While some great movies are being created nowadays, we forget just how many classic movies from our youth are worth sharing with your kids.
Sure, they weren’t made with fancy High Definition surround sound etc, but I guarantee that some of these movies which you MUST show your kids will have them wanting more!
How far back are we talking here?
I draw the line at Black and White movies, that’s going too far back. I feel that most of the best classic movies are from the 1980s and ’90s. Tired of the blank stares from the kids when quoting some of the many lines from the classic movies from our day, it was time to start educating! Bueller…Bueller…anyone..??
So here they are –
Best classic movies for the young ones (6+)
Mary Poppins (1964)
While they recreated the original Mary Poppins movie in 2018, the original from 1964 is timeless. Some catchy songs, plus the longest word most of us know!
Every kid has heard of Superman, but how many have watched the original movie? Starting as a comic character in 1938, Superman moved onto the screen from the ’50s, with the original movie created in 1978 with a budget of $55m (the most expensive movie ever made at the time).
Whilst slightly cringe-worthy in production value, it’s a great introduction of where Superheros (and kryptonite!) originates from.
Home Alone (1990)
A timeless classic from 1990 starring Macaulay Culkin, Home Alone is a classic movie for kids. Based on the story of a young boy accidentally left at home while his family goes on holidays, turns into an amusing series of pranks as Kevin protects his house.
I challenge anyone to watch this movie and not laugh! With a face made of rubber, the adventures of Mr Bean are timeless.
Created by Rowan Atkinson originally as a TV show between 1990-95, the movie version was a hit when released in 1997.
Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
An eccentric inventor creates a laser that shrinks objects. While at work the machine accidentally shrinks both his and his neighbours kids, throwing them out into the yard with the trash.
It’s a light hearted, fun movie with a few scary insects, but with supervision is suitable for kids of all ages.
For the older kids (10+) or with parental supervision
Johnny English (2003)
Sticking with Rowan Atkinson, Johnny English a favourite in our house. A spy-based movie combining the comedic genius of Atkinson with a parody of the James Bond type British gentleman spy, this movie will have the kids in stitches!
There are three movies in the series and all of them are great, surprisingly.
Back to the Future Part I, II & III (1985-90)
Three of the best movies ever made. Period. Some epic adventures with Marty McFly and the eccentric scientist ‘Doc’ Brown in their DeLorean time machine.
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
You may need an interpreter to understand all of the ‘Australian’ in this one, but it’s a classic. A story about an outback Crocodile hunter Mick Dundee.
There are a few parts which aren’t suitable for the younger ones, however, with some parental supervision it’s fine. Don’t turn it off half way through as the second half when they travel to NYC is better.
There are two Crocodile Dundee sequels, however, they weren’t as popular as the original.
Star Wars (1977-2019)
Consisting of 9 films over 42 years, the Star Wars series is huge. A childs education is not complete until they have watched at least a few of these! Featuring characters such as Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Hans Solo and Luke Skywalker, plus the adorable robots RT-D2 and C-3PO
Start with the original George Lucas film made in 1977, then progress from there if the kids enjoy it.
The Karate Kid (1984)
Classic ’80s martial arts film about a young teen who gets beaten up so decides to learn how to fight. Studying under a Japanese teacher (Mr Miyagi) who speaks broken English, there are some valuable life lessons to be taken from this film.
Not suitable for the little kids as there’s quite a bit of fighting, however, the teens will love it. In 2010 there was a remake staring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith which is also worth a watch and more suited to the younger kids.
Ferris Buellers Day Off (1986)
Who hasn’t heard of the Bueller quote? This movie is comedy gold. Based around teenager Ferris Bueller who take a day off school to hang out with his mates and girlfriend, while the school Dean tries to track him down.
Top Gun (1986)
By far the best soundtrack of any movie to this day. Made all the better by great home surround sound systems, so crank it up! Top Gun is a cult movie which has aged well.
Not suitable for the young ones though as there is some bad language, sex scenes plus the death of a main character.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Austin Powers is a rockin’ British spy from the ’60s, cryogenically frozen and then thawed in the ’90s to fight his arch-rival Dr Evil. Unique in that so many of the characters are played by the same actor – Mike Myers.
Has a funky soundtrack, and even the sequels are worth watching! A must-see for teenagers and above, the number of quotes from this one is almost unlimited.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestial (1982)
Another classic Steven Spielberg movie from the ’80s. Tells the story of a boy who befriends an alien that is stuck on Earth.
Quite a touching story with a few sad bits. Suitable for all ages, with supervision for the young ones.
About a 12-year-old boy who wishes he was big. Overnight his wish comes true, and he turns into an adult. I remember watching this movie as a child thinking that was exactly how adult life could be, just had to get a job in a toy shop!
While the toys have evolved, the concept remains awesome!