Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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*50 Films I Loved As A Kid (And Still Do!)

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I am really enjoying hunting through nostalgic YouTube footage to source the content for the blog posts this week, my birthday week.

As I turn 25 I reflect on 25 years of my life and films I often watched regularly comes into my conversations, because I loved so many (and still do!) If I could then I would turn back time to enjoy them over and over again.

I've formulated my list of 50 films I loved as a kid for you today, which was a pretty easy process as soon as one popped into my head so did another.

I share some wonderful memories of watching these films so I've shared those as well as trailers for the films chosen. Your going to need a big cup of tea and a couple of biscuits for this blog post as it's a pretty long one. These are just in alphabetical order.

1. A Bug's Life (1998)
Can we just notify the fact that I was 7 YEARS OLD when this film was released, how is this film already that old?! The best part of this film is the Caterpillar and all of the outtakes at the end of the film, they continue to crack me up!  

 2. Addams Family (1991)
I don't remember when I first watched Addams Family but it's one of my favourite films to try and watch before Halloween. I love all of the characters, especially Wednesday! What a twisted, crazy kid she was! 

 3. Aladdin (1992)
There's going to be a hell of a lot of mention of Disney films within this post so here's the first one, Aladdin! Can we just talk about the old Disney introduction by the way? It's far better than the one they have now.  Also Robin Williams people, he was incredible in this film!

  4. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
Oh little Fievel was so cute! I used to watch this film on a regular basis, I would definitely love to see and watch it again! 

  5. Andre (1994)
My parents used to have these VHS feature films and this one amongst with others were my absolute favourite to watch! You should check out Behind The Waterfall and On Our Own too. But something about Andre was my favourite. I remember how emotional this film used to make me, but this seal is FRIGGIN' CUTE!  

6. Annie (1982)
Annie was one of the first musicals I fell in love with growing up, so much so that I brought the soundtrack and would not stop singing and dancing to it up in my bedroom. Obviously I would act out that I was poor Orphan Annie and stuff too! 
I actually stopped myself from purchasing this film a couple of months ago, I feel like it needs to return back to my life soon! 
7. Babe (1995)
The story of the little pig that loses his mum (so sad) and raised by sheepdog learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. I used to love reading this book when I was younger and the film was so brilliantly done! The little mice between scenes is the best thing! 

8. Bean (1997)Who didn't love Bean as a character growing up? I could watch this film over and again!

9. Beauty and The Beast (1991)Beauty and The Beast is genuinely one of my favourite Disney films and so this was obviously going to make my list somewhere! 

10. Beethoven (1992)What a dog Beethoven was! I think these films are hilarious to watch! 

11. Casper (1995)CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST! I feel like you wasn't a real 90s kid without watching this film at least 5 times in your life..

12. Dennis The Menace (1993)Who else agrees that Dennis was a little shit?! Such a funny film..

13. Fairytale: A True Story (1997) I used to absolutely love the magical element of this film and I was pretty convinced by fairies that I started to build my own fairy house in my garden!

14. Free Willy (1993)Who doesn't remember a Free Willy film that they didn't cry to?

15. Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1993)

16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)There was obviously going to be one mention of Harry Potter, especially as it was so present in my childhood. I remember when I first saw this film and when the magic from the books was transferred into a film, SO GOOD!

 17. Hocus Pocus (1993)Another Disney classic and a perfect film to watch over Halloween! 

18. Holiday in The Sun (2001)Did anyone use to watch all of the Mary Kate and Ashley films! This is one of my favourites that they did! 

19. Home Alone 2 : Lost in New York (1992)I don't know anybody who doesn't watch this film over Christmas, it's such a classic! Plus if you was going to stay home alone you knew everything to deal with any possible robbers!

20. Hook (1993)Peter Pan is one of my much loved childhood stories so this film was definitely one I always enjoyed. Plus I have this film to thank for my fears of Hook coming through my window when I was younger! Plus another film that stars the incredible Robin Williams. 
 21. Jumanji (1993)Another film starring the incredible Robin Williams. A film where you need to play board games carefully in the future.. 

22. Lion King (1994)Another Disney classic! Get your tissues out for this one, we all know the drill with this story by now right?

23. Madeline (1998)OH Madeline! I was over the moon when I realised this movie was on Netflix, it's such a gem! 

24. Matilda (1996)Here's a Roald Dahl classic that was brought to life in a feature film. I feel like Matilda made it cool to love books!

25. Mrs Doubtfire (1994)Who didn't enjoy this film growing up? Another classic with Robin Williams. 

26. My Girl (1991) This is such a heart warming and heart breaking story. I don't want to give too much awayy.. 

27. Neverending Story (1984)I think Neverending Story is a quirky film that I just couldn't help but enjoy! 

28. No Batteries Included (1987)

29. Once Upon A Forest (1993)This film is pretty sad, so if you haven't seen it just expect to get through a handful of tissues.. 

30. Pocahontas (1995)I used to watch Pocahontas and wave back at the TV when Pocahontas waves bye to John Smith. I really love the storyline for this Disney movie!

31. Police Academy (1984)This was a movie that was stored in a closest at my grandparents. We used to watch this quite a lot growing up! 

32. Richie Rich (1994) 

33. Stuart Little

34. Tarzan (1999)With Phil Collins masturing the soundtrack you know your in for a treat with another Disney classic! I definitely need to watch the new feature film!

35. The Brave Little Toaster (1987) I love this film! I think the toaster is SO DAMN CUTE and so is the blanket! 

36. The Land Before Time (1988)This film, OH MY! When dinosaurs can be considered 'cute' and moments when you'll definitely be grabbing the tissues. I love the soundtrack for this film SO MUCH! 

37. The Little Mermaid (1989)

I haven't met many people who didn't love Ariel and The Little Mermaid if they are my age. It has some of my ultimate favourite Disney songs in it too! 

38. A Little Princess (1995)

39. The Little Rascals (1994)
I was so bloody happy when I met someone at university who loves this film as much as I do. It's hilarious and has some corkers of one liners so you must watch it if you ever haven't! And you'll be introduced to a 'women hater club'.

40. The Pagemaster (1994)
We used to have a video store down the road from me and I definitely remember the numerous times I would get this film out on loan, it was just TOO GOOD that I couldn't ignore it. I miss that video store! :(

41. The Parent Trap (1992)
This film just made me want to have my own twin sister, complete with our own handshake! 

42. The Secret Garden (1993)
The young boy in this film used to really annoy me but I could totally imagine a big house with a secret garden when I was younger. Just imagine the labour to upkeep it though, UGH.

43. The Sound of Music (1965)
I used to love watching this musical at my grandparents, it became one of my most loved musicals to watch. I have the DVD now but it doesn't feel the same as it did when I watched it on VHS at my grandparents. 

44. The Witches (1990)
Here's another classic Roald Dahl story which was recreated into a feature film. THIS WAS SO FLIPPING SCARY, JUST LOOK AT THE WITCHES! 

45. Thumbelina (1994)
I was pretty happy to find out that this old classic had made it onto Netflix too! I've loved rewatching it and singing along with the soundtrack. However the look of some of the characters is pretty creepy!

46. Toys (1992)The last film that features Robin Williams and I used to enjoy watching when I was younger.
47. Toy Story (1995)I remember how Toy Story pretty much convinced me that all of my toys spoke and had their own shit going down! I hate how there are rumours of a Toy Story 4, please stop destroying this film! Also who's your favourite Toy Story character? mine was definitely Rex! 

48. Watership Down (1978)I understand how terrifying this film is, but it came to my head and I couldn't stop thinking about it so felt like it needed to be somewhere in this post. Sorry if it gives you nightmares!

49. Wizard Of Oz (1939)I've loved the Wizard of Oz since I can remember and always get very excited if it pops on TV these days! 
50. Zulu (1964)I had to put this film in as I watched it very regularly with my grandparents and any memories spent with them were lovely! They introduced me to such a wide range of films didn't they? 

Well done if you made it to the end, phew! I thoroughly enjoyed writing this post and pulling together some wonderful memories watching these films. Please share any of your favourite films growing up or if you loved the 50 I spoke about as much as I did! 

Disclaimer: I was sent a selection of retro sweets from Lolly's Sweet Treats and used it to create a nostalgic styled blog post. Lolly Sweet's Treats are proudly supported by The Princes Trust and inspired by owner Harry O'Reilly's little girl's reluctance to eat anything but chocolate (I share her love for chocolate don't worry!). I am always in awe of smaller businesses and their hard work so would urge you to check out their website and all of their great products, www.lollyssweets.co.uk 


  1. Replies
    1. I'm glad they did Meg, they're a great throwback post idea for sure!

      Emmie x

  2. Oh my lord Fairytale: A True Story I haven't heard of that film in ages, I loved it as a kid! Great post lovely!

    Ella xx


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