Whilst in lockdown we’ve been having lots of family movie nights. Lately we’ve started to watch some of the classic 80’s – 90’s movies which they are loving. Following an earlier post of 80’s films to watch with tweens, here’s a list of 15 classic 90s family movies to watch too.
21 Classic 90s family movies to watch with the kids
1 – Matilda (1996) – PG
Based on Roald Dahl’s popular book, where a delightful little girl, who just happens to be a genius, has to put up with the worst possible no-hoper parents (Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman) and the evil headmistress Miss Trunchball. A great one to watch with the kids where the adults get their comeuppance.
2 – Hook (1991) – PG
The one where Peter Pan (Robin Williams) has grown up and turned into a preoccupied business man. Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children to lure him back to Neverland so they can have it out for once and for all. It didn’t receive great reviews at the time but it still makes for a fun afternoon matinee in our opinion.
3 – The Mask (1994) – PG
Probably one of the most bizarre superhero movies we’ve ever seen. But with so much slapstick comedy and cartoon imagery it guarantees the giggles. Of course Jim Carrey with his elastic expressions make it.
4 – Sister Act (1992) – PG
The hysterical Whoopi Goldberg plays lounge singer Deloris Van Carter who has to hide out from criminals as a nun in a Catholic school. She puts her singing talents to use to save the school. It is a really good feel good film with plenty of humour and some great classic songs too. We were lucky enough to see Alexander Burke in the Wales Millennium Centre too which was fantastic.
5 – Babe (1995) – U
Even the premise of this film makes me smile; a fiesty and clever little pig who wants to escape the usual demise of a pig and be a sheepdog instead. It is such a heartwarming film that the whole family will enjoy, but be warned it may lead to your little ones turning vegetarian or at least giving up bacon for a while. Not necessarily a bad thing of course.
6 – George of the Jungle (1997) – U
In its day this was like a modern day Tarzan. George (Brendon Frazer) is raised in the jungle swinging on trees and conversing with animals. He is completely oblivious to the existence of other humans. After a chance meeting with Ursula (Leslie Mann) he is then whisked off to the urban jungle of San Franciso. It is a really good fun silly film to watch with the kids.
7 – The Lion King (1994) – U
This has to be one of the most popular Disney animated movies of all time. The story of a lion cub’s journey into adulthood where he has to deal with loss and betrayal. Considering how many times I’ve watched it I still can’t watch the wilder-beast scene without crying. Of course in true Disney style there lots of fun and great music too.
8 – Crooklyn (1994) – PG
We’ve not watched this one yet but it is on our list. Directed by Spike Lee and inspired by his own childhood the film has been described as a nostalgic but unglamorised view of a family growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970’s.
9 – Home Alone (1990) – PG
The very cute Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left ‘home alone’ when his family depart to spend Christmas in France. He is left to defend the family home against two incompetent burglars with lots of slapstick humour and hilarious antics. Definitely a family favourite.
10 – Big (1998) – 12A
Young boy, Josh (Tom Hanks) visits a carnival and wishes he could be big. The next morning he wakes up to find himself in an adults body but still with the mind of a child. He soon finds out that being an adult isn’t all its cracked up to be. Good lesson for the kids 🙂
11 – Back to the Future Part lll (1990) – PG
The final of the trio of the Back to the Future films takes Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) back to the wild west in the hope of warning Doc (Christopher Lloyd) of his imminent death. If you’ve watched the previous two, It’s worth watching as it wraps up the trilogy nicely. It’s also better in my opinion than the second one.
12 – Toy Story (1995) – U
The first one of the series of the loveable Toy Story films where you get to meet Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang. The kids will never look at their toys in the same light again.
13 – Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) – 12A
Jim Carrey is the Pet Detective who is out to find who has stolen the football teams mascot, a dolphin no less. It’s like a modern day Dr Doolittle with plenty of Jim Carrey humour and face contortions thrown in.
14 – Jumanji (1995) – PG
The original Jumanji, before all the recent remakes, has stood the test of time pretty well. If you are unfamiliar with the plot, a young boy, Alan Parrish (Robin Williams) discovers a mysterious board game which transports him into the jungle of Jumanji. He is trapped there for 26 years until he is freed by two children. They then have to work together to beat the powerful forces at play and to escape the hold of the game. Some scary parts for little ones, but my 10 and 12 year old boys were completely ok with it.
15 – Jurassic Park (1993) – PG
Not for those that are easily scared, but the first of the Jurassic films is still incredible to watch with amazing cinematography and a fantastic storyline as it is based on the book of the same name by Michael Crichton.
16 – Aladdin (1993) – U
Another animated Disney classic with Robin Williams as the adorable genie who befriends Aladdin. Great songs and fantastic animation.
16 – Homebound – the Incredible Journey (1993) – PG
One for animal lovers, this family adventure see a trio of pets find their way back home to their family. Grab the tissues for this one.
17 – Space Jam (1996) – U
All the popular Looney Tunes folks enlist NBA legend Michael Jordan to help them save the world against an alien invasion. How, by playing basketball of course.
18 – Beauty & the Beast (1991) – U
Another Disney classic telling the tale of the beautiful intelligent Belle who falls captive by the Beast. Great songs and plenty of action and loveable characters such as the french candlestick holder.
19 – The Nightmare before Christmas (1993) – PG
Never sure whether to class this as a Christmas or a Halloween film, but either way the Tim Burton masterpiece is one to cuddle up to watch in the autumn. Very unique and stunning in its animation. But with all its spookiness this was never a typical Disney film and showed that Disney was much more than just a series of love stories.
20 – Mulan (1999) – U
Based on a Chinese legend, Mulan is about a teen girl who is not content with the typical girly duties and so disguises herself as a man as she becomes a war hero in the battle against the Hun. Mulan doesn’t fit the typical princess mold and is more feministic than any of its earlier films which in our eyes is a good thing.
21 – Hocus Pocus (1993) – PG
Apart from the fact that the witches suck the life out of children, this being a Disney film, is a comical and sometimes charming tale of three Salem witches that are resurrected by a teenage boy. Bette Midler is as always hilarious and gets to perform “I put a spell on you”. The perfect film for Halloween.
Things have changed quite considerably since the 90’s in terms of what is considered ok within films so it is worth considering the ratings and the premise of the stories to see whether they are suitable for your kiddies.
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