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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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#85 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #169 of 367 The Best Movies Based On Bookslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 2 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

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Fan Theories About ‘Monsters, Inc.’ #5 of 601 The Best Animated Films Everlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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#74 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #204 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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#71 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #319 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #374 of 1,211 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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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

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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#69 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #942 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #23 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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Every Song in Tangled, Ranked by Singability #60 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #121 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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'Mulan' Fan Theories That Just Might Be True #45 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #174 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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All the How to Train Your Dragon Books, Ranked Best to Worst #47 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #82 of 367 The Best Movies Based On Books

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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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#11 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #230 of 367 The Best Movies Based On Books #291 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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#288 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #17 of 82 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels #97 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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The Jungle Book Was Originally Written To Prove That White People Are The Superior Race #118 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #292 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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#48 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #941 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

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22 Insanely Smart Fan Theories About Frozen #17 of 601 The Best Animated Films Everlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

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#92 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #257 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #258 of 1,211 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Moana is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
carlybobarly added 2016

Actors: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more

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'Moana' Fan Theories That Might Just Be Right #22 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #47 of 123 The Most Rewatchable Movie Musicals

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A Dog's Way Home is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
2019

Actors: Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi, Chris Bauer, + more

Directed by: Charles Martin Smith

A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron. A dog (Bryce Dallas Howard) embarks on a 400-mile journey home ...more
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Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 19 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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#57 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #307 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #49 of 181 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

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Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 20 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

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 21 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

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#122 of 367 The Best Movies Based On Books #72 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #45 of 130 Movies That Should Never Be Remade

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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 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

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
AmaryllisG added 2016

Actors: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, + more

Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

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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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

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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
looksharp added 1959

Actors: Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton, Taylor Holmes, Eleanor Audley, + more

Directed by: Clyde Geronimi

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more

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#31 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #313 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #22 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time