30 Best Kids Movies on Prime


Amazon Prime Video has a plethora of great movies that you can watch for free, including those that are appropriate for the entire family. To save you time, we’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of the best kids movies available on Amazon Prime right now, including options for small children, teenagers, and the whole family.

1. Ernest & Celestine (2012)


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Ernest & Celestine is a charming homage to the early age of animation. There isn’t a single piece of CGI to be found. Instead, the artwork is hand-drawn and full of playfulness and warmth. The film’s English dub also features a fantastic voice cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, and others.

2. Storm Boy (2019)


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Geoffrey Rush plays Michael Kingley, a former businessman who starts having visions of his past. As the story progresses, we discover that Michael spent his childhood on a mostly uninhabited stretch of Southern Australian coastline. It was here that he rescued and befriended an exceptional pelican he named Mr. Percival.

3. Wonder Park (2019)


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This entertaining movie stars a slew of well-known actors and actresses, including Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, and John Oliver. It tells the story of a young girl who discovers that the amusement park of her dreams is true and is run by talking animals. When the park is invaded by a villainous force known as the Darkness, the girl and her new friends embark on an exciting journey to save it. Although the story was panned by many reviewers, it’s not a bad way to spend a lazy afternoon with the kids.

4. Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)


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When the titular hedgehog (Ben Schwartz) is beamed to Earth by a gateway conjured by magical rings, the critter discovers that life in quiet Green Hills, Montana, is anything but lively. When a game of baseball (with Sonic as the only player) goes awry, Sonic ends up destroying the entire town’s power grid. With the US military’s attention drawn, top officials contact Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) to examine and track down Sonic. But evil geniuses, and Robotnik is no exception, usually have a hidden agenda. Sonic the Hedgehog combines everything we love about Sega’s canon into a seamless and dizzying CGI-meets-live-action adventure.

5. Maya the Bee (2015)


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Maya the Bee is a charming film about the importance of being yourself. Maya is a curious and trusting girl who befriends a musically inclined grasshopper, a dung beetle, and some hornets despite her hive’s warnings. But when the same hornets are suspected of stealing Royal Jelly from the hive, Maya must clear their names as well as her own. The film is full of encouraging messages, but it might be too saccharine for parents to appreciate.

6. Troop Zero (2019)


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A misfit little girl (McKenna Grace) in rural Georgia in 1977 dreams of going to space one day. So when a national competition offers her the opportunity to be registered on NASA’s Golden Record, she seizes it. The only thing is that she must be a member of the Birdie Scouts to participate. In her haste to join the race, she gathers a motley crew of misfits like herself, only to accidentally forge bonds that will last a lifetime.

7. Belle and Sebastian (2013)


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Belle and Sebastian is a charming family film based on an equally charming children’s book about a 6-year-old boy and a stray dog who help defend their French Alps home from Nazis during WWII. Although some of the film’s themes might be too intense for younger audiences, this old-fashioned adventure is a fun diversion.

8. Playing with Fire (2019)


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After rescuing three siblings trapped in the wilderness, fire chief Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of firefighters face a much more challenging challenge: babysitting the kids. The three men learn a valuable lesson about family as their lives, careers, and fire depot are turned upside down.

9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)


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In this action-packed adventure, the famous Dora the Explorer cartoon comes to life! Dora (Isabela Merced) has spent her whole life exploring the jungle, but nothing compares to high school. When Dora’s parents go missing, she embarks on a search to find them thus unraveling the mystery of a lost Incan civilization.

10. Shanghai Noon (2000)


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This likable, old-fashioned Western comedy is Jackie Chan’s follow-up to his 1998 box office hit Rush Hour, in which he plays an Imperial Guard who travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess (Lucy Liu). Owen Wilson plays a train robber who assists him in his mission. The film is full of humor, charm, and action.

11. Instant Family (2018)


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It might not be suitable for families with very young children (note the PG-13 rating), but Instant Family may appeal to those with tweens and teens. When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they find themselves in the foster care system. Instead of taking in one small boy, they end up with a trio of siblings, going from zero to three in an instant. They have a new family right away and must learn the ins and outs of parenthood in order to become a family.

12. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


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Steven Spielberg’s 1980s sci-fi film about a boy and his alien best friend is now regarded as a family-friendly classic. When Elliott (Henry Thomas) discovers a homesick E.T. hidden in his shed, he and his friends assist the creature in making its way home while evading the US government, which wishes to catch it for research purposes. Sure, the visual effects are a little cheesy now that it’s been over 30 years since this film was released in theaters, but it’s still full of warmth and fun.

13. Mousehunt (1997)


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Who would have guessed that watching two bumbling fools chase a mouse for an hour and a half could be so entertaining? Mouse Hunt, directed by Gore Verbinski, stars Nathan Lane and Lee Evans as two greedy brothers who move into their recently deceased magnate father’s dilapidated mansion. To keep a vow not to sell their father’s factory, they plan to rebuild the house and sell it for a large profit. Unfortunately, there is a highly malicious mouse on the loose who is hellbent on keeping its home intact.

14. Bumblebee (2018)


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Travis Knight of Laika fame (Kubo and the Two Strings) directed the best Transformers movie in this unexpectedly joyous spinoff of the massive Hasbro series of films. It has the same kind of family/adventure spirit as ’80s genre classics, buoyed by enjoyable performances from Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena.

15. Heidi (2017)


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Heidi, directed by Alain Gsponer, is the most recent adaptation of Johanna Spyri’s 1881 Swiss novel about an orphaned girl named Heidi who spends her days wandering the valleys of the Swiss Alps with her grandfather. When she is forced into the care of a bourgeois Frankfurt household, the child’s way of life is completely uprooted, and she pines for her days of carefree country living. Anuk Steffen delivers an earnest and emotional interpretation of the titular character, bringing the adaptation as true to the original text as any adaptation has ever come. A slew of other great German actors, including the late Bruno Ganz and Anna Schinz, round out the talented cast.

16. Belle and Sebastian (2015)


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Adapted from Cécile Aubry’s 1965 novel Belle et Sébastien, the story follows Sebastian (Félix Bosseut), an orphan boy living in the German-occupied French Alps with an adoptive grandfather and his niece in 1943. Sebastian spends his days in the shadows of the vistas, dreaming of reuniting with his mother, whom he believes is just beyond the mighty mountain range. When he returns home from one of these outings, he meets a towering stray dog that he calls Belle. The two hit it off right away, but then disaster hits. A Nazi patrol enters Sebastian’s villa, intending to cut off the local French Resistance, which has been bringing Jews into Switzerland.

17. The Addams Family (2019)


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Not the superior live-action version starring Christina Ricci, but the 2019 animated version that made a minor box office dent. Even, kids love to see new things, and because this was just released in theaters, it will most definitely be a big draw on Prime. And if it exposes them to live-action films and dramas, it will have served its purpose.

18. Benji (1974)


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Benji is a stray dog that does not need an owner. He enjoys free-roaming in his Texas place, where people feed him treats and he can hector the local cat as much as he wants. But when two of Benji’s favorite children are abducted and held for ransom, he takes it upon himself to save the day. When Benji is around, who needs Lassie?

19. Explorers (1985)


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Ben Crandall (Ethan Hawke) dreams of soaring across the sky on some sort of manufactured spaceship that looks like a circuit board. Ben finally confides in his wunderkind schoolmate Wolfgang about his dream visions (River Phoenix). The three boys actually construct the circuit board with the aid of a third friend, Darren (Jason Presson), and use it to generate an electromagnetic field around an old Tilt-a-Whirl car that they’ve fashioned into their flight vehicle. Explorers is a fun film that quickly became a cult classic after its initial release.

20. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)


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In 2011, Steven Spielberg directed this underappreciated adaptation of the Hergé comic series, which featured excellent voice work from Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, and Daniel Craig. Spielberg can do things with animation that live-action cannot, and he brings his childlike wonder as a filmmaker to this entertaining adventure film.

21. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)


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DreamWorks Animation released one of their best-animated films ever in 2010, with this loose adaptation of Cressida Cowell’s book of the same name about a boy called Hiccup and a dragon named Toothless. How to Train Your Dragon is a smart adventure film for all ages that kicks off a franchise that will include two sequels and a TV series.

22. The Little Prince (2015)


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This was a Netflix exclusive, but it has since been released on Blu-ray and is now available on other streaming services as well. It’s a charming adaptation of Antoine de Saint-1943 Exupéry’s novella, which has become a beloved classic. Smart and visually striking, with excellent voice work by Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, and others.

23. The Last Unicorn (1982)


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The Last Unicorn is a thrilling adventure film from way back in 1982 based on the beloved novel of the same name by Peter S. Beagle. Featuring the voices of Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, and more, it’s the story of its title: A unicorn searching for what happened to her kind.

24. The Kid (1921)


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It takes a special kind of family to sit down and watch a silent film, but maybe you are one of those families. Even if you don’t think you are, try to expose your children to Charlie Chaplin at a young age. This is an excellent starting point for an understanding of films made prior to not only the year 2000 but also prior to the introduction of sound in film. Chaplin is a classic. For decades to come, people will be watching films like The Kid.

25. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)


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Frank Capra’s masterpiece is often re-watched during the holidays, but it’s the kind of heart-warmer that works all year. This isn’t just another Christmas film; it’s a story about the effect one man can have on an entire community. It established Jimmy Stewart’s on-screen persona and has become a beloved film all over the world, even in warm weather.

26. Zookeeper (2011)


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Kevin James plays a zookeeper who is unfortunate in love but adored by the animals at work, who are played by Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone, Adam Sandler, and others. Things get very strange when James’ character discovers that the animals can communicate and that he can understand them. This is what one would expect from a family Happy Madison film, too dependent on physical humor, but families who miss going to the zoo in 2020 will enjoy this virtual trip.

27. The Secret of Roan Inish (1995)


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Take a break from the escapism and show your kids a culturally resonant and memorable tale of a popular Irish legend in John Sayles’ version. This is the story of a girl in Ireland who learns that her brother was swept away by a selkie when he was a boy, with stunning cinematography by Haskell Wexler. It’s a tale of magic and legends that could only happen in Ireland.

28. Tito and the Birds (2019)


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This Brazilian animated film is unlike anything else on this list, even if it is a little dark for the real little ones. It’s the story of Tito, a boy whose father is working on a machine that can translate bird songs, but there’s also some grim post-apocalyptic stuff about a fear epidemic. Although the themes are grim, it is primarily a visual experience with some unforgettable animated imagery.

29. Think Like a Dog (2020)


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This story about a 12-year-old who discovers he can interact with his dog is undeniably silly and amateurishly crafted, but it’s unlike most other films in Amazon Prime’s family section, so it may be what you’re searching for tonight. Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox play as the dog-talker’s parents in this 2020 flick that barely got released because of the pandemic, buried on VOD by Lionsgate, and now free on Amazon Prime.

30. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)


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Captain America: The First Avenger, a tale of nobility and heroism in which even the least athletic can become a hero, is one to watch on Prime while you still can. That’s because, now that we have Disney Plus, there’s no telling how long this movie will be available on Prime Video. Chris Evans performs admirably in both roles, as both the scrawny, pre-super serum Steve Rogers and the chiseled Captain America. You’ll cheer for him as the underdog and then admire his selflessness during the battle scenes that dominate the rest of the movie.

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