26 Movies That Defined Your Childhood

1
Now and Then (1995)
Love, death, divorce, lies . . . what tough topic wasn't covered in this classic about four friends and one unforgettable summer. We also wanted that treehouse, too.
2
The Sandlot (1993)
Every young boy wanted to be Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez (Mike Vitar) and date Wendy Peffercorn (Marley Shelton). We also gained an even greater appreciation for s'mores.
3
The Land Before Time (1988)
This prehistoric animated feature taught us about overcoming the odds to survive, with plenty of laughs. That is, after we recovered from watching all the main characters be torn from their families.
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4
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
When their owner leaves them behind, these seven appliances take off to find him. We learned never to be the wet blanket in the group.
5
My Girl (1991)
The tear-jerking coming-to-age story was probably the first time we had to "hold ourselves together" while watching a movie.
6
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
No dad was cooler than Robin Williams in this family comedy, who dressed up in drag to spend time with his kids. Dads rule.
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7
Jurassic Park (1993)
An amusement park full of real dinosaurs?! Cool, right? Wrong. With groundbreaking special effects, we were mesmerized and absolutely terrified.
8
Forrest Gump (1994)
Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) taught us to dream bigger and not take crap from anyone. Not to mention all the amazing one-liners we still use today. "Sometimes, there just aren't enough rocks."
9
The Lion King (1994)
The ultimate Disney movie about defeating your enemies and accepting your destiny. And that soundtrack! When we have kids, we'll be playing "The Circle of Life" in the hospital room.
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10
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Boy or girl, who didn't want to be a hockey player after watching this band of misfits become champions? It was also the first trilogy we became obsessed with.
11
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Jim Carrey's outrageous antics as a pet detective made both us and our parents laugh -- they just didn't want us repeating them.
12
Toy Story (1995)
Two unlikely friends battle the Claw, a sadistic pre-teen and the human world at large to get back to their beloved owner. Bringing in a new era in animation, it was incredible, to say the least.
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13
Babe (1995)
A loveable piglet becomes a sheepdog we all could root for after barely escaping becoming bacon. Suddenly, we all wanted a pet pig.
14
A Goofy Movie (1995)
Who hasn't been embarrassed by their parents? A disastrous fishing trip eventually brings father and son together.
15
Jumanji (1995)
At a time when video games were all we could think about, a movie about a terrifying board game became a runaway hit.
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16
The Princess Bride (1987)
This crazy fairy tale was the one we wished our grandparents would tell us before bed. Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) also gave us the greatest comeback, ever -- we're saving it for our high school reunion.
17
The Neverending Story (1984)
Remember reading? A book transported young Bastian (Barret Oliver) to the magical land of Fantasia, which was at risk of destruction from human despair. That is, if you weren't already scared of the giant flying dog.
18
Aladdin (1992)
A story of forbidden love and beating the odds, this beloved animated film also made us wonder: If we had three wishes, what would we ask for?
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19
Home Alone (1990)
It's every kid's dream to have the run of their house without their parents. This film also gave us some amazing prank ideas to use on annoying siblings and bullies.
20
Curly Sue (1991)
Curly Sue (Alisan Porter), the nine-year-old girl kid con artist, stole our hearts. We also got in trouble for stuffing entire pieces of pizza in our mouths from there on out.
21
Hook (1991)
The world of Peter Pan came to life in this epic movie starring Robin Williams as the lost boy and Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell. That food fight scene was our biggest fantasy and our teachers' biggest fear.
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22
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
Shrunk by accident while playing with their father's invention, a group of teens must overcome a new, gigantic world. As if we weren't scared of bees already.
23
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Recreating the story of the beautiful mermaid Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson), who wanted to become human, became our favorite pool activity. "Under the Sea" also remains the perfect ringtone.
24
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Seeing the characters from our top cartoon come to life was a highlight of our childhood for sure. These reptilian heroes were tough, funny and fueled by pizza. Awesome.
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25
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
Fievel Mousekowitz (voiced by Phillip Glasser) heads west with his family in search of a better life, reminding us to never give up. He also taught us the power of "angry eyes."
26
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
No one wanted to imagine losing their childhood pet, but this animated film gave us reason to believe they went on to a better place, even if the topic was more than a bit heavy for kids.

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