15 Movies Every Child Should Watch Before Turning 10
Everyone has those movies they wanted to watch over and over as a kid. These are those movies. The films that you watch during childhood have a special kind of on-screen magic. They become part of kids’ imaginations and make an indelible imprint as those kids grow up. The characters, storylines, and even the quality of light in these films stay with the watcher long after the credits roll. Years—or even decades—later, these classic kids movies are still drawing out memories, offering laughs and a tear or two. They have adventures galore, whether they’re in NYC, Neverland, or a chocolate factory, and they also have lots and lots of heart. Others we love (but—spoiler—that aren’t on this list) are The Secret Garden, Big Hero 6, Moana, James and the Giant Peach, and My Neighbor Totoro, so add them to your to-watch list too. Download these classic children's movies or pop them into the DVD player, and you’re sure to find your 10-and-unders’ new favorite films—and, as a bonus: Parents are sure to love them too. These are great family movies the whole gang can enjoy.
The Princess Bride
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Join Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe as they tour Willy Wonka’s infamous chocolate factory alongside unforgettable characters like Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee, Violet Beauregard, and their accompanying unsufferable parents in this classic musical masterpiece.
Buy it: $29.95, amazon.com
From director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, this animated classic for older kids follows 10-year-old Chihiro and her adventures in a supernatural amusement park.
Buy it: $19.99, amazon.com
A change in the winds brings a new nanny to the Banks household in this film, which is set in turn-of-the-century London. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke star in this vibrant, musical spectacular.
Buy it: $14.99, amazon.com
An enchanted board game releases its magic, and subsequent havoc, into a small town when a brother and sister begin playing it in this adventure classic starring Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, and Kirsten Dunst.
A Little Princess
The NeverEnding Story
The Lion King
Buy it: $26.25, amazon.com
Young lion Simba comes of age and returns to his pride to take his rightful place as king in this beloved animated Disney flick.