We’ve been independently researching and testing products for over 120 years. If you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Learn more about our review process.

35 Best Kids' Movies on Netflix to Stream Whenever You Want

Don't end 2022 without watching one of these great family-friendly films.

paddington bear rides up a tube escalator with a suitcase and dog in a scene from paddington the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
StudioCanal

On rainy days, cranky days and days when you just need a little downtime, it's good to have a stable of always-at-the-ready kids' movies on-hand to fire up at a moment's notice — especially as we head toward the end of the year, when holiday events and family visits pop up and you might need to occupy them while you take care of other things. The best kids' movies have migrated to a host of different streaming services, and some seem to bounce around from one to the other depending on the month. But, if you make sure you subscribe to one that always has a deep bench for kids, you'll never be caught in a bind.

These are currently the best movies for kids on Netflix. Some of them are toddler movies or animated movies can be enjoyed by everyone, including the littlest ones in your family. Others are fun-for-the-whole-family movies, so everyone, including your picky tweens, can get in on the fun. Others are scary movies, or maybe just a bit mature, and are teen movies best reserved for your older ones. And a lot of them are Netflix originals — some of which might end up being among the best kids's movies of 2022 — which means you won't be able to find them on any other services (and, if your kids love them, they're unlikely to leave the service, too). From thrilling action and adventure to sweet stories about friendships, you're sure to find something that'll please everyone in your brood.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Coming Soon: The School for Good and Evil
kerry washington as professor dovey and charlize theron as lady lesso in a scene from school for good and evil, a good housekeeping pick for best movies for kids 2022
Helen Sloan/Netflix

The School for Good and Evil is where fairytale characters go when they want to learn all there is about princesshood — or villainy, depending on the situation. Best friends Sopbie and Agatha attend together, assuming Sophie would attend the School for Good while Agatha would attend the School for Evil, only to find their situations reversed. Can they make it through the year? The movie, directed by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig and based on the book series by Soman Chainani, has a cast that includes Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne and Michelle Yeoh, among others. It's due on Netflix on October 19

WATCH TRAILER

1
Paddington (2014)
paddington bear rides up a tube escalator with a suitcase and dog in a scene from paddington the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
StudioCanal

Based on the beloved children's book series by Michael Bond, Paddington follows the adventure of a bear who grew up in the jungles of Peru but finds himself settling into city life in London. While there's some peril, this is an extremely gentle movie even the youngest film fans can enjoy. And while it's not on Netflix, some like Paddington 2 (not on Netflix) even more.

WATCH NOW

2
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
the mitchell family looks scared as its car goes off the road in a scene from the mitchells vs the machines the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

Katie Mitchell, a budding filmmaker, is headed off to school, and her family decides to drive her as one last road trip family vacation. The only problem? A robot apocalypse breaks out on the way, and the Mitchells are the only ones who can stop it. This movie comes from some of the same creative team as The Lego Movie, and has a similar zany energy.

WATCH NOW

3
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)
shaun hides in a wheat field with an alien in a scene from shaun the sheep farmageddon the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

An alien (that looks more like a puppy than anything you'd see on The X-Files) gets separated from her parents, and it's up to Shaun and the rest of his farm friends to reunite them. From the makers of Wallace and Gromit, every Shaun the Sheep adventure — including the TV series, which is also on Netflix — is pretty gentle and appropriate for younger film fans.

WATCH NOW

4
Labyrinth (1986)
david bowie, as jareth the goblin king, holds baby toby in a scene from "labyrinth,' a good housekeeping pick for best halloween movies for kids
TriStar Pictures

This movie will remind you of the babe. What babe? The babe who gets whisked away by the Goblin King when his older sister, Sarah, wishes him away. Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) must then go on a quest through to the center of the Labyrinth, where she must defeat the Goblin King (David Bowie) and rescue her brother. Along the way, she meets tons of puppet characters, both helpful and not, created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

WATCH NOW

5
The Sea Beast (2022)
zaris angel hator as maisie brumble, jared harris as captain crow, karl urban as jacob holland and marianne jean baptiste as sarah sharpe in a scene from the sea beast the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix cr netflix 2022
Netflix

This Netflix adventure takes to the high seas in a time when the oceans were ruled by monsters. The film follows two heroes: a young girl named Maisie Brumble who longs for adventure and stows away on a ship, and the famed monster-hunter Jacob Holland who begrudgingly becomes her partner.

WATCH NOW

6
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
jim carrey as count olaf holds two of the baudelaire orphans in a scene from lemony snicket’s a series of unfortunate events, a good houskeeeping pick for best kids' movies on netflix
Paramount Pictures

The poor Baudelaire orphans: They're still grieving their parents' death when they're placed in the care of Count Olaf, who will stop but nothing to get his hands on the family's fortune. But is there something even more sinister at play? The movie, based on the book series, is a mix of darkly comic and macabre, and if kids like the tone they can watch Netflix's series of the same name.

WATCH NOW

7
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie (2021)
sailor moon looms large over the other planetary guardians in a celestial image for sailor moon eternal the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

This is actually a two-for-one, since the movie is split into two, feature-length, TV-14-rated halves. In it, a solar eclipse brings the Dead Moon Circus to Earth with plans to spread nightmares across the land. Usagi and Chibi-Usa have to round up the guardians and save the planet. They must be doing a good job, or at least an entertaining one: So far, this has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

WATCH NOW

8
The Willoughbys (2020)
the willoughby children stand in front of their house with an adult guardian in a scene from the willoughbys the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

When the Willoughby children feel neglected by their parents, they hatch a plan to get rid of them. (And you thought your kids' opinion of you was low.) But independence doesn't turn out the way they imagined. This animated movie is based on a book by author Lowis Lowry.

WATCH NOW

9
Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood (2022)
an animated astronaut in a space suit stands in front of a chain link fence in a scene from apollo 10 12 a space age childhood the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

This is one the whole family can gather around and watch together — especially if there are any adults around who have nostalgia for watching space launches on TV. Director Richard Linklater draws on his own memories to tell an animated tale of the 1969 moon landing through the eyes of a 10-year-old child.

WATCH NOW

10
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
a father and son embrace happily in a scene from boy who harnessed the wind the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

Based on a true story, this follows a boy living in Africa who teaches himself engineering. When his village suffers a drought, he has big plans to create a turbine that can power a water pump.

WATCH NOW

11
Enola Holmes (2020)
enola holmes stands between brothers sherlock and mycroft in a scene from enola holmes the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

Everyone knows Sherlock Holmes had a brother, but what about his sister? Based on a book series by Nancy Springer, Enola Holmes follows the teenaged detective as she helps her more famous family members look into the disappearance of a runaway lord. Millie Bobby Brown, star of Stranger Things, takes on the role of the young sleuth, and Enola Holmes 2 is scheduled to come to Netflix on November 4.

WATCH NOW

12
A Whisker Away (2020)
miyo and hinode talk while on a wall in a japanese village in a scene from a whisker away the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

Another one for anime fans, this Japanese film follows a young girl named Miyo who pines after a boy named Hinode. One day, she buys a cat mask from a mysterious seller, and it transforms her into a cat named Tarō — and Tarō can get closer to Hinode than Miyo can. And while Miyo gets caught up in magical antics, there is a message in there about the way adolescents process difficult emotions.

WATCH NOW

13
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
an animated scientist catches a burger falling from the sky in a scene from cloudy with a chance of meatballs the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Sony Pictures Releasing

While the picture book of the same name is quiet and muted, this movie is hilariously antic. When an amateur inventor creates a machine that makes food fall from the sky, everything goes haywire. For a second helping, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is also on Netflix.

WATCH NOW

14
Finding ʻOhana (2021)
four kids with a flashlight have scared looks on their faces in a scene from finding ʻohana the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

If your family loves adventure movies, like The Goonies or the Indiana Jones series, this movie will be right up your alley. It's about a brother and sister, Pili and E, who relocate temporarily from New York City to Hawaii — and then go on a hunt for a lost pirate treasure.

WATCH NOW

15
The Water Man (2020)
two kids run through the forest in a scene from the water man the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
RLJE Films

For tweens and older kids, The Water Man is about two kids who team up to research a local legend, believing it has the power to save one of their parents, who is sick with cancer. It's the directorial debut of actor David Oyelowo, and it has a fairytale feel to it.

WATCH NOW

16
Vivo (2021)
vivo hitches a ride on gabi's back in a scene from vivo the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

In Havana, Cuba, Vivo the kinkajou, has everything he needs. When his owner wants to travel to Miami and connect with an old friend and musical partner, Vivo is wary of leaving, but journeys onward anyway — and meets a girl name Gabi who vows to help him. The movie was co-written by Quiara Alegría Hudes with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the pair that created In the Heights together.

WATCH NOW

17
Sing 2 (2021)
animals in loud costumes get ready to put on a show in a scene from sing 2 the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Universal Pictures

The Sing gang is back and ready to put on another show — bigger and better than ever. U2's Bono joins the cast as a reclusive lion who has to be cajoled back into the limelight.

WATCH NOW

18
A Little Princess (1995)
a scene from a little princess, a good housekeeping pick for best kids' movies
Warner Bros.

Sara is a wealthy Brit growing up in India, but, when her father is called off to war, she's sent to an unfamiliar boarding school in New York City, where she must find her strength and resilience. It's loosely based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who later won Netflix three academy awards for Roma (but is probably better known to kids for directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).

WATCH NOW

19
Wish Dragon (2021)
a pink dragon walks down the street with a teen boy in a scene from wish dragon the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

Maybe you've heard this one before: A boy wants to get close to a girl, so he meets a magical being who can grant him three wishes to help him on his quest. No, it's not Aladdin — it's Wish Dragon, which takes a similar premise and transports it to a contemporary world. This time, Din wants to reconnect with childhood friend Li Na, but she has gone on to greater fame. Can a wish-granting dragon help?

WATCH NOW

20
Octonauts and the Ring of Fire (2021)
captain barnacles, peso and a fish swim under water in an image from octonauts and the ring of fire  the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

Preschoolers will thrill to this super-size Octonauts adventure. This time, the crew must work together when a string of undersea volcanoes start to erupt.

WATCH NOW

21
Back to the Outback (2021)
a koala, snake and scorpion look shocked in a scene from back to the outback the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

Deadly animals like snakes, spiders, scorpions, venomous toads and crocodiles often get a bad rap. When a bunch of dangerous animals feel unappreciated at an Australian zoo, they plan a jailbreak. Things don't go as planned, however, when they're joined by Pretty Boy, a rude koala who's a zoo favorite.

WATCH NOW

22
A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting (2020)
a babysitter's guide to monster huntinga teen holds open a magical book, a boy cowers behind her, and other monster hunters look tough behind them while the boogeyman looms above in an image for a babysitter's guide to monster hunting the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

For older tweens and teens, there's this supernatural adventure, based on the book series by Joe Ballarini. It follows a teen who is recruited into a secret society of babysitters that is tasked with fighting the Boogeyman on Halloween.

WATCH NOW

23
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)
a panther reaches out to a boy in a scene from mowgli legend of the jungle  the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Warner Bros.

This is a little confusing because it is a live action/CGI hybrid movie based on the work of Rudyard Kipling, but it's not the Disney Jungle Book remake. (For that one, you'll need to head to Disney+ or Prime Video.) But this one, directed by Andy Serkis, still has plenty of adventures with animals, with motion-capture performances Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch.

WATCH NOW

24
We Can Be Heroes (2020)
a group of superpowered kids stand in a line and look tough in a scene from we can be heroes the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

When aliens attack, it's up to a group of super-powered kids to save their superhero parents! This movie is actually a spin-off of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, and is directed by Robert Rodriguez, creator of the Spy Kids franchise.

WATCH NOW

25
The Spy Next Door (2010)
jackie chan's character settles a dispute between two kids in a scene from the spy next door, a good housekeeping pick for best kids' movies on netflix
Lionsgate

Jackie Chan is a friendly, normal neighbor who anyone would love to live next door to — or is he? When he agrees babysit two neighborhood kids, they blow his cover as a spy, sending him on an action-packed adventure through suburbia. This is a fun, family-friendly way to introduce kids to Chan's amazing stunts.

WATCH NOW

26
Over the Moon (2020)
a girl in an astronaut suit looks up at the moon with a bunny at her heels in a scene from over the moon the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

Legendary animator Glen Keane, who worked on films like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin (and who is the son of The Family Circus creator Bil Keane), directs this fantasy about a girl who builds her own rocket to the moon to find a mythical moon goddess. It's also a musical, with songs by Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield and Helen Park, who composed the KPOP musical.

WATCH NOW

27
The Munsters (2022)
a poster for the munsters, a good housekeeping pick for best halloween movies for kids
Netflix

Whether you're looking for a spooky movie for kids or are just in the mood for a Transylvania Twist, this movie is about vampires, monsters, werewolves and other ghouls without really going for any scares. It tells the story about how Lily, a vampire, meets and falls in love with Herman Munster — over the objections of her father, The Count. It's mostly silly and even kind of sweet, which is a surprise considering it's directed by horror icon Rob Zombie!

WATCH NOW

28
Home (2015)
a kid and an alien ride in a flying car in a scene from home the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
DreamWorks

Home is the story of an alien named Oh who can't seem to do anything right — know any kids who can relate? On Earth, he befriends a girl named Tip, who helps him on his quest to get back in his planet's good graces.

WATCH NOW

29
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (2022)
rise of the teenage mutant ninja turtles the movie   clockwise raphael voiced by omar benson miller michelangelo voiced by brandon mychal smith leonardo voiced by ben schwartz april o'neil voiced by kat graham and donatello voiced by josh brener cr netflix 2022 rise of the teenage mutant ninja turtles the movie the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movie of 2022
Netflix

Ever generation gets their own twist on the Ninja Turtles. For this animated adventure, Casey Jones comes from the future to warn the teenage reptiles that they'll soon be under attack from beings from another universe.

WATCH NOW

30
Spirit Riding Free: Ride Along Adventure (2020)
two girls on horses and one on the ground look into the distance in a scene from spirit riding free ride along adventure the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix two girls on horses and one on the ground look into the distance in a scene from spirit riding free ride along adventure the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Netflix

The fun thing about Netflix is that the streaming service offers a few interactive movies, where viewers can make choices that affect what the characters will do next, branching the story into different directions. In addition to this Spirit interactive adventure, there's also Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal, Captain Underpants Epic Choice-o-Rama, The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You, Minecraft: Story Mode, The Boss Baby: Get That Baby!, and others.

WATCH NOW

31
The Smurfs (2011)
papa smurfs and others get caught in a subway door in a scene from the smurfs the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Sony Pictures

These aren't the Smurfs you grew up with — they're now 3D an interact with the live-action world. When they try to flee from the evil Gargamel, the Smurfs wind up in New York City. If the kids enjoy it, they can move on to The Smurfs 2.

WATCH NOW

32
Pan (2015)
the poser for pan, with blackbeard, hook, tiger lily and pan the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Warner Bros.

It's a Peter Pan story like you've never seen it before. Director Joe Wright, who has done film adaptations of literary heavyweights like Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina, and Cyrano, turns his eye toward the action and adventure in Neverland, and the orphan who gets transported there to discover his true destiny. The movie stars Garrett Hedlund as James Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily and Hugh Jackman as the pirate Blackbeard.

WATCH NOW

33
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution (2019)
misty, ash, brock and pikachu stand in tall grass in a scene from mewtwo strikes back the movie is a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies on netflix
Toho

Netflix is a haven for Pokémon fans. In addition to several TV series, there's this film, a CGI remake of 1998's Pokémon: The First Movie. When they're done, they can move on to The Secrets of the Jungle.

WATCH NOW

34
13: The Musical (2022)
the large ensemble cast of 13 the musical a good housekeeping pick for best movies 2022
Alan Markfield/Netflix

If your tween likes singing and dancing, this is the one for them. It follows a young teen named Evan who is bummed to learn that he has to move from New York City to the suburbs of Indiana right before his bar mitzvah, and it's centered on teenage concerns like popularity and first kisses. It's based on a musical by Jason Robert Brown, known for shows like The Last Five Years and Parade.

WATCH NOW

35
Marmaduke (2022)
an animated great dane for marmaduke, a good housekeeping pick for best kids movies 2022
Netflix

Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson provides the voice for the oversized great dane in this movie, about a plucky trainer who thinks he can turn Marmaduke into a show dog.

WATCH NOW

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below