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The Best Family Movies of 2017

Best Family Movies 2017

The Best Family Movies of 2017

Celebrating the best family movies offered up this year.

Best family Movies 2017

The end of the year is here

And that means it’s now time to definitively celebrate the best family movies that made their way to the multiplex or local theatre. Over the past twelve months, moviegoers have been showered with a bounty of great blockbusters, indies and documentaries, proving that filmmakers are continuing to find new ways—both big and small—to entertain, excite, and enlighten. No matter their budgets, scale, or subject matter, each of our selections had something to offer the adventurous moviegoer, be it lighting the way from old adventures, or shinning a light on new modern-day issues. They are, in short, our picks for the best films of 2017.

1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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86 Metascore

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Daisy RidleyJohn BoyegaMark HamillCarrie Fisher

Votes: 216,580 | Gross: $395.63M

2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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58 Metascore

Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they choose.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Dwayne JohnsonKaren GillanKevin HartJack Black

Votes: 13,572 | Gross: $72.01M

3. The Greatest Showman (2017)

The Greatest Showman

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

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48 Metascore

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey | Stars: Hugh JackmanMichelle WilliamsZac EfronZendaya

Votes: 6,848 | Gross: $19.01M

4. Justice League (2017)

Justice League

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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45 Metascore

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Ben AffleckGal GadotJason MomoaEzra Miller

Votes: 152,977 | Gross: $221.62M

5. Dunkirk (2017)


PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

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94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn WhiteheadBarry KeoghanMark Rylance,Tom Hardy

Votes: 287,154 | Gross: $188.37M

6. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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73 Metascore

Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Chris HemsworthTom HiddlestonCate BlanchettMark Ruffalo

Votes: 175,070 | Gross: $309.45M

7. Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

Pitch Perfect 3

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Music

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40 Metascore

Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Director: Trish Sie | Stars: Anna KendrickRebel WilsonBrittany SnowAnna Camp

Votes: 2,754 | Gross: $26.42M

8. Coco (I) (2017)


PG | 105 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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81 Metascore

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Directors: Lee UnkrichAdrian Molina | Stars: Anthony GonzalezGael García Bernal,Benjamin BrattAlanna Ubach

Votes: 43,169 | Gross: $164.31M

9. Wonder (I) (2017)


PG | 113 min | Drama, Family

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66 Metascore

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Jacob TremblayOwen WilsonIzabela Vidovic,Julia Roberts

Votes: 16,109 | Gross: $115.65M

10. Ferdinand (2017)


PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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58 Metascore

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

Director: Carlos Saldanha | Stars: John CenaKate McKinnonBobby CannavaleJack Gore

Votes: 2,562 | Gross: $29.60M

11. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Murder on the Orient Express

PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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52 Metascore

When a murder occurs on the train he’s travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth BranaghPenélope CruzWillem Dafoe,Judi Dench

Votes: 58,822 | Gross: $99.44M

12. The Mountain Between Us (2017)

The Mountain Between Us

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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48 Metascore

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Idris ElbaKate WinsletBeau BridgesDermot Mulroney

Votes: 17,058 | Gross: $30.35M

13. Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

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75 Metascore

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Gary OldmanLily JamesKristin Scott ThomasBen Mendelsohn

Votes: 3,367 | Gross: $8.37M

14. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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67 Metascore

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris PrattZoe SaldanaDave BautistaVin Diesel

Votes: 312,601 | Gross: $389.81M

15. The Post (2017)

The Post

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

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83 Metascore

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl StreepTom HanksSarah PaulsonBob Odenkirk

Votes: 584 | Gross: $0.76M

16. Flatliners (2017)


PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

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27 Metascore

Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Ellen PageDiego LunaNina DobrevJames Norton

Votes: 11,875 | Gross: $16.87M

17. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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51 Metascore

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Dane DeHaanCara DelevingneClive OwenRihanna

Votes: 85,297 | Gross: $40.48M

18. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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73 Metascore

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom HollandMichael KeatonRobert Downey Jr.Marisa Tomei

Votes: 254,288 | Gross: $334.20M

19. Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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76 Metascore

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Gal GadotChris PineRobin WrightLucy Davis

Votes: 348,067 | Gross: $412.56M

20. Beauty and the Beast(2017)

Beauty and the Beast

PG | 129 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

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65 Metascore

An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Director: Bill Condon| Stars: Emma WatsonDan StevensLuke EvansJosh Gad

Votes: 186,527 | Gross: $504.01M

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