1. The Lion King (1994)
It was a roaring success at the box office when it was first released, and its popularity has only grown since then, thanks to a theatrical spinoff, an updated version on Disney+, and a million other viewings. This is a story about three characters: Simba (the flawed hero), Scar (the hissable villain), and Pumba and Timbo (the hilarious and flatulent double act). It’s always a delight. That’s all there is to it! It is a grade of g.
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the perfect way to kick off a night of magic and sorcery. Upon discovering his true identity and magical powers, a young boy is swiftly whisked away to Hogwarts, a boarding school unlike any other, via Platform 9 3/4. Our burgeoning new wizard is about to go on an adventure that will throw his world—and his life—on its head.
3. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
When it comes down to it, it’s just a boy and an extraterrestrial. The boy and the extraterrestrial become inseparable. When the boy’s space pal must return to Earth, he bids his goodbyes to the extraterrestrial, which causes tears to well up in the eyes of viewers throughout the world. No matter how you tell the story—whether you tell it like Steven Spielberg or not—the film will always have a youthful wonder about it. When Elliott and E.T. ride their bikes past the moon, we’ll buy you Reese’s Pieces. It has a PG-13 rating.
4. Star Wars (1977)
In what order should you view the Star Wars films? That’s a good one! It’s best to begin with the original and work your way up from there. When that booming huge Star Destroyer whooshes across the screen in its opening image, young viewers are as if they’ve been ensnared in Death Star tractor beams, as the movie progresses. Even the most restless youngster will be entertained for two hours straight by the presence of timeless heroes, terrifying villains, endearing droids, and the many secrets of the Jedi. If you’re looking for a one-time vacation to a galaxy far, far away and don’t want to be sucked into the ever-expanding canon and spin-offs, Star Wars will never disappoint. It has a PG-13 rating.
5. Queen of Katwe
Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, like Akeelah and the Bee (with the exception of the disturbing racial stereotypes), takes one of the least interesting sports out there, chess, and turns it into the central tenet of a triumphant tale of the underdog. As a sports film that focuses on a Ugandan youngster who rises from the slums to compete in the World Chess Olympiads, it has great performances from David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o. It has a PG-13 rating.
6. The Mitchells Vs. the Machines (2021)
Gen Xers will feel right at home here. An amusing road trip adventure that’s set against the backdrop of some type of digital doom is the result of vacation music and Z-er tech preoccupations. Olivia Colman’s vicious A.I. is in control of the villainy, while the Mitchell family is in charge of humanity. This is one of Netflix’s best original films, and it’s also hilarious. It has a PG-13 rating.
7. The Goonies (1985)
Neither the Goonies nor this Steven Spielberg-produced and directed classic by Richard Donner ever say die. It is the story of a group of tweens who set out on a journey to save their house from foreclosure in the 1980s. As the pack’s leader, Mikey convinces his companions that seeking for One-Eyed Willy’s treasure is a perfect way to maintain their origins. However, their journey for the jewels is extremely perilous… especially when the Fratelli crime family learns of their plans! It has a PG-13 rating
8. Home Alone (1990)
Christmas in the City of Lights is a dream come true for many people. The McCallister family is looking forward to spending Christmas in Paris this year. But things take a turn for the worse when they discover that their son, Kevin, has been left behind. The kid doesn’t mind having the place to himself, as long as he’s watching gangster movies, eating ice cream for dinner, and generally making a mess. When two burglars put their sights on Kevinis’ beautiful home, he was left alone to deal with Harry and Marv, both of whom are in need of a little help in the criminal department. It has a PG-13 rating.
9. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Discover what happens when kissed amphibians become royalty in this tale straight out of a children’s book. With vibrant colors, somber settings, eerie interference, and top-notch original music that thoroughly embraces New Orleans’ passion of jazz, the Bayou comes to life on the screen. Introducing a long-awaited African American princess who is no damsel in distress, you’ll be cheering for her to achieve her biggest dream—opening a restaurant—the whole while. It is a grade of g.
10. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Miyazaki’s fable about a young witch finding her way in Scandinavia, from its wide-eyed vision to its smart-alec cat sidekick, is unusual in nearly every way (voiced by Phil Hartman in the American dub). However, the most remarkable aspect of this picture is the absence of a central opponent or any sort of conflict: It’s a simple story about a young girl’s travels, big and tiny. Even though the film has its moments of suspense (the final tragedy is one of Ghibli’s most dramatic set pieces), it is primarily a lovely hangout movie that revels in the minor pleasures of life. It is a grade of g.
11. Finding Nemo (2003)
Marlin, clownfish are sure to be a hit with the parents. It’s easy to empathize with the marine creature because he’s so protective of Nemo, his kid. That comes as no surprise. What else is new? The disobedience of Nemo. While searching for his friend in the deep blue water, Marlin discovers a huge white shark. It is up to him to bring him back to shore. We’re sorry to break it to you, but your parents are always right. Let Nemo’s story serve as inspiration for your own! It has a PG-13 rating.
12. The Baby-sitters Club (1995)
The 1990s classic centers on a group of young women who want to turn their babysitting gigs into a legitimate summer camp, but an elderly gruff neighbor is desperate to prevent that from occurring. There are problems with the family, health challenges, and, of course, crushes along the way. It’s a long road. It has a PG-13 rating.
13. Coco (2017)
It’s a vibrant, colourful, and vibrant celebration of Mexican culture from Pixar that’s full of songs, dance, and vitality. The clincher? All but a few of the protagonists have died. In the Land of the Dead, music-obsessed Miguel searches for a way out before he’s skeleton-ified for all time. A colorful cast of characters joins him on his quest, including Ernesto de la Cruz, his longtime musical idol, and Héctor, a shady but endearing con man (con-skeleton? ), portrayed by Gael Garca Bernal. It has a PG-13 rating.
14. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
One generation after another has been mesmerized by this Hollywood classic for more than eighty years. The movie’s enduring popularity can be attributed to a variety of factors, but one that is consistently cited by new generations of underage viewers is the film’s vibrant and charming fantasy world, which features flying monkeys and good witches, agile scarecrows and fearsome lions, vibrantly pastel Munchkin towns, and an ominously green Emerald City. Then there’s the ageless message: You don’t have to stay in your comfort zone to live life to the fullest. There’s no place quite like home, and no one quite like your family and friends. It is a grade of g.
15. Frozen (2013)
If you’ve never heard of the sisters who’ve turned the Disney princess world on its head, here’s a quick rundown: Arendelle is the home of Anna and Elsa, and we learn that Elsa has a special ability: she can freeze anything. Their lovely land will soon be frozen in time. Yikes! For individuals who are afflicted by the cold, that’s downright impossible. When Elsa goes into hiding, Anna sets out to find her, with the help of her new boyfriend and a few other pals. Is she capable of accepting these new abilities? How are the two sisters going to solve this mystery? Is your child ever going to stop singing “Let It Go?” It has a PG-13 rating.
16. The Sound of Music (1965)
Robert Wise’s Oscar-winning musical “The Sound of Music” has you in its hold from the moment the camera swoops down from the clouds toward a young woman sprinting through a meadow. In the first line of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s score, Julie Andrews’ star was created, yet this classic is truly a collective effort: Every member of the von Trapp family—from Christopher Plummer, the oldest, to Charmian Carr, 16, and Kym Karath, 5,—contributes to this sing-along behemoth. So Long, Farewell” and a family banding together to prove it takes more than Nazis to break up a tight-knit tribe are just two examples of why this movie has been a favorite of generations of families for decades. It’s a G.
17. Hidden Figures (2016)
Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Taraji P. Henson star in this uplifting tale of NASA’s underappreciated pioneers. Aside from that, it’s an inspiring narrative of perseverance and a reminder that it’s the unsung heroes who frequently make a difference. It has a PG-13 rating.
18. Inside Out (2015)
It’s one of Pixar’s most inventive narratives, so get ready for a roller coaster of emotions! Disgust, Joy, and Sadness, to name a few, are just some of the emotions that accompany a young girl as she moves from the Midwest to the West Coast in this heartwarming film. Clever, engaging, moving, and downright hilarious, everyone in the crew will enjoy this film! It has a PG-13 rating.
19. Despicable Me (2010)
A suburban supervillain with yellow gibberish-speaking minions, Gru, is voiced by Steve Carelli, who has worked on a number of animated films. Once he adopts three gorgeous tow-headed orphaned daughters, Gru’s cold, cold heart is melted by their plucky charm and winning hope. It has a PG-13 rating.
20. A Christmas Story (1983)
“Kid, you’re going to shoot out your eye!” With just a pink bunny suit, a leg lamp and the flagpole sticking out of his way, nine-year-old Ralphie can’t get his hands on a Red Ryder. Short stories by Canadian humorist Jean Shepherd provide the backbone of this caustic sentimental concoction. It has a PG-13 rating.