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Headline : The Guide To The 50 Films Every Child Should See Before They Grow Up Has Been Created
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The BFG, The Lion King and Up! have been named as three of the films all children should watch before the age of 11, according to a new list compiled by leading film industry experts.

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.

Alongside the list of ‘50 Must See Movies Before you Grow Up’ Into Film has developed a series of curriculum based educational resources to be used in primary schools, linked to five over-arching themes - ‘Thrills & Chills’, ‘Adventure’, ‘Heroes & Villains’, ‘Kids Rule!’ and ‘Classics’. Each of the 50 films sit within a theme, enabling the ideas and issues in the film to be fully explored and encouraging discussion around complex topics such as diversity, bullying, adjusting to change, tackling moral complexities, bereavement, friendship, embracing being different, growing up and facing adversity.

Each film was measured against a series of metrics, from the impact of the movie on a child’s intellectual, educational and emotional development, through to suitability for family viewing plus overall entertainment and nostalgia factor. The judging panel, led by Into Film’s education and programming teams who specialise in curating film content and developing teaching resources for schools across the UK, narrowed down the selection of films to a shortlist of 250 from a catalogue of over 3,000 family movies.

The shortlist then lead to the final 50 films in the selection, which feature a range of past and current films that have been deemed to benefit child development and creativity.


101 Dalmatians
The Gruffalo
A Little Princess
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Iron Giant
Mary Poppins
The Jungle Book
Babe: The Gallant Pig
The LEGO Movie
Beauty and the Beast
Nanny McPhee
The Lion King
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Night at the Museum
The Lorax
The Never-Ending Story
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Princess Bride
Secret Life of Pets
The Secret Garden
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Shaun The Sheep Movie
The Witches
Fantastic Mr Fox
Toy Story
Free Willy
Space Jam
Spirited Away
Star Wars: A New Hope
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Swallows and Amazons
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
Hotel Transylvania
The Adventures of TinTin
How To Train Your Dragon

From next generation CGI and animation, to historically innovative breakthrough storylines and concepts, the 50 films were selected for their timeless appeal with their narrative, themes and characters continuing to resonate with audiences. The selection criteria also measured a film’s effect on a child’s emotional and rational understanding of social interaction, creative development and knowledge growth.

Paul Reeve, CEO of Into Film said, “Film entertains, educates and inspires. The Must See Movies list of the 50 films every child should see before they reach the age of 11 has been selected by our panel to do all of those things.

Through the movies and accompanying resources containing a range of activities, we’re encouraging families and educators to immerse children in fantastic stories that span decades and genres, and contain themes that can support their understanding and exploration of the wider world around them whilst expanding their minds.

Watching great films, learning through those films and learning about film: we know from our wider work that this contributes positively to nurturing a child’s development and fosters a love of movies that can last a lifetime.”

‘Must See Movies Before You Grow Up’ campaign ambassador and television presenter and actress, Denise Van Outen said: “Nothing beats movie night in our family. I love watching my daughter Betsy become totally absorbed in a storyline. It’s always fun showing her films that I used to watch as a little girl and then sharing our favourite scenes and characters. I’m certain film’s ability to take us to far off places and other worlds helps children develop empathy and imagination.”

Into Film is a film and education charity, supported by the BFI through National Lottery Funding, which aims to put film at the heart of young people's education, contributing to their cultural, creative, academic and personal development. Into Film is available to schools, colleges and youth groups across the UK and gives children and young people the chance to experience film creatively and critically, as well as learn about the film industry and careers within it.

Its film clubs, which allow young people to watch, critique, review, and make films, and annual Into Film Festival and Awards, provide numerous opportunities for teaching and learning through film, including access to a diverse catalogue of films, special events and activities, and resources which seek to ignite and cultivate the interest of all young people regardless of their background or ability.

Mark Hamill (as Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia Organa), Harrison Ford (as Han Solo)
Star Wars (1977)
Directed by George Lucas
USA - 1977
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