10 Classic Movies to Share with the Next Generation


There are certain movies that leave a lasting impression. Some capture our attention with dazzling special effects. Others inspire us with stories of courage and perseverance. Truly great movies seem to contain a universal truth that transcends the screen.

Movies are entertaining, of course, but they can also be a great way to spend time with grandkids or other loved ones. Classic films can spark conversations, teach important life lessons, and make lasting memories.

The right movie has the power to connect generations and enthrall both the young and the young at heart.

We’ve rounded up ten of our favorite flicks for your next movie night. Whether you are in the mood for a drama, comedy, or documentary, these great films are sure to leave you with a smile.

        1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Your youngsters may be reluctant to watch a black and white movie, but there’s a reason this one remains popular year after year. This movie’s message of hope is just as true today as it was 75 years ago when the movie was released. 

As the movie passes through time, viewers get a glimpse of life during the roaring 20s, the Great Depression, and World War II. This holiday classic is not to be missed.

        2. A League of Their Own (1992) 

When World War II threatens to shut down Major League Baseball, team owners decide to bankroll a women’s league. Based on real events from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, this film is equal parts funny and heartwarming.

Your little leaguers will be surprised to see just how much women’s sports have changed over the years. The players’ friendships and rivalries are relatable to baseball fans of all ages and Tom Hanks shines as the grumpy coach. 

        3. Princess Bride (1987)
Ranked as the “Most Quotable Movie of All Time,” this enduring film is part comedy, part romance, part adventure, and part fantasy. 

The movie opens with a grandfather reading a book to his sick grandson. Viewers are soon whisked inside the story and on an odyssey filled with imaginative villains, daring escapes, and plenty of adventure. Now, your grandkids can be in on the joke when people say, “mawage.”

        4. The Sandlot (1993)
This coming-of-age comedy tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer of 1962. The boys learn what they are made of when forced to deal with rival groups, bad decisions, and a legendary ball-eating dog. 

Your shortstop will relate to Scotty’s quest for friendship and you’ll enjoy reminiscing about simpler times and the magic of childhood.

        5. The Sound of Music (1965)
Even kiddos who are too young to truly follow the plot will enjoy the catchy tunes and dance numbers in this classic musical. 

Based on the 1949 memoir written by Maria von Trapp, the film follows a young woman in Austria who is sent to live with a family as their governess. She brings love, laughter, and music to the seven children and their widower father. This film is completely captivating with romance, suspense, and family bonding.


        6. Cool Runnings (1993)
When a Jamaican track star fails to qualify for the Olympics, he switches gears and forms the country’s first national bobsled team. Loosely based on a true story, the team shows perseverance against all odds as they train and prepare for competition.

Dreamers of all ages will find inspiration and humor in this charming story of friendship and courage.

        7. The Black Stallion (1979) 

Whether or not you’re into horses, this film about a boy stranded on a desert island with a wild stallion is a must-see. 

With twists and turns that take you from a wilderness survival tale to a heart-pounding horse race, the story will keep you at the edge of your seat. This adventurous tale will delight boys and girls alike.

        8. Penguins (2019)
Disneynature’s Penguins follows an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic on a quest to start a family. 

Filmmakers went to great lengths to tell the story from Steve’s perspective and the result is spectacular. You see the world through Steve’s eyes as he dives into glacial waters to hunt for fish or narrowly avoids predatory leopard seals.  

Viewers are treated to otherworldly vistas and rocky expanses of tundra rarely caught on camera. Disney+ also offers a behind-the-scenes look at how this incredible film was made for those brave enough to explore the Arctic Circle.  

        9. Encanto (2021)
Disney movies are almost always a sure bet with young children, but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Encanto is sure to delight you as well. Vibrant colors, foot-tapping tunes and relatable characters make this movie memorable.

The magical Madrigal family lives in the mountains of Columbia. But, the magic seems to be in danger. It’s up to the family’s matriarch, Abuela Alma, and the only non-magical member of the family to reunite the family and save the magic. We can all learn something from the Madrigal family’s journey to forgiveness, understanding, and compassion. 

        10. Annie (1982)
Critics may not have been big fans of this big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, but generations of kids beg to differ. Annie offers us a glimpse into the harsh reality of the Great Depression through an orphan’s eyes. 

Carol Burnet’s portrayal of the boozy, lonely den mother of the dilapidated orphanage may be a kid’s first introduction to a sympathetic villain. Catchy tunes and dance numbers make this one fun for girls and boys of all ages.

Plan Your Next Movie Night 

One of the joys of senior living is sharing fond memories with the next generation. Movies can be a great way to connect with loved ones. So pop some popcorn, turn off the lights, and press play for a fun evening together. 

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