We all want to catch the latest movies but sometimes its fun to go back and have a look at the movies that have stood the test of time. The 70’s and 80’s produced some fantastic family movies that just must be passed to the next generation! If you think there are some we have missed just let us know.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – The 1971 film adaptation of Roald Dahls “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Poor little Charlie finds a golden ticket in a chocolate bar that gives him a tour of the crazy lolly factory run by Wonka and the Oompa Loompas. I prefer the original to the Jonny Depp and Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Star Wars – Good vs Bad . Luke Skywalker battle Darth Vader in the first of the Star Wars movies. I am sure I don’t need to tell you what its about – if you don’t know already use the force to find out!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Fantastic musical movie full of crazy inventions. An eccentric inventor turns a racecar into a fantastical flying machine and goes on adventures around the world. Just try getting the song out of your head!
Raiders of the Lost Ark – Treasure hunter played by Harrison Ford uses his archeological skills to save the world from the Nazis stealing the lost ark.
Annie – Musical film about little cute orphan Annie. Billionaire Oliver Warbucks needs to improve his image so sends his secretary to pick an orphan for the week to improve his image. Daddy Warbucks and Annie end up having many adventures together and he falls in love with the sweet little orphan.
Chicken Run – Kids remake of the classic movie “The Great Escape” made using chickens. Funny for the kids but works on a whole different level for any adults who have seen The Great Escape. Very clever.
Mary Poppins – Its Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Beautiful story about a magical nanny who brightens up the lives of an unhappy family.
Ghostbusters – 3 para psychologists start a ghost catching business with hilarious results. Great one liners in this will keep everyone amused. Lots of slime will amuse the kids.
The Karate Kid – Kid new to the area finds it difficult to make new friends. Gets taught karate by Mr Myagi and goes on to win competition and girlfriend. Very inspiring.
The Goonies – Kids go on treasure hunt to find one eyed Willy’s pirates fortune in order get money to save neighbor from developers, whilst battling a criminal gang.
Back to The Future – Michael J Fox goes back in time in the time travelling car the Delorian. Many capers ensure before he uses a lightening strike on a clock to send him Back to the Future.
Home Alone – Family goes on holiday and accidently leaves young boy at home alone. Burglars try and break into the house but the young boy has them all outsmarted. A win for the little folk.
Jurassic Park – Dinosaurs run wild in a pre historic zoo. Amazing special effects (especially for the time). A must see for any kids who love dinosaurs.
Babe – Cutest pig story ever. Pig learns to heard sheep with help from farmer Hogget and Fly the sheepdog and goes on to have an amazing career. You wont eat ham for weeks!
Superman – Super hero arrives on planet earth as a baby from the planet Krypton. He has super human powers and battles the world greatest criminal mind Lex Luther. How can Lois Lane not realise Clarke Kent is Superman?
Sound of Music – My all time favourite. The hills are alive in this beautiful musical about the Van Trapp family and their not so traditional nanny who brightens their lives and brings music and love to the house.
E.T The Extra Terrestrial – Alien gets left behind on Earth. Boy befriends alien and goes on adventures including trying to escape from authorities. Bit of a tearjerker at the end though when the alien and his light up finger goes home.