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The Best Movies For Kids

Updated May 21, 2021 200.9k votes 13.7k voters 355.7k views246 items

List RulesTop children's films suitable for young audiences

If you have kids, you know you are always on the lookout for a kids movie that they will love and that you can sit through without clawing your own soul out. These are famous kids 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 well-known and 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. 

  • 1

    ActorsTom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm, Michael Jeter, Jimmy Bennett

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 2



    ActorsAuli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    More Moana 

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  • 3

    ActorsMandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi, Brad Garrett, Laraine Newman

    Directed byNathan Greno, Byron Howard

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  • 4

    ActorsBilly Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi

    Directed byPete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich

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  • 5

    ActorsJack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

    Directed byMark Osborne, John Stevenson

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  • 6

    ActorsJodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • 7

    ActorsPeter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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  • 8

    ActorsGinnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence

    Directed byByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

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  • 9

    Despicable Me Franchise

    2010 - Present

    ActorsSteve Carell, Sandra Bullock, Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda


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  • 10

    ActorsChris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman

    Directed byPhil Lord, Christopher Miller

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  • 11

    ActorsSarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling, Stefanie Scott, John C. Reilly

    Directed byRich Moore

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  • 12

    ActorsDiana Ross, Frank Welker & Judith Barsi

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    #7 of 80 Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most#220 of 426 The Best Feel-Good Movies

  • 13



    ActorsEddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei, Donny Osmond, Pat Morita

    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

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  • 14

    ActorsJune Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton, Jimmy MacDonald, Lucille Bliss

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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  • 15

    ActorsJanis Orenstein

    Directed byLarry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima

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  • 16

    ActorsBoris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith, Dallas McKennon, Thurl Ravenscroft

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

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    #5 of 127 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time#194 of 386 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • 17

    Shrek Franchise

    2001 - Present

    ActorsEddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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  • 18

    ActorsAmy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

    Directed byPete Docter

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  • 19

    ActorsRod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley, Tom Conway, Dallas McKennon

    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

    More 101 Dalmations 

    #9 of 537 The Best Animated Films Ever#659 of 1,141 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • 20

    ActorsAshley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi, Chris Bauer

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

  • 21

    Hotel Transylvania Franchise


    #33 of 57 The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made#21 of 119 The Best Comedy Movies for 11-Year-Old Kids

  • 22

    ActorsRingo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman, Roger Miller, Andy Devine

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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  • 23



    ActorsKristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Jonathan Groff

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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  • 24

    ActorsClint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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  • 25

    ActorsMel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly, Linda Hunt, Frank Welker

    Directed byEric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

    More Pocahontas 

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