For the past year, we’ve started a new tradition for PIZZA MOVIE NIGHT each Friday. It’s been a highlight of the week for all of us! I typically make homemade pizza with pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe’s, but sometimes we order pizza as well.
Pizza Movie Night is a special event for several reasons. It’s a time that we spend TOGETHER as a family. Justin and I put our phones away, cook with the kids, eat with the kids, and watch the movie together with undivided attention.
We’ve also made it a tradition to make the movie one from our childhoods. It’s be fun and nostalgic to show the movies to our kids that we grew up watching. I’ve kept a running list for the past year of all our favorites! So, if you’re looking for some family-friendly movie ideas, this is a great place to start!
I linked all the movies to where we stream them online. Many are available on Disney + or Netflix (included in your subscription). The others are available to rent for under $4 from Amazon Prime Video. All of these movies are rated G or PG.
|3 Ninjas||Nacho Libre|
|A Kid in King Arthur’s Court||National Treasure|
|A Little Princess||National Treasure 2|
|Angels in the Outfield||Newsies|
|Beethoven||Remember the Titans|
|Beethoven’s 2nd||Richie Rich|
|Blank Check||Rookie of the Year|
|Cheaper by the Dozen||Shipwrecked|
|Cool Runnings||Space Jam|
|Dennis the Menace||The Adventures of Huck Finn|
|Free Willy||The Big Green|
|Harry and the Hendersons||The Journey of Natty Gann|
|Heavyweights||The Mighty Ducks|
|Hocus Pocus||The Mighty Ducks D2|
|Holes||The Neverending Story|
|Homeward Bound||The Parent Trap (old)|
|Honey, I Shrunk the Kids||The Parent Trap (new)|
|Hook||The Princess Bride|
|Iron Will||The Sandlot|
|It Takes Two||Three Amigos|
|Jumanji||Three Men and a Little Lady|
|Karate Kid||Tom and Huck|
|Little Rascals||Where the Red Fern Grows|
We also received a bunch of reader recommendations and are sharing those below.
|Anne of Green Gables||Pete’s Dragon|
|Apple Dumpling Gang||Pollyanna|
|Back to the Future||Return to Oz|
|Batteries Not Included||Rudy|
|Bedknobs and Broomsticks||Secretariat|
|Big||Seven Brides for Seven Brothers|
|Charlotte’s Web||Sound of Music|
|Dan in Real Life||Summer Magic|
|Duma||Swiss Family Robinson|
|Fiddler on the Roof||The Blind Side|
|Flight of the Navigator||The Castaway|
|Follow Me, Boys!||The Goonies|
|Grease||The Jungle Book (1994 Live Action)|
|Herbie the Love Bug||The Kid|
|Hildalgo||The Little Giants|
|Home Alone||The Man From Snowy River|
|Kindergarten Cop||The Swan Princess|
|Mary Poppins||Toby Tyler|
|Meet Me in St. Louis||Treasure Island|
|Miss Potter||West Side Story|
|Mrs. Doubtfire||Wish Upon a Star|
|October Sky||Wizard of Oz|
Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!
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Curly Sue, Marry Poppins, grease (maybe older kids),
We did Mighty Ducks and Mighty Ducks 2. Kids loved them. Same with Kindergarten Cop.
Great list! Also Home Alone, Big, Kindergarten Cop, Batteries Not Included, Mrs Doubtfire, Back to the Future…
Dunstin Checks In
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Sound of Music
These are older
Love LOVE your list
Love this!!! Thanks for sharing:) We also love Home Alone and The Man From Snowy River.
The 1994 live action Jungle Book with Cary Elwes, Sam Neill, and John Cleese. Great soundtrack and beautiful movie! The kids I babysit always asked for that movie and then begged to keep it when their parents got home.
This isn’t a classic or well known, but Wish Upon A Star has Katherine Heigle in it and is in the same vein. Great sister movie!
We also have recently watched the Herby Movies and The Little Giants, our family has enjoyed these!
Not 90’s but should be on every list:)
Original Pete’s Dragon, Pollyanna, Anne of Green Gables, Seven brides for seven brother’s
Thanks for the list!
My 6 year old daughter loved Sound of Music and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
Anne of Green Gables….will take about 7 days to watch, but soooo worth it!
Spirit, Charlottes web, Not a movie but DVD set of Gilligan’s Island (Even my college student and highschooler still love these movies)
Flight of the Navigator!
Thanks so much for the list! I know this one is a cartoon but I absolutely looooove the swan princess and I don’t think kids watch it nowadays. Do they?
The Blind Side
Dan In Real Life
Any and all of the old classic disney- Toby Tyler follow me boys apple dumpling gang and returns Swiss Family Robinson bedknobs and broomsticks etc!
Return to Oz!!
The Princess Bride is a favorite of mine but my children haven’t seen it yet. ????
I also love The Kid with Bruce Willis!
Glad to be reminded of some good ones! A few others that come to mind
Swiss Family Robinson
The Little Princess (l like new one best)
Miss Potter (surprisingly appealing to kids)
We have been watching old Disney movies : Swiss Family Robinson, Herbie the Lovebug, and Treasure Island. Surprisingly they were hooked!
Love this list! Thanks for good ideas. Peter Rabbit has quickly become one of our favs. No Mary Poppins or Wizard of Oz from the old classics?
I loved Summer Magic, The Castaways, and Swiss Family Robinson (all old Disney) growing up. At my fam reunion a couple weeks ago my oldest sister and I also talked about musicals to show our kids. Meet Me in St. Louis, West Side Story, and Fiddler on the Roof. Some we split up into 2 nights because some of those oldies are looong! (But good)