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

age 4+

Gentle family-friendly comedy has sweet messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Finding Nemo

age 5+

Sweet father-son tale has some very scary moments.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2003)
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Frozen

age 5+

Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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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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Monsters University

age 5+

Monsters Inc. prequel is a fun college comedy for all ages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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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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Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe

age 5+

Cosmic adventure offers more franchise fun for families.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

age 5+

Delightful family-friendly sequel has positive themes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Born in China

age 6+

Nature docu has gorgeous vistas, moments of peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Despicable Me

age 6+

Clever, funny, and sweet villain-with-a-heart-of-gold tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2010)
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Dolphin Reef

age 6+

Entertaining, educational nature docu has some peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Elephant

age 6+

Nature docu has stunning visuals, positive messages, peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Ferdinand

age 6+

Sweet story about compassion, nonviolence has a few scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Frozen 2

age 6+

Slightly darker sequel charms with catchy songs, messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Inside Out

age 6+

Beautiful, original story about handling big feelings.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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The Lego Movie

age 6+

Hilarious toy tale plugs product but is nonstop fun.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids in Space

age 6+

Fun space adventure brings laughs and learning.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Mary Poppins

age 6+

World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1964)
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Moana

age 6+

Great characters, memorable music, some monsters/scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Smallfoot

age 6+

Fun, feel-good animated musical offers positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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