My husband and I have a love for movies. And it is one we want to pass on to our kids. Appreciation and knowledge of film. I can’t wait til they are older and we can watch all the oldies like “The Godfather” and “Coukoo’s Nest,” but for now I will have to settle for some other classics that aren’t too scary and age appropriate. Since animated movies get old after a while, our family movie night features a “grown-up” movie we can watch together.
We have dubbed our movie series “Surly’s Saturday Cinema.” Follow along on Instagram!!
I should note here that I don’t mind if my kids hear some swearing, or immodesty in film. I based my picks on movies I know my kids can handle and align with our values and tastes. They may not be for everyone, but that’s ok 🙂
1. The Goonies This movie never gets old. Probably because my brother and I watched once a day for like 3 years.
2. The Sandlot One of the most quotable movies ever! “You’re killing me Smalls!”
3. Spirited Away I haven’t actually seen this movie but my husband reccomends it. It exposes kids to a different kind of animation and expands their imagination.
4. The Land Before Time How cute is this movie?! And often forgot in the slew of Disney films.
5. Up Speaking of Disney. Up is one of my favs. Excellent story telling. And who doesn’t want to spend the first five minutes of a film bawling their eyes out. Oops (spoiler alert)
6. The Sound of Music Singing, dancing, Nazi’s. What more do you need!!
7. Star Wars My kids refer to it as “the outer space movie.” This is a great film even if you aren’t a Star Wars geek like myself.
8. The Shining No, just kidding. The Wizard of Oz I, personally, am scared of this movie, but we decided to give it a try. The kids loved it! The kids even went as Dorothy and Glinda for Halloween. It just goes to show, you never know what your kids might love.
9. Lilo and Stitch A great non-Pixar, non-Princess Disney moive. Who doesn’t love a movie with great one liners, a weird little girl, and destructive alien/dog who loves Elvis.
10. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Let’s be honest here. I picked this one because of the song and flying bicycles.
11. Toy Story 2 What better way to introduce a kid to one of the best actors of a generation, Tom Hanks, in the best (in my opinion) of the Toy Story Trilogy. My oldest has watched this about a thousand times, and I will gladly watch it with her everytime.
12. Home Alone This is a fantasy for both kids and parents alike. The house to yourself. No interruptions, no one following you to the bathroom, you can watch whatever you want on TV, eat whatever you want, sleep whenever you want for however long you want. I suddenly remember life before children. Why did I give that up again 😉
13. The Lego Movie Everything is awesome!
14. Big Another great Tom Hanks movie. Every kid wants to be a grown-up, and most grown-ups feel like they are still kids! I know there are some sexual provocative scenes (AKA a bra) but just distract kids during that scene. It’s only like 5 seconds.
15. The Princess Bride It would be “inconceivable” to a list without this film. See what I did there?
16. Back to the Future This is one of my childhood favorite movies, although may be more appropriate for older kids. But hey, it has history, the “Future,” and a western all rolled into one trilogy.
17. Shrek This movie has a lot of adult humor spread throughout that goes right over the kids’ head. It’s funny for kids and parents alike.
18. Monsters Inc This movie will either cure your childrens’ fear of the dark or make it worse. Damn you Bushemi!
19. Indiana Jones Take you pick of the trilogy (unless you count the 4th so-so movie). If you think about it, kids are really learning about science. Dr. Jones is an archeologist after all. There may be some salty language and sexual situations (AKA kissing) but kids learn about Christ, Indians (from India), Nazis, science, and history. It has it all!
20. Cop out No not the Kevin Smith movie but I am copping out on this one. Insert your favorite family movie. Every family should have that one movie they can all watch together over and over and over again. Ours is Rango 🙂 It makes for some great memories. When your kids watch the movie as a grown-ups, it will bring them right back to the time they spend with their family all those years before.
There is my list! Any ones I missed? Which ones would you include?