Which Classic Movies Should You Watch With Kids?

Which Classic Movies Should You Watch With Kids?

School holidays don’t finish for another week, and once the Australia Day celebrations pass parents will be frantically . Watching movies is one clear option, but no-one wants to pay cinema prices every day.

Mediamum blogger Jo White has listed 10 classic movies that are family-friendly, worth repeated viewing and cheap to hunt down on DVD. There’s some obvious classics (The Princess Bride, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as well as some you probably wouldn’t have considered (Cinderfella)

It’s a pretty good starting point, but I’m curious: what other movies would you add to the holiday sanity saviours list? Share your thoughts in the comments. (And speaking of holidays: Lifehacker’s local posts will be taking a break for Australia Day, but the US feed of stories will still come through and normal service will resume on Wednesday.)

10 classic movies your kids should see [Media Mum]


  • While it is a fair short list of suggestions there is at least one I would not be showing to primary school or younger children (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). Movies that we have shown our primary school and younger ones (that adults can also enjoy) include Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, The Court Jester, Ghostbusters (warning children may not stop singing the theme song :)), Star Wars (eps 1, 2, 4, 5, 6), Tron, Short Circuit, Broadway musicals (For example Seven Brides, Brigadoon, Mikado). While some of these may not be “classics” they are fun movies to watch with children.

    • I have to ask, why the objection to Ferris? and Revenge of the Sith?
      I add Willow, Malcolm, Storm boy, The Lord of the Rings (extended editions) which though scary at times are well worth it for the games they will inspire.

      Oh and let your kids play outside.

  • I’m sorry, I still have fears of the Wolf in Neverending Story. Scared by the first scene with the glowing eyes, up until recently i had not actually seen the ending of the film, due to turning the VHS off at that point in the story. Do Not Recommend! 🙁

    Seeing as we’re covered the 80s classics, I’ll do the 90s.

    The Sandlot Kids, Fern Gully, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (1,2+3), Lion King, Ace Ventura, The Iron Giant, Jurassic Park(if they can handle it), Independence Day, 3 Ninjas, Kindergarden Cop, Beethoven, Mighty Ducks,

    I guess anything with nostalgic value. I’m also a kid at heart, so I’m probably not the best to ask…

  • Definitely have to throw in a vote for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it is entertaining for the kids but it teaches about discipline also. Also the classic cartoons like Toy Story 1 and 2, Finding Nemo and Shrek. Kids love em and adults are entertained at the same time.

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