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11 Hilarious Nostalgic Movies You Should Show Your Kids So They Think You’re Cool

by Rachel Gariepy
Rachel Gariepy is an experienced Editorial Director for a variety of digital publications including LittleThings and Purple Clover. She has written for, edited and managed teams across multiple lifestyle properties, including sites for celebrity clientele including, but not limited to Jenni (JWOWW) Farley, NeNe Leakes, and Vanessa Hudgens. Rachel has experience wearing many fun and fanciful hats including content strategist, creator, editor and project manager. She, like Mitch Hedberg before her, sometimes wrestles with the idea of wearing a beret. She also enjoys hiking, reading and hanging out with dogs.

Some people consider this to be the golden age of film and television, and we’re not disputing that.

But don’t you remember some of the amazing films you watched when you were younger and how much they meant to you? Sharing those nostalgic movies with your kids is a great way to bond with them on a fun family Friday!

Today seems to be the age of sequels and reboots, and while that can be fun and entertaining, some of the best movies of all time were one-offs. Furthermore, some of them were weird. Very weird. But they were most definitely hilarious!

We’ve rounded up a list of some of the greatest movies from the ’80s and ’90s that really were special and one of a kind.

From The Flinstones to The Brady Bunch Movie, these movies made us laugh harder than we’d ever laughed before, and that’s something that’s worth sharing with the entire family, don’t you think?

1. The Flinstones (1994)

The Flinstones Movie
Hanna-Barbera/Universal Pictures

Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, and the gang are all back together, but this time it’s live-action! Based on the 1960s Hanna-Barbera television cartoon, this stone-age comedy really holds up, and the cast is stacked with your favorite actors, including Rosie O’Donnell, John Goodman, Rick Moranis, and Elizabeth Taylor!

Rated: PG

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play

2. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

2. <i>Honey, I Shrunk the Kids</i> (1989)
Walt Disney Pictures

Don’t you remember thinking it would be so cool if you were able to shrink down to the size of an ant and explore the world through the lens of a teeny-tiny creature? That’s what happens in this 1989 classic. Another stellar performance by Rick Moranis! Whatever happened to that guy?

Rated: PG

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes

3. Clue (1985)

clue poster
Paramount Pictures

Was it Professor Plum in the study with the rope? Or maybe it was Miss Scarlet in the conservatory with the knife? Either way, it’s a mystery! Based on the classic board game, this 1985 ensemble mystery comedy was a true work of genius and starred huge Hollywood stars such as Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd.

Rated: PG

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

4. The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

the brady bunch movie
Paramount Pictures

“They’re back to save America from the ’90s”! Yes, that’s right. The Brady family has jumped a few decades, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less endearing. Watch as they navigate a “Search for the Stars” contest in hopes of winning the $20,000 prize to save their house.

Rated: PG-13

Where to watch: YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime

5. Heavyweights (1995)

5. <i>Heavyweights</i> (1995)
Walt Disney Pictures

When a group of young men gets sent to the worst “fat camp” ever, they are met with a crazy, overbearing camp leader played by Ben Stiller, and they need to figure out how to have fun and thwart his evil plan to starve them and kill them with exercise!

Rated: PG

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

6. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

mrs. doubtfire
20th Century Fox

When Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) is afraid he’s going to lose custody of his kids, he decides to take a job as their nanny?!?! How does he trick his wife and kids into letting him be the nanny? By dressing up in an elaborate old-lady costume and putting on a thick British accent, of course!

Rated: PG-13

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

7. The Addams Family (1991)

7. <i>The Addams Family</i> (1991)
Paramount Pictures

Another great film based on an old cartoon, this supernatural black comedy will be a family favorite immediately. We love watching Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams and Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams. It never gets old!

Rated: PG-13

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, YouTube

8. The Big Green (1995)

The Big Green
Buena Vista Pictures

When a teacher from England ends up in a small Texas town with a group of tweens she deems as underachievers, she decides to teach them the game of soccer! They end up entering a local league and surprising everyone!

Rated: PG

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime, HBO Now

9. Ghostbusters (1984)

ghostbusters
Columbia Pictures

In 1984, we were introduced to Ghostbusters, and we never thought about haunted happenings the same way again. This legendary film with a fantastic cast (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Rick Moranis) was hilarious then, and it’s still a knee-slapper today. Even your kids will think so!

Rated: PG

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

10. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

National Lampoon's Vacation
Warner Bros.

When Clark Griswold decides to take his family on a road-trip vacation, you know hilarity is about to ensue. The first iteration of this ’80s comedy classic is still one of your favorite movies, and your kids will probably get it!

Rated: R

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes

11. Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice
Warner Bros.

Michael Keaton stars in this Tim Burton comedy-horror film, and it’s still a fan favorite. It’s a little scary, but kids over the age of 10 will probably love its kooky antics and all of the gross-out prop humor.

Rated: PG

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, iTunes, YouTube