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The Best Kids Movies of 2013

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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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  • 1
    Frozen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

    Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt... more on Wikipedia

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    Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Monsters University

    Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer

    Released2013

    Directed byDan Scanlon

    Monsters University is a 2013 animation adventure comedy film directed by Dan Scanlon.
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    The Smurfs 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    The Smurfs 2

    Katy Perry, Lil Wayne

    Released2013

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    The Smurfs 2 is a 2013 American 3D live-action/computer-animated family comedy film and a... more on Wikipedia
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    Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Despicable Me 2

    Russell Brand, Steve Carell

    Released2013

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

    Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 computer animated comedy film written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.
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    Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Ender's Game

    Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley

    Released2013

    Directed byGavin Hood

    Ender's Game is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

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    Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Oz the Great and Powerful

    Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz

    Released2013

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American 3D live action and computer animated fantasy... more on Wikipedia

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    Turbo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Turbo

    Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2013

    Directed byDavid Soren

    Turbo is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated comedy sports film produced by DreamWorks... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Epic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Epic

    Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Wedge

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    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

    Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman

    Released2013

    Directed byThor Freudenthal

    The son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Escape from Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Escape from Planet Earth

    Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara

    Released2013

    Directed byCallan Brunker

    Escape from Planet Earth is a 2012 animated adventure comedy film written by Cory Edwards and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Croods is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    The Croods

    Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco

    The Croods is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2013

    Directed byAlan Taylor

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    Planes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Planes

    Teri Hatcher, Val Kilmer

    Released2013

    Directed byKlay Hall

    Planes is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated sports comedy film produced by DisneyToon... more on Wikipedia

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    Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Saving Mr. Banks

    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 period drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

    Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2013

    Directed byCody Cameron, Kris Pearn

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a 2013 American computer-animated comic science fiction... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Free Birds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Free Birds

    Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJimmy Hayward

    Free Birds is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated buddy comedy film produced by Reel FX... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Walking with Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Walking with Dinosaurs

    Karl Urban, Justin Long

    Released2013

    Directed byNeil Nightingale, Barry Cook

    Walking with Dinosaurs 3D is a 2013 animation, action and family film directed by Barry Cook... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 18
    The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    The Book Thief

    Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Percival

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  • 19
    Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of  is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    My Little Pony: Equestria Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

    Tara Strong, Tabitha St. Germain

    Released2013

    Directed byJayson Thiessen

    My Little Pony: Equestria Girls is a 2013 Canadian–American animated musical fantasy comedy... more on Wikipedia
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    From up on Poppy Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    From up on Poppy Hill

    Masami Nagasawa, Teruyuki Kagawa

    Released2011

    Directed byGorō Miyazaki

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    Grace Unplugged is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
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    Grace Unplugged

    AJ Michalka, Kevin Pollak

    Released2013

    Directed byBrad J. Silverman

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