It’s the Summer Holidays so Here Are the Best Kids’ & Family Films on Netflix UK Right Now!

It’s the Summer holidays and as much as we like to keep the kids away from screens there are times when you just need a bit of a break and to chill out with a great family movie. Netflix has thousands of films available on their streaming service including many family-friendly and children’s films – but how do you know which ones are worth watching? Well, we thought we would put together a list of the top 20 highest rated kids’ movies on Netflix UK (according to our unique rating system) – why not take a look and let us know which are your favourites?

So, without further ado here are twenty of the best kids’ movies on Netflix UK as of today (August 30th 2021):

1) Spirited Away
New on Netflix Rating: 91%
Year: 2001
Duration: 2hr 5m
Genre: Japanese, Family Features, Anime Feature Films, Children & Family Films
Chihiro wanders into a magical world where a witch rules — and those who disobey her are turned into animals.
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2) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
New on Netflix Rating: 85.5%
Year: 1982
Duration: 1hr 54m
Genre: Sci-Fi Films, Family Features, Classic Films, Children & Family Films, Dramas
A lonely young boy bonds with a lovable alien stranded on Earth, protecting his new friend from government forces as he tries to help him go back home.
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3) My Neighbor Totoro
New on Netflix Rating: 85.4%
Year: 1988
Duration: 1hr 26m
Genre: Japanese, Family Features, Anime Feature Films, Classic Films, Children & Family Films
While spending a summer in the Japanese countryside with their father, two young sisters befriend mystical creatures who live in the nearby forest.
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4) The Mitchells vs. The Machines
New on Netflix Rating: 84%
Year: 2021
Duration: 1hr 54m
Genre: Family Features, Children & Family Films, Comedies
A robot apocalypse put the brakes on their cross-country road trip. Now it’s up to the Mitchells — the world’s weirdest family — to save the human race.
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5) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
New on Netflix Rating: 83.75%
Year: 1984
Duration: 1hr 57m
Genre: Japanese, Family Features, Anime Feature Films, Classic Films, Children & Family Films
Facing the destruction of her planet’s natural resources, warrior princess Nausicaa rallies her people against an evil queen’s rampaging army.
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6) Castle in the Sky
New on Netflix Rating: 83.5%
Year: 1986
Duration: 2hr 4m
Genre: Japanese, Family Features, Anime Feature Films, Classic Films, Children & Family Films
In this children’s anime adventure, a young miner and a mysterious girl search for a long-lost island that’s rumored to hold great riches.
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7) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
New on Netflix Rating: 83.5%
Year: 1977
Duration: 2hr 14m
Genre: Sci-Fi Films, Family Features, Classic Films, Children & Family Films, Dramas
As inexplicable events baffle experts worldwide, a UFO-obsessed man is drawn to a mysterious mountain that leads to a life-changing encounter.
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8) Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Director’s Cut
New on Netflix Rating: 83.5%
Year: 1977
Duration: 2hr 17m
Genre: Sci-Fi Films, Family Features, Classic Films, Children & Family Films, Dramas
The director’s cut of this sci-fi classic includes a scene in the Gobi Desert and other footage not included in the original theatrical version.
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9) Princess Mononoke
New on Netflix Rating: 83.4%
Year: 1997
Duration: 2hr 14m
Genre: Japanese, Family Features, Anime Action, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Anime, Anime Feature Films, Action & Adventure, Children & Family Films
A prince infected with a lethal curse sets off to find a cure and lands in the middle of a battle between a mining town and the animals of the forest.
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10) How to Train Your Dragon
New on Netflix Rating: 83.25%
Year: 2010
Duration: 1hr 39m
Genre: Family Features, Films Based on Books, Children & Family Films
As the son of a Viking leader, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III faces a rite of passage: He must kill a dragon to prove his warrior mettle.
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11) Howl’s Moving Castle
New on Netflix Rating: 83.25%
Year: 2004
Duration: 1hr 59m
Genre: Japanese, Family Features, Anime based on Books, Anime Feature Films, Films Based on Books, Children & Family Films
Teenager Sophie works in her late father’s hat shop in a humdrum town, but things get interesting when she’s transformed into an elderly woman.
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12) Porco Rosso
New on Netflix Rating: 83.25%
Year: 1992
Duration: 1hr 33m
Genre: Japanese, Family Features, Romance Anime, Anime Feature Films, Action & Adventure, Children & Family Films, Romantic Films
When sky pirates terrorize the Adriatic Sea, this Italian pilot is the only one brave enough to take them on. Only catch: he’s half-man, half-pig.
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13) Fantastic Mr. Fox
New on Netflix Rating: 83%
Year: 2009
Duration: 1hr 26m
Genre: Family Features, Films Based on Books, Children & Family Films, Comedies
When Mr. Fox’s raids on nearby farms raise the ire of the farmers, he must outwit the men’s increasingly outrageous plans to catch him.
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14) Shrek
New on Netflix Rating: 82%
Year: 2001
Duration: 1hr 30m
Genre: Family Features, Films Based on Books, Children & Family Films, Comedies, Spoofs & Satires
On a mission to retrieve a princess from a fire-breathing dragon, gruff ogre Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot — a wisecracking donkey.
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15) Ponyo
New on Netflix Rating: 81.8%
Year: 2008
Duration: 1hr 41m
Genre: Japanese, Family Features, Anime Feature Films, Children & Family Films
A 5-year-old boy named Sosuke forges a friendship with a goldfish princess named Ponyo, who desperately wants to become human.
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16) Whisper of the Heart
New on Netflix Rating: 81.75%
Year: 1995
Duration: 1hr 51m
Genre: Japanese, Family Features, School Anime, Anime Dramas, Anime Feature Films, Children & Family Films
After learning that all her library books were previously borrowed by the same person, schoolgirl Shizuku sets out to meet him and follow her dreams.
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17) The Little Prince
New on Netflix Rating: 81.6%
Year: 2015
Duration: 1hr 46m
Genre: Family Features, Films Based on Books, Children & Family Films
When an overscheduled girl befriends an eccentric aviator, he regales her with tales about the adventures of an unusual boy who lives on an asteroid.
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18) Arrietty
New on Netflix Rating: 81%
Year: 2010
Duration: 1hr 34m
Genre: Japanese, Family Features, Anime based on Books, Anime Feature Films, Films Based on Books, Children & Family Films
When a tiny “borrower” named Arrietty makes friends with a young boy many times her size, she must also shield her family from his towering elders.
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19) Cemara’s Family
New on Netflix Rating: 81%
Year: 2018
Duration: 1hr 50m
Genre: Indonesian, Family Features, Films Based on Books, Children & Family Films, Dramas
After bankruptcy, Abah and Emak must adapt to a new life with their children in a remote village.
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20) Klaus
New on Netflix Rating: 81%
Year: 2019
Duration: 1hr 38m
Genre: Family Features, Children & Family Films, Comedies
A selfish postman and a reclusive toymaker form an unlikely friendship, delivering joy to a cold, dark town that desperately needs it.
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And the runners up…: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019)Chicken Run (2000)A Whisker Away (2020)Ghostbusters (1984)Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)When Marnie Was There (2014)Only Yesterday (1991)Paddington (2014)

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