Rob Reiner directed this 1986 coming of age story starring young and chubby-cheeked Will, Corey, River, and Keifer who search for a body in the woods but stumble out of adolescence and into manhood along the way.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Elliot is a normal boy, until one day, when he meets a little lost alien. Elliot decides to keep the alien, in which he gives the name E.T. Elliot works with E.T. in trying to find him a way to get back home. Elliot must make the difficult sacrifice. Whether to help his new friend or to lose him? Whatever the decision is, Elliot must keep him hidden, as someone else is out to look for him.
GREMLINS (1984) -- I watched this (little bit dated) movie with my kids and appreciated the funny-scary (may be a little bit scary to younger kids) plot and scenes -- and of course the cute little Gizmo! I especially enjoyed the concept -- a "pet" is purchased as a Christmas gift from an exotic, out-of-the-way pet shop. It comes with special instructions but what happens when those instructions are not followed to the letter? Fun!