10 Movie Classics Kids Will Love if You Force Them to Watch

Kids wanting to watch live-action movies made before 1980? Impossible! But wait; there is hope for the classic movie lovers out there to ensnare a new generation. While some kids may balk at black and white films with actors whose names they don’t recognize, there are many films that will become perennial favorites if only given half a chance.

  1. The Sound of Music – A family classic, the Sound of Music not only exposes kids to some history, it also allows them to enjoy a ‘grown up’ movie, complete with musical and dance numbers. The scenery alone is worth watching, as is the story of courage and standing up for what you believe in despite the odds.
  2. Wizard of Oz – If you can get them to sit past the initial black and white intro, the kids will adore the bright, colorful world of Dorothy, the munchkins and the friends she makes along the way. Sure, the green witch and flying monkeys are a bit scary, but not too bad. Don’t forget, there’s no place like home.
  3. Swiss Family Robinson- The classic ‘Survivors’ show for the whole family. While stranded on a deserted island, a plucky family with three boys fights to stay alive. The island is populated with animals of all sorts, which quickly become pets, and the final pirate attack will have little boys everyone on their feet.
  4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – A flying car, a candy maker, and creepy royalty, what more could you want from a movie? Full of fun songs and imaginative images, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will have kids singing along.
  5. Miracle on 34th Street – A classic Christmas movie, the black and white version is the best. All about belief and faith, this tale of Kris Kringles’ woes will have kids claiming that Santa Claus is real.
  6. Bringing Up Baby – Screwball comedy at its finest, Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant fight over pet leopards, dinosaur bones, a terrier, and also manage to fall in love. The final scene with the wild leopard chasing them into a jail cell will have kids rolling on the floor with laughter.
  7. It Happened One Night – The tale of a spoiled, rebellious teen and her flight from an overprotective father, It Happened One Night is an eye opener to kids who think having it all means being rich. After suffering through poverty, the young girl discovers that it isn’t all about pleasure after all, and also finds out what it’s really like to love someone besides herself.
  8. Miracle of Morgan’s Creek – For older kids, this film is hilarious. A party girl goes a step too far and marries a soldier whose name she can’t quite recall. Worst of all, she’s pregnant. Her childhood friend, who’s been in love with her all along, tries to pose as her husband to get the wedding annulled so he can marry her for real. After a serious of unfortunate, and hilarious, events, he breaks into a bank, poses as a soldier, gets arrested, and escapes from jail to go find the real husband before the baby’s born. The twist ending has to be seen to be believed.
  9. Sergeant York – A patriotic war film about one conscientious objector’s heroics during World War One, the film is heartwarming and full of action and adventure. From the backwoods of Tennessee to the French war front, this is one war film the whole family will love.
  10. The Court Jester – Another comedy, this time set in the middle ages. When the Black Fox (a sort of Robin Hood) needs a man on the inside, who does he call? None other than Danny Kaye, physical and verbal comedian extraordinaire. Posing as the new court jester, Danny finds himself an accidental assassin, a lover, and a fighter. Hypnosis, sword fights, and jousting round out this comedic take on the Robin Hood myth.

No matter what age your children are, they’re sure to love these ten classic films. There are many more where these came from. Make sure your kids find out that just because it’s old doesn’t mean it isn’t worth watching.

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