The 10 best movies on Hulu for a family movie night


Finding something to watch with the whole house can be overwhelming. Fortunately, Hulu has a wide selection of fun movies for everyone to enjoy.

We scoured Hulu’s library and picked the top ten options for a family movie night. From heartwarming friendship stories to beautifully animated adventures, these picks are sure to satisfy every branch of your family tree. Plus, you don’t need any of Hulu’s add-on subscriptions to watch them, so they’re completely hassle-free.

Here are, in no particular order, the 10 best family movies on Hulu.

1. Shrek (and Shrek 2)

Ogres are like onions!
Credit: Dreamworks Animation

A masterpiece worthy of a meme still celebrated 20 years after its release, Shrek is one of the most iconic children’s films of all time. It perfectly balances fairytale characters and disgusting gags with a sweet story about self-love and never judging a book by its cover. Everyone’s favorite grumpy green ogre, Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers), reluctantly seeks to save Princess Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz). Along the way, he meets loyal sidekick Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy), fights a dragon, and monologues about onions. Shenanigans reach new heights in Shrek 2. Also on Hulu, the sequel is worth a look for the “Holding Out for a Hero” sequence alone. – Belen Edwards, Entertainment Researcher

How to watch: Shrek

is now streaming on Hulu. 2. To free

Willy Few of the tropes of children’s films are as tried and true as an unlikely friendship between humans and animals. And few children’s movies nail this trope as hard asSave Willy . A classic coming of age story, Save Willy follows Jesse (Jason James Richter), a struggling orphan who ends up working at an amusement park as punishment for vandalism. There, he befriends the park’s new orca, Willy. When he realizes that the owner of the park is planning to hurt Willy, Jesse tries to help his friend escape. Willy and Jesse’s bond is about as heartwarming as it gets, and Willy’s triumphant leap over the rocks is a pure distillation of family joy. Save Willy maybe over 20, but it’s still one for the ages. – TO BE

How to watch:

Save Willy is now streaming on Hulu.

3. Dora and the lost city of goldGrab your backpack and map and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in Dora and the lost city of gold . In this live-action version of the popular cartoon, now 16-year-old Dora (Isabela Merced) struggles to adjust to high school life. However, when her parents go missing in search of a lost city, Dora returns to the jungle to save the day. With lots of hilarious action and meta references to the original series, Dora and the lost city of gold is an exceptionally fun time. Merced delights as Dora, and she is joined by familiar faces like her cousin Diego (Jeff Wahlberg), Boots the Monkey (voiced by Danny Trejo) and the infamous Fox Swiper (voiced by Benicio del Toro). –


How to watch: Dora and the lost city of gold

is now streaming on Hulu. 4. Missing link OfCoraline To Kubo and the two strings , Laika Animation Studio has consistently produced some of the best and most breathtaking films of recent years. Missing link is no exception. It tells the story of Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman), a glory-seeking adventurer who discovers Sasquatch, AKA Mr. Link (voiced by Zach Galifianakis). Mr. Link is the last of his kind in the United States, but he desperately wants to join the Yetis who are rumored to be living in the Himalayas. He and Sir Lionel embarked on an epic globetrotting adventure, joining the formidable Adelina (voiced by Zoe Saldana), fleeing hired killers and possibly even stumbling upon a hidden civilization. Missing link

is full of unusual characters and actions, and its exceptional stop-motion animation will take your breath away. – TO BE

How to watch:

Missing link

is now streaming on Hulu.

A boy named Charlie Brown Charlie Brown visiting Lucy’s psychiatrist’s booth. Damn it. Credit: FilmPublicityArchive / United Archives Via Getty Images A boy named Charlie Brownwas the first feature film based on the film by Charles M. Schulz Peanuts comic book, and he manages to effectively capture Peanuts charm and complexity. While the film revolves around Charlie Brown (voiced by Peter Robbins) trying to win a spelling contest and prove he’s not a failure, it feels more like a slice of life movie thanks to the inclusion of several vignettes of the daily life of the children of the lives. Beautifully animated and with an excellent score,

A boy named Charlie Brown captures the whims and frustrations of childhood, while delivering an important message about failure and continuing to move forward when the going goes wrong. – TO BE

How to watch:

A boy named Charlie Brown is now streaming on Hulu. 6. Cloudy with a chance of meatballs Courageous inventor Flint (voiced by Bill Hader) creates a device that literally rains food from the sky, much to his small town’s delight. Unfortunately, he quickly discovers that these meals have serious unintended consequences and must find a way to prevent his own creation from destroying the world.

Combining silly jokes, smooth animation and a sweet message, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs is a tasty dish for all ages. –

Angie Han, Associate Entertainment Editor

How to watch: Cloudy with a chance of meatballs is now streaming on Hulu. 7.

happy feet Want to have a good time tapping your feet? Then check out this cool cartoon about a bunch of penguins who love to sing and dance. Elijah Wood lends his voice to Mumbles, an emperor penguin who feels left out because he’s not really a singer, like the rest of his raft. Instead, he prefers to shake a feather from the tail. This seductive fable about learning to love is directed by George Miller. In addition to numerous musical numbers, it brings together a star cast of Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Steve Irwin and many more. Together, they lend their voices to cuddly creatures who break into a variety of popular songs, such as “Somebody to Love”, “Kiss” and “Heartbreak Hotel”. A delight from beak to toe, it’s natural happy feet

won the Oscar for best animated film in 2007. – Kristy Puchko, Associate Entertainment Editor

How to watch: happy feet is now streaming on Hulu. 8.

The babysitters club Long before Netflix turned The Baby-Sitters Club book series into a streaming show, this 1995 gem brought Kristy, Dawn, Mary Ann, Claudia, Stacey, Mallory and Jessi to life for a movie that pretty much sums it up. nearly everything great about the 90s. it has Flower

hats, overalls, butt cuts, unattended kids and a human brain rap act that’s been stuck in people’s heads for 26+ years. While this Babysitters Club

The film may not have been a success at the time, it successfully conveys the series’ mix of ambitious childhood fun and thoughtful handling of real-life issues. – Alexis Nedd, Senior Entertainment Reporter How to watch: The babysitters club is now streaming on Hulu. 9.

The Lorax Anyone who says climate change activism is something new clearly hasn’t seen the animated ’70s classic that is The Lorax

(or read Dr Seuss’ book, published in 1971). Through fanciful nursery rhymes and catchy tunes, The Lorax

Special animation contains a brutal environmentalist punch that was as relevant 50 years ago as it is today.  The story of the greedy Once-ler, who puts his capitalist desires ahead of Lorax's beloved Truffula Forest, is still a recognizable analog for companies that destroy the environment for profit, as is the last sentence of the short film is still recognizable as a haunting call to arms:

How to watch:

The Lorax is now streaming on Hulu. ten.

Lemony Snicket, a series of unfortunate events Count Olaf with Violet and Klaus Baudelaire Someone let these kids have fun, please. Credit: Moviestore / Shutterstock

If you’re looking for a family movie with a darker twist, Lemony Snicket, a series of unfortunate events is the movie for you. Jim Carrey gives a delightfully deranged performance as Count Olaf, a sinister villain trying to steal the fortune of the Baudelaire orphan family.

Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken) and Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman) do their best to escape Olaf’s clutches, but it turns out to be difficult thanks to a host of incompetent adults and terrifying places. , including a reptile house and an infested lake leech. With striking visuals and a cast including Meryl Streep and Catherine O’Hara,

A Series of Unfortunate Events is a morbid, fun ride that’s not afraid of getting weird. – BE How to Watch: Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events is now airing on Hulu. Asterisks indicate that this entry has previously appeared in another Mashable streaming list.


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