26 Underrated '90s Kids Films That Everyone Should Watch

1.

Homeward Bound (1996)


Disney

An amazing movie about the incredibly special bond between families and their pets — the resilience of animals and the love that they share.

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2.

The Prince of Egypt (1998)


Dreamworks

I watched this movie every year on Passover as a kid, but the movie is great for kids who aren’t Jewish too!!! It has a great message about equality and acceptance that is important for kids to learn, especially considering the tension that’s existing around the world right now.

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3.

Balto (1995)


Amblin Entertainment

Balto is a completely underrated movie that I highly recommend! The film is loosely based on a true story, it has an A-list cast (Kevin Bacon anyone?), and it has a good and heartwarming message on being proud of your heritage. —ebaartman

4.

The Witches (1990)


Warner Bros.

Anjelica Huston was amazing in it, and it’s just such a fun and interesting movie. It’s based on the Roald Dahl novel about a little boy who goes to England with his grandmother after his parents die. They have a run-in with the Grand High Witch and have to defeat her. The Norwegian feel at the start of the movie is one of my favorite things about it.

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5.

Mighty Joe Young (1998)


Disney

It was one of my favorite movies growing up and I watched it all the time. It shocked me when I went to college and the majority of my friends had never heard of it. It had such an amazing cast, filled with people who are really famous now. It’s one of the best movies and it helped start my love of films.

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6.

Cats Don’t Dance (1997)


Warner Bros. Pictures

It’s a super heart-warming ~tail~ (cat pun) that has awesome music and the best villain you love to hate. The animation is fantastic and it has a giant cast of characters that are wonderful. I can still sing every song and I haven’t watched it in YEARS.

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7.

All I Wanna Do (1998)


Buena Vista Pictures

On the older side of “kids” films I suggest All I Wanna Do. It stars some great actors when they were young, including Kirsten Dunst, Gaby Hoffmann, Rachael Leigh Cook, Vincent Kartheiser, and Matthew Lawrence. Set in the 1960s, at an all girls boarding school, it’s a coming-of-age type film where we follow the adventures of a group of friends who befriend a new girl at their school. The film starts out a little on the typical tween/teen film side, but it becomes a really great tale about female camaraderie and sticking it to the man.c493be083a

8.

A Troll in Central Park (1994)


Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

It’s about a good troll that befriends two humans and then has to fight the evil queen to rescue them. It teaches you to not let fear keep you from following your dreams. A great kids movie with great music. I use to watch it everyday as a little kid.

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9.

Cool Runnings (1993)


Disney

Great movie about individuality and coming together as a team.

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10.

The Swan Princess (1994)


New Line Cinema

It has its clichés, but, my God, the humor was clever as shit for a Disney rip-off. I was hooked on that animation style for ages. —Kelsey Rubenking, Facebook

11.

It Takes Two (1995)


Warner Bros.

It features Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and is the best mid-90’s kids movie. Orphans playing stickball, summer camp, sloppy joes, an awful mommy-to-be, and doppelgänger antics make the 101 minutes of this 1995 classic worth your time, more than anything else, ever.

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12.

Hook (1991)


TriStar Pictures

This movie is way too overlooked! It is a piece of art, and Robin Williams portrays Peter Pan perfectly!

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13.

The Secret Garden (1993)


Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

Maggie Smith as Mrs. Medlock, Kate Maberly as Mary Lennox…you can’t go wrong. Also, the music is incredible.

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14.

The Princess and the Goblin (1991)


Hemdale Picture Corporation, Inc.

While the animation isn’t that good, it’s still a pretty good movie. It’s fun and charming. Also, the books are quite amazing and I’m seriously waiting for a live action version. —doasnow

15.

We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)


Universal Pictures

It has it all: laughs, a big musical number, tearjerker moments, and life-scarring scary scenes. Not to mention the amazing voice work of John Goodman, Jay Leno, Rhea Perlman, and the great Walter Cronkite!

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16.

Quest for Camelot (1998)


Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

It’s a tragically underrated movie with lovable characters and a gorgeous soundtrack. It also emphasizes the non-gender-normative behavior of the awesome heroine and the unique abilities of people categorized as disabled. I literally wore out my VHS copy as a kid.

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17.

Angels in the Outfield (1994)


Disney

It has a fantastic cast: baby JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, Danny Glover, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza, Adrien Brody, and Matthew McConaughey. Although it is a sentimental movie, I do appreciate that it portrays foster kids who are dealing with serious real-world problems.

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18.

The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)


Miramax Family Films

The animation is stunning and the princess is a strong heroine, instead of the usual damsel in distress a lot of these kinds of movies tend to have. —Samantha Hoover, Facebook

19.

The Iron Giant (1999)


20th Century Fox

Oh. My. God. It was randomly on TV about a year ago, so I sat down to watch it for the first time since I was like 5 and I bawled. I’ll still watch it occasionally to get me through rough patches (and still cry). There are so many amazing lessons! Especially its message to look at the world and differences with wonder instead of fear. I just really love this movie and I wish it got more credit.

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20.

Madeline (1998)


TriStar Pictures

Nobody ever mentions this movie when they talk about good childhood films of the ’90s, but, this is one of the BEST ones. —gavynb

21.

The Pagemaster (1994)


20th Century Fox

Macaulay Culkin at his finest. It’s a great story about a lonely kid who buries himself in books and finds himself sucked into the very pages of the books he loves. The adventure ultimately leads to him coming out of his shell and living happily ever after with his newfound excitement for life. —s1kintop

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22.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)


20th Century Fox

The movie itself is beautiful, with some good songs throughout. It also has important messages about the environment which are still very relevant today. On top of it all, Robin Williams also voices a bat…so what more do you need?

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23.

Thumbelina (1994)


Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

The music is great, the art fantastic, and it’s close enough to the original fairy tale for the deviations to be ignored.

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24.

A Little Princess (1995)


Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

Loved this movie and watched it over and over. It’s a beautifully shot fairy tale. And little Sarah Crewe is intelligent, emotional, capable, and has a complex inner life that little girls rarely get to have in movies. —Claire Marie Ochse, Facebook

25.

Anastasia (1997)


20th Century Fox

I have watched this movie a thousand times and every time I am able to appreciate something new! That moment where she is recounting the story of her childhood and Dimitri realizes she’s truly Anastasia, gets me EVERY TIME!

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