Our Family loves having a movie night. Netflix makes that easy with its huge selection. The hard part is always agreeing on a movie. Especially when your children prefer animated movies. Some animated movies I do enjoy and have a great time watching the magic with my children, but it is nice to enjoy a with real live people sometimes!
Here are my top live-action family movies!
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
When the exhibits at New York’s Natural History Museum start behaving strangely, Larry Daley — now the director of nighttime operations — must find out the cause. He learns that the Tablet, which magically brings Teddy Roosevelt, Jedediah, and the other exhibits to life at night, has started to decay. Larry, along with his son and museum friends, must travel to London’s British Museum to learn how to prevent the Tablet’s magic from disappearing.
Evan All Mighty
Newscaster Evan Baxter leaves Buffalo behind when he wins a seat in Congress. Moving his wife and family to northern Virginia, he seems to have it made, then God throws a crisis of biblical proportions at his feet: The Lord wants him to build an ark and line up all the animals two-by-two in preparation for a flood.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alexander’s day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister – who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Jem and the Holograms
Teenager Jerrica is an extremely shy but talented singer-songwriter whose dreams of stardom come true when she forms the group Jem and the Holograms. Other members include her younger sister Kimber on keyboards, drummer Shana and bassist Aja. With help from Rio, the son of the CEO of Starlight Music, the four young band members find their own voice while taking the world by storm.
Two school kids strike up a friendship with an orphaned puppy named Benji. When danger befalls them and they end up kidnapped by robbers who are in over their heads, Benji and his scruffy sidekick come to the rescue.
Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.
Earth to Echo
After a construction project begins in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Alex and Munch begin receiving strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. They immediately inform their parents and the authorities, but when no one takes them seriously, the youths decide to crack the code themselves and trace the messages to their source. The youths’ curiosity leads them to a robotic extraterrestrial who desperately needs their help.
Upset about moving from the big city to a small town, young Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets his beautiful neighbor Hannah. The teen is surprised to learn that Hannah’s mysterious father is R.L. Stine, the famous author of the best-selling “Goosebumps” series. When Zach accidentally unleashes the monsters from the fantastic tales, it’s up to Stine, his daughter and Cooper to return the beasts back to the books where they belong.
Two young kids become spies in an attempt to save their parents, who are ex-spies, from an evil mastermind. Armed with a bag of high tech gadgets and out-of-this-world transportation, Carmen and Juni will bravely jet through the air, dive under the seas and crisscross the globe in a series of thrilling adventures on a mission to save their parents … and maybe even the world.
Spy Kids 2: Island of the Lost Dreams
Now full-fledged Spy Kids, Carmen and Juni Cortez are back for another James Bond-style adventure. Their newest mission takes them to a distant island where they take on a mysterious man and his imaginative creatures. But this time, they also have to fight the forces of rival sibling Spy Kids, Gary and Gerti Giggles, as they head right into a trap that will test each and every spy in the Cortez family.
Spy Kids 3: Game Over
Pint-sized kid spy Juni Cortez faces his biggest challenge yet when he confronts the Toymaker, a ruthless villain sentenced to virtual prison by the Organization of Super Spies. The Toymaker has captured Juni’s sister, OSS agent Carmen, and is holding her inside a virtual reality environment called “Game Over.” Now Juni must use his cunning to advance to the nearly impossible “Level Five” in order to rescue his sister.
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
Marissa Cortez Wilson is a retired spy who keeps that identity hidden from her clueless husband and whip-smart twin stepchildren, Rebecca and Cecil. However, when a villain called Timekeeper threatens to conquer the world, Marissa springs back into action as head of the OSS, home of the now-defunct Spy Kids Division. With help from some cool gadgets and two former spy kids, Rebecca and Cecil join the fight to save Earth.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This 2005 version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a fun movie for young and young at heart. Charlie wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world’s most unusual candy maker.
The Parent Trap
Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.
Beauty and the Beast
An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love, staring Emma Watson.
Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town with a most unlikely friend.
A great story about the adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.
The Karate Kid
Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita), an unassuming repairman who just happens to be a martial arts master himself. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing, training him in a more compassionate form of karate and preparing him to compete against the brutal Cobra Kai.
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