50 greatest childhood movies

Too good to waste on the kids

Its one of those ironies of life: you spend your childhood wanting to be grown up, and your adult life wistfully wishing you could be a child again. The best movies about childhood capture that nostalgia, that time of wonder and scabby knees, when he world seemed bigger and more full of surprises. From dramas about kids who dared to be different to fantasies about embracing the unknown, here are some of the greatest films that remind us how great it was to be a child.

50. Super 8 (2011)

Moment That Stuck In The Memory: Who needs a script or special effects when there's a train smash on your doorstep?

49. Flight Of The Navigator (1985)

Moment That Stuck In The Memory: David takes control of the ship, and navigates around the globe.

48. The Iron Giant (1999)

Moment That Stuck In The Memory: Having been taught by Hogarth via Superman comics how to tell good from evil, the Iron Giant saves the town by flying into the path of a nuclear missile.

47. Time Bandits (1981)

Moment That Stuck In The Memory: Craig takes a break from time-tourism as the guest of Agamemnon (Sean Connery) after accidentally slaying the Minotaur.

46. Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Moment That Stuck In The Memory: Jim witnesses an attack on the camp by U.S. airplanes, and is overcome with a mixture of excitement and fear.

45. A Christmas Story (1983)

Moment That Stuck In The Memory: Ralphie gets his dream present, and promptly gets a richocheting bullet in the face.

44. Uncle Buck (1989)

Moment That Stuck In The Memory: If Miles (Macauley Culkin) wants birthday pancakes, then Buck will make birthday pancakes. Giant birthday pancakes.

43. Billy Elliot (2000)

Moment That Stuck In The Memory: Billy's hitherto anti-dance dad Jackie (Gary Lewis) finally realises how gifted his son is, and vows to help him.

42. Up (2009)

Moment That Stuck In The Memory: Carl Frederickson (Ed Asner) escapes into the sky after tying a rainbow of balloons to his house and then realises he has an accidental stowaway in the form of Russell (Jordan Nagai).

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