1. sound of music i put this at the top of the list because it truly was my favorite childhood movie and still is a favorite. i would put this movie in my top 5 of all time. i love this movie. i know every song. and i can watch it over and over and over again.
2. island of the blue dolphins this movie will always hold a special place in my heart because i saw it all by myself - when i was in 3rd grade. there was some kind of summer movie going program in my neighborhood where i went to 10 movies throughout the summer. it was certainly a different time back then when you could send your 3rd grader to the movie by themself.
3. wizard of oz not a movie that i saw in a theater, but still just as special. i remember every year when it showed on tv. it was a family event complete with popcorn and soda. and those darn monkeys scared me every time.
4. jungle book i don't know how many animated movies disney put out during my childhood but this is about the only one that i remember and that's because i loved it so much. part of that love is for the songs. hearing the bear necessities transports me back being an 8 year old.
5. mary poppins what can you say about this classic. i remember seeing it nearly 10 times while it was out in the theaters. i'm sure that's because my parents loved it as much as their children did. great upbeat happy movie for every kid during that time.
6. oliver this movie was so different from the usual movies my parents allowed me to see - and that's probably why i liked it so much. i did not know the story of oliver twist and i just fell in love with the story. it helped that i had a crush on the two stars, mark lester and jack wild.
7. born free i don't know if anyone from my generation remembers this movie or if you're younger, if you've ever heard of this movie. it was about a pride of lions and i remember the cubs being soooooo cute. that appealed to my pre-adolescent heart :)
8. the absent minded professor today's generation would know this movie as flubber. although flubber was good, it wasn't the original. and the original is always better.
9. the love bug this and #8 were disney classics. they knew how to make fun family movies for that time. i think there was a sequal or two, but like i said, the original is always better.
10. any shirley temple movie again, not movies i saw in a theater but what fond memories of i have of them. most of the time i watched these when i went over to a girlfriend's house after church.
all of these movies were ones that i saw before i hit middle school and i included them because i consider those years as my childhood. as i was coming up with my top ten i came across a few others that i absolutely love but didn't see until i was in middle school. those would be: willy wonka and the chocolate factory (in my top all-time 5), bless the beast and the children, butch cassidy and the sundance kid, and fiddler on the roof.
feel free to let me know some of your favorite childhood movies or if you loved some of mine as much as i did. i'd love to hear from you.
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