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20 Family-Friendly Classics to Add to Your Movie Night Rotation

Looking for a movie that both you and the kids will love? Try these expert-recommended films.


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It’s hard to find a movie that both you and the kids can appreciate, amirite? Common Sense Media and Parents magazine just released a 2018 list of “Classic Movies Families Can Watch Together” and chances are there are a bunch you haven’t watched with the kids yet.

To make the list, movies had to meet this criteria: Debut before 1999, be appropriate for kids according to age guidelines and have received four or five stars from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that helps kids, parents and educators navigate the world of media and technology. Entertainers and movie experts also weighed in with their picks.

So which films made the cut? These 20 movies (in ranked order) are perfect for Friday movie nights:

Toy Story (1996)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1992)
The Lion King (1994)
Babe (1995)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Mulan (1998)
A League of Their Own (1992)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Bambi (1942)
Anne of Green Gables (1986)
Labyrinth (1986)
The Aristocats (1970)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Sound of Music (1965)

What’s your family’s fave movie? Tell us in the comments.

 
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