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The Best Adventure Movies for Kids  

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List Rules Adventure movie suitable for children

List of best kids adventure movies. What are the top kids adventure movies? This is a list of the best kids adventure movies to watch that'll please the whole family. With a mix of new and old movies, you'll sure to have the adventure of a lifetime, if only for a couple hours. Looking for family-friendly adventure movies? This is a list of kid-friendly films to watch now. 

Kids these days are more tuned in than ever before. Not only do they want stellar graphics and visually stunning images, they also want a great story to follow along. This is why today movies are geared not only toward children, but for the family as a whole. Wondering what movie to watch for the next family movie night? Check out an action-adventure film that the whole family will love, and don't shy away from those animated films. Today, with CGI and other effects, even animated movies are stepping up their game and becoming more popular than ever before among more than just children. 

What are the top adventure movies for kids (and parents too)? This list ranks the best kids adventure movies, with classic and new hits that the whole family can enjoy together.  Also be sure to check out which of these movies are available on Netflix for kids.
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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple
Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. A vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) is driven to curse an ...more
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Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
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 Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
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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Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 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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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter
Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 British-American live action and computer animated adventure fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, ...more
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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
The Lion King Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones
The Lion King is a 2019 American live-action epic musical drama film directed by Jon Favreau, and a remake of the 1994 animated film. When tragedy strikes home, Simba (Donald Glover) must step ...more
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Dora and the Lost City of Gold is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Temuera Morrison
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American family film directed by James Bobin, based on the Nickelodeon series. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents ...more
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Hook is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams
Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan ...more
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Cars 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Vanessa Redgrave
Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy spy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is the sequel to the 2006 film Cars and ...more
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Journey to the Center of the E... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Moses Zook added Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutchersonm, Seth Meyers
Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 2008 American 3-D science fantasy adventure film starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, and Anita Briem. It is not considered a sequel or a remake of ...more
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Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
MalaikaUrooj added George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Carla Gugino
Spy Kids is a 2001 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the first installment in the Spy Kids series. Alexa Vega and Daryl ...more
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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki
Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by Dean DeBlois.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American live-action film, and the first film adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. It was directed by Steve Barron and released on ...more
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A.X.L. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Alex Neustaedter, Becky G, Alex MacNicoll
A-X-L is an 2018 American adventure film directed by Oliver Daly. The life of a teenage boy (Alex Neustaedter) is forever altered by a chance encounter with a dog created from cutting edge ...more
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Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco
Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American 3D live action and computer animated fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi, produced by Joe Roth, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and ...more
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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of ...more
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Looney Tunes: Back in Action is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
MalaikaUrooj added Michael Jordan, Steve Martin, Heather Locklear
Looney Tunes: Back in Action is a 2003 American live action/animated adventure comedy film directed by Joe Dante, written by Larry Doyle, and starring Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Timothy ...more
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Explorers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Angela Falzon added Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell
Explorers is a 1985 family-oriented science-fiction fantasy film written by Eric Luke and directed by Joe Dante. The film stars Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix as teenage schoolboys who build a ...more
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Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes
Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is a 2018 American animated superhero film directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Micha, based on the TV series. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their ...more
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Mr. Peabody & Sherman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Stephen Colbert, Lake Bell, Ariel Winter
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a 2014 3D computer-animated comic science fiction film featuring the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman of the 1960s animated television series The Rocky and ...more
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The Angry Birds Movie 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (a.k.a. Angry Birds 2) is a 2019 computer-animated action comedy film directed by Thurop Van Orman, based on Rovio Entertainment's Angry Birds video game series. The ...more
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Rio 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Bruno Mars
Rio 2 is a 2014 animated comedy film written by Carlos Saldanha and Don Rhymer and directed by Carlos Saldanha.
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Epic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Steven Tyler
Leaf Men is a 2013 animation film written by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, James V. Hart, William Joyce and Daniel Shere and directed by Chris Wedge.
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Stardust is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Claire Danes
Stardust is a 2007 British-American romantic fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film is based on Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust and stars an ensemble cast ...more