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Movies of My Childhood

Updated on June 14, 2017

And Here We Go.....

Growing up, I use to love movies like the rest of the kids. The only difference was, I was never a big animation fan. I loved movies that were real, or seemed real. I enjoyed characters I could pretend to be. Journeys I could only dream about taking. Although I did do my fare share of watching Disney movies as a child, those will not make this list. Like I said, I was a real kid, or so I thought. I decided to choose what I think are ten best films from my childhood that I still watch as an adult. I would love to know if any of these films that I list are on your childhood favorite films list. I hope you enjoy this fun hub.

Howard The Duck (1986)

The first film coming in at number ten is the movie Howard the Duck. This film is about an alien duck who gets sent to Earth where he and his entourage must stop an evil alien invader from destroying the Earth and all the humans.

I love the humor and corny themes that this movie provides. To me it will always be a classic favorite of mine. It's got all you need in a film. Action, humor, drama and a little duck romance to satisfy movie goers.

Dick Tracy (1990)

Number nine is the highly successful and loaded with A-list actors Dick Tracy. Warren Beatty stars as the tough and smart detective from the comic series Dick Tracy. Loaded with great talent, spy gadgets and a whole lot of visually satisfying special effects, Dick Tracy delivers on what a great film should supply.

I love this film so much. When I was a kid I wanted the watch that Dick Tracy had. It was awesome. I also enjoy the many different talented actors in this film. From Warren Beatty, to Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman, Dick Tracy is a fan favorite for many film lovers.

Batman (1989)

The next film I will add to my list is the blockbuster, star-studded Tim Burton film, Batman. Dark, edgy and loaded with outstanding performances, Batman was no doubt a favorite of mine as a kid. We all are pretty much familiar with the first Batman film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. I wore this VHS out pretty quickly. Yes, I know I am old when I said VHS.

To me this is still one of my favorite Batman films in all of the Batman universe. The talent and direction in this film are hard to beat, even in today's film making world. And who could forget the many great one-liners from this film.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1998)

I know I said before that I was not a big fan of animation, but I do make an exception for this next classic film on the list, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Bob Hoskins plays a cartoon hating detective with a bit of a drinking problem who find himself moving in and out of the cartoon world and real world when he is the only hope Roger Rabbit has to prove he did not commit murder. Loaded with a great cast and special effects that are still up to today's standard, Who Framed Roger Rabbit became an instant classic.

I love this film because when I first saw it, I immediately loved it. The combination of cartoon world and real world had never really been done before. I enjoyed it as a kid, and I still enjoy it today. When I got it on Blu-ray, the viewing experience was taken up a notch with such clarity and still manages to satisfy my love for the film.

The Never Ending Story (1984)

At six, is the adventurous fantasy tale The Never Ending Story. Sebastian, a troubled kid, gets possession of a book that is far more than any other book he has ever read. This mysterious book allows the boy to escape reality and dive into an adventure that is worth a life time experiencing. On this journey he meets several mythical creatures and many different characters who help him on this never ending journey.

This movie has loads of adventure and memorable performances. I remember I could not get enough of this film as a child. As a kid, after seeing this film I always wanted a chance to experience an adventure like Sebastian did. This movie did actually get me to read more as a child.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Next up, the mutant reptiles that kick a whole lot of butt is the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Four mutant turtles come together as brothers and learn many different ninja fighting styles through their master, Splinter a mutant rat. Living in the sewers of New York City, these four teenage turtles come together to make the city a safer place without being spotted.

This is still the best film in the series. The live action still holds up when watching this film.

Superman: The Movie (1979)

Another film from my childhood that I probably wore out several copies of is the iconic comic book hero, Superman. As I am typing this the classic theme song is playing in my head. Christopher Reeves delivers a performance that many people will argue is still the best portrayal of the Man of Steel. Sent from the planet Krypton, an alien is sent to Earth after his home planet is destroyed. As he begins his journey on Earth, he realizes that he possess unhuman like powers and decides to become the protector and hero the Earth needs.

I owned all four of the original Superman movies, but the first one will always be my favorite. So many elements in this film make it a classic. The special effects for its time amazed me as a child. There is so much to love about this film.

Cloak and Dagger (1984)

At number three is one of my all time favorites as a child, and one I would love to own on Blu-ray some day, Cloak and Dagger. A boy named Davey, unlocks a secret code that endangers him and his imaginary friend. After unlocking the top secret information, Davey and his imaginary friend go on the run in a game of cat and mouse trying to solve the murder of one of his friends and survive long enough to make sure these secret codes get into the right hands.

Who doesn't like a good espionage film? I know I always enjoy them and this one is a classic for me. Murder, lies, and spies make this film one of my all-time favorites that I would love to enjoy again as an adult.

Stand By Me (1986)

It was a raining day in Kentucky, and I was visiting my family in Lexington. My cousins kept talking about this film Stand By Me. I told them I have never even heard of it. So we watched it, and after it was over it immediately became my favorite movie at the time. Based on the story from Stephen King the Body, four boys venture out into the wilderness of Oregon in search of a boy who was killed by a train and whose body had not been found yet. Throughout this journey to find the missing boy's body, four friends bond and grow learning more about one another and about themselves.

This film, to me, shows four very talented young actors who really deliver memorable performances at such a young age. This film is a great adventure about the bonding of friends over a tragic journey.

The Goonies (1985)

Coming in at number one, is the classic treasure hunting adventure film, The Goonies. I have not met anyone who did not like this movie. When two brothers, Mikey and Brand, along with their friends are about to lose their homes, the begin to try to think of ways to save their property from being destroyed. When they venture up in the attic of the of the brothers home they discover an ancient treasure map that leads to undiscovered treasure. Mikey, Data, Chunk, Mouth decide to take the chance and begin the unforgettable journey to discover if the treasure is real. With many obstacles along the way and a group of thugs on their tales, The Goonies will not let any adventurer down.

Loaded with great dialogue, plot, characters and adventure, The Goonies will always hold a place in my favorite films section because it is the best adventure film I remember as a child. I loved this film so much and one day plan to go to the Goonies day in Astoria, OR.

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Reflection of the Past

Well I am happy and excited to share these ten films that have made my childhood movie experience one to remember. If you have not seen any of these films listed, I would definitely recommend you give them a watch. They don't make movies like these anymore. I hope you enjoyed this article. If you want to list some of your favorite movies from your childhood go ahead and do so in the comments. Thanks for checking this hub out and if you are a movie buff check out some of my other hubs about movies.

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      John Hansen 11 days ago from Queensland Australia

      I never saw Howard the Duck or Cloak and Dagger, but all the others are memorable. Stand By Me and The Goonies were probably my favourites out of those you listed. Thanks for sharing.

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      Fullerman5000 10 days ago from Louisiana, USA

      Both are great 80's movies. I think if you have HBO now cloak and dagger is on there.

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