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The Best Movies For Kids

Updated September 22, 2020 195.3k votes 12.8k voters 341.6k views317 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. 

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    Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsPeter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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    Tangled is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsMandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi, Brad Garrett, Laraine Newman

    Directed byNathan Greno, Byron Howard

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    Moana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    Moana

    2016

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

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsBilly Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, James Coburn

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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    Mulan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    Mulan

    1998

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

    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsJodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • 7
    Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsGinnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence

    Directed byByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsJune Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton, Jimmy MacDonald, Lucille Bliss

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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  • 9
    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsMacaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Lionel Barrymore

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • 10
    Minions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsSandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

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  • 11
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies For Kids

    ActorsJanis Orenstein

    Directed byLarry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima

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    Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsAmy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

    Directed byPete Docter

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    Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsAngelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black, Seth Rogen

    Directed byJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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  • 14
    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsClint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsRod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley, Tom Conway, Dallas McKennon

    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

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    A Dog's Way Home is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsAshley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi, Chris Bauer

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

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  • 17
    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies For Kids

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

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

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  • 18
    The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies For Kids

    ActorsDiana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi, Pat Hingle, Helen Shaver

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies For Kids

    ActorsGerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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    Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies For Kids

    ActorsCary Grant, Gary Cooper, W. C. Fields, Edna May Oliver, Edward Everett Horton

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

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  • 21
    Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies For Kids

    ActorsHelen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

    Directed byDan Scanlon

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  • 22
    The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies For Kids

    ActorsOprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard, Randy Newman, Keith David

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

    Directed byLee Unkrich

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    Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsSarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling, Stefanie Scott, John C. Reilly

    Directed byRich Moore

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    Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies For Kids
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    ActorsChris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Schwimmer

    Directed byEric Darnell, Tom McGrath

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