With the rainy season upon us, staying in, snuggled up in a warm blanket with family around sounds so appealing. It’s time to break out the hot cocoa, microwave popcorn, snacks, and fuzzy socks for a Netflix marathon. Here are timeless family movies to watch this rainy weekend:
Family-friendly movies to watch on Netflix
# 1: The Parent Trap (1998)
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quiad, and Natasha Richardson
In a serendipitous encounter, Hallie Parker and Annie James meet in summer camp. Rivals at first, they play pranks on each other that eventually land them in the Isolation Cabin. Here, they learn that they’re actually long lost twins. As they long for a complete family, the two carry out hilarious schemes to get their parents back together.
# 2: Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Starring: Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman, and Angela Bassett
Lewis, an orphan, struggles with finding an adoptive family where he fits in well. Also a boy genius, he later on decides to build a machine that will show him who his biological family is. Just as he is on the brink of a breakthrough, he meets Wilbur, a boy from the future. They travel to the future in pursuit of the mysterious Bowler Hat Guy for a showdown that threatens to alter time and reality. In the end, Lewis is faced with an unexpected twist of fate that finally gets him the family he yearns for.
# 3: The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
Starring: David Spade, John Goodman, and Eartha Kitt
Emperor Kuzco, a spoiled ruler, has his luck reversed when his ex-advisor, Yzma, turns him into a llama. Lost in the woods, he runs into Pacha, a gentle herder, who turns into a reliable ally. The two work together to return to the palace and help Kuzco regain the throne. All the while, the previously ill-mannered emperor learns humility, loyalty, respect, and empathy.
#4: The Game Plan (2007)
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kyra Sedgwick, and Madison Pettis
NFL superstar Joe Kingman had it made. He was at the top of his game, with a lavish lifestyle, living in a tricked out bachelor pad. However, things take a turn when his 7-year-old daughter suddenly shows up on his doorstep. So now, Joe has to learn how to be a father all in one go. While also maintaining his demanding career as a professional athlete.
# 5: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
As he is the son of a Viking leader, Hiccup faces a rite of passage to prove his worth: slaying a dragon. He knows that this is imposed because his people have previously been terrorized by dragons. However, Hiccup is also immensely fascinated by the mysterious creatures. In search for knowledge and curiosity, he befriends a rare night fury he called Toothless.
#6: The Breadwinner (2017)
Starring: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, and Noorin Gulamgaus
Set in 2001, this Oscar-nominated film tells the story of the struggles of those in Afghanistan when it was under the control of the Taliban. Parvana is a young girl is among those who live in fear and poverty. Unfortunately, her father is later on captured, leaving their family without a provider. Taking matters in her own hands, the brave Parvana disguises herself as a boy and becomes the family’s breadwinner.
#7: Daddy Day Care (2003)
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, and Anjelica Huston
When two dads, Charlie and Phil, get laid off from their corporate jobs, they’re left at home with nothing to do while their wives bring home the bacon. This results in them struggling to understand how to care for their toddlers. At the same time, they figure out how to keep their families from financial problems. As Charlie enrolls his kid into pre-school, he realizes how overpriced it is. Taking this as an opportunity, he calls up Phil and their other friend Marvin to start their own business called Daddy Day Care.
#8: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan
As China’s fiercest warriors, Dragon Warrior Po and the Furious Five rigorously train to keep their country safe. When a frightful new enemy emerges who threatens with a mysterious yet lethal weapon, they spring into action. While he fights this battle, Po also has to fight battles within him—learning that his current family may not be the one he was born into.
#9: Wreck-It-Ralph (2012)
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch
Wreck-It-Ralph yearns to be the good guy, quite like the beloved Fix-It-Felix in his video game. His chance to finally be the hero comes when a new first-shooter game is installed. His goal was simple: sneak into the game, fight the bad guys, and win a medal. Yet, instead of doing good, he unleashes a deadly foe who threatens to destroy the entire arcade. The only chance he has to save them all is Vanellope von Schweetz who is also a glitch. Hailing from a candy-coated racing game, she may be the one to teach Wreck-It-Ralph what it means to be the good guy.
#10: Nanny McPhee (2005)
Starring: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, and Angela Lansbury
With the recent passing of his wife, Mr. Brown struggles to find a suitable nanny for his seven incredibly naughty children. At the same time, he strives hard to keep his family together by working hard to provide for them so Aunt Adelaide won’t take them away. Suddenly, an enigmatic governess shows up and proves to be up for the challenge of taking care of Mr. Brown’s kids. Through Nanny McPhee, the kids slowly learn how to be good while also finding ways to help their dad keep the family together.