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50 Must See Movies Before You Grow Up

June 19, 2017

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

50 Must See Movies Before You Grow Up

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101 Dalmatians
A Little Princess
Babe: The Gallant Pig
Beauty and the Beast
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Fantastic Mr Fox
Free Willy
Hotel Transylvania
How To Train Your Dragon
Kubo and the Two Strings
Mary Poppins
Nanny McPhee
Night at the Museum

Secret Life of Pets
Shaun The Sheep Movie
Space Jam
Spirited Away
Star Wars: A New Hope
Swallows and Amazons
The Adventures of TinTin
The Gruffalo
The Iron Giant
The Jungle Book
The LEGO Movie
The Lion King
The Lorax
The Never-Ending Story
The Princess Bride
The Secret Garden
The Witches
Toy Story
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory

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  • Suitable for family viewing – The film engages parents and teens as much as children. There is something in the film narrative for everyone to enjoy. From the jokes to topical references, an older audience must be entertained by the content. These are the films that get the whole family excited and will sit down to watch together.
  • Timeless – The very best movies are timeless and last through the ages. The narrative, themes, and characters continue to resonate with audiences and are often passed down through generations. 
  • Innovation – The film was innovative at its time of launch, from next generation CGI and animation, to break through storylines and concepts. These films heralded a new dawn in movie making. 
  • Life lessons – The film delivers valuable moral and life lessons for the audience, from friendship to understanding conflict resolution. These films help children understand the complexities of human interaction and develop their social skills.
  • Education – The film helps to educate children and grow their minds through engaging storylines that develop their knowledge of the wider world.
  • Relatable Characters – The characters make an imprint on our minds and become childhood heroes and heroines. 
  • Emotional engagement – The film moves us on an emotional level – making us laugh and cry. The film also deals with emotional issues in a delicate way, which helps children to develop their social skills.
  • Audience reception – When the film launched it was positively received and commended, generating mass appreciation from its target audience.
  • Diversity – These films are diverse in their locations, time periods, genres and on-screen characters. From fantasy and animation to fictional storytelling, the breadth of offering in the narrative of these films helps to grow children’s imaginations.
  • Entertainment factor – These films ‘wow’ us and make us return to them time and time again. They have that ‘je ne sais quoi’ which make them stand out head and shoulders above other titles.


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