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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies 

Alan Smithee
Updated October 13, 2018 12.9k votes 802 voters 11.8k views 51 items

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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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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

Released: 1993

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

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

Released: 1993

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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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
ChloeFletcher added Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

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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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
TaxGuru4u added Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

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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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
ChloeFletcher added Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens

Released: 1996

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 Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
analise.dubner added Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Pasquin

The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is the first installment in The Santa Clause trilogy and it stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ...more

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The Little Rascals is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks

Released: 1994

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

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Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

Released: 1991

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
ChloeFletcher added Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
ChloeFletcher added Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

Released: 1998

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

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A Goofy Movie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Pauly Shore, Joey Lawrence, Wallace Shawn

Released: 1995

Directed by: Kevin Lima

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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

Released: 1996

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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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli

Released: 1992

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

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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
ChloeFletcher added Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Mark Waters

Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It stars Lindsay Lohan as Anna Coleman and Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother. In the film their souls are ...more

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Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

Released: 1992

Directed by: Brian Levant

Beethoven is a 1992 family comedy film, directed by Brian Levant and starring Charles Grodin as George Newton and Bonnie Hunt as Alice Newton. The film is the first in the Beethoven film series. ...more

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Free Willy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

Released: 1993

Directed by: Simon Wincer

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George of the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann

Released: 1997

Directed by: Sam Weisman

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Angels in the Outfield ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1994

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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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Rod Daniel

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Now and Then is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1995

Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter

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Rookie of the Year is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya

Released: 1993

Directed by: Daniel Stern

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Little Giants is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill

Released: 1994

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Little Giants is a 1994 family sports comedy film, starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill as brothers in a small Ohio town, coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
Kevin Nash, Frank Welker, David Warner

Released: 1991

Directed by: Michael Pressman

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Family Movies
ChloeFletcher added Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills

Released: 1961

Directed by: David Swift

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