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Best Old-School Movies to Watch with Kids

Old-school family movies are a great way to engage with your kids. We have 10 movie recommendations to help you plan your next movie night.

Best Old-School Movies to Watch with Kids

Looking for classic family movies to watch on your next movie night? We have some old-school movies that are sure to please each and every member of your family. Whether they prefer fast cars, treasure hunts, magic, or sports, this list has a variety of films that are sure to please. 

Check out our recommendations for 10 classic family movies to enjoy with the kids.

1. The Goonies (1985)

Who doesn't love when kids try to save their home with a treasure hunt?  The Goonies is one of the classic old-school kids' movies that your entire family can enjoy for a laugh and some adventure. They may not even notice when the popcorn runs out.

2. The Princess Bride (1987)

If you're looking for one of the best retro family movies of all time, check out The Princess Bride. This film is a classic by so many accounts and features a timeless love story with adventure and magic. All in all, it just works and is something that can easily be rewatched year after year as part of a family tradition. 

3. Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

Accidents happen when you have a home lab in your attic. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is the movie that gives audiences a different perspective on life as they ask, "What would life be like if we were 1/4 inch tall?"

4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

One of the classic movies of the '80s, E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial tells a story of friendship where you least expect it. This iconic movie is always a favorite and can be rewatched over and over again for multiple family movie night memories. 

5. Grease (1978)

Ah Rydell High, the original high school musical. This '70s movie is the perfect classic family movie with fast cars, beauty school bloopers, and a teen love story to boot. 

6. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Who doesn't love this Robin Williams classic! Kids will love the comedic tone of Mrs. Doubtfire, and the plot is engaging so that the parents can watch this two, three, or a hundred times.

7. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

This film might be nearing its centennial, but it is still a landmark of cinema magic. This Judy Garland-helmed classic has songs, magical lands, and more to entertain young children and the history can fascinate the film buffs in your family. 

8. Back to the Future (1984)

Time travel always makes for a fun movie night. This classic 80s movie is an entertaining adventure through time and space. Plus, afterward, you can joke with your kids about Deloreans. 

9. My Girl (1991)

My Girl is a sweet story of a young girl named Vada's whose dad runs a funeral home. It's a coming-of-age story that deals with some tough issues, but also has some heartwarming moments that family members of all ages will be able to enjoy and smile about.

10. A League of Their Own (1992)

Like a little bit of history with your old-school family movies? A League of Their Own tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League teams, and the Rockford peaches giving families an entertaining movie night as well as plenty of discussion topics.

Did something from this list spark your interest? Pop some popcorn and settle in for a movie night in which your entire family will be enthralled. You'll make some memories and enjoy a good story as well.