Good movies stick with us even days after we’ve seen them but exceptional movies stick with us years into our future and those of us who were children of the 80s and 90s know well the impact that incredible movies had on our childhood.
Some made us laugh, cry, scream while others made us smile out of sheer enjoyment but what each and every one of the movies on the following list have in common is that they all made our childhood that much better.
Who doesn’t remember when Bastian saved the Childlike Empress by giving her a name, although not many could understand what name he gave her, in The NeverEnding Story? And who didn’t sing along with the orphans in Annie? You know these movies, you love these movies, and these are our favorite childhood movies.
- The NeverEnding Story (1984) - This fantasy tale of believing in a world beyond our own, using one’s imagination to take them to places in their hearts, was one of the best films of the 80s. It had mystery, suspense, humor and so much more. And you can’t deny that you cried as the warrior Atreyu desperately tried to save his horse Artax from the Swamp of Sadness? Nor can you pretend you didn’t want your own luck dragon like Falcor, because you know you did and possibly still do.
- The Princess Bride (1987) - “As you wish!” You have said it a hundred times, you know you have. This comedy film had fantasy and reality mixed into one. It made your laugh, cry and scream at every turn but most of all it left you with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. And still to this day whenever the film comes on you quote every line with joy and enthusiasm.
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) - Admit it after seeing this Steven Spielberg masterpiece you wished for a baby alien to come into your life. This film, which you probably didn’t realize featured a very young Drew Barrymore, gave new life to the idea of life on other planets. E.T. became a best friend to the loner, Elliott and turned his world upside down in the most magical of ways.
- The Goonies (1985) - “Hey you guys!” When someone says that all you hear is Sloth shouting it to his new found friends. This movie was jampacked with adventure and excitement. It was every little boy’s fantasy to be one of the kids in the film going on the ultimate treasure hunt. It is one of those films that can withstand the test of time and come out on top every single time.
- Labyrinth (1986) - Okay once you got passed the creepiness of the goblins sitting around waiting for someone to make a wish, this film was incredible. Besides, I know I am not alone when I say that David Bowie as the Goblin King was in a strange way, sexy! The music, the puppetry, the characters, this movie had everything going for it. And I for one, loved the little caterpillar at the beginning of the labyrinth. “Ello!”
- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) - Jim Hensen’s muppets could do no wrong and this film was full of excitement and childhood memories meant to last a lifetime. It was exciting to see Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy, Gonzo and the rest of the gang trying to make it big on Broadway and the antics that ensued as they made their dreams come true.
- Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985) - Sesame Street is the ultimate childhood show and when they released their feature film in 1985 children all over went on an adventure with their favorite giant yellow bird. Tears fell as audiences watched Big Bird try to find his family again and meet an abundance of savory and unsavory characters along the way.
- Harry and The Hendersons (1987) - Admittedly this writer had to leave the theater during this film because she was too afraid of Harry but looking back on it now this film was incredibly heartwarming. It taught children the true meaning behind not judging a book by its cover, or a bigfoot for that matter.
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