We all know that Pixar and Disney are always great movie options to share with the little ones. In this post, we want to share some oldies and perhaps less popular options that are available on many streaming services. Movies are a fantastic way to introduce difficult topics to talk about with our children out of the blue.
Picture this: a cozy evening at home, where you and your little one snuggle up on the couch or bed, with freshly popped popcorn and warm cookies, ready for an epic movie night.
It doesn’t matter if they want to pause the film to talk, embrace the interruptions! When your child wants to pause the movie to share their thoughts or ask questions, embrace those moments wholeheartedly. It’s an opportunity to connect, to dive deeper into their imaginative world, and to bond over shared experiences.
Take a look at our top picks for classic movies to watch with your child, and make sure to savor the post-movie conversations that will make your hearts sing with joy!
Robots, fights, action, and a father and his 9-year-old son trying to reconnect. Don’t judge this movie too early on; it explores very sensitive issues about family, hard decisions, second chances, and resilience.
This movie will make you laugh and make you emotional; some might also cry. It shows how important it is to be smart, brave, vulnerable, and try your best! It’s not about winning; it’s about conquering your emotions, connecting with your goals, and keeping it real!
Some movies are very sugar-coated, and sometimes kids get the idea that everything we wish for just happened because we wished for it with all our hearts.
This movie is for ages 9 and up and shows the hard work and effort behind achieving your goals and dreams and even the same effort that it takes to make real, solid, and honest family relationships.
This movie shows robots dancing, boxing, learning, and more.
Like any Ryan Reynolds movie, this one is full of funny moments and action all around. This is a story about time travel, but it’s actually about loss, hope, dealing with grieving a parent, and our relationship with our family. Flying futuristic spaceships coded just for his DNA, Adam has to help himself for so many reasons!
It’s a very upbeat movie, but it brings up real and sensitive issues, like death, and also has a great message about being smart, using imagination, and reflecting on the way we treat our parents daily. We can’t say more; otherwise, it would spoil it.
This movie also features great actors like Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner.
It’s a fun movie with great topics to reflect on and talk about after watching it.
This movie is an emotional rollercoaster that will leave you with tears of joy and a heart full of love. It tackles important themes that every family can relate to, such as the struggle to fit in and the power of embracing your uniqueness. The line, “There’s no way to blend in when you were born to stand out,” resonates deeply and reminds us of the beauty of individuality.
Family, friendship, and the impact of bullying are explored in a way that will touch your soul. The film celebrates the value of genuine connections and reminds us of the importance of being true to ourselves. It’s a powerful reminder to think independently and to be a source of inspiration and empathy for others.
The movie doesn’t shy away from the challenges faced by the main character, and we witness their journey of growth and resilience. It’s a refreshing portrayal of the real struggles that accompany personal achievements.
Moreover, the film delves into the education system and highlights the significance of addressing contemporary issues in schools. It showcases inspiring approaches and demonstrates the impact of engaging with students in meaningful ways.
This is a must-watch movie for every family. It prompts important conversations about our diverse world and encourages us to appreciate and respect one another’s differences. Prepare to be moved and uplifted by this extraordinary film.
For pet lovers, especially dog lovers! This is a unique and new way to show how much dogs bring into our lives and how much they unconditionally love us.
This movie will make you smile, laugh, and probably cry. It’s emotional and full of hope. And it’s narrated by the main character, a dog! But this dog is going to live many lives! Have different stories, families, and adventures to share and tell. The movie ends on an upbeat note. There’s also a sequel, so if you love it, you have another one to watch another day. Beyond the heartfelt story, this movie prompts reflection and discussion on a range of topics, evoking mixed feelings but always with a positive outlook. It’s an invitation to ponder life, love, and the profound impact that our furry friends have on us. So grab your popcorn, cuddle up with your own four-legged friend (if you have one), and get ready for a cinematic journey that will warm your heart, make you ponder, and remind you of the extraordinary connection between humans and dogs.
This movie might be better to watch with teens. It’s the story of a very unhappy teen girl who wants to live somewhere else, and she gets joy when a myth comes to life. A white lion is born in her family’s breeding lion business. Mia discovers some questionable choices her dad made in the past, and he is sorry about them, but her determination is relentless.
She trusted this lion; it was like a pet. She has known him since he was a little cub, so she is always sharing like he was just a cat or dog. Her parents started to distrust the animal; after all, he is a wild lion, and he is completely unpredictable and could eat Mia’s brother or simply attack a member of the family.
Determined to save the most important living creature for her in the world, she risks her own life to make sure that this lion gets to a sanctuary where no one can hunt him! This movie is very touching and opens up the possibility to talk about many topics regarding the passion teens feel about some issues and their willingness to take matters into their own hands, sometimes without measuring consequences. It’s also a very empowering message for girls. It’s refreshing to see more girls being passionate and engaged in their ideals without having or expecting a boy to rescue them or do the job for them! Also, it’s ok to disagree with your parents, but we can use this movie as a conversation starting point.
If you are a parent, you will want to see this movie with your kids, no doubt about it! This story shows both sides of being a parent: the responsibility and the fun you also want to recover from before they are born. But it also lets kids see very clearly how freedom and responsibility work. It’s an easy and funny movie with a lot of cliche moments, but it’s a wonderful movie to enjoy and laugh at together.
Calling all parents! Get ready for a movie that perfectly captures the joys and challenges of parenthood, providing a relatable and entertaining experience for the whole family.
But this movie isn’t just for grownups. It also offers valuable lessons for kids, shedding light on the delicate balance between freedom and responsibility. Through humorous and relatable moments, children will gain a clearer understanding of how these two aspects of life intertwine.
This is a movie with such unique graphics and aesthetics, filled with jokes for kids and adults, especially if you are a comics fan!
It’s a great way to spend quality time laughing, but it can also light a spark to then start making your comics. This movie explains to kids how to make their flip-o-rama (an animation method). It also speaks to your inner child that this movie is all about laughing as hard as you can. With silly jokes and some ironic remarks for adults, this movie is ideal to share at home.
Embrace your wild side; this lovely movie will make you smile, giggle, jump, and get emotional. The story is about a widow with two kids trying to find joy again and live by example for his kids!
It’s a story about hope, resilience, and never giving up. No matter how old you are, you can start a new life and a new job. They move to a new house in the wild, and guess what? It comes with a protected zoo!
Matt Damon and Scarlett Scarlett Johansson are part of the cast.
“All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage.”
This is a movie for the entire family; just enjoy it!
This movie’s all about adventure and reconnecting with old family ancestors.
A mother moves with her two kids to Hawaii to be with her father, who is a native of Hawaii and very proud of his culture. He immediately becomes a fantastic influence on his great-grandchildren and engages them and some other friends in a great treasure quest. There’s a story about a treasure lost in time, and with a unique family diary that passes from generation to generation, this adventure celebrates Hawaiian culture.
This 1984 movie is a perfect gem. You probably have a smile right now thinking about when you watched it with your parents, and now you get to enjoy it with your kids. It’s such a beautiful story with relatable characters and current issues.
The main theme of the movie is imagination! The movie plot revolves around the idea that this young boy’s imagination becomes a completely vivid reality for the character in this story. A world of magical creatures, powers, and fears.
And is always a fantastic message for children and adults.
It’s always fun to see today’s kids reacting to old movies’ aesthetics and effects. You can also watch ET. Another movie of all time
With the late and unique David Bowie and the lovely Jennifer Connelly. This movie is still so innovative, and it was made in the 1980s.
Filled with magic and wonder. This movie is about different types of families and the importance of friendships.
A young teen girl has a very difficult relationship with her stepmother and doesn’t like being asked to take care of her half-baby brother. Ahead of its time, this movie has a perfect line for young girls today when she has to face the King of the Gnomes (an older, charming man that supposedly has done everything for her and everything she has asked for), and the line goes: “You don’t have any power over me”!
This movie is enduring. It has David Bowie singing, which is delightful. The soundtrack is amazing!
It has furry characters and whimsical creatures all around. Our heroine is making friends along the way to the castle to rescue her baby brother.
Based on the amazing book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, this movie is lovely and inspiring.
It shows the pain that kids often feel, cannot put into words, and just act out. Because inside all of us, there is hope. Inside all of us, there is fear. Inside all of us, there is an adventure. Most of all, this movie plays with the thought that inside of us all, there is a wild thing!
Join and follow this kid around to where all the wild things are, and you will have fun, you will have fear, you will feel alone, and you will feel loved. This movie is great to think about and talk about what goes on sometimes when kids act out. When they lack the words to explain their emotions and snap. So it’s a fantastic opportunity to talk about this topic through the movie and what he is going through. This movie will take you on an emotional rollercoaster, allowing you to experience the thrill, fear, solitude, and love that accompany the journey of self-discovery. It’s a remarkable film that encourages dialogue, empathy, and introspection, making it an excellent catalyst for exploring the inner world of children and the powerful impact of emotions. So gather your loved ones, sit back, and embark on this extraordinary adventure that will touch your heart and ignite meaningful conversations about the complexities of childhood emotions.
This movie never gets old; kids of all generations can’t stop laughing! The idea of one kid defending his house against two very funny robbers who can’t do anything right is hysterical. He has to adapt and do everything, and he uses his entire imagination and skills to protect his home. While his mom was trying to get him back because he is part of such a big family, they forgot him. Kevin is happy that he finally has the entire house to himself!
Just be ready to laugh and laugh with this Christmas movie, which is appropriate for all ages.
This movie will spark every great message we have to teach our children about sports, empathy, friendship, bullying, responsibility, family, trust, and more.
Whether you chose the original version with Mr. Miyagui (which you can now follow on Netflix with the Cobra Kai series) or the version with Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, and his sensei master, the messages are still equally powerful and positive!
The movie teaches strength, honor, courage, and facing fears, and you can have great talks about how your kids react when they see others being bullied.
Prepare to be moved and inspired as you embark on this cinematic adventure that seamlessly combines the excitement of sports with profound life lessons. It’s an opportunity to reinforce essential values and instill a sense of empathy, resilience, and integrity in your children, creating a lasting impact on their character development.