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Best Childhood Movies

  • Labyrinth

    Labyrinth (PG, 1986)

    David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Brian Henson, Shelley Thompson
    Fifteen-year-old Sarah resents her baby brother Toby and secretly wishes that he will just disappear... read more. Her wish comes true when goblins kidnap the boy. Feeling responsible and guilty about his abduction, she sets forth to retrieve him, and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. To rescue her brother, she must sneak into the castle of the Goblin King, which is in the center of a fantastical labyrinth. But, the task is easier said than done, for the maze is filled with strange creatures and mind-bending puzzles, and nothing is really as it seems.
    • fb628931618
      fb628931618: Relived my childhood, first watched it as a kid and loved it, but now I'm older even loved it again more, very
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
    • laurenjean81
      laurenjean81: My favorite movie from childhood still makes my top 5 list. Anyone who dislikes this film clearly has no soul, no childhood
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb561351698
      fb561351698: It is still one of my favorite childhood movies. It deals with fantasy and monsters: but cleanly, with puppets, and no sex or death
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • The Goonies

    The Goonies (PG, 1985)

    Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton
    Leonard Maltin wasn't alone when he noticed similarities between Goonies and the 1934 Our Gang comed... read morey Mama's Little Pirate. Adapted by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg, the film follows a group of misfit kids (including such second-generation Hollywoodites as Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) as they search for buried treasure in a subterranean cavern. Here they cross the path of lady criminal Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) and her outlaw brood. Fortunately, the kids manage to befriend Fratelli's hideously deformed (but soft-hearted) son (John Matuszak), who comes to their rescue. The Spielberg influence is most pronounced in the film's prologue and epilogue, when the viewer is advised that the film's real villains are a group of "Evil Land Developers." The musical score makes excellent use of Max Steiner's main theme from The Adventures of Don Juan, not to mention contributions by the likes of Richard Marx and Cyndi Lauper. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    • Simkiel
      Simkiel: 2/21/2014: Love this movie and it's my childhood favorite! Fun and action packed adventure.
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • fb587665145
      fb587665145: Favourite childhood movie of all time! Every kid should watch this at least once!
      Reviewed 8 months days ago
    • fb661871636
      fb661871636: hich you can watch over and over again, and if you haven't seen it yet, you can't have had a normal childhood!
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
  • The Neverending Story

    The Neverending Story (PG, 1984)

    Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Moses Gunn, Patricia Hayes
    Wolfgang Petersen adapted Michael Ende's children's story for this charming fantasy film that spawne... read mored several sequels. Bastian (Barret Oliver) is dealing with his mother's recent death. His father (Gerald McRaney) is an imperious sort who continually lambastes Bastian for daydreaming and falling behind in school. On top of his father's badgering, he has to contend with a bunch of school bullies waiting for him in the schoolyard. One day he decides to play hooky and walks into a strange bookstore, where in the attic, he discovers a book called "The Neverending Story". As Bastian reads the book, he's enveloped in the unfolding tale. A sickly child-like empress (Tami Stronach) from a land called Fantasia is concerned about who will take over the land if she dies. She decides it is best for Fantasia if she remains alive, so she dispatches a young warrior named Atreju (Noah Hathaway) to find a cure for the empress's malady. It turns out the land is consumed with a plague called The Nothing, generated by blighted dreams and hopeless fantasies. As Atreju continues onward to search for a cure for The Nothing, he encounters an assortment of strange creatures. Bastian is so consumed with the tale that he finds himself catapulted into the land of Fantasia himself. Atreju realizes that the only way to save the land from its blight is with the help of this strange earth boy, Bastian. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
    • fb19217422
      fb19217422: . It takes you back to your childhood.

      To be fair, the matte paintings are beautiful, and the synth heavy score is appealing t
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • fb100000176762369
      fb100000176762369: Great movie from my childhood, rewatched it because SOMEONE had never seen it.
      Kind of weird watching it as an adult, yo
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb561351698
      fb561351698: . Again it is one of those great movies from my childhood that made me love fantasy. It's childsafe but I'd say around 10-12 years old. there is som
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (PG, 1982)

    Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore
    Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure tha... read moret captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups. Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And he's right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isn't sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the "little squashy guy," perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. E.T. rigs up a communication device from junk he finds around the house, but no one knows if he'll be rescued before a group of government scientists gets hold of him. In 2002, Steven Spielberg re-released E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in a revised edition, with several deleted scenes restored and digitally refurbished special effects. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
  • The Sandlot

    The Sandlot (PG, 1993)

    Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Karen Allen
    The Sandlot is sparsely narrated by the main character (now an adult) who occasionally drops in on t... read morehe action to comment on events or help move the story along. Tom Guiry plays Scotty Smalls, the shy new kid on the block who wants to join the rowdy pickup baseball team that plays every day in the neighborhood sandlot. But he doesn't know how to catch a baseball, and his stepfather (Dennis Leary) is too busy to teach him. He tries out for the sandlot gang anyway, and though he isn't very good, it turns out he's lucky: there happen to be only eight of them, and nine makes a team. The summer passes blissfully as Scotty learns to play ball under the wing of Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar), the oldest and best player, as well as Ham, Squints, Repeat, and the rest of the kid-eccentrics. The skies darken, however, when Benny literally knocks the stuffing out of the team's only baseball, a sign of impending doom, or worse, bad luck. Wanting to set things right, Scotty returns home and "borrows" his stepfather's ball, which he promptly uses to hit his first home run, knocking the ball clear out of the sandlot into mean old Mr. Mertle (James Earl Jones)'s junkyard, home to Mertle's legendary guard dog The Beast. Scotty admits that he took the ball without asking, and he naively explains that his stepfather will want it back since it had a woman's name written on it: some lady named Babe Ruth. Horror-stricken, the sandlot gang mobilizes to fetch the autographed ball from the clutches of The Beast, building a series of mechanical ball-retrieval machines which get progressively more complicated and preposterous as The Beast's size grows in their imaginations. ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi
    • fb1077523731
      fb1077523731: . Yet the sad reality is that this is an overly rosy, and ultimately unrealistic look at what childhood is really like. In reality there's more frustration and disappointment, and it's highly un
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • fb100002952996382
      fb100002952996382: . Takes you to place and time where you reminisce on your childhood and the great times you had as kid... Some scraped knees, summertime mischief and some goo
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
    • fb100000022241336
      fb100000022241336: Aww man brings back good memories of my childhood (1990's)
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid (G, 1989)

    Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Sam E. Wright, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett
    Disney's The Little Mermaid was the first in a series of blockbusters that restored the venerable fi... read morerm's reputation as the world's premiere animated-feature factory. The title character is a precocious teenager named Ariel, the daughter of Triton, king of the Sea. Against her dad's wishes, Ariel journeys beyond her own world to the surface, where she falls in love with Prince Eric, a handsome human. Foolishly, the little mermaid enters into an agreement with evil sea witch Ursula in order to become human herself. The wistfully melancholy ending of the original Hans Christian Andersen story is dispensed with in favor of a joyously happy ending-but not before a spectacular climactic confrontation between Ursula and Triton. The obligatory Disney comic relief is handled by such freshly minted characters as Sebastian the Crab, who, courtesy of voiceover artist Samuel E. Wright, sings the film's Oscar-winning "Under the Sea." Other voices are provided by Broadway star Jodi Benson (as Ariel) and such Hollywood reliables as Buddy Hackett, Pat Carroll, Kenneth Mars, and Rene Auberjonois. The enormous box-office take of The Little Mermaid made possible such future Disney cartoon ventures as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    • hornsrx08
      hornsrx08: I've probably seen this movie over a hundred times. Childhood favorite!
      Reviewed 35 days days ago
    • fb761260021
      fb761260021: Childhood classic.'s replacing BatB on Broadway. -.-
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • tblanche
      tblanche: my childhood classic, still would sit down and watch it anytime
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • Hook

    Hook (PG, 1991)

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith
    Steven Spielberg filters J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan through a distinctly 1990s sensibility in Hook. Pe... read moreter Pan has become Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a 40-year-old mergers and acquisitions lawyer with a permanent scowl on his face and a cellular phone in his belt. Banning has lost any memory of being Peter Pan, and he is also in danger of losing his wife Moira (Caroline Goodall) and two children, Jack (Charlie Korsmo) and Maggie (Amber Scott). Peter and his family travel to London to visit Granny Wendy (Maggie Smith) who recalls Peter's lost youth and asks him, "Peter, dear, don't you know who you are?" With Peter's children asleep in the same bedroom where the original Peter Pan story began, there is a blinding flash. Peter comes into the room to discover a note from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), informing Peter that he has kidnapped his children. Granny Wendy now tells him who he really is and encourages him to re-discover his happy thoughts, transform himself into the Peter Pan of the past, and go rescue his children. With the encouragement of Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts), Peter recalls the birth of his son and once again takes wing. Then it's off to Never Land to rescue his kids. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
    • fb727245209
      fb727245209: . This is one one of my favorite childhood movies. Just watched it again as a 30 year old and still love it.
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • fb626865805
      fb626865805: This is one of my all time favorite childhood movies. I never realized until I got older that Steven Spielberg directed this movie and y
      Reviewed 32 days days ago
    • vonsowards
      vonsowards: As far as made up sequels to classic childhood stories go, this is a really great story. It stays true to the original in all it's purpos
      Reviewed 58 days days ago
  • Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins (G, 1964)

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley
    Long resistant to film adaptations of her Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers finally succumbed to the ... read moreentreaties of Walt Disney, and the result is often considered the finest of Disney's personally supervised films. The Travers stories are bundled together to tell the story of the Edwardian-era British Banks family: the banker father (David Tomlinson), suffragette mother (Glynis Johns), and the two "impossible" children (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber). The kids get the attention of their all-business father by bedevilling every new nanny in the Banks household. Whem Mr. Banks advertises conventionally for another nanny, the kids compose their own ad, asking for someone with a little kindness and imagination. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews in her screen debut) answers the children's ad by arriving at the Banks home from the skies, parachuting downward with her umbrella. She immediately endears herself to the children. The next day they meet Mary's old chum Bert (Dick Van Dyke), currently employed as a sidewalk artist. Mary, Bert, and the children hop into one of Bert's chalk drawings and learn the nonsense song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in a cartoon countryside. Later, they pay a visit to Bert's Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn), who laughs so hard that he floats to the ceiling. Mr. Banks is pleased that his children are behaving better, but he's not happy with their fantastic stories. To show the children what the real world is like, he takes them to his bank. A series of disasters follow which result in his being fired from his job. Mary Poppins' role in all this leads to some moments when it is possible to fear that all her good work will be undone, but like the magical being she is, all her "mistakes" lead to a happy result by the end of the film. In 2001, Mary Poppins was rereleased in a special "sing-along" edition with subtitles added to the musical numbers so audiences could join in with the onscreen vocalists. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    • gabrcalderon15
      gabrcalderon15: . I just can't hear those songs without falling back into my childhood. Man what magical place to be.
      10 out of 10
      Reviewed 8 months days ago
    • fb684112094
      fb684112094: . It's a good feel good family movie, full of childhood morals, imagination, fun and adventure.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb508486411
      fb508486411: . my favorite childhood film. u cant beat a good classic. just one of the best musicals ever made.
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
  • The Land Before Time

    The Land Before Time (G, 1988)

    Gabriel Damon, Candy Hutson, Judith Barsi, Will Ryan, Bill Erwin
    Animation producer Don Bluth's fondness for overly cutesy characters and muddy color compositions wo... read morerk to the benefit of his feature-length cartoon The Land Before Time. Littlefoot, a brontosaurus child, must fend for himself when his mother is killed (shades of Bambi). With several other orphaned dinosaurs, Littlefoot seeks out the fabled Great Valley, where food and shelter is plentiful. Along the way, the kiddie dinos learn several vital (and politically correct) life lessons, all the while keeping themselves scarce whenever the fierce tyrannosauri gallumph into view. The cuteness of the characters (emphasized by the voice work) takes some of the harsh edges off the story, which makes the film eminently suitable for younger children; and the smeary color design is ideal for the time-frame of the film, which is set in the turbulent, nature-run-rampant period just before the dinosaurs died out. Apparently they didn't all die, inasmuch as a Land Before Time sequel was released on video in 1994. The earlier film inspired a 1988 Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Ruby-Spears, Dink: The Little Dinosaur. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
  • Home Alone

    Home Alone (PG, 1990)

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard
    Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaula... read morey Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they've left him "home alone," he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood. Though the film's slapstick ending may be somewhat violent, Culkin's charming presence helped the film become one of the most successful ever at the time of its release. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
    • fb706852945
      fb706852945: It was always my childhood dream to torture daniel stern in a house full of traps. This was as close as I could get.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • hardpimpking
      hardpimpking: Fond memories of my childhood. If you haven't seen it and need a laugh then get on it.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • fb654471643
      fb654471643: h a lot, even outside of the holiday season, as there's just something about it that connects to my childhood - whether it's on TV, VHS (which I think I still have somewhere) or now on Blu-ray, it's o
      Reviewed 3 years days ago