Best Grandparent Movies to Watch Now

grandparent movies can bring a feeling of nostalgia to your heart. A lot of people have fond memories of their grandparents’ home, where they could find unconditional love & care, the smell of feasts, and all kinds of joy.

Below, we’ve collected the best grandparent movies of all time. We hope you’ll enjoy them.

Moana – 2016

One of the funny grandparent movies created by Jared Bush, Ron Clements and john Musker, directed by Ron Clements and starring Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House and Temuera Morrison.

Film plot

Moana is the daughter of the village chief and she inherits from her grandmother a love for the nautical. Moana loves her family and the rest of the village, but most of them discourage her from exploring the sea, fearing for her safety. The only person that supports her is her grandmother.

One day her island suffered from a lack of fish and their food supply started dwindling. Moana learns from her grandmother that a demigod called Maui stole the goddess Te Fiti’s heart, and that is the reason their village was cursed, so Moana goes on a journey to confront Maui and make him return the heart of Te Fiti to save her people.

Movie run time: 1 hour and 47 minutes

Movie kind: Animation, Adventure and comedy.

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Little Miss Sunshine – 2006

A comedy grandparents movie created by Michael Arndt, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin and Paul Dano.

Film Plot

Olive is a starry-eyed 7-year-old girl, her family is a complete disaster and they all are a model for failure in different ways, but the little girl has a dream to win the talent contest of “the Little Miss Sunshine” and this dream brings the whole family together and becomes everyone’s dream too, especially her grandfather which gives her courage and hope to do what she wants to do.

In this heart-warming story, the whole family drives across the country to let Olive attend the contest, getting into all sorts of funny shenanigans.

Movie run time: 1 hour and 41 minutes

Movie kind: Drama and comedy.

Little Miss Sunshine trailer

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – 1971

One of the grandparent movies based on a famous novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” created by Roald Dahl and David Seltzer, directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole and Leonard Stone.

Film Plot

Charlie is a young boy, his dream is visiting the Wonka chocolate factory, so he is astonished when Willy Wonka announces that he will give five invitations for five lucky fans to visit his factory, and those five invitations will be found in his confectionary products. The invitation also comes with a lifetime supply of Wonka products.

But Charlie’s family is very poor and they cannot afford to buy him a lot of chocolate to get a better chance to find the invitation.

Charlie’s grandparents decide that they will buy a single bar of chocolate for him with all their savings and if they found the invitation, he can make his dream true and go to the factory but if not, he can enjoy the chocolate itself.

Movie run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes

Movie kind: Family, Fantasy and Musical.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory trailer

In Her Shoes – 2005

One of the grandma movies, shows us the effect of a grandmother on her granddaughters. The film is created by Jennifer Weiner and Susannah Grant, directed by Curtis Hanson, and starring Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, Anson Mount, Richard Burgi and Candice Azzara.

Film Plot

Rose and Maggie are two sisters whose mother passed away and their father married another woman. their stepmother does not like them.

Rose is the elder sister who is an attorney, but she is overworked and depressed from living alone, her only solace is a big cupboard full of designer shoes. On the other hand, her sister Maggie is funny and pretty but she is selfish and irresponsible. The two sisters don’t really get along.

When the stepmother kicks out Maggie from her father’s house, she finds her estranged grandma and stays with her, eventually she also reconciles with Rose and they both find love and support from their grandma.

Movie run time: 2 hour and 10 minutes

Movie kind: Comedy, Drama and Romance.

In Her Shoes trailer

An Unfinished Life – 2005

The film is created by Mark Spragg and Virginia Korus Spragg, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, Josh Lucas and Damian Lewis.

Film Plot

Jean has an estranged father-in-law and a young daughter from her late husband, her father-in-law blames her for his son’s death in a car accident, but she takes care of him until she convinces him that she is a good person, so he finally accepts her and her daughter, who is also his granddaughter, and decides to take care of them.

Movie run time: 1 hour and 48 minutes

Movie kind: Comedy, Drama and Romance.

An Unfinished Life trailer

A Child’s Christmas in Wales – 1987

Another one of the grandparent movies based on a poem, created by Dylan Thomas, directed by Don McBrearty, and starring Denholm Elliott, Mathonwy Reeves, Glynis Davies, Michael Fawkes and Gwynyth Walsh.

Film Plot

Thomas is a young boy; he is very excited to spend Christmas night in Wales with his family in his grandparents’ house.

Thomas is very disappointed because it did not snow in Wales, but his grandfather starts to tell him a story and gives him an old snow globe as a Christmas gift. Because Thomas wants to spend more time with his grandfather he refuses to go to bed as per his parents’ demand, so his grandfather tells him one last story for the night before going to bed. The stories typically center around the grandfather’s own memories of Christmas.

This movie is a heartwarming tale that is loved by children and adults alike, and it helps you see the magic of the holidays through a kid’s eyes.

Movie run time: 55 minutes

Movie kind: Drama and Family.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales trailer

Little Fockers- 2010

One of the very funny grandparent movies created by Greg Glienna, John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, directed by Paul Weitz, and starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Jessica Alba, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand and Owen Wilson.

Film Plot

Greg married the love of his life Pam and they had two children (twins), who meet their grandparents on a Christmas holiday, but Jak (Pam’s father) had some doubt that Greg is capable of taking care of the family. He suspects that Greg can’t afford to give the twins a good education, and that he is having an affair with a pretty saleswoman from work. Greg admits that he is still loyal to his wife Pam after a series of misunderstandings happen along move’s time.

Movie run time: 1 hour and 38 minutes

Movie kind: Romance and Comedy.

Little Fockers trailer

The Visit – 2015

A grandparents horror movie created and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie and Kathryn Hahn.

Film Plot

The film is about two kids, their mother left them with her parents while she spends a vacation with her boyfriend.

The kids try to make a documentary about their grandparents to help them reconnect with their mother because she left them long time ago. However, they uncover a lot of dark secrets about their grandparents. It’s unusual, but you may like this kind of grandma horror movies.

Movie run time: 1 hour and 34 minutes

Movie kind: Horror, Mystery and Thriller.

The Visit Trailer

The Education of Little Tree – 1997

A film created by Forrest Carter, Earl Hamner Jr. and Don Sipes, directed by Richard Friedenberg, starring James Cromwell, Joseph Ashton, Tantoo Cardinal, Mika Boorem and Christopher Heyerdahl.

Film plot

The film is about “Little tree” who is a young boy that lost his parents during the economic depression, he is from the Cherokee tribe and he lives with his grandparents, they teach him the wisdom and lifestyle of the Cherokee.

Movie run time: 1 hour and 52 minutes                        

Movie kind: Drama.

Read more: best movies about farm animals

The Education of Little Tree Trailer

The Princess Diaries – 2001

One of the beautiful grandmother movies where the queen grandmother helps her granddaughter to become a lovely princess, the film was created by Meg Cabot and Gina Wendkos, directed by Gerry Marshall and starring Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, and Sandra Oh.

Film Plot

Mia Thermopolis is a 16 years old girl that learns she is the heir apparent of the Genovia’s throne, but it was not good news for her because she is very shy and she is an average teenager, she feels neglected and invisible in her school.

She thinks about relinquishing her claim, but with her grandma’s support she gets a complete makeover and becomes more confident in her role as a princess.

Movie run time: 1 hour and 55 minutes                        

Movie kind: Comedy, Family and Romance.

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The Princess Diaries

Up – 2009

one of the best grandparent movies and Disney movies of all Time. Written by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson and Tom McCarthy. Directed by Pete and Bob and staring Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai and John Ratzenberger.

Film Plot

The movie tells the story of the old man Carl. After the death of his love Elie, Carl lost his passion. He became an old sad man. Until he meets the boy Scout Russell and began with him the journey of his life.

A house lifted by thousands of balloons, Taking animals, giant bird and more Crazy Things you will watch through this journey.

Movie run time: 1 hour and 36 minutes.

Movie kind: Animation, Adventure and Comedy.

Up Trailer

The Farewell – 2019

one of the best Chinese movies in 2019. Written and Directed by Lulu Wang. Staring Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina and X Mayo.

Film Plot

The Film tells the story of a Chinese family living in the USA that decided to return to China to spend some time with their grandmother after she was diagnosed with a late stage Cancer.

The movie focus on the Relationship between Billi and her grandmother Nai Nai.

The Farewell Trailer

Movie run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Movie kind: Comedy and Drama.

Hanan Hikal
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