Since lockdown began and Leeds Young Film Festival was cancelled, we have been recommending family films to watch each Friday, to help navigate the huge amount of content available on free-to-watch TV channels and across the most popular streaming platforms. These have included many new and little-known films, along with some family favourites.

As we are now entering the school holidays and life is returning to (some kind of) normality, we have decided that this will be the last week of recommendations. You can see the list by clicking on the link below and should you want to check out all the recommendations so far, you can find links to the previous weeks' lists at the bottom of the page.

Weekly film recommendations Friday 31 July

From the 150+ films we have recommended over the last few months we have also created a list of the top ten family films available on each of the most popular streaming services (Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+) that you can watch with a subscription whenever you like. We hope these lists are useful and you find something new and exciting to watch.

Netflix

The Wizard of Oz
Dirs. Victor Fleming & George Cukor, 1939, USA, 102 mins, Cert U

The Dark Crystal
Dirs. Jim Henson & Frank Oz, 1982, USA / UK, 93 mins, Cert PG

Labyrinth
Dir. Jim Henson, 1986, USA / UK, 101 mins, Cert U

My Neighbour Totoro
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, Japan, 86 mins, Cert U

Matilda
Dir. Danny DeVito, 1996, USA, 98 mins, PG

Spirited Away
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2003, Japan, 125 mins, Cert PG

Charlotte's Web
Dir. Gary Winick, 2006, USA / Germany / Australia, 97 mins, Cert U

How To Train Your Dragon
Dirs. Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders, 2010, USA, 94 mins, Cert PG

BFG
Dir. Steven Spielberg, 2016, USA / India / UK, 117 mins, Cert PG

The Breadwinner
Dir. Nora Twomey, 2017, Ireland / Canada / Luxembourg / USA / UK / Philippines / India, 91 mins, Cert 12

Amazon Prime Video

Jurassic Park
Dir. Steven Spielberg, 1993, USA, 127 mins, Cert PG

Whale Rider
Dir. Niki Caro, 2002, New Zealand / Germany, 101 mins, Cert PG

Mary & Max
Dir. Adam Elliot, 2009, Australia, 92 mins, Cert N/A (recommended 12)

Fantastic Mr Fox
Dir. Wes Anderson, 2009, USA / UK, 87 mins, Cert PG

Moomins and the Comet Chase
Dir. Maria Lindberg, 2010, Finland / UK / Poland, 75 mins, Cert U

Ernest & Celestine
Dirs. Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar & Benjamin Renner, 2012, France / Belgium / Luxembourg, 77 mins, Cert U

Paddington
Dir. Paul King, 2014, UK / France / USA, 95 mins, Cert PG

Song of the Sea
Dir. Tomm Moore, 2014, Ireland / Denmark / Belgium / Luxembourg / France, 92 mins, Cert PG

Hunt for the Wilder People
Dir. Taika Waititi, 2016, New Zealand, 101 mins, Cert 12

Ready Player One
Dir. Steven Spielberg, 2018, USA / India, 140 mins, Cert 12

Disney Plus

Fantasia
Dirs. Jaes Algar & Samual Armstrong, 1940, USA, 125 mins, Cert U

The Muppet Movie
Dir. James Frawley, 1979, UK / USA, 95 mins, Cert U

Tron
Dir. Steven Lisberger, 1982, USA, 94 mins, Cert PG

Brave
Dirs. Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman & Steve Purcell, 2012, UK / USA, 90 mins, Cert PG

Moana
Dirs. Ron Clements & John Musker, 2016, USA, 107 mins, Cert PG

Zootropolis
Dirs. Byron Howard, Rich Moore & Jared Bush, 2016, USA, 108 mins, Cert PG

Coco
Dirs. Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina, 2017, USA, 105 mins, Cert PG

Black Panther
Dir. Ryan Coogler, 2018, USA, 134 mins, Cert 12

A Wrinkle in Time
Dir. Ava DuVernay, 2018, USA, 109 mins, Cert PG

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
Dir. J.J. Abrams, 2019, USA, 139 mins, Cert 12

Archive List

Check out the film recommendations from previous weeks below.

Friday 24 July

Friday 17 July

Friday 10 July

Friday 3 July

Friday 26 June

Friday 19 June

Friday 12 June

Friday 5 June

Friday 29 May

Friday 22 May

Friday 15 May

Friday 8 May

Friday 1 May

Friday 24 April

Friday 17 April

Friday 10 April

Friday 3 April

Friday 27 March

 

Please note that some of the films may no longer be available to view beyond the listed screening dates.