Rewind! Remembering Our Favorite Kids Movies of All Time
Back when VHS tapes were the way to watch movies, POPSUGAR editors were falling in love with their favorite childhood films. While some enjoyed timeless classics like Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz, others leaned toward popular '90s flicks like Aladdin, Homeward Bound, and The Sandlot.
Whether you're planning a movie marathon night or just looking for new films to watch with your little ones, check out some of our all-time favorites!
"There's no better story of a boy facing growing up!" — Rebecca Gruber, vice president, Editorial Partnerships
"A must for every kid! Don't forget the tissues — this one is a tearjerker, but so worth it!" — Miranda Jones
"A true childhood treasure. There's danger, romance, baseball, and James Earl Jones. I still watch this every time it's on TV." — Maggie Pehanick, editor, POPSUGAR Entertainment
As a magic nanny and charming chimney sweep respectively, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke sing their way to a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious happily ever after.
The Muppet Movie
"Every generation should have the pleasure of meeting the Muppets, and this movie is a perfect introduction!" — MJ
"As a tomboy, I loved seeing Becky the Icebox hold her own with all the guys. And let's face it — who didn't have a crush on Devon Sawa back in his bowl-cut days?" — Laura Marie Meyers, editor, Trending and Viral Features
"I once watched this after school every single day for a week. Result? I can show you the world." — MP
The Parent Trap
Editors loved the story of long-lost twins who find each other and bring their parents together — both the original version and the more modern movie starring Lindsay Lohan.
What kid doesn't daydream about their toys coming to life? The original Toy Story (and the following two films) offer plenty to love.
A bulldog, a golden retriever, and a cat go on a series of incredible adventures, struggling to find their way home — perfect for little animal lovers.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The unique film starring Gene Wilder brought the children's novel by Roald Dahl to the big screen. A candy-filled world, songs, oompa loompas — it's a must see for every child with a wild imagination.
"This was a staple on the rotation of about five movies that my brother and I rented from the video store. It was his favorite, but I still love it." — MP
Swiss Family Robinson
After a storm destroys their ship, a family finds themselves on a deserted tropical island. The fantasy film features pirates, wildlife, booby traps, and an incredible tree house any fort-loving child can appreciate.
The Land Before Time
"Dinosaurs. I mean, dinosaurs. But make sure it's the original and not one of the 23 sequels." — MP
The classic story of Cinderella and Prince Charming has something for everyone: catchy songs, funny mice, and a wish-granting fairy godmother.
The Bad News Bears
The classic movie covers all the bases: sports, friendship, and underdogs who rise to the occasion.
"Who thought a movie about a pig could be so endearing and inspiring? When a runt tries his hand at becoming a sheepherding master, you can't help but cheer him on." — Lisette Mejia, editorial assistant, PopSugar Network
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
"Roald Dahl wrote the script to this British musical about a kooky inventor and his flying car. I still remember the words to the songs!" — MJ
Now and Then
With a star-studded cast of four mother-daughter pairs, Now and Then is a classic coming-of-age movie for older kids.
Bows and arrows, royalty, jewels — the classic story gets an animated-musical twist, featuring foxes as the romantic leads.
"The kids run their own Summer camp." — MP
As a grown-up Peter Pan, Robin Williams stars in Steven Spielberg's modern version of the classic tale. Fun and full of fantasy, it's perfect for kids of all ages.
The Wizard of Oz
"Even though I was always scared by the monkey scene and the witch, I really loved watching this movie again and again." — Stacia Firestone
"Nothing beats a story of friendship, accompanied by ruby red slippers!" — Emily Bibb
"It's about this girl with terrible parents, who becomes friends with mice, and they find this valuable jewel. I don't want to give it away, but the mice rescue her." — MP
An instant classic, Finding Nemo won over audiences (and our editors) with a fun, exciting undersea adventure.
"A sweet tale about a boy named Oblio, the only round-headed person in a world full of points. The music is by Harry Nilsson, which means that this movie isn't just for kids." — MJ