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22 Kids' Movies That Are Just As Good When You're A Grown Up

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community which kids' movies every adult should watch. Here’s what they said.

1. A Little Princess (1995)

"It taught me the incredible importance of self-worth, the value of friendship, and seeing the world with a little bit of magic."Submitted by punchandpie
Warner Bros

"It taught me the incredible importance of self-worth, the value of friendship, and seeing the world with a little bit of magic."

Submitted by punchandpie

2. The Iron Giant (1999)

"It's funny, but it also drives home the idea of not judging a book by its cover. The animation is beautiful as well. One of my all time favorites – especially as an adult. Can't get through the end without crying. (In a good way!)"Submitted by DK Cross, Facebook
Warner Bros

"It's funny, but it also drives home the idea of not judging a book by its cover. The animation is beautiful as well. One of my all time favorites – especially as an adult. Can't get through the end without crying. (In a good way!)"

Submitted by DK Cross, Facebook

3. Up (2009)

"It shows that no matter how old you are, you can always find adventure and live out your childhood dreams."Submitted by ashalaaylay
Disney

"It shows that no matter how old you are, you can always find adventure and live out your childhood dreams."

Submitted by ashalaaylay

4. Spirited Away (2001)

"An hour and a half of gorgeous animation and a story about growing up and rising to the challenges of life."Submitted by Rachel Elizabeth, Facebook
Studio Ghibli

"An hour and a half of gorgeous animation and a story about growing up and rising to the challenges of life."

Submitted by Rachel Elizabeth, Facebook

5. Labyrinth (1986)

"So many great lessons: Be careful what you wish for, don’t be afraid to go it alone (but also, don’t be afraid to ask for help), don’t trust gorgeous men with large bulges, but most importantly – life isn’t fair." Submitted by kdizzy
Henson Associates (HA)

"So many great lessons: Be careful what you wish for, don’t be afraid to go it alone (but also, don’t be afraid to ask for help), don’t trust gorgeous men with large bulges, but most importantly – life isn’t fair."

Submitted by kdizzy

6. Lilo and Stitch (2002)

"I loved it as a kid because it is hilarious! Now, as an adult I can appreciate it on a whole different level. Nani is a curvy lady, Lilo is a goofball kid that doesn't quite fit in, Stitch is an alien, and yet they all work together to show you that family is more than blood. As cheesy as it sounds, I just kinda teared up at some of the scenes. I freaking love that movie."Submitted by Kaylie Scott Jackson, Facebook
Disney

"I loved it as a kid because it is hilarious! Now, as an adult I can appreciate it on a whole different level. Nani is a curvy lady, Lilo is a goofball kid that doesn't quite fit in, Stitch is an alien, and yet they all work together to show you that family is more than blood. As cheesy as it sounds, I just kinda teared up at some of the scenes. I freaking love that movie."

Submitted by Kaylie Scott Jackson, Facebook

7. WALL-E (2008)

"It's an adorable, futuristic love story between two insanely different robots and it contains one of the most important messages ever: Respect and love your planet."Submitted by Simone Rubin, Facebook
Disney

"It's an adorable, futuristic love story between two insanely different robots and it contains one of the most important messages ever: Respect and love your planet."

Submitted by Simone Rubin, Facebook

8. Big Hero 6 (2014)

"It deals with death, depression, the importance of education (and especially women in scientific fields), and helping others. You laugh and cry all throughout it."Submitted by LokiWolf
Disney

"It deals with death, depression, the importance of education (and especially women in scientific fields), and helping others. You laugh and cry all throughout it."

Submitted by LokiWolf

9. Mulan (1998)

"It's a hilarious and heartwarming movie about a woman finding herself and defending her family honor despite gender boundaries." Submitted by Danielle Marie Gillaspy, Facebook
Disney

"It's a hilarious and heartwarming movie about a woman finding herself and defending her family honor despite gender boundaries."

Submitted by Danielle Marie Gillaspy, Facebook

10. Meet the Robinsons (2007)

"It really sheds light on how alone some kids can feel, and how important a loving family is. As a kid who was adopted, this movie really resonates with me, and I have never watched the final scene of that movie without crying."Submitted by Paulina Martz, Facebook
Disney

"It really sheds light on how alone some kids can feel, and how important a loving family is. As a kid who was adopted, this movie really resonates with me, and I have never watched the final scene of that movie without crying."

Submitted by Paulina Martz, Facebook

11. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

"The vulnerability and self-doubt that Kiki deals with as a young teenager is not unlike what an adult would experience during a major transition in their life. You just might even understand yourself a little better after everything brushes over."Submitted by Mariel Paré, Facebook
Studio Ghibli

"The vulnerability and self-doubt that Kiki deals with as a young teenager is not unlike what an adult would experience during a major transition in their life. You just might even understand yourself a little better after everything brushes over."

Submitted by Mariel Paré, Facebook

12. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

"It’s everything a movie should be. The cinematography is iconic, the score is stunning, it takes you through every emotion — happiness, fear, sadness, laughter. It was the first movie I ever saw and I still remember sobbing my heart out watching it, and it has stayed with me throughout my life."Submitted by hazelw41be739bb
Universal Pictures

"It’s everything a movie should be. The cinematography is iconic, the score is stunning, it takes you through every emotion — happiness, fear, sadness, laughter. It was the first movie I ever saw and I still remember sobbing my heart out watching it, and it has stayed with me throughout my life."

Submitted by hazelw41be739bb

13. The Lego Movie (2014)

"As a geek parent, I can fall into the 'keep your set put together' attitude. A good gentle reminder that toys are designed to be played with and it’s not the end of the world when they get all mixed up."Submitted by Karenann
Warner Bros

"As a geek parent, I can fall into the 'keep your set put together' attitude. A good gentle reminder that toys are designed to be played with and it’s not the end of the world when they get all mixed up."

Submitted by Karenann

14. The Land Before Time (1988)

"The Land Before Time makes water absolutely piss out of my eyes for, like, an hour."Submitted by nickh464aad509
Universal Pictures

"The Land Before Time makes water absolutely piss out of my eyes for, like, an hour."

Submitted by nickh464aad509

15. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

"The Emperor’s New Groove, because it’s laugh-out-loud funny, makes you feel all the feels, and has a great voice cast. Over a decade on from my first viewing it’s still a firm favourite!"Submitted by s419b974c4
Disney

"The Emperor’s New Groove, because it’s laugh-out-loud funny, makes you feel all the feels, and has a great voice cast. Over a decade on from my first viewing it’s still a firm favourite!"

Submitted by s419b974c4

16. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

"I love The NeverEnding Story so much! I have no idea how I made it through it as a child though, because even as an adult I basically die when Atreyu is yelling to Artax to fight against the sadness."Submitted by punchandpie
Neue Constantin Film

"I love The NeverEnding Story so much! I have no idea how I made it through it as a child though, because even as an adult I basically die when Atreyu is yelling to Artax to fight against the sadness."

Submitted by punchandpie

17. Shrek (2001)

"It shows that looks don’t matter at all. If you love someone, love them for who they are, their personality, everything on the inside, NOT what they look like."submitted by ashalaaylay
DreamWorks

"It shows that looks don’t matter at all. If you love someone, love them for who they are, their personality, everything on the inside, NOT what they look like."

submitted by ashalaaylay

18. The Lion King (1994)

"Because it showed me that no matter how bad things get you can always rely on friends who become a second family, and of course 'Hakuna Matata'."Submitted by anne-mariel46854127c
Disney

"Because it showed me that no matter how bad things get you can always rely on friends who become a second family, and of course 'Hakuna Matata'."

Submitted by anne-mariel46854127c

19. The Goonies (1985)

"Adventure, helping your family, friendship, pirates, and the best monologue I’ve ever heard (Chunk’s confession gets me every time). Get it watched, people!"Submitted by vickyb4443baa8a
Warner Bros

"Adventure, helping your family, friendship, pirates, and the best monologue I’ve ever heard (Chunk’s confession gets me every time). Get it watched, people!"

Submitted by vickyb4443baa8a

20. Toy Story (1995)

"Toy Story teaches the importance of play, looking after your toys, but also being there for each other."Submitted by staceyleighk
Pixar

"Toy Story teaches the importance of play, looking after your toys, but also being there for each other."

Submitted by staceyleighk

21. Mary Poppins (1964)

"It's magical to watch as a child but then when you're older and you watch it, you unknowingly find yourself drawn to the story of the parents. The mother is a strong woman, ahead of the times and fighting for women's rights. The father is forced to miss his children's childhoods to earn money to allow them their lives. And Julie Andrews is just damn flawless."Submitted by Michael Ellard, Facebook
Disney

"It's magical to watch as a child but then when you're older and you watch it, you unknowingly find yourself drawn to the story of the parents. The mother is a strong woman, ahead of the times and fighting for women's rights. The father is forced to miss his children's childhoods to earn money to allow them their lives. And Julie Andrews is just damn flawless."

Submitted by Michael Ellard, Facebook

22. Inside Out (2015)

"As a person who always felt like I had to be the 'happy friend', it shows that it’s OK to break down, and it’s normal to not be happy all the time. And that if there is something more serious going on, it’s OK to ask for help." Submitted by LindseyRae
Disney

"As a person who always felt like I had to be the 'happy friend', it shows that it’s OK to break down, and it’s normal to not be happy all the time. And that if there is something more serious going on, it’s OK to ask for help."

Submitted by LindseyRae

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