20 Epic Kid-Friendly, Nerd-Approved Movies to Bond Over This Holiday Season

Looking for some movies to bond over this holiday season? Why not try one of these family-friendly nerd classics?
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20 Epic Kid-Friendly, Nerd-Approved Movies to Bond Over This Holiday Season

Looking for some movies to bond over this holiday season? Why not try one of these family-friendly nerd classics?

-Jennifer L. Jacobson, Retrevo.com

Kid Nerd Movies

Not to quote Ned Stark, but “Winter is coming.” And what better way for any self-respecting nerd to spend the season than hunkered down in the glow of some of the best nerd-approved films of all time. But you’ve watched your favorite films a billion times, so how do you find the films you haven’t seen yet, but should?

Well, today I’m putting my Cinema “Minor” to work, and that means digging through film history and pulling out title gems that are too often overshadowed by Avatar or the all-impressive Star Wars. These films will change your life (or they should), so sit down, strap in and load these puppies up in your Netflix queue.Enjoy these films. You will be a better nerd for watching them:

Harry Potter (hah, just kidding. I love the series, but it’s not on this list.) 

Willow (1988)

Film Notes: I need to watch this movie again. It’s a great story and an example of ILM in its early days.

The Iron Giant (1999)

Film Notes: Before Brad Bird brought you films like The Incredibles and Ratatouille, there was The Iron Giant, which tells the story of an unusual relationship between a little boy and a giant robot from space.

The 5000 Fingers of Dr.T (1953)

Film Notes: A film by Dr. Seuss… but it’s not a cartoon. I still can’t believe this film came out in 1953; it’s so ahead of its time and yes, the man who plays the part of Dr. T is also the voice of Captain Hook in the film Peter Pan.

The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Film Notes: This beautifully animated film is a Don Bluth classic that will change the way you look at mice, scientific testing on animals and cinderblocks.

The Secret of Nimh

Flight of Navigator (1986)

Film Notes: If you were lucky enough to be a kid when this movie came out, this is probably one of the bright spots in your past.

Steamboy (2004)

Film Notes: This is a beautifully told story that can only be told in animation. If you like steampunk, and anime, you have to see this film.

*batteries not included (1987)

Film Notes: Some tiny spaceships arrive on Earth and help a group of tenants about to be evicted save their homes.

Mac and Me (1988)

Film Notes: Mac and Me is my alternative for ET (which everyone has seen). It’s a cute film and one I watched over and over when it came out.

The Witches (1990)

Film Notes: I’ll admit, I didn’t see this film until recently, but it’s adorable and surprisingly scary for a kid’s movie.

The Witches

Labyrinth (1986)

Film Notes: Again, David Bowie appears in this list, but this time he’s better dressed. If you’re raising a young nerd-in-training, you’ll want to have them watch this film, with puppets courtesy of Jim Henson.

More kid-friendly, nerd-approved flicks, including The Princess Bride and MirrorMask, up next!


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