Kids that grew up in the 90’s were spoiled. Let’s face it. No one will never taste anything better than Ecto-Cooler and Surge soda. No kids will aspire to be on some of the best game shows we’ve ever seen like Guts, Legends of the Hidden Temple and Double Dare. And I’m afraid we’ve past the golden age of kids cinema. Whether it was a superstar athlete or a chubby preteen, there will never be another generation full of such great stories, lessons and laughs. These are the best of the best kids movies from the 90s.
Kazaam wasn’t good by any means, but it was awesomely bad. There’s no way you can leave this off the list — plus, you get Shaq rapping.
27. Dunston Checks In
This was the movie Jason Alexander thought he’d tackle coming off his Seinfeld fame. However, once again he played second fiddle, this time to a monkey. Don’t quite remember this gem? This video pretty much sums up the movie in 3 minutes.
26. Jungle 2 Jungle
As someone that grew up in the 90s, I can’t think of Tim Allen as anyone else besides Tim Taylor from Home Improvement. So the only thing that saved Jungle 2 Jungle was after shooting Charlotte’s cat with the dart, the ‘Tool Man’ exclaims “Oh no!” in the same grunting manner as he did in the show.
25. Blank Check
This was every kids dream, to spend a million dollars however you please. Also was Steve Jobs attempt to imprint the Apple brand name in our heads at an early age. Don’t believe me?
Random Trivia: The total amount of money that Preston spent equals $504,071.08. According to his expense report, it says he has spent $999,667.85. Even with the house he bought earlier in the movie, that would only total up to $804,071.08
24. Problem Child
If you can’t spend million dollars however you want, why not act however you want…and get a way with it. This red-headed devil in his signature bow-tie may or may not have turned John Ritter gay and Gilbert Gottfried’s voice unbearable.
Random Trivia: Macaulay Culkin auditioned for the role of Junior.
23. The Little Rascals
No one that grew up in the 90’s knew of the old television show so when they rebooted the Little Rascals a whole new generation wanted a pet lizard, to spike their hair up in the back and asked Santa for a soap box car for Christmas.
Rodney Dangerfield tones down his rude, crude humor for this family comedy about a desperate coach who will disguise his own son as a girl to win the girls soccer championship…or does he?
Unfortunately after the movie’s mild success, it spawned films like Juwanna Man and White Chicks.
21. The Big Green
I’m not sure how you could have grown up in the 90s and not fallen in love with sports. The Big Green actually made soccer cool in the US. And no sports movie in the 90s would be complete with that funny chubby kid and Patrick Renna was in two of them. It also reaffirmed my fear of being a goalie
20. 3 Ninjas
Jack was the inspiration to Benjamin Button and Robin Williams was the hairiest 10 year old of all time.
18. Little Giants
For most kids of the 90s, the Little Giants was the start of a long hatred for the Dallas Cowboys. And we still wish for the day we can witness the Annexation of Puerto Rico again.
Random Trivia: This movie was inspired by an early 1990s McDonald’s ad about Pee-Wee Football that ran during the Super Bowl. The day after it aired, Steven Spielberg liked it so much that he called up the ad’s creator, James Ferguson, and hired him to write the script for what became “Little Giants.”
17. James and the Giant Peach
Random Trivia: This movie took 12 years to reach the screen.
16. Angels in the Outfield
Before Joseph Gordon-Levitt was Don Jon and after Christopher Lloyd became famous as Doc Brown the two taught us that there used to another baseball team in LA besides the Dodgers.
Random Trivia: As Roger looks out the window and says “if there is a God….”, the image of Mickey Mouse can be seen in the stars.
15. Space Jam
The biggest names in the 90’s were necessarily movie stars. but a cartoon character and basketball player. So when Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan teamed up to do Space Jam, no one cared that Michael couldn’t act, the fact that we got to watch him play basketball again was enough for us.
There was one causality that came from the movie though, Shawn Bradley never did find his talent.
Random Trivia: The official Space Jam website is still active, just click here.
14. Rookie of the Year
Random Trivia: Scarlett Johansson auditioned for the role of Judy Shepherd
11. Simon Birch
Random Trivia: Because baby pigs grow so fast, 48 pigs were used during filming for the role of Babe.
09. Mrs. Doubtfire
Random Trivia: The character “Mrs. Doubtfire” was first performed by Robin Williams at a show Andy Kaufman did at Carnegie Hall. Williams pretended to be Kaufman’s grandmother.
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
When the turtles came to life my world changed. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the best thing since slice of New York style pizza. Its a damn shame that the next generation of kids have had to endure the new computer-generated garbage they call a cartoon and we pray that Michael Bay leaves us with any chance that someone capable can revive it from the dead.
Random Trivia: We all know the turtles were named after famous artists, but in the movie, all three newswomen seen or mentioned in the film are named after a month: April, May, and June.
7 .The Mighty Ducks
What you dont realize as a kid is that the reason Gordon Bombay has to start coaching the Ducks is because he got caught driving drunk.
Random Trivia: Adam Banks is often referred to as a “Cake Eater” this term is actually well known throughout Minnesota and refers to people who live in the city of Edina, a suburb of Minneapolis. It’s in reference to Marie Antoinette’s infamous, “Let them eat cake”.
6. The Sandlot
Random Trivia: In Benny’s dream, Babe Ruth says “I don’t know why, but can I have this?” when referring to Hank Aaron’s baseball card. Hank Aaron would go on to break Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record.
5. Home Alone
Random Trivia: Entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as the “Highest Box Office Gross – Comedy”, accumulating $533,000,000 internationally.
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Rivals the Lion King for the best original soundtrack of all time on a kids movie.
Random Trivia: It took a group of around 100 people three years to complete this movie. For one second of film, up to 12 stop-motion moves had to be made.
How many times can Robin Williams make one list?! Seriously, everything he touched was gold. Not only was Hook a million times better than the animated Peter Pan movie, but we were introduced to the one and only Rufio, Rufio, ROOF-E-OOOOOOOOO
Random Trivia: The kissing couple who begin to float when some fairy dust lands on them are actually George Lucas and Carrie Fisher in a cameo.
2. Toy Story
Toy Story was the start of Pixar’s animation domination.
Random Trivia: Whenever a character’s eyes blink, they never blink together, but one at a time.
1. The Lion King
You don’t have to wait to be king anymore, The Lion King has topped our list.
Random Trivia: There have been rumors that when Simba collapses on the cliff after talking with Timon and Pumbaa about stars, the dust that flies off the cliff forms the letters SEX. In fact it forms the letters SFX, the abbreviation of the special-effects team that worked on that portion of the film. For all subsequent releases more flowers and dust were added to the scene to avoid controversy.
Did we miss one? What was your favorite movie growing up?