15 Kids’ Movies On Netflix That Even Adults Can Enjoy

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Netflix has an entire section on its website devoted to kids’ movies, but there’s a good chance you’ve never even check it out, because you’re a snobby adult who thinks movies meant for children are beneath you. And there certainly are some questionable titles in that category. For example, A Talking Cat!?! and The Swan Princess Christmas. But they also happen to have a pretty great selection of quality kids’ movies to stream. You know, the kind you’ll enjoy unironically even if you’re over the age of 12.

So we thought we’d help you out with finding the best options by giving you handy list of some of the best choices. You probably loved a lot of them when you were a kid, so there’s a built-in sense of nostalgia. But there are also a few newer titles thrown in that you might have missed when they first came out. So sit back, relax, maybe make some bagel pizzas, and enjoy.

1. Mulan

Obviously the best place to start is with the Disney titles, and Mulan is a pretty awesome one. If you haven’t spent at least 5% of your life with “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” stuck in your head, then who even are you?!

2. Hercules

Hercules is my personal favorite Disney movie, not that anybody asked me or anything. I may or may not have just made plans with myself to watch it tonight.

3. Lilo & Stitch

How can you go wrong with a movie about Hawaii, sisterhood, and an adorable alien? You can’t.

4. Tarzan

There are very few songs in existence that can make me cry as quickly as the Phil Collins songs in this movie make me cry. All you have to do is mention the title “You’ll Be in My Heart,” and I’m a wreck. Oh, look at that, I’m crying now.

5. Pocahontas

If you can put the vocal presence of Mel Gibson out of your mind for a while, go ahead and enjoy this one. It’s definitely one of the more adult-friendly Disney titles, historically inaccurate as it is.

6. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Another very adult-friendly Disney title. Looking back on the character of Frollo now, I can’t believe I watched this movie as a child. It’s rare to have a completely humorless villain in an animated movie, but Frollo definitely is.

7. The Emperor’s New Groove

I’m willing to rewatch this movie just for the chance to hear Patrick Warburton’s voice as Kronk. It’s of course very entertaining otherwise as well.

8. The Fox and the Hound

Did somebody say they wanted to cry over an adorable interspecies friendship? Well look what we have here.

9. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

It’s a movie about food raining from the sky, so I really don’t see where you could go wrong here. Plus, Bill Hader does a voice, and we all know he’s delightful.

10. Paranorman

It’s not just Pixar that puts out great computer-animated movies. This one’s regarded to be pretty underrated, and you might be surprised by some of the voice cast. Anna Kendrick, anyone?

11. James and the Giant Peach

Classic stop-motion. You might want to stock up on peaches before you press play, though, because I know every time I watch I end up with a huge craving.

12. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

The first in a series of movies about Rick Moranis being an irresponsible parent. I don’t know why, but the idea of tiny people wandering around everyday objects amuses me to no end.

13. The Parent Trap

Ah, the good old days when Lindsay Lohan was just a cute child actress with a questionable British accent. Just be warned that rewatching this as an adult will make you realize how many lawsuits should have come out of that camp.

14. Good Burger

Don’t judge me. I love this movie a lot, okay? I still shout “It’s okay people! Her butt is fine!” occasionally. Only around people who understand what I’m referring to, of course.

15. Jumanji

If you can avoid freaking out about how much damage is caused by one stupid board game, here’s a nice bit of nostalgia to enjoy.

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    • loser_sneeze

      I’ve watched half of these movies in the last month and they were glorious. The Emperor’s New Groove never really gets enough credit. Eartha Kitt is just marvelous as the villain.

      • simoneutecht

        Squeakedy squeaky squeak.

    • Nbl

      You don’t enjoy The Fox and the Hound. You weep in the fetal position holding your dog in your arms as she struggles to get away and promise her you’ll get her a fox best friend and never separate them. EVER! Your boyfriend laughing at you and taping you on his iPhone completes the experience. Also Haley Mills owns Lindsey Lohan.

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