Preview: The best “old” family-friendly movies to watch with your kids.
Classic kids’ movies from your childhood to share with your kids! Do you remember when life was much more simple and we didn’t have Netflix or Prime Video? We used to have a real family movie night and watch all the best family-friendly movies on the VCR. Share those classic kids’ movies with your family with this big list of the best old-school movies for families!
Plus, a free printable checklist!
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Going back in time
Don’t you love the idea of throwing your kids in a time machine and going back to those safer, simpler, times when you were a kid? You could let them ride their bikes through the neighborhood without worry, have a nice dinner at the table with no cell phones, and watch their excitement on Saturday morning as they grab their sugary cereal and plop on the floor in from of the (large back box) tv set for Saturday morning cartoons?!
I remember family movie nights being much different than they are today. Movie nights were true sit-down-with-your-family movie nights. When VCRs first came out, we used to rent one from the little store near our house. You had to lug the thing home and hook it up just to watch it. And DO NOT turn it back in without rewinding it! 😉
There may not be any more Blockbuster stores left, but you can still bring those classic movies to your kids with this big list of classic old-school family-friendly movies!
Fair warning: be prepared for questions like “is that what a cell phone looked like” “what kind of phone is that?” “Is that how people used to dress?”!!!!
Where to watch good family movies
- Your local cable provider
- Prime Video
- Prime Video Channels
- Try your local library! Most libraries have a collection of DVDs available to borrow!
- Ask friends! Do a movie swap!
- Try a service like Disney Movie Club
- Buy the DVDs at your local retail store or on Amazon
The best non-animated classic family-friendly movies to watch with your kids
A word of caution: Family-friendly can mean different things to different people. Some movies may be more appropriate for tween/teens while some are rated G for everyone to enjoy. As always, use your judgment in determining the age-appropriateness of each movie and your particular family!
Movies are rated, G, PG, and some are PG-13. While no movie on this list is fully animated, some do have an animated aspect (such as Space Jam).
*You can scroll to the bottom to get this in a free, printable list so you can check off the movies as you watch!
Disneys Life-size (Barbie)
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
I have to stop because I love old movies and I will keep going on, and on, and on!
What did I miss? Which is your favorite?! Which of these old-school family-friendly movies will you share with your kids?
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