Top 10 Childhood Movies

by BlueMoon89 | created - 01 Jun 2011 | updated - 07 Jun 2011 | Public

Movies that define my childhood!

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1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 358,039 | Gross: $2.08M

I was pretty positive that I was going to grown up and be Judy Garland when I first watched this. The whole thing still stands the test of time and is just so magical.

2. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 187,783 | Gross: $163.21M

I remember watching this for the first time on a Friday night with my mum. I had to go to bed after the "So Long, Farewell" number. I taped the rest...and then proceeded to watch the movie constantly for the next months! It's not only a wonderful family movie, but it's actualy very interesting to people who have interest in the second world war.

3. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 218,339 | Gross: $188.76M

So I walked in on this movie at about 8 years old when my mum was watching it while ironing. Then I bought the soundtrack with my VERY FIRST bit of pocket money I earned for cleaning my room. Then I got the VHS for my birthday...I've upgraded to DVD now! It's the last true musical. Others have tried to emulate it's success, but never will!

4. 3 Ring Circus (1954)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy

Jerry and Pete are two friends with no money, looking for some job. They finally find one as workers in a circus, but Jerry has different dreams. He wants to become a clown.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Joanne Dru, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Votes: 625

My Dad is a big Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis fan. Years ago, a certain station would play a Martin & Lewis movie every Sunday afternoon. I taped every single one there was! But this one always stuck out for me. THe main reason was the ending when Jerry (playing Jericho the clown) cries because he's unable to make a little girl with leg splints laugh. As he started to cry, the little girl proclaimed in excitement "Look! The clown is crying!" and began laughing. It's one of the most tender moments in a Martin & Lewis movie. I cried and I was only 10!

5. Free Willy (1993)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

79 Metascore

When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen, Jayne Atkinson

Votes: 64,439 | Gross: $77.70M

No list is complete without this wonderful ode to friendship! I think that Jason James Ritter (Jesse) could have been one of my very first celebrity crushes growing up! Looking back on it now as a grown woman, he was actually a wonderful little actor. I was (like many others) shocked when Bindi Irwin decided to make her own Free Willy movie. It just wasn't the same. And of course, the real star of the movie was Keko the whale!!

6. Andre (1994)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The true story of how a seal named Andre befriended a little girl and her family, circa 1962.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tina Majorino, Keith Carradine, Chelsea Field, Shane Meier

Votes: 6,086 | Gross: $16.82M

It's just so cute. Honestly, I haven't seen it in a VERY long time. But I remember just feeling happy and I wanted to be that little girl! Andre was so cool! I need to find this on DVD...

7. Curly Sue (1991)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A homeless man and his young companion, who survive by conning people, meet a woman who may need them even more than they need her.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch, Alisan Porter, John Getz

Votes: 19,359 | Gross: $33.69M

I learned how to sing the Star Spangled Banner from watching this movie (I'm an Aussie). As a little girl with very curly hair, I always identified with Sue (minus the foster parents, cheating and stealing!)

8. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 421,594 | Gross: $285.76M

"Buzz, your girlfriend...WOOF!"

That is all.

9. It Takes Two (1995)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

45 Metascore

Alyssa and Amanda are two little girls who are identical, but complete strangers, that accidentally meet one day.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen

Votes: 18,952 | Gross: $19.47M

Memories of watching this movie with my little sister on weekends. We would go to the video store and rent this movie continuously. You'd think we would have gotten sick of it! But no, Mary-Kate and Ashley were just so funny. NOt to mention the moment when Mary-Kate says "I was just terribly relieved that you aren't...pissed" used to have us gasping!!!

10. Jack (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

31 Metascore

Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Brian Kerwin, Jennifer Lopez

Votes: 53,672 | Gross: $58.62M

I will love this movie until the end of time. Robin Williams was perfect to play the little boy trapped in a mans body. I used to think it was hilarious as a kid, but as I've gotten older, it's a sad tale of a kid who never really be able to be a man. I cried every time. I still do.

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