The best family films on Prime Video

Sitting down for a family movie night is a great way to spend some quality time together (and get some peace and quiet into the bargain), the only challenge is finding a film that everybody likes. Prime Video asked Mumsnetters to share their favourite family films and we've compiled a list of their top recommendations – best of all, you can get most of these free with your Amazon Prime membership

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Paddington 2

Paddington 2

It seems Mumsnetters and their kids just can't get enough of the little bear with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches, as this sequel to the original 2014 hit has also gone down a storm. With mishaps and mild peril aplenty for the kids – plus an all-star cast of familiar faces (including the bear himself) for the parents – we defy you not to be charmed. Best of all, you can watch the first Paddington film on Prime Video too – movie marathon anyone?

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It's definitely got to be Paddington. My four-year-old son wets himself laughing at the bath scene every time!

We love the Paddington films. They are definitely a favourite here.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Whether you prefer the Gene Wilder original or the Johnny Depp remake, there's no denying that Roald Dahl's dazzling classic still captures the imagination of kids (and big kids) more than 50 years later. Why not watch both and squabble debate the merits of each version as a family? NB eating copious amounts of sweets during screenings is obligatory.

You can watch the Gene Wilder original for free with your Prime membership, or you can rent the Johnny Depp version from £2.49 here.

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Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and ET. They both evoke such lovely memories for me and I enjoy them even more when watching with my kids…

E.T - The Extra Terrestrial

E.T - The Extra Terrestrial

As 80s children will attest, E.T. is a true family classic, but sensitive children (and parents) proceed with caution – this one's a tearjerker. However, it's also a great way to get reluctant cyclists interested in bike rides…

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The Lorax

The Lorax

Dr Seuss' book The Lorax has been a family favourite for years, and the animated film has gone down a storm too. Kids will love the vibrant animation and action-packed adventure, adults will love Danny DeVito's hilarious voice acting and the ahead-of-its-time environmental message. Be warned, though, it can lead to your kids making unflattering comparisons – one Mumsnetter explains: “The kids have nicknamed my mum Nanny lorax, because she's small and hairy and speaks for the trees.”

You can rent The Lorax from £2.49 here.

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Nanny McPhee

Nanny McPhee

A modern classic, and perfect if you've got a crowd to entertain, Nanny McPhee is one of those rare films that will keep children of all ages engrossed. Kids will love the antics of the unruly Brown children who have driven 17 nannies away, while adults will enjoy Celia Imrie's excellent performance as the scheming (and very colour-coordinated) baddie.

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The only films to guarantee the whole family sit down together to watch time after time are Nanny McPhee, The Muppet Christmas Carol and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Julia Donaldson adaptations

Julia Donaldson adaptations

Mumsnetters love the adaptations of Julia Donaldson's much-loved books, including The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, for their charming animations, broad appeal, and – most of all – their brevity; they're only about half an hour long, making them perfect for a younger audience.

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We like all the Julia Donaldson adaptations (great they are on Prime – particularly for long car journeys!).

Mr Bean

Mr Bean

It is impossible to watch Mr Bean with a straight face. That's just a fact. Whether it's the original series, the animated reboot or the school holiday classic Mr Bean's Holiday, Rowan Atkinson's hapless antics tickle the funny bone of Mumsnetters and their kids alike.

Most episodes of Mr Bean are included with your Prime membership and you can rent Mr Bean's Holiday here.

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My 10-year-old son has SEN and he belly laughed so much watching it.

Nativity (all three films)

Nativity (all three films)

Refusing to be constrained by trivialities like the date, or the weather, several Mumsnetters' children insisted on watching Nativity all year round – and we can (sort of) see why. It's funny, heartwarming, suitable for a range of ages, and there are three of them – perfect for a family movie night this Christmas (just don't blame us if they want to watch it weekly for the next 10 months).

Nativity 3 (Nativity 3: Dude, Where's my Donkey?! to give it its full name) is included in your Prime membership and you can rent the other two from £2.49 here.

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The films she's most obsessed with and, yes, we have had to watch them today (the hottest day of the year so far), are Nativity 1, 2 and 3. Trying not to melt while listening to 'Sparkle and Shine' is an experience to say the least…

Despicable Me

Despicable Me

Any film with Minions in it is likely to be a hit with kids, but Mumsnetters enjoy watching the slapstick gags and the non-verbal communication the little yellow creatures specialise in, too. In fact, Despicable Me was mentioned over 50 times when we asked Mumsnetters to name films the whole family can enjoy – it's hard to argue with that.

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Despicable Me and Minions movies – really laugh out funny for the kids and a few jokes that only the adults will get (but without being rude ones).

Minions and Despicable Me are a good go-to.

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

A classic, loved by many Mumsnetters when they were children themselves, the magic of the Wizard of Oz has endured for nearly 80 years. Probably best for slightly older children (those flying monkeys are scary), but you'll never forget the look on their faces the first time they see everything switch from black and white to technicolour.

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When my son is older I'm looking forward to watching some classics like Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter and It’s a Wonderful Life.

We love the classics such as Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Frozen

Frozen

Ok, so you've definitely know this one already, but this Disney musical has catchy tunes, strong female characters and a talking snowman – a sure recipe for family film night success. Plus, we couldn't resist one Mumsnetter's story about why it's special to her.

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It's always going to be Frozen for me. My oldest was three when it came out. She sat on my lap in the cinema. It might have been her first cinema trip. I bought the soundtrack and all my kids at work (children in care at the time) would sit in my car and sing at the top of their voices to all the songs. That film holds very special meaning for me.

Top tip

As part of your Amazon Prime subscription, you can download your favourite films and TV shows to watch offline – perfect for keeping kids amused on long car journeys and flights (when all rules about screen time go out the window…).

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