If you grew up in the '80s and '90s, you're probably well aware that the best toys, fashion, music, school supplies, commercials, TV shows and movies came out of those two decades. Arguably speaking, of course. It's unexplainable, really, but things were just better back then.
So if you're like us, every chance you get you probably inundate your poor kids with stories about how the '80s and '90s were the coolest decades and how they missed out by not being born then. Thankfully Netflix makes that objective a little easier — here are some of the best family-friendly movies from the '80s and '90s currently streaming on Netflix. You're welcome.
The Little Rascals (1994)
The first feature film made based on the franchise created in 1922, The Little Rascals follows a group of school-aged kids as they get into all sorts of mischief. Their "no girls allowed" rule is compromised when Alfalfa falls for the most adorable little girl.
Your kids will love it.
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Bigfoot is real! And he's the friendliest big guy ever. The Henderson's accidentally run over a huge creature while vacationing, and they decide to bring him home. They name him Harry and basically adopt him.
Because that's just what families did in the '80s.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The cutest little extra-terrestrial guy is accidentally left behind on Earth, only to be befriended by a young boy and his siblings.
The classic movie will still make you cry. Promise.
Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Explain to your kids that you for sure thought it would be possible to shrink a human being by the time 2017 rolled around. But unfortunately, we're just not quite there yet.
In the meantime, we'll always have the Szalinskis.
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
The second in The Might Ducks trilogy, D2 turned a bunch of hockey playing losers into winners. The team gets the opportunity to compete in the world championships, because a '90s movie isn't a '90s movie without a little healthy world championship competition.
It's one of the best sports movies ever made — at least in our minds it is.
Baby's Day Out (1994)
Follow the cutest baby on the adventure of a lifetime in Chicago as he unknowingly avoids being kidnapped by bad guys.
It's cute and perfect for the younger crowd.
Robin Williams plays an absent-minded professor who discovers "flubber," the bounciest substance ever made.
It's silly and worth watching mainly because of Williams and his timeless funniness.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
A collection of movies from the '80s isn't complete without a Pee-wee Herman movie. He's goofy, weird, funny and somehow one of the most popular characters to emerge from the '80s.
Relive his adventure through the eyes of your kiddos, and prepare to do a lot of explaining.
The sweet story of a young girl and her disobedient, fast-talking, hilarious bird.
Your whole family will enjoy this adventure classic.