Entertainment The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite children films that were released in the 1980s

This list of the top ‘80s kids movies is chock-full of genre classics. Is the best ‘80s kids movie E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, the highest-grossing film of the 1980s? What about The Karate Kid, a classic that is constantly referenced, parodied, and quoted, its mark on popular culture indelible? Or how about The Princess Bride? The list goes on and on.


Let’s not forget about animated films, either.
The Little Mermaid is one of the most popular animated children’s movies ever. You can find plenty of Miyazaki on this list, as well, including My Neighbor Totoro, one of the legendary Japanese director’s finest efforts. Vote up the best '80s kid movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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538 102
The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin
The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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377 108
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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436 79
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
EricWeatherford added Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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372 80
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
EricWeatherford added Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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373 111
The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young ...more

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321 92
The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more

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235 116
A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
EricWeatherford added Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust: All ...more

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311 110
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant
The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

9
270 94
Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
EricWeatherford added Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates
Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more

10
266 95
Big is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
EricWeatherford added Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins
Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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205 97
Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright
Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 comic science fiction film directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Mark H. Baker and Michael Burton, about David Freeman, a 12-year-old boy who is taken by an ...more

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255 89
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

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214 100
The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi
The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and ...more

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203 96
The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman
he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July ...more

15
273 108
Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz
Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film stars ...more

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198 94
An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise
An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film tells the story of Fievel ...more

17
160 93
The Muppet Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Louise Gold
The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American musical fantasy-comedy film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. It is the fourth in a series of live-action musical ...more

18
151 104
The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Derek Jacobi
The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 children's novel Mrs. ...more

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188 82
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Tom Islava added Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is based on Gary K. Wolf's ...more

20
136 102
The Adventures of Milo and Oti... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
HoserUSC added Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi
The Adventures of Milo and Otis is an Japanese adventure comedy-drama film about two animals, the titular characters, Milo and Otis. The original English version was released on June 27, 1986, ...more

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175 110
The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Lisa Maxwell
The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The plot revolves around Jen, an elflike 'Gelfling' on a quest to restore balance to his alien world ...more

22
174 87
Harry and the Hendersons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
John Lithgow, Don Ameche, David Suchet
Harry and the Hendersons is a 1987 American fantasy comedy film directed and produced by William Dear, and starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Don Ameche, David Suchet, Margaret Langrick, ...more

23
164 106
Annie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Greta Garbo
Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan, which in turn is based on Little Orphan ...more

24
156 115
Pee-wee's Big Adventure is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, Tim Burton
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton in his full-length film directing debut and starring Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman. Reubens also co-wrote ...more

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136 99
The Karate Kid, Part II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1980s
Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Tamlyn Tomita
The Karate Kid, Part II is a 1986 American martial arts film. A sequel to 1984's The Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita reprise their respective roles as young karate student Daniel ...more