We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 family-friendly movies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Enchanted (2007) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes
Disney tears apart fairy tale norms even further than Shrek in this universe-traveling prequel to Once Upon a Time. The typical fairy tale princess being lost in modern New York is funny enough, but her naive Prince Charming is the icing on the cake.
Director: Kevin Lima
Starring: Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden
9. Holes (2003) 78% at Rotten Tomatoes
Kids in a child labor camp are eventually going to start trouble. This is the movie that started LaBeouf’s popularity, and it’s a great movie at that. Rebelling with a cause is a concept that stays fresh so many years after the movie’s theatrical release.
Director: Andrew Davis
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight
8. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) 71% at Rotten Tomatoes
Carrey has played a plethora of popular kids characters, but Count Olaf is easily the most memorable. Even though Neil Patrick Harris is now tearing the role a new ass on Netflix, the movie version still looks great after a decade of wear.
Director: Brad Silberling
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep
7. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010) 50% at Rotten Tomatoes
Based on the beloved book series, owls are the heroes in this fantasy world. You don’t even have to understand what’s happening to enjoy how pretty everything looks, but it’s still a well-written movie the whole family can enjoy.
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Helen Mirren
6. Monsters, Inc (2001) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes
Monsters under your bed can be scary. At least that’s what everyone at Monsters, Inc is hoping. This Disney Pixar classic is something even the youngest in your clan will fall in love with. Nearly two decades later, it still holds up well with age.
Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) 27% at Rotten Tomatoes
Alvin and the Chipmunks are a mainstay of the late 20th century, and thanks to Lee’s David Seville and computer animation, they’re revived for a new generation. Critics didn’t take to it, but these chipmunks still have style.
Director: Tim Hill
Starring: Jason Lee, Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman
4. Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) 24% at Rotten Tomatoes
Jon and Kate plus 8: the comedy. Martin is always hilarious, and his stressed-out dad raising a large clan of kids is on point. Duff and the rest of the kids bring Disney-fied charm, and this family friendly film can still be enjoyed today.
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hillary Duff
3. Spy Kids (2000) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes
Rodriquez created quite the entertaining world with Spy Kids. The entire series is worth watching, and its crazy visuals still hold up today. The classic hero vs villain storylines makes this the live action Incredibles we’ve always wanted.
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Alexa PenaVega, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino
2. Madagascar (2005) 55% at Rotten Tomatoes
I like to move it, move it, and you will too after seeing these pampered zoo animals adapt to living in the wild. The penguins were cool long before minions took the world by storm, and this animated adventure is still fun to watch at any age.
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith
1. Kung Fu Panda (2008) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
Perhaps the best thing to come out of Dreamworks is Kung Fu Panda. Not only is he simply adorable, but the movie is well acted, beautifully drawn, and has a compelling story and dialogue. It’s funny, action-packed, and poignant – perfect for the entire family to enjoy.
Director: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Starring: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie