Most of the children movies are good because these are made with care for the tender minds. Some movies are so nice that even adults like to watch them. There are movies in which millions of dollars are invested so that the end product looks spectacular. There are a lot of children movies which have been box office hits even surpassing mainstream movies. So, let’s have a look at the top 10 child movies of all time which you can watch umpteen times without getting bored.
1. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
Almost all children are familiar with the Harry Potter character created by J. K. Rowling. The thrill of this first sequel appealed to people irrespective of age. This movie grossed $926,287,400 thus becoming the fourth highest grosser in Hollywood. In this movie the main character is Harry played to perfection by Daniel Radcliffe. The story revolves round Harry’s quest to have a showdown with evil Lord Voldemort who had killed his parents. Warner Bros produced this sequel and Chris Columbus directed it.
2. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Directed by George Lucas this movie was a classic. It was the first of the Star Wars series and probably the best of all. The movie is all about a mission to save planet Naboo from getting invaded by a very powerful dark lord. The queen of this planet seeks the help of Jedi knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi to save her planet. This movie earned $924,317,558 thereby becoming the sixth highest grosser. 20th Century Fox produced this movie.
Shrek is a computer animated movie produced by Dream Works Animation SKG. A fairy tale picture book written by William Steig inspired its story. This movie won the Academy Award in the Best Animated Feature category in 2002. Made on a budget of $60 million Shrek raked in $267.6 million thus becoming the second highest grosser in the animated movie category. The main animated characters of Shrek and Fiona were represented by the voices of Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz. Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson directed the movie.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
This one is another great Harry Potter movie based on J. K. Rowling’s fourth novel. This movie grossed $892,213,036 thus becoming the ninth highest grosser. Produced by Warner Bros and directed by Mike Newell the movie revolves round the wizardry tricks of three young wizards taking part in a competition named Goblet of Fire.
5. E.T. Extra Terrestrial
A children’s science fiction movie, the ET won the Academy Award in 1982. Even adults flocked into theatres to watch this movie considered as an all time great science fiction movie. The movie which was distributed by Universal Pictures grossed $435,110,554 in domestic circuits thus becoming the third highest grosser. ET is all about a 10 year old boy who develops a deep bond of friendship with an alien. In the end the alien joins his species and the scene looked really heartrending. It was the highly talented and famous Steven Spielberg, who directed this movie.
6. Finding Nemo
This is another one of those animated movies which won an Oscar. Finding Nemo was released in 2003 and was created by Pixar Animation. The central character is Nemo the son of Marlin a clownfish. Marlin is concerned about Nemo’s safety but a scuba diving dentist captures Nemo. His father goes on a mission to rescue him. Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould and some others lent their voices to the main characters of this all time great animated movie. It grossed $70,251,710 on the very first weekend of its release which no other animated movie had achieved before in Hollywood. Apart from the revenue the highlight of the movie was the relationship between Marlin and Nemo which was portrayed beautifully.
7. Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone was the first movie of the series that was released in 1990. Without including Home Alone as one of the greatest movies for children will amount to disrespect towards this timeless classic. People still laugh when they watch this movie even though they have watched it over and over again. This is the quality of a truly great movie. Home alone received two Oscar nominations. The central character was played by Macaulay Culkin. This children movie made him the iconic child actor of the decade.
8. The Lion King
Made on a budget of $79,300,000 by Walt Disney Pictures ‘The Lion King’ which was released in 1994 grossed $312.8 million thereby becoming the highest grosser. As the name suggests the story of the movie revolves round a young lion named Simba and how he gets back his throne and kingdom from his uncle Scar who was responsible for treacherously killing Simba’s father. Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff directed this animation which was produced by Don Hahn. Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and James Earl Jones gave the background voices for the main characters. The movie had a famous song titled ‘Circle of Life’ which was composed by Elton John and sung by Tim Rice.
9. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
This Oscar winning film (2 Oscars) was a musical fantasy and was loved immensely by children. MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) were the initial distributors of this film till Warner Bros took over in 1998. The British Film Institute (BFI) rated this film directed by Victor Fleming in 1939 as one of the top ten all time great movies for children. Judy Garland enacted the central role of Dorothy. The story tells about how she lands up in a magical land and how she thereafter along with her friends tries to come back to her place. The other characters were enacted by Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Frank Morgan, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Bert Lahr. The popularity of the movie has not waned till today. The music of the movie was fantastic.
10. Baby’s Day Out
Baby’s Day Out was a hilarious movie loved equally by children and adults. Based on a story by John Hughes, Patrick Read Johnson directed this funny movie. The story of the movie centers on Baby Bink. Three kidnappers kidnap Baby Bink and their life becomes hell. What follows is absolutely crazy.
Just so you know it’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone. I can see where you made the mistake though.
In England, the original edition of the book, and the movie, were named Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone.
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