films The Best '80s Kids Movies  

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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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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
EricWeatherford added Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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186 40
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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177 33
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
EricWeatherford added Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
EricWeatherford added A Christmas Story Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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130 41
Big is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
EricWeatherford added Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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123 42
Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
EricWeatherford added Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Fox and the Hound Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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82 51
Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Flight of the Navigator Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
An American Tail Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise

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Annie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Annie Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Greta Garbo

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The Muppet Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Muppet Christmas Carol Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Louise Gold

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Tom Islava added Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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The Adventures of Milo and Oti... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
HoserUSC added The Adventures of Milo and Otis Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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77 40
Harry and the Hendersons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Harry and the Hendersons John Lithgow, Don Ameche, David Suchet

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All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
All Dogs Go to Heaven Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback

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The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Dark Crystal Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Lisa Maxwell

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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Secret of NIMH Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Derek Jacobi

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Pee-wee's Big Adventure is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Pee-wee's Big Adventure Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, Tim Burton

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The Great Muppet Caper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Great Muppet Caper John Cleese, Diana Rigg, Jim Henson

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The Karate Kid, Part II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Karate Kid, Part II Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Tamlyn Tomita

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The Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Brave Little Toaster Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Joe Ranft

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The Muppets Take Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Muppets Take Manhattan Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, Liza Minnelli

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Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Oliver & Company Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin

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50 47
The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
EricWeatherford added The Last Starfighter Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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Explorers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Explorers Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell

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Return to Oz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Return to Oz Fairuza Balk, Piper Laurie, Nicol Williamson

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Little Monsters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Little Monsters Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Ben Savage

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The Boy Who Could Fly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
swirlyt added The Boy Who Could Fly Fred Savage, Jason Priestley, John Carpenter

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The Great Mouse Detective is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Great Mouse Detective Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker

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Master Of The Universe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
andy-lautenschleger added Master Of The Universe

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
My Neighbor Totoro Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto

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Troop Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
swirlyt added Troop Beverly Hills Carla Gugino, Tori Spelling, Jenny Lewis

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The Last Unicorn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
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The Wizard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
swirlyt added The Wizard Tobey Maguire, Christian Slater, Fred Savage

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The Karate Kid, Part III is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Karate Kid, Part III Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively

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Kiki's Delivery Service is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Kiki's Delivery Service Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi, Akio Ōtsuka

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The Black Cauldron is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
The Black Cauldron John Hurt, John Huston, Nigel Hawthorne

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G.I. Joe: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
G.I. Joe: The Movie Don Johnson, Burgess Meredith, Sgt. Slaughter

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Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies

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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Cloak & Dagger Dabney Coleman, Louie Anderson, William Forsythe

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Sesame Street Presents Follow ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird Chevy Chase, John Candy, George Lucas

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Popeye is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies
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The Snowman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s Kids Movies