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The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s 

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The best ‘90s kids movies span a massive spectrum, from family friendly to kid-centric, from live-action to animation, and everything in between. Sports? Check. Adventure? Check. Talking animals? Double check.

We can’t talk about the greatest ‘90s kids movies without mentioning Home Alone. Macaulay Culkin stars as a child left behind by his frazzled family as they begin a Christmas vacation. When his home is targeted by thieves, he defends it using every zany trick he can muster. Another live-action ‘90s kids movie that still stands the test of time is Jumanji. Starring the late Robin Williams, this film tells the story of a board game that comes to life. On this list, you’ll also see numerous animated kid classics. The Disney renaissance of the ‘90s included Toy Story, Aladdin, and The Lion King, among others.

Also released in the ‘90s, Space Jam combined animation and live-action, pairing the Looney Tunes gang with Michael Jordan and Bill Murray, thereby cementing its status as one of the top ‘90s kids movies. If you think we left off any essentials, add them to the list and vote up your favorites!

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1994

Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson, + more

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1995

Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Penn Jillette, Annie Potts, + more

Directed by: John Lasseter

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more
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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1990

Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Lionel Barrymore, + more

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more
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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1995

Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier, + more

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was directed by Joe ...more
5
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1992

Actors: Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Jim Cummings, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1993

Actors: James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen, Marley Shelton, Tom Guiry, + more

Directed by: David M. Evans

The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy directed by David M. Evans, which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer ...more
7
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1991

Actors: Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers, + more

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
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Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1993

Actors: Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field, Mara Wilson, Harvey Fierstein, + more

Directed by: Chris Columbus, Chuck Jones

Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. A recently divorced actor (Robin Williams) decides to ...more
9
Hook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1991

Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Carrie Fisher, + more

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan ...more
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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1996

Actors: Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Danny DeVito, + more

Directed by: Joe Pytka

Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports family/comedy film starring basketball player Michael Jordan and featuring the Looney Tunes characters. The film was produced by Ivan ...more
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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
StephenAlgie added 1993

Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch, Penny Marshall, Kathy Najimy, + more

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more
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Home Alone 2: Lost in Ne... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1992

Actors: Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry, Joe Pesci, Rob Schneider, + more

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series ...more
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Casper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1995

Actors: Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle

Directed by: Brad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and ...more
14
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1996

Actors: Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens, Jon Lovitz, Rhea Perlman, + more

Directed by: Danny DeVito

Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same ...more
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The Little Rascals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1994

Actors: Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks, Ashley Olsen, Daryl Hannah, + more

Directed by: Penelope Spheeris

The Little Rascals is a 1994 American comedy film produced by Amblin Entertainment, and released by Universal Pictures on August 5, 1994. The film is an adaptation of Hal Roach's Our Gang, a ...more
16
The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1992

Actors: Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli, George Coe, Marguerite Moreau, + more

The Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring Emilio Estevez. It was produced by Avnet–Kerner Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It ...more
17
Free Willy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1993

Actors: Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside, Mykelti Williamson, Richard Riehle, + more

Directed by: Simon Wincer

Free Willy is a 1993 American family drama film that was released by Warner Bros. under its Family Entertainment label. The film stars Jason James Richter as a delinquent boy who becomes ...more
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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
Jérémy Béland added 1998

Actors: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham, Dina Lohan, Natasha Richardson, + more

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more
19
Angels in the Outfield ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1994

Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd, Danny Glover, Adrien Brody, + more

Directed by: William Dear

Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Christopher Lloyd, and features several future stars, including Joseph ...more
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Dennis the Menace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1993

Actors: Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Natasha Lyonne, Ben Stein, Walter Matthau, + more

Directed by: Nick Castle

Dennis the Menace is a 1993 live-action American family film based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name. This, however, is not the first live-action Dennis the Menace film: The first ...more
21
Babe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1995

Actors: Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes, Roscoe Lee Browne, Magda Szubanski, + more

Directed by: Chris Noonan

Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the USA, ...more
22
Liar Liar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1997

Actors: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen, Sara Paxton, Maura Tierney, + more

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

Liar Liar is a 1997 American comedy film written by Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur, directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Jim Carrey who was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance ...more
23
The Mask is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1994

Actors: Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein, Amy Yasbeck, Joely Fisher, + more

Directed by: Chuck Russell

The Mask is a 1994 American fantasy slapstick action comedy film based on a series of comic books published by Dark Horse Comics. This film was directed by Chuck Russell, and produced by Dark ...more
24
101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1996

Actors: Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Frank Welker, + more

101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Stephen Herek. It is the second adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One ...more
25
A Goofy Movie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Kids Movies of the 1990s
1995

Actors: Pauly Shore, Joey Lawrence, Wallace Shawn, Frank Welker, E.G. Daily, + more

Directed by: Kevin Lima

A Goofy Movie is a 1995 American animated musical comedy film directed by Kevin Lima The film's plot revolves around the father-son relationship between Goofy and Max as Goofy believes that he's ...more