Family friendly romantic movies can be great for everyone in your home. They often share messages of love overcoming obstacles because love is the greatest superpower there is.
Our family usually prefers comedies or some brightly colored cartoon. Kissing in movies grosses out our 7 year old who would rather watch a good battle. Our toddler likes characters with big bright eyes and my husband usually only has time for sports and news. Romantic movies are definitely underappreciated and overlooked at our house.
Family friendly romantic movies can tell a good story and deliver a good message.
As a parent, you can make the best judgement call for what is or isn’t appropriate for your kids. Here’s a list of family friendly romantic movies that you and your sweethearts can enjoy together!
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Two strangers and bookstore owners make a connection online that seems doomed to fail offline when one business puts the other out of business. The technology of the day is rather nostalgic and a refreshing lesson on honesty. If you like this one, you should also check out The Shop Around the Corner.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
A single father and young son search for a mom to ease their loneliness. Although sometimes mushy, the story builds up to a wonderful and satisfying cinematic moment at the end. The characters each have their flaws too which makes this one of the best EVER!
Disney’s 50th animated film is one of my favorites. It’s a girl-with-long-blond-hair meets guy-with-smolder love story! Rapunzel is searching for freedom and Flynn seeks fortune. Instead, they find something even better together. You’ve got to love how awkwardly perfect they are!
Jurassic Park (1993)
Not a love story. But it’s on this list of family friendly romantic movies because DINOSAURS!
Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility (The ones staring actors from Love Actually)
Jane Austen can write a good love story and you don’t even have to worry about love scenes that you have to awkwardly skip through! There are always gentlemen present, but sisterhood and family are also front and center. The dialogue could be confusing for younger audiences but they might earn a thing or two about manners and etiquette.
Maybe your kids don’t want to sit down for a family friendly romantic movie, but you can enjoy these without having to wait until the kids are in bed.
This movie begins with a loving couple growing old together in happiness and in sorrow, in sickness and in health. There is a lot of silly comedy the littlest ones will like (SQUIRREL!). But this movie delivers several important messages like moving forward and opening your heart. Start and finish this one with a box of tissues.
The Princess Bride (1987)
A handsome and obedient farm boy (as you wish) encounters obstacles and crazy characters on his quest to rescue a beautiful princess. Most fairy tales have lines like once-upon-a-time and they-lived-happily-ever-after. This one has mawwiage, inconceivable, and you killed my father, prepare to die!
North and South (2004)
This gritty period drama shows love triumphing over financial, personal, moral, and ethical obstacles just when it seems completely hopeless. It’s a four parter that can easily be broken up if you resist the temptation to keep watching to the end. Just try not to look back at Mr. John Thornton.
My Fair Lady (1964)
A street rat is used in a social experiment when her accent and wardrobe are refined by a know-it-all professor. You’ve been warned: you’ll probably get the songs stuck in your head and hum along for days!
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Sometimes finding the right one is easy. Introducing him to your family is the tough part! This shows love romantically and through the eyes of a devoted family.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Looks aren’t everything and it’s what’s inside that counts. Cute girl with a ponytail and fuzzy guy with a tail learn to see that. This animated masterpiece earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture too!
Family friendly romantic movies are a great choice for winding down at the end of the day!
Little Women (1994)
Four young sisters grow up and although three of them find love (poor Beth), they had it all along with each other. Great portrayal of women who don’t need leotards and superpowers to be strong.
The Sound of Music (1965)
This love story isn’t just about a nun and a lonely captain. But how the von Trapps became a family facing a great enemy together. This movie clocks in at almost 3 hours! You may need to line your kids up by height and sing along with So Long, Farwell to send them off to bed before it is over.
Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)
Romeo and Juliet is a Shakespeare and romantic classic, but this hilarious comedy has a happy ending for a brother and sister separated by tragedy. Love isn’t perfect!
Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991)
I bet you didn’t even know the horse high jump was a thing. Although there is a little romance, the story is about a blind girl’s love for what she does without holding herself back.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
Drew Barrymoore was a rom-com queen in the 90’s-00’s, but she plays a very determined and strong Cinderella in this re-telling. Prince Charming and Cinderella don’t just fall for one another, but their love develops and grows to a happily ever after.