Movies I Saw As a Kid, I Want My (If Ever) Kids to Watch

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1. Making Contact (1985)

PG | 98 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

4.8
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When Joey's dad dies Joey is starting to act strange. He's got psychic powers. He can talk to him on the phone! His red toy telephone! But what he doesn't know is that he is not talking to ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Joshua Morrell, Eva Kryll, Tammy Shields, Jan Zierold

Votes: 1,068

2. The Ewok Adventure (1984 TV Movie)

96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.5
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Wicket the Ewok and his friends agree to help two shipwrecked human children, Mace and Cindel, on a quest to find their parents.

Director: John Korty | Stars: Eric Walker, Warwick Davis, Fionnula Flanagan, Guy Boyd

Votes: 8,076

3. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 TV Movie)

94 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.5
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Marauders raid the Ewok village and steal a power supply they believe to be magical. Wicket helps Cindel escape the evil witch Charal, and they befriend a hermit who may help them save the village.

Directors: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat | Stars: Wilford Brimley, Warwick Davis, Aubree Miller, Siân Phillips

Votes: 6,897

4. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 109,692 | Gross: $20.16M

5. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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50 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 103,920 | Gross: $12.73M

6. The Dark Crystal (1982)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

Votes: 45,697 | Gross: $40.58M

7. Short Circuit (1986)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

6.6
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50 Metascore

Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton

Votes: 47,569 | Gross: $40.70M

8. Short Circuit 2 (1988)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.6
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Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes.

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Tim Blaney, Cynthia Gibb

Votes: 20,039 | Gross: $21.63M

9. SpaceCamp (1986)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

5.6
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The young attendees of a space camp find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidently launched into orbit.

Director: Harry Winer | Stars: Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott

Votes: 11,582 | Gross: $9.70M

10. Explorers (1985)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.6
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A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Bradley Gregg

Votes: 16,247 | Gross: $9.87M

11. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.8
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60 Metascore

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 196,866 | Gross: $61.50M

12. *batteries not included (1987)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.6
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Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 25,601 | Gross: $32.95M

13. Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.9
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42 Metascore

The Henderson family adopt a friendly Sasquatch but have a hard time trying to keep the legend of 'Bigfoot' a secret.

Director: William Dear | Stars: John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick, Joshua Rudoy

Votes: 26,426 | Gross: $29.76M

14. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.3
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63 Metascore

The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman, Kristine Sutherland

Votes: 118,234 | Gross: $130.72M

15. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy

6.1
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Five siblings are left alone all summer when their mom leaves town and the evil babysitter bites the dust.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, John Getz, Josh Charles

Votes: 23,286 | Gross: $25.20M

16. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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86 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 827,996 | Gross: $210.61M

17. Back to the Future Part II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.8
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57 Metascore

After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 382,093 | Gross: $118.50M

18. Back to the Future Part III (1990)

PG | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.4
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55 Metascore

Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 320,925 | Gross: $87.73M

19. Tirelire Combines & Cie (1992)

90 min

6.3
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Three children, Benoît, Charles and Marie, provide housekeeping services to creatively spend their time during the summer school vacations while making extra pocket money. Their small ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Beaudry | Stars: Vincent Bolduc, Pierre-Luc Brillant, Delphine Piperni, Alexandra Laverdière

Votes: 142

20. Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller (1988)

G | 105 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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When the joker Tommy Tricker plays some practical jokes on some of his friends, his best friend Ralph, a stamp collector, discovers the secret of "stamp travel" to make him travel around ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rubbo | Stars: Lucas Evans, Anthony Rogers, Jill Stanley, Andrew Whitehead

Votes: 843

21. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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Peanut butter is the secret ingredient for magic potions made by two friendly ghosts. Eleven-year-old Michael loses all of his hair when he gets a fright and uses the potion to get his hair... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rubbo | Stars: Mathew Mackay, Siluck Saysanasy, Alison Darcy, Michael Hogan

Votes: 1,536

22. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 299,087 | Gross: $238.63M

23. Ghostbusters II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

6.5
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56 Metascore

The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 154,430 | Gross: $112.49M

24. Mac and Me (1988)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

3.4
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An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.

Director: Stewart Raffill | Stars: Christine Ebersole, Jonathan Ward, Tina Caspary, Lauren Stanley

Votes: 8,121 | Gross: $6.42M

25. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, David Forman

Votes: 73,988 | Gross: $135.27M

26. Moving Violations (1985)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

5.7
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The goofy students of a remedial drivers education class find themselves butting heads with their abusive police instructors.

Director: Neal Israel | Stars: John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, James Keach, Brian Backer

Votes: 3,150 | Gross: $10.60M

27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, with which Shredder wants to unleash an army of new mutants.

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Paige Turco, David Warner, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden

Votes: 45,201 | Gross: $78.66M

28. Police Academy (1984)

R | 96 min | Comedy

6.7
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41 Metascore

A group of good-hearted but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks.

Director: Hugh Wilson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith

Votes: 96,157 | Gross: $81.20M

And all the sequels.

29. The Addams Family (1991)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.8
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57 Metascore

Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 106,286 | Gross: $113.50M

30. Addams Family Values (1993)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.6
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62 Metascore

The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack

Votes: 63,553 | Gross: $48.92M

31. Garfield in Disguise (1985 TV Short)

25 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

8.4
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Garfield has one spooktacular adventure on the Eve of All Saints. He fashions himself a pirate costume then takes Odie out trick-or-treating to ensure extra candy. But when attempting to ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Roman | Stars: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, C. Lindsay Workman

Votes: 1,203

32. Samson og Sally (1984)

59 min | Animation, Family, Romance

7.2
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Samson is a young whale that doesn't have friends. He spends his time listening to his mother's stories about the legendary whale Moby Dick. Samson becomes fascinated about it and decides to go on a journey to find Moby Dick.

Director: Jannik Hastrup | Stars: Jesper Klein, Helle Hertz, Per Pallesen, Bodil Udsen

Votes: 634

33. Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)

PG | 95 min | Family, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.0
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A paleontologist and her husband discover a mother and baby brontosaurus in Africa, and try to protect them from a group of hunters intent on capturing the dinosaurs.

Director: Bill Norton | Stars: William Katt, Sean Young, Patrick McGoohan, Julian Fellowes

Votes: 2,723 | Gross: $14.97M