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The Best Adventure Movies for Kids 

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Updated April 27, 2020 7.4k votes 858 voters 68.4k views 63 items

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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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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
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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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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Toy Story Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

Released: 1939

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

Released: 1984

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

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Charlie and the Chocolat... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tim Burton

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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Spider-Man: Into the Spi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

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Harry Potter and the Sor... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

Released: 2001

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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The Chronicles of Narnia... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrew Adamson

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Released: 1984

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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Harry Potter Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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The Kid Who Would Be Kin... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis, Tom Taylor

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe Cornish

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22
Bolt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2008

Directed by: Chris Williams, Byron Howard

Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner ...more

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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rich Moore

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for Kids
Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple

Released: 2014

Directed by: Robert Stromberg

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