70+ Family Movies from the ’80s for Gen X and Millennial Parents to Say “I Do”

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Someone else yells “Sweep the leg!” again. at extremely inappropriate times in your life? If you watched The Karate Kid growing up, you probably do. Nostalgic film language is common language for those born in the 70s or 80s. But who can blame Gen X and Gen Y? Memorable one-liners fill the films made during those formative decades. And isn’t it time you shared these films with your children? At the very least, it may help them appreciate all of your pro-level movie credentials. Watching ’80s family movies on movie night might even become your family’s new favorite tradition. You can relive the glory years of your youth and your children get a glimpse of the madness of your childhood.

But first, a caveat – a conversation, if you will. Let’s start with a question: Have you watched movies like Beaches and Fat when you were young without a second thought? You probably liked the friendships, the fantasy and, yes, the music. Now that you’re a parent, however, you might realize upon rewatching these classics that they’re not quite as tame as you remember them. While your parents didn’t flinch when they heard you shout “Grease Lighting” (with lines like “the chicks’ll cream”), mom, you might have a very different reaction to Danny Zuko’s racy lyrics.

Of course, just like the jokes in Pixar or DreamWorks movies, a lot will go over your kids’ heads. A little planning can always help too. If you’re really worried about inappropriate conversations or scenes, it’s always a good time to send your kids for a bathroom break or come up with the “need more salt for the popcorn” excuse. And what’s the point of having kids if you can fill them up in the fridge, anyway?

When you’re ready for a cinematic trip down memory lane, choose one (or more) of the following films. You probably watched them with your family when you were a kid; now go ahead and watch them with your clean kids. Just be ready with a solid distraction for all the risky times you were oblivious to in your own teenage years.

Ultimate 80s Family Movies to Stream

1. The never-ending story (1984)

Is there a better and brighter film than The never-ending story? It’s full of action, adventure, weird creatures, and even a bit of romance. Moreover, it is one of the first films of Jack Black! Your kids have probably already loved it for kung fu panda.

2. The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

When you were a kid, you probably had the right mindset for the Muppet movies. Too much sugar? They looked downright boring. Enjoying a relaxing night at home with mom and dad? Nothing in the world could be better than spending time with Kermie and Piggy.

3. The Karate Kid (1984)

That’s it. It’s time to “sweep the leg”. It’s “wax on, wax off”, and soft arcs, and referring to anyone trying to be too smart like Mr. Miyagi. If you are currently obsessed with Cobra Kai, it’s time to introduce your children to… the prequel. *chuckles maniacally*

4. beetle juice (1988)

Incredible hair. Weird pants. Super easy catchphrase. Good music. Beetlejuice had it all. And he is still there. So far, no one has found anything to taint the incredible beauty of this Tim Burton classic.

5. Honey, I reduced the children (1989)

When was the last time you watched this? It’s probably been a few decades. And, honestly, that sounds pretty crazy when you consider how often you watched it as a kid. The best part about this movie is, if your kids really enjoy it, there are sequels! Host a movie marathon. And don’t forget to ask your kids what kind of crazy inventions they would do like to build.

Other Great 80s Family Movies

  1. ghost hunters (1984)
  2. Flight of the Navigator (1986)
  3. Wholesale (1988)
  4. The Hugga Group (1985)
  5. Here are the little ones (1985)
  6. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (nineteen eighty one)
  7. The Goonies (1985)
  8. three men and a baby (1987)
  9. Ernest goes to camp (1987)
  10. Uncle Buck (1989)
  11. Back to the future (1985)
  12. space balls (1987)
  13. AND the extra-terrestrial (1982)
  14. Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
  15. Ferris Bueller’s day off (1986)
  16. support me (1986)
  17. Labyrinth (1986)
  18. War games (1983)
  19. Pretty in pink (1986)
  20. sixteen candles (1984)
  21. short circuit (1986)
  22. At the sea (1987)
  23. willow (1988)
  24. Explorers (1985)
  25. The great outdoors (1988)
  26. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
  27. An American tail (1986)
  28. The Great Pee-Wee Adventure (1985)
  29. The princess to be married (1987)
  30. The Ewok Adventure (1984)
  31. The big hug of the puppets (nineteen eighty one)
  32. The dark crystal (1982)
  33. All dogs go to heaven (1989)
  34. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  35. transformers: the movie (1986)
  36. The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988)
  37. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  38. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)
  39. The last unicorn (1982)
  40. follow this bird (1985)
  41. The land before time (1988)
  42. Anne (1982)
  43. field of dreams (1989)
  44. The boy who could fly (1986)
  45. Three Amigos! (1986)
  46. Hoosiers (1986)
  47. Stand up and deliver (1988)
  48. bandits of time (nineteen eighty one)
  49. The secret garden (1987)
  50. Teen Wolf (1985)
  51. Natty Gann’s Journey (1985)
  52. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
  53. Adventures in childcare (1987)
  54. The little Mermaid (1989)
  55. The fox and the hunting dog (nineteen eighty one)
  56. The black cauldron (1985)
  57. The NIMH Secret (1982)
  58. Big problem in little China (1986)
  59. Girls in Toyland (1986)
  60. popeye (1980)
  61. Olivier & Company (1988)
  62. The Last Starfighter (1984)
  63. Lucas (1986)
  64. Splash (1984)
  65. true genius (1985)
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