The Top Non-Sucky Movies To Watch With Kids.

I haven’t been out on New Year’s Eve in 7 years. I’ll give you one guess at the age of my oldest kid. But it seems that staying home on New Year’s Eve is just a byproduct of being a parent.  Even the babysitters wanna go out that night so if you have kids, you’re screwed. So it’s all about finding movies to watch with kids that you’ll enjoy too.

More than 30 movies to watch with kids that you'll enjoy too! - @toulousentonicBecause, let’s face it – the parents I know are debating about not what they’ll wear (pajama pants) or who they’ll see (their children every time they pop out of bed to ask for a glass of water) but which heinous kids TV show or movie they’ll be forced to watch.

What greater punishment is there than not only having to stay home on New Year’s Eve to take care of your own kids but also being forced to watch Calliou?

So here are my suggestions for the top nonsucky movies to watch with kids that YOU will actually enjoy too.

(*post contains affiliate links)

Happy New Year and may the kids fall asleep before the closing credits roll.

The top movies to watch with kids

@toulouseNtonic, www.toulouseandtonic.com

The Princess Bride is my top choice because even if I wasn’t watching with kids, I’d still choose it.  That’s how much I love it.  No movie has ever been so quotable.  Now say it with me, “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.”

514QCZHWR5L._SL500_AA300_Yes, I am a ginormous geek.  But I adore Willow.  Big people.  Little people.  Even littler people.  Val Kilmer at his peak of sexiness.  And that baby — no baby has ever had such an expressive face.  And again, the quotes.  Okay, that’s probably just me so I may say this one alone… “I STOLE A BABY!!!!!”

51E72D3SWFL._SX500_Despicable Me. Funny, funny, funny.  I hear the opening credits with that awesome music under them and I come running.  I also laugh out loud each time someone in real life says “pretty please,” because all I hear is the line from the movie, “The physical appearance of the please makes no difference.”  Despicable Me 2?  Meh.

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The Goonies is such fun nostalgia for you and such fun mischief for your kids.  You’ll enjoy remembering the hideous fashion choices you made in the 80s and they’ll enjoy picturing you wearing a useless folded bandana tied around your forehead for no good reason.

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The Wizard of Oz never goes out of style.  It never will.  I’ve seen it more than I’ve seen any other movie ever and I love it every single time.  Every.  Single. Time.  And so does my 7-year-old.  And for some reason, he’s less afraid of those flying monkeys than I am, even today as a grown-up.  Know what else is great about it?  It’s looooong!  Put it on and the kids will probably be passed out by the end of it.  Carry ’em up to bed.  End of story.  Clink.

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So cute.  And hilarious.  Just say the word “SQUIRREL!” to me and I’ll laugh.  Also, contains the best, most effective montage in movie history.  I defy you to remain dry-eyed at the end of it.  But I promise, it’s nowhere but “UP” from there.

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The original.  It has to be the original.  Funny, heartwarming, trippy as hell and good lessons for the kiddos.  You’re a bad egg?  You’ll fall down a chute and get ground up with the rest of the trash.  WHAT?  I didn’t say it, Willy Wonka did.

“Violet?  You’re turning Violet, Violet!”

And here are some more of the best movies to watch with kids to add to your list:

The Iron Giant (I had never heard of this movie but the boys (7 and 3) both loved it so much)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Honestly, I could watch this one 20 times and not get bored)
WallE (Looks boring but isn’t. Has so much heart)
Babe (Everybody roots for the pig that thinks he’s a sheepdog)
How To Train Your Dragon (We all loved this one. I didn’t love the followup nearly as much but the boys still liked it)
Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Loved it)
The Incredible Mr. Fox (Really loved it)
Peabody & Sherman (My husband and the boys loved it. I liked it but mostly wanted to leaf through my US Weekly magazine)
Paddington Bear (Shockingly good. I didn’t look away at my phone or a magazine once)
Because of Winn Dixie (Old school feel good movie)
Monsters, Inc. (A classic, holds up to many repeated viewings)
The Lego Movie (Boys are obsessed, husband loved it, I thought it was okay)
Big Hero 6 (Mom loved this as much as the boys)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Big people, little people, lasers, family fun – what’s not to love?)
Finding Nemo (Just keep swimming, just keep swimming)
ET (There’s the momentary sadness of him dying but if you can get the kids through it, he’s back to life!)
Shrek (All 3 are pretty good but the first is good for many viewings)
Toy Story (all 3 are great)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (This one is LONG so choose it if you really want to spend some time snuggling with the kids. I will always love this movie and the boys do too)
Back to the Future (just about ready to introduce the 7yo to all 3 of these in the next year or two – there is some language/sexual situations so wait until you think your kid is ready)
The Muppet Movie (my husband’s pick)
Chicken Run (Very funny for everyone)
Home (The boys were crazy about this and I found it amusing)
The Sandlot (A favorite with my husband)
Cars (I thought this kinda sucked by my husband didn’t)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (I adore this movie and if your kids aren’t creeped out too easily, they will too)
James and the Giant Peach (Classic story, great for everyone)
The Neverending Story (A little creepy for me but everyone else adored it)

There you go.  My picks for the best movies to watch with kids.

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  1. Awesome movie suggestions and would also add anything Pixar, like Toy Story or Finding Nemo. Can never go wrong with their stories and animation. Happy New Year!!

  2. We have started watching legitimate, good movies with our girls and The Princess Bride was our first choice! 🙂 I made them watch the original Parent Trap this weekend, and that was fun! They also really liked Night at the Museum.

  3. We just introduced the kids to Willy W. They are in love. I don’t acknowledge the new one. No sense messing with perfection. Great movies!

  4. ET, The Neverending Story, The Breakfast Club, Public Enemies, Pulp Fiction. Oh wait, those last ones were for me. My kids LOVE Despicable Me, Up and are obligated by the fact that they are Kansans to love Wizard of Oz. They prefer Charlie and the Chocolate Factory over the original, and I swear I had no influence over that. This is a great list and I am sure we will be watching at least one of these tonight! Happy New Year! xoxo

    • ET! That’s the one I’ve been meaning to get for months and forgetting. Thank you so much. A trip to Redbox is in order. XOXO

  5. We watch all of those on your list. We also like Sound of Music and Annie. Since Adolpha loves musicals I also introduced her to Fiddler on the Roof (loved it). Gomer likes the Nightmare Before Christmas. They both like anything with Jack Black. Their current favorite is Gulliver’s Travels.

  6. Perfect choices.

    My boys haven’t seen Willy Wonka yet… suddenly I can’t believe why not. What have I been doing?

    We recently had friends from out of town (actually out of country) come to visit, and after a long, full day in the sun, I really just wanted to put a movie and relax, but I didn’t want to be lame. Finally, I floated the idea of Despicable Me, just for the kids, so we could visit. Obviously we all ended up watching and quoting the entire time. “Light-bulb”!

    Also, I have to suggest “Real Steel.” It is completely unlike me to suggest a robot-related movie, so I have no other explanation except that we love it.

    • ashersmom says:

      I’ll check out Real Steel. I’m always looking for something new to watch with the boy and he LOVES robots!

  7. Brian Graves says:

    Great list! “Princess Bride” is awesome. I thought the first “Cars” movie was hilarious too… And yep, “Neverending Story”…

  8. We recently introduced our kids to Despicable Me (one of mine & hubby’s favorites) and my daughter requested it as our New Year’s Eve movie. Much more enjoyable than her past requests of 15 episodes of Dora!

    • ashersmom says:

      I love it. Can’t wait for Despicable Me 2. God, I hope it doesn’t suck. Somehow that always sullies the first one for me too.

  9. You’re not the only one who quotes “Willow.” My mom and I still call people big, dumb Daikinis. Oh, and my kids just watched “Gremlins” for the first time, and are smitten!

  10. “Fido” is a great one about zombies that is funny. “The Sandlot,” “Spaceballs,” “My Dog Skip,” and “The Iron Giant.”

  11. My kids are stuck on Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (thoroughly memorized), Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (same), Finding Nemo (getting close), any Winnie the Pooh movie (there are days when I hate the whole Hundred Acre Wood), and old classics like Sword in the Stone and Bambi. One day I hope to be able to introduce them to some movies that I will also enjoy (not that I don’t like these, but you know, a mom can only take so many “Oh, bother’s” and “Rule #1: always listen to Buck’s” before going insane).

    • ashersmom says:

      How old are the kids? I’m guessing from what you’re being forced to watch that they’re young…you should graduate to something better soon! In the meantime, just make sure they NEVER EVER EVER know anything about CALLIOU!

  12. We recently watched “Stardust” and it was awesome, it is adventure with a strong female lead. “Harry Potter” movies are pretty amazing too. I pretty much hate all the Alvin and the Chipmunk movies and All of the Land Before Time flicks. I won’t go see kiddie movies in the theater because at least I get to be somewhat surprised the first time I watch a movie with the kids, then I get to watch it 100 more times.

  13. Heather Mazzeo says:

    Great list! We also like the new Muppets movie, Mary Poppins, Brave (& anything Pixar), Alvin & The Chipmunks. Looking forward to trying Labrynth for the 1st time.

  14. mamaslaughter says:

    Labyrinth, the Dark Crystal, the old animated Hobbit, Matilda, the Secret Garden (90’s version with Maggie Smith) Loved your list. Happy to say I have nerded up my children sufficiently. I even have them watching Doctor Who with me.

  15. My daughter is 3 and we attempt to watch a movie weekly together as little brother is in bed. She could watch Mary Poppins, Bed knobs and Broomsticks, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on repeat. We’ve tried The Music Man, Flipper, Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, Bye Bye Birdie, and Willy Wonka. I wanna try Wizard of Oz but I think it might stress her out a bit. Anyone have some old timey suggestions?

    • While she is still young . . . Annie, Hairspray, Grease, Mama Mia. Once she is a little older and starts to get he gist of things, she will have too many questions about those muscals and you will want to shelve them for many years.

  16. Melanie says:

    As my kids got older, we re-watch Princess Bride and added the original Indiana Jones movies (not with the son), the original Star Wars trilogy, and the first Back to the Future.

  17. Goonies scared the shit out of my kids. There’s a lot of language in it, and the “stiff in the fridge” (remember, the family of criminals puts a dead body in the fridge, and the fat kid gets stuck in there with him) sent my 7 year old screaming from the room.

    ET freaked her out, too, when he died. I COMPLETELY forgot that he died. And the Princess Bride – she still won’t watch the torture scene, “And remember, this is for science, so be precise…”

    I guess what I’m saying is be careful with 80s era movies – we’ve found that we don’t remember half of what was in them, and that they don’t translate well to our modern, sheltered kids. I think we must have been older and more worldly when we saw these movies for the first time, even though it seems like we weren’t that old. Maybe 80s kids are just made of sterner stuff. We were also allowed to stay out until the streetlights came on…..

  18. We like to watch Nacho Libre with our sons. Hysterical and clean. A little violent with the wrestling, but my sons are doing all that crap anyway, so we just watch away. We like The Sound of Music and The Muppets Movie too. My 9yo liked ET, but it scared my 8yo.

  19. I think what Amy said is the exact reason we SHOULD show these movies to our kids! Where else are they going to get exposed to scary things in a safe way so we can talk about it with them? I remember almost passing out in fear during the opening scene of Ghostbusters (when the library ghost goes from gently floating lady to “I’m going to eat your face”) but being so proud of myself that I hadn’t run or screamed my way through the theater. Besides, we watch Mary Poppins all the time and the FIRST dang thing my 3 year old decided to quote from that entire, quote able movie was the line “Rum punch!”

    We love musicals here, too. The whole family sings and dances in the living room to Annie, Mary Poppons, Sound of Music, and I’m forgetting the other that lives in our DVD player. :-/ I’d love to get my kids hooked on Shrek, because OMG those are the best movies ever, but so far no dice.

    Finding Nemo was a hit, and as they get older I’m sure we will find movies that don’t melt our brains. Right now, though, they’re pretty young and still addicted to anything Thomas the Tank Engine.

    One word of warning: if you can play YouTube videos over your tv, don’t let your kids know about it! My son picks the most grey-matter-melting CRAP you could ever find and gets fascinated by it, insisting we watch it all day long as much as we will let him. There’s a guy in Utah that goes shopping with his cars at Petco – off the leash cats, mind you – and he spends 22 minutes of a video showing his cats riding in the cart with him saying “Zeus, stay. Stay, Zeusy!” At the end of it all, my husband and I want to cry, but my son just begs for more of the kitties at the shopping house! Ugh! Anything is better than that! 🙂

  20. Michelle says:

    I had forgotten how many curse words were in “The Goonies”. I guess it didn’t really phase me back in the 80s. My son (10) also likes classic Disney movies (not so much the princess ones, though), and he loved “Bruce Almighty” (again, a few choice curse words, but we talk to him about it and remind him that just because they say it in the movies, doesn’t mean it’s ok. It’s worked so far). Oh, and he likes Don Knotts movies-The Apple Dumpling Gang, and another western. I keep meaning to watch Mr. Limpitt with him.

  21. The Little Rascals and Dennis the Menace are some of our faves!

  22. I just had my kids watch Yours, Mine, and Ours with Lucille Ball. They loved it. We also watch a lot of Harry Potter, Star Wars, Hobbit/LOTR, Stardust, Secret of Moonacre.

    I also make my kids watch Jane Austen movies with me…

    • I am just waiting for my oldest to be old enough to handle LOTR, trust me!!! My husband and I have had a (strange) tradition of watching all LOTR movies during the holidays and we had to stop it once we had kids because, well, who has 12 hours to watch movies back to back? When Ash is finally old enough, we’ll start doing it again. Still not sure what we’ll do with the little one during this marathon but we’ll figure that out later. Thanks for the tips!

  23. My boys have loved “The Great Muppet Caper” and “Muppets Take Manhattan”, yet the original “Muppet Movie” is a no dice. They love “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Guardians of Ga’Hoole”, “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”, “Chicken Run”, and “Flushed Away.”

  24. So I loved this list but had never in my life heard of Dark Crystal. I saw it on a movie channel the other day after reading this and I recorded it…omg it’s the worst, most creepy thing I’ve ever seen. My husband remembers watching it as a kid and being baffled by it. I don’t know how I missed it but not sorry I did!

    Can’t wait to show my sons Sandlot and Princess Bride and Willy Wonka…some day!!

  25. Anything with Anne Hathaway. Ella Enchanted was a good one. Jungle Book, Old Yeller, Wizard of Oz (favorite), and most of the movies with Dick van Dyke and/or Julie Andrews. Also, Apple Dumpling Gang and Ghost of Mr. Chicken.

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The Top Non-Sucky Movies To Watch With Kids.

I haven’t been out on New Year’s Eve in 7 years. I’ll give you one guess at the age of my oldest kid. But it seems that staying home on New Year’s Eve is just a byproduct of being a parent.  Even the babysitters wanna go out that night so if you have kids, you’re screwed. So it’s all about finding movies to watch with kids that you’ll enjoy too.

More than 30 movies to watch with kids that you'll enjoy too! - @toulousentonicBecause, let’s face it – the parents I know are debating about not what they’ll wear (pajama pants) or who they’ll see (their children every time they pop out of bed to ask for a glass of water) but which heinous kids TV show or movie they’ll be forced to watch.

What greater punishment is there than not only having to stay home on New Year’s Eve to take care of your own kids but also being forced to watch Calliou?

So here are my suggestions for the top nonsucky movies to watch with kids that YOU will actually enjoy too.

(*post contains affiliate links)

Happy New Year and may the kids fall asleep before the closing credits roll.

The top movies to watch with kids

@toulouseNtonic, www.toulouseandtonic.com

The Princess Bride is my top choice because even if I wasn’t watching with kids, I’d still choose it.  That’s how much I love it.  No movie has ever been so quotable.  Now say it with me, “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.”

514QCZHWR5L._SL500_AA300_Yes, I am a ginormous geek.  But I adore Willow.  Big people.  Little people.  Even littler people.  Val Kilmer at his peak of sexiness.  And that baby — no baby has ever had such an expressive face.  And again, the quotes.  Okay, that’s probably just me so I may say this one alone… “I STOLE A BABY!!!!!”

51E72D3SWFL._SX500_Despicable Me. Funny, funny, funny.  I hear the opening credits with that awesome music under them and I come running.  I also laugh out loud each time someone in real life says “pretty please,” because all I hear is the line from the movie, “The physical appearance of the please makes no difference.”  Despicable Me 2?  Meh.

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The Goonies is such fun nostalgia for you and such fun mischief for your kids.  You’ll enjoy remembering the hideous fashion choices you made in the 80s and they’ll enjoy picturing you wearing a useless folded bandana tied around your forehead for no good reason.

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The Wizard of Oz never goes out of style.  It never will.  I’ve seen it more than I’ve seen any other movie ever and I love it every single time.  Every.  Single. Time.  And so does my 7-year-old.  And for some reason, he’s less afraid of those flying monkeys than I am, even today as a grown-up.  Know what else is great about it?  It’s looooong!  Put it on and the kids will probably be passed out by the end of it.  Carry ’em up to bed.  End of story.  Clink.

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So cute.  And hilarious.  Just say the word “SQUIRREL!” to me and I’ll laugh.  Also, contains the best, most effective montage in movie history.  I defy you to remain dry-eyed at the end of it.  But I promise, it’s nowhere but “UP” from there.

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The original.  It has to be the original.  Funny, heartwarming, trippy as hell and good lessons for the kiddos.  You’re a bad egg?  You’ll fall down a chute and get ground up with the rest of the trash.  WHAT?  I didn’t say it, Willy Wonka did.

“Violet?  You’re turning Violet, Violet!”

And here are some more of the best movies to watch with kids to add to your list:

The Iron Giant (I had never heard of this movie but the boys (7 and 3) both loved it so much)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Honestly, I could watch this one 20 times and not get bored)
WallE (Looks boring but isn’t. Has so much heart)
Babe (Everybody roots for the pig that thinks he’s a sheepdog)
How To Train Your Dragon (We all loved this one. I didn’t love the followup nearly as much but the boys still liked it)
Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Loved it)
The Incredible Mr. Fox (Really loved it)
Peabody & Sherman (My husband and the boys loved it. I liked it but mostly wanted to leaf through my US Weekly magazine)
Paddington Bear (Shockingly good. I didn’t look away at my phone or a magazine once)
Because of Winn Dixie (Old school feel good movie)
Monsters, Inc. (A classic, holds up to many repeated viewings)
The Lego Movie (Boys are obsessed, husband loved it, I thought it was okay)
Big Hero 6 (Mom loved this as much as the boys)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Big people, little people, lasers, family fun – what’s not to love?)
Finding Nemo (Just keep swimming, just keep swimming)
ET (There’s the momentary sadness of him dying but if you can get the kids through it, he’s back to life!)
Shrek (All 3 are pretty good but the first is good for many viewings)
Toy Story (all 3 are great)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (This one is LONG so choose it if you really want to spend some time snuggling with the kids. I will always love this movie and the boys do too)
Back to the Future (just about ready to introduce the 7yo to all 3 of these in the next year or two – there is some language/sexual situations so wait until you think your kid is ready)
The Muppet Movie (my husband’s pick)
Chicken Run (Very funny for everyone)
Home (The boys were crazy about this and I found it amusing)
The Sandlot (A favorite with my husband)
Cars (I thought this kinda sucked by my husband didn’t)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (I adore this movie and if your kids aren’t creeped out too easily, they will too)
James and the Giant Peach (Classic story, great for everyone)
The Neverending Story (A little creepy for me but everyone else adored it)

There you go.  My picks for the best movies to watch with kids.

Be sure to read through the comments for more awesome non-sucky movies to watch with kids that you can enjoy too!

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  1. Awesome movie suggestions and would also add anything Pixar, like Toy Story or Finding Nemo. Can never go wrong with their stories and animation. Happy New Year!!

    1. ashersmom says:

      Yep, all the Pixar movies are very watchable!

  2. We have started watching legitimate, good movies with our girls and The Princess Bride was our first choice! 🙂 I made them watch the original Parent Trap this weekend, and that was fun! They also really liked Night at the Museum.

    1. ashersmom says:

      We’ll have to try Night at the Museum. I fear my boy will not sit still for the Parent Trap…

  3. We just introduced the kids to Willy W. They are in love. I don’t acknowledge the new one. No sense messing with perfection. Great movies!

    1. ashersmom says:

      I’m with you. My husband showed the kid the new Willy Wonka and I’m like pfthpththphh. That crap.

      1. ashersmom says:

        Although it does have The Depp in it…

  4. ET, The Neverending Story, The Breakfast Club, Public Enemies, Pulp Fiction. Oh wait, those last ones were for me. My kids LOVE Despicable Me, Up and are obligated by the fact that they are Kansans to love Wizard of Oz. They prefer Charlie and the Chocolate Factory over the original, and I swear I had no influence over that. This is a great list and I am sure we will be watching at least one of these tonight! Happy New Year! xoxo

    1. ashersmom says:

      ET! That’s the one I’ve been meaning to get for months and forgetting. Thank you so much. A trip to Redbox is in order. XOXO

  5. We watch all of those on your list. We also like Sound of Music and Annie. Since Adolpha loves musicals I also introduced her to Fiddler on the Roof (loved it). Gomer likes the Nightmare Before Christmas. They both like anything with Jack Black. Their current favorite is Gulliver’s Travels.

    1. ashersmom says:

      Oh yes, the Nightmare before Christmas. The boy would love that. Adding to my list – thanks!

  6. Perfect choices.

    My boys haven’t seen Willy Wonka yet… suddenly I can’t believe why not. What have I been doing?

    We recently had friends from out of town (actually out of country) come to visit, and after a long, full day in the sun, I really just wanted to put a movie and relax, but I didn’t want to be lame. Finally, I floated the idea of Despicable Me, just for the kids, so we could visit. Obviously we all ended up watching and quoting the entire time. “Light-bulb”!

    Also, I have to suggest “Real Steel.” It is completely unlike me to suggest a robot-related movie, so I have no other explanation except that we love it.

    1. ashersmom says:

      I’ll check out Real Steel. I’m always looking for something new to watch with the boy and he LOVES robots!

  7. Brian Graves says:

    Great list! “Princess Bride” is awesome. I thought the first “Cars” movie was hilarious too… And yep, “Neverending Story”…

    1. ashersmom says:

      We tried Neverending Story and didn’t think it held up so well. Maybe we should try it again…

      1. Kimberly C. says:

        If you like to read, the book is awesome and fun to read to kiddos!

  8. Andrea says:

    We recently introduced our kids to Despicable Me (one of mine & hubby’s favorites) and my daughter requested it as our New Year’s Eve movie. Much more enjoyable than her past requests of 15 episodes of Dora!

    1. ashersmom says:

      I love it. Can’t wait for Despicable Me 2. God, I hope it doesn’t suck. Somehow that always sullies the first one for me too.

  9. Sanstrousers says:

    You’re not the only one who quotes “Willow.” My mom and I still call people big, dumb Daikinis. Oh, and my kids just watched “Gremlins” for the first time, and are smitten!

    1. ashersmom says:

      Daikinis! How I love it. We could go on all day!

  10. Carly says:

    “Fido” is a great one about zombies that is funny. “The Sandlot,” “Spaceballs,” “My Dog Skip,” and “The Iron Giant.”

  11. Mercy says:

    My kids are stuck on Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (thoroughly memorized), Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (same), Finding Nemo (getting close), any Winnie the Pooh movie (there are days when I hate the whole Hundred Acre Wood), and old classics like Sword in the Stone and Bambi. One day I hope to be able to introduce them to some movies that I will also enjoy (not that I don’t like these, but you know, a mom can only take so many “Oh, bother’s” and “Rule #1: always listen to Buck’s” before going insane).

    1. ashersmom says:

      How old are the kids? I’m guessing from what you’re being forced to watch that they’re young…you should graduate to something better soon! In the meantime, just make sure they NEVER EVER EVER know anything about CALLIOU!

  12. InAGlade says:

    We recently watched “Stardust” and it was awesome, it is adventure with a strong female lead. “Harry Potter” movies are pretty amazing too. I pretty much hate all the Alvin and the Chipmunk movies and All of the Land Before Time flicks. I won’t go see kiddie movies in the theater because at least I get to be somewhat surprised the first time I watch a movie with the kids, then I get to watch it 100 more times.

    1. InAGlade says:

      Also, I am pretty sure CALLIOU taught my children the fine art of whining.

  13. Heather Mazzeo says:

    Great list! We also like the new Muppets movie, Mary Poppins, Brave (& anything Pixar), Alvin & The Chipmunks. Looking forward to trying Labrynth for the 1st time.

  14. mamaslaughter says:

    Labyrinth, the Dark Crystal, the old animated Hobbit, Matilda, the Secret Garden (90’s version with Maggie Smith) Loved your list. Happy to say I have nerded up my children sufficiently. I even have them watching Doctor Who with me.

  15. Bridget says:

    My daughter is 3 and we attempt to watch a movie weekly together as little brother is in bed. She could watch Mary Poppins, Bed knobs and Broomsticks, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on repeat. We’ve tried The Music Man, Flipper, Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, Bye Bye Birdie, and Willy Wonka. I wanna try Wizard of Oz but I think it might stress her out a bit. Anyone have some old timey suggestions?

    1. Lisa says:

      While she is still young . . . Annie, Hairspray, Grease, Mama Mia. Once she is a little older and starts to get he gist of things, she will have too many questions about those muscals and you will want to shelve them for many years.

  16. Melanie says:

    As my kids got older, we re-watch Princess Bride and added the original Indiana Jones movies (not with the son), the original Star Wars trilogy, and the first Back to the Future.

  17. Amy says:

    Goonies scared the shit out of my kids. There’s a lot of language in it, and the “stiff in the fridge” (remember, the family of criminals puts a dead body in the fridge, and the fat kid gets stuck in there with him) sent my 7 year old screaming from the room.

    ET freaked her out, too, when he died. I COMPLETELY forgot that he died. And the Princess Bride – she still won’t watch the torture scene, “And remember, this is for science, so be precise…”

    I guess what I’m saying is be careful with 80s era movies – we’ve found that we don’t remember half of what was in them, and that they don’t translate well to our modern, sheltered kids. I think we must have been older and more worldly when we saw these movies for the first time, even though it seems like we weren’t that old. Maybe 80s kids are just made of sterner stuff. We were also allowed to stay out until the streetlights came on…..

  18. Kate Hall says:

    We like to watch Nacho Libre with our sons. Hysterical and clean. A little violent with the wrestling, but my sons are doing all that crap anyway, so we just watch away. We like The Sound of Music and The Muppets Movie too. My 9yo liked ET, but it scared my 8yo.

    1. Toulouse says:

      Hmmm. I’ll have to check that out. Sounds like something the 6yo boy would dig!

  19. I think what Amy said is the exact reason we SHOULD show these movies to our kids! Where else are they going to get exposed to scary things in a safe way so we can talk about it with them? I remember almost passing out in fear during the opening scene of Ghostbusters (when the library ghost goes from gently floating lady to “I’m going to eat your face”) but being so proud of myself that I hadn’t run or screamed my way through the theater. Besides, we watch Mary Poppins all the time and the FIRST dang thing my 3 year old decided to quote from that entire, quote able movie was the line “Rum punch!”

    We love musicals here, too. The whole family sings and dances in the living room to Annie, Mary Poppons, Sound of Music, and I’m forgetting the other that lives in our DVD player. :-/ I’d love to get my kids hooked on Shrek, because OMG those are the best movies ever, but so far no dice.

    Finding Nemo was a hit, and as they get older I’m sure we will find movies that don’t melt our brains. Right now, though, they’re pretty young and still addicted to anything Thomas the Tank Engine.

    One word of warning: if you can play YouTube videos over your tv, don’t let your kids know about it! My son picks the most grey-matter-melting CRAP you could ever find and gets fascinated by it, insisting we watch it all day long as much as we will let him. There’s a guy in Utah that goes shopping with his cars at Petco – off the leash cats, mind you – and he spends 22 minutes of a video showing his cats riding in the cart with him saying “Zeus, stay. Stay, Zeusy!” At the end of it all, my husband and I want to cry, but my son just begs for more of the kitties at the shopping house! Ugh! Anything is better than that! 🙂

    1. Toulouse says:

      Your house sounds like a fun place to watch movies! : )

  20. Michelle says:

    I had forgotten how many curse words were in “The Goonies”. I guess it didn’t really phase me back in the 80s. My son (10) also likes classic Disney movies (not so much the princess ones, though), and he loved “Bruce Almighty” (again, a few choice curse words, but we talk to him about it and remind him that just because they say it in the movies, doesn’t mean it’s ok. It’s worked so far). Oh, and he likes Don Knotts movies-The Apple Dumpling Gang, and another western. I keep meaning to watch Mr. Limpitt with him.

    1. Toulouse says:

      I forgot all about the Apple Dumpling Gang. I’ll have to try that one out on my boys. Thanks!

  21. Angela says:

    The Little Rascals and Dennis the Menace are some of our faves!

  22. Maile says:

    I just had my kids watch Yours, Mine, and Ours with Lucille Ball. They loved it. We also watch a lot of Harry Potter, Star Wars, Hobbit/LOTR, Stardust, Secret of Moonacre.

    I also make my kids watch Jane Austen movies with me…

    1. Toulouse says:

      I am just waiting for my oldest to be old enough to handle LOTR, trust me!!! My husband and I have had a (strange) tradition of watching all LOTR movies during the holidays and we had to stop it once we had kids because, well, who has 12 hours to watch movies back to back? When Ash is finally old enough, we’ll start doing it again. Still not sure what we’ll do with the little one during this marathon but we’ll figure that out later. Thanks for the tips!

  23. Mama says:

    My boys have loved “The Great Muppet Caper” and “Muppets Take Manhattan”, yet the original “Muppet Movie” is a no dice. They love “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Guardians of Ga’Hoole”, “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”, “Chicken Run”, and “Flushed Away.”

    1. Toulouse says:

      Chicken Run was a hit around here too. I’ll definitely check out the rest, thanks!

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  25. Becky says:

    So I loved this list but had never in my life heard of Dark Crystal. I saw it on a movie channel the other day after reading this and I recorded it…omg it’s the worst, most creepy thing I’ve ever seen. My husband remembers watching it as a kid and being baffled by it. I don’t know how I missed it but not sorry I did!

    Can’t wait to show my sons Sandlot and Princess Bride and Willy Wonka…some day!!

    1. Toulouse says:

      Yeah, I’m not down with that one. My husband remembered liking it but sheesh. Way too creepy! I’m with you.

  26. Jeff says:

    Anything with Anne Hathaway. Ella Enchanted was a good one. Jungle Book, Old Yeller, Wizard of Oz (favorite), and most of the movies with Dick van Dyke and/or Julie Andrews. Also, Apple Dumpling Gang and Ghost of Mr. Chicken.

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