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Top 10 kids movies of the 90s

Updated on September 9, 2015

Childrens top 10 movie list of the 1990s

Here is my list of the top childrens movies from the 1990s. I grew up in the decade and I watched a lot of movies. In 1990 I was 8 years old and it is no surprise that one of my favourite films was Home Alone which came out in 90. Beethoven, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Free Willy and Lassie also makes the list. While some of the movies might seem a bit dated in terms of special effects, they are in my opinion some of the greatest childrens films of all time. Show them to your kids and they might even find a new favorite to put on their own top 10 movie list.

The films spotlighted continues to be popular movies more than a decade after they were first released and they are all excellent choices for a video night with the family. Enjoy! :)

(Click here if you were looking for top 10 Cartoons or Animated movies of the 90s)

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Heavyweights (1995) - Top 10 Childrens movies of the 90s nr. 10


Gerry (Aaron Schwartz is sent to summer camp in order to lose some weight before the next school year. He finds new friends and enjoy the first couple of days at camp. Disaster strikes when the camp is bought by Fitness Guru Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller). Who is dead set on removing all fun in order to squeeze in more weightloss time. The boys of the camp are not prepared to let Perkis win though and they band together in order to stop the tyran.

Ben Stiller is brilliantly funny as always and the movie is entertaining and delivers the message "you can loose weight and have fun" in a nice heartwarming way.


Babe (1995) - Top 10 Childrens movies of the 90s nr. 9

Babe [Blu-ray]
Babe [Blu-ray]

Babe was nominated as Best Picture at the Academy Awards 1995 and while it lost the title to Braveheart it is still an amazing heartwarming tale and a great family film.

The movie is about the little pig babe who aspires to be a sheep do...ehm pig. During his endeavour to reach his goal he meets all the animals on the farm. Some are helping him and some are not, but the story of the little pig is a tale of friendship and of being accepted even though you are different.

This is easily one of the top ten childrens movies of the 90s and should also be on the list of great kids films of all times.


My Girl (1991) - Top 10 Childrens movies of the 90s nr. 8

My Girl
My Girl

Starring Macaulay Culkin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Anna Chlumsky, this little gem of a childrens movie can only be a recommended watch.

Vada (Anna Chlumsky) is 11 years old girl, who is living with her dad. Her mother died giving birth to her and her grandmother is slowly withering away with Alzheimer's disease.

Vada only has one true friend, Thomas(Macaulay Culkin), with whom she goes on adventures and shares her deep thoughts. She is also head over heels in love with her teacher, Mr. Bixler and plans to marry him one day.

This 90s movie at the same time very funny and one of the saddest movies I have ever watched.

The subjects handled in the film makes it a viewing experience that adults can also enjoy. This is not a video you should put on for younger children, but young teenagers will be able to relate to the insecurity of the main characters.


Lassie (1994) - Top 10 Childrens movies of the 90s nr. 7


An adventure movie for the entire family. When the Turner family movies to the countryside 13 year old Matt (Tom Guiry) is not pleased. He has no friends and he hates his new home.

All this changes when he finds and befriends the stray dog Lassie. Together they fight for the family farm and along the way Matt makes friends and learns to love his new home.


Lassie Trailer

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Beethoven (1992) - Top 10 Childrens movies of the 90s nr. 6


A St. Bernard Puppy is stolen from a pet store, but manages to escape. He finds sanctuary at the Newton family home. Much to the dismay of the family father, it is decided by the Newtons to keep the puppy.

The family names their dog Beethoven and he becomes the watchdog of the children, helping them overcome a multitude of issues in their every day life.

All is not sunshine though as the evil Dr. Varnick wants to use Beethoven for experiments.

A great family fun film, with lots of laughs. It is the first of the Beethoven movies and an excellent choice for a video night with your kids.


Beethoven movie Trailer

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Casper(1995) - Top 10 Childrens movies of the 90s nr. 5

Casper (Widescreen Special Edition)
Casper (Widescreen Special Edition)

Ghosts are not always evil, mean and scary. Casper is a friendly ghost and all he wants is a friend. When Kat and her father Harvey arrives at the Whipstaff Manor, Casper is excited. He finally sees the opportunity to have a real friend. His attempts to form a friendship with Kat is made harder by his 3 mean uncles Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso, who is doing everything they can to tease and pester the humans.

This special effects childrens movie holds up quite well considering it is more than 15 years old. The story is sweet and the action and comedy makes it flow very well.


Casper the Friendly ghost trailer

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Free Willy (1993) - Top 10 Childrens movies of the 90s nr. 4

4 Film Favorites: Free Willy (Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, Free Willy 4)
4 Film Favorites: Free Willy (Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, Free Willy 4)

A young Orca Whale (Willy) is gets captured in a fishing net and handed over to an amusement park. The street kid Jesse(Jason James Richter) is caught vandalizing the amusement park and as punishment he is tasked with cleaning. While there he forms a special bond of friendship with Willy. They relate to each other because they are both lonely and without their family.

Free Willy is one of the iconic kids movies from the 90s that everyone should watch at least once. The original has been followed up by multiple sequels. Most recently Free Willy Escape from the Pirate's Cove from 2010


The Sandlot (1993) - Top 10 Childrens movies of the 90s nr. 3

The Sandlot
The Sandlot

Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) moves with his mother to a new neightborhood. At first he is being bullied, but after teaming up with the popular baseball player Rodriguez(Mike Vitar) his popularity starts rising.

A great sports and kids movie about teamwork and friendship.


Space Jam (1996) - Top 10 Childrens movies of the 90s nr. 2

Space Jam (BD) [Blu-ray]
Space Jam (BD) [Blu-ray]

What do you get if you take Looney Toons and adds the most famous Basket Ball star of all times? You get a hilarious movie called Space Jam.

Michael Jordan stars in this childrens film about a basket ball game with big stakes. The Extraterrestials Nerdlucks are sent to capture the Looney Toons so they can act as entertainment in a theme park.

The Looneys respond by challenging the nerdlucks to a basket ball game. however the nerdlucks goes to earth and steals the talent of some of the best players in the NBA. To combat this the Looney Toons recruits Michael Jordan to play on their team.

The special effects of the movie are a bit dated, but the humor and the idea is not. The mix of cartoon and live-action is refreshing and the film is bound to make your children and yourself laugh.


Space Jam movie trailer

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Home Alone (1990) - Top 10 Childrens movies of the 90s nr. 1

Home Alone (Family Fun Edition) [Blu-ray]
Home Alone (Family Fun Edition) [Blu-ray]

Home Alone is the Ultimate Family Chistmas movie. When the McCallister flies off to celebrate christmas in Paris, they forget one thing. Their 8 year old boy Kevin(Macaulay Culkin).

Kevin finds out that a pair of burglars are planning to break into his house and he starts planning the defense of his home. The movie is full of gags and comedy situations and the acting is of a very high quality. Both Culkin and the two bandits Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern does a really good job.

Macaulay Culkin was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as best actor for his role in Home Alone. If you are one of the few that has yet to watch the movie, then it is about time that you change that fact. Truly deserving of its spot at the top of the list of best childrens movies of the 90s.


My favorite Childrens movies

Reflections on the top 10 greatest childrens movies of the 1990s

I grew up in the 1990s and I remember watching the kids movies on this list. Some of them like Space Jam, Babe and Casper I watched in the cinema, some like My Girl and Beethoven I saw on video and some like the Home Alone series I continue to watch every year when they are re-run on TV.

All of these bring back great memories and I had a giant fit of nostalgia reviewing the trailers for each movie. If you are not getting these for your children, then it might be worth it to buy these classic kids movies on DVD or Blu-ray just so you can re-watch them yourself.

What is your favorite Childrens movie of the 1990s?

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      Thomo85 4 years ago

      The Sandlot kids was an awesome movie and I loved watching the ideas that they came up with trying to get it back and Then it was soo cool when I recognised the old man over the fence as the voice of Darth Vader, I was truly wowed. Home alone and Casper were also excellent.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I'm a Babe fan... what an adorable pig! Thanks for the children's movie suggestions.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You know what, I think that deserves a mention as well. In fact I will add a part to this article that lists reader suggested movies. It is impossible to fit all great 90's childrens movies into 1 top ten so I believe doing this would allow space for worthy mentions. Thank you for adding your suggestion and kicking this project off the ground! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      what about homeward bound?!!

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I love the Lion King and know every word by heart!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Grew up in the 90's so this lens brought me back to the past! GREAT LENS!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Home Alone

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That is because this list is for movies with real actors. I have a full article dedicated to cartoons here and you will be happy to find both Lion King and Toy Story there! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How did the Lion King and Toy Story not make this list?

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      I think Home Along would be the best out of all of those, biut I also loved Free Willy as well.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I think we've only seen three of these. I loved Babe! I think that is my favorite. Great page!

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Great list. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have watched most of them. really love free willy and babe

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Free Willy was the movie that got my heart!...*

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      Smiles2You 5 years ago

      Home Alone !! I don't lack a sense of humor, but I don't see the humor in most of the things other people do....normally like anything like the Three Stooges and that kind of thing just seem downright stupid to me. However, Home Alone CRACKED me up - I never tire of seeing that guy stepping on the nail barefooted and having that iron imprinted on his forehead!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Some of these were great movies and easily "see-able" again.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Of these, I like Babe the best.

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      Mistl 6 years ago

      @TonyPayne: The Goonies was from the 1985s, but yes also a great childrens movie. :)

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Any of these apart from Space Jam, don't think I could stand to watch that. Was The Goonies in the 90's? One of my favorites.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      disney movies I'd say.

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      mennella 6 years ago

      i'm for Alladin, but Casper... it's so cute...

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      Mistl 6 years ago

      @smithlights: Never actually watched homebound, which is why it is missing. Might be time to sit down with some popcorn for me! :) As for Lion King and Aladdin, you will be happy to see that I added them to my Cartoons and Animation movies of the 90s lens. :)

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      Great list! But you forgot the Mighty Ducks movies as well as Homeward bound! Not to mention a ton of Disney movies- Lion King, Mulan, Aladdin... But I love the list you put together. Lots of non-standards :)

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      Glad to see the extremely underrated Casper on this list. It's one of the movies from the '90s that I still enjoy today.

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      Netlexis LM 6 years ago

      Some of my favorite kids' movies, especially Babe! I have that one on DVD so I going to have to watch it again! Thanks!

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      Mauhro 6 years ago

      Casper is my favourite...would like to be a child again :)

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      A great list but of these Babe is still my favorite.

      "That'll do pig ... That'll do. :)

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      Babe was my favorite! It was incredibly unique!