Must See Movies Before You Grow Up

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Download resources to explore activities relating to the 'Adventure', 'Heroes & Villains', 'Classics', 'Kids Rule!' and 'Thrills & Chills' themes that feature in the top 50 Must See Movies Before You Grow Up!

Each of the themed resources listed below can be used with the corresponding film titles in your classroom or film club setting. Click 'View Resource' next to the theme you are interested in to download.

Films: A Little PrincessCoralineHotel TransylvaniaJumanjiKubo and the Two Strings, Star Wars; A New Hope, The  GruffaloThe WitchesWallace and Gromit; The Curse of the Were-RabbitZootropolis.

These family films all tell stories sure to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Taking us on a journey with brave and the curious characters we encounter fantastical new worlds with hidden dangers, magical creatures brought to life, and scenarios that force our heroes to confront terrifying truths. Battling monsters, braving nightmares come- true and outwitting danger, this collection of films sees characters rising to the challenge to make the best of some very bad situations, with electrifying results!

Films: AnnieDiary of a Wimpy KidE.T. The Extra TerrestrialFree WillyHomeHookHow To Train Your DragonMatildaSwallows and AmazonsThe BFG.

The kids are the champions of their own destiny in this collection of films in which small people make a big difference. Refusing to be side-lined, the children in these films stand up to injustice and dare to take on forces bigger than themselves.By creating their own rules, proving themselves worthy contenders against overbearing adults, and revealing the special solidarity and loyalty that children have to protect what they care about, these plucky kids are inspirational and moving in equal measure. 

Films: 101 DalmatiansBabe; The Gallant PigDumboMary PoppinsNanny McPheeOliver!The Iron GiantThe Jungle BookThe Secret GardenWilly Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

Some films have a timeless, enduring quality, and are handed down from generation to generation for whole new audiences to fall in love with.These films have the power to make us laugh, cry and think learning a little more about ourselves and the world we live in along the way. What's more, these are films to be enjoyed time and again, by ourselves when we are in a particular mood, or better yet, settling down with friends and family to share the experience and magic for the first or hundredth time. 

Films: Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsNight at the MuseumPaddingtonShaun The Sheep MovieThe Adventures of TinTinThe Never-Ending StoryThe Secret Life of Pets,Toy StoryTrollsUp.

Expand your horizons and dare to explore places you've only ever dreamed of with the brave explorers in this selection. From crossing boundaries and admirably facing up to new threats, to using escapism and fantasy as a way of helping to process real-life issues, this selection embraces mystery, magic and a pioneering spirit. Whether it's pushing their comfort zone or throwing themselves headlong into a new experience, the heroes of the adventure selection embrace the thrill of the journey as much as the wonder of the destination. 

Films: Beauty and the BeastFantastic Mr FoxFrozenShrekSpace JamSpirited AwayThe LEGO MovieThe Lion KingThe LoraxThe Princess Bride.

Heroes and villains provide the backbone of some of our most enduring stories. These films prove that heroes can come in all shapes and sizes, from any background and any age. Working alone, or as part of a team these characters inspire us with their feats, even when they are relatively humble. But who doesn't love a great baddie as well? Despite all of the booing and hissing, the truly great villains are more complex than they initially seem, and it is only when our hero encounters their nemesis that their greatest qualities are truly revealed.