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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.

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. Now, check out the list of best kids movies below and vote up those you think deserve the top spots. If you see any good kids movies missing from the list, feel free to add it!

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2006
Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is ...more
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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added 1959
Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more
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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
1995
Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more
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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added 1971
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more
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Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2001
Spy Kids is a 2001 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the first installment in the Spy Kids series. Alexa Vega and Daryl ...more
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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 1994
The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2003
Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more
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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
1987
The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 1937
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the ...more
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Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
TammieGill added 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2002 computer-animated film Ice Age. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century ...more
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Babe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
1995
Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the USA, ...more
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The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
jschro1861 added 1970
The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, ...more
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Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2012
Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack, Dexter's ...more
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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
clandra28 added 1973
Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more
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The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
karien.v.rooyen added 2000
The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated buddy comedy film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation, the 40th film in Disney's animated features canon. It was directed by Mark ...more
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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
apollon-smyrnis added 1995
Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated ...more
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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
karien.v.rooyen added 1998
A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by ...more
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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
1992
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series ...more
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A Dog's Way Home is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2019
A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron. A dog (Bryce Dallas Howard) embarks on a 400-mile journey home ...more
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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 1992
Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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Up is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2009
Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more
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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
1977
Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more
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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added 1989
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 soft science fiction-family film. The directorial debut of Joe Johnston and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it tells the story of an inventor who ...more
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Bolt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
aamcj added 2008
Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner ...more
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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
LanaYoshii added 1993
The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy directed by David M. Evans, which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer ...more