Not for Children Anymore

There are a LOT of movies out there, cherished favorites that I remember watching as a kid. They were some of my childhood favorites. But today they would have elements that are deemed too intense for younger viewers, scenes that would be cut because of violence, foul language, or just because they were creepy.

It could that I didn't grow up in a wholesome Disney household, but I don't see the problem in any of these today. In fact, I have gotten in trouble for showing "Bill & Ted" in a high school history class as a post final cool down.

So here they are childhood favorites that my sister & friends watched as children but would NOT let their kids watch them today.
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1.
The Goonies (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure. (114 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Sloth, in today's world, would be too intense. Not to mention the foul language & the bones of One-Eyed Willie would be enough to turn "The Goonies" into a crap film if it were made today, or a movie marketed at teenagers. ” - generationofswine
 
2.
Gremlins (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ Today, Gremlins would just be too frightening for the audience it had when I was a child. In order to make it work with the new morality, they would have to up the blood & gore & market it to adults, thus killing the movie. ” - generationofswine
 
3.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken total control over the building of a media mogul. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ It is lighter than the first, but still not light enough for children today. ” - generationofswine
 
4.
The Monster Squad (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters. (82 mins.)
Director: Fred Dekker
“ This suffers from the same scary factor that Gremlins & Goonies do & then there are the nard jokes which I loved when I was a kid but parent's wouldn't tolerate today.

This is not to mention the heart-to-heart the father has while smoking the cigarette. And the virgin, or even the use of the word. ” - generationofswine
 
5.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. (91 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Big Bertha would have been cut entirely along with anything even remotely disturbing. ” - generationofswine
 
6.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine. (90 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
“ Outside of the "69" joke, there is no way a kids movie about two slacker teens would get a green light today. not unless you turned Bill & Ted into ten-year-olds & made the movie sappy instead of funny. ” - generationofswine
 
7.
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals. (93 mins.)
Director: Pete Hewitt
“ See above ” - generationofswine
 
8.
Willow (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen. (126 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Movies might have become more violent today, but kids movies have become far less violent. There is no way that Willow would have had the childhood audience it did when it was released, those movies are ONLY for adults now. ” - generationofswine
 
9.
Real Genius (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans. (108 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
“ There is a hint of sexual content but no nudity, today you would be a bad parent if you let your kid watch this movie. When I was a kid Dad & I used to watch it all the time, it was one of our favorite films. ” - generationofswine
 
10.
Weird Science (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that. (94 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ Too much sex ” - generationofswine
 
11.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ There is no way a movie for kids would have had a Princess wearing that bikini. In 1983 no one really cared, today it would probably get an R rating for the bikini alone. ” - generationofswine
 
12.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ Well, for starters you have a kid that gets drunk & you have an alien that gets drunk. You would have neither if it were made today. And then there is the kiss between two minors, funny then, scandalous now, & the fact the the boy & alien start to get seriously sick.

All of those are reason enough that E.T. would not be made today. ” - generationofswine
 
13.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ In 1988 a "boobie trap" was funny. So was patty-cake & a cartoon rabbit that loses it with a shot of whiskey. And the Dip was really cool, but the Dip killed cartoons, the heroes can't drink today & Jessica would be too much of a sex symbol for a movie marketed towards children. ” - generationofswine
 
14.
Labyrinth (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
“ Great movie, too frightening for children today. ” - generationofswine
 
15.
Legend (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves. (94 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Too disturbing for today's kids. ” - generationofswine
 
16.
Ghostbusters (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ Too disturbing for today's kids. Too much bad language. Too many sex jokes. A sexual situation. Today's Ghostbusters would suck compared to 1984s ” - generationofswine
 
17.
Mannequin (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A young artist, searching for his vocation, makes a mannequin so perfect he falls in love with it. Finding the mannequin in a store window, he gets a job there and his creation comes to life. (90 mins.)
“ Too much sex & even with a push to stop homophobia today there is no way a hairdresser that flaming would be in a movie anyone would let their kids watch ” - generationofswine
 
18.
Stand by Me (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ If you think a group of kids on a mission to see a dead body would be green lighted today you are insane, nevermind the vomiting story. ” - generationofswine
 
19.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. (102 mins.)
“ Today, too frightening for kids ” - generationofswine
 
20.
The 'Burbs (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous satanic cult. (101 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ It's a femur. I want to kill everyone, Satan is good, Satan is our pal. No way, today, a comedy about the homicidal murders in the suburbs would be a horror movie strictly for adults. ” - generationofswine
 
21.
The Golden Child (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A private detective specializing in missing children is charged with the task of finding a special child who dark forces want to eliminate. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ Not with a comment about getting raped by a dragon ” - generationofswine
 
22.
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam. (121 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Way too many swear words for today ” - generationofswine
 
23.
The Wizard (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross country with the help of a girl they meet to compete in the ultimate video game championship. (96 mins.)
Director: Todd Holland
“ If the Swear words aren't enough than the plot about kids running away from home would kill it today ” - generationofswine
 
24.
Twins (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short small-time crook. (107 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ Too many swears & sexual situations with no nudity would be enough to market it only to adults today. ” - generationofswine
 
25.
Ladyhawke (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him... (121 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Too violent & too disturbing for todays children, fine for kids in the 80s ” - generationofswine
 
26.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. (94 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ Too disturbing. Today, horror movies geared towards comedies for children will not make the grade. ” - generationofswine
 
27.
Major League (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her. (107 mins.)
Director: David Ward
“ It's a language thing & a smoking thing & a little sexual situation thing & I seriously doubt there would be any voodoo in a movie that children are allowed to watch. ” - generationofswine
 
28.
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ Too much sex. Too many swears. Someone dies. There is a reference to pot, a kid drinks a beer, & we hear a masturbation joke. No way would children be allowed to view this gem if it were made today, not until they turned 18. ” - generationofswine
 
29.
National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues. (95 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
“ See above ” - generationofswine
 
30.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
“ See above ” - generationofswine
 
31.
Overboard (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A cruel but beautiful heiress screws over a hired carpenter, who later is the first one to find her when she gets amnesia. Looking for a little revenge he convinces her that she's his wife. (106 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ If it isn't the swear words it would be the bikini ” - generationofswine
 
32.
Russkies (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A group of American boys and a shipwrecked Russian sailor become friends in the midst of the Cold War. (99 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
“ It's totally a period movie, but there is no way we would make the same movie about one of the "terrorists" today. ” - generationofswine
 
33.
Scrooged (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Swear words, a scary looking Christmas future, the shotgun at the start of the movie, a dead man in the sewer, there is enough here to turn this Christmas classic into 18 & over if it came out today. ” - generationofswine
 
34.
Short Circuit (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes. (98 mins.)
Director: John Badham
“ Too many swears & too much violence for today's movies. ” - generationofswine
 
35.
3 Men and a Baby (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys' girlfriends. (102 mins.)
Director: Leonard Nimoy
“ If you cut out the swears the fact that one of these guys had a baby out of wedlock would kill it today ” - generationofswine
 
36.
Coming to America (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An extremely pampered African prince travels to Queens, New York City, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Swears, a Blow Job, "Would you like me to clean the royal penis" Yeah, this movie was awesome when I was a kid. But today's kids would never have seen it ” - generationofswine
 
37.
Spaceballs (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them. (96 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ When I was a kid, any Mel Brooks movie was fair game at the video store, as far as mom & dad were concerned. Today they are strictly for adults ” - generationofswine
 
38.
Young Guns (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted. (107 mins.)
“ My father took me to see it with my friends when it came out. Now, with all the violence in it & the drug use, he would have been a bad parent. ” - generationofswine
 
39.
Young Guns II (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In 1881, cattle baron John Chisum pays a bounty to Patrick Floyd Garrett to kill outlaw Billy the Kid. (104 mins.)
Director: Geoff Murphy
“ See above, my friends & I loved "Young Guns" when we were kids. Dad took us all to see this one too ” - generationofswine
 
40.
Teen Wolf (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf. (91 mins.)
Director: Rod Daniel
“ Too disturbing, too much sex. Too much violence. Too much horror. There is a reason why kids loved "Teen Wolf" in the 80s & the new tv show is made for adults. ” - generationofswine