Embrace the nostalgia and dedicate your next movie night to the decade of slime, neon-colored clothes and all-things Disney. The best kids' movies from the '90s are guaranteed to be an awesome trip down memory lane—and something tots today need to experience.
With these selections, we fall in love with Robin Williams' best roles, get caught up in all-things spooky with Tim Burton and of course, have plenty of Nickelodeon goodness to keep us entertained for hours. What could be better? Pass the popcorn (but hold the Good Burgers for now).
Best kids movies from the 90s
In true Tim Burton fashion, we're treated to an eccentric and spooky character in this '90s classic. Edward—the product of a deceased scientist—is left with scissors for hands, which doesn't exactly help him blend in with the rest of suburbia. What happens when a local Avon lady decides to take him in? Rated PG–13.
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.
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.
A Halloween staple for the faint of heart, Hocus Pocus takes place in Salem, Massachusetts—a town best known for its witchy history. When a brother and sister explore their new home, they accidentally manage to free a coven of wicked witches. Talk about getting off to a good start! Rated PG.
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.
The creepy Jack Skellington is king of the pumpkin patch...but he's had enough of Halloween. What happens when he gets a taste of Christmas cheer? Will he soon be singing carols instead of scaring young kids? Rated PG.
Known for the everpopular line, "You're killin' me, Smalls," this classic coming-of-age tale of friendship and adventure focuses on town newbie, Scottie Smalls. Scottie befriends a group of kiddos who play baseball, and a wild adventure unravels when he joins forces with this crew. Rated PG.
Two new parents want their baby's portrait taken, but they grow suspicious when the photographers ask for time alone with the tot. They quickly discover that the photographers are actually thieves holding their child for ransom. Thankfully, this little fella has an adventure of his own, so he's unaware of the dispair his mom and dad endured during his kidnapping. This lil' guy certainly showed this wicked trio a thing or two. Rated PG.
Baby Simba has a lot to endure—the loss of his father and a devious uncle who wants to take what rightfully belongs to Simba. What happens when Simba grows up—and his uncle realizes he's not giving up without a fight? Rated G.
Babe is the king of the farm—one who manages to escape becoming a holiday dinner. Phew! But trouble doesn't stop there. How will this little piggy interact with the other animals, some of whom aren't terribly pleased with him? Rated G.
A group of teens longs to make its babysitting services an official summer business, despite the hardship they receive from some annoying neighbors. Along the way there's drama, teen angst and of course, a few crushes. Rated PG.
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. Rated PG.
What '90s movie roundup would be complete without then-teen heartthrob, Jonathan Taylor Thomas? In this departure from the original story, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom and Huck witness a gruesome murder and swear to keep the crime a secret, but that's impossible to do. Rated PG.
We can't resist journeying to infinity and beyond with Buzz and Woody. Cowboy Woody thinks he's Andy's favorite toy, but when an out-of-this-world spaceman named Buzz shows up, things get complicated between the toys (all of whom come to life when Andy leaves the room). Rated G.
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. Rated PG.
Things are difficult for Josh after he loses his father and moves to a new school. However, things take a turn when he starts playing basketball...and realizes his dog has some serious skills on the court, too. Rated PG.
The All That! skit morphs into a classic Nickelodeon film that follows two burger lovers on a quest to beat their competition. Will the duo's secret sauce answer their prayers? Rated PG.
Young Tommy Pickles feels like he's second fiddle when his brother Dill shows up on the scene. After receiving a bout of widsom from his older cousin Angelica (who's known for having a mean streak), Tommy soon goes on a journey with his diaper-clad crew in an attempt to return his baby bro to the hospital. Rated G.