As a 90’s child, there were so many fantastic films I grew up with. Films that will never grow old, and some that are still shown around Christmas time. It was the good old days of VHS tapes, and being able to easily fast forward through bits you didn’t like, and rewind if you missed something. There was no being unable to skip through the beginning credits, and no having to skip through scene by scene to find the right place if you accidentally reset it.
Obviously it also had its downfalls, but we won’t go there.
I remember us having quite the collection of Disney classics on video, as well as many films that were recorded off the TV over the festive period.
Here’s 15 of my favourites:
A Little Princess (1995)
Set during WWI, this film never fails to make me cry. It’s about a little girl who was sent to boarding school, and then forced to become a servant after news of her father being killed in combat. It’s quite a raw film, but filled with plenty of magic. I really must read the book!
Another tear inducer! Jack has an unusual ageing disorder which means that his body ages four times faster than normal. He begs to go to school, and ends up starting fifth grade looking like a 40 year old. One of Robin Williams’ greatest roles in my opinion!
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
I was always Aurora when me and my friends were playing Disney Princesses. Probably mainly because I was blonde – she doesn’t really have much else going for her does she! I absolutely loved Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, and Maleficent terrified me when she became the dragon.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
This was one of my favourite Disney films to sing along to. Sebastian was my favourite character (possibly due to the accent), and the two eels really freaked me out.
The Fox & The Hound (1981)
So apparently I just loved tear jerkers as a child! Not much has changed. The Fox & The Hound is one of the most heart wrenching Disney films. The friendship formed between Tod and Copper has stayed with me whilst growing up, and I’m convinced that it’s one of my main influences when it comes to forming relationships.
Oliver & Company (1988)
An orphaned kitten taken in by a gang of thieving street dogs. He ends up being adopted by a rich girl, but unsurprisingly things don’t quite go to plan. Pretty much Oliver Twist in animal form, although I didn’t realise that at the time!
What girl growing up in the 90’s didn’t love Matilda?! A story of magic and girl power, standing up to your parents, and standing up for your friends. Pam Ferris has never stopped being Trunchball in my eyes, even whilst watching Call the Midwife!
Free Willy (1993)
A story of kinship and acceptance, of forging strong friendships and learning that you really do matter. I still love to watch this when I see it’s on TV!
Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso were downright hilarious, and I really felt an affinity with Kat. Casper was a fun character too, although I do feel like he was outshone somewhat!
Richie Rich (1994)
Ahhh Macaulay Culkin, back when he was young and cute and innocent. There was just something about this film that made me want to watch it over and over and over. It just seemed so ludicrous to me, having that amount of money and that extravagant a lifestyle.
Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
Another Robin Williams one. What a legend. I loved seeing a Dad putting in so much effort with his kids, and thought it was hilarious when he was having to quickly change between the two. It was just a real feel good film.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Homeward Bound is the reason I fell in love with Golden Retrievers. Shadow was simply amazing, and I wanted him for myself. Chance was pretty hilarious with all his stupidity and clumsiness, but I just got plain annoyed with Sassy. Homeward Bound II was funny also, but it was nowhere near as good as the first.
Babe is such a polite little piggy! I loved the scene where Farmer Hoggett was dancing with Babe when trying to get him to eat, and also the scene where Babe was trying to herd sheep at the fair – Baa ram ewe! Rex the Border Collie did scare me a bit though at times.
What’s not to love about Beethoven?! It’s just another of those comedy gold films. Showing real family values, and a bucket load of fun. I quite enjoyed the subsequent films too, but this one was by far the best.
Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
I am a big fan of Tim Allen – I think he’s hilarious. In this film he plays the part of a businessman who has just found out he’s a father. He goes to meet his 13 year old son who has been raised in the jungle, and makes him a promise to take him to see the Statue of Liberty when he becomes an adult – without realising just how soon that would be. Great adventure awaits!
There are so many other films I could list – Jurassic Park, Jumanji, My Girl, The Lion King to name a few. Quite honestly, a lot of them are still on my favourites list today.
What was your favourite film growing up? Let me know below!
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