50+ Funny Family Movies That Will Make Your Kids Laugh Out Loud

Family movie night has been an American tradition for decades, they are a great way for families to relax, bond and just generally enjoy a night together.

There are all kinds of great family movies out there. Some of them are sweet; some are sad; some of them are inspiring and empowering. This list, however, will focus specifically on funny family movies for you and your clan to watch together.

These are the best movies to watch on nights when you just want to get the whole family together and have them clutching their bellies and shrieking with laughter.

I’ve tried to include a solid mix of both new movies and “family movie classics” so that you have a choice between re-watching some old favorites and possibly finding a new favorite.

All movies are arranged according to the age range for which they are suited, and all appropriate age information comes from CommonSenseMedia.org.

Funniest Family Movies for Little Kids (Ages 5-7)
Funniest Family Movies for Big Kids (Ages 8-10)
Funniest Family Movies for Tweens (Ages 11-12)
Funniest Family Movies for Teens (Ages 13+)

You’ll notice there are no movies for toddlers and super young children on this list. That’s because even though there are some movies that’ll make the itty bitties squeal with joy and howl with laughter, you, as the parents, and any older children in the household aren’t likely to find the same enjoyment in movies meant for very small children, which means they aren’t great choices for family movie night.

Funniest Family Movies for Little Kids (Ages 5-7)

Although these movies are marketed for younger children in the five to seven age range, they’re actually funny enough and have plots that are interesting enough to be enjoyed by older children, teens and even adults. Whether it’s because of the sophisticated humor, the intricate, well-thought-out plots or something else, there are many adults out there that love these movies just as much – if not more – than their children love them. Hopefully, you’ll love them just as much.

The Despicable Me Movies (2010-2017)

Minions (2015)

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Finding Nemo (2003)

Aladdin (1992)

Wreck-It Ralph (2012) & Wreck-It Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Shrek (2001)

Megamind (2010)

Elf (2003)

The Lego Movie (2014) & The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

The Ice Age Movies (2002-2016)

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) & Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

Funniest Family Movies for Big Kids (Ages 8-10)

When it comes to funny family movies for bigger kids, you have more options when it comes to live action. There are still some funny animated movies that fall into this category, but the funniest flicks are generally going to be live action movies that may or may not be heavily dependent upon CGI and special effects.

Some of the humor gets a little more “adult” and “mature,” and the storylines get a little more oomph and substance to them. These are movies that, while they may not be suited to the youngest viewers in your house, are still pretty family friendly and don’t have too much objectionable material in them.

The Croods (2013)

Home Alone (1990)

Jumanji (1995)

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Little Rascals (1994)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

Troop Zero (2020)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

The Sandlot (1993)

Little Monsters (1989)

Dolittle (2020)

Dennis the Menace (1993)

Funniest Family Movies for Tweens (Ages 11-12)

Many of the funniest movies in the tweens categories are movies that came from the late-80’s and the 90’s. That was a great time for making tween comedy movies, even though the term “tween” wasn’t very popular at the time. If your children have hit their tween years, now is the perfect time to share some of your childhood favorites with them.

This is the age when they’re old enough to understand them, not too young to see stuff in them they shouldn’t be seeing and not yet too old to groan and roll their eyes at you when you tell them you want to show them a movie that you loved when you were their age. This is definitely the sweet spot for sharing your favorites.

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

The Goonies (1985)

School of Rock (2011)

A League of Their Own (1992)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) & Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Shazam! (2019)

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Spaceballs (1987)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Ant-Man (2015) & Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Major Payne (1995)

Funniest Family Movies for Teens (Ages 13+)

Once your children hit their teenage years, it’s like a whole new world of movies opens up for them. Of course, you still don’t want them watching movies with a lot of nudity, sexual references, language and hardcore violence, but this is the time when parents generally “loosen the reins” a little and lift a few restrictions.

The movies selected for the teens list may have some mild instances of bad language, a few sexual references and maybe even some violence, but there’s nothing on this list that has any nudity, graphic scenes or scenes that are too bloody or disturbing. Your children’s teenage years are when you can start showing them some of the awesome, big-name blockbuster comedy movies and movies like Knives Out, which requires them to pay a little more attention to follow the plot.

Again, these movies have been selected with family movie night in mind, but if you have younger children in the house, some of these may not be suitable. The Will Ferrell movies, especially, are definitely unsuitable. While there’s no actual sex or nudity, there are definitely some crude jokes and references to sexuality. The Thor movies, too, may be unsuitable for younger viewers. While there are no sexual references, there is a lot of fighting and violence.

As always, use discretion when showing any movie to your children. You’re the best judge of what they should and shouldn’t be watching, and you may not agree with the CommonSenseMedia ratings in all cases.

Knives Out (2019)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

The Thor Movies (2011-2017)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

Life of the Party (2018)

Blades of Glory (2007)

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991)

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

Billy Madison (1995)

Little (2019)

Death Becomes Her (1992)

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

The Bill and Ted Movies (1989-2020)

Final Words

I hope you enjoyed this list of funny family movies, if you think I missed one that absolutely needs to be added please drop me a line with the contact form or on my facebook page.

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