For many millennials, 90’s movies are a throwback to sweet childhood times, which can now be enjoyed with their kids. These are twelve must rewatch movies that any kid from that era will love to recall and experience the same feelings as when they had back then.
1. Jack Frost – 1998 | Fantasy
This is one movie where your heart will melt while rewatching it, rather than when you first saw it as a kid and only thought how cool the snowball fights were. When a magic harmonica brings back singer Jack Frost after he passed away in a car accident, Jack gets his last chance to spend time with his son, Charlie, but as a walking, talking snowman! The world is cold, but the lessons Charlie learns with his father will forever stay in his heart. Any time you build a snowman with your family, you may end up checking if it is alive.
2. Home Alone – 1990 | Comedy
Home Alone is a classic in any sense, both as a holiday movie and as a childhood movie where the kid outwits the bad guys. Kevin, the forgotten eight-year-old kid of five brothers and six cousins, thought that his wish for his family to disappear did happen (in reality, his family just forgot him on the way to the airport). With his newfound freedom, Kevin parties and does what he wants until he realizes a duo of sticky hand bandits are out to steal from the neighborhood. Kevin becomes the mastermind of his house and plots defensive measures worthy of a war general. Have fun watching this with your kids. Just warn them what not to do!
3. Matilda – 1996 | Comedy
Matilda was the black sheep of the family, having psychic abilities and a sharp mind. When she finally got the chance to go to school to get away from her chaotic family and have a chance to learn, she finds out she needs every bit of her powers to go up against the meanest, scariest principal there is – Agatha Trunchbull. Every kid who watched this back in the day will remember the unforgettable chocolate cake scene and wanting powers of their own to levitate and make objects float.
4. Flubber – 1997 | Comedy
An eccentric and forgetful scientist named Dr. Philip Brainard tries to make a new energy source to provide more funds for his college. Unsuccessful and by accident, he developed a living green goop that provides objects with an incredible amount of bounce and can even be used inside his car to fly! Professor Brainard tries to keep his invention under control while also trying to win back the love of his life. This movie may make your kids want to make a flubber of their own!
5. Dennis the Menace – 1993 | Comedy
Based on the comic, this film echoes a similar kind of crafty kid spirit like Kevin from Home Alone. Dennis Mitchell just likes to have fun, mostly at the expense of his neighbor George Wilson who usually gets stuck with the bad end of the shenanigans. Dennis soon finds himself making mischief against Switchblade Sam, a shady burglar. Rewatch this one to see the innocence of childhood, where kids want to do good but also get into trouble along the way. As an adult, you can look back to your own experiences of all the mischievous things done.
6. Stuart Little – 1999 | Comedy
In this big tale about family, Mr. and Mrs. Little adopt a little talking mouse named Stuart, who tries hard to become part of the family with nine-year-old George Little and Snowbell, the family cat. Based on the 1945 novel by E. B. Whites, this is the story of an adventure of what makes a family great no matter how small you are. Plus, what kid then and now doesn’t get a kick or laugh off of seeing a mouse sailing a minute sailboat?
7. Jumanji – 1995 | Fantasy
Kids of the 90’s who watched this movie as a kid will remember pounding drums that played from the game. Based on Chris Van Allsburg’s picture book, two siblings unleash a jungle of trouble from a mystic board game found in the attic. To survive, the siblings Peter and Judy Shepherd join forces with the original players, Alan Parrish who has been stuck in the game, and his childhood friend Sarah Whittle. This is a type of movie that is great to watch while having a family board game night.
8. George of the Jungle – 1997 | Fantasy
When someone mentions a wild man of the jungle, most think of Tarzan (particularly the 1999 animated Disney version), but this spoof is much goofier. This family move provides many great “breaking the 4th wall” laughs alongside the courageous and slap-stick antics of George, who tries to win the love of a wealthy heiress Ursula Stanhope. He also has to defend himself against her fiancé who is aligned with poaches seeking out the Gorillas who raised him. By the end of the movie, you and your kids will be banging their chests and shouting “awooahwoahaaaawww!”, while your spouse shouts “watch out for that tree!”.
9. Far From Home: The Adventures Of Yellow Dog Trailer – 1994 | Adventure
Nothing warms the spirit more than to see the support of Jesse, the yellow Lab retriever right beside the main character, Angus McCormick. Especially if you rewatch this movie with your pets, snuggled safely next to you on the couch. Relive the excitement of seeing the hardships endured by these two best friends as they brave a wild ocean storm and survive among the brutal Canada backcountry, venturing a way home.
10. Digimon The Movie – 1999/2000 | Animated
Many 90’s kids were either into Pokemon or Digimon, some both, but this nostalgia hits big in this movie. Starting with the Season 1 protagonists, it connects the story to the 2nd Season cast with the same “villain”. American audiences got a whole different experience, as this movie is three different Japanese released movies edited into one, comprised of Digimon Adventure (1999), Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! (2000), and Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Landing!! / Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals (2000). The dub team provides hilarious and witty humor along with a rocking 90/00’s soundtrack to make up for large cuts in original content. You will remember your childhood when you start hearing All Stars by Smash Mouth playing in the background. Not to mention the Canadian/American cartoon introduction at the beginning of the movie by Angela Anaconda!
11. Iron Giant – 1999 | Animated
Based on the 1968 novel, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, this childhood animation from Warner Brothers features the main character, Hogarth Hughes who befriends an alien robot. It would surprise many to know that Vin Diesel voiced the role of the Iron Giant with the few, yet impactful lines he said. This film also takes place during an important historical time of October 1957 when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, which shows the fear of the post-war era. As a kid, you could easily understand why Hogarth tries to protect the Giant, and having grown up, you can appreciate more of the historical understanding of the tense attitude of the Cold War.
12. A Goofy Movie – 1997 | Animated
Some more than others may remember how this movie packs an emotional punch. A funny and entertaining Disney movie as a kid, but now as a parent, you can feel the empathy that Goofy undergoes as his biggest fear is not being a good dad to his son Max. To help him along in life, Goofy takes Max on a road trip to Lake Destiny, but Max being less than thrilled is secretly trying to go to a world-famous singer concert to impress the girl he likes. Now you can sing the fictional singer Powerline’s song Eye to Eye with your kids!