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Good Movies For 8 Year Olds

Updated February 23, 2021 2.9k votes 567 voters 58.2k views169 items

List RulesVote up the best films appropriate for an eight year old to watch.

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 kids films for 8 year olds, though there are many other classic films listed here as well. All of these family 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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    Despicable Me Franchise

    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm

    Released2015

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

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  • Jumanji2
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    Jumanji

    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams

    Released1995

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory4
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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  • Star Wars Franchise5
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977 - Present

    Directed byGeorge Lucas, JJ Abrams, Rian Johnson, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand

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  • Back to the Future Franchise7
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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985 - 1990

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Hook8
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    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1991

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Princess Bride9
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • James and the Giant Peach10
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    Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1996

    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • The Goonies11
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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • The Secret Garden12
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    Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob

    Released1993

    Directed byAgnieszka Holland

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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas13
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • Hugo14
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    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Labyrinth15
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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Henson

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  • Freaky Friday16
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    Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2003

    Directed byMark Waters

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  • Monster House17
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    Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Released2006

    Directed byGil Kenan

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  • October Sky18
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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern

    Released1999

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  • A Christmas Story19
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    A Christmas Story

    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

    Released1983

    Directed byBob Clark

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  • ParaNorman20
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    Anna Kendrick, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed bySam Fell, Chris Butler

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  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit21
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    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole22

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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind23
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Two Brothers24
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    Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore

    Released2004

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  • WALL-E25
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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