Picture this: it’s 2pm on a miserably rainy, cold Sunday afternoon. You’re home alone, still wearing your pj’s and you remember you have some left over pizza in the fridge from last night. There is nothing to do. You feel like watching a movie, but what movie could possibly entertain you on the drabbest of days?

On days like the one above (they happen more than I’d like to admit), I turn to my favourite childhood movies to bring me some comfort, entertainment and nostalgia. There’s nothing like the feeling of watching a movie you loved as a child. It’s like a big, warm hug from an old friend that lasts for 90s minutes and usually you end up feeling all fuzzy and content when it ends.

I have so many movies from my childhood that have stuck with me throughout adulthood (that’s because 90s kids had the best movies, let’s be honest guys), so I decided to share 5 today and keep some more for another time because you can never have too many!


My Girl (1991)


because: Although it continues to leave me as an emotional mess by the end of the film, this movie is timeless. The character of Vada seems quite complex for someone so young, yet when you think about it, that’s how it was for many of us at age 11! I will forever appreciate the simplicity of this movie as it was relatable to me as a child and is still entertaining today. If you’ve never seen it (or the sequel, which may make an occurance in a future blog in this series) I suggest you do.



A Little Princess (1994)


because: this film is just magical and a film that I can watch over and over again without getting bored. Also, thinking back on my favourite childhood movies, there were quite a few that were set during a different time period, including this one. Something I always loved about this movie was Sara Crew’s kind nature despite being from an upper-class family. She treated all she met with kindness and respect even when things got terrible for her. Once again, the ending of this movie is so beautiful. I think this is one of the first movies I remember crying in!



Casper (1995)


because: this one is a Halloween favourite of mine (even though Australia doesn’t celebrate Halloween, I like to celebrate on my own to a certain extent – more about that in October!) and it’s not only extremely funny to still watch as an adult, but the concept of ghosts and their ‘unfinished business’ is such an interesting topic. The older I get, the more I’ve seemed to love this movie and some poignant points it makes about life and death. Plus, that dance scene between Kat and Casper is still such a sweet moment!



Little Women (1994)

G-228 Max (Russell Crowe) enjoys the company of his supposed long-lost cousin Christie Roberts (Abbie Cornish) in A GOOD YEAR.

because: there are a few different adaptations of Little Women out there, but this one is just so visually beautiful and tells such a wonderful story between the 4 March sisters and their mother. As a big Winona Ryder fan, her performance in this film is a stand-out, but the entire cast is just perfect. Definitely another movie requiring tissues, but the visuals, score, costumes and of course acting come together for a superb period piece with romance, humour, tragedy and a strong female main character.



Honey I Shrunk The Kids (1989) 


because: so, technically this movie was made in 1989 but it definitely continued its popularity throughout the 90s, so I’ve left it on my list. As a kid (and also still now) I was obsessed with science, so the possibility that someone could invent a device that could shrink me to the size of an ant was mindboggling! The special effects in this film are quite funny to look at now, with CGI as the norm these days. The scene where Rick Moranis tied onto his clothesline, hanging down and trying to carefully look through his lawn with a magnifying glass for his kids is hilariously done!



What are some films from your childhood that you still love watching today? Were you a 90s kid or were you a child in another decade? I’d love to know, so comment below!

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Published by Melissa Pisan