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20 Classic Movies You Should Watch with Your Kids

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy kids have been really into movies lately. And as much as I love Cars and Finding Nemo (I do! I really, really do!), I can’t watch them 87 times a week.

Thankfully, they’re getting old enough to be able to sit through “real” movies. So, I’ve been trying to figure out what movies we can watch that we can all enjoy. I started thinking about what movies I liked to watch as a kid, and have been putting together a list.

Some of the movies on my list are somewhat obvious, and some of them are a bit more obscure, but each of them bring back fond memories from my childhood. I hope that my kids love them as much as I do. If the fact that we’re on screening number two of Harry and the Hendersons is any indication, I think I’m on the right track.

Check out my recommended classic kid’s movies after the jump. And then tell me, what movies would you add to the list?


  • Harry and the Hendersons 1 of 20
    Harry and the Hendersons
    This touching tale, about a family who finds "Big Foot" and tries to return him to the wild before he's discovered, will entertain your kids and show them that family comes in all shapes and sizes.
  • Annie 2 of 20
    Annie
    This is a classic, sweet tale about an orphan who finds a forever family in the unlikeliest of places. With songs to sing along to, Annie will entertain the entire family and reinforce the idea that love, not money, is what will make you happy in life.
  • Baby – The Secret of the Lost Legend 3 of 20
    Baby - The Secret of the Lost Legend
    In this story, a scientist tries to save a baby Brontosaurus (now called apatosaurus) from greedy poachers. Your kids will learn that preservation is more important than exploiting animals, and resources, for money.
  • Benji 4 of 20
    Benji
    An adorable, lovable mutt goes on the search for his favorite children, who have been kidnapped. Benji enlists the help of the townspeople who love him, and through a series of adventures, finds the children and solidifies his place in his forever home.
  • ET: The Extra Terrestrial 5 of 20
    ET: The Extra Terrestrial
    An obvious classic. A touching tale about an alien and a human whose friendship blooms even with all the odds against them. In the end, love and friendship know no boundaries if you keep them alive in your heart.
  • Explorers 6 of 20
    Explorers
    In this story, the dreams of a group of young friends come true when they build a spaceship and travel to a distant galaxy in search of aliens. They end up learning the important lesson that things aren't always as different as they seem.
  • Flight of the Navigator 7 of 20
    Flight of the Navigator
    The whole family will be on the edge of their seats while watching this tale about a boy's adventures with time travel. David will do anything to get home, but will it be enough?
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 8 of 20
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
    Everyone will laugh at this goofy Scientist dad who accidentally shrinks his kids and their friends. But can he find them and undo his mistake before it's too late?
  • The NeverEnding Story 9 of 20
    The NeverEnding Story
    To escape bullies, a boy travels to a fantasy world through the pages of a book. There, Bastian learns that believing in his hopes and dreams, and himself, is the key to living a fulfilled and happy life.
  • Pete’s Dragon 10 of 20
    Pete's Dragon
    This sweet musical follows the story of an orphan boy and his magical dragon. Fast friends, Elliott the Dragon watches over Pete and, once Pete is happy and safe, leaves him to find other children who need his help. A touching story about love and friendship, it teaches kids that sometimes you have to let go, even if you don't want to.
  • Pollyanna 11 of 20
    Pollyanna
    It is hard to not fall in love with Pollyanna, a young orphan who teaches her newly adopted town about love and friendship. But will the lessons stick when Pollyanna faces a medical crisis and needs them more than ever?
  • Swiss Family Robinson 12 of 20
    Swiss Family Robinson
    This swashbuckling story about a shipwrecked family marooned on a tropical island has something for everyone. Adventure, wild animals, Pirates, a love story...the entire family will find something to love.
  • The Great Outdoors 13 of 20
    The Great Outdoors
    Funny movie about a family's adventure while on a...rustic vacation. You may not always like your family, but you have to put up with them anyway. Or is it, you might not always like them, but you will always love them. Yeah, that's it.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit 14 of 20
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    Half live action, half animated, this movie tells the story of a cartoon rabbit who is framed for murder and the toon hating human detective who is his only hope at proving his innocence. Kids will love the silly, fast paced story and adults will appreciate the deeper murder mystery.
  • Willow 15 of 20
    Willow
    A small magician and a swordsman partner up to save a baby, and their world, from an evil Queen. In a story filled with magic and suspense, they must battle monsters in order to get the baby back to her people. In the end, Willow loves the baby enough to give her up and return her to where she really belongs.
  • Bridge to Terabithia 16 of 20
    Bridge to Terabithia
    This touching, and heartbreaking, movie (which was based on a book and was originally a made for TV movie), will teach your kids a valuable lesson about friendship and loss. Grab a box of tissues and be prepared to answer some serious, very important questions about life, death and the value of friendship.
  • The Princess Bride 17 of 20
    The Princess Bride
    Action, adventure, princesses, an evil prince, sword fights, giants, R.O.U.Ss...it has something for everyone. In this story, love really does conquer all.
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 18 of 20
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    Every kid should see the original of this classic. Set amidst an incredible world of chocolate, candy, songs and imagination, it teaches important lessons about honesty and integrity.
  • Wizard of Oz 19 of 20
    Wizard of Oz
    An obvious suggestion. A fantastical world of scary witches, friendly witches, flying monkeys, songs, dancing and unlikely allies teach kids to believe in themselves and always remember that "There's no place like home."
  • Elf 20 of 20
    Elf
    Okay, so this isn't really a "classic." But it will be one day, so start watching it with your kids now. The whole family will laugh at how silly it is, but will walk away with the reminder that being different is okay, and that your family, both biological and adopted, will always have your back.

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