Top 50 films every child should see before they grow up – Giveaway to win all 50

We love movies in this household and every single Friday night we have a family movie night where we make up beds for the children on the front-room floor, close the curtains and snuggle down with snacks for a fun filled family evening.

The children love it and after the movie (or during in Harry’s case) they sleep downstairs and one of us will sleep on the sofa next to them (I don’t like them sleeping down here alone in case they wake up or someone tries to get in).

We all have a favourite movie and try to watch something different each week so as to not get bored but of course favourites will be re-watched every few weeks. Emmy loves the Disney movies or comedies while Harry is happy with Superheroes or Cartoons still.

The educational film charity, Into Film have compiled a list of movies every child must see before they grow up. – these are their 50 must see movies.

The guide to the 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 films distributed by retailers this summer. To find out more, visit

There are actually only 2 movies on this list which we haven’t seen yet – Kubo and the Two Strings and The Iron Giant, although the children haven’t seen The Never-Ending Story yet but it is on our to watch list.

Must See 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.”

How many of these have your children seen?


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234 thoughts on “Top 50 films every child should see before they grow up – Giveaway to win all 50

  1. so difficult to pick one :/ can I choose Beauty and the Beast (animated); Jungle Book (animated) and Savannah Smiles

  2. i love a good family animation film.. something like Brave, or Ice Age.. brill films that we never tire of 🙂

  3. We love Wall:E – when O was younger and we cancelled our TV license, we watched this film most days, and I never once got bored of it. I love the story, the characters, and the animation of it. We recently watched it again for the first time in a couple of years (as O had started watching Netflix more than DVDs) and it was just as good as we remembered!

  4. It was Cinderella until… Moana which has become top of the chart with the whole family 🙂 My 4 year old grandson would watch it daily if there was time (me too)

  5. Ahh, too hard to choose! I’ve always loved Dumbo… and Hocus Pocus… Oh, oh, and Alice in Wonderland! The list goes on! =D

  6. E.T. is the film that probably shaped my childhood the most, I was obsessed with it as soon as it came out on VHS.

  7. I love Jungle Book, you just can’t help singing along Oh, oobee doo, I wanna be like you
    I wanna walk like you, talk like you, too-oo-oo

  8. I remember going to the Cinema every Saturday morning as a child in the 70s and I loved it but my Grandkids would rather watch DVD’s and to be honest we have many fantastic evening watching DVD’s and eating popcorn and you never miss any of the film when on a loo break.My kids loved ET and Neverending story and my Grandkids love them too I can’t wait till they are a bit older to show them my all time fav Drop dead Fread x

  9. I never have a favourite anything as I always change my mind! If I had to say any I would say Tangled.

  10. Mary Poppins without a doubt! Watching it with my daughter now over Christmas is such a treat.

  11. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Amazing movie. I loved it in the cinema as a kid and still love it to this day.

  12. Finding Nemo has to be our family favourite film, It never gets old. I was surprised not to see it on the list. 🙁

  13. I love sitting down with my children and watching Beauty and the beast. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  14. My top two are ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘The Goonies.’ This is an incredible giveaway by the way..some brilliant titles in that lot. x

  15. I loved Wizard of Oz, although my mum now hates it as a result, haha! Paddington is something my whole family loves – brilliant film.

  16. Our favourite family film of all time is Shrek (The original) but we love all the Shrek films they are fantastic.

  17. Toy story, it was so entertaining for adults and children and I’m always happy to watch all the films again.

  18. The animated Jungle Book – great story, great songs – what more could you like – Baloo Rules

  19. Oooh, tough question. So many good choices. I think I’ll pick “The Jungle Book”. Gotta be the original animated version though. None of this new-fangled live-action malarkey.

  20. Even though it was a bit scary my children used to love the film Labyrinth. Even though they are adults now they still rave about it x x

  21. Not seen all these, I read the question out and my partner immediately said “The Goonies”. Her all time favourite.

  22. Matilda is a wonderful film and my six year old watches it over and over again. We all love it though and the book is fantastic too x

  23. I loved the BFG animation when I was younger and I am glad to say the recent live action version was phenomenal, so it has to be BFG hands down.

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