Your Favorite Family Movies

We asked you to tell us about movies so good you want to watch them over and over again. Hundreds of library users chimed in with their favorites, so we’ve compiled a list of the family movies that rose to the top. Now you have plenty of recommendations for family movie night during winter break. Pass the popcorn!

assorted movie covers

10.  Mary Poppins (1964)

Mary PoppinsMary Poppins, a fabulous, fun-loving, magical nanny brings a family back together in this super-cali-fragilistic-expi-ali-docious musical extravaganza!  I asked my daughter, “What’s your favorite thing about Mary Poppins?”  Her enthusiastic response:  “everything!”


9.  The Sandlot (1993)

The SandlotHow have you not yet seen this movie?  “You’re killin’ me, Smalls!”  Dealing in the shenanigans of childhood, these kids are unflappable.  Roger Ebert called it The Christmas Story of summer.  The Sandlot is guaranteed to suck you in.

8.  Field of Dreams (1989)

Field of DreamsAnother of the three baseball movies that made the list, Field of Dreams, and it takes you not to heaven, but to Iowa.  “If you build it, they will come,” still stands true:  the ballpark set is now a tourist attraction that has seen more than a million visitors.

7.  Hocus Pocus (1993)

With rumors flying about a sequel (spoiler:  sorry, not going to happen), the Halloween classic has made a comeback.  Hocus Pocus was a box-office flop, but has since developed a cult following of fans for whom it’s become a Halloween tradition.  Fun movie fact:  Leonardo DiCaprio and Rosie O’Donnell both turned down roles in the movie.

6.  The Sound of Music (1965)

The Sound of Music

At nearly 3 hours, The Sound of Music is certainly the longest film on the list, perfect for a cold evening in.  It’s based on the true story of the Trapp family singers, and it’s one of our favorite things.

Bonus:  Here’s a video of the real Maria von Trapp yodeling with Julie Andrews.

5.  A League of Their Own (1992)

A League of Their OwnAlso based on a true story, A League of their Own humorously chronicles the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), with stars like Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna.   Did you know?  The actors in this movie participated in seven months of full time baseball training before filming even began.

4.  A Christmas Story (1983)

A Christmas StoryThat lamp, you guys.  Need I say more?

3.  The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizard of OzThere’s no place like home.

2.  Elf (2003)

ElfDon’t be a “cotton-headed ninny-muggins.”  Watch Elf today!  While you watch, snack on the “four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” (Or not.)

1.  The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess BrideThe response was overwhelming:  with more than 100 mentions and likes, The Princess Bride is the clear fan favorite in our community!  If you don’t understand why, it’s high time you watched it! “This is true love. Do you think this happens every day?”



What’s missing? Tell us your favorites in the comments or on Facebook!

Natalie is a Kids Librarian with a background in teaching. She delights in spreading bookjoy to people of all ages. She also takes interest in cycling, creating art, social justice, raising small livestock, and making music.