57 family movies from the 90s that marked your childhood to rewatch now

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If you grew up in the 90s, you know they don’t make movies like they used to. Have any great movies been released in the past two decades? Of course (see also: Ouch, we are old). But when it comes to movies that everyone in the house can enjoy, 90s family movies are definitely the thing. Back then, going to a video store on a Friday night with your family and picking out something for movie night sounded like an exciting (and sometimes heartbreaking) experience. And you had to choose wisely, because you’d probably end up rewatching it all weekend and memorizing the funniest parts since you didn’t have the plethora of things to watch on Netflix, Disney+, or another streaming service. Ah, what a time it was to be alive!

The following list of suggestions includes all kinds of genres. Some will make you cry, some will make you laugh, and usually they will do both. It’s sort of the hallmark of a great ’90s movie – they contain multitudes when it comes to genre. You will notice, however, that this list does not include animated films. Alas, there isn’t enough time or space to tap into all of the decade’s glorious animated classics.

So, without further ado, read on for some of the best 90s family movies to watch with your kids. After all, how else are you going to show them what the good old days had to offer?

Favorite Unmissable 90s Family Movies

1. baby (1995)

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Did every 90s movie involve some kind of talking animal? It’s like that. There are a ton of great movies about the bond between a human and their pet, but baby is the OG. It’s about a little piglet at a county fair who wants to do the work of a sheepdog, making friends and foes on the farm along the way, including his farmer, Arthur Hoggett. While Babe goes through a lot in the movie, he doesn’t perish, so it’s a happy ending at the end of the day. So glad, in fact, that there were sequels (in case your kids grow attached to the little guy). In 1998, Babe: a pig in the city followed the eponymous pig and Hoggett on a trip off the farm.

2. Back home (1993)

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If your child is super sensitive, this movie may not be for them. Back home gets very sappy at times, but is ultimately a nice family movie that all ages can enjoy. It centers on three pets: Chance, an enthusiastic bulldog (voiced by Michael J. Fox); Shadow, a wise old golden retriever (voiced by Don Ameche); and a cat named Sassy who is, well, sassy (voiced by Sally Field). They are all dropped off with a family friend when their owner’s family goes on vacation. But the three begin to panic and worry that they’ve been left behind for good, so they talk about it and hit the road, walking through the wilderness to find their way home.

3. Beethoven (1992)

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To see? It seems like all 90s movies are animal-centric. This one is about a drooling St. Bernard who breaks into a family’s house, and although the father doesn’t initially want him, the rest of the family adores the guy and welcomes him. Over the years, Beethoven (who doesn’t want to talk) takes care of the household and becomes a beloved member of the family. But when an evil vet (played by Stanley Tucci, bonus!) tries to euthanize him, Beethoven must fend for his life. Generations of kids love this movie so much that sequels keep coming — four in all, and then three more standalone movies based on the big pup.

4. The Sandlot (1993)

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One of the most iconic 90s movies of all time, The Sandlot tells the story of a group of young boys hanging out for a summer. They play baseball, of course, confront a creepy neighbor dog who threatens them at every turn, and shamelessly flirt with the older lifeguards at the community pool. This coming-of-age story is a must-have for any family in *any* decade. If only so your kids know what you mean when you say “You’re killing me, Smalls”.

5. Flubber (1997)

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Comedic genius that he was, the late great Robin Williams made quite a few beloved films in the 90s. There’s a ton to choose from, but Flubber is a great entry point, especially if you have young children. He plays a wild scientist who creates a rubbery substance he calls Flubber. He is so excited about it that he misses his own wedding to his girlfriend (played by Marcia Gay Harden) and ultimately has to use the flubber to win her back, with varying results.

More 90s movies to watch with the family

  1. Matilda (1996)
  2. To win over (1991)
  3. Mighty Joe Young (1998)
  4. Honey, we’ve shrunk (1997)
  5. The Mighty Ducks (1992)
  6. The secret garden (1993)
  7. Dennis threatens her (1993)
  8. A simple wish (1997)
  9. Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
  10. Encino Man (1992)
  11. Dunston checks in (1996)
  12. space jam (1996)
  13. Tom & Huck (1995)
  14. Save Willy (1993)
  15. White Fang (1991)
  16. Harriet the spy (1996)
  17. curly sue (1991)
  18. Hocus Pocus (1993)
  19. Pinball (1996)
  20. From time to time (1995)
  21. black beauty (1994)
  22. space muppets (1999)
  23. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  24. Cool races (1993)
  25. 3 ninjas (1992)
  26. Outfield Angels (1994)
  27. News (1992)
  28. Blank check (1994)
  29. Borrowers (1997)
  30. The parent trap (1998)
  31. Doctor Dolittle (1998)
  32. Mouse hunter (1997)
  33. Rookie of the Year (1993)
  34. The Addams Family (1991)
  35. Richie Rich (1994)
  36. A little princess (1995)
  37. father of the bride (1991)
  38. Andrew (1994)
  39. Drop Dead Fred (1991)
  40. baby’s day (1994)
  41. Camp nowhere (1994)
  42. My daughter (1991)
  43. The little rascals (1994)
  44. Jumanji (1995)
  45. Kid (1994)
  46. Fly home (1996)
  47. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)
  48. Stuart Little (1999)
  49. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
  50. The Flintstones (1994)
  51. Fat (1988)
  52. The Babysitters Club (1995)
  53. Three men and a little lady (1990)
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