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

"I am a princess. All girls are."

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2. The Iron Giant (1999)

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


5. Labyrinth (1986)

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

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


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

11. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

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)

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)

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

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


16. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

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


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

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

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