Well, I still remember those days, when my dad used to take us to movies and that used to be one of the best outings during the weekend in those days. Although, I personally watched only a few movies then but the trend of watching a movie with your family at a nearby cinema hall is still alive.
With multiple genres introduced in the world of cinema, there are hardly any movies being released now days that appeals to each member of the family. Many a times, the parents opt for children movies for a family movie out as those are the movies that the kids would love to watch at a tender age.
However, when the same kids grow up, they are more inclined towards action dramas, mystery thriller or a horror film, which may have good number of fan following but such genres are hardly considered for a family movie out.
Yet, there are a few genres such a family drama, comedy flicks as well as children movies that are still enjoyed by a family and also turn out to be an ultimate entertainer for the whole family.
Today, we bring you a list of top 10 family movies that you must watch with your whole family once in your life just to get the feel of togetherness and love all over again.
This classic comedy stars Robbin Williams in one of his iconic roles as Mrs. Doubtfire. The film is about a father, who loses the custody of his children after getting divorced from his wife. However, he doesn’t give up on his kids and finds an opportunity to reconnect with them, when he learns that his wife is looking for a housekeeper at her house. He disguises himself as Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire to apply for the job and gets hired. The rest of the story is about how the father learns being responsible after he dons the disguise of Mrs. Doubtfire and reconnects with his family to live happily ever after.
Mary Poppins is a 1964 American film about the titular character played by Julie Andrews, who takes charge as a nanny for Bank’s family comprising of a widowed man and his two very mischievous kids. In reality, Mary Poppins is a magical nanny, who ascended from the clouds after Banks Children posts an advertisement looking for nanny. The film has this unique blend of live-action and animation scenes with some peaceful songs that help us realize the beauty of love and joy. The film is about family and hence, it qualifies totally as one of the best family movies out there.
Remember those days, when your parents left you alone in the house while they go out for shopping or paying visits to other relatives or friends. Those were some good times, when the whole house is yours and you can watch TV as much as you like, play games, eat snacks etc. In fact, after the release of the movie Home Alone, I bet that you must all had that fantasy where your parents left you at home alone, while some burglars try to break in to your house and you show the same heroics as Kevin in the film and teach those burglars a good lesson. Well, even though a fictional comedy film, Home Alone did help many kids spent quality time with their family and realize the feel of protection while around them.
Well, most of us have desired to have some superpowers that would help us become a superhero like Batman or Superman. However, after watching The Incredibles, that desire gets an extra boost and this time you wish not only yourself but all your family have superpowers to build an entire team or family of superheroes. Yes, The Incredibles is a story about Mr. Incredible and his family, who live a mediocre life to hide their superpowers from the world. But, they need to don their superhero costume yet again, when a super-villain is on the loose in their beloved city.
Board games are always fun, but today’s younger generation have lost themselves around the fancy digital wonders of today that they don’t even have a clue on the amazing fun they are missing out on. Nevertheless, parents can sit together and plan to watch Jumanji, the American adventure fantasy comedy starring Robbin Williams in one of the best roles in his career. Jumanji is a film about a board game of the same name that follows the same rules like any other board game but with a simple yet drastic twist. At each roll of the dice, a cryptic message is displayed on the crystal ball at the center of the board, which turns into reality, mo matter how weird or impossible it may sound. Now, the only way to reverse things back to normal is to finish the game at any cost. The film is full of fun and comedy with so much adventure and thrilling moments.
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The Parent Trap
The Parent Trap is the second film adaptation based on German novel Lottie and Lisa written by Erich Kastner. The movie tells us the story of two twins Hallie Parker and Annie James, both portrayed by Lindsay Lohan as her debut role, who are reunited during a summer camp after 11 years of separation since birth as their parents got divorced. Although, starting off bitterly at first, both the sisters realize their true relation and plan to reunite their parents, so they can be together forever. Taking advantage of their lookalike features, both the girls plan to switch their places in order to put their plan into motion. Whether they are successful or not forms the rest of the story.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
For many, pet animals are an integral part of the family. Hence, the list about “top 10 family movies” can’t be complete without the most emotional pet movies of all time. Yes, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a movie that would leave you in tears at the end. Starring Richard Gere in the lead role, the movie is about a faithful Akita Inu named Hachiko, whose loyalty towards his master and friend Parker, played by Richard Gere, and the eternal bonding between a dog and his owner is displayed beautifully. Every pet owner or animal lover around the globe can connect with film instantly, developing more compassion towards these innocent human friendly animals.
Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful is an Italian film that is set around World War II and tells us the story about a young couple and their kid. The title of the film suits the theme of the film as it gives all of us a lesson to live life with fun and joy even during the most extreme situations. During the fascism era, the father and son gets separated from the mother and are kept in a Nazi Concentration Camp, where they must survive the violence and the father must protect his kid from being executed. In the midst of all such brutality, the father hides the real situation from his son and tells him that staying in the camp is all part of a complicated game. The film is a fun to watch even though it has the dark theme, especially the chemistry between the father and son duo as well as the comical events during tragic moments that makes you believe that life is in fact beautiful.
Starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris in the lead roles, Stepmom is a modern age family drama that displays the value of relationships in a mature way. As the title suggests, the film is about a Stepmom, played by Julia Roberts, who at a very young age has to fill the role of a mother of two grown up kids and rekindle a whole new relationship with the kids to accept her as their new mom or stepmom to be precise. The film is a must watch because of the maturity shown by different characters during complicated situations.
Based on similar theme as Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee is a 2005 family comedy film starring Emma Thompson in the titular character. Nanny McPhee is a character adapted from the popular fairy tales of Nurse Matilda by Christianna Brand. The film follows the journey of Nanny McPhee, who is appointed as the official nanny of a dysfunctional family with 7 mischievous kids and a widowed father. Nanny McPhee is in fact a magical nanny, who works on a principle that says, “When you need me, but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go”.