FamilyFun Film Fest

Our picks for the best family movies

If you like a great family movie, we've got a suggestion -- 40, in fact. All the films here were selected for their appeal to both kids and parents, then grouped with similar classics your family may already love. Finding a new favorite for family movie night has never been easier!

If you like Tangled

Tangled

Illustrations by Tara Gorman

... for its spirited female lead, try:

Kiki's Delivery Service: This anime feature film from award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki tells the tale of an adventurous young witch who uses her broom-flying skills and spunk to start a courier business. In the process, she discovers the thrills of independence—and a little something about herself. Rated G. Ages 5 and up.

Mulan: Inspired by a character from a 4,000-year- old Chinese legend, Disney's girl-warrior is as fierce and engaging as any modern- day heroine. This animated epic has one of our favorite sing-alongs, the ironic "I'll Make a Man Out of You." Rated G. Ages 5 and up.

If you like Miracle

... the feel-good, hard-hitting sports movie, try:

Radio: Cuba Gooding Jr.'s moving performance as a developmentally challenged man who helps out a high school team anchors this gridiron drama. Rated PG. Ages 10 and up.

Remember the Titans: Based on a true story, this drama about a newly integrated football team in early 1970s Virginia stars Denzel Washington as the take-no-guff coach. His rousing speech at Gettysburg before a key game hits harder than a linebacker. Rated PG. Ages 10 and up.

If you like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

... for its family-meets-alien story, try:

Harry and the Hendersons: When a family brings home a Sasquatch encountered on their camping trip, they learn that the beast has a heart as big as his feet. And he's a vegetarian, one of many sweet surprises. Rated PG. Ages 7 and up.

The Iron Giant: This sci-fi film about a boy hiding a huge alien robot in 1950s Maine is a gripping allegory about the politics of its time. The 'bot speaks few words, but the expressive animation renders him anything but mechanical. Rated PG. Ages 6 and up.

If you like Ghostbusters

... because it's a lot more silly than scary, try:

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken: Don Knotts is at his goggle-eyed, goofy best playing a small-town typesetter investigating a haunted mansion. The scariest part? Trying to explain to your kids what a typesetter is. Not rated. Ages 7 and up.

Young Frankenstein: This Mel Brooks - directed horror movie spoof is so hilarious it's nearly impossible to pick a favorite bit, but we giggle every time we see the monster sing "Puttin' On the Ritz." Rated PG. Ages 10 and up.

If you like Despicable Me

... for its comic crime scenes, try:

Arsenic and Old Lace: With its rowdy slapstick and rat-a-tat dialogue, this 1944 black-and-white romp remains a fun watch for kids. A hilariously frantic Cary Grant plays the nephew of two spinsters who poison the wine of gentleman callers. Not rated. Ages 8 and up.

The Great Muppet Caper: Kermit the Frog and his felted friends land in London to solve the mystery of some missing jewels. Yet the real gems are the musical numbers: the gang sings on bicycles, and Miss Piggy makes an Esther Williams - style splash. Rated G. Ages 5 and up.

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