Best Family Movies – Part 4

Posted on 11 Dec 00:00

It is sometimes very hard to select a movie to watch with your family. There are thousands of movies out there but selecting the one that has no awkward moments and is appropriate for everyone including the minors can be difficult. We have compiled a list of some of the best movies to watch with family. These movies are selected to make sure that you don’t have to fast-forward any scene while watching them with your family and that they give your whole family some quality time. 

1.  Eight Below (2006)

Eight Below is a remake of the 1983 Toshirô Ishidô, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Tatsuo Nogami, and Susumu Saji’s 'Antarctica' film.

It is 1993 when Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker), a National Science Foundation’s base Antarctica research guide, is asked to take UCLA professor Dr. Davis McClaren (Bruce Greenwood) to Mount Melbourne to find a rare meteorite from Mercury. The destination is a mountain characterized by poor ice conditions. A dog sled becomes the most suitable way to get to the mountain. The movie is about the trials and tribulations experienced by Shepard and McClaren on their journey.

Director: Frank Marshall.

Main Cast: Paul Walker (Jerry Shepard), Bruce Greenwood (Dr. Davis McClaren), and Moon Bloodgood as Katie.

Awards and Nominations: the film was both a commercial and critical success. It grossed $140million against a $40million budget and was nominated by Satellite Awards for Satellite Award, Best Youth DVD, 2006. It won the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards’ called the ASCAP Award, Top Box Office Films.

2.  Millions (2004)

This movie is about 9-year-old Damian, whose family has to relocate to the suburbs after his mother's death. Soon afterward, Damian receives a bag of money flung from a passing train. Damian shows his brother Anthony the money, and Anthony wants all the money for himself. But, Damian, being a devout Catholic, wants the money to be shared among the poor, which is what he does. Throughout the movie, Damian uses the money well. He even buys birds from pet stores, sets them free, and takes the poor to Pizza Hut. Just the opposite, Anthony gets worse, bribing students at school into becoming his transportation and bodyguards. He also plans to invest the money in real estate. Barely three weeks later, the British government announce that it will change its currency from pounds to euros. Knowing the money will be obsolete, Damian donates some money to the school donation can. The woman collecting the money finds the money and considers it too much money for a schoolboy. She reports Damian, who is then grounded together with his brother Anthony. When their father comes to pick them up, he chats with the woman from school and is attracted to her. Eventually, Damian destroys the money because he realizes it is doing more harm than good.

Director: Danny Boole.

Main Cast: the starring actors in this movie are Alex Etel (Damian Cunningham), Lewis Owen McGibbon (Anthony Cunningham), and James Nesbitt (Damian Cunningham).

Awards and Nominations: since its release, Millions has garnered many accolades. It has received several nominations, including the Humanitas Prize for Best Film and the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor. It won the British Independent Film Award for Most Performing Newcomer and the 2005 Phoenix Film Critics Association for Best Live Action Family Film.

3.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1

This film is the seventh in the Harry Potter movie series franchise and is the first of the two parts based on J. K. Rowling’s 2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows novel.

While hunting down and destroying Voldemort's Horcruxes, Death Eaters ambush Harry and his group, killing Mad-Eye Moody and Hedwig and injuring George Weasley in the process. The Death Eaters also attack people at a wedding, and later attack Harry, Hermione, and Ron as they disapparate to London. The journey is hard and filled with peril, but Harry, Ron, and Hermione eventually arrive at Shell Cottage safely.

Director: David Yates.

Main Cast: the film features an ensemble cast which includes Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger).

Awards and Nominations: the movie received many award nominations from various companies like Hugo Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Saturn Awards, and British Academy Film Awards. It won many awards, including the Best Villain MTV Award and BAFTA Britannia Awards for Artistic Excellence in Directing. 

4.  Where Is the Friend’s House? (1987)

This Iranian drama film is based on Sohrab Sepehri’s poem and is the first in the Koker trilogy. The movie emphasizes loyalty and day-to-day heroics. It tells of a deceptive but straightforward account of a schoolboy's conscientious efforts to return his friend's notebook in a neighboring village. If his friend does not hand over to the teacher, his homework in the notebook on the following day, he will get expelled.

The movie opens with Ahmed watching teacher berate Mohammed (Ahmed’s friend) for not using his notebook to do the school assignments. The teacher threatens to expel Mohammed if he does the same offense again. Upon getting home, Ahmed realizes that he has by accident taken Mohammed’s notebook with him. Ahmed wants to return the notebook, but the mother won't agree to it. He goes against the mother's wish but doesn't find Mohammed's home. He decides to do Mohammed's homework for him, and hands it in the next day, and is friend receives a good grade.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami is the movie’s director and playwright.

Main Cast: Babek Ahmedpour (Ahmed), Ahmed Ahmedpour (Mohamed Reza Nematzadeh), and Kheda Barech Defai (the teacher) play the leading roles in the movie.

Awards and Nominations: the film was a good piece of artwork. It appears at the top ten of the British Film Institute (BFI) list of movies you should watch by the under 14years.

5.  Wonder (I) (2017)

This film is based on R. J. Palacio’s 2012 'Wonder' novel, the movie is about a young boy suffering from Treacher Collins syndrome and struggles to fit in.

Auggie lives with his parents and siblings in Brooklyn and has a facial deformity that has made him undergo 27surgieries to speak, hear, smell, and see. He has been home schooled, but now as he approaches fifth grade, the parents decide to take him to school. Before then, the parents meet with the school principal, who comes with three boys, who later help the ostracized Auggie to relax in school. Auggie has to endure harassment from other students because of his condition, but he still makes it to the final grade. He is awarded the Henry Ward Beecher Medal for his strength and courage throughout the school year at his graduation. He gives an encouraging speech urging everyone to be kind, for we are all going through a battle, and we only need to look to see the other's struggles. 

Director: Jack Thorne, Steven Conrad, and Steven Chbosky wrote the screenplay, which Chbosky used to direct Wonder movie.

Main Cast: Julia Roberts (Isabel Pullman), Owen Wilson (Nate Pullman), and Jacob Tremblay (August "Auggie" Pullman) are among the Wonder film’s starring actors.

Awards and Nominations: Wonder movie was a critical success upon release. It acclaimed nominations from many organizations, including Saturn Awards (Best Performance by a Younger Actor), British Academy Film Awards (Best Makeup and Hair), Teens Choice Awards (Choice Drama Actress), and Women Film Critics Circle (Best Family Film). It won the Best International Picture Hochi Film Award and the Best Independent Film Saturn Award.

6.  Little Manhattan (2005)

This film is set in Manhattan and depicts a ten-year-old boy as he experiences his first love.

Gabe is ten years old when his parents decide to divorce. He spends most of his time walking through the city and meets his 11-year-old classmate, Rosemary, and is taken with her. To his delight, the feeling is mutual. One night, Rosemary's parents take them to hear a jazz pianist where the duo holds hands, and Gabe kisses Rosemary when her parents go to get milk. When things seem to get better, Gabe and Rosemary are assigned different sparring partners in their martial arts class. Gabe is jealous of Rosemary's new partner to get closer to her, only to drive her away. At one point, Gabe rushes into a wedding reception where Rosemary is and declares his love to her. But, Rosemary says she is not ready for love but still agrees to dance with Gabe. Gabe returns home and finds his parents reconciled. The movie ends with Gabe saying how much Rosemary meant to him, ‘"...I'm never gonna get another first love. That one's always gonna be her."

Director: from Jennifer Flackett’s screenplay, Mark Levin directed the Little Manhattan movie.

Main Cast: Josh Hutcherson (Gabriel "Gabe" Burton) and Charlie Ray / [Charlotte Ray Rosenberg] (Rosemary Telesco) are the prominent actors in Little Manhattan.

Awards and Nominations: no records could be found for Little Manhattan awards and nominations.

7.  The Princess Bride (1987)

This fantasy adventure comedy is based on William Goldman’s 1973 The Princess Bride novel. The storyline focuses on Westly (Cary Elwes), a farmhand, who befriends companions along the way to save the love of his life, Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the repulsive Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). Buttercup realizes that Westly loves her, and she loves him back. He leaves to go overseas so that he can seek fortune to enable the two of them to marry. Westly transforms himself into Dread Pirate Roberts, and he is presumed dead. Five years later, Buttercup is forcefully married to Prince Humperdinck. Before the wedding, three outlaws kidnap her. The Prince, the three outlaws, and a masked man in black are all chasing Buttercup. The man in black is Westly who saves Buttercup for the Prince.

Director: Rob Reiner co-produced and directed the film.

Main Cast: Cary Elwes (Westley/Dread Pirate Roberts/The Man in Black) and Robin Wright (Buttercup/The Princess Bride) are the movie's leading actors. Peter Falk (Grandpa/The Narrator), Fred Savage (The Grandson), and Betsy Brantley (The Mother) take part in the framing story.

Awards and Nominations: The Princess Bride won Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film, and the Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award. One of the film's songs is called the Storybook Love and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 60th Academy Awards.


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