Today, my son's sixteenth birthday, marks the end of our birthday season, which begins September 30 with my daughter's birthday, peaks October 7 with mine, and closes on October 10. (My husband is off by himself back in the middle of June.) September and October tend to have more births than other months; no surprise there as the winter holiday season is nine months earlier. If you are celebrating a birthday, you might enjoy one of these birthday movies. You might enjoy one if you aren't celebrating a birthday.
- The Little Princess (1939). Shirley Temple is Sarah who learns on her eleventh birthday that her father has been killed in the Second Boer War; as a result she is banished the to the servants' quarters of the boarding school she attends.
- Dumbo (1941). A stork delivers an adorable big-eared baby elephant to its circus elephant mama.
- Sleeping Beauty (1959). Maleficent lays this curse on Sleeping Beauty on her first birthday: She will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die before her sixteenth birthday.
- The Birds (1963). Cathy's eleventh birthday party is crashed by a flock of crazed seagulls.
- Harold and Maude (1971). Maude's plan for her eightieth birthday is in direct opposition to Harold's plan to propose to this animated woman he's known for only a couple of days.
- Sixteen Candles (1984). John Hughes' classic coming-of-age movie centers on Samantha (Molly Ringwald) whose entire family has forgotten her sixteenth birthday.
- Uncle Buck (1989). The french toast I made for my son this morning can't hold a candle to the giant birthday pancake Buck (John Candy) makes for nephew Miles (Macaulay Culkin).
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). On his eleventh birthday Harry receives an invitation to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
- Signs (2002). Morgan's seventh birthday is ruined by an uninvited extraterrestrial guest.
- 13 Going on 30 (2004). I love this chick flick version of Big. On her thirteenth birthday, unpopular Jenna wishes to fast forward to 30. When 30-year-old Jenna (Jennifer Garner) awakes, she remembers nothing of the past 17 years.
To order these movies from Amazon, click on the links below.
The Little Princess
Dumbo (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack in Blu-ray Packaging)
Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live) [Blu-ray]
The Birds (Collector's Edition)
The Birds [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
Harold and Maude (Criterion Collection)
Harold and Maude (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Sixteen Candles (High School Reunion Collection)
Sixteen Candles (Universal 100th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Uncle Buck [Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy]
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Two-Disc Special Widescreen Edition) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [Blu-ray]
13 Going on 30 (Fun & Flirty Edition)
The White Album