32 Family-Friendly 80s Movies to Watch with Your Kids


Where are my 80s kids at? You know who you are, the ones who survived the years of big hair, leg warmers, stirrup pants, neon everything, crimped hair, off-the-shoulder shirts, Jazzercise, fanny packs and scrunchies. It’s funny how some of those trends have come full circle! I’m looking at you scrunchies and fanny packs. The 80s wasn’t just about questionable fashion statements; there was a lot of classic entertainment that came out of that decade, including one of the most classic lines of all time, “Bueller?” Here’s a list of the best family-friendly 80’s movies to watch with your kids. Grab some popcorn, a cozy blanket and cuddle up on the couch with your people for a trip down nostalgia lane with any one of these favorites.

Rated G

1. The Little Mermaid
2. An American Tale
3. The Land Before Time
4. The Muppets Take Manhattan

Rated PG

5. Big
5. A Christmas Story
7. Beetlejuice
8. ET
9. Gremlins
10. The Empire Strikes Back
11. The Princess Bride
12. Labyrinth
13. Back to the Future
14. Ghostbusters
15. The Karate Kid
16. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
17. The Neverending Story
18. Clue
19. Turner and Hooch
20. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
21. Harry and the Hendersons
22. Field of Dreams
23. The Goonies
24. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
25. Teen Wolf
26. Peewee’s Big Adventure
27. Little Monsters
28. Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Rate PG-13

29. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
30. Adventures in Babysitting
31. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
32. Look Who’s Talking

Which 80’s movies do you want to watch first?

For additional movie night ideas, check our ideas below!

Halloween Family Movie Night

Movies Under the Stars

Drive In Movies

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Shannon recently moved to Columbus with her husband, Jeremy, and three sons, Noah, Eli and Zeke. She left a career in Human Resources to take on her dream of being a stay-at-home mom. During this time, she and her husband founded a non-profit called Bastion Resources with the purpose of inspiring others to live a life of intimacy with God. Shannon is passionate about creating community and engaging in meaningful conversation around the dinner table. Recently, she created The Intentional Daily Journal to help people live with more purpose and clarity, which is available for purchase on Amazon. In her free time, Shannon enjoys all types of fitness, trying new restaurants, reading books, coffee dates with friends and hanging at the park with her family. Shannon is constantly creating new healthy recipes and sharing them on her blog Healthy Mom Healthy Family.