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Streaming Services That Offer the Best Variety of Movies for Your Family

Mark Shrayber
·4 min read
Back view of young family sitting on the sofa and watching TV together in their living room, close up.
Back view of young family sitting on the sofa and watching TV together in their living room, close up.

We’re days away from a long weekend — that’s something to be grateful for! —and only a month away from the best part of the year: That one week between Christmas and New Year’s where no one knows what day or time it is.

What better way to spend that time off than watching a movie? Whether you’re quelling boredom or stress, enjoying holiday togetherness with your (very immediate, we’re in a pandemic!) family or trying to broker peace after another epic holiday meltdown, escaping into a world of imagination is a sure-fire way to get a couple of hours of peace and enjoyment.

Here are the streaming services with the most movie variety. No matter what you’re looking for this season, you’ll absolutely find it here.

Last updated: Nov. 19, 2020

using remote control to turn on Netflix on screen
using remote control to turn on Netflix on screen

Netflix

We have to talk about Netflix first because it’s the service most people already subscribe to. And the streaming giant is delivering this holiday season. Along with Netflix’s usual offerings of binge-worthy TV and foreign and domestic feature films, the service is also dropping a plethora of holiday films.

From “Dolly Parton’s Christmas On the Square” to “Jingle Jangle” to “Holidate” (don’t watch the last one with your kids!), Netflix has you covered. And if holiday movies aren’t your thing, “Love, Guaranteed,” which sees Rachael Leigh Cook’s return to leading roles, just might be.

HBO Max

HBO’s streaming offerings have always been well-curated if a tad bit limited. That’s all changed now that HBO has partnered with other networks to bring you even more entertainment. And don’t forget the exclusives, like the newly remade “The Witches.”

“Bridesmaids” is also streaming if you love to laugh. If you don’t, “Citizen Kane” is available. We also recommend Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” “Emma” starring Anya Taylor Joy, as well as the unexpectedly terrifying “The Invisible Man,” starring Elisabeth Moss.

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Disney plus new streaming service
Disney plus new streaming service

Disney+

You don’t have to be a kid to love Disney and this streaming service has got something for everyone. From holiday classics like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” to every one of Ariel’s adventures (did you know that “The Little Mermaid” had sequels and a TV show?), you’ll have no shortage of things to watch before and after you open presents and eat a metric ton of food.

We recommend “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made,” a movie about an 11-year-old detective and his polar bear partner, Beyoncé’s “Black Is King,” “The Princess Bride” and every one of the shorts on the app. No, really, the shorts are amazing!

Amazon-Prime-Video
Amazon-Prime-Video

Amazon Prime Video

This streaming service has more options than you could shake a Christmas tree at, although that’s way too much effort to be making during the holidays. So put the tree down, sprawl out on the couch and check out all the movies Amazon has to offer!

If you’re looking for a film that will make you grateful for your family, check out “Knives Out.” The heartwarming “Instant Family” is also available. And if you want to get all your emotions out, we recommend “The Farewell,” which is as close to a perfect family film as you can get.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 27, 2018: Closeup of Hulu logo displayed on Apple iPhone.
COLOGNE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 27, 2018: Closeup of Hulu logo displayed on Apple iPhone.

Hulu

Hulu’s got an excellent reputation for television, but most people don’t think of this streamer when it comes to movies. That’s a bit of a mistake because Hulu’s got some great films, too.

This holiday season, check out “Palm Springs,” which offers a new take on the “Groundhog Day” trope. You could also watch the entire Jason Bourne trilogy or the critically acclaimed “Sorry to Bother You.”

IMDB TV

If you’re not ready to plonk down some change for a streaming subscription, IMDB has you covered. Yes, the same website you visit to discover who “that one guy” is in the movie you’re watching has a streaming network, too. And it’s absolutely free — the only catch is that you have to use an Amazon Fire Stick if you want to stream to your TV.

The selection here is awesome, though. “Big Fish” and “Donnie Darko” are standouts, but there’s something here for everyone!

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Streaming choices accurate as of Nov. 16, 2020.

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