Those who think they've outgrown kids' movies should mourn for their shriveled hearts. Because with few exceptions, every moviegoer starts out watching family films -- usually animated ones with catchy scores and a heart-tugging message. The best kids' movies unite generation after generation of film lovers who know a good story when they see it.

We're celebrating the very best (with a bit of a bias toward movies from the past 30 years) in the family genre with this list of 25 movies. Even though we could've easily picked 25 completely different movies (or just focused on Disney/Pixar picks), we've chosen a varied slate of classics and contemporary masterpieces that that embody what we love most about children's movies.