50 Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They’re 12


When it comes to movie night, there’s nothing like a classic film to keep everyone captivated. According to Common Sense Media, these movies are a must-see for kids under 12 due to their positive message, wonderful role models, and all-around entertainment value. Frankly, we think they are a must for anyone, of any age. So cozy up on the couch with a bowl of yummy popcorn and enjoy with your family! Here’s the top 50 movies, each one easily standing the test of time.

Charlotte’s Web • 2006

Finding Nemo • 2003

Frozen • 2013

Lilo and Stitch • 2002

My Neighbor Totoro • 1988

Toy Story • 1995

WALL-E • 2008

Babe • 1995

Beauty & the Beast • 1991

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey • 1993

The Iron Giant • 1999

The Lego Movie • 2014

The Lion King • 1994

Mary Poppins • 1964

Miracle on 34th Street • 1947

Moana • 2016

Modern Times • 1936

The Muppet Movie • 1979

Shrek • 2001

The Sound of the Music • 1965

The Wizard of Oz • 1939

Anne of Green Gables • 1986

Elf • 2003

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial • 1982

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone • 2001

How to Train Your Dragon • 2010

The Incredibles • 2004

The Indian in the Cupboard • 1995

James and the Giant Peach • 1996

A Little Princess • 1995

Song of the Sea • 2014

Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope • 1977

Akeelah and the Bee • 2006

Fly Away Home • 1998

Howl’s Moving Castle • 2005

Hugo • 2011

Mad Hot Ballroom • 2005

The Princess Bride • 1987

Superman: The Movie • 1978

It’s a Wonderful Life • 1946

Spirited Away • 2002

Children of Heaven • 1999

Hidden Figures • 2016

A League of Their Own • 1992

October Sky • 1999

Remember the Titans • 2000

Napoleon Dynamite • 2004

Sense and Sensibility • 1995

Spider-Man • 2002

Whale Rider • 2003

More info at CommonSenseMedia.org

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