Saturday, April 09, 2011

10 films by age 10

The BFI recently compiled a list of the 50 films every kid should have seen by the age of 14.

Here they are in alphabetical order, with the top ten starred:

* The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz/William Keighley, 1938)
Au revoir les enfants (Louis Malle, 1987, France/W.Germany)
Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985, USA)
Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale/Kirk Wise, 1991, USA)
Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948, Italy)
Billy Elliot (Stephen Daldry, 2000, UK/France)
A Day at the Races (Sam Wood, 1937, USA)
* E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982, USA)
Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990, USA)
Etre et Avoir (Nicolas Philibert, 2002, France)
Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton/Lee Unkrich, 2003, USA)
* It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946, USA)
Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey, 1963, UK/USA)
Kes (Ken Loach, 1969, UK)
The Kid (Charles Chaplin, 1921, USA)
* King Kong (Merian C.Cooper/Ernest B.Schoedsack, 1933, USA)
Kirikou et la sorcière (Michel Ocelot, 1998, France/Belgium/Luxembourg)
La Belle et la bête (Jean Cocteau, 1946, France / Luxembourg)
Le Voyage dans la lune (Georges Melies, 1902, France)
Les Quatre cents coups (Francois Truffaut, 1959, France)
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953, France)
My Life as a Dog (Lasse Halstrom, 1985, Sweden)
My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, Japan/USA)
* The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955, USA)
Oliver Twist (David Lean, 1948, UK)
The Outsiders (Francis Ford Coppola, 1983, USA)
Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955, India)
Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967, France/Italy)
The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987, USA)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, 2002, Australia)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981, USA)
The Railway Children (Lionel Jeffries, 1970, UK)
The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1956, France)
Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrman, 1996, USA)
The Secret Garden (Agnieszka Holland, 1993, UK/USA)
Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson, 1998, Sweden/Denmark)
* Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly, 1952, USA)
* Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney, 1937, USA)
* Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959, USA)
The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973, Spain)
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001, Japan)
* Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977, USA)
* To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962, USA)
Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995, USA)
Walkabout (Nicholas Roeg, 1971, UK)
Whale Rider (Niki Caro, 2002, New Zealand)
Where is the Friend's House? (Abbas Kiarostami, 1987, Iran)
Whistle Down the Wind (Bryan Forbes, 1961, UK)
The White Balloon (Jafar Panahi, 1995, Iran)
* The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939, USA)

And now, here are MY top ten films every kid should have seen by age 10.

1. Star Wars IV, V & VI (1977-1983) a cheat... but an epic cheat
2. WALL-E (2008)
3. Toy Story trilogy (1995-2010) a cheat... but an essential cheat
4. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
6. Back to the Future trilogy (1985-1990) a cheat... but a fabulous cheat
7. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
8. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
9. Finding Nemo (2003)
10. The Black Stallion (1979)


  1. Oh dear there's loads of those I haven't seen! Fomr your ten, I still haven't seen Toy Story 3 or Back to the Future 3, and I've never seen The Black Stallion. I saw Star Wars for the first time aged 18!

    I do love the Adventures of Robin Hood though. I'm surprised to see Romeo + Juliet on there though, I'd have thought 14 is the age where you're just starting to appreciate that one!

  2. 18 is a great age to see Star Wars for the first time. So is 8. The Black Stallion might be the most underrated film ever!

    I cheated and made my list for 10 and under. Also, as the commentators in my link noted, some are ABOUT kids but not necessarily FOR kids.