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Oldies But Goodies: 20 Classic Movies Your Kids Will Love

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I always think it’s funny when my kids have friends over to watch movies. My kids start spouting off the titles of old movies and their friends just stand their looking dazed and confused, saying, “We don’t know that movie.” And honestly, I don’t know why they would know half of them. It shocks me sometimes to see my kids pop in an old musical instead of watching, “Despicable Me” or “How to Train Your Dragon.” It seems that kids would choose the latest and greatest blockbuster hit over some oldie, but for some reason, they love the old-time classics. I guess that part of me has been passed down to them.

I was raised in a very musical home. My Mom has the voice of an angel, along with every other member of my family. The angelic singing gene skipped me. Too bad. But I was raised to sing and play instruments and go to plays and be in plays and sing in choirs and watch musicals. That’s what we did. Whenever we needed a new musical to watch, we would head to the library and thumb through the classics that my mom loved and grew up with herself. They usually starred Doris Day, Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Who knew that 3 generations later, those same movies would still be going strong?

Narrowing my list of classics was not an easy task. I have 50 more I’d like to add! And “classic” is different for everyone. Meghan compiled her own list of classics here.

So, here is a list of “classics” that I grew up watching that my kids love to watch too. Oh the memories that are flooding through me right now…


  • Newsies 1 of 20
    Newsies
    This is when I first fell in love with Christian Bale. My sisters and I wore this movie out and my kids are now doing the same. The music and dancing are a lot of fun!
  • Singin’ In The Rain 2 of 20
    Singin' In The Rain
    Who doesn't love to sing that infamous song when it's raining outside? There's no denying that Gene Kelly can dance. This is a great movie and super entertaining!
  • Oklahoma 3 of 20
    Oklahoma
    Ever sing the song, "Oh what a beautiful morning" to your kids? Thanks to "Oklahoma," we have that fun song and a great way to start the day.
  • The Music Man 4 of 20
    The Music Man
    What a fun movie! The song, "Trouble" was a hit when I was a kid and still is. You can't help but get up and dance to some of these songs.
  • On The Town 5 of 20
    On The Town
    Without fail, every road trip we take with our kids, this is the first one in the DVD player. They laugh and sing to all the words.
  • Babes In Toyland 6 of 20
    Babes In Toyland
    I have such fond memories of this movie. It's definitely a fun one to watch as a kid.
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 7 of 20
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    My kids LOVE this movie! A car that can turn into a boat, adventure, funny inventions and songs? A great classic.
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks 8 of 20
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks
    I used to watch this movie all the time as a kid. It's got witches, flying beds, animation and more great music. We watch it all the time.
  • Xanadu 9 of 20
    Xanadu
    This movie made roller-skating ultra cool and as a little girl, this movie seemed magical to me. She glowed!
  • Hello Dolly 10 of 20
    Hello Dolly
    It's hard to not fall in love with Barbra Streisand after this movie. I think we watched this movie almost every Sunday when I was growing up. It's a fun one for kids.
  • The Sound of Music 11 of 20
    The Sound of Music
    Oh how we love this movie! What's not to love about the Von Trapp kids and the song, "These are a few of my favorite things?"
  • Doctor Dolittle 12 of 20
    Doctor Dolittle
    If your kids love animals, this is a great one! I always thought it was so cool that he had exotic animals living with him.
  • The Love Bug 13 of 20
    The Love Bug
    Herbie is fun to watch! Kids love this car and all the adventure that comes with it.
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 14 of 20
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    What a fun movie! We can't help but laugh through it and fall in love with each character.
  • Mary Poppins 15 of 20
    Mary Poppins
    I love it when my kids choose this one. I usually find myself dropping whatever I'm doing and snuggling up to one my little ones. We all love this movie.
  • The Parent Trap 16 of 20
    The Parent Trap
    This movie never gets old. Talk about a "goodie!" It's a barrel of laughs. Those girls were so creative! My kids laugh every time they play tricks on the girlfriend. A must-have in my opinion!
  • Calamity Jane 17 of 20
    Calamity Jane
    Another great musical. It's so interesting to see how far special effects have come in the movie industry. It's funny to watch these old shows and compare them to the latest hits now. That doesn't seem to bother kids though, they love to watch them regardless. Calamity Jane is funny, a great story and has great music too!
  • Grease 18 of 20
    Grease
    This one is definitely a classic. It's hard not to fall in love with the music and keep from singing to it all day.
  • Oliver 19 of 20
    Oliver
    This one is about an orphan that leaves the orphanage and sets out on an adventure. The music and dancing are very entertaining.
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown 20 of 20
    The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    I remember this movie impacting me a lot. It has great life lessons in it and it's entertaining to watch. She is great! Her character is so strong and their story is one I'm glad I grew up watching.

Any of these your favorites? What would you add to the list?

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