Share Your Classic Favorites With the Next Generation

There’s never been a better time to re-visit your favorite classics and share them with your loved ones. Whether it’s going through the crazy-awkward-hilarious high school experience again, or making monster-sized pancakes in the kitchen – we’ve got lots of classics for you to discover with the family all over again, no matter what your mood. And if you want to skip or mute certain scenes, you can use Family Play‘s awesome features – so you can watch worry-free and everyone can enjoy the show.

Class Is In Session

Sixteen Candles

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Sixteen Candles is one of the most infamous high school movies of all time, and gives us plenty of 80s nostalgia to boot. Legendary writer-director John Hughes would later go on to create The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, so he knows how to take us to the mindset of a teen trying to figure it all out. Sixteen Candles centers on Samantha Baker and how the entire world has forgotten her 16th birthday, leading her to have one of the most embarrassing days of her life. The movie touches on important lessons about looking beyond the surface for deeper connections, and that maybe we shouldn’t take things too seriously. Samantha’s quirky grandparents and the delightfully nerdy Anthony Michael Hall give plenty of comic relief, making it a great title to visit if you’re entering high school or just want to remember the good old days.

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American Graffiti

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American Graffiti takes us back to the rock-and-roll days of drive-ins, burgers and milkshakes. This fun flick centers around a couple of friends who are off on a final wild night of cruising before they have to go to college. Movie lovers will be excited to know that this is a George Lucas title that’s pretty different from his Star Wars movies, since Francis Ford Coppola challenged him to write something with mass mainstream appeal. And boy did he succeed. Lucas actually used his teenage experiences from growing up in Modesto, California to help inspire the script, and that authenticity truly comes across. We also get a surprise appearance from young Harrison Ford in this movie too, which is where his working relationship with Lucas started. So travel back in time and experience all the cool vibes from this fun classic.

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National Lampoon’s Animal House

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National Lampoon’s Animal House is a movie that encompasses the wild nature of college party culture from back in the day. Think toga parties, spirit week, and the old college parade complete with floats. The movie centers around a wild fraternity on campus that’s always pushing the envelope with their shenanigans, and a dean who’s determined to shut them down. Funnily enough, movie studio Universal was actually so concerned about about certain scenes going too far that they screened the film to legendary comedian Richard Pryor for his expert opinion. Fans of John Belushi will also appreciate his first film performance in his role as John Blutarsky after gaining notoriety from his Saturday Night Live sketches. So whether your college experience was just as crazy, or far from it, this is a fun blast to re-visit.

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Bone-Chilling Classics

Jaws

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This is the classic to share with anyone interested in serious movie making. Jaws is by far one of the most notorious movies of all time, centering on an unsuspecting beach community that gets attacked by a killer shark. Steven Spielberg really made a splash on the big screen with the ways he built up suspense. The element of the unknown is critical, since we don’t even get to see the shark for the first half of the movie. The music in the film also builds up the intensity, making us wonder whether the killer shark is nearby and amplifying the shark attack scenes too. The movie is also interesting to re-visit from a modern perspective because it brings up an important question – is the shark the bad guy, or is it the mayor who refuses to close the beach to continue earning profits, getting people killed as a result? And of course, we can’t talk about Jaws without bringing up its most famous line,”You’re gonna need a bigger boat!” Funnily enough, the line was an ad-libbed inside joke on set because they had a tiny support boat to keep all their equipment steady, and became a catchphrase anytime something went wrong. And if you happen to watch the movie with younger viewers, just remind them that the shark is only a mechanical shark named Bruce so there’s nothing to fear.

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In the mood for more horror? Check out these other spooky titles in our sale.

Feel Good Mood

Uncle Buck

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Uncle Buck is a fun late 80s gem that’s a delight to watch again and again. This is another John Hughes classic, starring the lovable John Candy and adorable Macaulay Culkin right before he went onto super-stardom in Home Alone. And thanks to their chemistry, these two play off each other perfectly, creating some hilarious, quippy moments. The movie tells the story of a bachelor, Buck (Candy), who’s suddenly tasked with taking care of his brother’s three kids. Buck knows literally nothing about how kids or parenting work, so he’s got some unconventional and funny methods to get the job done. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is when he’s cooking breakfast and makes the biggest pancakes known to man, using a snow shovel to flip them. And boy, did he make all of us wish we could wreak havoc in our own kitchens and do the same. Uncle Buck is fantastic for family members big and small thanks to the humor and positive messages to boot too.

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Want to bring more laughs home? Check out all the other comedies in our sale.

Patch Adams

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Patch Adams is one of Robin Williams’ most heartwarming performances, making it a great re-discovery for the whole family. The movie tells the story of a Patch Adams, who’s studying to become a doctor but has some unorthodox methods in treating his patients, especially with the use of humor. His patients and nurses appreciate this unique humanistic approach to medicine, while the medical community seriously doesn’t. Williams was the perfect fit for this role, thanks to his amazing ability to bring empathy to life (which we’ve seen in films like Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, just to name a few).

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In one of the pivotal scenes in the film, Williams has a moving monologue all about treating patients with dignity, whether they just need someone to talk to, or are on their deathbed. At its core the film just reminds us of the importance of being kind to one another. And in true Robin Williams fashion, he shows us that laughter really is the best medicine.

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Interested in checking out other moving dramas? Check out these other selections in our sale.

Celebrate Earth Day With These Awe-Inspiring Movies and TV Shows

Thought-Provoking Movies

March of the Penguins

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Experience the magic and wonder of the journey of penguins across the Antarctic to find a mate and raise a family in March of the Penguins. The National Geographic production gives plenty of breathtaking images of the penguins’ venture through the freezing climate, with an emotional, heartfelt story to boot.

Ferngully: The Last Rainforest

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This early 90s gem is worth revisiting now more than ever. Ferngully: The Last Rainforest tells the story of a group of fairies whose home forest gets destroyed by polluting human machines. Seeing how frightening these events are from the perspective of the fairies makes the protection of nature personal. While it is a fun animated film on the surface, its ability to drive home the message that we need take care of our planet is powerful.

Duma

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Duma tells the moving story of a young boy who goes on a journey to bring the cheetah he raised from a cub back into the wild. The film has what you’d expect, with plenty of cute shots of big cats. But it also addresses the importance of knowing where to draw the line between man and wild nature, no matter how difficult it can be.

Avatar

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Everyone remembers the visually striking cinematic masterpiece, Avatar. Although cat-like people of Pandora may look different from us humans, the parallels between the film’s story and Earth are striking. James Cameron’s passion for environmental activism comes through as he conveys the importance of sustainability on the beautiful, glowing Pandora, while showing the real dangers of humanity’s carelessness. The message about protecting the natural environment is loud and clear, and the impactful visuals and fantastic sci-fi story make it an all-around good time.

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Planet Earth and Blue Planet

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See the wonder of Earth through the perspective of all the cool, creepy, and beautiful creatures who call it home in Planet Earth and Blue Planet.

In the mood for more nature inspired viewing? Check out our Earth Day TV Sale and National Geographic Sale.

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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