Fave Five Family Flicks

There is nothing that quite compares to a rainy weekend filled with popcorn, M&M’s and DVD’s of the best family movies of all time. While your list might be different, for me, it’s about re-capturing my childhood and reliving it right along with my kids. Check out my fave five and see if you agree. And, if you want to check out my top 10 picks of 2009 movies, then visit me at Lifetime Moms and see if you agree with my selections!
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Willy Wonka currently tops our fave five list with Gene Wilder as the eccentric candy genius in the 1970’s classic musical. Haven’t seen the film in a while? Well, if you have a seven year old who was just introduced to the original film at school, you will have the best time kicking back and watching it right along with them. In this clip, Willy Wonka sings “Pure Imagination.” Incidentally, when you see the reaction of the kids and adults to the factory, all it took was one take to film that first scene. The bonus features on the DVD share all special Willy Wonka moments.

Big – There are several movies with Tom Hanks that are pure classics…Forrest Gump, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan, but the one that is fun for families with tweens is one of my personal faves, Big. Any time a child gets the chance to be transformed into an adult and then lands the ultimate job as an executive at a toy company, is my kind of movie.

The Sound of Music – Give me Julie Andrews and eight kids dressed in curtains and what you have is pure magic. Okay, there’s way more to the film than the outfits. In fact, when I got married I contemplated having the band play “How do Your Solve a Problem like Maria” when I walked down the aisle. I went with another number from Phantom of the Opera, but either way, Sound of Music will forever be one of my all time favorite musical films. Check out this classic movie trailer…

The Wizard of Oz – When it comes to musical movies, nothing comes close to Judy Garland as Dorothy and her fearless and fearful friends, the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and of course, the Scarecrow. When my kids were little, we must have watched the film two dozen times and my son even dressed up as the scarecrow at his third birthday. My husband even played the cowardly line at the party and unfortunately scared a few kids along the way. This year, I am determined to take my kids to see “Wicked” (or I’m going by myself because I’ve got to get a musical theatre fix stat.) And while I’m waiting on a great deal for tix, I guess I’ll pop in the Wizard of Oz and take a trip down memory lane.

Grease – Well, we featured Tom Hanks in our fave five round up so we of course have to conclude the list with Danny Zuko….better known as John Travolta. The original movie, starring Travolta, Olivia Newton John and DiDi Cohn (gotta love that scene in the diner with Frankie Avalon as the Teen Angel), has always been a personal fave of mine and now that my daughter is a tween, it’s fun to step back in time and remember the first time I ever saw the film. Come to think of it, I think was younger than she is. Man, do I feel old. Either way, take a look at this classic scene and then get ready to rent or buy.

If you’d like to pick up any of these classic movies (along with one of our bonus picks from 2009), just check out the carousel below!