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The Best Adventure Movies for Kids

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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
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 2
    Up
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    66

    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    The Lion King
    207
    71

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 4
    Finding Nemo
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    66

    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

    Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Monsters, Inc.
    184
    62

    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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  • 6
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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    77

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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    83

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett

    Released2019

    Directed byDean DeBlois

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated action... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    The Incredibles
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    59

    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    Toy Story Franchise
    Toy Story is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    How to Train Your Dragon
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

    How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • 12
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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    52

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld

    Released2018

    Directed byBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

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  • 13
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
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    Harry Potter is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 15
    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    The Princess Bride
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    56

    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    The Karate Kid
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    52

    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    152
    79

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2005

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 19
    The NeverEnding Story
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    80

    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl

    Released1984

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • 20
    Wreck-It Ralph
    117
    53

    Wreck-It Ralph

    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch

    Released2012

    Directed byRich Moore

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  • 21
    The Wizard of Oz
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    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1939

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

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  • 22
    The Parent Trap
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 23
    The Kid Who Would Be King
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    The Kid Who Would Be King

    Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Cornish

    The Kid Who Would Be King is a 2019 British adventure drama film directed by Joe Cornish.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Bolt
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    Bolt

    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta

    Released2008

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 25
    Hook
    118
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    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1991

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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