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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies  

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Not all children's films are winners, but that doesn't stop adults from reveling in the cheesiest kids movies out there. While films like Up and Inside Out are lauded as great for both kids and adults, some G-rated media falls into the guilty pleasure category. While these films may have seemed like cinematic genius when you were under the age of 12, they seem pretty corny in adulthood. 

Guilty pleasure kids movies are often remembered fondly by adults, despite being met with lukewarm reception. While Good Burger may have been critically panned, it's still a '90s nostalgia-inducing gem. Some movies also just seemed better when you were younger, so you still view them through a child's eyes. Free Willy was cheesy beyond belief, but don't you get goosebumps during the final scene anyway? Some children's movies feature death, divorce, and other dark topics, but sometimes you just want easy kids films to help you kick back and relax. Browse this list to find the best guilty pleasure for you!  

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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen
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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The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli
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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Good Burger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Shaquille O'Neal, Carmen Electra, Linda Cardellini
Good Burger is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Brian Robbins and starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. The film evolved from the comedy sketch "Good Burger" featured on the ...more
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Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton
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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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird
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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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
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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The Little Rascals is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks
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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Casper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty
Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and ...more
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Heavy Weights is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller, Judd Apatow
Heavyweights is a 1995 comedy film directed by Steven Brill and co-written by Brill with Judd Apatow. Heavyweights is about a fat camp for kids that is taken over by a fitness guru named Tony
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Free Willy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside
Free Willy is a 1993 American family drama film that was released by Warner Bros. under its Family Entertainment label. The film stars Jason James Richter as a delinquent boy who becomes ...more
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Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, Karan Ashley
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie is a 1995 American superhero film based on the television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The film stars the regular television cast of Karan Ashley, ...more
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3 Ninjas Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
3 Ninjas is a series of action comedy films directed towards the pre-teen audience about the adventures of three young brothers who are trained by their Japanese grandfather in the art of ...more
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A Goofy Movie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Pauly Shore, Joey Lawrence, Wallace Shawn
A Goofy Movie is a 1995 American animated musical comedy film directed by Kevin Lima The film's plot revolves around the father-son relationship between Goofy and Max as Goofy believes that he's ...more
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George of the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann
George of the Jungle is a 1997 American live-action film adaptation of the cartoon of the same name. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures with Mandeville Films and originally released ...more
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Hook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
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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Harriet the Spy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Rosie O'Donnell, Michelle Trachtenberg, Danny Glover
Harriet the Spy is a 1996 film adaptation of the 1964 novel of the same name by Louise Fitzhugh, and starring Michelle Trachtenberg as the title character. This film was directed by Bronwen ...more
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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch
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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Rookie of the Year is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya
Rookie of the Year is a 1993 American sports comedy film starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary Busey as players for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The cast also includes Albert Hall, Dan ...more
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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski
Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more
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Captain Underpants: The First ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (or simply Captain Underpants) is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated superhero adventure comedy film based on the children's novel series of the same ...more
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The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Kartheiser
The Indian in the Cupboard is a 1995 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Frank Oz. It was based on the children's book of the same name by Lynne Reid Banks. The story is about a boy who ...more
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Fluke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Perlman, Nancy Travis
Fluke is a 1995 film directed by Carlo Carlei and starring Matthew Modine as the voice of the title character with supporting roles featuring Eric Stoltz, Nancy Travis, Max Pomeranc, Bill Cobbs, ...more
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Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Lacey Chabert, Christopher Plummer, Charles Nelson Reilly
Babes in Toyland is a 1997 American animated musical film based on the original story. The animated feature stars Joseph Ashton, James Belushi, Lacey Chabert, Raphael Sbarge, Cathy Cavadini, ...more
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Blank Check is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Brian Bonsall, Debbie Allen, Tone-Lōc
Blank Check is a 1994 comedy film directed by Rupert Wainwright, starring Brian Bonsall, Karen Duffy, Miguel Ferrer, James Rebhorn, Tone Lōc, Jayne Atkinson and Michael Lerner and was released ...more
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A Troll in Central Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Kids Movies
Cloris Leachman, Dom DeLuise, Hayley Mills
A Troll in Central Park is a 1994 American animated musical fantasy-comedy film directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, creators of Thumbelina, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, The ...more