Top Ten Movies From My Childhood

I think preparing to be a mom is making me nostalgic for my childhood. No, I take that back, I’m always in a mood for a walk down memory lane. 

I was thinking back on my favorite movies from my childhood.The ones I watched over and over. The ones that if they happened to air during a free preview weekend of HBO we were sure to record them on our trusty VCR. Remember recording onto a VCR? You could fit one or two movies on a tape, it was just unfortunate when you wanted to watch the second movie on the tape and you had to slowly fast forward through the first one.

These are the ones that were always pulled out on sick days or rain or snow days. The ones I still have memorized. 

Oh the late eighties and early nineties, what a charming time for cinema. More heart and less cgi and action. 

It was hard to choose so I limited myself to movies from my first decade from 1983-1993. 

Did you love any of these same movies? 

1. Curly Sue

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 A homeless man and young girl con a rich lawyer. She provides them with lodging and food and eventually a whole lot more. Hubba hubba!

2.  Ladybugs

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In order to impress his boss and get a promotion, Rodney Dangerfield signs up to coach a girls’ soccer team. However, the team is terrible, so he recruits soccer star Jonathon Brandis to cross dress as a girl in order to help the girls’ team win. Hilarious.

3. Troop Beverly Hills 

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Shopaholic Shelly Long decides to become her daughter’s “Den Mother” in order to show her husband she still has heart and spirit that exists outside of Rodeo Drive. From designing new uniforms, new assignments and badges, and only a desire to show the girls how to survive in the “wilds” of Beverly Hills, Long looks like she’s going to fail. But her heart, passion, and support of a lively group of girls makes her turn a new direction. We used to watch this all the time during Girl Scouts. Our troops version of camping was staying at a condo at the beach in Rehobeth. 

4. The Cutting Edge

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Kate is a rich, spoiled Olympic ice skater. Doug is an arrogant Olympic ice hokey player. When both Kate and Doug fail at the 1988 Olympics, Kate’s coach sets the two up as an ice skating pair for the 1990 Olympics. Kate’s prima dona attitude and Doug’s oafish demeanor clash. But their determination to win pushes them to try their hardest. And of course they fall in love. 

5. Annie

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Charming and spunky Annie, who never gives up hope of finding her parents, wins over the heart of grumpy ole Oliver Warbucks. Winning herself a loving family while also saving the country from the Great Depression! (by inspiring Roosevelt’s New Deal of course!) I know every single word to every single song. 

6. Adventures in Babysitting

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After her boyfriend cancels their date, Chris (Elizabeth Shue) is forced to babysit 10-year old Sara. A quite night at home turns into a wild escapade in Chicago. Chris, accompanied by Sara, Sara’s brother, and his friend, goes to pick up a friend. However a flat tire derails them and they are set off on a night of odd character, hijinks, and adventure. 

7. The Adventures of Milo and Otis

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A simple story about a curious cat and a loyal dog who are the best of friends. There is no dialogue, only music and a narrator. Milo, the curious orange cat experiences every type of wilderness adventure and trauma you can imagine. Otis, the pug, chases after him, always an hour or two behind. Finally the two meet up, find mates, and raise their families together. (oy that birthing scene!)

8. My Girl

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 11-year-old Vada is coming to age in the seventies. A daughter of a funeral home director and still reeling from the death of her mother (who died during Vada’s death), Vada is struggling with complex emotions. Her best and only friend is Thomas Moore and they explore the pre teen years together. I’ve shed so many tears over this movie! “Where are his glasses? He can’t see without his glasses!”

9. Big

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12-year-old Josh wishes to be “big”. The next morning the kid wakes up in the body of 30-year-old Tom Hanks. He heads off to NYC and works for a toy company. His child-like imagination scores him a promotion and a love interest. But soon, Josh sees life as an adult isn’t all it’s hyped up to be. 

10. The Witches

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 Based on the book by Roald Dahl, The Witches tells the story of Luke, who happens upon a meeting of England’s witches while vacationing with his Grandma. The evil witches, led by Angelica Houston, plan to turn all children into mice by feeding them poisonous chocolate. Luke soon falls prey to their magic and now he, as a mouse must fight back against the cruel (and so scary and ugly for a child) witches!

What were some of your favorite movies from this time period?

xoxo Katie

  • OMG I loved Ladybugs! That was the best movie!

    • kwalshmac

      Totally! Writing the summary made me want to watch it again!

  • I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but the only one of these I’ve seen is Big, and I only recently saw that! I remember loving the Little Rascals, the Land Before Time series, so many Disney movies and Space Jam.

    • kwalshmac

      Oh the tragedy!!!! I wish we could have a girls’ night to watch a few! Land Before Time was always good too and of course all the early Disney animation. Too many to pick! But seriously, girl, a childhood without Annie, my heart breaks 🙂

  • I absolutely love Annie! I’m trying to remember if Kris has seen it, but I’m not 100% sure. The original all the way too, not the remake they did!

    • kwalshmac

      Yes! I refuse to see the most recent version….they changed the songs and lyrics, a catastrophe! Ryan has never seen it either.

  • OMG yesss to so many of these movies! I knew it was going to be a great list when I saw you lead with Curly Sue! I’d also add in Uncle Buck- for some reason that movie was on constant repeat in my house (the vhs tape, of course)!

    • kwalshmac

      Ohh yes Uncle Buck was played a lot at our house too! Maybe I’m getting old, but they don’t make family movies like they used to 🙂

  • I totally forgot about some of these movies. Loved Annie!

    • kwalshmac

      There’s nothing like Annie!

  • Lauren

    OMG! Loved all the same movies, especially Ladybugs! The only one I wasn’t familiar with was The Witches. I’ll have to check that one out! How about Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead?

    • kwalshmac

      Oh yes, we watched Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead too! Ladybugs was so funny to me, I just randomly thought of it the other day and thought, I’m going to write a post about this!

  • YES – the witches and My Girl – two movies from my childhood I absolutely LOVE.

    • kwalshmac

      Wasn’t The Witches so scary when we were young? Great make up in that movie! And My Girl, gah I could cry just thinking about it.

  • I love that version of Annie! And Big was one of my favorites as a kid too. At Chrismastime, my sister and I always re-watch Jingle All The Way even though it’s super cheesy because we loved it so much when we were kids.

    • kwalshmac

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jingle All The Way, I love cheesy Christmas movies though!