20+ Pre-2000’s Movies Your Kids Will Love



Our kids are so lucky to have the content they have today. Moana, Elsa, Lightning McQueen, Daniel Tiger – all amazing. My three-year old and I are both big fans of the Hamilton soundtrack. But there is something about sharing a movie you loved as a kid – the stories that made you who you are today, watched on a VCR, a movie you had to REWIND YOURSELF or possibly even rent from Blockbuster – with your kiddos. 

Pop some popcorn, throw a pizza in the oven, and cozy up with blankets. Let’s do family movie night – old school! 

Rated G

  • Swiss Family Robinson (1960) – A family trapped on a deserted island? The perfect movie to add to your watch list right now. Then go outside and build an epic treehouse!
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) – before Harry Potter, there was Miss Price [while rated G, please note this movie contains tobacco depictions]
  • Robin Hood (1973) – “oodalally, oodalally, golly what a day”may just replace “let it goooooo” as the most repeated song line in your house
  • Charlotte’s Web (1973) – a wise mom is the hero of this film; what else can I say? 
  • The Fox and the Hound (1981) – a fox and a hound becoming best friends is a no-brainer, but did you know there is a sequel to this one in which Reba McEntire and Patrick Swayze are dogs in a traveling band?! I’m sneaking this 2006 feature on the list because my husband, son and I all love it! 
  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986) – a dog and a cat as best friends is the wholesome content we’re all needing! 
  • The Little Mermaid (1989) – adorable fish AND the best Disney soundtrack of all time. 
  • Aladdin (1992) – anything with Robin Williams is a winner in my book.
  • Homeward Bound (1993) – the CLASSIC tale of three pets who get lost but ultimately find their way home. There is also a classic 1963 version titled the Incredible Journey and a Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco – the perfect line up for family movie night! 
  • A Bug’s Life (1998) – for those who love to cheer for the under-bug. 

Rated PG

  • Annie (1982) – in case your kids need a refresher on what a good mom they have
  • Princess Bride (1986) – go ahead and teach the kiddos to respond to your every request with, “as you wish”
  • Mighty Ducks (1992) – an attorney turned hockey coach who leads a co-ed group of youths to victory, also a great series!
  • Cool Runnings (1993) – the inspiring story of the 1988 Olympics Jamaican bobsled team.
  • Monkey Trouble (1994) – Thora Birch adopts a cute little monkey who turns out to be a pickpocket. What more could you need?
  • Babe (1995) – talking animals who become best friends, yes please!
  • The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) – the spark we all need to let our imaginations run wild 
  • The Big Green (1995) – classic sports film with some hilarious one-liners.
  • Space Jam (1996) – in the words of Kid President, “I love Space Jam.”
  • Matilda (1996) – Matilda is MY IDOL. This is hands-down my favorite movie on this list! 
  • Harriet the Spy (1996) – perfect for any kid who has ever felt like they don’t belong, Harriet owns her weirdness and learns about true friendship.
  • The Borrowers (1997) – features Tom Felton before he was Draco Malfoy!!! 
  • The Parent Trap (1998) – I’m partial to the Lindsay Lohan version, but there is also a classic 1961 version!

For some adults screen time options, check out our 10 Best Shows to Binge or for some on-the-go kid options, visit our 6 Kid Friendly YouTube channels



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