Top 10 Family Movies for Summer

by Emma W.R. on June 29, 2016

Some of my fondest childhood memories involve movies. Whether my parents took me to the theater, sat me down in front of the television for the annual airing of The Wizard of Oz, or rented a movie once we got the very exciting addition to our home called the VCR, movies have always held a big place in my life. With summer nearly here and the kids home from school, I’m looking forward to making more memories and sharing some of my favorites with them.

My list of top 10 family movies for summer is clearly going to give away my age, I suppose, but I find many of these films to be timeless, or at least, still enjoyed with added years! You’ll have to guess which ones I own and which are just as easily accessed at the library or through a streaming account…

  1. The Goonies – What do you do when your parents are being bought out and you’re forced to leave your friends? Go on a search for pirate’s treasure to save the Goondocks, of course! Goonies never say die!
  2. The Parent Trap – Whether you prefer Hayley Mills or Lindsay Lohan, this story of twins, separated at birth when their parents divorced and reunited at summer camp, is a classic!
  3. T.: The Extra Terrestrial – One of my favorite films ever, and I’ll tell you a secret: my father carried me out of the theater, crying inconsolably because (spoiler alert) E.T. left Elliott when his alien friends came to take him home.
  4. Minions – I can’t tell you much about this one because it’s a newbie! Minions continues the story of those little yellow guys we grew to love in the Despicable Me
  5. Karate Kid – Mr. Miyagi, Daniel-san, painted fences, waxed cars, and “Sweep the leg, Johnny.” Classic. Ralph Macchio is the only true Karate Kid – sorry, Hilary Swank and Jaden Smith.
  6. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure – An overgrown boy on a mission to reclaim his (pretty sweet) bike. Remember the Alamo… and don’t forget that Pee-Wee’s next adventure is filming right now!
  7. My Girl – A coming-of-age film set in the 1970’s that features a sad plot point when (spoiler alert #2) Macauley Culkin dies.
  8. Jurassic Park – What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? This franchise is actually seeing its fourth movie, Jurassic World, in theaters this summer, but the original remains a favorite in my household. Where were you when you first saw that T-rex?
  9. The Neverending Story – Every bookworm kid has found themselves so engrossed in a book that they almost feel as though they’re part of the story. Bonus points if they also happen upon a luckdragon.
  10. The Muppets Take Manhattan – This has always been my favorite of the various Muppet movies. It’s full of celebrity cameos and catchy music. Muppets on Broadway… why hasn’t that happened yet?

What are some of your top family movies for summer? Add to our list; we’ll see you in front of the big screen with the popcorn!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Helena January 16, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Good job compiling the list! I absolutely loved My Girl, but it is such a sad movie. I even liked My Girl II!


Mina October 17, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Definitely loved Jurassic World, Despicable Me, Shrek, Disney classics like Beauty and the Beast & Aladdin, and Pixar films like Toy Story and Finding Nemo/Dory!


Susan Blake September 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm

The best movies you can watch over and over again are the Disney classics. My favorites are Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast. We would sit in front of the TV and sing along. Those were the good old days.


Gustav Morello September 28, 2016 at 11:03 am

1) The Sandlot
2) Grease
3) E.T (Even though this blogger is terrified of him)
4) Star Wars: 1,3,4,5,6
5) Mighty Ducks 1-3
6) Austin Powers
7) Indiana Jones ( Except for Crystal Skull)
8) The Incredibles
9) Toy Story (ALL OF THEM)
10) Halloween Town ( Cause fall is the best season)


Frances September 1, 2016 at 9:40 am

My kids are finally old enough to watch all these movies I loved. It is fun watching again with them!


Amanda M. August 31, 2016 at 10:11 am

Love Parent Trap, Karate Kid and ET. What about the Indiana Jones series? The first 3 were the best!


Harley July 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm

My kids love Parent Trap. They actually like the old one from my childhood best.


Tory July 25, 2016 at 1:11 pm

I absolutely love My Girl, but it is just so sad. I cry everytime.


Esther July 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Wow those are some classics! It is fun watching them again with my kids.


Lindsey July 6, 2016 at 9:40 am

Not going to lie, Pee-Wee used to freak me out a bit. Great list though!


Eli July 1, 2016 at 12:53 pm

So you think you’re old? How about these summer classics: Peyton Place, Beach Blanket Bingo, and A Summer Place?


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