Kids today are used to watching movies that have superb 3D effects or other technologies that make things appear as if the scene is truly happening in your living room. But just because today’s movies have more technology than movies in the past does not mean that they’re better. There are plenty of classic movies that are considered great, each with their own unique story, and the following are seven classic movies that your kids need to see in their lifetime.
1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Sure, Johnny Depp may have starred in the remake of this film, but it does not compare to the original. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a classic movie that every child must watch to learn about the importance of imagination and how greed will not help you succeed.
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
This movie is great for both you and your children. Not only does Who Framed Roger Rabbit have the cartoon aspect for your children, but there is also plenty of crime and adult humor to entertain the adults.
3. The Goonies
Every child needs to watch The Goonies. It should actually be considered a right of passage as a child. This movie brings kids on an adventure and teaches them about the power of friendship. Plus, what kid doesn’t love going on an actual treasure hunt and saving their families from the villains?
4. The Neverending Story
The Neverending Story is another classic movie that your child needs to watch. It teaches your child about the power of books and imagination and how the two can bring you on an epic journey that you’ll remember forever.
5. A Christmas Story
Even if it’s not around the holiday season, A Christmas Story is a movie that your child needs to see. Kids will connect with Ralphie’s desire for that one special toy, and you can even catch a few adult humor tidbits that you may have missed as a child.
6. The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz may have been remade and turned into a cartoon, but the original Wizard of Oz movie is something that every child needs to see. They’ll follow Dorothy, Tinman, the Lion and the Scarecrow on their journey to see the great Wizard of Oz while trying to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West along the way.
7. ET: Extra Terrestrial
Although this sci-fi movie may lack the 3D technologies that your kids are used to, the story behind ET: Extra Terrestrial makes it a must-see for children of all ages. Although younger children may start off being a bit afraid of the concept of aliens, they’ll start to fall in love with ET and long for him to be able to make it back home with his family.
There are plenty of movies from the past that can be entertaining and provide value to your children today. Instead of having your children succumb to the silliness of today’s movies, make sure that they watch these classics.
Author Byline: Jacob Smith lives in Atlanta with his three dogs and goldfish. He enjoys blogging about activities and the best family movies around.