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Has it really been 20 years since Disney brought audiences into the circle of life? Or 30 years since Daniel-san crane-kicked the Cobra Kai?

Movies celebrating anniversaries in 2014 range from contemporary favorites to classics, taking audiences everywhere from Preston, Idaho, to the Land of Oz.

Here, we recognize movies that have stood the test of time (some longer than others). All are rated PG or G, though many were released before the advent of the PG-13 rating and would have certainly earned that designation.

Note: This list is not all-inclusive.

“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”
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How long has it been? 60 years

A professor, his assistant and a professional harpooner become prisoners on a submarine.

Released Dec. 23, 1954. Rated G.

“Angels in the Outfield”
Amazon

How long has it been? 20 years

After praying for his favorite baseball team to win the pennant, a young boy begins to see angels helping them in their cause.

Released July 15, 1994. Rated PG for thematic elements and language.

“Arsenic and Old Lace”
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How long has it been? 70 years

As a drama critic prepares to leave for his honeymoon, he learns that his aunts, who are beloved in the community, are homicidal maniacs while his other crazy relatives make appearances as well.

Released Sep. 23, 1944. Rated G.

“Father Goose”
Amazon

How long has it been? 50 years

A man reluctantly lives on an isolated island during World War II and ends up becoming responsible for a teacher and her students, all female.

Released Dec. 10, 1964. Rated G.

“Footloose”
Paramount

How long has it been? 30 years

In a movie filmed in Utah, a young man rebels in a small town that has outlawed dancing. Released Feb. 17, 1984.

Rated PG for adult situations and language not suitable for young children.

“Godzilla”
Toho Co., Ltd.

How long has it been? 60 years

Nuclear testing awakens a giant, dinosaur-like beast that terrorizes Japan.

Released Nov. 3, 1954 (United States). Rated PG for scary images and violence.

“Gone With the Wind”
New Line Cinema

How long has it been? 75 years

A Southern belle experiences the tragedies of the United States Civil War and carries on a love affair with a blockade-runner.

Released Dec. 15, 1939. Rated PG for violence and sensuality.

“Herbie Rides Again”
IMDb

How long has it been? 40 years

The living Volkswagen Beetle helps an old woman protect her home from a corrupt land developer.

Released June 6, 1974. Rated G.

“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”
Lucasfilm Ltd.

How long has it been? 30 years

The famous archaeologist helps a desperate town recover its children from a secret, dangerous cult. Released May 23, 1984.

Rated PG for scary images, gore and violence not suitable for young children.

"Little Giants"
Amazon

How long has it been? 20 years

The younger brother of a retired NFL player recruits a group of kids who were rejected from the local youth football league to compete against his brother’s team.

Released Oct. 14, 1994. Rated PG for thematic elements and language.

“Mary Poppins&#8221
Amazon

How long has it been? 50 years

A magical nanny comes to help the family of an unhappy banker.

Released Aug. 27, 1964. Rated G.

“Meet Me in St. Louis”
TCM

How long has it been? 70 years

One year before the 1904 World’s Fair, four sisters learn about life and love as they reluctantly prepare to move to New York.

Released Nov. 28, 1944. Rated G.

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”
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How long has it been? 75 years

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate and encounters political corruption but refuses to back down.

Released Oct. 19, 1939. Rated G.

“Muppets Take Manhattan”
Amazon

How long has it been? 30 years

The Muppets travel to New York and have a difficult time getting their musical on Broadway.

Released July 13, 1984. Rated G.

“My Fair Lady”
CBS/Paramount

How long has it been? 50 years

A snobbish phonetics professor takes a bet that he can make a flower girl sound and act like a lady.

Released Aug. 27, 1964. Rated G.

“Napoleon Dynamite”
Aaron Ruell, Fox Searchlight Pictures

How long has it been? 10 years

A high school nerd from Preston deals with his family and high school life and decides to help his friend win the school presidency against the popular girl.

Released Jan. 17, 2004. Rated PG for thematic elements and language.

“Rear Window”
Amazon

How long has it been? 60 years

A photographer in a wheelchair because of a broken leg spies on his neighbors to pass the time and suspects one of them has committed murder.

Released Sept. 1, 1954. Rated PG for thematic elements.

“Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book"
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How long has it been? 20 years

A young man raised by jungle animals protects his childhood friend from soldiers who have mutinied while searching for a legendary treasure.

Released Dec. 25, 1994. Rated PG for scary images and violence.

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”
Amazon

How long has it been? 60 years

When a backwoodsman gets married, his brothers decide they want to get married, too.

Released July 22, 1954. Rated G.

“The Incredible Mr. Limpet”
IMDb

How long has it been? 50 years

A mild-mannered bookkeeper obsessed with fish turns into a fish and helps the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Released March 28, 1964. Rated G.

“The Incredibles”
Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios

How long has it been? 10 years

After the government outlaws all superpower activities, a family of superheroes is forced to abandon their quiet life in order to save the world in this Pixar animated feature.

Released Nov. 5, 2004. Rated PG.

“The Karate Kid&#8221
Columbia Pictures

How long has it been? 30 years

A young man learns karate to deal with bullies and to gain self-confidence. Released June 22, 1984.

Rated PG for violence, language and drug use not suitable for young children.

“The Lion King”
Disney, all rights reserved

How long has it been? 20 years

A young lion prince is betrayed by his uncle and runs away before returning to reclaim his throne in this Disney animated feature.

Released June 15, 1994. Rated G.

“The Natural”
Amazon

How long has it been? 30 years

A man, played by Robert Redford, comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a famous baseball player with "natural" talent.

Released Oct. 24, 1984. Rated PG for some violence.

“The Swan Princess”
Amazon

How long has it been? 20 years

A sorcerer turns a princess into a swan by day. Based on the ballet “Swan Lake.”

Released Nov.18, 1994. Rated G.

“The Wizard of Oz”
Warner Bros.

How long has it been? 75 years

A young girl is swept away in a tornado to the Land of Oz where she meets strange new friends and is threatened by a wicked witch.

Released Aug. 25, 1939. Rated G.

“Where the Red Fern Grows”
Amazon

How long has it been? 40 years

A young boy works to get his own red hound hunting dogs while searching for the elusive “ghost” raccoon.

Released June 21, 1974. Rated G.

“White Christmas”
Paramount Home Entertainment

How long has it been? 60 years

Two former soldiers perform as a song-and-dance team and become romantically involved with a sister act while trying to save the Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Released Oct. 14, 1954. Rated G.

“Young Frankenstein”
IMDb

How long has it been? 40 years

A medical lecturer learns he has inherited his grandfather’s castle and recreates his experiments when new complications ensue after his fiancée arrives.

Released Dec. 15, 1974. Rated PG for adult situations, violence, scary images and language not suitable for young children.