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Family Challenge: 30 Must-See (Old School) Movies

Use this fun Family Challenge: 30 Must-See (Old School) Movies to make a great list of movies to watch and vote on the listed titles with your family or friends. This will really help you organize the perfect Fun Family Movie Night!

Why You Should Watch Classic Movies with Your Family

Nowadays we are constantly looking for the latest sensation, the movie everyone’s talking about. Checking recent trends is good, but sometimes we need to stop for a moment and look at the big names of the past: Classic Movies.

And what better company to watch them with than your family: we always talk about spending quality time with them, right? Classic Movies are the answer: they are high quality (we wouldn’t call them Classics otherwise, would we?) and always teach good life lessons.

Last but not least, we are tired of being the only ones who couldn’t understand the reference that made everybody else laugh, so it is really time to check out the titles in this List of Classic Movies.

The List Is an Absolute Good. The List Is Life.

(If you didn’t get it, you definitely need to watch more Classic Movies!)

Family Challenge Movies

In this Family Challenge, you’ll work your way through a list of 30 must-see old-school movies. Here’s a full list of movies with descriptions and links to stream.

Lady and the Tramp

Fall in love with Disney’s Classic, Lady And The Tramp! Experience the adventures of Lady, a pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a mutt with a heart of gold. Now, this heartwarming tale charms a new generation of families
Lady and the Tramp (Theatrical Version)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Verna Felton, Peggy Lee, Larry Roberts (Actors)

The Sandlot

During a summer of friendship and adventure, one boy becomes a part of the gang, nine boys become a team and their leader becomes a legend by confronting the terrifying mystery beyond the right-field wall.
The Sandlot (4K UHD)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna (Actors)

Good Burger

Ed (Kel Mitchell) is a teenager who lives for his job at Good Burger, a small but friendly neighborhood hamburger stand, while his buddy Dexter (Kenan Thompson) also works there, but lacks Ed’s single-minded devotion to his job.
 
When a big chain competitor, Mondo Burger, opens across the street, these two teenagers are forced to save the fast-food restaurant they work at from going out of business.
Good Burger
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Abe Vigoda (Actors)

Matilda

Danny De Vito, Rhea Perlman, and Mara Wilson star in this modern fairytale that mixes hilarious humor with a magical message of love.
Matilda
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman (Actors)

Stuart Little

E.B. White’s family classic is about the mouse who came to supper and stayed. Starring Geena Davis and the voice of Michael J. Fox.
Stuart Little
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox, Hugh Laurie (Actors)

Dennis the Menace

An exploration from within a child’s imagination of a carefree world where neighbors still look out for one another.
Dennis the Menace
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Walter Matthau, Mason Gamble, Christopher Lloyd (Actors)

Mrs. Doubtfire

The eccentric dad (Robin Williams) of three children dresses as a British nanny so he can care for his children at the home of their mother (Sally Field) in this touching comedy.
Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan (Actors)

Back to the Future

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the time machine created by Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and finds himself in a time-shattering situation that jeopardizes his future.
Back to the Future
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson (Actors)

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

An inventor accidentally shrinks his kids.
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman, Rick Moranis (Actors)

Stand by Me

Four young friends find the remains of a missing teenager in this first-rate adaptation of Stephen King’s The Body. Starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, and Richard Dreyfuss. Directed by Rob Reiner.
Stand by Me
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman (Actors)

Curly Sue

Bill and Curly Sue are the classic homeless folks with hearts of gold, not looking to turn a profit but just get enough to eat.
Curly Sue
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch, Alisan Porter (Actors)
 

Angels in the End Zone

Christopher Lloyd reprises the lovable role of Al the Angel from Disney’s hit movie Angels in the Outfield. This time out, Al touches down into the lives of two brothers (Matthew Lawrence and David Gallagher) and a footloose football team that doesn’t have a prayer!

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Angels In The Endzone
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Christopher Lloyd, Paul Dooley, Matthew Lawrence (Actors)

Father of Bride

Steve Martin turns in a heartwarming and hilarious performance as George Banks, a befuddled father who has a hard time letting go of his young daughter when she unexpectedly announces her plans to wed.

Father of the Bride (Theatrical Version)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams (Actors)

E.T.

Steven Spielberg’s contemporary classic! A stranded alien needs to phone home – he meets the suburban kids who help him get there. Winner of four Oscars.
E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Henry Thomas, Drew Berrymore, Dee Wallace Stone (Actors)

Bambi

Now in the Walt Disney Signature Collection, Bambi sets off with his friends Thumper and Flower to explore the wonders of the woods – and fulfill his destiny as prince of the forest.
Bambi (1942) (With Bonus Content)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bobbie Stewart, Donald R. Dunagan, Hardie Albright (Actors)

A Bug’s Life

Journey with one ant as he searches for warriors to help battle bullying grasshoppers who threaten his home.
 
When he stumbles on a bumbling troupe of circus bugs, the only hope for victory is the bond of friendship and the power of imagination.
A Bug's Life
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Actors)
 

The Neverending Story

It is a family fantasy/adventure epic based on the acclaimed best-seller about a troubled boy who discovers an extraordinary storybook and the fantastic world within its pages.
The Neverending Story (1984)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Alan Oppenheimer, Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver (Actors)

Big

HD. Tom Hanks earned a 1988 Best Actor Academy Award(R) nomination for this film about a boy whose wish to be ‘big’ comes true.
Big
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia (Actors)

Annie

Daddy Warbucks protects little orphan Annie from Miss Hannigan and crooks in Depression-era New York.
Annie
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett (Actors)

Dr. Doolittle

The wild and woolly adventures of the one and only vet who can talk to the animals.
Dr. Dolittle (1998)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt (Actors)

Problem Child

Good-natured Ben Healy (Ritter) and his social-climbing wife Flo (Yasbeck) adopt seven-year-old Junior (Michael Oliver) to help brighten their lives.
 
But Junior soon turns an ordinary camping trip, an innocent birthday party, and even a little league baseball game into full-scale comic nightmares.
 
Thinking all his new son needs is some loving attention, Ben puts up with Junior’s mishaps but only to a point. Just as he’s ready to take drastic action, Ben realizes that beneath the little monster lurks an angel craving affection in this satire on the trials of modern-day family life.
Problem Child
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Ritter, Jack Warden, Michael Oliver (Actors)

Addam’s Family Values

The family’s future grows bleak when the no-good nanny marries Fester and has the kids shipped off to summer camp. But Wednesday still has a thing or two up her sleeve…
Addams Family Values
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd (Actors)

Free Willy

Two worlds separated by water and land come together in this heartwarming adventure about the friendship between a troubled young boy and an orca whale.
Free Willy
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Jayne Atkinson (Actors)

Air Bud

A boy and a dog with an amazing basketball playing ability are friends.
Air Bud
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena (Actors)

Toys

An eccentric toymaker discovers that his family business is being used to produce weapons by his jingoistic uncle who has bequeathed control of the company.
Toys
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack (Actors)

The Mighty Ducks

A tough trial lawyer gets a unique community service assignment: coaching a hapless group of pee wee hockey players. Can he turn the ragtag team into champs?
The Mighty Ducks
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith (Actors)

Flubber

A professor discovers a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.
Flubber
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald (Actors)

Beethoven

He’s a slobbering, shedding giant of a dog, and he’s guaranteed to bowl you over! The story of a lovable St. Bernard who escapes dog-nappers and adopts a family is a slapstick family favorite.
Beethoven
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile, Sarah Rose Karr (Actors)

Babe

It’s the award-winning story of a shy little pig who doesn’t quite know his place. With the help of an assortment of barnyard friends, Babe discovers that he can be anything he wants to be!
Babe
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Paul Goddard (Actors)

Free Willy

Two worlds separated by water and land come together in this heartwarming adventure about the friendship between a troubled young boy and an orca whale.
Free Willy
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Jayne Atkinson (Actors)

Family Challenge: 30 Must-See (Old School) Movies

If you’re already familiar with these movies, here are links to stream/purchase.

  1. Lady and the Tramp
  2. The Sandlot
  3. Good Burger
  4. Matilda
  5. Stuart Little
  6. Dennis the Menace
  7. Mrs. Doubtfire
  8. Back to the Future
  9. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  10. Stand by Me
  11. Curly Sue
  12. Angels in the End Zone
  13. Father of Bride
  14. E.T.
  15. Bambi
  16. A Bug’s Life
  17. The Neverending Story
  18. Big
  19. Annie
  20. Dr. Doolittle
  21. Problem Child
  22. Addam’s Family Values
  23. Free Willy
  24. Air Bud
  25. Toys
  26. The Mighty Ducks
  27. Flubber
  28. Beethoven
  29. Babe
  30. Free Willy
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