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20 Movies You Will Actually Want to Watch with Your Kids

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A list of 20 family movies parents will like just as much as their kids!

Family movies parents will like

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. Click here for more tips on choosing a film for family movie night!

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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 πŸ™‚

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Family Movies Parents Will Like as Much as Kids!

1. The Goonies

This movie never gets old. Probably because my brother and I watched once a day for like 3 years. Check out this post on for Goonies movie night!

2. The Sandlot

One of the most quotable movies ever! “You’re killing me Smalls!”

3. Spirited Away

My kids LOVE this really strange movie πŸ˜‰ Β 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 πŸ˜‰ Click here for Home Alone movie night.

13.Β 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 πŸ™‚ 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?

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9 thoughts on “20 Movies You Will Actually Want to Watch with Your Kids”

  1. Thank you for making sure we’re not the only parents showing Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit to our 4-ish year olds. My son asks for the Mr. Bilbo movie. Then grabs his foam sword to fight the “roars”/orcs. And Star Wars. And Harry Potter (the first three for now). And I won’t let him watch The Lion King or Bambi, no matter what his aunts say. The Wizard of Oz has always scared the crap out of me, why would you show that to a small child? Ditto for Mary Poppins.

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one showing LOTR to our littles πŸ™‚ My oldest loves it!! They really like Star Wars so far. We don’t have the Harry Potter movies yet, but we will soon. I should have added Despicable Me to the list of movies NOT to show. My kids talk like minions for DAYS after watching that movie. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh man some of these are classics in our house as well. Although I totally have to admit I am a HUGE fan of the Lion King. I am in love with Timone. πŸ™‚
    I think we would also have to put in all the Avenger movies.

    1. I used to be in love with the Lion King also. I had a huge crush on JTT when I was a kid. The Lion King is too hard for my husband to watch since his father passed away, it’s a little traumatic for him. Sadly I haven’t seen any of The Avengers movies. The curse of having girls lol. But I know my sister’s bf and his kids LOVE those movies. Thanks for reading!!

  3. Pretty sure we must have been separated at birth! We have been showing these movies to our kids since the day they were born. Pretty sure my oldest daughter’s first word was “inconceivable”. “You’re killing me Smalls” is muttered here on a daily if not hourly basis πŸ™‚ Great post!

    1. Oooo! I always wanted a twin πŸ˜‰ I should have put Despicable Me on the list since it is the movie my kids quote the most. I’m pretty sure they speak fluent minnion. Thanks for reading!!

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