When you’ve gathered all the family around the telly watching Netflix, chances are there’ll be young and old, kids, teens, grown-ups, mature and immature all mixed in together.

It can be hard to find a movie that’s not only appropriate for every age group but actually enjoyable and entertaining for each family member as well.

Netflix offers a huge selection of films that meet just those requirements but it’s a total trek to trawl through them all. So we’ve narrowed them down to just over a dozen, making your lives easier and a little more conflict-free. You’re welcome!


'Happy Feet'

Who would have thought a movie about dancing, singing CGI penguins could be so great? The 2006 feature stars the likes of Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Elijah Wood, and the late, great Robin Williams and Brittany Murphy.


'The Lego Batman Movie'

We're calling it - 'The Lego Batman Movie' may be even better than 'The Lego Movie'. Will Arnett is just perfect as the caped crusader and you don't even have to be a fan of the superhero to enjoy this fun-filled, action comedy animation. It's got it all.



Now you've an excuse to not only embrace your inner child but to also introduce little ones to the wonder that was Robin Williams. 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' starring Dwayne Johnson, is streaming too if you feel like seeing the modern day follow-up.


'The Neverending Story'

Ah, the 80s, such a great time for family movies. In 'The Neverending Story', a young boy named Bastian escapes from the bullies and his neglectful father through a mysterious, fantastical book.



A lot of people have a love it or hate it relationship with 'Hook'. We love it and find it just a delightful follow-up to the classic 'Peter Pan'.



Starring Jack Black, 2015's 'Goosebumps' is surprisingly entertaining, effectively balancing a lot of humour with thrills and chills. The 'Goosebumps' series and movie sequel are on Netflix now too.


'Free Willy'

Before there was 'Blackfish', there was 90s family classic 'Free Willy'.



Another beloved 90s family flick is Matilda, starring Mara Wilson as the girl genius who defies her cruel parents and principal to forge her own path.


'Daddy Day Care'

Admittedly, it's not Eddie Murphy's best, but's it's a touching, feel-good and funny movie, which is often all we want, really.


The 'Shrek' movies

I mean, you and your family could watch the 'A Christmas Prince' trilogy. Or you can watch a good series - the 'Shrek' movies.


'Peter Rabbit'

We're not going to lie, when we heard James Corden was voicing the titular bunny in 'Peter Rabbit', we felt put off. But the CGI/ live action animated feature is actually rather charming. It recalls family classics like 'Mousehunt' and 'Home Alone'. Plus Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne are just dears in it.


'Missing Link'

The latest from Laika animated studios ('The Boxtrolls', 'Kubo and the Two Strings') is another delightful stop motion animation. This one sees an explorer and myths and monsters investigator team up with a Yeti to help him find his family. The globe trotting adventure is sure to put a smile on your face.


'Spirited Away'

A whole range of Studio Ghibli movies have been added to Netflix in recent months. Just search 'Ghibli' on the streaming service to experience all the anime wonders. Of all of them, 'Spirited Away' remains the standout, a fantasy adventure you and your family will never forget as a girl is transported to a parallel world of ghosts.


'Holiday in the Wild'

You couldn't get cheesier than 'Holiday in the Wild', about a divorced mom who ends up volunteering at an elephant reserve in Africa. Still, we'll admit, Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe charmed us. The elephants are the MVPs of the cast.


'The Theory of Everything'

One for perhaps slightly older kids is 'The Theory of Everything', based on the extraordinary life of Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are fantastic in it.


'Eddie the Eagle'

Another live-action, more recent flick the whole family will like is 'Eddie the Eagle' starring 'Rocketman's Taron Egerton. Based on an uplifting true story, there's a bit of cussing from Hugh Jackman's character but that aside, we can't recommend this hidden gem enough for an clann go leor.