Movies That Defined My Childhood



A few months ago, I wrote about the TV shows that defined my childhood. It was so much fun taking a walk down memory lane with those shows, so today, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at the movies that defined my childhood. Hello 90s, nice to see you again.

I must have watched this movie at least 100 times, and I never, ever got tired of singing along with “Friend Like Me”. I also thought it was way cool that DJ Tanner’s boyfriend Steve (on Full House, obviously) was the voice of Aladdin. Talk about worlds colliding.

Beauty and the Beast
Belle was the only Disney lead character that I ever felt like I could relate to, mostly because I loved to read just as much as she did. I also vividly remember dancing on my dad’s feet to “Tale as Old as Time”, when I was about 5. Cue an “aww” moment!

Casper was just so adorable, and this movie totally made me wish I had a ghost for a best friend. Also, that roller coaster-esque ride in the house was so awesome.

Happily Ever After
Does anyone else remember this movie? It was kind of a Snow White ripoff, but I don’t think I ever saw the real Snow White, so in my mind, this movie is far superior. The 7 dwarfettes were awesome sidekicks.

Homeward Bound
“Cats rule and dogs drool!” Also, remember when poor Chance got hit in the face by the porcupine? Hilarious and sad all at the same time.

It Takes Two
I mean, who didn’t like Mary-Kate and Ashley in the 90s? In this movie, the twins played two girls who weren’t even related, they just looked completely alike. Classic.

The Lion King
the lion king
This list in alphabetical order, but if it was in order of my favorites, this one would be at the top. It was just so GOOD. Every time I watched it, I would hope that somehow Mufasa wouldn’t end up dying, and then I would be heartbroken all over again when the fateful scene would come on. So gut-wrenching.

Little Giantslittle giants
I wasn’t even close to being a tomboy when I was growing up, but man I loved this movie. Remember when Becky “the icebox” O’Shea asked her uncle Kevin if she was pretty and he said no, only to come back and say she was beautiful? That got me started on a phase of answering “no” to questions that people were expecting me to say “yes” to, and then faking them out and thinking I was so hilarious.

A Little Princess
I loved this movie so much, but it was a little heart-wrenching.  The amazing feast scene for Sara and Becky in the attic was nothing short of magical though.

The Sandlot
I will love this movie for-ev-errr. There are so many classic scenes – when they all throw up on the fair ride after going nuts on some chewing tobacco, when Squints pretends he’s drowning just so he can French kiss the cute lifeguard, when Smalls gets asked if he wants a s’more and his response is “do I want some more what?” This movie will never get old.

Space Jam
I’d like to go ahead and nominate Space Jame for best movie soundtrack of all time. Also, I remember thinking the umbrella hat that Bill Murray wears in the beginning was the coolest invention ever. “Wave your hands in the air if you feel fine, we’re gonna take it into overtime…”

I’d love to know what movies defined your childhood!

  • Lynsey @ Eternally Wanderlyn
    January 8, 2014

    I loved ALL of these movies! And I always wanted a library like Belle’s. Still do! As for Mary Kate & Ashley, I also really loved their Double, Double, Toil and Trouble movie.

    • ashleynevis
      January 9, 2014

      My only regret from this past Halloween is that I didn’t get to watch Double, Double, Toil and Trouble again! I loved that movie too – in fact, I think my parents still have a copy on VHS that I need to get my hands on…

  • Heather
    January 8, 2014

    I actually have a blog post drafted about movies that defined my childhood, too! Some of yours were great choices…I loved MK&Ashley movies when I was 10-11…haha! And there will always be a special place in my heart for some beloved Disney movies. 🙂

    • ashleynevis
      January 9, 2014

      How funny! I can’t wait to check out your list when you post it! 🙂

  • Carroll
    January 8, 2014

    I was just thinking of “A Little Princess” the other day. Great list of movies!

  • Katie
    January 8, 2014

    Oh, the Disney movies in the 90s were so great. I got The Little Mermaid for Christmas this year and watched it IMMEDIATELY.

    • ashleynevis
      January 9, 2014

      That’s so awesome! The 90s were definitely a good time for Disney movies.

  • Jess
    January 8, 2014

    Oh my goodness, these are classics! Such good memories. I remember my sisters and I loving to watch Jumanji, Mrs. Doubtfire and Home Alone. What a fun trip down memory lane!

    • ashleynevis
      January 9, 2014

      Ahh, I completely agree about Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire. I loved them both so much! I might have to do a follow-up post with some of the movies I missed…

  • Lauren
    January 8, 2014

    What a great list! I would add The Little Mermaid and Hook, too! And The Little Rascals. So many good ones!

    Also, this is random but I saw Steve from Full House’s name in the credits for something and IMDB’d him and he is like a director now for all kinds of stuff. Soooo… yay Steve?

    • ashleynevis
      January 9, 2014

      I loved The Little Rascals too! So good. And wow, that’s random and awesome about Steve, haha.

  • Nadine
    January 8, 2014

    You NAILED this post. If I wrote my own version of this post it would have the exact same movies. I had forgotten all about It Takes Two and now I really want to have a throwback movie night.

    • ashleynevis
      January 9, 2014

      Oh man, a throwback movie night is a great idea. If only they still made classic 90s snacks like 3D Doritos and Squeez-its juice – those would be perfect alongside these movies!

  • Charlotte Ann Burt
    January 8, 2014

    I love all of this

    Love from Marbella, Spain x

  • Dennis Billingsley
    January 8, 2014

    And I treasure every memory of dancing together to “Tale As Old As Time”!!

  • Jessica
    January 8, 2014

    Love these! It Takes Two was definitely my favorite, I was MK&Ash OBSESSED!

    • ashleynevis
      January 9, 2014

      I was too! I totally loved their straight-to-VHS mystery movies too. Remember those??

  • Vanessa
    January 9, 2014

    Aladin and Casper were two huge ones for me! The house in Casper is still my dream house.

  • Amberly
    January 9, 2014

    I love A Little Princess!!!! 🙂 And Homeward Bound is a classic.

  • Maria
    January 10, 2014

    Can I just tell you our movie lists are IDENTICAL! I LOVE that someone else knows what Happily Ever After is! And It Takes Two…my sis and I (we ARE identical twins by the way) ALWAYS rented this movie (back when renting was the thing to do). My poor brother hated it!

  • chelsea
    January 11, 2014

    Homeward bound! AH, we would have been bffs as children based on those movies.

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