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"But This Is So Old Mom!" 10 Classic Movies I'm Going to Force My Kids to Watch

By Devan McGuinness |

The Neverending Story, one of the best kid movies!

As a kid I loved watching movies on the weekend with my brother and sister. We had our favorites that we would rewind (yes, talking VCR rewind) and watch over and over again. Many of those movies influenced something in my life and I am convinced they don’t make ‘em like they used to.

Movies these days (even the ones for kids) are so much more realistic then back in the day. Super awesome special effects, 3D cartoons and though the cheesy story lines may still apply, somehow they seem more realistic with the updated technology.

I don’t understand the movies my parents loved when they were younger — they seem so dated and hard to watch. As I get older and movies get more and more realistic, I am realizing just how dated my own childhood movies are. Despite that, I am still going to ‘force’ my kids to watch them because the movies of my childhood are way too cool to miss — cheesy graphics and all.

Click through to see the 10 movies I am going to ‘force’ my kids to watch and love whether they want to or not:

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Classic Kid Movies I Want My Kids To Watch

The Neverending Story

One of my all-time favorites, I would watch this movie over and over again as a kid. I actually watched it last night and it was still awesome. I wonder if the kids will think it's corny though. "I need a name Bastian!"
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Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle website byDevan. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “"But This Is So Old Mom!" 10 Classic Movies I'm Going to Force My Kids to Watch

  1. Fadra says:

    I’m definitely with you on some but on others? I feel sorry for your kids :)

    Personally, I LOVE The Goonies and Ghostbusters. But Short Circuit? I couldn’t stand it even when it was age appropriate!!

  2. Sylko says:

    Ive already made my kids watch Neverending Story, Flight of the Navigator, Batteries not Included, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, & the Dark Crystal. They loved all of them.

  3. Craig Wiesner says:

    So interesting… just the other day another parent blogged about movies she thought were so terrible for children that they should never have been marketed as appropriate for youngsters… and at the top of her list was The Neverending Story!

    I think it’s a wonderful story, well told, and with important messages.

    Thanks for sharing your list of bests.

  4. Steph says:

    What about The Princess Bride? I saw it in theatres and think that is one of the best movies from my childhood and I can’t wait to share it with my daughters. I totally agree with Goonies- ALL TIME FAVORITE! The rest are good too, but not really feeling Short Circuit. That one was lame even for back then:-)

  5. Janet says:

    I don’t see how Gremlins could make it to a list of good movies for kids. There’s some pretty horrible stuff going on. Sorry if it’s a spoiler, but one of the main characters thought her dad left on Christmas only to discover that he was trying to surprise her on Christmas morning by coming down the chimney, but he fell and broke his neck. If I remember correctly, they discovered him because of the smell. Not a nice thing for a kid of any age. The rest of the movie has those little things killing people. I know I saw this as a kid, but seeing it as a parent (NOT with my daughter) makes me realize how horrible it was.

  6. LogicalMama says:

    We showed Neverending Story to our son years ago and whenever we’d play games after that where he’d need help, he’d call for Falcore!

  7. Samira says:

    my little has seen sandlot, ferngully, goonies, Aladin and ghost busters she hasnt seen never ending story and I think gremlins might scare her I haven’t seen short circuit so not sure what its about but she has seen Wallee if its even close an american tail and never ending story will be seen love neverending story it might be a little long for her attention span right now but she will see it lol good list

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