During lockdown in 2020 Leeds Young Film recommended a number of 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 included many new and little-known films, along with some family favourites.

As we find ourselves back in lockdown again in 2021 we have 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.

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

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

The Secret Garden
Dir. Agnieszka Holland, 1993, UK / USA, 101 mins, Cert U

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

Where the Wild Things Are
Dir. Spike Jonze, 2009, USA / Germany / Australia, 101 mins, PG

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

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

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Dirs. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, 2018, USA, 117 mins, PG


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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Dir. Mel Stuart, 1971, UK / USA, 100 mins, Cert U

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

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

The Red Turtle
Dir. Michael Dudok de Wit, 2016, France / Belgium / Japan / USA, 80 mins, PG

Dir. Stephen Chbosky, 2017, USA / Hong Kong / Canada, 113 mins, PG


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dir. Pete Docter, Kemp Powers, 2020, USA, 100 mins, Cert PG