Two things to make very clear about this post: I don’t have children and I have a very liberal attitude about kids watching mature movies. My parents let me watch whatever I wanted by the time I was 10 years old, but I was different. When other kids were talking about how big that actresses boobs were or how awesome it was to watch that guy’s head explode, I was trying to figure out why the director chose to move the camera that specific way, or why they held that shot for that long. Movies were my education in so many ways, and I’m glad I was exposed to them at such an early age.
And while all kids are different, with different standards and sensitivities, I truly believe most children would benefit from watching the movies below. All these films have something profound to offer, including potentially poignant conversations with parents. I hope you appreciate my picks, many of which inspired great conversations with my own parents when I was young. And do feel free to share your choices as well.
Stand By Me (1986)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Schindler’s List (1993)/The Pianist (2002)
Because both of these films do a great job of explaining something that makes no sense.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Almost Famous (2000)Roger Ebert. Enough said.
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Unrated Honorable Mentions
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)/Deliver Us From Evil (2006)
Die Hard (1988)
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