Top 25 Most Loved 90s Movies for Kids: A Nostalgic Summer Watchlist

By Macaroni KID Springfield MO June 10, 2024

Remember those epic summer days spent with friends, a bowl of popcorn, and a stack of VHS tapes? Let’s take a trip down memory lane and introduce our kids to the cinematic gems of our youth. These 90s movies are perfect for a family movie night, and there’s something for every age range. So grab your snacks, dim the lights, and get ready for a blast from the past!

For the Little Ones (Toddlers to Elementary)

  1. The Lion King (1994)
    Follow Simba’s journey from cub to king in this beloved Disney classic. With its stunning animation and memorable songs, it’s a must-watch for kids and parents alike.
  2. Toy Story (1995)
    The first ever fully computer-animated feature film, Toy Story tells the tale of Woody, Buzz, and their toy friends. It's a heartwarming story that sparks the imagination.
  3. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    This timeless tale of love and acceptance is a Disney masterpiece. The songs, the characters, the story – it’s perfect for young kids who love fairy tales.
  4. Aladdin (1992)
    Join Aladdin, Jasmine, and the hilarious Genie on a magical adventure. The colorful animation and catchy tunes will keep little ones entertained.
  5. A Bug’s Life (1998)
    This Pixar gem tells the story of an ant named Flik who sets out to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers. It’s a fun, bug-sized adventure with a big heart.

For the Middle Kids (Elementary to Tweens)

  1. The Sandlot (1993)
    A nostalgic look at childhood summers, baseball, and the legend of “The Beast.” It’s a feel-good movie about friendship and adventure.
  2. Hook (1991)
    Robin Williams stars as a grown-up Peter Pan who must return to Neverland to save his children. It’s a swashbuckling adventure full of heart.
  3. Matilda (1996)
    Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book, this movie follows a young girl with extraordinary powers as she navigates life with her cruel parents and evil headmistress.
  4. Jumanji (1995)
    When a magical board game comes to life, two kids and their new friend must finish the game to undo the chaos. It’s an exciting, slightly spooky adventure.
  5. Space Jam (1996)
    When NBA superstar Michael Jordan teams up with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes gang, the result is a slam dunk of fun and laughter.

For the Older Kids (Tweens+)

  1. Now and Then (1995)
    A coming-of-age drama that follows four childhood friends as they reunite and reminisce about the pivotal summer of 1970 that shaped their lives.
  2. Camp Nowhere (1994)
    A group of kids who create their own summer camp to escape their parents' strict expectations, leading to a series of hilarious and heartwarming adventures.
  3. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
    Another Robin Williams classic, this movie is about a father who disguises himself as a housekeeper to spend more time with his kids. It’s hilarious and heartwarming.
  4. The Mighty Ducks (1992)
    A ragtag youth hockey team gets a second chance with the help of their new coach. It’s an underdog story that’s perfect for sports-loving kids.
  5. Clueless (1995)
    A fun, fashionable take on Jane Austen’s “Emma,” this movie follows high schooler Cher Horowitz as she navigates friendships and love in Beverly Hills. Ideal for teens.

Timeless Favorites

  1. The Little Rascals (1994)
    Follow the adventures of Spanky, Alfalfa, and the gang as they navigate childhood shenanigans and try to save their clubhouse. It’s a hilarious romp that kids of all ages will love.
  2. The Secret Garden (1993)
    Based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this movie tells the story of a young girl who discovers a hidden garden on her uncle’s estate. It’s a beautiful tale of friendship and healing.
  3. Jurassic Park (1993)
    Dinosaurs come to life in this thrilling adventure. While it might be a bit intense for younger kids, tweens and teens will love the excitement and special effects.
  4. Hercules (1997)
    Follow the adventures of Hercules as he discovers his true identity and becomes a hero. With its catchy music and humorous characters, it’s a family favorite.
  5. Tarzan (1999)
    The story of a man raised by gorillas who must find his place in the world. It’s an action-packed, heartwarming tale with unforgettable songs.

Hidden Gems 

  1. The Iron Giant (1999)
    This animated classic tells the story of a boy who befriends a giant robot. It’s a beautiful tale of friendship and bravery that’s often overlooked.
  2. A Goofy Movie (1995)
    Goofy and his son Max embark on a cross-country road trip. It’s a fun, music-filled adventure that’s perfect for family movie night.
  3. The Parent Trap (1998)
    Twins separated at birth swap places to reunite their parents. Lindsay Lohan shines in this charming family comedy.
  4. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
    A fairy and a human work together to save their rainforest home from destruction. It’s an environmental tale with a magical twist.
  5. Rookie of the Year (1993)
    A young boy’s dream comes true when he becomes a major league baseball pitcher. It’s a fun, feel-good sports movie that kids will love.

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