Culture The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009  

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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.


Vote up the best '00s kids movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
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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 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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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana 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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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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200 49
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee 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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185 60
Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman 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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162 59
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett 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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140 48
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a 2001 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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Elf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Elif Yağmur ÖZTÜRK added Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon. It is the second installment in ...more

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Elif Yağmur ÖZTÜRK added Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas 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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Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe 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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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more

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146 66
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese 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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141 68
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, ...more

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124 56
Cars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow 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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110 56
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman 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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111 60
Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It stars Lindsay Lohan as Anna Coleman and Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother. In the film their souls are ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the popular book of the same name by E. B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount ...more

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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee 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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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Elif Yağmur ÖZTÜRK added Paris Hilton, Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film directed by Bo Welch based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book The Cat in the Hat. The film stars Mike Myers in the title role of the ...more

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100 71
High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron High School Musical is a 2006 American teen/children's romantic comedy musical television film and the first installment in the High School Musical trilogy. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, ...more

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Shrek the Third is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Murphy Shrek the Third is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film, and the third installment in the Shrek franchise. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and is the first in the series ...more

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The Lizzie McGuire Movie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Hilary Duff, Evangeline Lilly, Haylie Duff The Lizzie McGuire Movie is a 2003 American teen comedy film which was released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 2, 2003. The film serves as the finale of the television series Lizzie McGuire. It ...more

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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more

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77 60
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Taylor Momsen, Steve Buscemi, Carla Gugino Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams is a 2002 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the second installment in the Spy Kids film ...more

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57 60
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Disney's A Christmas Carol is a 2009 American 3D computer animated motion-capture holiday fantasy drama film written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens ...more

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters's 1988 comedy film of the same name. Set in ...more

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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more

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The Tale of Despereaux is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver The Tale of Despereaux is a 2008 British-American-French computer-animated adventure fantasy comedy family film directed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen and produced by Gary Ross and Allison ...more