Family-Friendly 80s Movies to Re-Watch With Your Kids

You might have been a kid in the 80s if some movies you can remember watching include E.T., The Last Starfighter, The Empire Strikes Back, or Ghostbusters, to name a few. And chances are you’ve got some entertaining to do at home these days. So we’ve put together some family-friendly 80s movies to stream for your kids (or yourself). Don’t blame me if you end up watching them instead of doing work! And FYI it is expected for you to say, “In my day, we watched this on HBO or VHS.”

80s movies to watch with kids

(Tell me that you didn’t just remember what the beginning of an HBO movie or the VCR starting up sounded like.) And while we each have a different interpretation of what is a family-friendly movie, there’s a good chance many of these will be playing on a television near you soon…

  • Adventures in Babysitting
  • Back to the Future
  • Battle Beyond the Stars
  • Beastmaster
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Cloak & Dagger – Filmed in San Antonio. Check more SA location movies here.
  • D.A.R.Y.L.
  • Flash Gordon
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Gremlins
  • Harry and the Hendersons
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Hook
  • Ice Pirates
  • Innerspace – play on words for this one
  • Krull
  • Labyrinth
  • Ladyhawk
  • Legend
  • Little Monsters
  • Masters of the Universe
  • SpaceCamp
  • Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
  • The Dark Crystal
  • The Explorers
  • The Goonies
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • The Indiana Jones Trilogy
  • The Karate Kid
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • The NeverEnding Story
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Three Amigos
  • The Time Bandits
  • The Wizard
  • Tron
  • Uncle Buck
  • Willow

This is not THE definitive list of family-friendly 80s movies to watch with your kids (or without). Keep in mind that the MPAA ratings for movies have evolved a bit, and what was rated PG when we were kids in the 80s is now on prime time television; what may be scary or inappropriate for some, may not be for others. And, there’s another entire list we could make to watch with tweens and teens!

movies to watch with kids

Have fun going through this list! Let us know what you’re watching by tagging us on social media with #ACM80sMovies or share your movie watch card (if you’re on mobile, tap and hold the image below to save to your phone/tablet) and use the same tag!

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Amanda R.
Amanda is a native Texan who spent a few years in the Boston area. Newish to the stay-at-home mom gig, she’s mother to an eight-year-old wilding and a five-year-old diva. When not trying to herd those cats, she runs a doula agency, Journey to Motherhood (@motherhoodsatx), and works as a San Antonio birth doula and childbirth educator. She has been married to her husband for almost nine years, which also means learning the ways of being a military spouse. Upon his return from his first deployment in their relationship, she surprised him by proposing to him when she finished her first half marathon (more like she held up a ring and he said yes). Their honeymoon was a babymoon (ehh) to Italy, followed by another deployment, building a new home, and having another child. Much time at home is spent cultivating a medicinal and vegetable garden (she’s a modern hippie), reading all kinds of books (everyone is a book nerd), crafting cocktails (because yum), documenting shenanigans and social activism on Instagram (@optimisticheathen), and holding spontaneous dance parties in the living room.