Toy Story to Mary Poppins: 50 films everyone should watch before you grow up

Film experts have chosen 50 Must See Movies Before You Grow Up. How many have you seen?

Whether you enjoyed family trips to the cinema or watched on video or DVD, there’s a good chance films had a profound effect on your childhood and helped shape how you saw and felt about the world.

Into Film, a non-profit educational film organisation supported by the BFI, has rounded up what it believes to be the 50 Must See Movies Before You Grow Up.

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By combining a series of metrics including a child’s intellectual, educational and emotional development, as well as the popularity of these nostalgic films, Into Film lists what they think every child should watch before they enter their teens.

You’ll find classics like 101 Dalmatians and Hook on the list as well as more modern gems like The Lego Movie and Fantastic Mr Fox.

Almost every one of the listed movies are available to buy and rent on BT TV Store - check them out now on the BT Player.

Here are the Must See Movies Before You Grow Up, divided into decades. How many have you seen and which are your favourites?



Dumbo (1941)


Mary Poppins

101 Dalmatians (1961)
Mary Poppins (1964)
The Jungle Book (1967)
Oliver! (1968)


Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)



ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Annie (1982)
The Never-Ending Story (1984)
The Princess Bride (1987)


Toy Story

The Witches (1990)
Hook (1991)
Free Willy (1993)
The Secret Garden (1993)
Jumanji (1995)
A Little Princess (1995)
Babe (1995)
Toy Story (1995)
Matilda (1996)

Space Jam
Space Jam (1996)
The Iron Giant (1999)



Shrek (2001)
Spirited Away (2001)
Nanny McPhee (2005)
Night at the Museum (2006)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Coraline (2009)
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)
The Gruffalo (2009)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)



Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Coraline (2009)
The Gruffalo (2009)
Up (2009)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
The Lorax (2012)
Frozen (2013)

Paddington (2014)
The LEGO Movie (2014)
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
Home (2015)
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

The LEGO Movie
Swallows and Amazons (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
Trolls (2016)
The BFG (2016)
Zootropolis (2016)

To buy or rent these films and more, press the BT Player button on your remote control, scroll across to Store and browse now. Alternatively, press the blue button to search for the film you want.

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