Films/movies to watch with my son

Here’s my compendium of films that I either have watched or intend to watch with my son. Amazingly, after much research, I couldn’t find a similar list anywhere on the web. There are a few forums with people asking, but even on the new Q&A service Quora I had to post my own question as none existed. The idea behind this list is that it is a rough guide – not necessarily based on certification – for movies that are good to watch together with your son as he grows up. 

I’m a huge film buff and relish this special time with my son Archie who will be 7 this year.

Films for babies/to watch with babies

  • Dumbo
  • Bambi

Films for toddlers/to watch with toddlers

  • Aristocats (1970)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (1977)
  • Litte Mermaid

Films to watch with your 3 yr old

This category seems to be dominated by Disney/Pixar, and I guess it’s because some of the newer movies can have slightly more advanced content. By advanced I mean that although there is great entertainment factor the plots lines are more complex and some issues can be picked up on more in isolation by kids and leave them with a lasting bad impression of something, so there is always caution to be exercised.

  • Cars The Movie
  • Toy Story (1995)
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • The Incredibles
  • Ice Age

Films to watch with your 4 yr old

  • Pinnochio
  • Madagascar (some evidence of eating friends!)
  • Wall-E
  • Peter Pan
  • Chicken Run
  • Shrek
  • A Bugs Life
  • SpongeBob Square Pants The Movie

Films to watch with your 5 yr old

  • Mouse Hunt
  • Stuart Little
  • The Jungle Book
  • Ratatouille
  • The Lion King
  • The Iron Giant
  • Aladdin
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Star Wars

Films to watch with your 6 yr old

  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids
  • Swallows and Amazons
  • E.T.
  • Digby The Biggest Dog in the World
  • Dark Crystal
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Mary Poppins

Films to watch with your 7 yr old

  • Flubber
  • Harry Potter
  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • Labyrinth
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Fantasia

Films to watch with your 8 yr old

  • Spirited Away
  • Princess Bride
  • John Wayne movies
  • Gladiator

Films to watch with your 9 yr old

  • Hook
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Ben-Hur

Films to watch with your 10 yr old

  • The Snowman

Films to watch with your 11 year old

  • Mighty Joe Young
  • Remember the Titans
  • Willow
  • Cool Runnings
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Flash Gordon
  • Danny the Champion of the World
  • The Neverending Story
  • Goonies
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Home Alone
  • Big Daddy

Films to watch with your 12 yr old

  • Bladerunner
  • Avatar

Films to watch with your 13 yr old

  • The Breakfast Club
  • Blues Brothers
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • West Side Story
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Dual
  • Jaws
  • Withnail & I
  • Freebie & The Bean
  • To Live and Die in LA
  • Vanishing Point
  • Alien trilogy
  • Matrix trilogy


It’s a patchy work in progress… and anyway I want your suggestions… go ahead and comment. Or if you’re a Quora fan you can click here.

Cheers, and happy viewing. Isn’t it the best thing to share with your boy 🙂

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