Best Family Movies: Bringing Back the Classics

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Picking a movie that will be fun for the whole family can be quite the harrowing experience. Sometimes we forget -- even in a time before Pixar -- there were movies that had something for everyone.

Family movie nights can actually be a great way for parents to revisit old favorites they might have forgotten about, sharing the experience with their kids. With this list of family favorites you might have forgotten about, all you'll need is a bowl of popcorn.

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"Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
True to its original tagline -- a "Singin' Swingin' Glorious Feelin' Technicolor Musical" -- "High School Musical" has nothing on this Gene Kelly/Debbie Reynolds classic. "Singin' in the Rain" teaches the values of hard work, good diction and how to have fun in surprise showers.


Getting harder to recall your dreams of living in a tree house as a kid? "Swiss Family Robinson" can refresh your memory. This Disney classic is the loose adaptation of Johan Wyss' tale of a European family who gets shipwrecked on an island paradise while on their way to the New World. Full of exotic animals, lush wildlife, evil pirates and coconut booby traps, this is fun for the whole family.


Universal's classic horror stars meet prolific comedic duo Abbott and Costello, in a film Reader's Digest selected as one of the top 100 funniest films of all time and the United States Library of Congress deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." The entire family will be laughing.


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"Bringing Up Baby" (1938)
Infamous for tanking at the box office, "Bringing Up Baby" is now a classic rental. A screwball comedy that pairs Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn with a leopard named Baby, this movie might make kids pull for an exotic pet.


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"Stand By Me" (1986)
A group of 12- and 13-year-old boys go on an overnight journey to find the body of a missing boy. Heartwarming, funny and scary at the same time, "Stand By Me" celebrates the profundity of childhood friendship.


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"The Goonies" (1985)
Another buddy film, "The Goonies" follows a group of misfits on an adventure through underground tunnels, waterfalls and pirate ships to get to a buried treasure. Steven Spielberg wrote the screenplay of this family classic that deals with, you know, the easy issues of good versus evil. Oh, and it has a friendly monster who teaches that true beauty comes from the inside.


Way before the "Saw"-genre of horror took over, there was Hitchcock. The master of suspense directed 53 films, and even with that many titles to choose from, it's kind of hard to go wrong. (Although you might want to consider if you want your kid to be afraid of taking a shower or scream at the sight of birds for the foreseeable future.)



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"Sixteen Candles" (1984)
If you haven't watched "Sixteen Candles" with your teen daughter yet ... do. Perfect for the big kid crowd, the movie follows Molly Ringwald through what starts out as the worst birthday ever. Another potential bright side: After this movie, you'll get automatic bonus points for remembering your child's birthday.

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