The Lion King, Aladdin, and more of the best family films of the 1990s will bring back fond memories and make you eager to watch them again.
They are some of the most enduring and cherished films of the 1980s. It continued in the 1990s, and as special effects got better, even more extravagant films were released.
This period also saw a resurgence in Disney animation, re-establishing the Mouse House as a top destination for family entertainment once more. Even though they were intended for families, many of the films produced by Disney at this time have gone on to become classics in both box office and critical acclaim. It wasn’t just Disney that was making a mark on people’s lives, either. According to IMDb, these are the top ten family films of the 1990s.
1. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) – 7
From Genie to Peter Pan to Jerry Lewis, Robin Williams was an absolute legend in the 1990s. He could do it all! Mr. Doubtfire’s cantankerous character wasn’t one of his best.
Daniel Hilliard, a recently divorced father who dresses up as Mrs. Doubtfire and takes a job as a nanny for his three children in order to be near to them, was in fact his character.
2. Jumanji (1995) – 7
Jumanji, a family-friendly action film starring Robin Williams, features the beloved comic again. In the role of Alan Parrish, Williams portrays a man who has spent the last quarter-century trapped inside the untamed forest of the game’s namesake board.
In the wake of two new players rescuing him from the game, he must move quickly to save them and finally bring it to an end. At one point, Robin Williams admitted that he chose the role in Jumanji because it was the closest thing he would ever get to acting in a big action movie.
3. Home Alone (1990) – 7.6
Family members gather at the door of Kevin McCallister in anticipation of a major family trip, only to unintentionally leave Kevin all alone. So he eats junk food for breakfast and does whatever he wants to do, just like any other youngster.
It isn’t long until Kevin transforms into Bruce Willis from Die Hard and begins setting up a series of ingenious traps to keep the two idiots at bay until the police come.
4. The Sandlot (1993) – 7.8
Few people go to the movies these days who don’t miss the carefree days of their childhood. The carefree days of summer, when the only concern is how much fun you can have today. That’s why The Sandlot is so fantastic. A gang of pre-teens encounter a new youngster in town, who unwittingly lets his new buddies to smash a prized baseball into the neighbor’s yard..
When “Baby Ruth” autographs the ball, “The Beast” gets it as a present from the neighbor. It’s a great movie for any time of year, but especially towards the end of summer. Kids having fun on the Fourth of July and inventing a way to get the ball back are two of the most memorable images. Smalls and his friend playing in the major leagues will be enjoyed by adults.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – 8
Batman Returns and The Nightmare Before Christmas were both being directed by Tim Burton at the same time.
Halloweentown’s Jack Skellington’s attempt to bring Christmas into his world grabbed people in the same way that Christmas movies of the past had done. For a film that isn’t a traditional Disney movie, it quickly became as popular as any other Disney film.
6. Aladdin (1992) – 8
When The Little Mermaid was published in 1989, the Mouse House experienced a massive comeback. The hot run continued with a string of hits.
In 1992, Disney released Aladdin, which was based on the Arabian Nights. An quest that will change his life forever begins with a magic lamp, which a robber acquires and sets out on a journey to save a princess. The Genie is voiced by Robin Williams in this film, making it yet another Robin Williams classic.
7. Beauty And The Beast (1991) – 8
For the first time, a Disney animated film has been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. A young woman named Belle is introduced in Beauty and the Beast, who agrees to serve as a prisoner of the hideous Beast in exchange for the safety of her father.
She’s able to slowly but surely transform the monster into a decent human. While it may not be as politically correct as you’d expect (a woman trying to change an abusive monster, who she eventually grows to love), it is nevertheless a hugely popular and magical Disney film that is loved by many.
8. Jurassic Park (1993) – 8.1
Adults may appreciate the original Jurassic Park film for what it is, even if they didn’t understand it as a child. To begin with, John Williams’ score begins to build when paleontologist Dr. Grant and paleobotanist Dr. Sadler arrive on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The scene is a standout in the film.
Because of this, if they doubt what they’re seeing, the audience is likely to doubt it as well. Industrial Light and Magic’s wizards had no problem making the dinosaurs look like they were actually alive..
9. Toy Story (1995) – 8.3
Toy Story, Pixar’s first feature-length film, sparked a slew of fond childhood memories. A dazzling new Buzz Lightyear toy on Andy’s birthday makes Woody nervous that he won’t be Andy’s favorite any more.
Instead of developing an elaborate plan to get rid of the Space Ranger, he finds himself rescuing them both from the hands of the small child who loves torturing toys. Just convince Sid’s toys and Buzz to help teach Sid a lesson and go home in time to move with Andy and all of their toy buddies.
10. The Lion King (1994) – 8.5
As a small boy watching helplessly and hopelessly as his mother dies in front of him, Simba, people who grew up in the late 1980s and early 1990s felt the same sense of loss as those whose hearts were broken by the death of Mufasa’s own brother in Bambi.
Furthermore, The Lion King isn’t simply one of the greatest family films of the 1990s, but one of the greatest animated films ever made. No wonder “The Lion King” is a significant part of family movie nights throughout the world, with songs like “Hakuna Matata” and amazing animation to go along with the beloved characters.