14 Nostalgic Films You Need To Watch With Your Kids

Rediscover the joy of watching your favourite films - with your children.

16/01/2017 11:43

Snuggle up together and introduce your kids to the films you loved as a child. It’s a win-win for everyone - you get to feel nostalgic, marvel at just how young those film stars look and enjoy your children’s rapt faces, while your children can enjoy deservedly classic movies offering comic moments and emotional heart-pulls.  Enjoy!

  • 1 The Jungle Book
    So many Disney films to choose from, but for fabulous songs and joyful animation this one comes out top. Released in 1967, Mowgli, a young boy who was raised by a pack of wolves, journeys through the jungle supported by wise panther Bagheera and fun-loving bear Baloo. Will he make it to the man-village before the jungle's feared tiger, Shere Khan, gets to him first?
  • 2 Annie
    Hankies at the ready for this 1982 version of Annie, about a little girl who lives in an orphanage governed by tyrannical Miss Hannigan. But her luck might be about to change when she’s selected to live for a short time at the Warbucks' luxurious home. 
  • 3 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    Charlie wins a golden ticket to see inside Willy Wonka's amazing sweet factory, alongside a collection of spoilt children who  all get their just desserts in various ingenious ways. Gene Wilder plays the nutty Willy Wonka with gusto. Not even Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's remake could top the original's psychedelic madness.
  • 4 The Parent Trap
    Lindsay Lohan plays cute but not cheesy identical twins, Hallie and Annie, who were separated at birth but meet at summer camp and scheme to get their divorced parents (Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid) back together again in this remake of the classic 1961 film. The early works of Lindsay Lohan just keep on giving for slightly older kids- for a real nostalgia fest there's Mean Girls and Freaky Friday.
  • 5 ET
    THE must-watch 1980s film for all the family. Master storyteller Steven Spielberg tells the tale of the alien who becomes best friends with a boy called Elliott, who helps him return home to outer space. Drew Barrymore is super cute as the screamy sister in her big film debut.
  • 6 Star Wars
    The moment that opening music blasts out, we're whizzed back to the time we first saw the original Star Wars film. Rogue One can give you 3D explosions, but the original remains the best for old fashioned nostalgia. And wasn't Harrison Ford gorgeous.
  • 7 The Lion King
    One of the best Disney films of all time with songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice. Scar (voiced by Jeremy Irons) is a fantastic villain and the young Simba's best friends, the Hakuna Mattata-loving Timon and Pumbaa, provide fart-based comedy (always a winner).
  • 8 Toy Story
    Pixar's first-ever feature film released in 1995 raised the bar for family entertainment with a story we could all relate to (remember when you were convinced your toys were real?), humour that worked on both adult and kids' levels and ground-breaking animation. Cowboy Woody is little boy Andy's favourite toy - until he's supplanted by bombastic action figure Buzz Lightyear. Consumed by jealousy, Woody tries to get rid of Buzz but they end up both lost. The toys have to use their ingenuity and growing bond to get back to Andy before he moves house.
  • 9 Elf
    Will Ferrell plays innocent abroad, Buddy the Elf, a man raised as an elf in the North Pole whose size and clumsiness don't fit with the elf community. He's sent back to big, brash New York to find himself. Chaos, comic misunderstandings and a few tears follow.
  • 10 Mrs Doubtfire
    Desperate to see more of his children after his divorce, Robin Williams' character dons a prosthetic suit, wig and odd Scottish accent and convinces his ex wife (Sally Field) to hire him as the new nanny, Mrs Doubtfire. Will his cover be blown? Particularly poignant to rewatch after the early death of Robin Williams. And you get to see a young and gorgeous Pierce Brosnan.
  • 11 Home Alone
    The cheeky appeal of Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, never wanes. Waking up Home Alone after his family accidentally leaves him behind when rushing out of the house for a holiday in France, Kevin holds the fort, protecting his home from burglars Harry and Marv with ingenious booby traps.
  • 12 Matilda
    Based on the Roald Dahl classic, Matilda gives nasty headmistress Miss Trunchbull her comeuppance and gets shot of her horrible parents, played with relish by director Danny De Vito and Rhea Perlman, in this magical film.
  • 13 A Little Princess
    Loosely based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s wonderful novel, the film tells the story of an imaginative little girl named Sara Crewe who feels that all girls are princesses. When her father heads off to war, she's sent to a New York boarding school run by evil headmistress Miss Minchin. What is it with all these evil headmistresses? Her fortunes tumble but Sarah remains optimistic. The finale guarantees a lump in the throat.
  • 14 Big
    A classic for all kids who dream of growing up overnight – and for the parents who hope they won’t – Josh (Tom Hanks) wakes up one morning in the body of an adult man after making a wish at a funfair. With his natural immaturity, Josh is a big hit at a New York toy company and attracts the attentions of a fully-grown Elizabeth Perkins as lovesick Susan. It is funny, touching and very credible for both sides of the family age divide.
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