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Good Movies for 8 Year Olds 

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This list has tons of wonderful movies for 8 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Just like the best TV shows for 8 year olds, the best movies for 8 year olds come in many forms and span many genres. Some great movies for eight year olds to watch are animated or cartoons, while other good films for eight year olds are live action. It should come as no surprise that Disney and Pixar are responsible for many of the top films for 8 year olds, though there are many other classic films listed here as well. All of these movies are great for eight year old girls and eight year old boys.

What kinds of movies will you find on this best movies for 8 year olds list? Eight is a great age to introduce children to the galaxy far, far away - that is, the Star Wars franchise. The original trilogy - featuring Leia, Luke, and Han Solo - is especially entertaining for younger viewers. Back to the Future is another fun movie that an 8 year old can watch.

Combining romance and adventure, The Princess Bride has elements that will appeal to many eight year olds - and lots of good jokes for Mom and Dad to enjoy, too. Other films that are featured on this top movies for 8 year olds list include The Nightmare Before Christmas, The NeverEnding Story, and The Karate Kid.

Do you have a favorite movie for eight year olds? Give the best films a thumbs up and add any other films appropriate for 8 year olds if they aren't already listed.

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good Movies for 8 Year Olds
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Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton
Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are ...more

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good Movies for 8 Year Olds
Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson
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

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Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant
How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good Movies for 8 Year Olds
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more

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Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley
James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 British-American musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and ...more

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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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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand, and the third and final film in the original Star Wars trilogy. After a daring ...more

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Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly
The Secret Garden is a 1993 British drama fantasy film directed by Agnieszka Holland and starring Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott, John Lynch and Maggie Smith. It was written by ...more

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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

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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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Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams
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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Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

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Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of ...more

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Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn
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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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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Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon
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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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Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi
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Helen Mirren, John Cleese, Hugo Weaving
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper
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