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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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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 1 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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1,905 3,047
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 2 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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1,755 2,648
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 3 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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1,453 1,913
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 1964 Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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1,424 1,586
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2004 The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more

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1,161 1,244
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 1991 Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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1,491 1,696
Up is listed (or ranked) 7 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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1,818 1,584
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2006 Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation ...more

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1,472 1,369
The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
1965 The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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879 1,049
The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 1939 The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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1,530 1,068
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 11 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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802 1,020
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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1,198 626
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added 1996 Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same ...more

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1,533 1,057
The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published ...more

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1,133 945
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 15 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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2,058 825
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
ChiliBabe added 1989 The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

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1,840 728
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
caabdul added 2008 Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and ...more

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
jsnungaray added 2015 Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are ...more

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1,061 737
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2008 WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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675 658
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2003 Peter Pan is a 2003 Australian-American-British fantasy film released by Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios. It was the first authorized and faithful film or TV ...more

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677 655
The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added 1985 The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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1,063 751
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
1999 Toy Story 2 is a 1999 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 Lee ...more

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1,312 661
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 2001 Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

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926 543
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 2010 How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more

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469 629
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2001 Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more