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Ali Plumb’s ‘Family Films’ ABC Movie Marathon List

We’re all watching a lot of movies right now, and a lot of TV too. But what to watch? And how to make it a bit more fun? Well… it’s time to go back to the ABC basics with this handy(ish) alphabet of family-friendly films, something you can refer back to when you’re scratching your head for what to press play on next.

What’s more, for most of these I’ve also offered alternate suggestions if my first option doesn’t tickle your fancy. And where possible, I’ve also mentioned where you can stream them in the UK (at the time of writing, that is) - and I should add, please forgive when I’ve been, shall we say, inventive with the alphabet. There just aren’t many movies beginning with V, for example!

So without any further ado, here are 24 (and then some) family-friendly film favourites to help plan out your next day-by-day, week-by-week or what-have-you movie marathon.

A

Aladdin (1992) - Disney+

The Addams Families (1991, 1993) - Netflix

B

Babe (1991) - NowTV / Sky Cinema

Or… The Back To The Future trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990) - NowTV / Sky Cinema
Or… Bugsy Malone (1976) - ITV Hub, Britbox

C

Cool Runnings (1993) - Disney+

Or… Chicken Run (2000) - Have to buy
Or… Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009) - NowTV / Sky Cinema

D

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) - Disney+

Or… Despicable Me (2010) - Netflix / Amazon Prime Video

E

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) - Disney+

Or… E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1983) - NowTV / Sky Cinema
Or… Enchanted (2007) - Have to buy

F

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) - Amazon Prime Video, Now TV

Or… Flushed Away (2006) - Netflix, NowTV
Or… A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) - Amazon Prime Video

G

The Goonies (1985) - NowTV / Sky Cinema

Or... The Greatest Showman (2017) - Have to buy
Or... Galaxy Quest (1999) - Netflix

H

Hook (1991) - Netflix

Or... The Harry Potters (2001-2011) - NowTV / Sky Cinema

I

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018) - Netflix

Or… The Indiana Jones series (1981-2008) - Amazon Prime Video, NowTV
Or... The Iron Giant - Have to buy

J

Jumanji (1995) - Netflix, NowTV

Or… Jurassic Park (1993) - Have to buy
Or… Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017) - Amazon Prime Video

K

Kubo And The Two Strings (2016) - Have to buy

Or… The Secret of Kells (2009) - BBC iPlayer

L

The Lego Batman Movie (2017) - Have to buy

Or… The Lego Movie (2014) - NowTV / Sky Cinema

M

Matilda (1996) - Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, NowTV / Sky Cinema

Or… Mulan (1998) - Disney +

Or… Mystery Men (1999) - Have to buy

N

My Neighbour Totoro (1988) - Netflix

O

Onward (2020) - Disney+

P

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (2012) - NowTV / Sky Cinema

Or… Paddington (2014) - Amazon Prime Video
Or… Princess Bride - Amazon Prime Video
Or… The Pirates series (2003-2017) - Disney+
Or… Puss In Boots (2011) - Netflix

Q

Queen Of Katwe (2016) - Disney+

R

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) - Disney+

Or… School Of Rock (2003) - NowTV / Sky Cinema
Or… Ratatouille (2007) - Disney+
Or… Rango (2011) - Netflix

S

Shrek (2001) - Amazon Prime Video, NowTV / Sky Cinema

Or… Stardust (2007) - NowTV / Sky Cinema
Or… Song Of The Sea (2014) - Amazon Prime Video
Or… Sing (2016) - Have to buy

T

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (2018) - Amazon Prime Video

Tangled (2010) - Disney+

U

Up (2009) - Disney+

V (for Vikings)

How To Train Your Dragon (2010) - Prime, Netflix, Now TV

W

Wolfwalkers (2020) - Apple TV+

Or… Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) - Amazon Prime Video, Netflix
Or… Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-rabbit - Netflix, NowTV
Or… Where The Wild Things Are (2009) - Netflix
Or… The Wizard Of Oz (1939) - NowTV / Sky Cinema

X

X-Men (2000) - Disney+

Y

Y - Yellow Submarine (1968) - Have to buy

Or… Young Frankenstein (1974) - Have to buy

Z

Zootropolis (2016) - Disney+

Still wondering what else to watch?

Radio 1's film critic Ali Plumb has put together his top 21st century films and there is something for everyone's mood.