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The Best Adventure Movies for Kids

Updated September 11, 2020 9.5k votes 976 voters 77.9k views65 items

List RulesAdventure 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.
  • The Goonies1

    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin


    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more
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  • The Lion King2

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons


    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature...  more
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  • Up3


    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner


    Directed byPete Docter

    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar...  more
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  • Monsters, Inc.4

    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman


    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

    Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter,...  more
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  • Finding Nemo5

    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe


    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

    Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by...  more
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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial6

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and...  more
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  • The Incredibles7

    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter


    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A...  more
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  • Toy Story Franchise8
    Toy Story is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the...  more
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  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World9

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett


    Directed byDean DeBlois

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated action...  more
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  • How to Train Your Dragon10

    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig


    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

    How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by...  more
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  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids11

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack


    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 soft science fiction-family film. The directorial debut of...  more
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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse12

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld


    Directed byBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed...  more
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  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone13

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe


    Directed byChris Columbus

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as...  more
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  • The Karate Kid14

    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio


    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G....  more
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  • Harry Potter Franchise15

    Harry Potter Franchise

    Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

    Released2001 - 2011

    Directed byChris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates

    Harry Potter is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J....  more
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  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe16


    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure...  more
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  • The Princess Bride17

    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright


    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and...  more
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  • Wreck-It Ralph18

    Wreck-It Ralph

    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch


    Directed byRich Moore

    Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee...  more
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  • The NeverEnding Story19

    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl


    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same...  more
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  • The Wizard of Oz20

    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton


    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and...  more
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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory21

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter


    Directed byTim Burton

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It...  more
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  • The Parent Trap22

    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid


    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and...  more
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  • The Kid Who Would Be King23

    The Kid Who Would Be King

    Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis


    Directed byJoe Cornish

    The Kid Who Would Be King is a 2019 British adventure drama film directed by Joe Cornish....  more
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  • Bolt24


    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta


    Directed byChris Williams, Byron Howard

    Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When...  more
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  • Hook25


    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter...  more
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