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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
There are so many reasons to love this touching tale of an alien who is abandoned on Earth, tries to fit in, and longs for home: (1) Seeing the bewitchingly cute Drew Barrymore as a child actress; (2) Reese's Pieces; (3) the adorable alien; (4) the rockin' spaceship; and (5) the catchphrase ''E.T., phone home.'' Enduring.
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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
At face value, this confection — where five kids with golden tickets get to tour Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory — seems like it'd have all the longevity of, say, a piece of cotton candy. But it holds up surprisingly well, due in great part to the fact that Gene Wilder's Wonka wasn't simply weird — he was scary. And what's a good story without a little fear in it? We could wax on about the remake, too, but the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp collaboration doesn't hold an Everlasting Gobstopper to this timeless movie.
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Spirited Away (2001)
Call this a fairy tale, a moral quandary, or just plain fun. Chances are you might have missed this stunning little Japanese film from anime godfather Hayao Miyazaki, about a strong girl and a greedy monster who eats everything in his path. Spirited won the second-ever Oscar given for Best Animated Feature, because going up against Miyazaki is like going up against Spielberg: inadvisable.
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Old Yeller (1957)
It's about a boy and his dog. And then... at the end... Oh, we can't even talk anymore. Time to grab the tissues.
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It's hard to resist the exuberance of little orphan Annie. Daddy Warbucks couldn't. Even Jay-Z couldn't. It's a hardknock life, for sure.
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The Aventures of Milo and Otis (1986)
This buddy-animal film may be a touch too saccharine for grownups but kids about this age will fall for Milo and protector Otis.
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The Fox and the Hound (1981)
This playful pair of should-be adversaries learn their role in the food chain when the real world intrudes on their fun.
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The Parent Trap (1961)
Sure, La Lohan starred in a more-than-decent remake, but the original brought heart, sass, the adorable Hayley Mills (two of her!), and all those wonderfully catchy musical numbers. Sing it with us now: ''Let's get together, yeah yeah yeah...''
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An old man, a young boy and a house floating with balloons. That simple list can't explain the uplifting and emotional ride this buddy adventure can take you on, with such rich colors, and even richer music.