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08.09.2013by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Awesome Underrated Movies from Your Childhood (Video Edition)

With Disney's PLANES opening this week, I know I will be dragged to see it with my kids. Unfortunately they aren't old enough for ELYSIUM, but surely there are some decent non-animated movies they can watch? When I think back to the movies that made my childhood they were not all cartoons or even appropriate for my age. We all grew up with STAR WARS, SUPERMAN, INDIANA JONES, THE GOONIES, and E.T., so here is a list of the ten other movies that made my childhood passion for movies what it is today. If you have a favorite movie from when you were a kid, add it in the talk backs below and let us all remember how awesome kid movies used to be.

HONORABLE MENTION - THE MONSTER SQUAD

While not really appropriate for the really little ones, THE MONSTER SQUAD is a fun way to introduce kids to the world of horror movies. Fred Dekker and Shane Black teamed up on what is essentially Universal Monsters meets THE GOONIES. There is a decent amount of gore and profanity, but this is one movie that I took every opportunity to watch as a kid. Wolfman's got nards!

#10 - *BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED

Matthew Robbins and Steven Spielberg took a proposed episode of AMAZING STORIES and turned it into this fun science fiction adventure about an apartment building that becomes the home to a bunch of small robotic aliens. Think the exact opposite of TRANSFORMERS. Instead of mass destruction they bring the residents together to save their home. *BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED embodies the pure Amblin mentality missing from a lot of Spielberg's recent works.

#9 - WILLOW

WILLOW may have bombed at the box office, but if LORD OF THE RINGS is too scary for your kids, share with them the next best thing! George Lucas' story is a complete rip-off of Tolkien, but it is a fun adventure. Sure the special effects are pretty dated, but your kids will still look at it with wide eyed fascination.

#8 - LABYRINTH

Introduce your children to the power of Jim Henson outside of movies or shows featuring Muppets. While THE DARK CRYSTAL is another good choice from the mind of Henson, Labyrinth is a great live action adventure from a time when quality fantasy films were hard to come by. Plus, it is never too early to introduce your kids to the hotness of Jennifer Connelly. Beware the numerous shots of David Bowie's codpiece!

#7 - ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING

Elizabeth Shue, how I had a crush on you because of this movie! A great adventure movie taking place in the best city on Earth: Chicago! Also features Vincent D'Onofrio as Thor, ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING is the rare movie that kids and adults can enjoy and never get tired of. Chris Columbus has yet to match this movie in anything he has directed, including HOME ALONE and the first HARRY POTTER movies.

#6 - THE LAST STARFIGHTER

Attempting to fill the void left by the STAR WARS trilogy? Try THE LAST STARFIGHTER. Likely one of the best films inspired by George Lucas, I thought for years if I played enough video games I would be contacted by an intergalactic recruiter to defend the universe from evil. Alas, I am still waiting for that call but will continue to enjoy this flick.

#5 - THE NEVERENDING STORY

Ignore the shitty sequels and television series, the original Wolfgang Petersen movie is the only one worth watching. Another unique take on fantasy that falls squarely in the same category as LABYRINTH and RETURN TO OZ, this film borders on too scary for kids and just thrilling enough for preteens. I don't know anyone who has not gotten teary at the death of Artax. Excellent special effects for 1984 and a moving story about the power of imagination, THE NEVERENDING STORY is a great family movie.

#4 - THE WITCHES

Take the director of DON'T LOOK NOW (haven't seen it? Get a copy now!) and mic the story written by Roald Dahl and you get the creepy great THE WITCHES. Produced by Jim Henson Productions, THE WITCHES has a very European sensibility mixed with great special effects. The witches themselves scared the piss out of me as a child and the make-up holds up to this day. Fans of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and WILLY WONKA should check this one out. Plus Rowan Atkinson as the bumbling hotel manager!

#3 - FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR

I remember seeing this movie in the theater and opening my eyes as wide as possible at the unbelievable CGI effects. Never before had I seen anything so cool. Now, take that same wonder and share it with the budding movie watchers in your life. Fun, adventurous, and also an introduction to Paul Reubens as the voice of the ship. If you didn't want to be an astronaut before seeing this, you definitely did after.

#2 - LITTLE MONSTERS

BEETLEJUICE may have a nice f*cking model, but it is a little too scary for younglings. So, why not share with them a similar story, minus all of the death. LITTLE MONSTERS starring Fred Savage and Howie Mandel shares the same mentality as BEETLEJUICE and has just as weird of an underworld but will not be as frightening. To this day I wish I had the balls to serve a bully a cat food sandwich and a glass full of piss.

#1 - EXPLORERS

If you only see one movie on this list with some kids, make it EXPLORERS. Sure, the ending can be a little cheezy, but the adventurous spirit and positive messages in this film make it a hit with anyone. Kids will love the adventure and adults can remember back before the days of the internet when these kinds of movies seemed so much better than what we get today. It is still odd to see Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix look so young. Keep your eyes peeled for the great James Cromwell cameo!

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5:32PM on 08/14/2013
Great list.
Great list.
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10:03AM on 08/11/2013

Little Monsters

It's such a depressing pile of shit. Other than howie the movie is awful.
It's such a depressing pile of shit. Other than howie the movie is awful.
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9:51PM on 08/10/2013
How about The Boy Who Could Fly?
How about The Boy Who Could Fly?
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9:34PM on 08/10/2013
this needs to be waaaaay higher! Is she a virshin?
this needs to be waaaaay higher! Is she a virshin?
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10:14AM on 08/10/2013

Location

....shot in Toronto....
....shot in Toronto....
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4:44AM on 08/10/2013
Man, that is my childhood right there, I totally approve of this list!
Man, that is my childhood right there, I totally approve of this list!
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11:06PM on 08/09/2013
Labyrinth should be number one. The Witches and The Neverending Story would be on my list as well as a few not suitable for kids like The Lost Boys. But movies kids can watch as well as adults that should be on this list are The Princess Bride, The Dark Crystal, The Sandlot and Legend. Tim Curry's Darkness might be a little too scary for kids, same as The Neverending Story's Nothing. But I think they're both great family films from my childhood.
Labyrinth should be number one. The Witches and The Neverending Story would be on my list as well as a few not suitable for kids like The Lost Boys. But movies kids can watch as well as adults that should be on this list are The Princess Bride, The Dark Crystal, The Sandlot and Legend. Tim Curry's Darkness might be a little too scary for kids, same as The Neverending Story's Nothing. But I think they're both great family films from my childhood.
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9:42PM on 08/09/2013
Thank god I was born in the '70's. I'm surprised no one mentioned 'The Last Unicorn'.
Thank god I was born in the '70's. I'm surprised no one mentioned 'The Last Unicorn'.
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9:41PM on 08/09/2013
"Dishes Are Done Man!"
"Dishes Are Done Man!"
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9:36PM on 08/09/2013

THANK YOU!!!

I had completely forgotten Explorers. That movie traumatized me in a good way, much like Flight of the Navigator.

It had such a dreamlike quality I would actually think I'd dreamt it.
I had completely forgotten Explorers. That movie traumatized me in a good way, much like Flight of the Navigator.

It had such a dreamlike quality I would actually think I'd dreamt it.
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9:01PM on 08/09/2013

All these choices were great

I love all these movies, except Witches. I have never seen that, but I will be checking it out. Most of these movies would not get made today. In the first 10 minutes of Monster Squad a kid calls another kid a fa##ot twice and then that kid calls him an ahole. Ha, that would never happen in a kids movie nowadays.
I love all these movies, except Witches. I have never seen that, but I will be checking it out. Most of these movies would not get made today. In the first 10 minutes of Monster Squad a kid calls another kid a fa##ot twice and then that kid calls him an ahole. Ha, that would never happen in a kids movie nowadays.
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8:50PM on 08/09/2013
Excellent choice! The main guys girlfriend in this movie is super hot. She was in Night of the Comet also.
Excellent choice! The main guys girlfriend in this movie is super hot. She was in Night of the Comet also.
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6:52PM on 08/09/2013

The 80's were great for kids

Yes, Explorers was another big part of my childhood. This was a great list. I've seen all but Witches and Monster Squad so now I have some homework to try and hunt these down.
Yes, Explorers was another big part of my childhood. This was a great list. I've seen all but Witches and Monster Squad so now I have some homework to try and hunt these down.
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6:47PM on 08/09/2013
Loved this growing up. I even had the movie to book adaptation that I ordered from scholastic.
Loved this growing up. I even had the movie to book adaptation that I ordered from scholastic.
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6:43PM on 08/09/2013
I probably watched this 20 times growing up and I don't think I ever realized the ship was Peewee. You just blew my mind.
I probably watched this 20 times growing up and I don't think I ever realized the ship was Peewee. You just blew my mind.
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6:40PM on 08/09/2013
Somehow I missed this one growing up. I don't even remember hearing about it.
Somehow I missed this one growing up. I don't even remember hearing about it.
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6:37PM on 08/09/2013

Falcor!

This one freaked me out as a kid with the but I would still watch it over and over. Love this movie, again not ashamed to say I have the DVD.
This one freaked me out as a kid with the but I would still watch it over and over. Love this movie, again not ashamed to say I have the DVD.
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6:21PM on 08/09/2013
I don't think I have seen this since I was a kid, but I vividly remember the man taking his eyeballs out.
I don't think I have seen this since I was a kid, but I vividly remember the man taking his eyeballs out.
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6:20PM on 08/09/2013

One stitch

Also have this on DVD, I'm beginning to think I have more nostalgic movies from when I was a kid then new releases.
Also have this on DVD, I'm beginning to think I have more nostalgic movies from when I was a kid then new releases.
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6:16PM on 08/09/2013

Dance Magic!

One of my favorites growing up. Those songs are ingrained in my head forever. Not ashamed to own the DVD.
"You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What power? the power of voodoo. Who do? You do."
One of my favorites growing up. Those songs are ingrained in my head forever. Not ashamed to own the DVD.
"You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What power? the power of voodoo. Who do? You do."
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9:40PM on 08/10/2013
Do what? Remind me of the babe!
Do what? Remind me of the babe!
6:16PM on 08/09/2013

One word . . .

Legend!!! The days before Tom Cruise went crazy :-)
Legend!!! The days before Tom Cruise went crazy :-)
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6:07PM on 08/09/2013
This movie has some of the most legitimately frightening scenes I ever watched as a child. Not to mention the absolutely tragic first 10 minutes. Love this one to death.
This movie has some of the most legitimately frightening scenes I ever watched as a child. Not to mention the absolutely tragic first 10 minutes. Love this one to death.
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5:40PM on 08/09/2013

Maaaaan

I've always wanted to have a babysitter like Elizabeth Shue during my childhood years. Great movie.
I've always wanted to have a babysitter like Elizabeth Shue during my childhood years. Great movie.
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5:04PM on 08/09/2013

How are these underrated?

Especially The Never Ending Story and Labyrinth...heck 80% of these movies had huge followings. Might as well throw in The Dark Crystal if you call those underrated.
Especially The Never Ending Story and Labyrinth...heck 80% of these movies had huge followings. Might as well throw in The Dark Crystal if you call those underrated.
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4:43PM on 08/09/2013

Hmmm..

I've seen some of these but i may be a little young to truly remember the greatness of them. One i would have like to have seen was The Wizard.
I've seen some of these but i may be a little young to truly remember the greatness of them. One i would have like to have seen was The Wizard.
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4:07PM on 08/09/2013

Sorsha

My first ginger crush.
My first ginger crush.
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2:22PM on 08/09/2013

This film should be rebooted

I've always loved this movie and I think that if there is a movie that can successfully be rebooted is this one and would be a good franchise
I've always loved this movie and I think that if there is a movie that can successfully be rebooted is this one and would be a good franchise
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2:15PM on 08/09/2013
Good bunch of movies but I'd only consider 30 % of them underrated.
Good bunch of movies but I'd only consider 30 % of them underrated.
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8:05AM on 08/10/2013
I think he was talking of box office... Most weren't successful in theatre...
I think he was talking of box office... Most weren't successful in theatre...
2:53PM on 08/09/2013
Very True, a lot of these are certified classics.
Very True, a lot of these are certified classics.
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2:05PM on 08/09/2013

good job alex

i'm not sure if these are actually underrated as i love them all. but a damn fine list of some of the best movies of my youth. you did a good job here with this list alex. now i'm grown up and have two kids of my own. can't wait for them to get a bit bigger so they can watch all of these.
i'm not sure if these are actually underrated as i love them all. but a damn fine list of some of the best movies of my youth. you did a good job here with this list alex. now i'm grown up and have two kids of my own. can't wait for them to get a bit bigger so they can watch all of these.
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1:43PM on 08/09/2013
Between this and Howard The Duck..., it was 'bomb year' for LucasFilms...
Between this and Howard The Duck..., it was 'bomb year' for LucasFilms...
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1:42PM on 08/09/2013

Amazing

It's as if someone materialized a list of my definitive movies to watch while hung over.
It's as if someone materialized a list of my definitive movies to watch while hung over.
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1:21PM on 08/09/2013

Underrated

Always a tough thing to define cause what might be highly "rated" in your circle might not be in mine. That being said..great list. As far as other [link] is a GREAT choice for this list..but i would not add Princess Bride. It is an AMAZING movie but i think everyone knows that and highly rates it as a classic so dont think it deserves to be on this list. Of course..thats just my opinion and ive always been OVERrated my whole life.
Always a tough thing to define cause what might be highly "rated" in your circle might not be in mine. That being said..great list. As far as other [link] is a GREAT choice for this list..but i would not add Princess Bride. It is an AMAZING movie but i think everyone knows that and highly rates it as a classic so dont think it deserves to be on this list. Of course..thats just my opinion and ive always been OVERrated my whole life.
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12:49PM on 08/09/2013
the princess bride ( though that may nit be considered underrated), the sandlot, rookie of the year, little giants, angels in the outfield, short circuit, small soldiers
the princess bride ( though that may nit be considered underrated), the sandlot, rookie of the year, little giants, angels in the outfield, short circuit, small soldiers
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12:24PM on 08/09/2013

Explorers!!!

Yes, thank you! Explorers is THE movie of my child. Great list.
Yes, thank you! Explorers is THE movie of my child. Great list.
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12:11PM on 08/09/2013

meant to post here

No Enemy Mine? Every click I thought for sure it would be the next one. I guess it'll show up on the underrated underrated movie list.
No Enemy Mine? Every click I thought for sure it would be the next one. I guess it'll show up on the underrated underrated movie list.
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2:12PM on 08/09/2013
Love the movie but its MUCH less family friendly.
Love the movie but its MUCH less family friendly.
12:09PM on 08/09/2013

what?

No Enemy Mine? Every click I thought for sure it would be the next one. I guess it'll show up on the underrated underrated movie list.
No Enemy Mine? Every click I thought for sure it would be the next one. I guess it'll show up on the underrated underrated movie list.
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11:43AM on 08/09/2013
The Monster Squad is epic!
The Monster Squad is epic!
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11:37AM on 08/09/2013
Great movie. I wanted a franchise with this.
Great movie. I wanted a franchise with this.
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11:29AM on 08/09/2013

Good list

Admittedly I've only seen about half of the list provided. My favorites to watch when I was a kid:

1. Willow (my absolute favorite)
2. Princess Bride
3. The Goonies
4. Back To The Future
5. Ghostbusters
6. Home Alone
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
8. Honey I Shrunk The Kids
9. Adventures In Babysitting
10. The Never Ending Story

I have fond memories of having any one of these movies on while I was building things with my Legos. I also had a number of favorites that weren't age
Admittedly I've only seen about half of the list provided. My favorites to watch when I was a kid:

1. Willow (my absolute favorite)
2. Princess Bride
3. The Goonies
4. Back To The Future
5. Ghostbusters
6. Home Alone
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
8. Honey I Shrunk The Kids
9. Adventures In Babysitting
10. The Never Ending Story

I have fond memories of having any one of these movies on while I was building things with my Legos. I also had a number of favorites that weren't age appropriate and were recorded off from TV (edited), like Predator and Aliens. What a blissful, care-free age...
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1:25PM on 08/09/2013
I guess I managed to miss the *underrated* key word in the title of the article. No wonder many of my favorites weren't on there. I guess I was too overwhelmed with nostalgia to realize it.
I guess I managed to miss the *underrated* key word in the title of the article. No wonder many of my favorites weren't on there. I guess I was too overwhelmed with nostalgia to realize it.
10:30AM on 08/09/2013
Love it!!!
Love it!!!
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10:25AM on 08/09/2013
The Princess Bride, one of the best films of my childhood. Gotta be on the list. Probably my number 1.
The Princess Bride, one of the best films of my childhood. Gotta be on the list. Probably my number 1.
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9:27AM on 08/09/2013
I rewatched this movie recently and I was surprised how disappointing it actually was. The one thing is has going for is it the nostalgia factor, but the story isn't that great and the main character Sarah is unlikable.
I rewatched this movie recently and I was surprised how disappointing it actually was. The one thing is has going for is it the nostalgia factor, but the story isn't that great and the main character Sarah is unlikable.
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9:02AM on 08/09/2013

Great list but...

i cannot let the absence of Princess Bride slide. A kick ass story about pirates and sword fighting and revenge being read to a 6 year old Fred Savage?? By Peter Faulk??? With Andre the Giant? And THAT doesnt make the list??
I'll admit, im a bit older and i was in 9th grade when i saw PB, but i was instantly taken back and still smile the whole 90 minutes of the film. Love this list, especially the NeverEnding Story. But for shame!
i cannot let the absence of Princess Bride slide. A kick ass story about pirates and sword fighting and revenge being read to a 6 year old Fred Savage?? By Peter Faulk??? With Andre the Giant? And THAT doesnt make the list??
I'll admit, im a bit older and i was in 9th grade when i saw PB, but i was instantly taken back and still smile the whole 90 minutes of the film. Love this list, especially the NeverEnding Story. But for shame!
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11:35AM on 08/09/2013
Completely agree! No list of this kind should be without Princess Bride.
Completely agree! No list of this kind should be without Princess Bride.
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8:44AM on 08/09/2013

Great list!

I'm sure I'm forgetting one, but its so hard to believe when this list hit all the right notes.
I'm sure I'm forgetting one, but its so hard to believe when this list hit all the right notes.
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8:29AM on 08/09/2013

Don't fuck with the babysitter!

"Chris Columbus has yet to match this movie in anything he has directed, including HOME ALONE and the first HARRY POTTER movies."

Adventures In Babysitting, such a fun movie, but I'm not sure it's unmatched by Columbus. Donofrio is clutch as Thor though!
"Chris Columbus has yet to match this movie in anything he has directed, including HOME ALONE and the first HARRY POTTER movies."

Adventures In Babysitting, such a fun movie, but I'm not sure it's unmatched by Columbus. Donofrio is clutch as Thor though!
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8:18AM on 08/09/2013

A single qualm

This list is near perfect. I quite literally thought "hell yeah" after every click. I? however, would swap 1 & 2. Little Monsters is the sh*t.
This list is near perfect. I quite literally thought "hell yeah" after every click. I? however, would swap 1 & 2. Little Monsters is the sh*t.
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8:01AM on 08/09/2013
Also THE SANDLOT.
Also THE SANDLOT.
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9:56AM on 08/09/2013
It is in my opinion, it's not treated with the same respect or love as RUDY or any other sports film. When that 20th anniversary Blu-Ray came out, it should have been a huge release.
It is in my opinion, it's not treated with the same respect or love as RUDY or any other sports film. When that 20th anniversary Blu-Ray came out, it should have been a huge release.
9:29AM on 08/09/2013
Not underrated at all.
Not underrated at all.
7:32AM on 08/09/2013

I was born in 1985 and here are my two cents.

Last Action Hero is one of the most underrated movie. It's just great fantasy,action,adventure,comedy. A kid going INTO a movie and teaming-up with his favourite hero ? Plus you have a lot of movie references and Ian McKellen as Death ! Maybe Shane Black's original script was a better adult-oriented flick, but no one should be ashamed of the result, since any kid watching it wishes it could happen to him. I'm still waiting for my golden cinema ticket !
Surf Ninjas is another gem. That movie is
Last Action Hero is one of the most underrated movie. It's just great fantasy,action,adventure,comedy. A kid going INTO a movie and teaming-up with his favourite hero ? Plus you have a lot of movie references and Ian McKellen as Death ! Maybe Shane Black's original script was a better adult-oriented flick, but no one should be ashamed of the result, since any kid watching it wishes it could happen to him. I'm still waiting for my golden cinema ticket !
Surf Ninjas is another gem. That movie is ridiculous and it knows it, kids watching it know it and it doesn't keep them from having a good time. It's adventure/comedy with nice kung fu (or whatever martial art they used). Even Rob Schneider is funny in this one, and it's hugely quotable ("Money can't buy knives...", "Never mess with Zorro"... I don't know if anyone discovering it today would like it, but damn, it's one of my childhood favourite.
Also, I found Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II and III to be underrated kid movies. Today, only the first one really holds up for me, but I can still watch these sequels and enjoy them. I find it funny that some would have liked a respectful R-rated adaptation of the comic-book, but if it had been the case, I would have never been a fan of the Ninja Turtles. Just like a lot of kids growing up with these movies.
Also "The Three Musketeers" with Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Oliver Platt, Chris O'Donnell. What a great adventure ! I wish there were more adventure flicks like this one : basic, to-the-point, simple. Great sword fights, stunts, comedy, quotes, sets and music. What more could you want ? Of course it's not Alexandre Dumas's best adaptation, but it's a really entertaining family movie.
I would also add "Homeward Bound : an Incredible Journey" which nobody ever seems to know.

Anyway, thanks a lot for the list, I haven't seen them all and I'm always looking for good 80s kid movies. (because I think I've seen all the early 90s ones.)
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7:31AM on 08/09/2013

One more

Cloak and Dagger. Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman. I still love that movie
Cloak and Dagger. Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman. I still love that movie
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5:06PM on 08/09/2013
YES, totally agree
YES, totally agree
7:27AM on 08/09/2013
Wow, Flight Of The Navigator, that takes me back. I think I destroyed the VHS tape watching that so much
Wow, Flight Of The Navigator, that takes me back. I think I destroyed the VHS tape watching that so much
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7:15AM on 08/09/2013
Another childhood favorite of mine was Disney's Candleshoe with Jodie Foster and David Niven. I watched it repeatedly on VHS.
Another childhood favorite of mine was Disney's Candleshoe with Jodie Foster and David Niven. I watched it repeatedly on VHS.
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6:48AM on 08/09/2013

My favorites as a kid

Shame it bombed it was one of my most watched on VHS as a kid, plus Val Kilmer was the freakin man as Mad Martigan!
Shame it bombed it was one of my most watched on VHS as a kid, plus Val Kilmer was the freakin man as Mad Martigan!
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6:35AM on 08/09/2013

SO HARD to choose only 10

D.A.R.Y.L., Harry And The Henderson, The 'Burbs and (YES, even if I'm the only one) Howard The Duck, would be add on my list... So many more, as well... God I miss the 80's
D.A.R.Y.L., Harry And The Henderson, The 'Burbs and (YES, even if I'm the only one) Howard The Duck, would be add on my list... So many more, as well... God I miss the 80's
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1:49PM on 08/09/2013
I might add Innerspace and Krull to my list...
I might add Innerspace and Krull to my list...
1:37PM on 08/09/2013
The Burbs' is by far my #1 cheer-up movie
The Burbs' is by far my #1 cheer-up movie
9:50AM on 08/09/2013
You aren't the only one. I was born in '85 and my wife in '83. I absolutely loved Howard the Duck as a kid. I made her watch it for the first time about a year ago and she hated it but I still laughed my ass off. It just took me back to a time when things were more simple. Howard would totally make my list too.
You aren't the only one. I was born in '85 and my wife in '83. I absolutely loved Howard the Duck as a kid. I made her watch it for the first time about a year ago and she hated it but I still laughed my ass off. It just took me back to a time when things were more simple. Howard would totally make my list too.
6:23AM on 08/09/2013

Creepy

Like "Monster Squad" it is a film full of scares but it is a fun adventure. Damn it, we need more movies like this and less about non-sense for children.
Like "Monster Squad" it is a film full of scares but it is a fun adventure. Damn it, we need more movies like this and less about non-sense for children.
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6:20AM on 08/09/2013

Da Nothing!

You think these are strong hands?
You think these are strong hands?
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6:19AM on 08/09/2013

This is what kids movies should be like

Fun, a bit scary, and a great adventure.... there is no sense of adventure or danger in kids movies today
Fun, a bit scary, and a great adventure.... there is no sense of adventure or danger in kids movies today
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5:57AM on 08/09/2013
Fantastic list, I'd add D.A.R.Y.L. as well.
Fantastic list, I'd add D.A.R.Y.L. as well.
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5:55AM on 08/09/2013
In the 70's there was a string of English soft porn movies called 'Adventures of a Plumber's Mate/Private Eye and Taxi Driver. These were attempts to cash in on the successful 'Confessions of a ...' movies.
So when Adventures in Babysitting came along it was renamed in Europe to A Night on the Town.
In the 70's there was a string of English soft porn movies called 'Adventures of a Plumber's Mate/Private Eye and Taxi Driver. These were attempts to cash in on the successful 'Confessions of a ...' movies.
So when Adventures in Babysitting came along it was renamed in Europe to A Night on the Town.
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5:52AM on 08/09/2013
all but 2 i grew up on Witches and Little Monsters
all but 2 i grew up on Witches and Little Monsters
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5:49AM on 08/09/2013
Loved this movie, innocent and magical.
Loved this movie, innocent and magical.
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4:41AM on 08/09/2013
The Sandlot and Bedknobs & Broomsticks should be here!
The Sandlot and Bedknobs & Broomsticks should be here!
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4:03AM on 08/09/2013

This list is really hit and miss for me.

With the exception of Witches and Little Monsters I think I saw every movie on this list as a child. Some of them, like The Neverending Story, Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator were ones I absolutely loved, but the Explorers was one of those movies where you have a near-existential moment as a child where you're like "I am a 7 year old boy, I am the absolute target audience for this movie, but even I think it is cheesy and lame and dumb."

Overall I realize that everyone's
With the exception of Witches and Little Monsters I think I saw every movie on this list as a child. Some of them, like The Neverending Story, Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator were ones I absolutely loved, but the Explorers was one of those movies where you have a near-existential moment as a child where you're like "I am a 7 year old boy, I am the absolute target audience for this movie, but even I think it is cheesy and lame and dumb."

Overall I realize that everyone's tastes vary as a child, and while some of these are pretty widely accepted as childhood classics (which means that they're not exactly "undderrated") I think a few of these really wouldn't have the universal appeal with children you might hope they would. Overall, at least an interesting list.
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3:49AM on 08/09/2013

Man, The Neverending Story was my favorite film as a child

And I still love it for nostalgic purposes, but quality-wise it really doesn't hold up that well once you hit adulthood. Labyrinth is out there enough that it almost makes itself immune to most criticisms, Dragonslayer is still pretty visually striking at times and The Dark Crystal and Legend are dark and gutsy enough that you just have to admire the fact that they got made instead of another cutesy family friendly fantasy pic. However, as much as I want Neverending Story to hold up it simply
And I still love it for nostalgic purposes, but quality-wise it really doesn't hold up that well once you hit adulthood. Labyrinth is out there enough that it almost makes itself immune to most criticisms, Dragonslayer is still pretty visually striking at times and The Dark Crystal and Legend are dark and gutsy enough that you just have to admire the fact that they got made instead of another cutesy family friendly fantasy pic. However, as much as I want Neverending Story to hold up it simply doesn't for me, the book is still freaking fantastic though.
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3:23AM on 08/09/2013
I missed Explorers, Flight of the Navigator, and didn't watch Monster Squad until I was an adult. Funny, looking back, I know I watched Little Monsters, but can't for the life of me remember anything that happened in it.
I missed Explorers, Flight of the Navigator, and didn't watch Monster Squad until I was an adult. Funny, looking back, I know I watched Little Monsters, but can't for the life of me remember anything that happened in it.
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3:12AM on 08/09/2013
Despite some liberties taken with Dahl book, this is still probably my favorite Roald Dahl adaptation. He never shied away from putting children in peril, and boy, are these kids in peril! The cast is spot-on, too (it blew my mind when I realized that was Mr. Bean as the hotel manager).
Despite some liberties taken with Dahl book, this is still probably my favorite Roald Dahl adaptation. He never shied away from putting children in peril, and boy, are these kids in peril! The cast is spot-on, too (it blew my mind when I realized that was Mr. Bean as the hotel manager).
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3:01AM on 08/09/2013
I only saw this movie once, and it has stuck with me. As far as '80s gems go, this is a movie that too often seems forgotten, despite being a superior sci-fi adventure movie.
I only saw this movie once, and it has stuck with me. As far as '80s gems go, this is a movie that too often seems forgotten, despite being a superior sci-fi adventure movie.
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3:01AM on 08/09/2013
I'd add The Sandlot to the list (though I was older when it came out). Can't believe "Stand By Me" wasn't on the list! Another I'd add was the great John Cusack film "One Crazy Summer", though I suppose it's not a kid's film.
I'd add The Sandlot to the list (though I was older when it came out). Can't believe "Stand By Me" wasn't on the list! Another I'd add was the great John Cusack film "One Crazy Summer", though I suppose it's not a kid's film.
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1:39PM on 08/09/2013
I don't think Stand By Me is 'underrated'...
It more an universally praised one !
Rightly so...
I don't think Stand By Me is 'underrated'...
It more an universally praised one !
Rightly so...
11:38AM on 08/09/2013
Stand By Me is a great movie indeed. However, I don't think you can really consider it a kid/family movie. It was rated R. Granted I saw plenty of R rated movies when I was "under age".
Stand By Me is a great movie indeed. However, I don't think you can really consider it a kid/family movie. It was rated R. Granted I saw plenty of R rated movies when I was "under age".
2:57AM on 08/09/2013
One of my all-time favorites. And every bit of that is true. Jennifer Connelly was probably my first crush from before I even knew what that meant. And it's a bit more accessible than The Dark Crystal (which I LOVE).
One of my all-time favorites. And every bit of that is true. Jennifer Connelly was probably my first crush from before I even knew what that meant. And it's a bit more accessible than The Dark Crystal (which I LOVE).
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2:54AM on 08/09/2013
I didn't own this movie until later (late '90s I think), but I remember being little, it was one of the movies my aunt had at her place that my sister and I would pop in if we had the chance. General Kael scared the ever-living crap out of me though.
I didn't own this movie until later (late '90s I think), but I remember being little, it was one of the movies my aunt had at her place that my sister and I would pop in if we had the chance. General Kael scared the ever-living crap out of me though.
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2:49AM on 08/09/2013
just watched this movie for the first time a few days ago. My wife wanted to watch it with me cause it was a favorite from her childhood. Good movie.
just watched this movie for the first time a few days ago. My wife wanted to watch it with me cause it was a favorite from her childhood. Good movie.
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2:54AM on 08/09/2013
labyrinth. I posted the comment on that movies page, but it put it here. Don't know why. go figure.
labyrinth. I posted the comment on that movies page, but it put it here. Don't know why. go figure.
2:18AM on 08/09/2013

Nice

The best and only acceptable use of Beach Boys songs in a movie.
The best and only acceptable use of Beach Boys songs in a movie.
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4:48PM on 08/11/2013
Oh c'mon... "I Get Around" in Three Kings is iconic.
Oh c'mon... "I Get Around" in Three Kings is iconic.
3:55AM on 08/09/2013
I don't man, Vanilla Sky managed to put "Good Vibrations" to pretty good use.
I don't man, Vanilla Sky managed to put "Good Vibrations" to pretty good use.
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2:08AM on 08/09/2013
great list of films i loved as a child. I remember watching alot of these films when they first came out, Never Ending Story was the main one. Damn I miss the 80s.
great list of films i loved as a child. I remember watching alot of these films when they first came out, Never Ending Story was the main one. Damn I miss the 80s.
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1:47AM on 08/09/2013
This movie is a classic!
This movie is a classic!
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1:45AM on 08/09/2013
Sometimes I dream up column ideas I would write if I worked for JoBlo. Something just like this Top 10 list was one of them, and it seems like you know me very well. Nearly every movie in this list pretty much defines my entire movie watching experience as a kid. In fact, if you replace Monster Sqaud, The Witches, and Little Monsters (never seen 'em) with Batman, The Princess Bride, and A Christmas Story, I think you'll have a perfect list of my most frequently watched movies growing up.
Sometimes I dream up column ideas I would write if I worked for JoBlo. Something just like this Top 10 list was one of them, and it seems like you know me very well. Nearly every movie in this list pretty much defines my entire movie watching experience as a kid. In fact, if you replace Monster Sqaud, The Witches, and Little Monsters (never seen 'em) with Batman, The Princess Bride, and A Christmas Story, I think you'll have a perfect list of my most frequently watched movies growing up.
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8:25AM on 08/09/2013
Gonna also have to add Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Beetlejuice. Forgot about those.
Gonna also have to add Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Beetlejuice. Forgot about those.
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1:36AM on 08/09/2013
I watched the everliving hell out of the movie when I was a youngster. I also owned the board game.
I watched the everliving hell out of the movie when I was a youngster. I also owned the board game.
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1:32AM on 08/09/2013
Angelica Houston was PHENOMENAL and Atkinson was shockingly subdued (which I liked for a change)! Still, the story in the beginning about the Grandma's friend taken by the witch and the witch that tried to take Luke in the tree was really scary.
Angelica Houston was PHENOMENAL and Atkinson was shockingly subdued (which I liked for a change)! Still, the story in the beginning about the Grandma's friend taken by the witch and the witch that tried to take Luke in the tree was really scary.
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1:24AM on 08/09/2013
Madmartigan was the bomb! However, this was pretty scary in it's own right. The crazy witch that wanted to kill the baby, the hairy dogs eating the old woman, the trolls and the two-headed thing Willow turned one of them into, the Skull masked guy killing Madmartigan's friend, the sound of Madmartigan stabbing Skull mask guy to death (which sounded like biting an apple!), and the soldiers being turned (painfully) into pigs were all pretty scary!!!
Madmartigan was the bomb! However, this was pretty scary in it's own right. The crazy witch that wanted to kill the baby, the hairy dogs eating the old woman, the trolls and the two-headed thing Willow turned one of them into, the Skull masked guy killing Madmartigan's friend, the sound of Madmartigan stabbing Skull mask guy to death (which sounded like biting an apple!), and the soldiers being turned (painfully) into pigs were all pretty scary!!!
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1:17AM on 08/09/2013
I know it's violent and gory and with swearing and all that stuff, but come on! Just honorable mention? I LOVED this flick as a kid (and still do!)!!!
I know it's violent and gory and with swearing and all that stuff, but come on! Just honorable mention? I LOVED this flick as a kid (and still do!)!!!
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1:16AM on 08/09/2013

No Surf Ninjas or Mac & Me?

Yeah... Maybe I had a different childhood...
Yeah... Maybe I had a different childhood...
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8:49AM on 08/09/2013
Bases on those two movies, Just guessing I'm probably 5 years older than you. And it is interesting to me that 5 years seems like such a short time, but it truly creates different perspectives and attachments. I bet you were Ninja Turtles and I was He Man.
Bases on those two movies, Just guessing I'm probably 5 years older than you. And it is interesting to me that 5 years seems like such a short time, but it truly creates different perspectives and attachments. I bet you were Ninja Turtles and I was He Man.
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1:07AM on 08/09/2013
Johnny #5

wheres the love for Short Circuit???
Johnny #5

wheres the love for Short Circuit???
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12:48AM on 08/09/2013

Yes!

The second I saw the title of this article I thought of Little Monsters, but I was like, nah no way it makes this list...low and behold. Someone else appreciates great cinema
The second I saw the title of this article I thought of Little Monsters, but I was like, nah no way it makes this list...low and behold. Someone else appreciates great cinema
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12:41AM on 08/09/2013

Good list

Not sure I'd call these movies underrated, at least from my generation. These are almost all heralded classics. Must have missed The Explorers somehow though.
Not sure I'd call these movies underrated, at least from my generation. These are almost all heralded classics. Must have missed The Explorers somehow though.
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12:36AM on 08/09/2013
The awed way in which he says "Wolfman's Got Nards!" gets me every time. I think there should be more modern kids' adventure films that feel like this instead of ones that are more like the Josh Hutcherson-starring Journey films. Super 8 was a step in that direction that I did enjoy.
The awed way in which he says "Wolfman's Got Nards!" gets me every time. I think there should be more modern kids' adventure films that feel like this instead of ones that are more like the Josh Hutcherson-starring Journey films. Super 8 was a step in that direction that I did enjoy.
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