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Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Movie Poster Image
age 8+
The best of the original series, but the most intense, too.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1980)
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The Secret of NIMH Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Fascinating, but very dark with some creepy imagery.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1982)
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The Black Stallion Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Breathtakingly beautiful, magical classic is a must-see.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1979)
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The Secret Garden Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Great book, great adaptation.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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Spellbound Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Families should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s film.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Searching for Bobby Fischer Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Young chess prodigy learns about sportsmanship.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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The Princess Bride Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1987)
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Akeelah and the Bee Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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Fly Away Home Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1998)
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Action- and creature-packed Potter sequel.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1977)
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Willow Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Magic-filled fantasy adventure with a few battle scenes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1988)
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Swiss Family Robinson Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Good intro to older movies for kids; watch for stereotypes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1960)
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Liberty's Kids TV Poster Image
age 8+
Worthwhile 'toon walks tweens through American history.
Network: Syndicated
(2002)
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Hugo Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Spectacular book adaptation is great for tweens and up.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Dragons: Race to the Edge TV Poster Image
age 8+
Superb, slightly darker addition to series still great fun.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
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Imba Means Sing Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Vibrant, uplifting docu about African children's choir.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Zootopia Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Charming buddy-animal story promotes tolerance, teamwork.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Backstage TV Poster Image
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age 8+
So-so Fame-esque kids' show raises relevant issues.
Network: Disney Channel
(2016)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Fantastic but scarier remake of the "tale as old as time."
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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