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The Best Kids Movies of 2013 

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Updated June 14, 2019 891 votes 129 voters 9k views 23 items

List of the best kids movies of 2013, as ranked by film critics and movie lovers. Finding movies that are appropriate for children can be a difficult task for any responsible parent. Since movies can often guide the way a kid thinks about the world, it’s important for parents to find family films that have appropriate content, which includes a strong moral center,language fit for children, and little to no violence. These sorts of kid-friendly films can be tough to find, but in 2013 there were plenty of great options that were perfect for children and the whole family to watch together.

The films featured on this list are perfectly appropriate for all ages, from young children who love familiar characters to older people who are interested in new stories. Many of the kid movies released in 2013 consisted of sequels, prequels, and other familiar stories, with films like Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, and Oz The Great and Powerful. While a lot of these films were animated, there were also a lot of live action films with heartwarming family moments. Most of the movies are also likely available within the selection of family movies on Netflix.

What are the best kids movies of 2013? This list includes the top films from 2013 that children will love and parents will feel safe letting them watch again and again.

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Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

Released: 2013

Directed by: Dan Scanlon

Monsters University is a 2013 animation adventure comedy film directed by Dan Scanlon.

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Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2013

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 computer animated comedy film written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.

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Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Steven Tyler

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Wedge

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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Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco

Released: 2013

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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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Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco

The Croods is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, ...more

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Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds

Released: 2013

Directed by: David Soren

Turbo is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated comedy sports film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is based on an original idea by David Soren, who also ...more

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Cloudy with a Chance of ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, James Caan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a 2013 American computer-animated comic science fiction comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film is ...more

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Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Released: 2013

Directed by: Alan Taylor

Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. When Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets cursed with a powerful entity ...more

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Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon

Released: 2013

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more

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Teri Hatcher, Val Kilmer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Released: 2013

Directed by: Klay Hall

Planes is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated sports comedy film produced by DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a spin-off of Pixar's Cars franchise and the first ...more

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The Smurfs 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Christina Ricci

Released: 2013

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

The Smurfs 2 is a 2013 American 3D live-action/computer-animated family comedy film and a sequel to the 2011 film The Smurfs. It is loosely based on The Smurfs comic-book series created by the ...more
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Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

Released: 2013

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

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Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

Released: 2013

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Hobbit: There and Back Again retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 fantasy adventure film written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and one more and ...more

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Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jimmy Hayward

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Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis

Released: 2013

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Ender's Game is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew ...more

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Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara, Sarah Jessica Parker

Released: 2013

Directed by: Callan Brunker

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Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch

Released: 2013

Directed by: Brian Percival

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Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel

Released: 2013

Directed by: Thor Freudenthal

The son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.

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Karl Urban, Justin Long, John Leguizamo

Released: 2013

Directed by: Neil Nightingale, Barry Cook

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Tara Strong, Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jayson Thiessen

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Masami Nagasawa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yuriko Ishida

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Directed by: Gorō Miyazaki

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AJ Michalka, Kevin Pollak, James Denton

Released: 2013

Directed by: Brad J. Silverman

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