10 Classic Movies Your Kids Should See

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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is a captivating, magical, thought-provoking tale that has numerous central characters that serve as a stark reminder that no one is perfect. And it’s the importance of hope and faith that is the key to the group's journey to the Emerald City.

The NeverEnding Story

The fantasy film The NeverEnding Story addresses a wide variety of complex emotional issues including bullying, mental health, bereavement and above all, the importance of love.

Mary Poppins

The original 'super Nanny', Mary Poppins epitomises the importance of structure and discipline. Her creative rewards encourage children to respect and understand rules and boundaries in everyday life, while also enhancing their capacity for imagination.

The Sound of Music

This tuneful, heartwarming story is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers - one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Who doesn’t fall in love with the tomboyish postulant who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into their lives?


The heroine in Labyrinth is a strong, active and an extremely positive role model for young children, particularly girls. Through the movie's fantasy setting, she explores the difficult process of growing up by facing up to her fears and using the power of her mind.

The Lion King

The Lion King entertains with its vibrant characters and unforgettable songs, but also teaches children about self-belief and the benefit of enduring and facing up to challenges.

Toy Story

This movie is a sound choice for parents looking to entertain and educate their children. The conflict between Buzz and Woody illustrates sibling rivalry and the movie ultimately teaches young viewers that although all individuals are different, everyone has intrinsic worth and should be valued and respected.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

When a sweet but very poor boy wins the last of the five coveted ‘golden tickets’, he and his grandpa tour the strangest chocolate factory in the world. The messages in this classic movie include having fun in life, being hopeful against all odds, believing in yourself and being motivated in life. It also teaches children to be honest, trustworthy and not to be obnoxious.


This touching movie will warm any viewer’s heart. It is a beautiful exploration of a unique friendship and a family that is brought together by his arrival. One of the many things families can talk about is how adults and kids see things differently and have a hard time understanding each other's perspective - just as Elliott and his siblings understand E.T. in a way the adults in the movie can't.

Stars Wars Collection

For kids of the right age, this movie is an unforgettable ride through a vast galaxy of imaginative concepts and characters. Of the six films in the Star Wars series, this one offers the best and mildest balance of drama and action for younger viewers. It has humour, loveable and challenging characters, refreshing messages and intriguing ideas.

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