Family movies today just aren't what they used to be. For those of us who are tired of watching silly animated films and mind-numbing sequels, the time has come to introduce our kids to the classic movies we grew up watching ourselves. Next time you're searching for a movie to enjoy as a family, skip Redbox and turn to one of these hits from the 80's.

1. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (PG)

This 1982 classic is a must-see for every modern child. But it's also one that requires you to know your kids; while some will love it from start to finish, others may be slightly traumatized by the scene at the end where the beloved alien is presumed dead. (Spoiler alert: he isn't actually deceased).

Younger children who aren't scared easily will enjoy the film at an early age (my youngest was 5 when he saw it), but for more sensitive kids, consider waiting until age 9 or 10 to watch E.T. as a family.

2. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (PG)

It may not be great cinema, but this is a fun film for the entire family. Children will love the intriguing premise, and get a kick out of seeing the world from the perspective of the film's "shrunken" kids. Giant ants and scorpions, as well as a scene where the kids fear being run over by a lawnmower, can be scary.

3. Ghostbusters (PG)

I'm not sure how I never saw this movie as a kid, but it's one I'm sorry to have missed. The action-comedy, which stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as bumbling "spirit exterminators," spawned a successful film franchise, as well as a certain catchy jingle. "Who you gonna call?" Well, you know the answer.

4. The Princess Bride (PG)

The story of Princess Buttercup is part fairy tale, part action adventure, and certain to be enjoyed by boys, girls and parents alike. Andre the Giant, Mandy Patinkin and a young Fred Savage (you should know him from The Wonder Years) all appear in this often quoted film, which has become a cult classic.

5. The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones (Not Rated)

Okay, so again, not great cinema, and I know, I know, it's animated. But… too many kids today don't know the Jetsons or the Flintstones, and this cute movie will introduce them to both. It's suitable for even the youngest kids, and will have your whole family shouting Yabba Dabba Doo — and wondering why we still don't have things like flying space cars and instant transport tubes.

Or if you're a mom, a robot maid named Rosie. I could really use one of those.

6. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (PG)

A world where cartoon characters and humans live side by side? What kid wouldn't love that! You'll see cameos from animated favorites like Donald and Daffy Duck, and watch private detective Eddie Valiant as he tries to determine who really did frame the now infamous rabbit.

7. Back to the Future (PG)

Common Sense Media suggests that 8 is about the appropriate age for a child to watch this film, due mostly to strong language. But if you feel your kids are ready for it, there's no doubt they will love the story of Marty McFly and his time-traveling Delorean. And don't forget about the sequels to this science fiction adventure; they're actually pretty good.

8. Troop Beverly Hills (PG)

If you have a daughter who is a Girl Scout, or even if you don't, this is a fun movie, especially for tween girls. Shelley long is, as always, hilarious, and the escapades of this unusual troop of "Wilderness Girls" are entertaining for boys and girls alike. Look for a whole host of young stars in the film, from Carla Gugino and Kellie Martin to Tori Spelling, and if your kids like this one, be sure to check out Hello Again, another PG-rated Shelley Long 80's classic.

What types of family movies do you watch with your kids? At what age, do you think PG-rated films are appropriate to enjoy together?