1. The Little Princess (1939)
A true classic featuring Shirley Temple as Sara. Deployed to Africa, her father leaves her in a private school to live a life of privilege until his return. Her father soon becomes MIA. Due to the lack of tuition payments, she becomes the resident maid. Sara holds out hope that her father will one day return.
My father and I would watch this movie over and over again when I was a little girl. It is the best father daughter movie made yet. I saw a remastered copy on sale a few years back and all the memories came back of me and my father watching it endlessly over 20 years ago living in Africa. Now I watch it with my daughter.
2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Three children are sent to live with Eglantine Price played by Angela Lansbury who turns out to be a witch in training wanting to use her powers to help in the war, which turns into the adventure of a lifetime. The magical whimsy of this movie made it an instant classic.
3. E.T the Extra-Terrestrial(1982)
This Steven Spielberg film stars Drew Barrymore as the younger sister of Elliot, the boy that finds the alien, befriends it and names it E.T. Elliot ends up fighting many battles as he tries to keep the alien hidden from his mother and government scientists. E.T desperately wants to “phone home” so he can get a ride back to his planet.
4. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
This musical film features Judy Garland as Dorothy in a classic American tale. Dorothy and her dog Toto are thrown into the land of Oz where they meet some interesting characters who try to help Dorothy find her way home.
5. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
In this remake of the 1947 original, Kris Kringle is hired to be a department store Santa where he meets Susan portrayed by Mara Wilson who doesn’t believe in Santa. The story unfolds with events leading to Susan having a change of heart.
6. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Belle is sent to live with the beast and later discovers that she would be the one to break a spell turning him into a handsome prince.
7. Sound of Music (1965)
A nun is sent to live with the von Trapp family. The beginning seems rocky as the children don’t take well to their new nanny Maria, played by Julie Andrews. There’s tons of singing and dancing in this musical film. Maria takes the children from living in a home with strict military precision fostered by their father, to a home with laughter, joy and of course singing. The movie turns forty-five this week, and the entire cast of von Trapp children appeared on the Today Show to commemorate the anniversary.
8. The Chronicles of Narnia Movie Series(2005 – Present)
Four siblings find a magic wardrobe that they use as a doorway to a magical world where there are all sorts of cross-breed creatures and adventures. My children love the entire collection .
9. Mary Poppins (1964)
This movie is filled with singing , dancing, and a little magic. Mary Poppins presented the perfect marriage of live action with a touch of animation. Growing up, my entire family would watch this movie together. From my sister who was five to my grandmother who was in her 70’s.
10. Charlotte’s Web (1973)
A spider gives a pig hope of life in his new home providing him with the strength and courage to make it.