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The Best Family Movies of 2015

This year in movies, families were in for a real treat. Not only did we get two Pixar movies but also a Peanuts film, a BatKid documentary and more great on-screen stories filled with worthwhile messages, beautiful images and positive role models for the little ones. Check out this list of best family movies for 2015 by Common Sense Media below!

The Peanuts Movie

The Peanuts Movie
4 stars
Ages: 4+

Sweet, gentle, and nostalgic in tone, this family-friendly comedy honors the legacy of the beloved comic strip and classic TV specials and offers great messages about being yourself, trying hard, and liking people for who they really are.
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Shaun the Sheep Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie
5 stars
Ages: 5+

Yes, it has some potty humor and peril, but this British import is a sweet little adventure that’s fine for almost all ages, with positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and acknowledging and fixing your mistakes.
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Inside Out

Inside Out
5 stars
Ages: 6+

Not only is this Pixar masterpiece a heartfelt, engaging, endlessly inventive adventure with strong themes of friendship and acceptance, but it has real potential to help kids and parents navigate the powerful emotions that come with growing up.
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Monkey Kingdom

Monkey Kingdom
4 stars
Ages: 6+

This funny, educational documentary narrated by Tina Fey has its share of heavy moments, but ultimately it’s a family-friendly pick with strong positive messages about motherhood and sacrifice.
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Paddington

Paddington
4 stars
Ages: 6+

A delightful adaptation of Michael Bond’s beloved book, this charming tale takes kids on a fun adventure while also touching on bigger issues. It’s a sweet film for young kids, with enough slapstick comedy to entertain older viewers, too.
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Batkid Begins

Batkid Begins
4 stars
Ages: 7+

Packed with excellent messages and role models, this tremendously heartwarming documentary has basically zero iffy content and makes a strong case for the positive power of social media.

 

The Good DInosaur

The Good Dinosaur
5 stars
Ages: 7+

This visually beautiful and emotionally authentic — but frequently intense — tale about a young dinosaur who experiences loss and struggles to find his way home will entrance kids and parents alike with its stunning visuals and strong messages.

Which movie was your favorite? If you want to check out the long-list of best family films, head over to Common Sense Media!

Common Sense Media is a leading independent nonprofit organization offering the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. The ratings, reviews, and information are unbiased and provided for free to help families and educators make great media and technology choices.