FILMCLUB's favourite family films

11th November, 2012

If there’s one activity that can bridge the generation gap it’s sharing a great film – but deciding which one to choose isn’t always easy! With the help of Parent Teacher Association (PTA-UK), we've done the hard work for you and picked out 12 great movies where family life is given the big screen treatment.

Whether it's looking after a flock of geese, rescuing a lost alien or becoming the head of a Maori tribe you'll be surprised just how often family relationships play a central role in some of the most popular films ever made...

Fly Away Home (U, 5+)

A teenage girl deals with the death of her mother by becoming a surrogate parent to abandoned goose eggs.

An American Tail (U, 5+)

Warm animated adventure sees a Russian mouse flee his homeland and persecution by cats for a new life in America

Arrietty (U, 5+)

The exquisite animation and lively soundtrack combine to create an exciting, fantastical backdrop for this classic.

It's A Wonderful Life (U, 7+)

Much-loved Frank Capra movie about a man visited by an angel on Christmas Eve.

The Princess Bride (PG, 7+)

A romantic comedy that brilliantly takes apart the traditional damsel-in-distress story and puts it back together again.

Persepolis (12, 11+)

Adapted from Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical novel about a rebellious girl's experience of revolutionary Iran.

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (U, 7+)

Spellbinding family favourite from director Stephen Spielberg about an alien stranded all alone on earth.

Whale Rider (PG, 7+)

Tradition causes trouble in a family when a young Maori girl wants to take up her rightful place at the head of her tribe.

Coraline (PG, 9+)

When Coraline discovers a secret path to another life she finds a brand new world where she's never told off!

Brave (PG, 5+)

From the makers of Toy Story and Finding Nemo, Disney Pixar brings you the mythical world of the Scottish Highlands.

Freaky Friday (U, 7+)

A bickering mother and daughter magically swap bodies and soon see the world from the other's perspective.

The Kids Are All Right (15, 16+)

Modern family relationships are examined with delicious honesty in this smart and sassy comedy-drama.


View our Family Films topic page to order and review the movies


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