Common Sense Media and Parents Magazine Partner on Ultimate List of Classic Movies

These Pre-1999 Films Make for a Great Family Movie Night

Common Sense Media
Friday, February 9, 2018

San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY -- Common Sense Media and Parents magazine have teamed up to announce the 2018 list, "Classic Movies Families Can Watch Together." For the purpose of this list, classics are defined as movies that debuted before 1999. The films that made the list all have been deemed appropriate for kids, with age guidelines included, and have received 4 or 5 stars from Common Sense Media. Insider opinions from entertainers and media experts support the picks across a variety of genres.

"Not only have these movies stood the test of time, but their messages -- including friendship, love, perseverance, and courage -- are still relevant today," said Betsy Bozdech, executive editor of Common Sense Media. "Kids of all ages, and parents, too, will enjoy these films, and we're excited to partner with Parents to remind families of these gems."

The 20 films, in ranking order, are:

  1. Toy Story (1996)
  2. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1992)
  3. The Lion King (1994)
  4. Babe (1995)
  5. The Princess Bride (1987)
  6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  7. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  8. The Muppet Movie (1979)
  9. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  10. Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  11. Mulan (1998)
  12. A League of Their Own (1992)
  13. Mary Poppins (1964)
  14. Bambi (1942)
  15. Anne of Green Gables (1986)
  16. Labyrinth (1986)
  17. The Aristocats (1970)
  18. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  19. Jurassic Park (1993)
  20. The Sound of Music (1965)

"I love this list in so many ways," said Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Parents magazine. "Sitting down to watch a feel-good movie is a great way to bond with the entire family. With so many entertainment options, Common Sense Media is a wonderful resource for parents to feel good about what their kids watch. This list brings back so many great memories for me and I hope our readers feel the same way."

About Parents
Parents magazine helps busy moms raise healthy, happy children. This 90+ year old brand offers trusted content with a familiar voice, empowering today's parents to make the best decisions for their families while connecting with readers on an emotional level and celebrating moments big and small. Parents reaches more than 12 million readers monthly through an award-winning magazine, and extends to millions of users through digital and social platforms. Parents magazine is the flagship of the Parents Network, which includes FamilyFun and Parents Latina as well as, and Parents magazine is published 12 times a year by Meredith Corporation with a rate base of 2.2 million.

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