30 Timeless Films from the 80s and 90s to Watch with Your Kids

30 Timeless Films from the 80s and 90s to Watch with Your Kids
Films To Watch With Your Kids From The 80s and 90s

Ah, the nostalgia of classic movies! There's something truly magical about revisiting the iconic films that shaped our childhoods and sharing them with the next generation. If you're looking to create lasting memories and introduce your kids to the wonders of cinema from a bygone era, you've come to the right place. At The Rewind Zone, we've meticulously curated a selection of 30 timeless films from the 80s and 90s that are perfect for family movie nights.

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When it comes to choosing movies for yourself or your family, understanding the age ratings can be helpful in making informed decisions. Movie ratings provide guidance on the appropriate audience for a particular film, taking into account factors such as language, violence, and adult themes.
Quick DISCLAIMER: I have found that films from this period are often not aligned with today's ratings. Be aware that some PG films may contain scenes that may be more mature in nature. As always use your own discretion.

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1. Dennis the Menace (1993)

Age Rating: PG | Director: Nick Castle | Genre: Comedy | Runtime: 1h 34min

  • Walter Matthau
  • Mason Gamble
  • Joan Plowright

Dennis the Menace brings to life the mischievous and lovable character from the beloved comic strip. Follow the hilarious antics of young Dennis as he unintentionally wreaks havoc in the lives of his neighbours, especially the grumpy Mr. Wilson. With its delightful humour and endearing performances, this family-friendly comedy is sure to entertain both kids and adults alike.

2. Casper (1995)

Age Rating: PG | Director: Brad Silberling | Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy | Runtime: 1h 40min

  • Christina Ricci
  • Bill Pullman
  • Cathy Moriarty

Casper tells the heartwarming story of a friendly ghost who befriends a young girl named Kat and her father, a paranormal expert. Together, they uncover the mysteries of a haunted mansion and learn valuable lessons about friendship, love, and letting go. This enchanting film combines humour, adventure, and a touch of spookiness to create a delightful viewing experience for the whole family.

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3. Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

Age Rating: PG | Director: William Dear | Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy | Runtime: 1h 50min

  • John Lithgow
  • Melinda Dillon
  • Don Ameche

Harry and the Hendersons introduces us to the lovable and gentle Bigfoot creature named Harry. When the Henderson family accidentally hits him with their car, they take him home, unaware of the adventure that awaits them. This heartwarming tale explores themes of acceptance, friendship, and the bond between humans and mythical creatures.

4. The Sandlot (1993)

Age Rating: PG | Director: David Mickey Evans | Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family | Runtime: 1h 41min

  • Tom Guiry
  • Mike Vitar
  • Patrick Renna

Transport yourself back to the summer of '62 with The Sandlot. Join a group of neighbourhood kids as they bond over their love for baseball and form a tight-knit team. Filled with nostalgic charm, laughter, and valuable life lessons, this coming-of-age film celebrates the innocence and camaraderie of childhood.

5. Uncle Buck (1989)

Age Rating: PG | Director: John Hughes | Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family | Runtime: 1h 40min

  • John Candy
  • Macaulay Culkin
  • Jean-Louisa Kelly

Uncle Buck is a hilarious comedy that follows the misadventures of the lovable and unconventional Uncle Buck as he reluctantly becomes the caretaker for his nieces and nephews. With John Candy's comedic genius and heartwarming moments, this film reminds us of the importance of family and the unexpected bonds that can form in the most unlikely circumstances.

Remember, every film on this list offers a unique blend of entertainment and life lessons, making them perfect for family movie nights. Whether you're reliving your own childhood or introducing your kids to the magic of the past, these timeless classics will create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

6. Kindergarten Cop (1990)

Age Rating: PG-13 | Director: Ivan Reitman | Genre: Comedy, Crime | Runtime: 1h 51min

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Penelope Ann Miller
  • Pamela Reed

Kindergarten Cop is a hilarious blend of comedy and crime-solving. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays an undercover detective who finds himself posing as a kindergarten teacher in order to catch a dangerous criminal. Amidst the chaos of crayons and nap times, he discovers the joy of teaching and learns valuable lessons about compassion and the power of teamwork.

7. The Neverending Story (1984)

Age Rating: PG | Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family | Runtime: 1h 42min

  • Barret Oliver
  • Noah Hathaway
  • Tami Stronach

Enter the enchanting world of Fantasia in The Neverending Story. Follow the young hero, Bastian, as he embarks on a magical journey through a mystical book. This fantasy adventure captivates both young and old with its imaginative creatures, breathtaking landscapes, and a tale that celebrates the power of imagination and the importance of believing in oneself.

8. The Princess Bride (1987)

Age Rating: PG | Director: Rob Reiner | Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy | Runtime: 1h 38min

  • Cary Elwes
  • Mandy Patinkin
  • Robin Wright

The Princess Bride is a timeless fairy tale that combines adventure, romance, and comedy. Join the brave Wesley as he sets out to rescue his true love, Princess Buttercup, from the clutches of evil. With unforgettable characters, quotable lines, and a story that never fails to charm, this film is a true classic that will capture the hearts of both kids and adults.

I have tried to leave out the Usual suspects that are common in most lists like this one. If you are interested in those films too, I'll give them an honourable mention

Honourable Mentions

E.T the Extra-Terrestrial


Star Wars

Jurassic Park

The Goonies

Back to the Future

Home Alone


The Land Before Time

Hocus Pocus

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Aladdin (1992)

9. Short Circuit (1986)

Age Rating: PG | Director: John Badham | Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family | Runtime: 1h 38min

  • Ally Sheedy
  • Steve Guttenberg
  • Fisher Stevens

Short Circuit introduces us to the lovable robot, Number 5, who develops sentience after a lightning strike. As he explores the world with childlike wonder, he forms an unlikely friendship with a young woman. This sci-fi comedy is packed with humour, heart, and thought-provoking themes about what it means to be alive and the power of friendship.

10. Starman (1984)

Age Rating: PG | Director: John Carpenter | Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi | Runtime: 1h 55min

  • Jeff Bridges
  • Karen Allen
  • Charles Martin Smith

Starman tells the tale of an alien who crash-lands on Earth and takes the form of a deceased man. When he meets a grieving widow, their journey together becomes an exploration of love, humanity, and second chances. With its heartfelt performances and a beautiful blend of romance and sci-fi, this film reminds us of the power of connection and the resilience of the human spirit.

"Movies can bring about change." - Steven Spielberg

11. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Age Rating: PG-13 | Director: Chris Columbus | Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family | Runtime: 2h 5min

  • Robin Williams
  • Sally Field
  • Pierce Brosnan

In Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin Williams delivers a memorable performance as a devoted father who, disguised as a British nanny, seeks to reconnect with his children after a divorce. This heartwarming and hilarious film reminds us of the importance of family, love, and the lengths we would go to make things right.

12. Jack (1996)

Age Rating: PG-13 | Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Genre: Comedy, Drama | Runtime: 1h 53min

  • Robin Williams
  • Diane Lane
  • Brian Kerwin

Jack tells the extraordinary story of a boy named Jack, portrayed by Robin Williams, who ages at an accelerated rate. Despite facing unique challenges, Jack embraces life with a contagious zest and teaches those around him the true meaning of living in the moment. This heartfelt film reminds us to cherish every precious second we have.

13. Beethoven (1992)

Age Rating: PG | Director: Brian Levant | Genre: Comedy, Family | Runtime: 1h 27min

  • Charles Grodin
  • Bonnie Hunt
  • Dean Jones

Beethoven is a delightful family comedy that introduces us to the mischievous and lovable St. Bernard dog named Beethoven. As he wreaks havoc and brings laughter into the lives of the Newton family, Beethoven also teaches them important lessons about love, loyalty, and the true value of family.

14. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

Age Rating: PG | Director: Joe Johnston | Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family | Runtime: 1h 33min

  • Rick Moranis
  • Matt Frewer
  • Marcia Strassman

Prepare for a wild and imaginative adventure in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. When a science experiment goes awry, four kids find themselves shrunk to the size of insects and must navigate their own backyard to find a way back home. This thrilling and heartwarming film combines humour, adventure, and the importance of friendship and family bonds.

15. The Mighty Ducks (1992)

Age Rating: PG | Director: Stephen Herek | Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family | Runtime: 1h 40min

  • Emilio Estevez
  • Joss Ackland
  • Lane Smith

The Mighty Ducks follows a ragtag group of young ice hockey players as they come together under the guidance of their coach to form an unlikely team. This underdog sports film teaches valuable lessons about teamwork, perseverance, and the importance of believing in oneself. Get ready to cheer for the Ducks in this heartwarming and inspiring story.

That wraps up the first part of our nostalgic adventure. Stay tuned for the final installment, where we'll uncover more treasured films from the 80s and 90s that are perfect for family movie nights.

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