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The best sleepover movies for kids

See our guide to the best sleepover movies for kids! We love these picks for a stay-up-all-night marathon—just don't tell Mom.

Allie Early
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Allie Early

Is there any more exciting social engagement for young kids than a sleepover? Pizza, popcorn, board games, exploring your friend’s weird house, and of course, a movie. As a host parent, that last part is of the utmost importance. It’s the night’s main event, the last thing your kid’s buds will remember when they go home the next day and their own parents ask: ‘So, how was it?’ Do you want them to report back that it was all good, until Colin’s mum and/or dad made them sit through The Remains of the Day

No pressure, though. Below, you’ll find a handy cheat sheet to the best sleepover movies. These goofball comedies and thrilling adventures transcend generations and age groups, and will have your child’s peers applauding – not just the screen, but you for making the smart pick.      


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Best sleepover movies for kids

Princess Bride

1. Princess Bride

One of our favorite feel-good films of all time, the action-packed tale of Princess Buttercup and Farm Boy/Dread Pirate Roberts/Westley (as read to young Fred Savage by his grandfather) steals our hearts with great one-liners, suspense and even some romance. Also...who could forget the fire swamp and Rodents of Unusual Size? Ages 8 and up.

The Breakfast Club
Courtesy Universal Studios

2. The Breakfast Club

This nine-hour Saturday detention is not like the others. Five high school students (who, for the most part, run in different circles) must spend the day together and write a 1,000-word essay about who they think they are. What happens by the end of their time together surprises them all. Ages 12 and up.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Photograph: Courtesy Paramount Pictures

3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller is one cool dude. He’s also kind of a jerk. But, hey, some of our greatest artists could be described the same way. Determined to play hooky, Ferris cooks up an elaborate plan to fool both his mother and his principal and spend a highly productive weekday running around Chicago with his girlfriend and best bud. It might give your kid and their little jerk friends some bright ideas, but don’t worry: they’re almost certainly not cool enough to pull it off. Ages 12 and up.

Back to the Future
Photograph: Courtesy Universal Studios

4. Back to the Future

Oh no! Marty McFly is accidentally transported back to the '50s thanks to his quirky scientist friend's time-travel machine. There, he encounters his parents and has to make sure they end up falling in love (after all, he won't exist otherwise). He also has to rush back to the—er—future to make sure Doc Brown is okay too. Good luck, Marty! Ages 10 and up.

Pitch Perfect
Photograph: Courtesy Universal Pictures

5. Pitch Perfect

College freshman (and wannebe deejay) Beca (Anna Kendrick) gets pushed into joining a club at school by her teacher father. After reluctantly joining the Barden Bellas, an all-female acapella group on campus, she helps the group refresh their routines and take on their rivals in competition. Ages 13 and up.

The Goonies
Photograph: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

6. The Goonies

Every kid dreams of finding buried treasure, but to Mikey, it means staying in his neighborhood and saving his family home. A team of young friends go in search of treasure using an ancient map—and the booby traps, suspense and quirky characters they encounter along the way will keep kids totally captivated. Ages 11 and up.

Jurassic Park
Photograph: Universal Studios

7. Jurassic Park

Wait, there’s a Jurassic Park movie without Chris Pratt? Indeed! See exactly how the dinosaurs came back to life in the very first instalment of the franchise and ponder how mankind keeps making the exact same mistakes vis-à-vis the massive beasts, 30 years and about 47 films later. Also, marvel at how much better the effects look in the original despite being made back when most people didn’t even know what email was. Ages 12 and up.

Empire Records
Photograph: Courtesy Warner Brothers International

8. Empire Records

Beloved neighborhood record store Empire Records—haven for young music junkies—is in danger of being bought out by mega-store Music City. The store's current manager is saving to buy the place, but his well-meaning friend accidentally loses everything by trying to double the savings at a casino. We're rooting for young Renee Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Robin Tunney and the rest of the gang as they try to save the day. Ages 15 and up.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Photograph: Courtesy Warner Bros.

9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Calling all muggles, big and small! Watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to follow our favorite Gryffindor as he enters the magical world of Hogwarts, makes new friends and faces enemies head-on (including his terrifying Potions teacher and ruthless class bully, Draco Malfoy). Ages 8 and up.

Remember the Titans
Photograph: Courtesy Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer

10. Remember the Titans

In 1971, a white high school in Alexandria, Virgina is mandated to integrate African American students, and an African American coach (Denzel Washington) is hired above the current white coach for the school's star football team. The boys and coaches must learn to work together to become a symbol of unity for the town. Ages 10 and up.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Photograph: Courtesy Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer

11. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Based on the original Disney theme park ride of the same name, Pirates of the Caribbean, this film offers plenty of heroism and action for young viewers. A blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) teams up with a thieving, crusty pirate (Johnny Depp) to save his true love (Keira Knightley) from a pirate kidnapping, and we're all about it. Ages 12 and up.

10 Things I Hate About You
Photograph: Courtesy Buena Vista Pictures

12. 10 Things I Hate About You

Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles come together for a modern retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, where a popular young girl is told she can't date until her guarded, feminist sister goes out too. A young boy wants to date Bianca and plots to have a handsome troublemaker Patrick (Heath) at school paid to get Kat (Julia) out of the house. Things get weird when the two actually start to get along. Ages 13 and up.

Photograph: Courtesy Paramount Pictures

13. Airplane!

Who's to fly a plane when everyone falls ill? Ted follows his true love onto a flight where she works as cabin crew, even though she has no interest in being together anymore, and has the unusual chance to be a hero. Ages 13 and up.

The Sandlot
Photograph: Courtesy 20th Century Fox/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

14. The Sandlot

A new kid in town makes friends with other neighborhood kids that play baseball at the sandlot, and together they get into plenty of mischief (including run-ins with local junkyard dog, The Beast). Ages 8 and up.

Ever After
Photograph: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp./Photofest

15. Ever After

Danielle (Drew Barrymore, the sweet, pure daughter of a wealthy widower) gets a raw deal, since her father remarried the most wicked of women (played by Anjelica Huston) shortly before his death. Oh, and there are two wicked stepsisters in the mix (sound familiar?) that also treat her like a servant. What will it take to change her standing? A prince will do. Ages 9 and up.


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