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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. 

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  • 26
    Alice in Wonderland

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

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

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    Frozen
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    Frozen

    2013

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

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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    Toy Story 3
    908
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

    Directed byLee Unkrich

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    Jumanji
    899
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    ActorsKirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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

    Directed byClyde Geronimi

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    The Polar Express

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

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Bolt
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    Bolt

    2008

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

    Directed byChris Williams, Byron Howard

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    A Bug's Life
    778
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    ActorsHayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christina Milian

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

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    The Princess and the Frog

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

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • 35
    Matilda
    1,447
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    ActorsDanny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens, Jon Lovitz, Rhea Perlman

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

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

    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • 37
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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

    Directed byMel Stuart

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    Cars
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    Cars

    2006

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

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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  • 39
    Pocahontas
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    ActorsMel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly, Linda Hunt, Frank Welker

    Directed byEric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

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  • 40
    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

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

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Shrek 2
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    ActorsCameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Julie Andrews, Mike Myers

    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

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    A Charlie Brown Christmas

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

    Directed byBill Melendez

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  • 43
    The Aristocats
    602
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    ActorsEva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers, Sterling Holloway, Nancy Kulp

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    The Parent Trap
    285
    139

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

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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    Toy Story 2
    1,234
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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  • 46
    The Lego Movie
    428
    239

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

    Directed byPhil Lord, Christopher Miller

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    The Emperor's New Groove

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

    Directed byMark Dindal

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    Hercules
    408
    187

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

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • 49
    Brave
    290
    148

    Brave

    2012

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

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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    Charlotte's Web
    615
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    ActorsDebbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde, Agnes Moorehead

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

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