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Top 10 Movies You Should Watch With Your Kids

by Hani Huang on April 10, 2019

How do you enjoy leisure with your kids? Go sightseeing, play video games, go hiking or visit a fun park? While it’s amazing to have our kids experience all of those, it certainly won’t be complete without seeing some exciting movies.

Exciting Movies overtime has been known to keep kids glued to their sit as long as it’s interesting.

Over the years we have been able to come up with a number of epic movies, just right for you and your kids. We have come up with this list to keep not just the kids but also the whole family enchanted for as long as POPCORN is available. 

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From princess tales to classic musicals, animated animals, superhero adventures and so on, these movies will appeal to the whole family. Like the newer films honored with our Common Sense Seal, these all-time favorites are not only hugely entertaining, but they're packed with positive messages and role models, giving them the potential for a significant impact on kids and families. Some are cultural touchstones. Others give kids a look at other worlds - real and imaginary. 

The Lion King 1994 

The Lion King

The first movie heartbreak in the lives of 90s kids was likely the first time they watched the Lion King, an equally heartbreaking and heartwarming tale of a young lion who needs to stand up and save his pride from the shadows and Scar, his evil uncle. With help from pals like Timon (meerkat) and Pumbaa (warthog), he’s able to overcome even the most difficult problems, but first, he’ll need to get over his own ego. Rated G.

Frozen 2013

Frozen

Ushering in a new generation of Disney princesses, fair Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), attempts to hide a very magical secret: She can make snow and ice! Though she’s able to keep her powers under wraps until young adulthood, she accidentally traps the kingdom Arendelle in a never-ending winter. Oops. Her little sister Anna attempts to make things right again by embarking on an epic quest to help her, meeting a handy peasant Kristoff, his reindeer Sven and a talking snowman along the way. Kids will have their eyes glued to the screen as the story unfolds—after all, the cold never bothered Elsa anyway. Will she return? Will the kingdom ever unfreeze? Buckle up for an action-packed adventure, and be prepared for an ongoing family singalong. You’ve probably heard “Let It Go” a few thousand times by now! Rated PG.

Despicable Me (2010)

Despicable Me

Gru has no time to waste. The wicked schemer is planning to take over the moon (with the help of his yellow minions). All goes according to plan until three orphaned sisters come into his life. Soon, the evil mastermind gets used to a new title: dad. How will these little ladies affect his hopes for his intergalactic takeover?

Moana

Moana

Disney’s latest princess story takes viewers to Ancient Polynesia where Moana, the daughter of her tribe’s chief, is faced with the task of braving the ocean in order to save her island from a curse. She teams up with legendary demigod Maui in order to confront the creatures that lurk in the seas and fulfill her dangerous quest. She eventually discovers that true north rests within herself.

Pinocchio (1940)

Pinocchio

Not only is Pinocchio the perfect vehicle to teach a child the importance of telling the truth, it’s an excellent film to crack open the darker corners of their imaginations as well. From a wooden puppet who comes to life, to adventures inside a whale and on an island of misbehaving boys-turned-jackasses, Disney’s version of the Italian fairy tale mixes unnerving visuals with fantastical highlights that became Disney trademarks. With Jiminy Cricket, children meet the voice that will keep them out of trouble, and when he sings, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” they’ll hear the song that launched a billion-dollar empire. —JP

Titanic

Titanic

The best way to teach your kid about grand Hollywood epics like Gone With the Wind and Lawrence of Arabia? Find a film that both emulates those classics, but couches them within a modern sensibility—and also features Winslet and DiCaprio at their most bewitching. Even nearly 20 years later, the sheer scope of James Cameron’s masterpiece—the sets, the costumes, the score, the effects—is breathtaking. And if the script hasn’t aged quite as well… eh, we’ll always have “I’m the king of the world!” Warning: Unless you yearn to make your child (and, uh, yourself) incredibly uncomfortable, go grab a snack during the “draw me like one of your French girls” scene. —HB

Home Alone

Home Alone

Being left behind is every kid’s nightmare. Home Alone taps into that fear—with Macauley Culkin all alone at home after his entire harried family accidentally leaves for Paris without him—but then turns it into a hilarious, fun-filled celebration of unsupervised freedom. The adorable kid isn’t as helpless as he seems, and when two Wily E. Coyote-caliber robbers (Pesci and Stern) target his neighborhood, he turns his house into a giant Rube Goldberg machine of traps. The violence leaves marks, but it’s Three Stooges cartoonish. Plus, when your kids are older and they discover Martin Scorsese films, they’ll recognize Tommy DeVito as one of the Wet Bandits. —JS

Beauty and the beast

Beauty and the beast

Chronologically, Belle comes after Ariel and decades after the original Disney princesses, like Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. But if because your daughter is going to be indoctrinated by the Disney Princess marketing machine, Belle is the place to start. Fiercely independent and with a great love of books, she’s a princess role-model parents can endorse. Plus, the first animated film to be nominated by the Academy for Best Picture features phenomenal, show-stopping music—“Be Our Guest,” “Beauty and the Beast”—making the film not only an essential building-block for the budding animation connoisseur, but a top-notch introduction to movie musicals. —Erin Strecker

Rather, it’s a survival-guide syllabus of films that we all need to know to be able to speak the same pop-cultural language, listed in order by when they might be best introduced. It starts with a film that is a perfect introduction to the cinematic universe and ends with one that is an ideal capper before graduating into the world of PG-13 and R movies—and the age when kids begin to make their own theater decisions.

These are the cinematic building blocks for future film connoisseurs, movie-literate enthusiasts who can gracefully segue from a George Bailey impression into a spirited debate over whether Han Solo shot first. The important stuff.

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