EW Greatest Movies Ever Made - Kids (Live Action)by michaelseaman | created - 26 Aug 2012 | updated - 26 Aug 2012 | Public
From the book published in 1996, based on home viewing.
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2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.
Votes: 323,184 | Gross: $22.20M
3. Mary Poppins (1964)
G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
Votes: 121,793 | Gross: $102.27M
4. King of the Hill (1993)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, History
A young boy struggles on his own in a run-down motel after his parents and younger brother are separated from him in 1930s Depression-era Midwest.
Votes: 6,380 | Gross: $1.30M
7. Little Women (1933)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance
Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops... See full summary »
9. Born Free (1966)
PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
Married couple George Adamson and Joy Adamson have long lived in northern Kenya for George's work as the senior game warden of the region. One of George's primary responsibilities is to ... See full summary »
11. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.
12. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 110 min | Drama
Story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become a part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
13. Old Yeller (1957)
Approved | 83 min | Family, Drama, Adventure
A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.
Votes: 9,690 | Gross: $21.91M
14. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 119,259 | Gross: $130.72M
15. The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
In Missouri, during the 1840s, young Huck Finn fearful of his drunkard father and yearning for adventure, leaves his foster family and joins with runaway slave Jim in a voyage down the Mississippi River toward slavery free states.
Votes: 6,751 | Gross: $24.10M
18. Sounder (1972)
G | 105 min | Drama, Family
The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.
19. The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
G | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.
Votes: 16,605 | Gross: $25.53M
20. The Secret Garden (1993)
G | 101 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's ... See full summary »
Votes: 31,450 | Gross: $31.18M
23. White Fang (I) (1991)
PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama
Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.
Votes: 16,986 | Gross: $34.79M
24. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.
Votes: 146,017 | Gross: $4.00M
25. The Absent Minded Professor (1961)
Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself.
Votes: 5,959 | Gross: $25.38M
26. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after.
Votes: 31,468 | Gross: $34.37M
28. Beethoven (1992)
PG | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but must contend with a dog-napping veterinarian and his henchmen.
Votes: 55,286 | Gross: $57.11M
29. Babes in Toyland (1934)
Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's boogeymen are set on Toyland.
31. The Black Stallion (1979)
G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »
33. Free Willy (1993)
PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.
Votes: 57,224 | Gross: $77.70M
38. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.
Votes: 74,253 | Gross: $135.27M
39. Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
G | 97 min | Drama, Family
Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs.
40. The Ernest Green Story (1993 TV Movie)
101 min | Drama
Follows the story of Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine who were the first blacks to integrate into an all white school.
41. A Friendship in Vienna (1988 TV Movie)
Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History
In 1930s Vienna, two best friends, a Jewish girl and a fascist's daughter, both witness the Nazi takeover of Austria, and question the impact it has on their lives.
42. The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
Approved | 99 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and... See full summary »
43. The Man from Snowy River (1982)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
In 1880s Australia, after young Jim Craig's father dies, Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man.
Votes: 6,651 | Gross: $20.66M
44. Harvey (1950)
Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows.
45. Kidnapped (1960)
Approved | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In Scotland in 1751, young David Balfour is shanghaied aboard a ship where he meets Jacobite rebel Alan Breck Stewart with whom he escapes to the Scottish Highlands, dodging the redcoats.
47. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Votes: 365,337 | Gross: $285.76M
48. Heidi (1937)
Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Musical
A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.
49. Into the West (1992)
PG | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Grandpa Ward gives a horse he found to his grandchildren, who keep it in their tower-block flat in Dublin. The horse is stolen from them, and the two young boys set out to find it and flee on it.
Votes: 2,363 | Gross: $4.79M