Movies that Defined my Childhood

by bigbubbles | created - 25 Jan 2013 | updated - 02 Sep 2015 | Public

These movies, where what I loved as a child. Considering I was born in 1998, older people, please don't expect to see too many of your classics :-) Lots of these movies are before my time, but I loved them so much.

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1. Spy Kids (2001)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino

Votes: 95,954 | Gross: $112.72M

2. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

53 Metascore

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein

Votes: 211,167 | Gross: $219.20M

3. Inspector Gadget (1999)

PG | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

36 Metascore

A security guard's dreams come true when he is selected to be transformed into a cybernetic police officer.

Director: David Kellogg | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Rupert Everett, Joely Fisher, Michelle Trachtenberg

Votes: 40,748 | Gross: $97.40M

4. The Tigger Movie (2000)

G | 77 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

Tigger goes looking through the hundred-acre-wood to find his family.

Director: Jun Falkenstein | Stars: Jim Cummings, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Sansom, John Fiedler

Votes: 15,109 | Gross: $45.55M

5. Piglet's Big Movie (2003)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

When Piglet comes up missing his Hundred Acre Wood friends use Piglet's own Book of Memories to find him, discovering along the way just how big a role he's played in their lives.

Director: Francis Glebas | Stars: John Fiedler, Jim Cummings, Ken Sansom, Peter Cullen

Votes: 5,762 | Gross: $23.10M

6. Once Upon a Forest (1993)

G | 71 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A young mouse, mole and hedgehog risk their lives to find a cure for their badger friend, who's been poisoned by men.

Director: Charles Grosvenor | Stars: Michael Crawford, Ben Vereen, Ellen Blain, Benji Gregory

Votes: 4,363 | Gross: $10.00M

7. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

67 Metascore

The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus.

Director: Bill Kroyer | Stars: Samantha Mathis, Christian Slater, Robin Williams, Tim Curry

Votes: 23,877 | Gross: $24.65M

8. Osmosis Jones (2001)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

57 Metascore

A policeman white blood cell, with the help of a cold pill, must stop a deadly virus from destroying the human they live in, Frank.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Chris Rock, David Hyde Pierce, Brandy Norwood

Votes: 28,724 | Gross: $13.60M

9. Space Jam (1996)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.

Director: Joe Pytka | Stars: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Manner Washington

Votes: 134,890 | Gross: $90.46M

10. The Witches (1990)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson

Votes: 29,474 | Gross: $10.36M

11. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

67 Metascore

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 153,040 | Gross: $4.00M

12. Batman & Robin (1997)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi

28 Metascore

Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman

Votes: 211,805 | Gross: $107.33M

13. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

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: 124,371 | Gross: $130.72M

14. Dennis the Menace (1993)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

When his parents have to go out of town, Dennis stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Walter Matthau, Mason Gamble, Joan Plowright, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 49,682 | Gross: $51.27M

15. The Swan Princess (1994)

G | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A power hungry sorcerer transforms a princess into a swan by day in this tale of everlasting love.

Director: Richard Rich | Stars: Jack Palance, Howard McGillin, Michelle Nicastro, Liz Callaway

Votes: 20,055 | Gross: $9.77M

16. Casper (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

49 Metascore

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle

Votes: 102,195 | Gross: $100.33M

17. Jumanji (1995)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

39 Metascore

When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde

Votes: 258,220 | Gross: $100.48M

18. James and the Giant Peach (1996)

PG | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Simon Callow

Votes: 54,686 | Gross: $28.93M

19. A Simple Wish (1997)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he's trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfill her "simple wish" - that her father Oliver, who is a cab driver, would win the leading role in a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Martin Short, Mara Wilson, Robert Pastorelli, Ruby Dee

Votes: 4,719 | Gross: $8.12M

20. Matilda (1996)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

72 Metascore

Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 105,751 | Gross: $33.08M

21. 3 Men and a Little Lady (1990)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

51 Metascore

Sylvia's work increasingly takes her away from the three men who help bring up Mary, her daughter. When she decides to move to England and take Mary with her, the three men are heartbroken ... See full summary »

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, Nancy Travis

Votes: 19,935 | Gross: $71.61M

22. Stuart Little (1999)

PG | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

61 Metascore

The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him.

Director: Rob Minkoff | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki

Votes: 110,273 | Gross: $140.04M

23. Mousehunt (1997)

PG | 98 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis, Maury Chaykin

Votes: 46,252 | Gross: $61.92M

24. Muppets from Space (1999)

G | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

53 Metascore

Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family.

Director: Tim Hill | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 16,360 | Gross: $16.63M

25. Madeline (1998)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family

The adventurous, young Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she's also fantastic in solving problems as well, and her school-mistress Miss Clavel is not too approving of her. ... See full summary »

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer | Stars: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Hatty Jones, Ben Daniels

Votes: 5,977 | Gross: $29.77M

26. Recess: School's Out (2001)

G | 82 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

43 Metascore

TJ and company must save summer vacation from disappearing forever.

Director: Chuck Sheetz | Stars: Andrew Lawrence, Rickey D'Shon Collins, Jason Davis, Ashley Johnson

Votes: 8,123 | Gross: $36.70M

27. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)

G | 82 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

An eight year-old boy genius and his friends must rescue their parents after the adults are abducted by aliens.

Director: John A. Davis | Stars: Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, Megan Cavanagh, Mark DeCarlo

Votes: 27,315 | Gross: $80.94M

28. Big Fat Liar (2002)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

36 Metascore

After a young boy's school essay erroneously finds its way into the hands of a Hollywood producer who turns the idea into a hit film, the boy travels to Los Angeles to claim his credit.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Frankie Muniz, Amanda Bynes, Paul Giamatti, Amanda Detmer

Votes: 31,847 | Gross: $47.81M

29. The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

69 Metascore

Eliza and Debbie are two sisters who don't always get along. But their relationship is put to the test when Debbie's life is in danger, and Eliza might have to give up her power to talk to animals....

Directors: Cathy Malkasian, Jeff McGrath | Stars: Tim Curry, Rupert Everett, Flea, Lacey Chabert

Votes: 13,137 | Gross: $40.11M

30. Secondhand Lions (2003)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

52 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

Director: Tim McCanlies | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 47,379 | Gross: $41.41M

31. The Care Bears Movie (1985)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Care Bears watch over a young brother and sister who have lost their trust in humanity. Meanwhile an evil wizard wishes to cover the Earth in concrete.

Director: Arna Selznick | Stars: Georgia Engel, Mickey Rooney, Jackie Burroughs, Sunny Besen Thrasher

Votes: 4,686 | Gross: $22.93M

32. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

60 Metascore

A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals.

Director: Peter Hewitt | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland

Votes: 55,613 | Gross: $38.04M

33. Stuart Little (1999)

PG | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

61 Metascore

The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him.

Director: Rob Minkoff | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki

Votes: 110,273 | Gross: $140.04M

34. Aquamarine (2006)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Two teenage girls discover a mermaid in their beach club's swimming pool.

Director: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum | Stars: Emma Roberts, JoJo, Sara Paxton, Jake McDorman

Votes: 34,618 | Gross: $18.60M

35. Mostly Ghostly (2008 Video)

PG | 93 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

Based on the successful book series by R.L. Stine, Max Doyle finds he has a few friends living in his house that only he can see.

Director: Rich Correll | Stars: Madison Pettis, Sterling Beaumon, Luke Benward, Brian Stepanek

Votes: 1,146

36. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder.

Director: Mark Dindal | Stars: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton

Votes: 152,762 | Gross: $89.30M

37. Once Upon a Forest (1993)

G | 71 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A young mouse, mole and hedgehog risk their lives to find a cure for their badger friend, who's been poisoned by men.

Director: Charles Grosvenor | Stars: Michael Crawford, Ben Vereen, Ellen Blain, Benji Gregory

Votes: 4,363 | Gross: $10.00M



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