Must See Movies Before You Grow Up

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Must See Movies Before You Grow Up is a list of 50 family films suitable for children up to age 11. The films were selected by Into Film's programming team alongside film industry experts to provide a cross section of wonderful films for all the family to enjoy. 

From animation classics to modern day blockbusters, there is sure to be something for everyone. Each film can be purchased from participating retailers, as listed at the bottom of this page.

All of the films in the list have been sorted into themed categories and Into Film have created downloadable activities per theme for you to do with your child over the summer!

To download the FREE activity sheets, simply click on the theme title in green below:


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Night at the Museum (2006), Paddington (2014), Shaun The Sheep Movie (2015), The Adventures of TinTin (2011), The Never-Ending Story (1984), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), Toy Story (1995), Trolls (2016), Up (2009).

Thrills & Chills

A Little Princess (1995), Coraline (2009), Hotel Transylvania (2012), Jumanji (1995), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Star Wars; A New Hope (1977), The Gruffalo (2009), The Witches (1990), Wallace and Gromit; The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Zootropolis (2016).

Kids Rule!

Annie (1982), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982), Free Willy (1993), Home (2015), Hook (1991), How To Train Your Dragon (2010), Matilda (1996), Swallows and Amazons (2016), The BFG (2016).

Heroes & Villains

Beauty and the Beast (1991), Fantastic Mr Fox (2009), Frozen (2013), Shrek (2001), Space Jam (1996), Spirited Away (2001), The LEGO Movie (2014), The Lion King (1994), The Lorax (2012), The Princess Bride (1987).


101 Dalmatians (1961), Babe; The Gallant Pig (1995), Dumbo (1941), Mary Poppins (1964), Nanny McPhee (2005), Oliver! (1968), The Iron Giant (1999), The Jungle Book (1967), The Secret Garden (1993), Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971).

The full list of films can be seen in alphabetical order below*:

*Star Wars; A New Hope is not included on the alphabetical list with a synopsis because it is not available for teachers to order via the Into Film Clubs catalogue. However, it can still be purchased from participating retailers this summer.

If you are a teacher looking for the resources for Must See Movies Before You Grow Up you can find them at the teacher landing page.

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