Top 10 Family Funnies

Lorena Benchis takes a look at her favourite family comedy. Her faves include time travel adventure in Back To The Future and Robin Williams dressing up as an old woman in Mrs Doubtfire.

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10. Summer Rental


At number ten, we have the summer holiday classic starring John Candy who’s a stressed out air traffic controller who needs to take a little time off. Everything goes wrong for him until he decides there is something he could do – sailing. This will have the kids giggling away.

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9. Coneheads


Next up, we have Dan Aykroyd as Daddy Conehead. Fuel Survey Underlord Beldar Clorhone (which they Anglicize to”Conehead” – played by Aykroyd) and his wife Prymaat and their daughter are shot down in their spacecraft and try to adapt to American life – with hilarious consequences.

8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Eleven year-old Greg Heffley is looking forward to going to middle school, as he thinks he’s pretty cool. But his best friend is a little fat and distinctly uncool – or so Greg thinks. Things don’t work out the way Greg anticipates but he learns some great lessons in life along the way about being nice to all kids regardless of how cool they are.

7. Aliens in the Attic


A meteor shower heads towards Earth. Meanwhile, in a Chicago suburb, a family decides to head for the wilderness for a short holiday – where they’re joined by their uncle’s family. As the name suggest, they come across the aliens in the attic with some crazy consequences – most notably the robotic control of an ex-boyfriend cad, “Ricky”.

6. Peggy Sue Got Married


At the high school reunion, 25 years after she left, Peggy Sue Bodell (played by Kathleen Turner) faints and goes back in time by the same period. It takes her a while to realise where she is – but she son settles into the routine. Not a real laugh out loud funny movie – but a great family film with a few funny bits.

5. Back to the Future


Into the top half of the funniest ever family cinema listings now, with Back to the Future, another time travel film, when Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels back to his parents’ High School days and manages to change the future for the better – but not without some hilarious troubles en-route.

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4. Chicken Run


The best of the Nick Park movies where a coup of chickens in the northern English countryside are visited by the seeming flying roster, a smooth-talking Rhode Island Red called Rocky – who they come to see as their only hope of salvation when the farm-owners, Mr & Mrs Tweedy decide to move from selling eggs to making chicken pies.

3. Home Alone


The first of the Home Alone movies is hilarious – the second is even better. In the original one, the McCallister family prepares to spend Christmas in Paris, leaving their son Kevin home alone by accident in the process. Meanwhile, two hapless burglars decide to break in as Kevin does all he can to defend the place.

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2. Mrs Doubtfire


When unemployed actor Daniel Hillard’s (played by Robin Williams) wife wants a divorce, he decides to see the kids by posing as a Scottish female housekeeper. It’s one of the funniest family films ever – and one you can watch again and again without ever getting bored.

1. Home Alone 2


The funniest family film of them all, Home Alone 2 sees Kevin lost by his family again, but this time he ends up in New York while the rest fly to Florida. But the resourceful youngster manages to check in to a top New York hotel and things are going well until he runs into the same burglars from the original Home Alone again.

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Written and compiled by Lorena Benchis.
Lorena Benchis is a UK based contributor and blogger. She’s a huge cinephile and enjoys writing about everything to do with entertainment and movies. She’s an amateur photographer and enjoys spending time with her pets.

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  1. Will Reply

    A great list, and it reminds me that I need to re-watch Summer Rental. I watched that so many times as a kid, but it’s been at least 15 years since I saw it. I was obsessed with that film’s score too. So good!

  2. Scott Lawlor Reply

    HAH Brilliant!! I cannot disagree with any of your choices

  3. Jaina Reply

    They don’t make ’em like they used to! Man, I haven’t seen Mrs Doubtfire in AGES!

  4. Evan Crean Reply

    Haven’t seen Wimpy Kid, Chicken Run, or Aliens in the Attic, but this is a fantastic list. Love love Summer Rental, Coneheads, BTTF, Mrs. Doubtfire, and the Home Alones. At first I disagreed about Home Alone 2 being funnier than Home Alone, but there are so many great supporting performances, especially Tim Curry and Rob Schneider. So I changed my mind. Well done!

  5. mark Reply

    Didn’t realise Jim Carey was in Peggie Sue …. Obviously Nic Cage isn’t the only one who should thank Frank Coppola for his career.

    I think Little Miss Sunshine was the best family film I’ve seen. Aside from being about a disfunctional mixed gene pool, grandad advocated (by proxy at least) one of the best drug policies on Earth, that being – people over 60 shouldn’t be arrested for heroin possession or consumption.

  6. Dan Reply

    @Mark: Re: Jim Carrey and Peggy Sue – Neither did I until I found that pic for this top 10! 🙂

  7. sati Reply

    I love Home Alone movies! Joe Pesci is so hilarious in those.

  8. Raghav Reply

    Great list although not sure about aliens in the attic as I’ve tried to watch it a couple of times but just found it to be not that great.

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