Ten 1980s Movies Every Kid Should See

The 1980s was a great time at the movies with many films made that appealed to kids and teens. Those movies made in that period remain timeless with a splendid blend of comedy, fantasy, adventure and moral lessons. In the 80s kids and teens had a great cinema experience watching movies from the likes of Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg. A great experience today’s kids should have a taste of. A look at some of the 1980 movies every kid should see are:

• The Little Mermaid: This 1989 Walt Disney classic will remain a movie for kids of all generation to see for a long time. The tale has clear graphics and an adventurous storyline that all kids will enjoy. The Little Mermaid has one of the best movie soundtracks which kids will love and listen to over again.

• Flight of the Navigator: Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 science fiction with a lot of aliens and robots. The kind of stuff that keeps kids amused. The movie has some old cultural references, but it will still make a good watch for children.

• E.T: E.T, which is the acronym for Extra-Terrestrial, received high appraisal in the time it was released and won numerous awards. The movie is about a human who befriends an alien and helps him return to his planet. This movie has great moral lessons for kids.

• The Princess Bride: This 80s movie has a mixture of amusing genres such as comedy, adventure, fantasy and romance. The movie has so many movie quotes which are used until date. Any kid who watches The Princess Bride will definitely find scenes and quotes they would appreciate.

• Beetlejuice: Do you need a movie for your little ones to watch on Halloween? Put on Beetlejuice! The movie is scary enough to have kids cover their faces but not scary enough to give them nightmares. It’s simply perfect.

• WarGames: Kids love movies about video games, understandable conspiracies, and technologies, so it’s easy to predict how they would feel about WarGames. The 80s kids loved this movie when it came out in 1983 and 2000s kids will definitely love it now.

• Ghostbusters: Ghostbusters was so good when it came out in 1984 that it was remade in the year 2016. The comedy interwoven with spooky ghost tale is just the perfect blend to keep the kids giggling and shrieking.

• Who Framed Roger Rabbit: It’s surprising to think that a movie with so many special effects could be made in the 80s but Steven Spielberg did it and it worked. The movie has both cartoon characters and real-life characters interacting together and pulling amazing stunts. Kids will love it.

• The Goonies: If it’s a Stephen Spielberg, then your kids should see it. Kids love exciting movies and this movie is definitely one which would hold their attention.

• Lean on Me: This movie has a lot of lessons which every child should learn. It’s the kind of movie a family should watch together. As a parent, you can also take on some helpful tips on parenting from the movie.

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Flight of the Navigator was loads of fun when I saw it as a kid.


The best movie on this list is War Games, I think it is ready for a remake with new tech we have now.

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