90s Family/Kids' Movies I Had on VHS and Watched Multiple Times During My Childhood

This was THE era for good live action children's movies. Before Netflix & Chill & USBs, we had VHS tapes we pushed into video machines. I remember them all lined up in neat rows on display areas next to the TV. I haven't watched these films in ages so I'm hazy on the deets and feeling some serious nostalgia right about now...
  1. ET the Extraterrestrial
    Could aliens get any cuter than this blankie-wearing lil finger-pointer? My go-to Spielberg movie in potential trivia quizzes. Also features innocent baby Drew Barrymore before her Hollywood wild child days.
  2. Hook
    Another Spielberg film, although one that was met with less critical acclaim, not that my 8-year old self gave a rat's ass. Sure, Peter Pan could have looked less like Robin Williams and more like Nick Carter, but who cares when you're presented with the rope-swinging swagmeister, Ru-fi-ooooooooooo....
  3. It Takes Two
    Life swaps are fun. The show Cheers was before my time so this movie made me cringe at Kirstie Alley jokes. Also, a classic Marvin Gaye earworm. Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen paved the way for Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan in
  4. The Parent Trap
    This movie was so cool we acted out scenes from it.
  5. Dennis the Menace
    Walter Matthau was perfect as the curmudgeon next door. Mason Gamble was a convincing scamp and enviably handy with a slingshot - my mother would've definitely whipped Dennis's ass because his shenanigans were next level. So many highlights and somewhat similar to...
  6. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
    Peak Macaulay Culkin. I always remember the touching interaction with the turtle dove lady - a lesson in kindness and looking beyond appearances if ever there was one.
  7. The Mighty Ducks
    Quack! Quack! Quack! Love me a good sports team movie :) I don't think I knew ice hockey existed before I watched TMD. This movie is the only reason I know that Martin and Charlie Sheen are actually Hispanic. I remember water balloons being dropped on to a sidewalk from one of the top floors of a hotel? Maybe this was from a sequel. Anywho, it went down well with someone who was at a very water balloony age.
  8. The Little Giants
    I was a tom boy so I could relate to this movie about a girl who loved football. But tbh any repeat viewings were for my ultimate 90s screen crush, Devon Sawa, who also appeared in...
  9. Casper
    How cool was that chair contraption that took Christina Ricci into the bowels of the haunted house?! I couldn't even deal with the Casper becomes a human scene-'90s Devon Sawa' was a rare & beautiful phenomenon, Google it😍
  10. The Little Princess
    One of my all-time favourites, this riches to rags story gave me all the feels and was probably my first pop culture encounter with British colonialism in India. The protagonist was played by the pretty Liesel Matthews, a Hyatt Hotel heiress. The book the film is based on was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett who also wrote...
  11. The Secret Garden
    Secrets and Gardens. Nuff said.
  12. Richie Rich
    Another Macaulay Culkin movie. I want to say there were jelly beans and slippery water slides but I canna be sure. Introduced me to Mount Rushmore as a concept.
  13. The Little Rascals
    First movie I ever watched in a cinema aged 4 or 5. I didn't really think of them as cute because at the time I was pretty cute myself 😆
  14. Monkey Trouble
    Thora Birch rescues a klepto Capuchin. Cue the chaos and capers.
  15. Free Willy
    Loooved it, dodgy title and all. Truly epic. And the song at the end made me love Michael Jackson.
  16. Matilda
    I feel like this is the only instance where the film adaptation of a Roald Dahl book left more of a legacy than the book itself. Who can forget Trunchbull swinging girls by their pigtails and force feeding Bruce chocolate cake or @Embitter reading Moby Dick? Also, FYI, Miss Honey is South African. The villain's aesthetic makes me uncomfortable but the overall message is that knowledge is power and a way for girls to be strong - totally on board with that.
  17. Jumanji
    What a rip-roaring adventure. The suspenseful precedent for my Apocalypto appreciation. Robin Williams was in so many of my favourite childhood movies.
  18. Jurassic Park
    Spielberg again. I watched this a couple of years ago after a very long time and although it was better in my memory, I still think this movie was the OG and the best of the franchise. So many mind-blowing scenes - the diplodocus in the beginning, the t-rex, the wobbly jelly and the raptors. And that iconic music as the chopper flies over the ocean is the main reason I watch the sequels.
  19. Disney and Pixar miscellaneous
    My grandfather bought my brother and I almost all of the classics but firm favourites were The Lion King, Pocahontas, Snow White and Aladdin (a pro Syrian-Immigration poster couple for the ages) & Toy Story obvs
  20. Although these aren't technically 90s movies, special mentions for: The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, both of which I adored (❤Julie Andrews) + The Neverending Story
  21. More special mentions for a couple of movies that aren't technically kids' movies but I watched repeatedly: Terminator 2, Titanic, Edward Scissorhands, The Mask, Spice World (the first album I ever bought!)