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Best kids' movies from the '90s to binge ASAP

Rugrats, Matilda, Jack Skellington, oh my! The best kids' movies from the 90s are absolute gems

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Danielle Valente
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Time Out Film
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The 1990s was a classic decade for kids movies. Sure, some youngsters might find some films a little dated now, but there’s no denying that family friend movies like Jurassic Park, Hocus Pocus and Toy Story have a certain quality to them that is undeniable. In fact, there seems to be something of a ’90s movie revival: not only have we had the Jumanji sequels, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The Next Level, but there’s even a follow up to the Bugs Bunny basketball movie, Space Jam, out this year.

If all that isn’t a sign that you should get nostalgic and introduce your kids to some of these ‘90s gems then we don’t know what is. Get caught up with Tim Burton, fall in love with the late Robin Williams’ best roles and rediscover magic with Matilda with our list of the best kids' movies from the '90s.

When you're done binge-watching the best kids' movies from the '90s, check out our roundup of movies for tweens, kids' shows on Netflix and new kids' movies in theaters. 

Best kids movies from the 90s

What's more difficult: Handling a group of five-year-olds or exposing a drug lord for his crimes? One cop is about to find out. John Kimble goes under cover as a kindergarten teacher, oddly enough, hoping this role will put him in close quarters to the alleged drug lord's ex-wife. There's mayhem, laugh-out-loud moments and even love in this action-packed flick. Rated PG–13. 

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Jesse lands himself in a mess of trouble when he's caught vandalizing a local theme park. As punshiment, he's tasked with working at the attraction. Soon, this becomes something he looks forward to after he develops a close relationship with the Orca named Willy. The two become so close, in fact, that they start doing tricks...which is problematic once the venue's owner catches wind of their friendship. Rated PG.  

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Jurassic Park (1993)
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Jurassic Park (1993)

Being a paleontologist is easy...you know, when the dinosaurs you're studying aren't walking right next to you. A group of scientists are brought to a theme park where dinos are anything but extinct, and to cut to the chase: No one is safe. Rated PG–13. 

Robin Williams has the power to move us to tears—first with laughter, then with heartbreak. In this popular flick, a funny, carefree husband named Dan must face the music when his marriage starts to take a tumble and his wife asks for a separation. Dan devises a plan to get more time with his kids by going undercover as a nanny, gaining an even closer relationship with his family in the process. Rated PG–13. 

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Directed by Danny DeVito, this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel about a young girl who discovers she has magical powers is probably the perfect ’90s kids movie. Kids will be enraptured by Pam Ferris’ terrifying, ridiculous and villainous turn as Miss Trunchbull, while the magical montage sequence set to Thurston Harris’ ‘Little Bitty Pretty One’ is still as wondrous as it was 25 years ago. Rated PG.

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While exploring their new home, a brother-sister duo discover an old game nestled in the attic. But this game is anything but ordinary. Soon, they'll be on an adventure with wild creatures, an insane hunter and other crazy stuff—even meeting Alan, a boy (now man) who was sucked into the game until the kids picked it up 26 years later. With two wildly successful sequels released in 2017 and 2019, now is the time to show your kids the original Jumanji. Rated PG.

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Space Jam (1996)
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Space Jam (1996)

Now a cult classic, this flick follows a wicked alien theme park owner who attempts to steal Bugs Bunny and co for his venue's betterment. How will they settle it all? With a basketball game, of course. A sequel starring LeBron James, Space Jam: A New Legacy, is slated for release in 2021. Rated PG.

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