Put together by education charity Into Film, with the help of film industry experts, this substantial list of family movies, has been selected on the basis of the films educational value. All 50 0f them are seen to be beneficial for the intellectual, emotional and creative development of young kids. As well as just being fantastic entertainment.

Into Film’s chief executive Paul Reeve said he hoped that watching the films would help foster “a love of movies that can last a lifetime. Film entertains, educates and inspires. The Must See Movies list of the 50 films every child should see before they reach the age of 11 has been selected by our panel to do all of those things.”

The list is split into five categories: Classics, Thrills & Chills, Heroes & Villains, Adventure and Kids Rule! and go all the way back to Disney’s 1941 animation of Dumbo. There’s plenty of films to spark a bit of nostalgia. A lot of my childhood favourites are in there, including Space Jam, which to be honest, I’m surprised to see on any top film list, but I think it’s worth it to see Michael Jordan star alongside Bill Murray and Bugs Bunny!

But there’s also a lot that my kids, and me, haven’t seen yet. So I’m looking forward to kicking back with a big bowl of popcorn and having a few family movie nights. After all, who am I to argue with developing their creative and emotional intelligence.

Here’s the full list.

The Iron Giant, 1999


101 Dalmatians, Babe: The Gallant Pig, Dumbo, Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee, Oliver!, The Iron Giant, The Jungle Book, The Secret Garden, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Kubo and the Two Strings, 2016

Thrills & Chills

A Little Princess, Coraline, Hotel Transylvania, Jumanji, Kubo and the Two Strings, Star Wars; A New Hope, The Gruffalo, The Witches, Wallace and Gromit; The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Zootropolis.

Space Jam, 1996

Heroes & Villains

Beauty & the Beast, Fantastic Mr Fox, Frozen, Shrek, Space Jam, Spirited Away, The LEGO Movie, The Lion King, The Lorax, The Princess Bride.

Up, 2009


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Night at the Museum, Paddington, Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Adventure of TinTin, The Never-Ending Story, The Secret Life of Pets, Toy Story, Trolls, Up.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, 1982

Kids Rule!

Annie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Free Willy, Home, Hook, How to Train Your Dragon, Matilda, Swallows and Amazons, The BFG.

Being an education charity, Into Film have a lot of support resource on their website to accompany this list and extend the learning if you want more intofilm.org