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10 Kid-Friendly Retro Movies (that won’t make you cringe)

Ah, nostalgia! Until you get to that scene that was totally fine in the 80s and now… There goes the “fun” movie night.

If you’re looking to kick it old school we’ve created a list of movies we grew up with that your kids will love, won’t result in a “learning moment”, and you’ll actually want to watch too!

Yeah, let’s avoid that!

1. Princess Bride

It would be inconceivable not to have this on the list. And bonus points if you watch it with them enough that you can all say “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my Father. Prepare to die.”

Check out the Home Movie version, too, made during lockdown in 2020 by a bunch of trapped-at-home actors. Some of the props are inconceivable.

2. Older Disney Movies

You are probably sick of Moana and Elsa so try introducing the kids to classics like Toy Story, Lion King, and Mulan. And yes we know this isn’t just one movie but come on. It’s Disney. It deserves to have more than one listed.

Note: Some old Disney movies can be problematic. We recommend looking them up before you start watching. Many of the “questionable” ones are only available on an adult’s profile (and some you question why they’re so questionable…).

3. Galaxy Quest

OK, this one was added by my husband because I’ve actually never seen Galaxy Quest. Put a Tim Allan spin on your classic sci fi and have a great laugh.

4. Sister Act

Whoopi Goldberg as a nun, empowering women. It’s a beautiful thing! Not entirely wholesome considering Whoopi’s original occupation and the bad guys are gangsters, but great for slightly older kids.

5. Wizard of Oz

Because who doesn’t love a young girl showing everyone who’s boss in a kick-ass pair of shoes?

6. Hook

Rediscover childhood with Robin Williams and your kids in this throwback to Neverland. Plus, it has the most epic food fight ever.

7. Men in Black

Will Smith may not be the most popular man in Hollywood now, but you can’t say this isn’t a fun movie! Just — don’t mind the roaches.

8. The Addams Family

Surprisingly progressive at the same time as regressive, the Addams Family are kooky and ‘ooky, mysterious and spooky, and so much fun.

9. An American Tail

This cute classic 80’s movie is often overlooked but is definitely worth watching as a family.

10. Ghostbusters

You will love telling the kids that the effects in this movie were revolutionary as you watch together. They will love telling you they can create something more realistic on their iPads in 20 minutes. Neither of you will be able to resist singing along to the song for weeks after.

Honourable (if questionable) Mentions

Overall these movies are still worth watching, but maybe not until the kids are older and able to show a bit of discernment to the one or two questionable scenes. Or just overall more mature themes.

  1. Star Wars
  2. The Sound of Music
  3. Home Alone
  4. Mighty Ducks
  5. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
  6. Labyrinth
  7. Never Ending Story

Looking for More?

Need some more quality family time ideas? Why not check out some of our other posts:

And don’t forget the possibility of taking your kids out on a date!

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