20 Best Non-Animated Family Movies on Netflix [Updated 2023]
The Best Non-Animated Family Movies on Netflix in 2023 include Chupa, School of Good and Evil, Nighbooks, and more.
Watching movies is a great way to spend time with your kids and family. But when members of all age group sit together to watch a movie, conflict may arise when choosing the best ones enjoyable for all.
Generally kids love animated movies while the adults prefer non-animated ones. Since you will all be watching in a family environment the non-animated ones but the plot line suitable for both kids as well as adults would be a perfect choice.
Non-animated movies are live-action movies where actors and actresses play instead of cartoons. Some of them are based on children novel while some are just plain imagination.
Such dramatic, funny and emotional films are found on Netflix in abundance. Previously we have also listed the list of best family movies on Hulu.
Here we have chosen some latest films based on the non-vulgar storyline and adventurous as well as comedic nature available on Netflix.
1. Chupa (2023)
The movie Chupa is a thriller about a little boy who found a mystic creature in his grandpa's shed.
The directors made the creature incredibly cute but based on a terrifying legend. The child protagonist Alex develops a deep emotional bond with the mythical creature and names it "Chupa" as in Chupacabra.
Despite being a monster, Chupa understands Alex more than anyone else.
The movie first released on Netflix on April 7, 2023. It is a Mexican film directed by Jonas Cuaron.
Chupa movie cast include Evan Whitten, Ashley Ciarra, Nickolas Verdugo and more.
The film is rated PG for some action, peril and thematic events. It has 5.5 IMDB rating out of 10.
2. Nightbooks (2021)
Nightbooks is a fantasy movie based on a mystery about a magical apartment.
The plot involves a boy obsesses with scary stories trapped in an apartment of witch. He must deliver a scary story everyday to stay alive.
The boy finds a friend inside the apartment, a fellow prisoner girl named Yasmin. The two of them team up to escape from the witch house.
The film is directed by David Yarovesky and the major cast include Krysten Ritter and Lidya Jewett.
3. The School For Dead and Evil (2022)
The School For Dead and Evil is 2022 movie based on a novel of the same title. It is a fantasy about a magical school.
The plot includes two best friends named Agatha and Sofie enrolled into the school of Dead and Evil where they compete against each other. The school trains its students to become a hero and maintain the balance between good and evil.
Their friendship is put on a test constantly but in the end they make up. The film is directed by Paul Feig.
The major cast include Sofia Wylie, Sophia Anne Caruso, Kit Young, Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron.
4. Feel the Beat (2020)
Feel the Beat is an American family film directed by Elissa Down. Netflix released the movie on June 19, 2020.
The story is about the young dancer April Dibrina who was in search of success on Broadway and stole a cab from an old lady to reach an audition.
Though she performed well, she did not get the chance as the producer had already acquired other talented dancers.
When she identified April as the person who stole the cab, she ensured that no one on Broadway would hire and represent her. The lady posted all the incidents on social media, which was the most embarrassing incident for April.
The major cast of the movie are
- Sofia Carson as April
- Pamela MacDonald as Ruth Zimmer
- Sonia Laplante as Choreographer Colette
- Brandon Kyle Goodman as Deco
- Rex Lee as Welly Wong and others.
5. The Main Event (2020)
The Main Event is an American sports comedy film of 2020 directed by Jay Karas. It was released on April 10, 2020, on Netflix.
The Main Event movie has been nominated for the Leo Awards of 2021 as The Best Performer in a Youth or Children's Program or Series and Best Stunt Coordination in a Motion Picture and has won the Young Artist Awards as The Best Performance in a Streaming Film-Teen Actor.
The plot revolves around Leo. Eleven years old Leo Thompson discovers a magical wrestling mask that provides him with super strength and power, which he uses to enter a WWE competition.
With the help of his grandmother, he does everything which helps him to achieve his dream of becoming a superstar of WWE.
The Main Event cast members are:
- Seth Carr as Leo
- Tichina Arnold as Grandma
- Adam Pally as Steve
- Ken Marino as Frankie
- Aryan Simhadri as Riyaz and others.
6. Slumberland (2022)
Slumberland is an American adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence. The film was released on November 18, 2022 on Netflix.
Slumberland is the movie based on the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay.
Slumberland take viewers to a new magical place, a world where intelligent Nemo and her strange companion Flip move on the adventure.
There, a little girl wishes to meet her father named Peter the last time, who was suddenly adrift in the sea. A young girl here will invent a secret map that will lead to the magical world of Slumberland.
As the two people are moving through their dreams, what problems will they face, what adventure will they be going through, and what is the collection of the new experiences they get? Will they fulfill their desire? And after meeting her father, will the girl be able to return to the real world?
Cast Members of Slumberland as per IMDb:
- Jason Momoa as Flip
- Marlow Barkley as Nemo
- Chris O'Dowd as Philip
- Kyle Chandler as Peter
- Cameron Nicoll as Young Philip and others.
7. Rim of the World (2019)
Rim of the World is an American science fiction movie directed by McG. The movie was based on the kid-centered action films of the 1980s.
When it was released on May 24, 2019, by Netflix, the movie was the most watched by viewers.
A reserved boy names Alex recently lost his father in a fire; he has attended a summer camp in California named Rim of the World.
In the campfire, once crowded with people, four dropout teens are unexpectedly given the responsibility of the key that carries the secret to stopping the assault.
The movie is about how they band together beat their fears and conquer and save the world.
Cast of the movie as per IMDb:
- Jack Gore as Alex
- Miya Cech as Zhen Zhen
- Benjamin Flores Jr. as Dariush
- Alessio Scalzotto as Gabriel
- Andrew Bachelor as Logan and others.
8. We Can Be Heroes (2020)
We Can Be Heroes is an American 2020 film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez.
The film was forecast on December 25, 2020, by Netflix and was pushed forward from January 1, 2021 release date.
Missy Moreno and her dad Marcus were at home when they received the message to rescue the heroes where Missy had to join her father and other Heroics children.
All the children see the battle of aliens and Heroics on TV where the aliens capture the Heroics with them.
Suddenly, Missy notices that Ojo's drawing describes the future, and they watch aliens breaking the vault; they all plan to escape from where they live and save their parents. Thus, the children reunite with their parents and will soon be ready to save the world.
The debuted cast of We Can Be Heroes according to IMDb:
- YaYa Gosselin as Missy Moreno
- Lyon Daniels as Noodles
- Andy Walken as Wheels
- Hala Finley as Ojo
- Lotus Blossom as A Capella and others.
9. Afterlife of the Party (2021)
Afterlife of the Party is an American supernatural comedy directed by Stephen Herek. The film was forecast on September 2, 2021, by Netflix.
The writer of the film was Carrie Freedle, and it was produced by Robyn Snyder, Deborah Evans, and Vlokkie Gordon. Moreover, it was edited by Maysie Hoy.
The company which made the movie was Front Row Films and DAE Light Media. The total running time of the movie was 1 hour 46 minutes.
The movie started its photo shooting on October 21, 2020, and officially began its shooting on December 6, 2020, in South Africa.
Afterlife of the Party was the winner of ReFrame 2021 Award as of Narrative and Animated Feature.
Afterlife of the Party is a teenage romantic comedy where Cassie stays with her best friend Lisa in a rented apartment in San Diego.
One day Cassie takes Lisa to a night var to enjoy her 25th birthday. During the party, Lisa perceived that her friend Cassie was impressing the people around her. Then, Lisa advised her to give more priority to other important things than these parties and all. After this, they argued, and Cassie left Lisa and walked alone.
Late at night, the fully drunken Cassie headed towards her apartment, where Lisa refused to open the door, and in irritation, she destroyed all the things of Lisa. The following day, when Cassie woke up, she went to the bathroom, fell down, and hit her head in the washroom, resulting dead.
Then, Cassie awakened in the room and met an angel Val who described that Cassie had been dead for more than a year, and before reaching the Afterlife party in Heaven, Cassie had to help some people as their guardian angel.
Afterlife of the Party cast as per IMDb:
- Victoria Justice as Cassie
- Midori Francis as Lisa
- Robyn Scott as Val
- Adam Garcia as Howie
- Timothy Renouf as Max and others.
10. The Princess Switch (2018)
The Princess Switch is an American Christmas movie directed by Mike Rohl. It was released on November 16, 2018, by Netflix.
The Princess Switch has won the ReFrame Stamp Award of 2021, featuring the Narrative and Animated Feature, and has also been nominated for Kid's Choice Award as Favorite Movie Actress.
A week before Christmas, Kevin, the assistant of Stacy, tells her that he was entered privately into a baking competition in the Kingdom of Belgravia.
After meeting her ex-boyfriend, she was ready to go to Belgravia with Kevin and his daughter, Olivia. While preparing for the Christmas Baking Contest, Stacy got a strange request. At the competition, she fights against her rival Brianna, who has ruined her clothes.
The Princess Switch movie cast as per IMDb:
- Vanessa Hudgens as Stacy De Novo/Lady Margaret
- Sam Palladio as Edward
- Nick Sagar as Kevin
- Alexa Adeosun as Olivia
- Suanne Braun as Mrs. Donatelli and others.
11. The Sleepover (2020)
The Sleepover is an American action comedy film directed by Trish Sie. It was released on August 21, 2020, by Netflix.
When two siblings named Clancy and Kevin find out that their mom is not who they thought they were and has a tangled past where she used to work with terrible people.
Still, she is a former thief in witness protection who has been forced to complete one last job, and Children team up to rescue her throughout an action-packed night.
The film is full of unexpected twists and actions. The movie is about how people return to their daily life.
Casting Members of the movie as per IMDb:
- Sadie Stanley as Clancy
- Maxwell Simkins as Kevin
- Cree as Mim
- Lucas Jaye as Lewis
- Ken Marino as Ron and others.
12. Enola Holmes 2
Elona Holmes 2 is a mystery film and a part two to the 2020 film Enola Holmes. It was released on Netflix universally on Friday, 4 November 2022.
The movie is directed by Harry Bradbeer and was written by Harry Bradbeer and Jack Thorne.
Enola begins her detective agency by following the footprints of her brother, Sherlock.
She was worried that he did not get clients. One day, a factory girl, Bessie, asks help for Enola to help her find her sister Sarah Chapman who has been missing for a few days.
As that was her first official job, she was pleased and gave her complete dedication to solving this case. While solving the issue, Enola found that the case was linked to a deadly conspiracy.
The whole point was confusing and hard to decipher, so she got help from her brother Sherlock and her old friend Tewksbury. The movie describes how the member cracks the case and finds the missing person.
Enola Holmes 2 Cast as per IMDb:
- Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes
- Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes
- David Thewlis as Grail
- Louis Partridge as Tewkesbury
- Susan Wokoma as Edith and others.
13. Holiday in the Wild (2019)
Holiday in the Wild is an American Christmas movie directed by Ernie Barbarash. It was released on November 1, 2019, by Netflix.
The movie was written by Neal Dobrofsky and Tippi Dobrofsky and was produced by Brad Krevoy and Amy Krell.
Kate Conrad and Drew have a son Luke. When their son leaves for college, Kate, a former vet, surprises her husband with the second honeymoon package to Zambia.
On the other hand, Drew disclosed that he no longer loves Kate and is waiting for their son to go college before breaking the marriage. After listening to this, she decided to take this trip alone.
During the dinner, a man named Derek at the hotel remarks on her and converses with her, and Kate shares everything with him. From this, the trip begins for these two.
At the last of the movie, Kate and Derek get married. The whole story is about them and the wild animals, the trip they had shared, how they got married and all.
Holiday In The Wild Cast as per IMDb:
- Rob Lowe as Derek
- Kristin Davis as Kate
- Fezile Mpela as Jonathan
- John Owen Lowe as Luke
- Colin Moss as Drew and others.
14. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a British film directed and written by Chiwetel Ejiofor. It was released on January 25, 2019, by Netflix.
The movie is based on the biography of the same name by William Kamkwamba.
The movie starts with the 13 years old boy named William Kamkwamba, born in Kasungu, Malawi. He is a schoolboy with an agricultural family background who lives in the village of Wimbe.
His father, Trywell Kamkwamba, has sent him to school as he has never had the opportunity to go. But due to their poor financial condition, they could not afford the school fees, and soon he was banned from school.
Then William blackmails his science teacher into allowing him to study in the library. Later on, the principal finds out and expels him. Due to unpredictable weather conditions, families faced more problems with their farming.
Seeing this condition, William planned to build a windmill to supply water. The movie is about how he created the windmill and helped his family and all the villagers.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind cast as per IMDb:
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as Trywell Kamkwamba
- Maxwell Simba as William Kamkwamba
- Felix Lemburo as John Kamkwamba
- Fiskan Makawa as Priest
- Fiskan Makawa as Priest and others.
15. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020)
A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting is an American dark fantasy movie directed by Rachel Talalay. It was released on October 15, 2020, by Netflix.
The movie is based on the book of the same name by Joe Ballarini. Joe Ballarini writes the film. The movie producers are Ivan Reitman and Amie Karp, who Stein Myhrstad edited.
A babysitter named Kelly Ferguson is on a mission to find and save the child she cares about and who has been trapped by the Boogeyman and his monsters on Halloween night. The movie is about how she conquers demons.
The awards won by the movie are the Leo Awards of 2021 on the title Best Production Design in a Motion Picture and ReFrame Award of 2021 for Narrative and Animated Feature.
It has also been nominated for the Leo Awards of 2021 for Best Picture Editing in a Motion Picture and Best Overall Sound in a Motion Picture.
A Babysitter's Guide Cast Members of the as per IMDb:
- Tamara Smart as Kelly Ferguson
- Oona Laurence as Liz LeRue
- Tom Felton as Grand Guignol
- Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson as Berna Vincent
- Lynn Masako Cheng and others.
16. The Adam Project (2022)
The Adam Project is an American science fiction comedy film of 2022 directed by Shawn Levy. It will be released on Netflix on March 11.
In 2050, Adam Reed, a fighter pilot, steals a time jet to run to 2018 to rescue his wife, Laura Shane. In this, he gets injured and escapes back in time to 2022.
The story then conveys back to 12-year-old Adam in 2022, whose father Louis died a year before. He keeps acting like a gentleman with his mother named, Ellie Reed.
The younger one was the exact version of his father. Therefore, the movie is all about saving the future by time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teaming up with 12 years old self after a crash landing in 2022.
The movie was nominated for the Directors Guild of Canada of 2022, Dragon Awards of 2022, MTV Movie + TV Awards of 2022, and People's Choice Awards, USA of 2022.
Cast of the Movie as per IMDb:
- Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam
- Walker Scobell as Young Adam
- Mark Ruffalo as Louis Reed
- Jennifer Garner as Ellie Reed
- Zoe Saldana as Laura and others.
17. Rim of the World (2019)
Rim of the World is an American science fiction movie directed by McG. The film was streamed on Netflix on May 24, 2019.
Alex, who presently lost his father in a fire, attends a summer camp in southern California named Rim of the World. There he meets with two people named Zhen Zhen and Dariush.
One day while returning from the cliff, they saw the alien ships conquering the valley; by seeing this, they were forced to put their fear backside and combine to save the world. The movie is about how they protect the world and the importance of unity.
Rim of the World cast as per IMDb:
- Jack Gore as Alex
- Miya Cech as Zhen Zhen
- Benjamin Flores Jr. as Dariush
- Alessio Scalzotto as Gabriel
- Andrew Bachelor as Logan and others.
18. Yes Day (2021)
Yes Day is an American Family comedy movie directed by Miguel Arteta. It is based on a story from the children's book of the same name by Justin Malen.
It was released on March 12, 2021, on Netflix.
In the movie plot, Allison and Carlos Torres are married with their three children, Katie, Nando, and Ellie. They used to say Yes to everything, but when they had their children, they said no to protect them. Their oldest daughter, Katie, gets a No from her mother to go to a concert with friends.
Similarly, Carlos also used to say No to his employees at work. The couple shared an idea with their family that if they don't get into trouble and keep their grades up in their studies, they can have a yes day as a reward.
Katie makes a bet with Allison that if her mother makes Yes Day, Katie will go to the music festival Fleek Fest with her mother. The movie is about who wins the bet and whether Katie can go with her friends or spend time with her mother.
Cast of the movie as per IMDb:
- Jennifer Garner as Allison Torres
- Edgar Ramirez as Carlos Torres
- Jenna Ortega as Katie Torres
- Julian Lerner as Nando Torres
- Everly Carganilla as Ellie Torres and others.
19. Finding Ohana (2021)
Finding Ohana is an American family adventure family directed by Jude Weng. The movie was released on Netflix on January 29, 2021.
The movie was based on the 1985 film The Goonies. The film's writers are Christina Strain and Ian Bryce produces the film.
The film won the ReFrame Stamp Award of 2021 as a Narrative and Animated Featured movie and was nominated for the HFCS Award of 2022 for Best Hawaii Film and the Young Artist Award of 2022.
Pili and Loane, the New York rased Hawaiian siblings, moved from New York to Oahu with their mother, Leilani, to help her father, Kimo, with his financial and health issues.
Their father was having a severe health problem. The movie is all bout how they find themselves learning about their Hawaiian heritage and how they get connected with their Hawaiian heritage.
Casting Members of Finding Ohana according to IMDb:
- Alex Aiono as Ioane
- Lindsay Watson as Hana
- Owen Vaccaro as Casper
- Kelly Hu as Leilani
- Brad Kalilimoku as Kua Kawena and others.
20. Tall Girl (2019)
Tall Girl is an American film directed by Nzingha Stewart. It was released on September 13, 2019, by Netflix.
Sam Wolfson wrote the movie. Similarly, the movie's producers are McG, Mary Viola, and Corey Marsh.
The movie has been awarded as Association of Polish Filmmakers Critics Awards of 2019 and ReFrame of 2021 and nominated for the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards of 2020.
The plot includes a 16-year-old girl named Jodi Kreyman. She is the tallest in school and feels uncomfortable with it.
Other students generally make fun of her height. On the other hand, her elder sister, Harper, has an average height and won many beauty pageants. Jodi meets Stig Mohlin, a Swedish foreign exchange student who has joined her school, and she is attracted to him.
Jodi's crush turns her world unknowingly and takes her into an unknowingly love triangle. The movie is about how she moves from insecurities with the help of her two best friends and her sister.
The major cast of the movie are:
- Ava Michelle as Jodi Kreyman
- Griffin Gluck as Jack Dunkleman
- Sabrina Carpenter as Harper Kreyman
- Paris Berelc as Liz
- Luke Eisner as Stig Mohlin and others.