Tossin’ It Out There: What was YOUR Favorite Movie Growing Up?

This week the thought crossed my mind that tastes in movies change over time, they mature, they grow, etc.

So your taste in movies now is probably not what it was when you were a child. Even if it was, there’s probably any number of movies that have come out between when you were young and now that you simply hadn’t seen yet at the time…

But what were your favorite movies then? When you were a kid, growing up? What movies did you drive your parents crazy over? Were they kids movies? Or, like me, did you luck into seeing some great movies at an early age and latch on to them, even though they were more for adults?

Whatever your answer is, let’s hear it! What movies didΒ YOU love when you were little?


62 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What was YOUR Favorite Movie Growing Up?

  1. The first movie I saw at the cinema (aged 4), was also the movie that made me fall in love with film. It was Disney’s Bambi and I’m not sure any other movie will ever have quite the effect that it happened to have on me. The first film that I can remember opening my eyes to the mechanics of filmmaking and the craft that goes into making a film was probably Taxi Driver (aged 12). The movies I loved as a kid were all mid-80’s affairs (The Goonies, Ghostbusters, Short Circuit, E.T.) with the exception of a few golden age musicals, particularly Top Hat and Singin’ in the Rain. I also had fond affection for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry, from an early age. The Bond movie A View to a Kill caught me when I was an impressionable 7 and from then on I was hooked on 007 films. A massive mention has to go to Jaws, the first movie that truly petrified me (aged 7) and also The Silence of the Lambs, as it was the first film I can remember being unable to watch all the way through (I’ve since remdied this, but something about the serial killer element really freaked me out as a teenager). My grandfather also had a big influence on my film education and I have my passion for Westerns from him (particularly those featuring James Stewart, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, or Kirk Douglas). Oh, and I suppose Watership Down also did a number on me – what can I say I was an emotional kid.

    • I like how you qualified that “A View to a Kill” caught you at an impressionable age. LOL. I was a little older when I saw it, and it made quite a different impression on me. πŸ˜€

      Jaws scared the crap out of me too… and it became one of my favorite movies for life.

      I’m alwasy going to have a soft spot for the movies of the 80s, too. I watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off the other night and I was just outrageously happy through the entire thing.

      Taxi Driver at 12, huh? I wonder how old I was when I saw it… Older, probably Im thinking…

      Lastly, I think of my Grandfather whenever I watch John Wayne, too. Its a nice connection to have. Long live the Duke.

  2. I loved Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins as a kid. I was a sucker for the real life and animation in the same show! I reenacted the Codfish Ball and Chim Chiminey too many times to count. B&B came out before I as born, and MP came out when I was 1….but I remember going to the library in Newington sitting on the floor with a pillow and watching them on a giant pull down screen.

    • They weren’t my thing. LOL.

      The days of the “Giant pull down screen” though bring back good memories. My Dad used to bring a movie projector home from school with him sometimes and play movies on the fridge. I’ll never forget seeing “Peter and the Wolf” that way… πŸ˜€

  3. Looking back, I was probably as into films back then, as I am now, and a lot of the films that spring to mind when I think of being a kid, I now own on DVD! Disney has always been a great love of mine forever, (as far as I know) Beauty and the Beast was the first film I saw at the cinema, and I grew up with Disney movies. As well as those, it’s the token 80’s films mentioned above.
    I could go further, and state guilt free that I also STILL also love Three Amigos! Batteries Not Included and ET (though I don’t like that they altered it, so my DVD isn’t the same as the original version). Special notes go to Jurassic Park, I went to see this at the cinema at the height of my “dinosaur phase”, and remember I spent half the film hiding behind the seats in front! And Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which was the cause of great timing issues every boxing day when I was little, because we’d always go to my grandparents house and would have to be there for the beginning!
    I could mention loads more… though I won’t!

    • Well, THAT’S a great time to grow up with Disney movies. Right smack dab in the middle of the Disney renaissance. I dont necessarily think “Three Amigos” is a guilty pleasure. I think it’s genuinely funny, and its place in pop culture is right about right (neither over nor under rated)

      Youre not alone on not liking the ET alterrations! Steven Spielberg is unhappy he tinkered with it too!! πŸ˜‰

      That’s funny you say your “Dinosaur phase” I think all kids go through that. I wonder why. I know if I had seen Jurassic Park first that might have CAUSED a Dinosaur phase, LOL, but I might have just hid too.

      Thanks for sharing Crafty! πŸ˜€

      • Chitty chitty Bang Bang…, how could i forget that one! I lalso liked three amigos too! Underrated if u ask me.

        But going through the Dinosaur Phase with Jurassic park does nothing for me but make me feel old. (Since my kids did the same thing!) Haha

  4. Well, when I was really young I loved Batman and Robin, but thankfully I grew out of that. My favourites were probably James Bond, Indiana Jones, The Matrix, and Terminator 2. Also, while it isn’t a movie, Batman: The Animated Series was my childhood.

    • Really? You like B:TAS? I couldn’t tell. πŸ˜€

      Yeah, sometimes when youre a kid, you dont have the best taste. When I was teaching karate, all these little kids were all loving the Star Wars prequels. I wonder if they’ll snap out of it at a certain age….

      • Well, being a Karate teacher, you should have beaten it into them πŸ˜›

        Just kidding…child abusive is never funny (well…sometimes…but not usually…apologies to any one reading this with a history of child abuse)

        In all seriousness, I liked Phantom Menace when I first saw it, mainly because I was four.

        Actually, I just remembered, when I was probably five or six, for Christmas I got the Batman set on VHS and remember watching all four that day in reverse order. I was a weird kid.

  5. I was lucky enough to have an older brother who didn’t understand that there are things young kids probably shouldn’t see. Consequently I grew-up on regiment of Arnold Schwarzenegger. I loved Predator (still do) and I remember coming home from school and popping in Terminator all the time. I loved all the James Bond’s and Indiana Jones.

    The first movie that I remember completely blowing my mind was Batman. I became complete batman freak! And then Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit and everything was “tubular” and “totally awesome, man” for a couple of years. πŸ™‚ Then came Jurassic Park and T2, which are still WAY up there for me.

    • There you go! Ahnuld is good for a growing boy, he’ll make you big and strong!

      “Don’d grow up to be a littel wussy boy, carry arounnd a big gun and shoot lots of things!”

      (Notice how I just glossed over the ninja turtles stuff… helping you out man, helping you out. :D)

  6. Favorite movie growing up huh? I would have to give that to my choice for Houdini’s Magic Ticket…Wily Wonka [].
    I watched that film so many times growing up. I know for others in my generation it might’ve been Goonies, but that wasn’t the case with me. I’d have to look at movies from the early 90’s to really get more ideas, but that’s the first one that comes to mind for me.

  7. Back in about 1968 my Dad had a job as a VP at UA. Consequently he used to be able to bring home 8mm prints of UA movies and set up a screen and projector and show MOVIES AT HOME* for special events, like young children’s birthday parties. For the 4 years he worked at that job every year I would demand one film and one film only: Yellow Submarine. For the big birthday weekend I would watch the animated Fab Four non-stop. I learned how to thread a projector by the time I was 6. I could (and did… frequently) recite large swathes of the movie, sing all the songs (in harmony) and act out some of the more surreal portions of the film at little or no prompting. Our living room carper became the sea of holes for some of my more active displays. I actually knocked my self unconscious once trying to dive into one of the holes! (I know, that explains everything, right? πŸ˜‰ )

    Anyway, Yellow Submarine would be mine.

    * For our younger readers, this was a very big deal at the time. There was no such thing as video (tape or otherwise) and the only movies anyone had at home were ‘home movies’ of someone’s vacation to Minnesota or something, so having one’s 1st grade friends over for a MOVIE AT HOME was an incredibly big deal, then.

    • NICE!

      I love the footnote! It’s definitely something youngsters can’t relate to. Good for them, they have it better… but they would need to be filled in on how cool that must have been. I mentioned a few posts up how my Dad used to bring home movies from school, and i can vouch, that’s one cool Dad right there.

      So if ever do MTESS “Yellow Submarine” then, you got my back ,huh? πŸ˜€

      I love that one too. Big Beatles fan…

  8. This is a bit of a tough one for me, in a special good way. Even though young me tended to refuse to watch any film that wasn’t either a cartoon or a comedy, I have to say that young me seemed to have pretty good taste, and a lot of my current favorites are films I loved as a kid, but have just grown to appreciate more in the years that have passed. Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, Fantasia… these are all great films, and I’ve never “grown out” of them. Chances are, if I have a favorite film today, and it was one I saw as a kid, it was one of my favorites then as well.

    So I decided to try and think if there were any films that I have grown out of… and honestly, I’m not coming up with much. Either pre-teen me had really good taste, or — and this is more likely — I’m just too unashamed about being in touch with my inner child to look at films I once loved and say they’re not that good any more. The closest I can come is Disney’s Robin Hood. I watched that over and over again as a kid, had the tune memorized, everything. And I still think it’s tremendous fun, don’t get me wrong. But when I compare it to other Disney films I’ve seen (bearing in mind there are some I haven’t seen), I have to admit it just doesn’t bring as much cinematic worth to the table. Still love it, though.

    • Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, Fantasia ARE all great films. πŸ˜€

      I think I’m going to defend “Robin Hood” a little though, I loved that as a kid too, and… its coming from a different a different time in animated movies. I think it still holds up well considering. Tough to stand up against so of the 3d computer gen stuff nowadays.

      Still… Ooh de lal-le! Just can’t be beat.

      • Oh, I’m not knocking it, by any stretch, and I’m certainly not comparing it to the 3D stuff. I’m just comparing it straight up to other Disney animated features…. It’s one of those that’s post-Golden Age, pre-Rennaissance, and so although it holds up well, it’s no, say, Snow White or Beauty and the Beast in terms of absolute quality. (Of course, being male, I still have fondness for it than either of those. Robin Hood is definitely a “boy’s film” in the Disney catalog.) I’m just saying… 4 stars, not 5.

  9. My parents used to take me to the movies a lot and I would watch many movies on television each week as well. This would be back in the late 50s and early 60s. One of the films that impressed me back then and I watched it many times was <The Jolson Story–the biopic of singer Al Jolson. Then about about 40 years passed until I saw it again. I still love it and it’s still one of my favorite films. And now I can watch it in color.

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    • At first pass I thought you were talking about colorization… now I realize you must have been saying you caught that on tv. No?

      Cause that’s a color movie I believe (the Jolson Story). Could be wrong.

      I’m just no fan of colorization… just me, but… ehck.

      Meanwhile Al Jolson… pioneer in movies, Jazz Singer was a groundbreaker. Nice to see him getting a tip of the cap. πŸ™‚

      • 19″ black and white TV is what I grew up with. We finally got a color TV in 1967 when I was in high school. For me black and white was the norm and I not only have no problem with B & W movies, but I prefer them in many cases.

        Tim Burton’s decision to film Ed Wood in B & W was not only an ingenious choice, but a logical one. Film noir would lose much of it’s effect filmed in color. People who refuse to watch black and white films (and I know a few of these) are missing a treasure trove of great films.


  10. Ok, everyone talks about seeing movies as a kid in the ’80’s and ’90’s. Well, we couldn’t afford to go to the movies too often when I was young, The first movie I ever saw was at a drive-in, “Herbie the Love Bug” along with “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes”, because the drive-in gave you a double feature and cartoons at the beginning. Disney was a mainstay in those early years. But I did catch a lot of films on television too. Many were of the Elvis Pressley persuation. But my favorite movie as a kid was “It’s a Wonderful Life”. As I got older, I was a big fan of war movies, “Kelly’s Hero’s”, “Guns of Navarone”..etc. Then I progressed to Bond films, because these had to be seen in the theater, plus those adult inuendo’s were an attraction for us kids! For me that’s how it all got started.

    • “everyone talks about seeing movies as a kid in the ’80’s and ’90’s”

      Not everyone, although you probably crossed paths with Arlee’s post above. There’ll be others, too, But that’s part of what’s so cool about this type of forum… its not just interesting to me to hear how it was (which is great) but its also cool to hear about those 80s and 90s experiences, and what films were really hooking the kids at that point.

      “Herbie the Love Bug” along with “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” – there’s a couple of beauts for ya πŸ˜€

      “It’s a Wonderful Life” is practically the definition of a “classic”

      You mention watching movies on tv (Arlee did too) and for me, those were Godzilla movies. Those things were on CONSTANTLY when I’d come home from school and I watched them ALL. πŸ˜€ Good stuff, man. I loved when he became like the hero and was fighting off the bad monsters. I want to watch one now, just thinking about it.

      • Oh, and by the way, The Jolson Story was filmed in Technicolor, but I had always assumed it was in B & W since that was how I had originally seen it.


      • Gotcha.

        And yeah, on your earlier comment on Black and White, I agree… there’s a lot of good stuff there. Indeed a treasure trove. I’m 100% against colorization (although I think that that scare is over)

        Youre right too about Burton’s Ed Wood. Great flick. We’ll see how the Artist does with it.

      • I too watched all of those Godzilla and other type movies during that period of my life. “Destroy All Monsters”, “Mothra”, “Son of Godzilla”, historic foreign sci-fi. I haven’t thought of them or seen these type movies in many years. You bring back some great memories. Thanks.

  11. Looking back…man, let me think about this a sec:

    I loved An American Tail, The Stooge, The Quiet Man, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and Goonies!

    and, of course, I can’t forget my absolute favorites: Beauty and the Beast and Hook!

    but you can’t get away with asking us and not sharing your own now! Let’s hear it!

  12. There is many of them but I really loved Beethoven (with the dog). I also always liked to watch Mrs. Doubtfire which was the most hilarious thing I must have seen as a kid. Fook… Anything to be a kid again!

      • It blew my mind that Pierce Brosnan was in Mrs. Doubtfire. I realised this after he went all Bond, of course I didn’t know who Brosnan was when I was little!

      • I saw Mrs.Doubtfire soooo many times growing up. What a great choice. There’s that scene where he is at dinner and he has to keep switching costumes. One of his best.

  13. Wow, I think this is one of your harder questions. It’s hard to just pick one, because I have so many. So, I’m going to go with the first movie I thought of when I read your headline. Please don’t pass any judgement here. LOL

    It would have to be Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I wanted to be Jessica Rabbit. HAHA.

  14. This is a tough one! One of the first films I think I saw at the cinema was Duck Tales. Man I loved it. Though One of my favourite films growing up was probably the likes of Short Circuit 1 and 2 – the second one being the first film I ever cried while watching. And the waterworks just haven’t stopped!

    One of my first amazing experiences at the cinema was Jurassic Park. Loved it.

    But growing up it was the likes of the usual sort – Ghostbusters, a heck of a lot of James Bond (my uncle was a huge fan and he felt like sharing his love!), Star Wars, Indiana Jones (I loved Temple of Doom as a kid and now it’s my least favourite!), The Goonies, Honey I Shrunk the Kids (I wanted to be shrunk!). And then there was a lot of action stuff like Robocop, Predators, Alien, Beverly Hills Cop (Oh yes… deep, deep, deep, deep undercover!). My childhood films were nothing if not varied!

    • I still think you could get official recognition as the World’s biggest “Short Circuit” fan. Cause I think that position is WIDE open. πŸ˜€

      I presume that that made you love WALL E too.

      • Hells yes. Wall-e was just Johnny 5 in the future… he’s alive!

        Also, totally forgot to mention the BTTF films and Gremlins. FACT – the first Gremlins film genuinely terrified me as a child.

  15. Define “growing up”. I mean, I loved Blade and Braveheart when I was in my early teens. Those movies were the pinnacle of cinematic awesomeness to me. If we’re going back further than that, I don’t really remember. Probably something Disney made. I did love Labyrinth as a child, and anything connected to Henson studios as a rule, but for the most part I liked bad/kiddie movies because I was a kid and kids don’t know any better. Anyone who tries to sell you otherwise is a liar.

    I, on the other hand, am not afraid of admitting that I liked bad movies as a youth, be that 7-10 or pre-teen. Hell, I liked The Boondock Saints when I was a Freshman in college. Taste is something that’s cultivated. Unless you grew up with cineaste parents, chances are your taste was godawful unless you currently own a pair of those fancy rose-tinted glasses I’ve heard about.

    • “Define ‘Growing Up'” Oh man. I’m I’ll equipped to address that inquiry. LOL.

      When you were young, I suppose, take it as you wish. πŸ™‚

      I can relate. There were a lot of movies that I loved that now I see the flaws in… The whole Friday the 13th series comes to mind. But thankfully I don’t think I’ve had to distance myself from anything, I just have to qualify my opinion a little, that’s all.

      Boondock Saints was ok for what it was. Just got overrated. I guess you’re saying you were a part of that huh? LOL

  16. Fond memories of some classics when they were out in theaters.

    Karate Kid
    “Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later
    get squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do “yes” or karate do “no.” You karate do “guess so,” [squish] just like grape. Understand?”
    -Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita – r.i.p.)

    Top Gun
    “It’s classified. I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”
    -Lt. Pete Mitchell/ Maverick (the Tom Cruise)

    • I still use that Karate Kid quote to this day. (I might do Karate Kid for this week’s Mtess, check back!!)

      From Top Gun though I far prefer “Talk to me Goose” and or the frequently useable “That’s a negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.” LOL

      I still remember the first time I saw that one. Me and a buddy walked to the theatre (quite a ways! Not something I did often) and the walk home we were some amped up kids. LOL

      • Top Gun is so damn quotable! I think I need to watch it again this year.

        “Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash!”

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    • Pippi Longstockings… Now there’s something I haven’t thought of in years. Lol! πŸ˜€

      Of course, the other two are pretty awesome, too.

      Thanks for sharing with everyone. πŸ˜€

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