The Best Kids Movies of 2014 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.4k votes 183 voters 13.8k views 22 items

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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Don Hall

Actors: Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, + more

Released: 2014

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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Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Actors: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, + more

Released: 2014

The Lego Movie is a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. An ordinary Lego minifigure (Chris Pratt) who finds himself being the only one ...more

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Dean DeBlois

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, + more

Released: 2014

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

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Robert Stromberg

Actors: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, Peter Capaldi, Imelda Staunton, + more

Released: 2014

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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Rob Minkoff

Actors: Stephen Colbert, Lake Bell, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney, + more

Released: 2014

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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Nicholas Stoller

Actors: Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Celine Dion, Usher, Tom Hiddleston, + more

Released: 2014

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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Carlos Saldanha

Actors: Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Will i Am, + more

Released: 2014

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

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Shawn Levy

Actors: Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Mickey Rooney, + more

Released: 2014

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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Miguel Arteta

Actors: Jennifer Garner, Steve Carell, Bella Thorne, Dick Van Dyke, Jennifer Coolidge, + more

Released: 2014

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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Rob Marshall

Actors: Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, + more

Released: 2014

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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Hal Hartley

Actors: PJ Harvey, William S. Burroughs, Georgia Hubley, Martin Donovan, Ira Kaplan, + more

Released: 1998

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Will Gluck

Actors: Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz

Released: 2014

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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Peter Lepeniotis

Actors: Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson, Brendan Fraser, Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett, + more

Released: 2014

The Nut Job is a 2014 3D computer-animated 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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Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

Actors: Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg, + more

Released: 2014

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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Charles Martin Smith

Actors: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick, Jr., + more

Released: 2014

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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Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey

Actors: John C. Reilly

Released: 2014

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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David Douglas

Actors: Morgan Freeman

Released: 2014

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Roberts Gannaway

Actors: Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Dane Cook, Regina King, + more

Released: 2014

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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David Green

Actors: Mary Pat Gleason, Jason Gray-Stanford, Astro, Chris Wylde, Peter MacKenzie, + more

Released: 2014

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

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Hayao Miyazaki

Actors: Emily Blunt, Martin Short, John Krasinski, Mirai Shida, Hideaki Anno, + more

Released: 2013

The Wind Rises is a 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi. The film follows the life and romance of Jiro Horikoshi, the ...more

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James Wan

Actors: Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart, Dan Aykroyd, Bernadette Peters, + more

Released: 2013

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Mike Disa

Actors: David Tennant, Rupert Grint, Jim Broadbent, Ronan Keating, Stephen Mangan

Released: 2013

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