Win 50 must-see movies for kids!

We love watching films as a family. Most weekends we sit down together in front of a suitable movie. Of course, there are varying degrees of success but, for the most part, we see them in their entirety without sibling arguments or one of the kids wandering off.

I especially enjoy sharing titles that I loved as a child. Particularly when they seem to like them as much as I do! Watching their faces brings something back and I think this demonstrates the power film has to capture young imaginations. And that takes us to the point of this post.

Educational film charity, Into Film, has today published a list of 50 must-see movies to watch before the age of 11. Divided into five themes, the list is packed with family-friendly features.

Among them are some titles you would expect to see including the likes of Frozen and Toy Story. There’s also a strong contingent of films based on Roald Dahl books which is very pleasing.

The films were chosen alongside industry experts. Those that made the list were selected for their ‘timeless factor’, life lessons and diversity, making them must-sees for children to help develop their understanding of the wider world.

50 must-see movies for kids.

Looking through the list, my kids have only seen 15 of the films. It seems we have work to do. Ah well, it’s a hard job but someone has to do it.

Any list like this is going to spark debate among movie buffs. I, for one, was disappointed that neither Time Bandits nor Labyrinth made the final cut. On the flip side, I’ve never seen what all the fuss surrounding The Princess Bride is all about.

I was delighted to see a few of our favourites on there though. These include The Lorax, The Gruffalo, Shrek and Night at the Museum.

This again proves the importance of film. It inspires thought and, therefore, strong opinion from an early age.

Here’s your chance to win ALL 50 of the films on the list on DVD. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, answer the question below as a comment. You can also use as many of the extra entry methods as you like in the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

What would be top of your list of must-see movies for kids?

The guide to the 50 films every child should see before they grow up has been created by film education charity Into Film, in partnership with the UK video industry to launch the ‘Must See Movies Before you Grow Up’ campaign, which will see all 50 films distributed by retailers this summer. To find out more, visit www.intofilm.org/msm

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192 Comments
  • Beccy Black
    June 19, 2017

    The Jungle Book!

  • Samantha Bolter
    June 19, 2017

    love any dreamworks movies but Shrek is a family fave

  • Ryan Bickham
    June 19, 2017

    Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, should be compulsory for kids

  • Tracy Nixon
    June 19, 2017

    Home Alone

  • Tracey Peach
    June 19, 2017

    Finding Nemo Man That’s A Cute Fish!

  • Ruth Arnold
    June 19, 2017

    Inside Out because it gives kids a whole new way of talking about their feelings!

  • emma walters
    June 19, 2017

    minions is always a winner for us!

  • Lorraine Kirk
    June 19, 2017

    Chicken run is a great favourite of mine

  • Jodie Cook
    June 19, 2017

    Such a hard one but has to be Toy story!

  • Emma Anderson
    June 19, 2017

    The Iron giant!

  • Milly B
    June 19, 2017

    Robin Hood (the Disney version). I loved it when I was a kid and my kids love it now!

    • Ailsa
      June 21, 2017

      I love home alone! Reminds me of Christmas

  • Sarah Mackay
    June 20, 2017

    My life as a dog.

  • Lindsey Graty
    June 20, 2017

    Mrs doubtfire

  • rebecca smith
    June 20, 2017

    Toy Story we absolutely love this

  • Kelly Mobbs
    June 20, 2017

    Toy story it is just a fantastic film.

  • jen s morgan
    June 20, 2017

    We all the the toy story movies in our house. It’s great with a kids film when the parents actually can enjoy it too.

  • Stephanie keill
    June 20, 2017

    The BFG

  • Susan Smith
    June 20, 2017

    The BFG, without a doubt

  • Tracy Newton
    June 20, 2017

    Toy Story

  • Liam Bishop
    June 20, 2017

    Got to be The Lion King, I saw it at the cinema when I was a kid and my son loves it now.

  • Tony Metcalfe
    June 20, 2017

    That would be E.T. The Extra-Terriestrial

  • Ema J Lowe
    June 20, 2017

    101 Dalmations

  • Hayley Elvin
    June 20, 2017

    Hook would be one of my must see movies for kids.

  • Nicki simpson
    June 20, 2017

    Trolls, it’s hilarious

  • Alica
    June 20, 2017

    I love all the Toy Story films!

  • Lucy Mills
    June 20, 2017

    I have 2 boys so for me it would be the Lego Movie

  • Kate Davies
    June 20, 2017

    Alice in wonderland and hook, loved those movies when I was little.

  • Kim Neville
    June 20, 2017

    Home Alone. My family love this film

  • Jules Eley
    June 20, 2017

    The Goonies!

  • Kathryn Davies
    June 20, 2017

    Jumanji

  • Rose Stephenson
    June 20, 2017

    Toy Story

  • Lorna Lyons
    June 21, 2017

    Finding Nemo, Mrs Doubtfire, Batteries Not Included, Flight of the Navigator & the lion king are all favourites in my house

  • Jodi Hill
    June 21, 2017

    A little princess! Oh I used to love this film. I lost my father when I was 11 & used to fantasize that my dad was still alive somewhere like Anna! I’m yet to watch it with my son because I’ll be a blubbering mess!

  • Lucy Robinson
    June 21, 2017

    A little princess.

  • Lindsey Martin
    June 21, 2017

    Toy story. Love the idea of toys coming to life.

  • Sarah Carter
    June 22, 2017

    Little Rascals

  • kim plant
    June 22, 2017

    my son would love to see Paddington x

  • Adele Baxter
    June 22, 2017

    Beauty and The Beast would top my list, purely because it was my favourite childhood film, but also I think it promotes a really positive message regarding looking beyond physical beauty and understanding a person for who they are rather than what they look like. I think this is a really powerful and important message for children.

  • Sophie B
    June 22, 2017

    E.T. for me. Spielberg’s family classic is still one of the best.

  • Anne Plumb
    June 22, 2017

    The Secret Life of Pets

  • Ritchie
    June 22, 2017

    Fantastic Mr Fox

  • Alexandra oliver
    June 22, 2017

    willy wonka and the chocolate factory

  • Rob Hutchinson
    June 22, 2017

    Toy Story would be top of my list of must-see movies for kids.

  • john williamson
    June 22, 2017

    It’s got to be ET

  • Chris Andrews
    June 22, 2017

    the Jungle Book . . . .it’s a classic

  • Charlotte Rockliffe
    June 22, 2017

    My little boy loves Gnomeo and Juliet

  • iain maciver
    June 22, 2017

    the wizard of oz

  • ELZBIETA ZNYK
    June 22, 2017

    Despicable me 🙂

  • Harline Parkin
    June 22, 2017

    Oliver Twist

  • Hazel Rea
    June 22, 2017

    The Jungle Book – wonderful story and fantastic sing-along songs.

  • Rachel Craig
    June 22, 2017

    Finding Nemo.

  • Judith Allen
    June 22, 2017

    My daughter loved the Jungle Book, my partner would say the Goonies.

  • Katharine Balyuzi
    June 22, 2017

    ET

  • Nicki Evans
    June 22, 2017

    The lion king

  • Anthea Holloway
    June 22, 2017

    Paddington Bear – such happy memories of those lovely books!

  • Tasha
    June 22, 2017

    The BFG

  • claire woods
    June 22, 2017

    Toy Story

  • fiona waterworth
    June 22, 2017

    charlie and the chocolate factory

  • Debbie Burfoot
    June 22, 2017

    Home alone

  • Cassandra Mayers
    June 22, 2017

    Homeward Bound. Loved this as a kid, talking dogs! Cant beat it

  • Matthew Warman
    June 22, 2017

    Mary Poppins

  • Laura Todd
    June 22, 2017

    Home Alone

  • Amy Bee
    June 22, 2017

    Harry Potter

  • Jess - New Mumblings
    June 22, 2017

    The Goonies! When they’re old enough 😉

  • Rebecca Phillips
    June 22, 2017

    Inside Out. I just think that the plot and concept is fantastic.

  • Robyn Clarke
    June 22, 2017

    The Lion King, I loved it as a kid and I love it even more now.

  • Fiona Paley
    June 22, 2017

    The Secret Garden would be my top choice.

  • Aimee Leedham
    June 22, 2017

    Toy story because I always believed my toys were real. ♡♡

  • ashleigh allan
    June 22, 2017

    Trolls!

  • Amanda tanner
    June 22, 2017

    the wizard of Oz and ET a must

  • Simon C
    June 22, 2017

    I think it would have to be ET. Great memories of that film 🙂

  • Kelly Hirst
    June 22, 2017

    Mary Poppins is as the top of my list see list

  • Rebecca Mercer
    June 22, 2017

    The goonies

  • pete c
    June 22, 2017

    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

  • Mark R
    June 23, 2017

    The Lion King

  • ROBERT MCINTOSH
    June 23, 2017

    Jungle Book – but only if I get to singalong! 🙂

  • kimberley ryan
    June 23, 2017

    The Gruffalo and The Lorax are both fabulous movies

  • frances hopkins
    June 23, 2017

    ET for me

  • Louise King
    June 23, 2017

    Got to be Mary Poppins

  • Natalie Turner
    June 23, 2017

    Labyrinth!

  • Paul Halling
    June 23, 2017

    Always Home Alone for us

  • Christine Caple
    June 23, 2017

    Home Alone

  • Sheena Batey
    June 23, 2017

    Lion King for me appeals to both sexes lots of fun.

  • Shirley A Evans
    June 23, 2017

    love THE GOONIES

  • Tania Atfield
    June 23, 2017

    Paddington

  • Ollie Randolph
    June 23, 2017

    The Neverending Story!

  • MARGARET gallagher
    June 23, 2017

    Toy Story for us

  • Katherine Teff
    June 23, 2017

    ET – totally wonderful but heartbreaking!

  • Sadiyya Maryam
    June 24, 2017

    Mary Poppins

  • Pia S
    June 24, 2017

    I watched E.T. 23 times when it came out back in early 80’s, my Mum says I was proper obsessed. So would have to go with that one simply for the nostalgia and the story.

  • Simon Tinsley
    June 24, 2017

    The original and best Transformer animated movie from the 80s.

  • zoe brown
    June 24, 2017

    beauty and the beast

  • Samantha R
    June 24, 2017

    Home Alone is my all time fave!

  • Adrian Crook
    June 24, 2017

    The Goonies

  • Christina Palmer
    June 24, 2017

    Our favourite film is Ice Age

  • Margaret Clarkson
    June 24, 2017

    The Witches

  • Natasha Mairs
    June 24, 2017

    Love Zootropolis and UP, but cant’s believe my all time favourite, Monsters Inc, isn’t on the list

  • Mandy Betts
    June 24, 2017

    Frozen!

  • Lauren Price
    June 24, 2017

    Toy story

  • lance Gee
    June 24, 2017

    def anything despicable me!!!!

  • Rebecca Hussey
    June 24, 2017

    Inside out

  • Sophie Marie Cartwright
    June 24, 2017

    Even though we have seen it 100 times, top of our list would have to be Shrek, closely followed by Home Alone!

  • James McLaughlin
    June 24, 2017

    E.T. The Extra Terrestrial one of my all time favourite movies. A must watch for everyone young or old.

  • Natalie Crossan
    June 24, 2017

    Mary Poppins

  • Dean Boyle
    June 25, 2017

    Toy story it was great when I was a kid and still stand to to past the test of time for my kids

  • Melanie Pennie
    June 25, 2017

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory .. the 1971 version with Gene Wilder.

  • Hannah Scudder
    June 25, 2017

    Toy Story

  • Sian Buckingham
    June 25, 2017

    Toy Story! Definitely! =D

  • janine atkin
    June 25, 2017

    the jungle book and petes dragon

  • debbie smith
    June 25, 2017

    the lego movie sooo funny x fab giveaway thankyou x

  • Jennifer Goldsmith
    June 25, 2017

    The Lorax, it’s probably one of my favourite films of all time.

  • dawn f
    June 25, 2017

    monsters inc…..I love that film

  • Stacy Fenemore
    June 25, 2017

    the goonies

  • michelle o'neill
    June 25, 2017

    Home Alone

  • Jayne K
    June 25, 2017

    The Jungle Book (1967) for the younger children & Nanny McPhee (2005) for slightly older ones

  • Kay Broomfield
    June 25, 2017

    The Goonies!

  • Alison Clark
    June 25, 2017

    The Lion King – I took my niece for her 6th birthday – we loved it!

  • maria blythin
    June 25, 2017

    beauty and the beast x

  • Denise Cross
    June 25, 2017

    A Knight’s Tale

  • Kay Sherman
    June 25, 2017

    The lion king we love it

  • Angie McDonald
    June 25, 2017

    Shrek! I loved it when it first came out!

  • Family
    June 25, 2017

    Bugsy Malone – still my favourite now! Those songs…love that film!

  • sharon martin
    June 25, 2017

    home alone

  • Emily Watson
    June 25, 2017

    Sing! Fantastic film for all ages

  • Gemma Cook
    June 25, 2017

    The Jungle Book

  • paula cheadle
    June 25, 2017

    beauty and the beast

  • Adrian Bold
    June 25, 2017

    Toy Story 3

  • Sam Parkes
    June 26, 2017

    Trolls as my daughter absolutely loves it and the music.

  • Sarah Hughes
    June 26, 2017

    The Lego Movie

  • Jodie
    June 26, 2017

    Lion King!

  • Carly Belsey
    June 26, 2017

    The Goonies and Back to the Future 2, fantastic films 🙂

  • Hannah Read
    June 26, 2017

    Matilda, can’t beat a bit of Danny Devito. 🙂

  • Lisa Pond
    June 26, 2017

    Nightmare before Christmas 🙂

  • Danielle Deakin
    June 26, 2017

    Beauty and the Beast is a classic!

  • Jo Hutchings
    June 26, 2017

    That’s a really tough question! I think I’d go for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

  • claire w
    June 26, 2017

    Toy story would be at the top of the list 🙂

  • Karen Howden
    June 26, 2017

    The new jungle book

  • Victoria Prince
    June 26, 2017

    Cinderella! A classic that every child should see 🙂

  • Nick Quirk
    June 26, 2017

    The Goonies

  • Saran Benjamin
    June 26, 2017

    Basil The Great Mouse Detective

  • judy parslow
    June 26, 2017

    labyrinth

  • Audra bland
    June 26, 2017

    Jumanji!

  • lucinda duxbury
    June 26, 2017

    toy story

  • Robert Trees
    June 26, 2017

    Matilda

  • Dale Dow
    June 26, 2017

    The Goonies

  • Lauren Boyle
    June 26, 2017

    Toy story

  • elaine stokes
    June 26, 2017

    star wars …. all of them

  • Susan B
    June 26, 2017

    ET and the Little Mermaid are probably my two favourites.

  • jo liddement
    June 26, 2017

    Coraline is a great film that is slightly scary and very imaginative.

  • Katie
    June 26, 2017

    Beauty of the Beast

  • Angela Kelly
    June 26, 2017

    Definitely Matilda, the message is so upifting.

  • Sarah Revill
    June 26, 2017

    Ballerina, such a stunning movie for kids, not sure who liked it more, me or my daughters.

  • Pauline Burroughs
    June 26, 2017

    The Secret Life of Pets

  • Claire Toplis
    June 26, 2017

    The Goonies

  • Anna Brown
    June 26, 2017

    Annie, the original is a classic!

  • Erica Price
    June 26, 2017

    Finding Nemo – love clown fish

  • Miss Tracy Hanson
    June 26, 2017

    Loved the Paddington cartoons when I was younger and the newer film is brilliant, so that would be my pick.

  • Laura Pritchard
    June 26, 2017

    I always loved Matilda!

  • Jo Hutchinson
    June 26, 2017

    Toy story

  • Kyomi Johnson
    June 26, 2017

    Toy story

  • Sandra Fortune
    June 26, 2017

    Has to be Jungle book

  • Deborah Mackenzie
    June 26, 2017

    Coraline

  • Rachel Heap
    June 26, 2017

    Beauty and the beast

  • Caroline Smith
    June 26, 2017

    Toy Story

  • Sheri Darby
    June 26, 2017

    Toy Story

  • Karen Barrett
    June 26, 2017

    The Railway Children

  • Emma Penko
    June 26, 2017

    Got to be Mary Poppins! Was a big favourite of mine and is now one of my children’s favourites too.

  • greig spencer
    June 26, 2017

    The BFG

  • Jodie W
    June 26, 2017

    Labyrinth

  • sandy ralph
    June 26, 2017

    finding Nemo I love it so much

  • Stephanie Whitehurst
    June 26, 2017

    Matilda

  • Simone Griffin
    June 26, 2017

    Beauty and The Beast

  • Keith Hunt
    June 26, 2017

    UP

  • Donna Gilligan
    June 26, 2017

    Mary Poppins

  • Kim W
    June 26, 2017

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – fuels a child’s imagination

  • Theresa Alison
    June 26, 2017

    Matilda such a lovely film and has it’s funny moments too. what’s not to love about it 🙂

  • Craig L
    June 26, 2017

    Teen Wolf

  • Lia Burns
    June 26, 2017

    It would have to be Matilda! Amazing movie x

  • emma louise
    June 26, 2017

    Home alone ,, We often watch the box set as a family and never get bored of watching the same thing.

  • Katie Skeoch
    June 26, 2017

    Chitty Bang Bang

  • Caroline Anne Bellamy
    June 26, 2017

    toy story

  • Rebecca Funnell
    June 26, 2017

    Home Alone

  • Claudia Carroll
    June 26, 2017

    I think Mary Poppins is such a lovely film for both girls and boys. Both my 2 boys 2 and 6 were captivated by it!

  • Laura
    June 26, 2017

    The Jungle Book (old animated version)

  • Caroline Blaza
    June 26, 2017

    The Lion King

  • Angela L Paull
    June 26, 2017

    Paddington

  • jackie beckett
    June 26, 2017

    Charlie and the chocolate factory

  • Monica Gilbert
    June 26, 2017

    Charlotte’s Web

  • Tracey Hallmark
    June 26, 2017

    Avatar

  • Trevor Linvell
    June 26, 2017

    Star Wars or for an animated film The lion King

  • jacqui rushton
    June 26, 2017

    The Secret life of Pets

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