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Good Movies for 8 Year Olds

Updated November 4, 2019 2.6k votes 544 voters 55.4k views28 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 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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    Despicable Me Franchise
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    Despicable Me Franchise

    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm

    Released2015

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

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    Jumanji
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    Jumanji

    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams

    Released1995

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    How to Train Your Dragon
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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    Back to the Future
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Star Wars
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    The Karate Kid
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    The Princess Bride
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Hook
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    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1991

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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  • 11
    James and the Giant Peach
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    26

    James and the Giant Peach

    Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1996

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    The Goonies
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    The Secret Garden
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    The Secret Garden

    Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob

    Released1993

    Directed byAgnieszka Holland

    The Secret Garden is a 1993 British drama fantasy film directed by Agnieszka Holland and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The NeverEnding Story
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    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl

    Released1984

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Freaky Friday
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    Freaky Friday

    Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2003

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Labyrinth
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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Henson

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    Monster House
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    Monster House

    Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Released2006

    Directed byGil Kenan

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    October Sky
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    October Sky

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern

    Released1999

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    ParaNorman
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    ParaNorman

    Anna Kendrick, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed bySam Fell, Chris Butler

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    A Christmas Story
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    A Christmas Story

    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

    Released1983

    Directed byBob Clark

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    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    Released2010

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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