We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 family-friendly movies from 1990-2000. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. The Addams Family (1991) 60% at Rotten Tomatoes
The Addams are an eccentric, wealthy family with a love of the macabre. They lost their Uncle Fester, and con artists plan to replace him in order to steal their money. It’s a cat-and-mouse game the whole family enjoys much more than they really should.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Anjelica Houston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd
9. Home Alone (1990) 62% at Rotten Tomatoes
Kevin McCallister’s entire family is vacationing in Paris, except him. He was left behind on accident, and now must protect the family home from the self-proclaimed wet bandits. Using an array of Rube Goldberg devices and booby traps, he outsmarts both criminals long enough for the police to arrest them and his mom to come back for him.
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
8. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) 71% at Rotten Tomatoes
Actor Daniel Hillard lost his entire family in the divorce and can only see his kids once a week. To spend more time with them, he dresses up as a Scottish housekeeper and convinces his ex-wife Miranda to hire “her.” Things get sticky when his double lives begin crossing in every way possible.
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan
7. Dr. Dolittle (1998) 43% at Rotten Tomatoes
Dr. Dolittle has always had a special power to communicate with animals, but he forgot about it in old age. One day he hits a dog with his car, and it comes back, causing all the animals in the world to begin hounding him (pun fully intended) for help. He doesn’t want to, but his daughter convinces him to accept who he really is.
Director: Betty Thomas
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Oliver Platt, Kristen Wilson
6. Small Soldiers (1998) 48% at Rotten Tomatoes
Alan Abernathy’s dad owns an aging toy store, so he tries to liven things up with new action figures called the Commando Elite and Gorgonites. Unfortunately they’re embedded with advanced AI technology that brings them to life, and the military men are actually the bad guys, hunting the peaceful alien race. Now he has to work with his neighbor to destroy them in Hartman’s final movie.
Director: Joe Dante
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, Timmy Fimple
5. Blank Check (1994) 11% at Rotten Tomatoes
Preston Waters is only 12, so he when he commits check fraud and cashes a million dollar check, he does what any 12-year-old would – buys way too much overly lavish junk. Soon, he’s being tailed by the criminals whose laundered money he stole, along with the FBI and the bankers who cashed his check.
Director: Rupert Wainwright
Starring: Brian Bonsall, Karen Duffy, James Rebhorn
4. Camp Nowhere (1994) 18% at Rotten Tomatoes
When Mud’s parents want to send him to a summer camp, he enlists drama teacher Dennis Van Welker into helping him set up a fake one. No parents are allowed, and there are very few rules at Camp Nowhere. It ends up being the most memorable summer camp experience anyone has had.
Director: Jonathan Prince
Starring: Jonathan Jackson, Christopher Lloyd, John Putch
3. The Mighty Ducks (1992) 18% at Rotten Tomatoes
Hotshot lawyer Gordon Bombay gets a DUI and is forced to coach a peewee hockey team as punishment (because it’s a good idea to force criminals to work with children). He eventually gains the respect of the kids and teaches them a new formation that could beat his old team in the finals.
Director: Stephen Herek
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson, Joss Ackland
2. Toy Story (1995) 100% at Rotten Tomatoes
Woody has long been Andy’s favorite toy, so he’s in charge of all the others until one birthday he gets a new Buzz Lightyear doll. Now Buzz is the shiny new toy on the block, and Woody doesn’t like losing his spot, so he tries to get rid of them. But when they both end up lost right before moving day, they have to work together to stay with Andy.
Director: John Lasseter
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts
1. Problem Child (1990) 4% at Rotten Tomatoes
Junior is a 7-year-old the orphanage just can’t wait to get rid of, so when Ben and Flo Healy show up looking for a kid, they’re more than happy to hand him over. He soon drives a wedge between their relationship (a good thing, since Flo is a massive bitch), and his pen pal, The Bow Tie Killer, wreaks even more havoc on the family.
Director: Dennis Dugan
Starring: John Ritter, Michael Oliver, Amy Yasbeck