Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The 75 Best Kid Movies You've Never Seen

It's winter and its freezing and it's always dark and everyone is sort of sick. So at my house, it is the season of watching too much TV. This year, I'm determined to watch great movies with my kids instead of the exact same ones over and over again until I want to curl up and rock in the corner.

So a couple of weeks ago, I asked you guys on Facebook to suggest your very favorite off the beaten path kid movies. Here's a list of those you suggested. I can't thank you enough for sparing me from another viewing of Dora's Mermaid Adventure. I've seen about a third of these, and I can't wait to watch the rest!

For the top 15 movies that you picked (based on how many times they were recommended) you can check out my slideshow on Babble. It also has some movie descriptions and inane commentary.

UPDATE: Lots of mentions for the The Princess Bride - totally agree! Best movie ever. Also Mary Poppins, Ponyo and Nanny McPhee. We sort of thought those movies were ones everyone knew about, though. That's why we didn't put them on the list. But due to popular demand, we added them at the very top because if you haven't watched those movies with your kids - awesomeness.

What you consider OK and age appropriate for your kid may be different than other folks and that's cool (and the gang). If you're worried about a movie being OK for your squiddos, why not check it out on Common Sense Media? There was a similar site mentioned in the comments, too. That way  - no unpleasant surprises.

  1. The Princess Bride
  2. Ponyo
  3. Mary Poppins
  4. Nanny McPhee
  5. Swiss Family Robinson
  6. The Secret of Moonacre
  7. The 10th Kingdom
  8. The Sand Lot
  9. Kiki's Delivery Service
  10. My Neighbor Totoro
  11. The Secret of Kells
  12. A Little Princess
  13. The Secret of Roan Inish
  14. The Black Stallion
  15. Howl's Moving Castle
  16. Stardust
  17. Milo and Otis
  18. The Last Unicorn
  19. The Secret Garden
  20. The Brave Little Toaster
  21. Secondhand Lions
  22. The Great Mouse Detective
  23. Holes
  24. Matilda
  25. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  26. The Goonies
  27. Lifted
  28. Time at the Top
  29. Thumbelina
  30. Arthur and the Invisibles
  31. The Parent Trap (1961 version)
  32. Annie
  33. Hook
  34. The Secret of Nimh
  35. The Dark Crystal
  36. Labrynth
  37. Savannah Smiles
  38. The Muppet Movie
  39. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  40. Escape to Witch Mountain
  41. Flubber
  42. Rigoletto
  43. The Boy Who Could Fly
  44. The Never Ending Story
  45. Herbie the Love Bug (old version)
  46. The Incredible Mr. Limpet
  47. Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
  48. Pete's Dragon
  49. Flight of the Navigator
  50. Babe
  51. Anne of Green Gables (movies 1 & 2 but apparently not 3)
  52. The Shaggy Dog (old version)
  53. Little Monsters
  54. American Tale
  55. Homeward Bound
  56. Babes in Toyland (Annette Funicello version)
  57. The Great Mouse Detective
  58. Inkheart
  59. 5 Children and It
  60. The Waterhorse
  61. Dr. DoLittle (Rex Harrison version)
  62. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (this also made some IMDB Top 100 list)
  63. Incredible Journey
  64. Angels in the Outfield
  65. The Rescuers
  66. Robin Hood (Disney version with the fox)
  67. The Wizard of Oz
  68. Hook
  69. Doplhin Tale
  70. The Sword in the Stone
  71. National Velvet
  72. Akeelah and the Bee
  73. Dragon Hunters
  74. Fastastic Mr. Fox
  75. The Last Starfighter
Thanks again so much for all your suggestions!  If you have more, I'll add them here - just leave a comment.

xo, Lydia & Kate

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