Movies like Matilda 1996

An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.

If you already watched and love Matilda, you will love these. Below is the list of movies similar to Matilda.

1 Anastasia 1997

This animated adventure retells the story of the lost daughter of Russia's last czar. The evil Rasputin places a curse on the Romanov family, and Anastasia and her grandmother, Empress Maria, get separated. After growing up in an orphanage, Anastasia encounters two Russian men seeking a reward offered by Empress Maria for the return of her granddaughter. The trio travels to Paris, where they find that the empress has grown skeptical of imposters.

Genres:

Animation, Family

Directors:

Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

Writers:

Susan Gauthier (screenplay), Bruce Graham (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.1

2 Peter Pan 2003

In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland.

Genres:

Adventure, Fantasy, Family

Director:

P.J. Hogan

Writers:

J.M. Barrie (play), P.J. Hogan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
6.8

3 The Flintstones 1994

Modern Stone Age family the Flintstones hit the big screen in this live-action version of the classic cartoon. Fred helps Barney adopt a child. Barney sees an opportunity to repay him when Slate Mining tests its employees to find a new executive. But no good deed goes unpunished.

Genres:

Fantasy, Comedy, Family

Director:

Brian Levant

Country:

United States of America
4.9

4 Casper 1995

Furious that her late father only willed her his gloomy-looking mansion rather than his millions, Carrigan Crittenden is ready to burn the place to the ground when she discovers a map to a treasure hidden in the house. But when she enters the rickety mansion to seek her claim, she is frightened away by a wicked wave of ghosts. Determined to get her hands on this hidden fortune, she hires afterlife therapist Dr. James Harvey to exorcise the ghosts from the mansion. Harvey and his daughter Kat move in, and soon Kat meets Casper, the ghost of a young boy who's "the friendliest ghost you know." But not so friendly are Casper's uncles--Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie--who are determined to drive all "fleshies" away.

Genres:

Fantasy, Comedy, Family

Director:

Brad Silberling

Writers:

Joseph Oriolo (characters), Sherri Stoner | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
6.1

5 The Borrowers 1997

The four-inch-tall Clock family secretly share a house with the normal-sized Lender family, "borrowing" such items as thread, safety pins, batteries and scraps of food. However, their peaceful co-existence is disturbed when evil lawyer Ocious P. Potter steals the will granting title to the house, which he plans to demolish in order to build apartments. The Lenders are forced to move, and the Clocks face the risk of being exposed to the normal-sized world.

Genres:

Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Family

Director:

Peter Hewitt

Writers:

Mary Norton (novels), Gavin Scott (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
5.9

6 Scooby-Doo 2002

The Mystery Inc. gang have gone their separate ways and have been apart for two years, until they each receive an invitation to Spooky Island. Not knowing that the others have also been invited, they show up and discover an amusement park that affects young visitors in very strange ways.

Genres:

Mystery, Adventure, Comedy

Director:

Raja Gosnell

Writers:

James Gunn (screenplay), Craig Titley (story) | 3 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
5.1

7 Mousehunt 1997

Down-on-their luck brothers, Lars and Ernie Smuntz, aren't happy with the crumbling old mansion they inherit... until they discover the estate is worth millions. Before they can cash in, they have to rid the house of its single, stubborn occupant: a tiny and tenacious mouse.

Genres:

Comedy, Family

Director:

Gore Verbinski

Writer:

Adam Rifkin

Country:

United States of America
6.4

8 Shrek 2 2004

Shrek, Fiona and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. The fairy godmother discovers that Shrek has married Fiona instead of her Son Prince Charming and sets about destroying their marriage.

Genres:

Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Writers:

William Steig (based upon the book by), Andrew Adamson (story by) | 9 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.2

9 Home Alone 2: Lost In New York 1992

Instead of flying to Florida with his folks, Kevin ends up alone in New York, where he gets a hotel room with his dad's credit card—despite problems from a clerk and meddling bellboy. But when Kevin runs into his old nemeses, the Wet Bandits, he's determined to foil their plans to rob a toy store on Christmas eve.

Genres:

Comedy, Family, Adventure, Crime

Director:

Chris Columbus

Writers:

John Hughes (characters), John Hughes

Country:

United States of America
6.7

10 Jingle All The Way 1996

Meet Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company is constantly busy at his job, and he also constantly disappoints his son, after he misses his son's karate exposition, his son tells Howard that he wants for Christmas is an action figure of his son's television hero, he tries hard to to make it up to him. Unfortunately for Howard, it is Christmas Eve, and every store is sold out of Turbo Man, now Howard must travel all over town and compete with everybody else to find a Turbo Man action figure.

Genres:

Family, Comedy

Director:

Brian Levant

Writer:

Randy Kornfield

Country:

United States of America
5.6

11 The Santa Clause 1994

Scott Calvin is an ordinary man, who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve and is knocked unconscious. When he and his young son finish Santa's trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole, where Scott learns he must become the new Santa and convince those he loves that he is indeed, Father Christmas.

Genres:

Fantasy, Drama, Comedy, Family

Director:

John Pasquin

Country:

United States of America
6.5

12 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993

Loving but irresponsible dad Daniel Hillard, estranged from his exasperated spouse, is crushed by a court order allowing only weekly visits with his kids. When Daniel learns his ex needs a housekeeper, he gets the job -- disguised as an English nanny. Soon he becomes not only his children's best pal but the kind of parent he should have been from the start.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Family

Director:

Chris Columbus

Writers:

Anne Fine (novel), Randi Mayem Singer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7

13 Drop Dead Fred 1991

When Elizabeth returns to her mother's home after her marriage breaks up, she recreates her imaginary childhood friend, Fred, to escape from the trauma of losing her husband and her job. In between the chaos and mayhem that Fred creates, Elizabeth attempts to win back her husband and return to normality.

Genres:

Comedy, Fantasy, Family

Director:

Ate de Jong (as Ate De Jong)

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
5.9

14 The Parent Trap 1998

Hallie Parker and Annie James are identical twins separated at a young age because of their parents' divorce. unknowingly to their parents, the girls are sent to the same summer camp where they meet, discover the truth about themselves, and then plot with each other to switch places. Hallie meets her mother, and Annie meets her father for the first time in years.

Genres:

Comedy, Family

Director:

Nancy Meyers

Writers:

Erich Kästner (book), David Swift (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
6.5

15 The Polar Express 2004

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Genres:

Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Chris Van Allsburg (book), Robert Zemeckis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
6.6

16 Jack Frost 1998

A father, who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son before he is gone forever.

Genres:

Comedy, Family, Drama, Fantasy

Director:

Troy Miller

Writers:

Mark Steven Johnson (story), Mark Steven Johnson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
5.4

17 How The Grinch Stole Christmas 2000

Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of Munchkin-like people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos, whom he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriending the Grinch.

Genres:

Family, Comedy, Fantasy

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Dr. Seuss (book), Jeffrey Price (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
6.2

18 Holes 2003

Stanley's family is cursed with bad luck. Unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp Green Lake, he and his campmates are forced by the warden to dig holes in order to build character. What they don't know is that they are digging holes in order to search for a lost treasure hidden somewhere in the camp.

Genres:

Adventure, Family, Drama, Comedy

Director:

Andrew Davis

Writers:

Louis Sachar (novel), Louis Sachar (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
7

19 Hook 1991

The boy who wasn't supposed grow up—Peter Pan—does just that, becoming a soulless corporate lawyer whose workaholism could cost him his wife and kids. During his trip to see Granny Wendy in London, the vengeful Capt. Hook kidnaps Peter's kids and forces Peter to return to Neverland.

Genres:

Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Family

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

J.M. Barrie (books), J.M. Barrie (play) | 4 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
6.8

20 Home Alone 1990

Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister makes the most of the situation after his family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on Christmas vacation. But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on Kevin's house, the plucky kid stands ready to defend his territory. By planting booby traps galore, adorably mischievous Kevin stands his ground as his frantic mother attempts to race home before Christmas Day.

Genres:

Comedy, Family

Director:

Chris Columbus

Writer:

John Hughes

Country:

United States of America
7.6

21 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

Genres:

Science Fiction, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Country:

United States of America
7.8

22 Babe 1995

Babe is a little pig who doesn't quite know his place in the world. With a bunch of odd friends, like Ferdinand the duck who thinks he is a rooster and Fly the dog he calls mom, Babe realizes that he has the makings to become the greatest sheep pig of all time, and Farmer Hogget knows it. With the help of the sheep dogs Babe learns that a pig can be anything that he wants to be.

Genres:

Fantasy, Drama, Comedy, Family

Director:

Chris Noonan

Writers:

Dick King-Smith (novel), George Miller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Australia, United States of America
6.7

23 Ri¢hie Ri¢h 1994

Billionaire heir Richie Rich has it all, including Reggie Jackson as a batting coach and Claudia Schiffer as a personal trainer -- but no playmates. What's more, scoundrel Laurence Van Dough is scheming to take over the family empire. Uh-oh! Enter faithful butler Cadbury to save the day.

Genres:

Comedy, Family

Director:

Donald Petrie

Writers:

Neil Tolkin (story), Tom S. Parker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
5.3

24 Labyrinth 1986

When teen Sarah is forced to babysit Toby, her baby stepbrother, she summons Jareth the Goblin King to take him away. When he is actually kidnapped, Sarah is given just thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue him.

Genres:

Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Director:

Jim Henson

Writers:

Dennis Lee (story by), Jim Henson (story by) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
7.4