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The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009 

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Updated August 12, 2019 10.1k votes 1.1k voters 33.9k views 45 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite children films that were released in the 2000s

Although fans of kids movies will tell argue that the ‘90s had the best releases, there were many classic children's films released in the '00s as well. On this list, live-action and animation coexist, giving us some familiar characters as well as some completely novel inventions.


Many of the best ‘00s kids movies deal with one principle character: Harry Potter. With five films on this list, Harry and company dominated the box office in the mid-2000s. Based on the books by JK Rowling, the
Harry Potter series became one of the most successful young adult franchises in history. Here, you'll also find fan-favorite animated flicks like Shrek, employing the voice talent of Eddie Murphy and Mike Meyers, as well as Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. Acclaimed director Wes Anderson also took a stab at the kids movie genre in the 2000s with Fantastic Mr. Fox, a stop-motion animated film with a formidable voice cast including George Clooney and Meryl Streep.


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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

Released: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

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Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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Harry Potter and the Sor... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

Released: 2001

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
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Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Harry Potter and the Pri... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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Harry Potter and the Ord... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinc... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
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Released: 2000

Directed by: Ron Howard

This film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, based on the 1957 story of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It was the first Dr. ...more

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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Harry Potter and the Cha... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more

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Harry Potter and the Gob... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

Released: 2005

Directed by: Mike Newell

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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Charlie and the Chocolat... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tim Burton

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High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron

Released: 2006

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Mark Waters

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gary Winick

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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
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Released: 2003

Directed by: Bo Welch

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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kevin Lima

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Spy Kids 2: The Island o... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Taylor Momsen, Steve Buscemi, Carla Gugino

Released: 2002

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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Shrek the Third is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Murphy

Released: 2007

Directed by: Chris Miller, Raman Hui

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