Created July 2011
Top 10 followed by 40 films in alphabetical order: Of course, these films are meant for people of all ages to watch, enjoy, discuss and debate. The list was compiled by more than 70 experts, including film producers, educators, authors and critics.
The rule of thumb for deciding at what age should children be watching which films is the age of the protagonists, in my opinion. The protagonist(s) can be about the same age as the viewers or slightly (i.e. not much) older since children tend to see those who are several years older as behavioral role models, for instance undergraduate students tended to watch the TV series Friends . The length of the films need to be taken into account, too, for the very young, given their shorter attention span. (Disney’s Dumbo, for example, is 64 minutes long.)
What should be included in the next 10 from under-represented nations or cultures? BBC News link
51-54 are suggestions from the Australian critics and filmmakers …I’m surprised to see Strictly Ballroom among the selections.
55-64 are suggestions from Thomas S. Hibbs … frankly, I’m surprised to see the war movies, much too long (175- 216 minutes) to be suitable for 13-year-olds, in my opinion. What would be a good anti-war movie for youngsters? My suggestions would be Jeux interdits or The Grave of the Fireflies for children 6 to 13 years old… or Persepolis ?