10 must see family movies from the 90’s

Top 10 Classic Family Movies from the 90’s

A recent discussion with my little girl had me thinking about the movies I watched as a kid.

If you were an 80’s baby like me, you would have been well and truly into movies by the time the 1990’s rolled around. Saturday afternoons at the cinemas with friends a bucket of popcorn and a choc top in hand. Ah, those were the days!

The 1990’s saw a spate of kid’s comedy movies come out and a couple of teenage heartthrobs in Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Devon Sawa (please tell me you remember them!). If you don’t, that’s probably because they haven’t really done anything since about 2002! It was also the decade of Macaulay Culkin, the Olsen Twins and the late Robin Williams.

After a recent trip down memory lane I thought I would share some of my favourites. Here are 10 family movies from the 90’s that are bound to bring back some memories. 

HOME ALONE – 1990. Comedy. 10+ yrs. PG. Starring: Macauley Culkin, Catherine O’Hara

What can I say, Kevin’s parents really made a blue when they accidentally left him home alone at Christmas. Luckily he is one smart cookie who can totally handle himself in a crisis. Classic comedy that saw several sequels.

Quote from the movie:


FREE WILLY – 1993. Family Drama. 6+ yrs. PG. Starring: Jason James Richter, Lori Petty

Another first in a line of sequels, Free Willy is a feel good family movie that shows friendships don’t have to be human. A bit of a tear jerker and I certainly couldn’t keep my eyes dry when watching it. It’s definitely one the kids will love.

Quote from the movie:

Rae: You like whales?

Jesse: I like him.

Rae: Well, he doesn’t like anybody, so stay away from him. You see, Willy’s a case. A very special case.

Jesse: So? Who isn’t?

HOOK 1991. Fantasy. 10+ yrs. PG. Starring: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts

We all love a good Peter Pan story and this one was a hit. In a bit of a twist on the old tale, Peter Pan has grown up and has kids who get kidnapped by Hook and taken back to Neverland. The food fight scene was every kid’s fantasy! Definitely one the kids will love.

Quote from the movie:

“I do believe in fairies! I do!” 

MRS DOUBTFIRE – 1993. Family Comedy. 12+ yrs. PG Starring: Robin Williams, Sally Field

Robin Williams had a big 90’s decade with another classic hit that saw him don the woman clothes and pretend to be a nanny so he could spend time with his kids. Hilarious Robin Williams at his best and the scene where he sets his fake chest on fire is a riot!

Quote from the movie:

My first day as a woman, and I’m getting hot flashes. …”

MY GIRL – 1991. Drama. 11+ yrs. PG. Starring: Macauley Culkin, Anna Chlumsky, Jamie-Lee Curtis.

A beautiful movie that we teenagers could relate to. Macaulay Culkin was another who was massive in the 90’s and in what seemed to be nearly every teenage movie! A story of love and loss, it’s another one for the kleenex.

Quote from the movie:

Vada Sultenfuss: I’m going to marry Mr. Bixler.

Thomas J. Sennett: You can’t marry a teacher, it’s against the law.

Vada Sultenfuss: Is Not!

Thomas J. Sennett: Yes it is, cause then he’ll give you all A’s and it won’t be fair

MIGHTY DUCKS – 1992. Comedy. 11+ yrs. PG. Starring: Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson

I must admit this was one of my favourites as a kid. There is always something about a feel good movie where the main character learns a valuable lesson in life. Great vibes and energy in the film and certainly put Ice-hockey in the minds of kids.

Quote from the movie:

[the kids aren’t thrilled about being named the Ducks]

Gordon Bombay: I didn’t have a choice, we’re being sponsored.

Les Averman: By who, Donald and Daisy?

Gordon Bombay: Hey, you don’t wanna be Ducks? You’d rather be District Five? Some stupid number?

Peter Mark: Better than some stupid animal.

Gordon Bombay: I’ll have you know, Peter, that the Duck is one of the most noble, agile and intelligent creatures in the animal kingdom.

Connie Moreau: But they’re wimpy!

Guy Germaine: They don’t even have teeth.

Gordon Bombay: Neither do hockey players. Have you guys ever seen a flock of ducks flying in perfect formation? It’s beautiful. Pretty awesome the way they all stick together. Ducks never say die. Ever seen a duck fight? No way. Why? Because the other animals are afraid. They know that if they mess with one duck, they gotta deal with the whole flock. I’m proud to be a Duck, and I’d be proud to fly with any one of you. So how about it? Who’s a Duck?

Fulton Reed: [pause] I’ll be a duck.

Charlie Conway: Yeah, me too.

BABE. 1995. Family. 6+ yrs. G. Starring: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski.

A gorgeous film starring real life farm animals in a movie that made them stars. Personality and triumph shine through and show you that you can be anything you want. Don’t let people tell you otherwise.

Quote from the movie:

“That’ll do Pig, That’ll do”

JUMANJI. 1997. Drama. 10+ yrs. PG. Starring: Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst.

A massive hit for the 90’s, Jumanji raked in over $250 million dollars at the box office and had everyone thinking twice before playing with ouija boards again. A fantasy adventure that sees unthinkable situations happen to 4 people that have you rolling on the floor with laughter. Definitely a classic with great special effects for its day.

Quote from the movie:

Sarah Whittle: [reads] “Every month at the quarter moon / There’ll be a monsoon in your lagoon.”

[Thunderclouds appear and open up]

Sarah Whittle: Well, a little rain never hurt anybody.

Alan Parrish: Yeah, but a lot can kill you!

DROP DEAD FRED. 1991. Comedy. 13+ yrs. Starring: Pheobe Cates, Rik Myall, Carrie Fisher

When imaginary friends become real this is what happens. Drop Dead Fred is the imaginary friend of Elizabeth, who comes back to “help” her in her adult years. If only they would stay in the past!

Quote from the movie:

Fred: Morning. So who’s for snot flicking?

WILD HEARTS CANT BE BROKEN. 1991. Drama. 8+ yrs. G. Starring: Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Schoeffling

If you are looking for a film that centres on a strong woman determined to never give up, then this is the film. Based on a true story, it will tug on the heartstrings and make you want to dance at the same time.

Quote from the movie:

Sonora: I found my destiny, not in far off places but within myself.

Other notable mentions that we just could leave of the list are:

  • Little Rascals
  • Fly away home
  • The parent trap
  • Homeward bound – the incredible journey
  • Little Giants
  • The Adams family
  • Little rascals
  • Casper
  • Matilda
  • Jurassic Park
  • Lion King

What was your favourite 90’s family movie, did it make the list?

If the 80’s are more your thing, here is a list of must watch family classics of the 1980’s which will also have you saying “oh my goodness I remember that…”


Top 10 Family Movies From The 90's

5 thoughts on “Top 10 Classic Family Movies from the 90’s

  1. Jo - Pickle & Poppet says:

    Oh I love this! All of these were my favs but I guess Hook would have to be my absolute fav from this list! #ThatFridayLinky

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