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The Best 2000s Family Movies  

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

If you love movies, then the early to mid-2000's was a great time to have kids. Here's our list of the best 2000s family movies, ranked by your votes. Family movies aren't just for kids anymore. Family movies from the 2000's from studios like Pixar really proved that adults can watch movies with their kids and laugh along with them. These films are cute with a few subtle adult jokes thrown into the mix, what’s not to love?!

In this list of greatest 00’s family movies, you’ll find it hard to choose which one tops them all. Could it be Pixar’s Monsters Inc? The film starred Billy Crystal and John Goodman as silly monsters trying to get cute little Boo back to her home.

Or how about Dreamworks’ Shrek?! It challenges your typical fairytale story and definitely pleases both kids and parents at the same time. It even won Best Animated Feature in 2002. Could this be 2000s greatest family movie of all time?
 

Of course, you can’t bring  family movies from the 00s without bringing up the magical franchise known as Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling’s iconic series became some of the top grossing 00s family movies, and launched the career of Daniel Radcliffe.
 

So which 2000’s greatest family movie is your favorite? With so many fun and inspiring movies, it's hard to pick just one, so vote for your top picks below and let your opinion be heard.

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Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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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Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

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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Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

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Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

Released: 2007

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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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

Released: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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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Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

Released: 2009

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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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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Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

Released: 2005

Directed by: Mike Newell

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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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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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

Released: 2001

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus based on ...more

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John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones

Released: 2000

Directed by: Mark Dindal

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George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Wes Anderson

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Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

Released: 2001

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay

Released: 2005

Directed by: Nick Park, Steve Box

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Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

Released: 2009

Directed by: Henry Selick

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Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, George Tokoro

Released: 2008

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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Aki Maeda, Tetsurō Tamba, Takayuki Yamada

Released: 2002

Directed by: Hiroyuki Morita

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