun-packed fairy-tale parody challenges stereotypes.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Upside-Down Magic Movie Poster Image
Confident female lead stands out in book series adaptation.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Wreck-It Ralph Movie Poster Image
Game-themed movie mixes potty humor with strong messages.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Abominable Movie Poster Image
Funny, heartwarming adventure has some peril, scares.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Akeelah and the Bee Movie Poster Image
Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
Fantastic but scarier remake of the "tale as old as time."
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Fearless Movie Poster Image
Animated adventure has diverse cast, action, humor.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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High School Musical Movie Poster Image
A modern-day Grease for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Kedi Movie Poster Image
Deep thoughts, fuzzy cats in heartwarming documentary.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Mad Hot Ballroom Movie Poster Image
Enchanting dance documentary hits all the right beats.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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My Octopus Teacher Movie Poster Image
Octopus befriends troubled diver and teaches him about life.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Science Fair Movie Poster Image
Compelling, entertaining docu about teen science geniuses.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Spelling the Dream Movie Poster Image
Upbeat celebration of outstanding kids who spell to win.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Spies in Disguise Movie Poster Image
Odd-couple spy/buddy comedy is wacky fun; lots of action.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Teen Beach Movie Movie Poster Image
Heavily marketed musical is wholesome fun for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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The Willoughbys Movie Poster Image
Irresistible kids banish dreadful parents in fanciful tale.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Zootopia Movie Poster Image
Charming buddy-animal story promotes tolerance, teamwork.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Call of the Wild Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, sometimes intense adventure teaches resilience.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Poster Image
Adorable comedy about middle-school anxieties...and farts.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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We Are the Radical Monarchs Movie Poster Image
Docu about girls' social justice troop inspires all ages.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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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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A League of Their Own Movie Poster Image
Terrific story of women's baseball has great messages.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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RBG Movie Poster Image
RBG
Inspiring, entertaining docu about an American icon.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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School of Rock Movie Poster Image
Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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