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Movie Night In: 25 Family Flicks to Watch this Summer

Say hello to SUMMER!

Time for staying up late, eating popcorn, and watching movies!!

That was the best part of growing up… watching a movie with friends and then having a sleepover out under the stars on my trampoline! (What, you didn’t grow up with a trampoline in your backyard? It’s pretty much a requirement in Utah.) Or even setting up a tv outside on the patio, with a tent or blankets. So. Much. Fun!

Well, in come the movies. So many of these are favorites! In fact, I started out with a list of 10 and as I kept thinking about other fabulous flicks, the list grew. Take it from me, these are 25 movies to watch with the kids this summer. Movies that take you back to when you were a kid and first saw them. The original Parent Trap is sooooo classic. I love when they trick each other at camp. Or An American Tail. Can you still sing the song from the movie: “Somewhere, out there…”!! I bet you have the whole song memorized and don’t even know it. And who doesn’t LOVE The Goonies? I only live about 3 hours from the area where it was filmed and I think I’m going to take my kids on a tour this summer!

Here are my 25 picks! Scroll through to see my thoughts about each one. And let me know if I missed one, I’m sure I did. What is your favorite movie for summer?


  • The Sandlot 1 of 25
    The Sandlot
    The Sandlot is one of those baseball movies you need to watch with friends. Then go out and find your own sandlot! There are so many great quotes. We're always saying "FOR-EV-ER"!!
  • The Goonies 2 of 25
    The Goonies
    The Goonies is all about adventure. What more could you want: pirates, treasure, waterslides! I love what they have to do to get to One-Eyed Willy's treasure.
  • The Princess Bride 3 of 25
    The Princess Bride
    The Princess Bride is another movie with so many great quotes. "As you wissssshhhhh"! And it takes you on such a fun and crazy ride.
  • Hook 4 of 25
    Hook
    Hook is my favorite version of Peter Pan, set as a sequel where Peter has grown up. Robin Williams is perfect in this role.
  • The Parent Trap 5 of 25
    The Parent Trap
    This version of The Parent Trap is my favorite. The more modern version is fun too, but I love Hayley Mills. A perfect movie for the tweens.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 6 of 25
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
    I can't tell you how many times I've seen Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! I think I've always wondered what it would be like to be small!
  • Finding Nemo 7 of 25
    Finding Nemo
    Finding Nemo is probably my favorite Pixar. I think it's because I love Dorie, played by Ellen DeGeneres. "Just keep swimming..."
  • The Neverending Story 8 of 25
    The Neverending Story
    I love how The Neverending Story comes from a boy reading a book. It really shows you how you can "become" the book. So many fun charcters.
  • The Dark Crystal 9 of 25
    The Dark Crystal
    The Dark Crystal is set in a fantasy world with fun turns and twists to find the dark crystal. But to warn you, it can be a bit scary for little ones. It is such a great movie, one I watched as a tween, I had to add it to the list.
  • The Secret of NIMH 10 of 25
    The Secret of NIMH
    The Secret of NIMH makes you think twice about rats, maybe they are organized! But this movie makes you realize how a mom would do anything to help her child.
  • An American Tail 11 of 25
    An American Tail
    Sweet little Fievel. What can I say about An American Tail? Fievel is so brave and even befriends a cat, just to find his family.
  • Up 12 of 25
    Up
    Up is such a warm-hearted movie. The relationship between the older man and the boy is so sweet. And I love the dog. We're always yelling, "squirrel"!
  • Back to the Beach 13 of 25
    Back to the Beach
    Back to the Beach is perfect for summer. I want to move to the warm California sun. It has a little bit of adult content, as it is rated PG, but it has such fun songs about sand and surf.
  • Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory 14 of 25
    Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
    Doesn't this movie make you wish you could win a ticket to Willy Wonka's candy factory? Sometimes I actually check candy bars for that gold ticket ;)
  • The Wizard of Oz 15 of 25
    The Wizard of Oz
    The Wizard of Oz, even with the crazy flying monkeys, is a fun movie for summer. Put on the slippers, you know you have a pair, and head to Oz!
  • Tangled 16 of 25
    Tangled
    Tangled is so much fun to watch. I love those paper lanterns. I want to do that someday. And I think every girl wants really long hair like Rapunzel!
  • Wall-E 17 of 25
    Wall-E
    Wall-E is just the sweetest robot out there. It's amazing how much life comes from a robot, especially in a place where electronics rules the world.
  • Ponyo 18 of 25
    Ponyo
    Ponyo is a play-off of the movie The Little Mermaid, but with Japanese animation. It's a sweet tale of friendship.
  • Labyrinth 19 of 25
    Labyrinth
    Sarah must complete the Labyrinth before time runs out. But along the way, there are so many zany characters and mishaps. The best is David Bowie as the Goblin King.
  • E.T. 20 of 25
    E.T.
    E.T. is another classic movie that must be watched. I remember being a little scared as a kid, but older children will love this life-like alien.
  • Charlotte’s Web 21 of 25
    Charlotte's Web
    Charlotte's Web made me dislike spiders a little less. Sometimes I'll look closely at a spider web to see if it's telling me anything special!
  • Freaky Friday 22 of 25
    Freaky Friday
    I love this version of Freaky Friday with Jamie Lee Curtis. The movie with Jody Foster is great too, but I love how well this mom became her daughter. Although, this movie scares me as a mother a little. I won't be wishing to have my daughter's life ;)
  • Annie 23 of 25
    Annie
    Annie has a hard knock life, living in an orphanage. But things change for the better when Daddy Warbucks comes along! You'll be singing all the songs before the movie is over!
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan 24 of 25
    The Muppets Take Manhattan
    The Muppets Take Manhattan is by far my favorite muppets movie. Maybe it's the guest celebrities or the city of New York, but it's such a fun show.
  • Spy Kids 25 of 25
    Spy Kids
    I think my kids wish to be Spy Kids one day! How fun would it be to have the whole family part of a crime fighting secret agency?!


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