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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies

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Is there anything quite as delightfully nostalgic as revisiting your favorite guilty pleasure family movies? While these movies may be the cheesiest, your fond memories can influence your viewing experience for the better. Dumb family movies can be the perfect way to disengage when you're in the mood for something nice and easy. Millennials may love indulging in some '90s nostalgia with ridiculous franchises like The Mighty Ducks while vintage '80s films are delightfully campy. Below, you'll find the best guilty pleasure family movies. Browse this list to identify the perfect films to satisfy when you're in the mood for something cheesy. 

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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory1
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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  • Matilda2
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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny...  more

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  • The Sandlot3
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    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

    The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy...  more

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  • Hocus Pocus4
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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

    Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette...  more

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  • The Goonies5
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more

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  • The Parent Trap6
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and...  more

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  • The Little Rascals7
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    The Little Rascals

    Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1994

    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

    The Little Rascals is a 1994 American comedy film produced by Amblin Entertainment, and...  more

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  • The Santa Clause8
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    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

    The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is...  more

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  • Mary Poppins9
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • Hook10
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    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1991

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter...  more

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  • Freaky Friday11
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    Freaky Friday

    Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2003

    Directed byMark Waters

    Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It...  more

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  • A Goofy Movie12
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    A Goofy Movie

    Pauly Shore, Joey Lawrence

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Lima

    A Goofy Movie is a 1995 American animated musical comedy film directed by Kevin Lima The...  more

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  • Space Jam13
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    Space Jam

    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray

    Released1996

    Directed byJoe Pytka

    Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports family/comedy film starring...  more

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  • Cool Runnings14
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon,...  more

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  • The Mighty Ducks15
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    The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byStephen Herek

    The Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring...  more

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  • Free Willy16
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    Free Willy

    Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen

    Released1993

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Free Willy is a 1993 American family drama film that was released by Warner Bros. under its...  more

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  • Beethoven17
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    Beethoven

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Levant

    Beethoven is a 1992 family comedy film, directed by Brian Levant and starring Charles Grodin...  more

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  • George of the Jungle18
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    George of the Jungle

    Brendan Fraser, John Cleese

    Released1997

    Directed bySam Weisman

    George of the Jungle is a 1997 American live-action film adaptation of the cartoon of the same...  more

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  • Camp Nowhere19
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    Camp Nowhere

    Jessica Alba, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1994

    Directed byJonathan Prince

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  • Angels in the Outfield20
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    Angels in the Outfield

    Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released1994

    Directed byWilliam Dear

    Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars...  more

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  • Teen Wolf21
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    Teen Wolf

    Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant

    Released1985

    Directed byRod Daniel

    Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation...  more

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  • Now and Then22
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    Now and Then

    Demi Moore, Christina Ricci

    Released1995

    Directed byLesli Linka Glatter

    Now and Then is a 1995 American coming-of-age film directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and...  more

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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze23

    Released1991

    Directed byMichael Pressman

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is a 1991 American live-action film....  more

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  • Little Giants24
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    Little Giants

    Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis

    Released1994

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

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  • Heavyweights25
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    Heavyweights

    Ben Stiller, Tom McGowan

    Released1995

    Directed bySteven Brill

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