Jon And Chantel

The 20 Best Kids’ Movies of the 80s (Did We Miss Any?)

The 1980s, a remarkable decade in the annals of pop culture, left an indelible mark through its myriad of iconic films, television shows, and memorable music moments. As the era that witnessed the birth of cultural phenomena, the 80s gifted the world with an enduring legacy that continues to captivate both old and new generations. A significant aspect of this cultural heritage lies in the realm of kids’ movies, where a treasure trove of cinematic marvels was crafted.

From the enchanting allure of Ariel’s undersea world in “The Little Mermaid” to the daring escapades of Indiana Jones, the 1980s introduced a multitude of cherished classics that still resonate in the hearts of moviegoers today. These iconic films, which once shaped the dreams and imaginations of youngsters, have now found a new life through remakes and reboots in the modern era.

In a time when imagination knew no bounds, the 1980s stood as a pinnacle of creative ingenuity in children’s cinema. The decade bore witness to the birth of beloved characters and captivating narratives that have since become cultural touchstones. This era saw the dawn of heartwarming tales that carried valuable life lessons, alongside action-packed adventures that ignited the spirit of youthful exploration.

One platform that continues to celebrate the lasting impact of these 80s gems is Recognizing the profound influence of these kids’ movies on multiple generations, curated a comprehensive list of the 20 best kids’ movies of the 1980s. This compilation stands as a testament to the enduring charm and universal appeal of these cinematic treasures.

As the years roll on, these kids’ movies have evolved from mere entertainment into timeless companions that bridge the gap between parents and children. While today’s youth revel in the magic and wonder of these cinematic classics, parents find themselves transported back to a simpler time, reliving cherished moments and passing down the legacy of their own childhoods.

From the whimsical tales of magical creatures to the heart-pounding adventures of young heroes, the 1980s kids’ movies hold a special place in the hearts of audiences across generations. As the curtain rises on the modern age, the echoes of the past continue to resonate, inviting new audiences to step into a world of enchantment and imagination.

Here is their list, in no particular order (Jon & Chantel went over it during today’s show!):

1.  “The Fox and the Hound” (1981)

2.  “The Land Before Time” (1988)

3.  “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988)

4.  “The Little Mermaid” (1989)


5.  “Big” (1988)


6.  “Short Circuit” (1986)


7.  “Beetlejuice” (1988)


8.  “Uncle Buck” (1989)


9.  “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)


10.  “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)


11.  “Gremlins” (1984)


12.  “The Princess Bride” (1987)


13.  “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (1989)


14.  “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)


15.  “Stand by Me” (1986)


16.  “The Karate Kid” (1984)


17.  “The NeverEnding Story” (1984)


18.  “Ghostbusters” (1984)


19.  “Back to the Future” (1985)


20.  “The Goonies” (1985)

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