12.9k voters

The Best Movies For Kids

Updated October 23, 2020 202.9k votes 12.9k voters 343.4k views317 items

List RulesTop children's films suitable for young audiences

If you have kids, you know you are always on the lookout for a kids movie that they will love and that you can sit through without clawing your own soul out. These are famous kids 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 well-known and 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. 

  • 26
    Alice in Wonderland

    ActorsCary Grant, Gary Cooper, W. C. Fields, Edna May Oliver, Edward Everett Horton

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    Amazon buy button

    More Alice in Wonderland 

    #122 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies#7 of 33 The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love

  • 27



    ActorsKristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Jonathan Groff

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

    Amazon buy button

    More Frozen 

    22 Insanely Smart Fan Theories About Frozen#228 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

  • 28
    Toy Story 3

    ActorsTom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    Amazon buy button

    More Toy Story 3 

    The Best Toy Story Characters in the Whole Series, Ranked#6 of 276 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

  • 29

    ActorsKirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Amazon buy button

    More Jumanji 

    #8 of 70 The Greatest Supernatural & Paranormal Teen Films#93 of 364 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • 30
    Sleeping Beauty

    ActorsMarvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton, Taylor Holmes, Eleanor Audley

    Directed byClyde Geronimi

    Amazon buy button
  • 31
    The Polar Express

    ActorsTom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm, Michael Jeter, Jimmy Bennett

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Amazon buy button
  • 32



    ActorsMiley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz, Randy Savage, Malcolm McDowell

    Directed byChris Williams, Byron Howard

    Amazon buy button

    More Bolt 

    #58 of 111 The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time#141 of 167 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

  • 33
    A Bug's Life

    ActorsHayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christina Milian

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

    Amazon buy button
  • 34
    The Princess and the Frog

    ActorsOprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard, Randy Newman, Keith David

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Amazon buy button
  • 35

    ActorsDanny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens, Jon Lovitz, Rhea Perlman

    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Amazon buy button

    More Matilda 

    #89 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#12 of 76 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

  • 36
    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    ActorsPaul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman, Greg Proops, Glenn Shadix

    Directed byHenry Selick

    Amazon buy button

    More The Nightmare Before Christmas 

    'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Fan Theories That Just Might Be True#155 of 572 The Best Animated Films Ever

  • 37
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    ActorsGene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Roy Kinnear, Pat Coombs

    Directed byMel Stuart

    Amazon buy button

    More Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 

    Grandpa Joe Was The Worst Person In ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,’ And We All Know ItThere's A Theory That 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' Is Actually About A Tormented Killer

  • 38



    ActorsTom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow, Paul Newman, John Goodman

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Joe Ranft

    Amazon buy button
  • 39

    ActorsMel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly, Linda Hunt, Frank Welker

    Directed byEric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

    Amazon buy button
  • 40
    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    ActorsDonald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry, Joe Pesci, Rob Schneider

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Amazon buy button

    More Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 

    #28 of 50 The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked#19 of 134 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

  • 41
    Shrek 2

    ActorsCameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Julie Andrews, Mike Myers

    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

    Amazon buy button

    More Shrek 2 

    #304 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#215 of 456 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

  • 42
    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    ActorsBill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein, Sally Dryer, Karen Mendelson

    Directed byBill Melendez

    Amazon buy button
  • 43
    The Aristocats

    ActorsEva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers, Sterling Holloway, Nancy Kulp

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    Amazon buy button
  • 44
    The Parent Trap

    ActorsLindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham, Dina Lohan, Natasha Richardson

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    Amazon buy button

    More The Parent Trap 

    18 Reasons The Parent Trap Is Actually Really Messed Up#402 of 836 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

  • 45
    Toy Story 2

    ActorsTom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

    Amazon buy button
  • 46
    The Lego Movie

    ActorsChris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman

    Directed byPhil Lord, Christopher Miller

    Amazon buy button

    More The Lego Movie 

    #41 of 55 The Funniest Movies About Politics#20 of 97 The Best Movies to Watch on Mushrooms

  • 47
    The Emperor's New Groove

    ActorsJohn Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones, Eartha Kitt, Wendie Malick

    Directed byMark Dindal

    Amazon buy button

    More The Emperor's New Groove 

    'The Emperor's New Groove' Fan Theories That Just Might Be TrueInteresting Details About The Emperor's New Groove That Prove It's Time For A Rewatch

  • 48

    ActorsDanny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston, Keith David, Paul Shaffer

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Amazon buy button
  • 49



    ActorsEmma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

    Amazon buy button
  • 50
    Charlotte's Web

    ActorsDebbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde, Agnes Moorehead

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

    Amazon buy button

    More Charlotte's Web 

    #58 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs#75 of 553 The Best '70s Movies