20 Movies You Must Show Your Kids

20 Must See Movies To Share With Your Kids

When it comes to children there are only two kinds of movies: The kind you show them to shut them up and the kind you share with them in the hopes they’ll remember them for the rest of their lives

What Is Cinema?

Cinema, or motion picture, is the art of moving images; a visual medium that tells stories and exposes reality. Created in the tail end of the 19th century, cinema is the world’s most recent art form. It is also, by far, the world’s most comple...

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

It's all about Gene Wilder. Johnny Depp's version doesn't even come close to the strangely amazing and occasionally terrifying wonder of Wilder's movie. Do everything you can to keep your kids away from Depp's remake, and show them this masterpiec...

The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)

Few have ever given a better performance than the one Fred MacMurray gave in the classic film noir Double Indemnity, but he comes close in The Absent-Minded Professor as Ned Brainard, an inventor who discovers a new element with the power to make ...

The Incredibles (2004)

Pixar's incredible Incredibles movie is about superheroes, and that means big action and stunning visuals unlike anything you'll find anywhere else.

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

A Swiss family gets shipwrecked on a deserted island and instead of slowly starving to death they build the kind of treehouse home Ewoks could only dream of, and set up a life of hard work and fun away from society.

The Entire Disney Traditional Animation Catalogue

It seems impossible to pick one or two movies from Disney's massive library of 2D animated movies, so I'm making it a point to share them all.

Mary Poppins (1964)

The classic story will never be done better than Julie Andrews floating in on her umbrella to babysit a pair of kids with the help of Dick Van Dyke singing and dancing his way across the rooftops as a friendly, neighborhood chimney sweep and somet...

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Kung Fu Panda has a lot to say about believing in yourself and fighting for your dreams, and there are few things more beautiful to be seen in any movie than the moment when Master Oogway departs the mortal realm in a cloud of peach blossoms.

The Shaggy Dog (1959)

Here's another one Disney eventually ruined with a horrible remake, but before Tim Allen lifted his leg on this franchise, it was quintessential family entertainment.

Hook (1991)

In Hook, Peter Pan grows up and forgets about Neverland. He's turned into a fat, old dude but when he's sucked back into Neverland to save his kids from Captain Hook, magic happens.

Jim Henson's The Storyteller (1988)

I'm cheating here. This isn't exactly a movie but a collection of short films in which the geniuses at Jim Henson's Muppet workshop spin fairytales unlike any other. It's more than just perfect storytelling, it's high-art.

Godzilla Vs. Megalon (1973)

Before they're brainwashed by Hollywood's excessive use of CGI, get your kids on board with classic, monster-stomping fun.

The Parent Trap (1961)

Another classic family movie which Disney later remade, and poorly (sorry Lindsay Lohan). It doesn't get better than Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills as a pair of twins dealing with their parents divorce through, well, sneaky twin trickery.

The Love Bug (1968)

It's about a washed up race car driver who discovers something magical in his new car: It's alive. Herbie wins races not because he's faster or newer or better driven than the other cars.

Old Yeller (1957)

Dealing with death is a part of life and for generations of kids. Old Yeller was their first real experience dealing with death. I don't plan on breaking the cycle with my kids. We'll cry together.

Abbott & Costello In Pardon My Sarong (1942)

Any Abbot & Costello movie will do, but I've always been partial to Pardon My Sarong in which the legendary comedic duo of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello play bus drivers on the run from a detective and then literally end up in a yacht race by drivin...

The Muppet Movie (1979)

It's the simple, timeless, well-worn story of a frog and a bear on the road to Hollywood where they plan to seek fame and fortune. Along the way they pick up chickens, and weirdos, and encounter at least one rock band.

Flight Of The Navigator (1986)

It's the story of a kid kidnapped by aliens and then returned to earth with no memory of what happened.

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)

It's a movie about kids shrunk and sent on a grand adventure through their backyard, where ants are now monsters and Legos are appropriate housing.

How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

In How to Train Your Dragon a nerdy Viking kid discovers his true calling when he befriends one of his villagers' fire-breathing mortal enemies, names him Toothless, and learns to ride. Together they go on a breathtaking journey of dipping and soa...

The Mighty Ducks (1992)

More than just the best sports movie ever made for kids, it may well rank as one of the best overall hockey movies ever made.

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20 Movies You Must Show Your Kids

Expose your kids to these classics down the years.