The 50 Films Every Child Should See Before They Turn 11

A UK film non-profit compiled the ultimate list of family-friendly movies.

From sweltering heat waves when it’s just too hot for playing outside, to personal under-the-stars screenings in the backyard, summer is filled with opportunities for families to sit down and watch a movie together. But finding a clean, fun movie that the whole family can enjoy can end up being quite a Herculean task. Thankfully a UK film education charity has compiled what it deems to be the ultimate list of best family-friendly films.

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On Monday, June 19, Into Film, a film education charity based in the UK, released a list of the top 50 films every child should see before they grow up. According to a press release from the charity, the 50 movies were selected from a catalog of 3,000 family movies and commended for their exploration and “discussion around complex topics such as diversity, bullying, adjusting to change, tackling moral complexities, bereavement, friendship, embracing being different, growing up, and facing adversity.”

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Though the list is from the U.K., it includes many American films, both classic and new. Movies chosen were based on 10 criteria: its suitability for family viewing (having something that will entertain everyone in the family), timelessness (themes and characters that resonate beyond one generation), innovation (new movie making techniques as well as venturing into new storylines and concepts), life lessons (morals and lessons that help develop the watcher’s social skills and peer interactions), education (film widens watcher’s worldview), relatable characters (protagonist is a good role model for children), emotional engagement (develops understanding of emotional situations and issues, as well ask sparks feelings), audience reception (positive reception from target audience and critics at time of launch), diversity (stories from different time periods, parts of the world, genres, and show different types of people), and entertainment factor (immensely rewatchable and stand out above other films). See the full list below (and where to watch!) and head to Into Film’s site for more information.

Top 50 Films Every Child Should See Before They Grow Up

101 Dalmatians (1961), available to buy on DVD or Blu-ray on Amazon.
A Little Princess (1995), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Annie (1982), available to rent or buy on Amazon and stream on Netflix.
Babe: The Gallant Pig (1995), available to rent or buy on Amazon and stream on Netflix.
Beauty and the Beast (1991), available to buy on DVD or Blu-ray on Amazon.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Coraline (2009), available to rent or buy on Amazon and stream on Netflix.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Dumbo (1941), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Free Willy (1993), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Frozen (2013), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Home (2015), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Hook (1991), available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Hotel Transylvania (2012), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Jumanji (1995), available to buy or stream on Amazon Prime Video with a Starz Subscription.
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), available to rent or buy on Amazon and stream on Netflix.
Mary Poppins (1964), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Matilda (1996), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Nanny McPhee (2005), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Night at the Museum (2006), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Oliver! (1968), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Paddington (2014), available to buy on Amazon and stream on Netflix.
Secret Life of Pets (2016), available to rent or buy on Amazon and stream on Netflix.
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015), available stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Shrek (2001), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Space Jam (1996), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Spirited Away (2001), available to buy on DVD or Blu-ray on Amazon.
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), available to buy on Amazon.
Swallows and Amazons (2016), currently unavailable to stream or purchase.
The Adventures of TinTin (2011), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
The BFG (2016), available to rent or buy on Amazon and stream on Netflix.
The Gruffalo (2009), available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.
The Iron Giant (1999), available to rent or buy on Amazon and stream on Netflix.
The Jungle Book (1967), available to buy on DVD or Blu-ray on Amazon.
The LEGO Movie (2014), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
The Lion King (1994), available to buy on DVD or Blu-ray on Amazon.
The Lorax (2012), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
The Never-Ending Story (1984), available to stream on Amazon Prime Video with an HBO subscription.
The Princess Bride (1987), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
The Secret Garden (1993), available to stream on Amazon Prime Video with an HBO subscription.
The Witches (1990), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Toy Story (1995), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Trolls (2016), available to rent or buy on Amazon and stream on Netflix.
Up! (2009), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (1971), available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Zootopia (2016), available to buy on Amazon and stream on Netflix.