38 Classic Movies To Watch With the Kids

38 Classic Movies To Watch With the Kids

Sometimes flicking through Netflix trying to find something to watch as a family, it can be really uninspiring…..

I remember watching video tapes (yes I’m THAT old) – on the weekend, over and over and over again.  Classic movies, movies that I still remember most of the lines to.

Slowly I’ve been introducing these movies to my two boys, at first they didn’t want to watch ‘Old Movies’ they called them (pfftttt) – but they LOVE them, as much as I loved them back then. So if you want a blast from the past, and a rocking good family night in – grab one of these movies and enjoy!!!!!

Enchino Man (1992)

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Starring: Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser, Mariette Hartley, Richard Masur, Pauly Shore

When two geeky teenagers discover a frozen caveman in their backyard, they unfreeze him bringing him to modern life where he teaches the young teenagers how to really enjoy life.

Why the Kids will Love it:

The movie is just so goofy and loveable.  Particularly good for younger kids in the primary school age.  And remember Pauly Shore?  His quirkiness was at its annoying peak in this movie (before it got old!).

“I’m not a geek, I’m a unique weasel.” (Stoney)

Gremlins (1984)

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Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Frances Lee McCain

A boy who receives a cute and cuddly pet breaks important rules concerning the well being of his furry friend which unleashes a terror beyond belief, releasing monsters into their small town.

Why the Kids will love it:

Cute and furry creatures turn into trouble making fends, cheeky, imaginative and unique. The older kids are sure to love this adventure, thriller movie.

“With Mogwai, comes much responsibility.  I cannot sell him at any price.” (Grandfather)

The Goonies (1985)

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Starring:Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton,Ke Huy Quan

In order to save their hometown, a clan of misfits head out on an adventure to find treasure.

Why the kids will love it:

It has pirates, buried treasure, unique inventions, a fat kid that is proud of it, and bad guys.

Okay, I’ll talk!  In third grade, I cheated on my history exam.  In fourth grade, I stole my Uncle Max’s toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hewbrew School play.  In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog… when My Mum sent me to Summer camp for fat kids and then they served lunch, I got nuts and I pigged out and they kicked me out.. but the worse thing I ever done – I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theatre, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: huaaaa, huaaaaa, huaaaaaaaaaaaa.  And then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience.  And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up al over each other.  I never felt so bad in my entire life!”  (Chuck)


The Princess Bride (1987)

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Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Robin Wright, Peter Falk, Billy Cryst

A young boy is sick in bed so his grandfather reads a book about a tale called The Princess Bride.

Why the kids will love it:

A story like no other, with all sorts of creatures and fairy tale stories, this is a movie kids will love. A fantasy movie that is exciting and fun.

Hello.  My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die.”  (Inigo Montoya)

Babe (1995)

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Starring: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh

A little pig taken to a farm is inadventedly trained to be the new dog.

Why the kids will love it:

Farm animals and educational in ways, it is a movie that even adults can love to watch. A sweet story that takes an unexpected turn of events.

“That’ll do pig.  That’ll do.”  (Farmer Hoggett)

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

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Starring: Rick Moranis

A scientist father of two accidentally shrinks his kids and goes on a journey to bring them back to size, while the teens must survive the many dangers of being insect size.

Why the Kids Will Love It:

A quirky comedy with lots of twists and turns is sure to be a winner in the kids new favourite of movies to watch.

“I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto.” (Amy Szalinski)

The Sound of Music (1965)

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Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

A lady becomes a governess for the eight children of a naval officer who lost his wife. With singing and dancing they take on challenges together.

Why the Kids Will Love it:

The music is awesome, the storyline is timeless.  A movie every family should watch.

After all, the wool from the black sheep is just as warm.” (Sister Margaretta)

Dances with Wolves (1990)

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Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney Grant

Lt. John Dunbar is sent to a western civil war outpost where he befriends wolves and Indians which makes the military disapprove his new stance.

Why the kids will love it:

A cultural movie that has lots of learning lessons and an interesting story line with wolves, natives and adventure.

The strangeness of this life cannot be measured: in trying to produce my own death, I was elevated to the status of a living hero.” (John Dunbar)

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

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Starring: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro, Sessue Hayakawa, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Cecil Parker

A family stranded on an island by shipwreck they must survive to make it home together.

Why the kids will love it :

A story that is intriguing with interesting sets and characters. A family movie for everybody to enjoy.

“The world is full of nice, ordinary little people who live in nice, ordinary little houses on the ground.  But didn’t you ever dream of a house up on a tree top?”

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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Starring: Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas

A troubled Child looks to his new alien friend for guidance and in return seeks to find a way for his friend to get back to his own home planet.

Why the kids will love it:

Let their imagination run free with this movie, a classic that every kid loves to watch. Aliens, escape tunnels and friendship for everybody to love.

“You could be happy here, I could take care of you.  I wouldn’t let anybody hurt you.  We could grow up together E.T.” (Elliott)

Jumanji (1995)

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Starring: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde Bebe Neuwirth

Two kids find an interesting board game and release a man who has been trapped inside it as well as all of the other dangerous creatures lurking from inside the game.

Why the kids will love it:

This movie has action, drama, comedy and family all in one, a crazy adventure for the whole family to enjoy. Jungle creatures coming out of a board game, the kids will love it!

“You think that mosquitoes, monkeys and lions are bad? That is just the beginning.  I’ve seen things you’ve only seen in your nightmares.  Things you can’t even imagine.  Things you can’t even see.there are things that hunt you in the night.  Then something screams.  Then you hear them eating, an you hope to God that you’re not dessert. Afraid?  You dont even know what afraid is.  You would not last five minutes without me.”  (Alan Parrish)


Born Free (1966)

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Starring: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers

A married couple live in northern Kenya, the husband is the senior game warden for the state. He must protect the people from a man-eating lion and lioness until he finds the truth about them.

Why the Kids will love it:

A movie with lions and educational quirks, it really is a great classic. A cultural movie also with lions and safari animals for the kids to love to watch.

Joy, tell me the truth.  You just don’t want to give her up.  What you’re really hoping is that she can stay out here, wild, but not too wild.  That you can see her every now and then.” (George Adamson)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara

A cheeky high school boy is determined to have the day off school, no matter what stands in his way, even his relentless principle.

Why the Kids will love it:

This movie is more so for the older kids, a cheeky movie that the whole family can watch and love.

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” (Ferris)

Big (1988)

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Starring: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

After wishing to be ‘big’, a young boy wakes up in the body of an adult.

Why the kids will love it:

Lots of kids dream about getting older and all the fun that comes with being an adult, this movie shows both sides to that theory.

“You can’t keep a kid from growing up.  All a 13 year old boy wants is a 13 year old girl.  And I’m sure don’t know how to build one of those.” (MacMillan)

Annie (1982)

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Starring: Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Geoffrey Holder, Edward Herrmann, Aileen Quinn

A young orphan girl seeks on an adventure to find the perfect family for her.

Why the kids will love it:

A singing and dancing movie with young kids to relate too, the kids are sure to love this movie.

“Some women are drippin’ with diamonds.  Some women are drippn’ with pearls.  Lucky me, lucky me, look at what I’m drippin’ with, Little girls!”  (Miss Hannigan)


The Neverending Story (1984)

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Starring: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Moses Gunn, Patricia Hayes, Sydney Bromley.

A troubled boy dives into the pages of a never-ending tale through the pages of a special book.

Why the kids will love it:

A story tale like no other, with creatures and heroes that save the day.

Trivia: Young actor Noah Hathaway who played Atreyu in the movie, nearly died during the scene where his horse drowns in the ‘Swamp of Sadness’.  Noah got pulled down under water by the elevator and was unconscious by the time he was brought up to the surface.


Matilda (1996)

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Starring: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris, Mara Wilson

A young girl discovers she has magical powers to use for the greater good and save her school.

why the kids will love it:

Everybody loves Matilda! A movie with all sorts of fun stuff, magic, kids and adventure.

Trivia: Mara Wilson (who plays Matilda) lost her mother to breast cancer during filming.  Mara honored her mother by bravely finishing Matilda which was dedicated to her memory.

Cool Runnings (1993)

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Starring: Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba, John Candy

A Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympics, so now he must join the first Jamaican bobsled team in history.

Why the kids will love it:

This movie is absolutely fantastic for the whole family, a great plot and fun story to watch. For all the little athletes, they will love this movie.

“Sanka, you dead? (Derice),  Ya, mon (Sanka).”

Ever After (1998)

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Starring: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Jeanne Moreau

A real story about the tale of Cinderella, a young lady must prevail to be with her one true love, the prince.

Why the kids will love it:

A classic old story about Cinderella with twists and turns, little princesses will love this one!

“I would rather die a thousand deaths than see my mother’s dress on that spoiled, selfish cow!.” (Danielle)


Stand by Me (1986)

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Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Kiefer Sutherland

Four friends go on an adventure to find a missing town boy, their journey will test their friendship but they will have an experience of a lifetime.

Why the kids will love it:

This movie accentuates the unbreakable bond between best friends at young ages, this movie is fantastic for the older kids to enjoy.

Trivia:  Kiefer Sutherland claimed in an interview that in one of the filming locations there was a Renaissance Fair being held.  The cast and crew attended the fair and bought some cookies.  Unfortunately, the cookies turned out to contain marijuana.  Two hours later, Jerry O’Connell was found crying and high somewhere in the park.

Grease (1978)

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Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Eve Arden, Frankie Avalon, Joan Blondell

An Australian girl moves to America where she finds the boy she had a summertime fling with, though he is acting completely different now that he’s around his friends.

Why the kids will love it:

A movie for the older kids, fun, relatable and a love story intertwined, it is a movie for everyone to enjoy.

The song Greased-Lightening was supposed to be sung by Kenickie, at is appeared in the stage version.  However John Travolta insisted on singing it himself making actor Jeff Conaway stand aside.


Groundhog Day (1993)

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Starring:  Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

A  weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over, he must find the answer to move forward with his life.

Why the kids will love it:

A unique movie with funny jokes and a great plot, the kids will love this! living the same day over and over again turns out makes a great movie!

Trivia:  Bill Murray was actually bitten twice by the Groundhog during filming.  He had to have an anti-rabies injection as the bites were so severe. 

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest

A man with scissors for hands finally comes out of isolation to a small town where he will find new love.

Why the kids will love it:

This movie is a classic, a totally different movie with fantasy and a love story, it is a wonderful movie. A classic that the older kids will love to watch.

“Are you alone?  Do you live up here all by yourself?  What happened to your face?  No, I won’t hurt you.  But at the very least, let me give you a good astringent.  And this will help to prevent infection.  What’s your name?” (Peg Boggs)


Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

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Starring: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan

A father of two, dresses as a nanny to keep an eye on his kids, little do they know how far their father will go to keep them in his life. Competing with the new man entering the family picture, Mrs Doubtfire will do anything to keep his family together.

Why the kids will love it:

A movie with a bunch of funny scenes to make the kids giggle, a classic that everyone will love. All ages of kids will love this family comedy, It is a movie not be missed.

Trivia: Robin Williams’ own son didn’t recognise him in is Mrs Doubtfire drag, until he started speaking.

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

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Starring: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

A young boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship (IMDb)

Why the kids will love it:

A movie with spaceships and aliens, all little astronauts will love to watch. Time travel included, fantasy movies are always a win with the kids.

” Mom, have I really been gone eight years?” (David Freeman)

The Secret Garden (1993)

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Starring: Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott

A young girl who has lost her parents come to find hidden truths about her new home as she discovers a secret garden.

Why the kids will love it:

A secret garden! Every kid loves fun and exciting secrets, perfect for an adventure movie. A fun fantasy film that all ages of kids will love to watch.

Trivia:  Elijah Wood was turned down for the role of Colin.  Kirsten Dunst auditioned for the role of Mary.

13 Going on 30 (2004)

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Starring: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Green.

A geeky young girl on her 13th birthday wishes she was 30, she finds out being 30 isn’t all that she wished for and you don’t stay friends with your nerdy neighbor forever.

Why the kids will love it:

Another movie that kids can relate to in regards to wanting to grow up to fast! A funny and fantastic movie.

Trivia: In Jenna’s room on the day of her 13th birthday party, there is a framed picture of Madonna on her vanity table, leaned on the mirror.  When she is 30, she comes across the same photograph, but it is signed.


Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (1971)

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Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum

A young boy wins a golden ticket into the famous chocolate where he meets the well known Willy Wonka. The original movie is SOO MUCH BETTER!

Why the kids will love it:

Its a chocolate factory! every kids dream! A movie that is a classic.

“So much time and so little to do.  Wait a minute.  Strike that.  Reverse it. Thank you.” (Willy Wonka)

Wizard of Oz (1939)

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Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

A girl gets thrown into another world via tornado, where she meets witches, lions scare – crows and tin men.

Why the kids will love it:

An older movie that is timeless, creatures and fantasy to keep the kids hooked. Another world of imagination for the kids to fall in love with.

Trivia:  The horses in Emerald City palace were coloured with jelly crystals.  The relevant scenes had to be shot quickly before the horses started to lick it off.

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Good Will Hunting (1997)

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Starring: Robin William, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

A young man has a talent for mathematics but keep getting into trouble until his professor steps in.

Why the kids will love it:

A movie for the older kids, this has lots of life lesson incorporated with a great plot. A film for parents to enjoy

Trivia:  Many years after the movie, Ben Affleck admitted to having had concerns after the film’s success that he would just be regarded as ‘Matt Damon’s stupid friend.’  ‘Yes that stayed with me for a while’.  (Source: IMDB)

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Starring: Harrison Ford, River Phoenix

Movies full of adventures starring the famous explorer Indiana Jones.

Why the kids will love it:

An action packed film for the whole family to enjoy! Heroes, villains and exciting battles.

Trivia: Harrison Ford actually outran the boulder in the opening sequence.  Because the scene was shot twice from five different angles, he had to outrun it ten times.  Ford’s stumble in the scene was deemed to look authentic, and was left in (Source: IMDB)


Back to the Future (1984)

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Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Marty McFly goes back in time to his parent’s era where he makes his parents fall in love while trying to get back to the future.

Why the kids will love it:

Everybody loves this classic! a perfect movie for the kids and the family, time travel is awesome!

Trivia: Back to the Future films are banned in China because the notion of time travel ‘disrespects history’. (Source: IMDB)

Clueless (1995)

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Starring Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy

A rich high school student tries to boost the popularity of another but matters of the heart keep getting in the way.

Why the kids will love it:

A chick flick movie that is great for the kids to watch,  funny drama that is relatable for so many reasons.

“Actors who auditioned for this film included Reece Witherspoon for Cher, Terrence Howard for Murray, Jeremy Renner for Christianand Josh, Zooey Deschanel for Amber and Cher, Owen Wilson for Travia, Leah Remini for Tai, Seth Green for Travis and Lauryn Hill for Dionne”.  Source: IMDB

My Girl (1991)

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Starring: Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

A young girl and her best friend have their friendship tested when a terrible accident occurs.

Why the kids will love it:

My Girl! this is an all time favorite with the kids, such a sweet story!

Trivia: The original title for the film was ‘Born Jaundiced’.

A League of Their Own (1992)

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Starring:  Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty

Two girls join a professional baseball league and play against their rivals for the top.

Why the kids will love it:

A film with sports and teamwork. the kids will love this movie!

Trivia: All of the injuries and bruises in the film were real injuries that the actresses received during filming. 


Labyrinth (1986)

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Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud

A girl must save her younger brother from a labyrinth and the goblin king.

Why the kids will love it:

A fantasy movie with goblins and other critters, a puzzle and family adventure.

Trivia: The owl in the title sequence is computer generated – the first attempt at a photo-realistic CGI animal character in a feature film.

Sixteen Candles (1984)

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Starring: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry

A girl tries to have a ‘sweet’ 16th birthday but everything possibly embarrassing that could happen, happened.

Why the kids will love it:

A movie for the older kids, a love story that’s quirky that many young tweens will love!

Trivia: Both Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were 16 years old upon release of Sixteen Candles.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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Starring: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

A popular and pretty young teenager cant go out on a date until her grouchy older sister does.

Why the kids will love it:

Another teen love story that has twists and turns here there and everywhere, a timeless classic movie!

Trivia: The scene in which Kat reads the “10 Things” poem was the first and only take, according to the DVD extras. Kat’s tears towards the end of the poem were not planned.

Which ones have you watched with the kids?

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