EW Greatest Movies Ever Made - Kids (Live Action)

From the book published in 1996, based on home viewing.
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1.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world. (115 mins.)
 
2.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
3.
Mary Poppins (1964)
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A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family. (139 mins.)
 
4.
King of the Hill (1993)
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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. (103 mins.)
 
5.
Benji (1974)
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A stray dog saves two kidnapped children. (86 mins.)
Director: Joe Camp
 
6.
The Miracle Worker (1962)
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The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. (106 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
7.
Little Women (1933)
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Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War... (115 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
8.
The Addams Family (1991)
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Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle. (99 mins.)
 
9.
Born Free (1966)
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Married couple George Adamson and Joy Adamson have longed lived in northern Kenya for George's work as the senior game warden of the region... (95 mins.)
Director: James Hill
 
10.
National Velvet (1944)
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A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes. (123 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
11.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
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Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. (83 mins.)
 
12.
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974 TV Movie)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: John Korty
 
13.
Old Yeller (1957)
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A boy brings a yellow dog home. The dog loves the family as much as they love him, but can the love last ? (83 mins.)
 
14.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
 
15.
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
16.
The Karate Kid (1984)
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A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (126 mins.)
 
17.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
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Three pets escape from a California ranch to find their owners in San Francisco. (84 mins.)
Director: Duwayne Dunham
 
18.
Sounder (1972)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
19.
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
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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. (94 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
20.
The Secret Garden (1993)
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A young British girl born and raised in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's estate... (101 mins.)
 
21.
The Parent Trap (1961)
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Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents. (129 mins.)
Director: David Swift
 
22.
The Yearling (1946)
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A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves? (128 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
23.
White Fang (1991)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
 
24.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
 
25.
The Absent Minded Professor (1961)
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A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself. (92 mins.)
 
26.
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
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A babysitter must leave her safe suburban surroundings and head for the heart of the big city to rescue a stranded friend, unaware of the perilous adventures that await her and the kids she's looking after who have tagged along. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
27.
Short Circuit (1986)
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Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes. (98 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
28.
Beethoven (1992)
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A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but must contend with a dog-napping veterinarian and his henchmen. (87 mins.)
Director: Brian Levant
 
29.
Babes in Toyland (1934)
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Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage... (77 mins.)
 
30.
Treasure Island (1950)
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The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver. (96 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
31.
The Black Stallion (1979)
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While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who... (118 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
32.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
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A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. (126 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
 
33.
Free Willy (1993)
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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. (112 mins.)
Director: Simon Wincer
 
34.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
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A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
35.
Freaky Friday (1976)
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A mother and daughter find their personalities switched and have to live each other's lives on one strange Friday. (95 mins.)
Director: Gary Nelson
 
36.
The Red Pony (1949)
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A ranch boy is gifted with a colt, grows to love him but the colt escapes, with tragic results. (89 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
37.
My Side of the Mountain (1969)
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As young Sam grisly runs away he learns about nature. (100 mins.)
Director: James B. Clark
 
38.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
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Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Barron
 
39.
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
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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. (97 mins.)
Director: Norman Tokar
 
40.
The Ernest Green Story (1993 TV Movie)
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Follows the story of Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine who were the first blacks to integrate into an all white school. (101 mins.)
Director: Eric Laneuville
 
41.
A Friendship in Vienna (1988 TV Movie)
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Inge Dournenvald and Lise Mueller are best friends in pre-WW2 Austria, despite the fact that Inge is... (100 mins.)
 
42.
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
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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... (99 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
43.
The Man from Snowy River (1982)
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In 1880s Australia when young Jim Craig's father dies Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch and he is forced to become a man. (102 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
44.
Harvey (1950)
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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. (104 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
45.
Kidnapped (1959)
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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. (97 mins.)
 
46.
All Creatures Great and Small (1978 TV Series)
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The trials and misadventures of the staff of a country veterinary office in 1940's Yorkshire. (50 mins.)
 
47.
Home Alone (1990)
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An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
48.
Heidi (1937)
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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. (88 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
49.
Into the West (1992)
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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. (97 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
50.
Oliver! (1968)
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A young boy runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. (153 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed