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101 Movies for Kids: What Should You Pick for Family Viewing?

 

This column is linked from the care.com website and the story is linked HERE

Finding movies for kids that are appropriate and enjoyable for the whole family to watch can be tough.

Use these 5 tips for choosing:

 

  1. Do Your Homework
    “Read reviews on Common Sense Media for how appropriate — or inappropriate — it is,” recommends Jen Singer, the creator of Momma Said and the author of “You’re a Good Mom.” Other sites, such as Kids in Mind, provide breakdowns and note sexual content, profanity and violence.
  2. Check Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Ratings
    “Check details of the rating to get the full story,” says Jane Boursaw, founder of Reel Life With Jane and author of the article, “A Parent’s Guide to the MPAA Ratings System.” Movies for kids rated PG for “mild rude humor” are different from those rated PG for “frightening images, thematic elements and language.”
  3. Know Your Child
    A monster from a movie geared for young children might give your 8-year-old nightmares. If you’re unsure, watch the movie beforehand to decide if it’s right.
  4. Discuss Your Children’s Reactions
    Boursaw advises, “Afterward, talk about whether the rating was accurate and how the movie affected your child. Keep a list of movies you’ve seen and include any notes.” This will help with future movie picks.
  5. Take Turns Choosing Movies For Kids
    This gives everyone a chance to select what they want to see.

Here are 101 movie suggestions:

  1. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), G
  2. “Akeelah and the Bee” (2006), PG
  3. “All Dogs Go to Heaven” (1989), G
  4. “Anastasia” (1997), G
  5. “Annie” (1982), PG
  6. “Babe” (1995), G
  7. “Back to the Future” (1985),
  8. “PG”Beethoven” (1992), PG
  9. “Benji” (1974), G
  10. “Big Hero 6” (2014), PG
  11. “Black Stallion” (1979), G
  12. “Brave” (2012), PG
  13. “Bridge to Terabithia” (2007), PG
  14. “Cars” (2006), G
  15. “Charlotte’s Web” (1973), G
  16. “Cheaper by the Dozen” (2003), PG
  17. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968), G
  18. “Cool Runnings” (1993), PG
  19. “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” (2008), G
  20. “Dreamer” (2005), G
  21. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), PG
  22. “Fantasia” (2005), G
  23. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009), PG
  24. “Finding Nemo” (2003), G
  25. “Flubber” (1997), PG
  26. “Free Willy” (1993), PG
  27. “Frozen” (2013), PG
  28. “Ghostbusters” (1984), PG
  29. “Hairspray” (2007), PG
  30. “Happy Feet” (2006), PG
  31. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001), PG
  32. “Heidi” (1937), G
  33. “High School Musical” (2006), G
  34. “Holes” (2003), PG
  35. “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” (1993), G
  36. “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (1989), PG
  37. “Hoosiers” (2005), PG
  38. “Hotel for Dogs” (2009), PG
  39. “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010), PG
  40. “Inkheart” (2008), PG
  41. “James and the Giant Peach” (1996), PG
  42. “Jumanji” (1995), PG
  43. “Lassie” (1994), PG
  44. “Lilo and Stitch” (2002), PG
  45. “Marley and Me” (2008), PG
  46. “Mary Poppins” (1964), G
  47. “Matilda” (1996), PG
  48. “Monsters, Inc.” (2001), G
  49. “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” (2007), G
  50. “Mulan” (1998), G
  51. “National Treasure” (2004), PG
  52. “National Velvet” (1944), G
  53. “Night at the Museum” (2006), PG
  54. “October Sky” (2003), PG
  55. “Pokemon: The First Movie” (1999), G
  56. “Radio” (2003), PG
  57. “Ratatouille” (2007), G
  58. “Rise of the Guardians” (2012), PG
  59. “Rudy” (1993), PG
  60. “Secret of Nimh” (1982), G
  61. “Secretariat” (2010), PG
  62. “Shrek” (2001), PG
  63. “Space Jam” (1996), PG
  64. “Spellbound” (2004), G
  65. “Spy Kids” (2001), PG
  66. “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979), PG
  67. “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1977), PG
  68. “Stuart Little” (1999), PG
  69. “Swiss Family Robinson” (1960), G
  70. “Tangled” (2010), PG
  71. “The Adventures of Huck Finn” (1993), PG
  72. “The Apple Dumpling Gang” (1975), G
  73. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005), PG
  74. “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (1966), G
  75. “The Goonies” (1985), PG
  76. “The Incredibles” (2004), PG
  77. “The Iron Giant” (2004), PG
  78. “The Karate Kid” (1984), PG
  79. “The Land Before Time” (1988), G
  80. “The Lego Movie” (2014), PG
  81. “The Lion King” (2005), G
  82. “The Lorax” (2012), PG
  83. “The Love Bug” (1968), G
  84. “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” (1977), G
  85. “The Mighty Ducks” (1992), PG
  86. “The Muppets Take Manhattan” (1984), G
  87. “The Parent Trap” (1998), PG
  88. “The Princess Bride” (1987), PG
  89. “The Princess Diaries” (2001), G
  90. “The Sandlot” (1993). PG
  91. “The Secret Garden” (1993), G
  92. “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (2005), PG
  93. “The Wild Thornberrys Movie” (2002), PG
  94. “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), PG
  95. “Thumbelina” (1994), G
  96. “Tom Sawyer” (1973), G
  97. “Tooth Fairy” (2010), PG
  98. “Toy Story” (1995), G
  99. “Up” (2009), PG
  100. “WALL-E” (2008), G
  101. “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971), G

For more ideas, check out these family-friendly movies.

Lisa Iannucci is a professional writer who’s written for many parenting magazines. She is also a regular contributor to Reel Life With Jane, an entertainment website. 

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