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Family Movie Night | 35 Movies to Watch

When I was a kid, we had a movie night tradition every Friday night at home. My mom would let us wander the Blockbuster aisles forever (even though ultimately all 3 of us kids picked the same movies over and over again), and we’d order pizza for dinner. It was a tradition I loved, so last summer we started a family movie & pizza night tradition on Fridays in our home and it’s the perfect way to kick off the weekend as a family! Our tradition has 3 successful components that make up movie night…

1. Pizza Delivery

As soon as I arrive home from work I order the pizza. Each week we rotate the restaurant so we’re constantly trying new pizzas. We almost always use DoorDash for a wide variety of pizzas to pick from (and we usually go with a restaurant offering free delivery).

Here are 10 places we’ve ordered pizza from (in order of favorites)!

Charlotte Pizza Delivery

  1. North Italia (DoorDash)
  2. Gusto Farm to Street (DoorDash)
  3. Pizza Peel (Uber Eats)
  4. Inizio (DoorDash)
  5. Uncle Maddio’s Pizza (DoorDash)
  6. California Pizza Kitchen (DoorDash)
  7. Mellow Mushroom (take-out)
  8. Pure Pizza (DoorDash)
  9. Sal’s (DoorDash)
  10. Wolfman (DoorDash)

*Here is my (referral link) for DoorDash if you want to save $5 off your first 3 orders.

2. Dessert

This may be the kids’ favorite part of family movie night — dessert! Sometimes I go all out and surprise them with their favorite homemade treats like S’mores Dip or Dunkaroo Dip. However, there are many weeks I scoop up mini cupcakes, brownies or cookies from the grocery store bakery.

3. Movies

We have a running list of movie recommendations in a note on my phone, but we still usually take forever to finally pick a movie each Friday while we wait for the pizza to arrive. The movie is always a surprise for the kids so they don’t get to weigh in with an opinion or whine that the other sibling “got to pick it” when it’s over.

Although we have watched plenty of animated Disney movies, we really try to stick to non-animated movies, which shockingly tend to keep our kids attention for much longer. Matt and I are also partial to 90’s movies so you’ll see that theme in our watch list.

Once Matt and I agree on a movie, we then figure out where or how to rent or watch it. We have Disney+, Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime.

Alright, here is our list of movies…

Our Top 10 Favorite Family Movies

  1. Sandlot
  2. Honey I Shrunk the Kids
  3. Dennis the Menace
  4. Mrs. Doubtfire
  5. Homeward Bound
  6. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
  7. It Takes Two
  8. Free Willy
  9. The Parent Trap
  10. Hook

And here is a list of non-animated, non-holiday movies we’ve watched or have on our list to watch that were recommended by my readers. Some may be more age appropriate than others so use your discretion or ear muffs. In no particular order…

25 Family Movies Watch List

  1. Mighty Ducks
  2. Matilda
  3. Jumanji
  4. Man of the House
  5. Mary Poppins
  6. Mr Poppers Penguins
  7. ET
  8. Goonies
  9. Little Rascals
  10. Beethoven
  11. Freaky Friday
  12. 3 Ninjas
  13. Flubber
  14. Cool Runnings
  15. Rookie of the Year
  16. Babe
  17. Angels in the Outfield
  18. Milo & Otis
  19. Drop Dead Fred
  20. My Girl
  21. The Indian In the Cupboard
  22. Little Giants
  23. Back to the Future
  24. The Greatest Showman
  25. The Karate Kid

Looking for holiday movies? Check out this post!

Alright, what’s missing from our list?! Leave your favorite movie recommendations in the comments!

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