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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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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
ChiliBabe added 1989

Actors: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added 2007

Actors: Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, + more

Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more
3
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 2001

Actors: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, James Coburn, + more

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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
4
Minions is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
jsnungaray added 2015

Actors: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, + more

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

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
5
Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added 1990

Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Lionel Barrymore, + more

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more
6
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
caabdul added 2008

Actors: Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, + more

Directed by: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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
7
How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 2010

Actors: Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, + more

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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
8
101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 1961

Actors: Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley, Tom Conway, Dallas McKennon, + more

Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and adapted from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same ...more
9
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added 1950

Actors: June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton, Jimmy MacDonald, Lucille Bliss, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more
10
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added 1996

Actors: Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens, Jon Lovitz, Rhea Perlman, + more

Directed by: Danny DeVito

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
11
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
LanaYoshii added 2015

Actors: Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, + more

Directed by: Pete Docter

Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), ...more
12
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added 1967

Actors: Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley, + more

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
13
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2010

Actors: Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi, Brad Garrett, Laraine Newman, + more

Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale ...more
14
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
apollon-smyrnis added 1998

Actors: Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei, Donny Osmond, Pat Morita, + more

Directed by: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt ...more
15
Frozen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
ChloeFletcher added 2013

Actors: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Jonathan Groff, + more

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more
16
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2005

Actors: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Schwimmer, + more

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in movie theaters on May 27, 2005. The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo ...more
17
Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 1995

Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier, + more

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was directed by Joe ...more
18
Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2012

Actors: Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, + more

Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky

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
19
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
1999

Actors: Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, + more

Directed by: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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
20
Cars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2006

Actors: Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow, Paul Newman, John Goodman, + more

Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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
21
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2006

Actors: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, + more

Directed by: Judy Morris, George Miller, Warren Coleman

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
22
Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added 1971

Actors: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Roy Kinnear, Pat Coombs, + more

Directed by: Mel Stuart

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
23
Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
bullsfan12 added 2013

Actors: Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, + more

Directed by: Dan Scanlon

Monsters University is a 2013 animation adventure comedy film directed by Dan Scanlon.
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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
karien.v.rooyen added 1998

Actors: Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christina Milian, + more

Directed by: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

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
25
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2008

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, + more

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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