Quick Start Film List - Ages 14 and over

Attack the Block film still
Attack the Block film still

Just signed up to run your first film club and wondering what on earth to show to your students? Get your Into Film journey started with this hand-picked selection of 20 brilliant titles, selected by members of our programming team. From sure-fire modern crowd-pleasers, to slightly more unusual fare, as well as a host of brilliant short films, this selection aimed specifically at audiences aged 14 and over - provides a fantastic snapshot of the range of titles on offer through the Into Film catalogue. At Into Film, we aim to encourage young people to explore the rich world of film in all its forms. We hope this list will inspire you to make your own choices of rich, challenging and diverse fare for students to watch, enjoy and discuss. 

Mary and Max

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration88 mins

Mary and Max(2009)

A witty and touching Australian claymation about two unlikely pen pals with a unique connection.

A unique animation (Claymation) that charts the friendship between a lonely girl and a man with aspergers. Using humour to explore the experience of socially isolated characters, anxiety and obsessive compulsive behaviors the film is a great starting point for discussions around challenging behaviors and takes in issues around love, friendship and forgiveness.

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From Up On Poppy Hill

CertU

Age group7–16

Duration92 mins

From Up On Poppy Hill(2011)

A beautiful animation about a group of teens trying to save their beloved clubhouse from demolition, set around the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Using a more painterly animation style, Studio Ghibli’s emotionally complex historical drama is set in the build-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. A group of teens look to save their school’s clubhouse from demolition in this sweet melodrama, emphasising the value of extracurricular activities in education.

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The Bling Ring

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration87 mins

The Bling Ring(2013)

The true story of a group of LA teens who flirted with infamy after breaking into the houses of the celebrities who lived in their midst.

Raising interesting questions about youth culture's unhealthy obsession with celebrity, and ideal for discussion issues around universal teenage temptations, this is an outrageous, funny and stylish take on young narcissism, all the more shocking for being based on a true story.

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Fruitvale Station

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration82 mins

Fruitvale Station(2013)

Powerful drama based on a shocking real life story that provoked debate and protest in America.

The often strained relationship between young black men and police officers remains something that is all too topical in modern society. This powerful drama, based on a true story, offers a passionate entry point into discussion of complex issues, invoking strong emotions in all who see it and a desire for something constructive to be done.

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Whiplash

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration102 mins

Whiplash(2014)

Riveting two-hander about a jazz drummer and his demanding tutor.

Andrew is a talented young musician whose tutor is willing to push him to the limits. This Oscar-winning drama is brilliantly alive, a nailbiting examination of the nature of ambition and how it affects social relationships, as well as where the boundaries between teacher and pupil should lie.

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Attack the Block

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration84 mins

Attack the Block(2011)

A bunch of South London teenagers find their tower block under attack from deadly aliens, in this fast and funny sci-fi horror film.

Starring a young John Boyega, this unconventional sci-fi thriller mixes scares and laughs with genuine social commentary, full of characters we care for and a world we recognise as our own. The film is also brilliant for its representation of characters and social groups that are all too often marginalised or vilified in society.

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Pride

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration115 mins

Pride (2014)

Uplifting comedy about an unlikely moment in recent British history, when in 1984, gay rights activists offered to support the striking miners.

Set in the 1980s, Pride tells the true story of a group of lesbian and gay activists who supported a community of striking Welsh miners in a show of unity and strength. Crowd-pleasing, and with a rocking soundtrack, the film powerfully demonstrates the importance of political protest, adding a poignant story about a young lad struggling to come out to his parents to the mix.

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A Room for Romeo Brass

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration90 mins

A Room for Romeo Brass(1999)

Marvellous British drama that tells the tale of two schoolchildren, Romeo and 'Knocks', and their fractious friendship.

This coming-of-age drama from popular British director Shane Meadows does not patronise its audience, or sugar-coat its issues, resulting in a touching, nostalgic take on youthful friendship and growing-up.

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Blade Runner

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration117 mins

Blade Runner(1982)

In the future human clones are sent to work in the outer reaches of space, when six escape and head to earth a blade runner is sent to hunt them.

This ground-breaking sci-fi classic continues to astound audiences both visually and thematically more than thirty years after its release. It’s dystopian vision of the future – in this case 2019 Los Angeles – has arguably never been bettered, and the film combines the human with the mystical, resulting in a true masterpiece.

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The Talented Mr Ripley

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration133 mins

The Talented Mr Ripley(1999)

Unsettling drama about cunning, obsessed Tom Ripley seeking to steal the identity of a wealthy, jazz-loving playboy he meets at an Italian resort.

There have been many successful adaptations of Patricia Highsmith’s novels. Tom Ripley, her most celebrated and disturbing creation is brought to life here in this beautiful, elegant adaptation from Anthony Minghella that is full of dark and disturbing imagery, and characters that are both seductive and unsettling.

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The Conversation

Cert12

Age group14+

Duration113 mins

The Conversation(1974)

Harry Caul is an industrial spy, but he begins to suspect his subjects are in danger, in this intense and paranoid thriller.

Harry Caul is approached by large corporations to spy on their employees in Francis Ford Coppola’s timeless drama. The Conversation is a masterclass in suspenseful, restrained filmmaking. It captures the feeling of global paranoia due to strained international relations combined with emerging technology, and strongly resonates with modern society.

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Vertigo

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration128 mins

Vertigo(1958)

A tense thriller about obsessive love from the master, Alfred Hitchcock.

Hitchcock’s spooky masterpiece has often been cited as ‘the greatest film ever made’. We’ll leave it up to you to make up your mind about that, but it is perhaps the definitive example of the most famous filmmaker of all. This richly complex film continues to suggest possibilities for film as an art form like no-other, and opens up a remarkable array of debates.

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Frankenstein

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration68 mins

Frankenstein(1931)

Based on Mary Shelley's classic Gothic horror novel about a misunderstood monster hounded through Transylvania's foggy graveyards.

This is perhaps the definitive adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, despite actually differing wildly from its source material. Boris Karloff’s performance as the creature is one of the most memorable in all cinema, creating a vision of the character that has passed from generation to generation. A macabre masterpiece.

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Bande De Filles (Girlhood)

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration110 mins

Bande De Filles (Girlhood)(2014)

Energetic and honest coming-of-age drama about a teenager’s new friendship with a group of girls in the suburbs of Paris.

French director Céline Schiamma has made her reputation on telling provocative, but tender stories about youth and gender. This coming-of-age story set in suburban Paris retains these characteristics, a compelling portrait of an African-French teenager’s developing identity, told in raw and vibrant fashion.

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Pan's Labyrinth

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration118 mins

Pan's Labyrinth(2006)

Outstanding fantasy grounded in a Spanish Civil War setting, about a girl who discovers a magical maze at her ruthless stepfather's remote army base.

Visionary director Guillermo Del Toro’s masterpiece reframes the horrors of the Spanish civil war through the eyes of a young girl whose nightmares make more sense than the reality that surrounds her. The result is terrifying, magical and an astounding feat of the imagination.

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Vi är bäst! (We are the Best!)

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration97 mins

Vi är bäst! (We are the Best!)(2013)

Joyous, energetic Swedish coming-of-age comedy in which three teenagers decide to form a punk band in 1980s Stockholm.

An affectionate look at claiming outsider status and self-expression through music perfectly captured in the defiant punk music of the time, this 1980s-set coming-of-age comedy from Sweden features a healthy dose of girl power. A joyous celebration of youth, friendship and growing up different.

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Grizzly Man

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration103 mins

Grizzly Man(2005)

This highly-engaging film documents naturalist Timothy Treadwell's ultimately fatal bond with the bears of Alaska.

German director Werner Herzog has been making masterpieces in fiction and non-fiction formats for many years. This documentary is one of his finest, the achingly moving, often disturbing story of Timothy Treadwell, a man who set out to live in the Alaskan wilderness with grizzly bears. The results are tragic but raise all sorts of issues and debates around his actions.

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Man on Wire

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration94 mins

Man on Wire(2008)

Gripping documentary about Phillipe Petit, who in 1974 walked on a tightrope between New York's Twin Towers, without permission from the authorities.

This gripping documentary is a mesmerising introduction to the genre. It uses a combination of archive footage, interviews and dramatic recreations to tell the astounding story of Phillippe Petit’s high-wire act, walking between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in the 1970s. The film also fascinatingly captures what sort of personality takes on such a mission!

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Encounters Short Film Festival - Fresh Flix: Shoot From The Hip

CertUnclassified

Age group16+

Duration62 mins

Encounters Short Film Festival - Fresh Flix: Shoot From The Hip(2013)

Five short films by female directors as part of the Encounters Film Festival

Selected by a group of 18-25 year olds as part of a scheme run by the Watershed cinema in Bristol this is a strong line-up of five short films made by women across Europe featuring a wide array of important and compelling stories.

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Institut Francais - La Vie En Courts (Life in Shorts)

CertUnclassified

Age group7+

Duration85 mins

Institut Francais - La Vie En Courts (Life in Shorts)(2012)

A selection of French short films aimed at supporting language learning.

An assorted collection of 10 French films including animation and live action suitable for a variety of age-ranges from 11 to 16 plus. In French with English subtitles they are great for language learning as well as an entertaining and accessible gateway into watching foreign language film.

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