Our Favorite Nostalgic Movies from Childhood

Our favorite childhood movies mean a lot to us. They can take us back to the mindset of seeing them for the first time experience their wonder all over again. These movies also have a special way of taking us back to to the time period they created. Whether it’s through a stylistic choice, an iconic song from a decade, or just a silly catchphrase – the sense of nostalgia we get by seeing them again is undeniable. So here are some of our favorite movies that give us a serious case of the childhood nostalgia feels.

How to Eat Fried Worms

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Thomas Rockwell’s children’s book comes to life on the big screen in How to Eat Fried Worms. In this coming of age story, a confrontation with the scary school bully turns… bizzare. The bully challenges Billy, the new kid, that he can’t eat ten worms in a day. With the fate of his future in his hands, Billy takes the bet head on, but as you might expect – it gets pretty gross. The movie gives a funny, unexpected way to deal with bullying – and it might just become the latest classic in a line of favorite childhood movies.

Jumanji

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Before The Rock and Kevin Hart made their charismatic splash in the modern Jumanji remakes came the original Jumanji in 1995. The beloved Robin Williams starred in tons of our childhood favorites, but was especially memorable playing the part of a man who’s been trapped in an adventure board game for decades. Along with the talented cast came some really cool and realistic CGI, showing us what it would be like to have wild animals trample over a town – a crazy sight for a kid to witness. Not just that, the adventure of the story was a big part of what made the film special, and allowed us to open our imaginations big time.

The Goonies

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This 80s classic speaks for itself. The Goonies takes us on an exciting a treasure hunting adventure with a sassy, quirky group of friends. Plenty of memorable moments come from this classic, from Chunk’s embarrassing truffle shuffle to Data’s “booty traps.” Sure, the movie is still a heap of fun to watch today. But one of the things that still makes it special is that takes us back to the childlike wonder in using your imagination and seeing all the places it’ll take you. And even better, you’ll be able to enjoy its nostalgia in full 4k glory in its upcoming re-release. What could be better than that?

Space Jam

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There is no movie more distinctly 90’s than Space Jam. The most famous basketball player and culture icon of the 90’s, Michael Jordan, starred in the film. Everyone remembers wanting to “be like Mike,” so to see him on screen at the top of his career was beyond exciting. And of course, the Looney Toons cartoons that we grew up watching were brought to life with a modern animation alongside real people. Watching that as a child was almost too mind-blowing to comprehend. And icing the super 90s cake was the music in the movie. From the super catchy theme song by Quad City DJ’s to the iconic “I Believe I Can Fly,” it’s worth re-watching just for the great music alone.

Home Alone

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What would it be like to be left home alone as a kid? Home Alone answered every parent’s worst nightmare scenario in the most fun way imaginable. When faced with hunger, eight-year-old Kevin has ice cream for breakfast – obviously. And when faced with scary burglars trying to break into the house? Set up elaborate booby traps and laugh at the idiots who fall for them, duh! This movie takes us back to that magical childhood mindset where the endless “what if” possibilities give way for our imaginations to take over. And if something goes wrong when mom and dad aren’t home? It’ll turn out just fine and even be a good time. Macaulay Culkin’s undeniable acting talents at such a young age and his general cuteness are key in making the movie so fun, and is still a blast to watch today.

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The Call of the Wild

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Harrison Ford brings the literary classic to the big screen in The Call of the Wild. The story follows Ford and his loyal dog, Buck, as they venture through the Alaskan wilderness and survive.

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Downhill

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Downhill stars the hilarious Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a married couple who survives an avalanche. As a result, they have to confront reality in ways they never planned on.

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Gone in 60 Seconds

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Fasten your seatbelt for this fast-paced ride! In Gone in 60 Seconds, Nicholas Cage has to steal 50 cars in 24 hours. What more do you really need?

Liberty Stands Still

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Liberty Stands Still centers on a woman who’s held hostage next to a hot dog stand by a sniper. Oh, and there’s a bomb that’ll set off in 90 minutes, so the pressure is on. At least it’s not a phone booth

Sleepless Night

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Sleepless Night is a seriously action-packed story about a man who races to fight corrupt drug dealers to save his son before it’s too late.

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The Missing

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How far would you go to save your family? In The Missing, a father and his daughter have no choice but to immerse themselves into the mysterious supernatural to find the daughter’s missing child.

Hours

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A father’s love gets tested like never before in Hours. Following the traumatic events of Hurricane Katrina, he has to do everything in his power to keep his newborn alive in a hospital with no electricity or people to help him.

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