If your big move day is approaching, you’re probably overstressing and consumed with packing. So, whether you need a well-deserved break or something to put on in the background, we have the perfect moving-centered film for you.
Toy Story (1995)
Rotten Tomatoes: 100% | IMDb: 8.3/10 | Rated: G
This classic Disney animation, Toy Story, centers around what our toys might be up to when no one is looking. In the first film of this movie series, Andy adds a new toy to his collection: Buzz Lightyear, much to the disappointment of his beloved toy Woody who is starting to feel like 2nd place. However, when the toys are kidnapped, they must all work together to find a way back home before Andy and his family move away.
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% | IMDb: 7.5/10 | Rated: PG
With a plot centered around a teenage girl and her family moving into a hunted house, you’d think Beetlejuice might be a frightening movie. And while it’s definitely dark in some aspects, it’s mostly a comedic feel-good family flick.
Spirited Away (2001)
Rotten Tomatoes: 97% | IMDb: 8.6/10 | Rated: PG
On the way to their new home, a family takes a wrong turn, leading to their daughter taking on a brave adventure. Spirited Away is a powerful coming-of-age animated movie, produced by Studio Ghibli, that will resonate with those feeling like strangers in their new home.
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)
Rotten Tomatoes: 24% | IMDb: 5.9/10 | Rated: PG
If you’re moving with children, at least you’re not (hopefully) moving with 12 children. Watching Tom and Kate move their dozen children across the state in Cheaper by the Dozen will hopefully bring you some solace towards your own move.
Rotten Tomatoes: 52% | IMDb: 6.6/10 | Rated: PG
When you move to a new town, you might experience things you’re not used to. And Ren, in Footloose, realizes that when he has to move from Chicago to a small Midwestern town that has outlawed rock n’ roll and dancing.
Rotten Tomatoes: 98% | IMDb: 8.3/10 | Rated: PG
While Up might not be about moving in the traditional sense, it definitely involves a man and his home relocating. Fair warning: this animated film will cause you to shed a few tears, especially in the opening montage.
The Money Pit (1986)
Rotten Tomatoes: 50% | IMDb: 6.4/10 | Rated: PG
Produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, The Money Pit tells the comedic story of Anna and Walter after they put their savings into a seemingly beautiful mansion. Privy of the name, they soon discover they’ve been scammed into a house that is falling apart.
Max Keeble’s Big Move (2001)
Rotten Tomatoes: 29% | IMDb: 5.4/10 | Rated: PG
While some kids might find moving to be sad, Max sees it as a prime opportunity. In Max Keeble’s Big Move, Max learns his family is moving to Chicago and decides to take his revenge on the bullies he thinks he’ll never see again.
Rotten Tomatoes: 33% | IMDb: 6.1/10 | Rated: R
The only R-rated film on our list, Moving, depicts just about anything and everything that could possibly go wrong during the moving process. If you’re currently stressing over moving, this film will probably leave you feeling grateful that at least you’re not Arlo Pear moving.
Funny Farm (1988)
Rotten Tomatoes: 62% | IMDb: 6.2/10 | Rated: PG
Funny Farm tells the story of Andy and his wife, Elizabeth, after moving from the city to a small farm so Andy can focus on writing a novel. However, country life isn’t all that it seems to be.
The Karate Kid (1984)
Rotten Tomatoes: 89% | IMDb: 7.3/10 | Rated: PG
A young Daniel LaRusso has to move with his mother from New Jersey all the way to Southern California. In this new life, he faces all kinds of changes (good and bad), including making a new friend, Mr. Miyagi, who also happens to be a Kung Fu master. In The Karate Kid, Mr. Miyagi shows Daniel how to defend himself while teaching him many valuable life lessons along the way.
It’s no surprise that there are so many films centered around moving. Such a tremendous change is sure to stir up a lot of emotions and alter the way we live our lives. So, we hope these movies can help bring you some comfort, laughter, and reassurance during this huge transition.