film The Best Movies for Kids

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List Rules Top children's films suitable for young audiences

If you have kids, you know you are always on the lookout for a movie that they will love and that you can sit through without clawing your own soul out. These are movies that transcend the whole kids-are-idiots-and-therefore-must-be-talked-down-to trap that many movie makers seem to fall into when it comes to Family Fare. This list of the best movies for kids offers some great suggestions for keeping the little ones happy. And who knows? You might enjoy them, too! Be sure to vote for the kids' movies you like the most, and vote down any you don't. Also, feel free to add additional movies for children to the list, and rerank it anyway you see fit.

What makes a great kids movie? Two words: Great animation. Many of the best children's movies ever are animated films, with wonderful characters, a great story line and outstanding animation work. Several movies listed here are among the top 50 greatest animated films of all time (not surprisingly).

Need examples? Choose any Pixar movie. No, really, *any* movie ever made my Pixar. The greatest Pixar characters are instant classics, beloved by children young and old. Another great example: holiday movies. Check out this list of the best Halloween movies for kids, and you'll see.

If you're looking for other ideas, you might find success with some popular children's books with movie adaptations. Don't forget that the best Disney princess movies are all great for children of all ages, too. And of course, some of the greatest animal movies ever made are often fantastic children's films.  Many of these movies are also popular kids movies on Netflix.

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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

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Up is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee

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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Alice in Wonderland Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Peter Pan Jason Isaacs, Saffron Burrows, Rachel Hurd-Wood

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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Nanny McPhee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Nanny McPhee Emma Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Matilda Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens

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Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Spy Kids George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Carla Gugino

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Jumanji Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

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Babe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

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Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

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Hook is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Hook Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

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Rise of the Guardians is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Rise of the Guardians Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher