100 Best Movies to Bring Back Childhood Nostalgia

Sophie Coffey

With the sudden excess of spare time most of us have on our hands now, it can be hard to find some new material to watch.
However, why look for something new when you could achieve hours of amusement from childhood classics? In compiling a list crammed with options for absolutely everyone, my fellow isolated sixth years have proven that if naming our favourite children’s films was a Leaving Cert subject, we would all be headed to Harvard!
So, whether you’re interested in a tear jerker or a comedy, Missy.ie has a list of childhood nostalgia movies to watch.

25 Films Based on Books

This is my personal favourite genre of film. They might not always live up to the books they are based on, but there are undoubtedly some brilliant classics around…

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  2. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  3. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
  4. The Harry Potter Series
  5. Pollyanna
  6. The Tale of Desperaux
  7. Bridge to Terabithia
  8. Paddington
  9. The Princess Diaries
  10. Matilda
  11. Alice in Wonderland
  12. The Wizard of Oz
  13. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  14. The Cat in the Hat
  15. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
  16. How to Train Your Dragon
  17. Little Women
  18. Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  19. Jumanji
  20. Ramona and Beezus
  21. Forrest Gump
  22. 101 Dalmations
  23. Mary Poppins
  24. Peter Pan
  25. Coraline

25 Non-Animated Films

Whether it’s a musical, a mystery or a melodrama, there are some brilliantly acted films out there guaranteed to bring back childhood memories.

  1. Nanny McPhee
  2. Night at the Museum
  3. Cheaper by the Dozen
  4. The Sound of Music
  5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  6. Spy Kids
  7. Hannah Montana
  8. Alvin and the Chipmunks
  9. Camp Rock
  10. High School musical
  11. The Goonies
  12. The Pacifier
  13. The Muppets
  14. Richie Rich
  15. Tooth
  16. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
  17. Madeline
  18. Annie
  19. Enchanted
  20. Like Mike
  21. Aliens in the attic
  22. The Karate Kid
  23. Mrs Doubtfire
  24. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  25. The Parent Trap

25 Animated Films

Children’s cartoons should never be overlooked. There are plenty of classics out there guaranteed to leave you wiping away tears of emotion, be it of laughter or sorrow.

  1. Up
  2. Ratatouille
  3. Robots
  4. Open Season
  5. Shrek
  6. Despicable Me
  7. Flushed Away
  8. Over the Hedge
  9. Happy Feet
  10. Monsters vs Aliens
  11. Bolt
  12. Toy story
  13. Nemo
  14. Gnomeo and Juliet
  15. Yogi Bear
  16. Rio
  17. Madagascar
  18. Ice Age
  19. Monsters, Inc.
  20. The Incredibles
  21. Cars
  22. WALL-E
  23. Tangled
  24. Scooby Doo
  25. Meet the Robinsons

15 Animal Themed Films

They say not to work with animals or kids but children’s films involving our furry friends are definite wins in my book.

  1. Dr Doolittle
  2. Charlotte’s Web
  3. Marley and Me
  4. Stuart Little
  5. Marmaduke
  6. We Bought a Zoo
  7. Beethoven
  8. Babe
  9. Lion King
  10. Jungle Book
  11. Dolphin Tale
  12. Hotel for Dogs
  13. Life of Pi
  14. Because of Winn Dixie
  15. Bambi

10 Festive Films

Let’s be honest, I have absolutely no idea what day of the week it is currently, never mind the season. I think in the circumstances we can allow this particular genre a small section!

See Also

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. Frankenweenie
  3. Double Double Toil and Trouble
  4. Goosebumps
  5. Hop
  6. A Christmas Carol
  7. The Grinch
  8. Arthur Christmas
  9. Elf
  10. Home Alone

Most of your favourite childhood movies are available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and SKY TV/NOW TV.
What are your favourite childhood nostalgia movies to watch?

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