Great topic @LizDawson! Man, I watched a lot of movies as a kid, this is a very edited list of the ones that meant the most to me. Lots of comedy, some period pieces, musicals, superheroes, a couple of love stories, some drama and a little fantasy. This is still exactly my taste.
  1. Sleeping Beauty
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    I wasn't a Disney kid in the same way that a lot of people were--but this one! The dancing, the fairies, the castle! LOVE!
  2. Batman
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    Wham! POW! My love for Batman started at 4 with this movie.
  3. Mary Poppins
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    Inspired the best Halloween costume I've had to date.
  4. The Wizard of Oz
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    "Why, I'm not a witch at all!"
  5. Milo and Otis
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    Advice: Don't do any research on the making of this movie or try to watch it as an adult. Trust me.
  6. The Never Ending Story
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    All I wanted was a ride on that flying dog creature.
  7. Home Alone
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    Had nightmares about break-ins for a long time afterward, but I still loved this movie.
  8. The Witches
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    Terrifying.
  9. Hook
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    I've probably watched this movie more than any other in my lifetime and I still love it!
  10. The Mighty Ducks
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    I'm sure this is on every Minnesota kid's list. It also was the beginning of a love for Joshua Jackson that has never died.
  11. Pippi Longstocking
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    Annika is still on my list of potential names for a future daughter.
  12. The Sound of Music
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    I make my students learn "Do-Re-Mi" every year.
  13. Money Pit
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    For years, Tom Hanks was "that guy from Money Pit".
  14. Parenthood
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    I wasn't allowed to see TMNT at 6 years old, but this was okay? Eh well, I turned out okay and it remains one of my favorites.
  15. The Parent Trap
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    "Let's get together, yea, yea, yeah!" Love!
  16. A Christmas Story
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    Pre-24 hours on TBS, my family would rent this every holiday season.
  17. Look Who's Talking
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    I watched this so many times. Proof that my fascination with babies and pregnancy started early.
  18. My Girl
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    Veda was such a little weirdo, I loved her.
  19. The Muppets' Christmas Carol
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    I still say this is the best movie adaption of this story, I get into arguments about it every holiday season.
  20. Father of the Bride
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    Even at six or seven, I identified with Steve Martin's anxious and spastic character.
  21. Aladdin
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    "A Whole New World" was the "Let It Go" of my second grade year. I was OBSESSED!
  22. Hocus Pocus
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    Everything about this was just 💯.
  23. The Secret Garden
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    Another movie adaptation of a favorite book. Wanted to relocate to the English moors.
  24. Homeward Bound: An Incredible Journey
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    My life plan at this point was to live in a farm house with as many dogs as I could have.
  25. The Little Rascals
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    "Dear Darla, I hate your stinkin' guts..."
  26. The Sandlot
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    "You're killin' me Smalls!!!"
  27. Annie
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    My parents HATED this one.
  28. Grease
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    This one too. My mother had the nerve to get me hooked on musicals and then hated every one that didn't star Julie Andrews.
  29. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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    Being a teenager seemed far off and scary to me, but this movie made it look really fun!
  30. Now and Then
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    Came out when I was 10, in perfect time for early adolescence. My friends and I had a lot of notes and questions about this one.