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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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Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal
Monsters University is a 2013 animation adventure comedy film directed by Dan Scanlon.
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Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk
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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Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig
Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 computer animated comedy film written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.
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Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco
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
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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Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Steven Tyler
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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Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds
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 Meatba... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies of 2013
Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, James Caan
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
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
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
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
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
Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 period drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Centered on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios ...more
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Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
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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Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen
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
Free Birds is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated buddy comedy film produced by Reel FX Creative Studios, directed by Jimmy Hayward and it stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and ...more
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Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara, Sarah Jessica Parker
Escape from Planet Earth is a 2012 animated adventure comedy film written by Cory Edwards and Tony Leech and directed by Callan Brunker.
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Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel
The son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.
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Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch
This film is a 2013 American-German drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. The film is about a young girl living with her ...more
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Karl Urban, Justin Long, John Leguizamo
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D is a 2013 animation, action and family film directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale.
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Masami Nagasawa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yuriko Ishida
From Up on Poppy Hill is a 2011 Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki, scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, and produced by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1980 ...more
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Tara Strong, Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls is a 2013 Canadian–American animated musical fantasy comedy film and a spin-off of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic animated television series. Written by ...more
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AJ Michalka, Kevin Pollak, James Denton
Grace Unplugged is a 2013 Christian musical drama film. The film is based on a story by Brandon Rice, written and directed by Brad J. Silverman, and stars AJ Michalka, James Denton, and Kevin ...more