The cool thing about family movies is that they really can be any genre, as long as the movie is “fun for the whole family”. Most of the time, the jokes can be for all ages, as can the stories and characters that you can relate to.
Not only do they provide bonding time, but home movies are reminders of what’s important. These particular films focus on values and stories that can be enjoyed by everyone.
ten The Land Before Time (1988) – 7.4
Before Disney’s legendary Renaissance, movies like Don Bluth were what kids had to keep going on, while The Mouse House was recalibrating itself. Bluth and his animation studio teamed up with Steve Spielberg (who pretty much ran Childhood in the 1980s) for the dinosaur adventure, The land before time. The film is about a young Apatosaurus, Little Foot, and his journey through the Great Valley and the other dinosaurs along the way. The parable of prejudice and acceptance became an instant hit and spawned a series and 13 sequels.
9 Labyrinth (1986) – 7.4
George Lucas teamed up with the greatest puppeteer in movie history, Jim Henson and Monty Python’s Terry Jones for the fantasy tale, Labyrinth. Henson brings all his puppeteering skills to this fantasy.
Sarah inadvertently wished that her own little brother was taken away by goblins. The incomparable David Bowie then deals in the best possible way as the Goblin King appears to offer him a chance to get the baby back – traverse the riddle of the maze and find Toby before it’s too late or be with Jareth for all time.
8 The Neverending Story (1984) – 7.4
Wolfgang Petersen’s first film was that beloved classic. In The never-ending story, a young boy is bullied by his peers and mourns the death of his mother. After running into a bookstore to hide from bullies, he convinces the store owner to tell him about the book he is reading. He is literally drawn into the story, where he finds Atreyu, a warrior who must stop “The Nothing” from engulfing the entire world of Fantasia.
seven The Last Unicorn (1982) – 7.5
An excellent voice cast consisting of Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges and the incomparable Christopher Lee lend all their talents to the adaptation of the beloved classic fantasy novel, The last unicorn. The titular character discovers that she is actually the last of her kind. Meanwhile, King Haggard, who has known nothing but happiness from watching unicorns, wants the mare, Lady Amalthea, for his own nefarious purposes.
6 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) – 7.7
Parents will enjoy the more adult humor, kids will enjoy seeing all the old school cartoon characters on screen together in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
This is of course the main crux of the film, as Roger seeks out cartoon-hating detective Eddie Valiant to investigate the case and help clear his name. It’s the kind of film that is the true model of a family film.
5 The Goonies (1985) – 7.8
Adults remember when they were kids and just loved hanging out with their friends outdoors, going on adventures or some crazy plan. The Goonies is just like that. It’s the old “save the rec center plot”, only the recreation center is actually the city itself. The entire harbor town of Astoria, Oregon is about to be seized and a group of kids find an old treasure map and go in search of long buried treasure. It’s not that easy for these kids, they are being stalked by crooks who want the treasure for themselves.
4 ET – The Extra Terrestrial (1982) – 7.8
If you grew up in the 80s, then Steven Spielberg had a huge impact on your childhood. Whether producing or directing, he participated in many iconic films of the decade. He directed HEY, which tells the story of an alien abandoned and trying his best to return home. He meets the benevolent Elliot and he and his family help the alien get home while avoiding the authorities.
3 Support Me (1986) – 8.1
Once the younger kids are in bed or growing a bit, maybe it’s time to release Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s coming-of-age tale, “The Body,” a.k.a support me. The teenager’s story features four children on a hike who then stumble upon a dead body. Narrated by Gordie, who has just lost his own brother, the film tackles the second best thing King has mastered after horror, showcasing nostalgia.
2 The Princess Bride (1987) – 8.1
There are few films from the 1980s that lasted so long The princess to be married. The 1987 fantasy comedy touches people of all ages with humor and romance. That passionate kiss at the end is basically legendary.
In the film, a humble farm boy returns to save his true love from having to marry a miserable king. He meets several great characters along the way and proves that nothing, not even death, can stop true love.
1 Back to the Future (1985) – 8.5
For more than thirty years, Back to the future remains one of the standard bearers of a great 80s movie, as well as a sci-fi movie and a comedy. Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, who is thrown back in time by the eccentric Doc Brown. The child must ensure that his parents reunite, otherwise he will cease to exist.
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