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89 Incredibly Wonderful Movies You Need To Watch With Your Kids

Get some snacks and settle in for family movie night.

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3. A Little Princess (1995)

Baltimore Pictures

Long before he directed Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón made this film based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic book.

Rated: G

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10. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Walden Media / Walt Disney Pictures

The Hunger Games wasn't the first book adaptation that Josh Hutcherson starred in.

Rated: PG

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11. The Sword in the Stone (1963)

Walt Disney Productions

After it's over you can discuss whether you'd rather be turned into a fish, squirrel, or bird.

Rated: G

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12. Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

Jim Henson Productions / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

While The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) may be slightly better, it's not really made for year-round viewing. Besides, this has Tim Curry!

Rated: G

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13. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

Walt Disney Productions

Learn the most wonderful thing about Tiggers and how to play Pooh Sticks.

Rated: G

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15. Freaky Friday (1976)

Walt Disney Productions

The Lindsay Lohan version is decent, but it just doesn't beat the original (starring a young Jodie Foster).

Rated: G

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24. School of Rock (2003)

Paramount Pictures

It'll make you sad to think about all the lame xylophone playing you did during your own time in music class.

Rated: PG-13

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25. The Muppets (2011)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Muppets + ridiculously catchy tunes = a movie that will make you smile (a lot).

Rated: PG

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30. Funny Face (1957)

Paramount Pictures

Have a teenage (or "tween") daughter who loves fashion? Watch this. A perfect introduction to Audrey Hepburn.

Rated: G

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33. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Paramount Pictures

There's no way you can watch this movie and not want to visit the factory (even if it means falling into the chocolate river or getting chastised by an Oompa Loompa).

Rated: G

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34. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Walt Disney Productions

It's wonderful... but long - play a board game as you watch to keep younger children from getting too antsy.

Rated: G

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35. Ratatouille (2007)

Walt Disney Studios / Pixar

It's a shame that Ratatouille doesn't get as much attention as some of the other Pixar movies: it's as enjoyable to watch as that omelette would be to eat.

Rated: G

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36. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

Walt Disney Pictures

Let your pets sit on the couch with you as you watch Sassy, Shadow, and Chance on their journey through the wilderness.

Rated: G

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39. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

Walt Disney Pictures

The original The Rescuers is delightful, but there's more adventure (and humor) in The Rescuers Down Under.

For more mouse fun, check out The Great Mouse Detective.

Rated: G

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46. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

Warner Brothers Pictures

A sweet movie that takes place during the Great Depression (and can easily be enjoyed by anyone - not just fans of the American Girl dolls).

Rated: G

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59. Shrek (2001)

DreamWorks Pictures

Shrek's legacy has been tainted (due to the many sequels), but the first film in the series is a treat.

Rated: PG

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60. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

For people who love video games and/or people who would like to wander around in a world made of candy.

Rated: PG

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62. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Walt Disney Productions

The movie that almost makes you *want* to get shipwrecked (if only for the tree house).

Rated: G

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64. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

Walt Disney Pictures

During the movie your feelings whip back and forth between, "Getting shrunk would be AWESOME!" to "Oh dear god don't shrink me and swallow me with your cereal!"

Rated: PG

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

Amblin Entertainment

Fact - E.T. and WALL-E would get along: they'd watch Hello, Dolly! together and share a bag of Reese's Pieces.

Rated: PG

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70. Hook (1991)

Amblin Entertainment

Poorly reviewed, but beloved by everyone who grew up watching it. Let your kids grow up watching it too.

Rated: PG

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72. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Lucasfilm

...or any of the other Star Wars movies. Honestly, if you love them, adding them to this list is somewhat redundant - you've probably already shown them to your kids!

Rated: PG

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76. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

Henson Associates

After this, make it a triple feature and watch The Muppet Movie and The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Rated: G

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77. The Parent Trap (1998)

Walt Disney Pictures

This remake is better than the original. It's also Lindsay Lohan's crowning achievement (sorry, Mean Girls fans).

Rated: PG

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78. The Truman Show (1998)

Paramount Pictures

Most movies that get nominated for a ton of awards are rated R, but this is one you can watch with your older children that's only rated PG.

Rated: PG

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85. Uncle Buck (1989)

Universal Pictures

Watch this the next time your children's favorite uncle drops by (they may force him to make enormous pancakes after the movie finishes).

Rated: PG

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