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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. Also, feel free to add additional movies for children to the list, and rerank it anyway you see fit.

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.
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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
caabdul added Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
ChiliBabe added The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
jsnungaray added Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
jsnungaray added Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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Despicable Me 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
jsnungaray added Despicable Me 3 Anita Briem, Pierre Coffin, Elsie Fisher

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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Up is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
ChloeFletcher added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Peter Pan Jason Isaacs, Saffron Burrows, Rachel Hurd-Wood

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Alice in Wonderland Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway

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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added Matilda Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
LanaYoshii added Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added Jumanji Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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Nanny McPhee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Nanny McPhee Emma Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth

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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
ChangesDownClub added Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Spy Kids George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Carla Gugino

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Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

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Babe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
karien.v.rooyen added The Emperor's New Groove John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones