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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. Now, check out the list of best kids movies below and vote up those you think deserve the top spots.

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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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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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Minions is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 12 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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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Up is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 16 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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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added 1990 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

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
ChloeFletcher added 2013 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

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
1951 Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based primarily on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ...more

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 28 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

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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is the second film adaptation of the 1964 British book of the same name by Roald Dahl and stars ...more

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added 2007 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

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2006 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

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
LanaYoshii added 2015 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

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 1995 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

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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 1961 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

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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added 1984 The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young ...more

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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
wiabux added 1940 Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the ...more

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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2005 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

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AmaryllisG added 2016 Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added 1950 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

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Nanny McPhee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2005 Nanny McPhee is a 2005 British fantasy film directed by Kirk Jones. The film stars Emma Thompson and Colin Firth. Thompson also scripted the film, which is adapted from Christianna Brand's Nurse ...more

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Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2012 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

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2010 Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2001 Spy Kids is a 2001 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the first installment in the Spy Kids series. Alexa Vega and Daryl ...more

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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2010 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

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Babe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
1995 Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the USA, ...more

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The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
karien.v.rooyen added 2000 The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated buddy comedy film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation, the 40th film in Disney's animated features canon. It was directed by Mark ...more

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Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
bullsfan12 added 2013 Monsters University is a 2013 animation adventure comedy film directed by Dan Scanlon.

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Hook is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AndrewW.Curley added 1991 Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo. It stars Robin Williams as Peter Pan/Peter Banning, Dustin ...more

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added 1971 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

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
apollon-smyrnis added 1998 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