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The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds 

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Updated April 13, 2020 19.9k votes 3.5k voters 308.3k views 62 items

The films on this list of the best movies for 3 year olds have been ranked as the best by the community for this age group. Though young children might not grasp all the plot points of these movies, their bright colors and memorable characters will captivate the imaginations of 3 year olds. What are the best movies for 3 year olds to watch?

This list features the best movies for 3 year olds, many of which are also great for other children of any age. The best movies for a 3 year old will stimulate their brain by including a simple storyline that a child could broadly understand (stories about animals are great) and usually feature music, which is a great way to help your 3 year old sing along with their favorite furry friends!

These films are the best movies 3 year olds will love and include classics like Finding Nemo, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Toy Story, Shrek, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Goonies, The Lion King, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and The Wizard of Oz. Vote up the best movies for 3 year olds to watch or add a film you think is great that isn't already on the list below.

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
jsnungaray added Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton

Released: 2015

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are ...more

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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand

Released: 2010

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. When a mastermind (Steve Carell) uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand ...more

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Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
jsnungaray added 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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Despicable Me Presents: ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
jsnungaray added Pierre Coffin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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Despicable Me 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
jsnungaray added Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker

Released: 2017

Directed by: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda

Despicable Me 3 is a 2017 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It is the third installment in the Despicable Me film series. Gru (Steve Carell) faces off ...more

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The Many Adventures of W... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. It is the 22nd animated feature ...more

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

Released: 1995

Directed by: John Lasseter

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
dee123 added 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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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

Released: 1999

Directed by: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

Released: 1988

Directed by: Don Bluth

The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and ...more

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

Released: 1967

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne

Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and ...more

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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated action fantasy film directed by Dean DeBlois. As Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) fulfills his dream of creating a ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
dee123 added Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
dee123 added Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

Released: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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Brave is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

Released: 2012

Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more

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