Parenting The Best Kids Movies of 2014  

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List Rules Only childrens films that were released (or wide released) in the United States in 2014

If you were taking your kids to the movies in 2014, there were a lot of films to choose from. We've narrowed it down to these movies in our best kids movies of 2014 list. The films featured on this list are perfectly appropriate for all ages, from young children to preteens.

The best films for kids are often animated, feature memorable musical numbers (who can forget "Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie?), and have minimal violence. These sorts of kid-friendly films can be tough to find, but in 2014 there were plenty of great options that were perfect for children and the whole family to watch together, whether in theaters, on DVD or streaming thru Netflix, Amazon and other VOD services.

Many of the kid movies released in 2014 consisted of sequels and other familiar stories (like How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Rio 2), as well as some films that introduced children to new favorite characters (like The Lego Movie and The Boxtrolls). There were also a lot of Disney movies in 2014 including great animated movies like Big Hero 6 and Planes: Fire and Rescue as well as great live-action Disney movies like Maleficent, Alex and the Terrible, Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day. In 2014, Disney even put out a documentary movie for kids (Bears) and helped distribute the final Hayao Miyazaki Studio Ghibli movie The Wind Rises. Now it's time to vote. Which are the best kids movies of 2014? Don't see a great kids movie on this list? Add it and let other movie fans and parents vote on it. If you're looking for more kid-friendly and family friendly movies, check out our list of The Best Children's Movies List!

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Big Hero 6 Don Hall Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more

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The Lego Movie Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Lego: The Piece of Resistance is a 2014 animation, action and comedy film written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Dean DeBlois How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by Dean DeBlois.

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Maleficent Robert Stromberg Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. A vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) is driven to curse an ...more

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman Rob Minkoff Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a 2014 3D computer-animated comic science fiction film featuring the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman of the 1960s animated television series The Rocky and ...more

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Muppets Most Wanted Nicholas Stoller Muppets Most Wanted is a 2014 American musical comedy caper film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films, and the eighth theatrical film featuring the Muppets. Directed by James ...more

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Miguel Arteta Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Miguel Arteta from a screenplay written by Rob Lieber. The film stars Steve Carell, ...more

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Rio 2 Carlos Saldanha Rio 2 is a 2014 animated comedy film written by Carlos Saldanha and Don Rhymer and directed by Carlos Saldanha.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Shawn Levy Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a 2014 American comedy adventure film directed by Shawn Levy, and the third installment in the series. Security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) must ...more

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Into the Woods Rob Marshall Into the Woods is a 2014 American fantasy musical drama film directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Broadway ...more

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The Book of Life Hal Hartley The Book of Life is a 1998 film by Hal Hartley. In the film, Jesus returns to earth on the eve of the new millennium planning to bring about the apocalypse, but finds himself surprisingly ...more

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The Nut Job Peter Lepeniotis The Nut Job is a 2014 3D computer-animated heist-comedy film directed by Peter Lepeniotis and starring the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Liam Neeson and ...more

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The Boxtrolls Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi The Boxtrolls is a 2014 American 3D stop-motion animated fantasy-comedy film based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow. Produced by Laika, it was directed by Graham Annable and Anthony ...more

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Annie Will Gluck Annie is a 2014 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Will Gluck, based on the 1977 Broadway musical. A foster kid (Quvenzhané Wallis), who lives with her mean foster mom ...more

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Dolphin Tale 2 Charles Martin Smith Dolphin Tale 2 is a 2014 American family drama film written and directed by Charles Martin Smith and sequel to his 2011 film Dolphin Tale. Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi ...more

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Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D David Douglas Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D is a adventure biographical documentary film directed by David Douglas.

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Earth to Echo David Green Earth to Echo is a 2014 adventure film written by Henry Gayden and Andrew Panay and directed by David Green.

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Bears Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey Bears is a 2014 nature documentary film about a family of brown bears living in the coastal mountain ranges of Alaska. Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey and narrated by John C. ...more

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Planes: Fire & Rescue Roberts Gannaway Planes: Fire & Rescue is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2013 film Planes, a spin-off of Pixar's Cars franchise. Produced by DisneyToon ...more

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The Wind Rises Hayao Miyazaki The Wind Rises is a 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli. It was released by Toho on July 20, 2013 in Japan, and by ...more

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Postman Pat: The Movie Mike Disa Postman Pat: The Movie also known as Postman Pat: The Movie - You Know You're The One is a 2014 British-American-French-Indian 3D computer animated children's comedy film animated by Rubicon ...more

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return James Wan Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a 2013 American-Indian 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film that is loosely based on Dorothy of Oz by L. Frank Baum's great-grandson Roger Stanton Baum. ...more