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The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds

Updated September 28, 2020 21.3k votes 3.7k voters 331.2k views63 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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    Rio
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    Rio

    Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx

    Released2011

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha

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    Shrek
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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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    Brave
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    Brave

    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson

    Released2012

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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    The Incredibles
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

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    Abominable
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    Abominable

    Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai

    Released2019

    Directed byJill Culton

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    Peter Pan
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    Peter Pan

    June Foray, Bobby Driscoll

    Released1953

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

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    Robin Hood
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    Robin Hood

    Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov

    Released1973

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    Wreck-It Ralph
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    Wreck-It Ralph

    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch

    Released2012

    Directed byRich Moore

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    Beauty and the Beast
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Released1991

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
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    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2009

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

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    The Care Bears Movie
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    The Care Bears Movie

    Mickey Rooney, Melleny Brown

    Released1985

    Directed byArna Selznick

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    Trolls World Tour
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    Trolls World Tour

    Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake

    Released2020

    Directed byWalt Dohrn

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    Kiki's Delivery Service
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    Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi

    Released1989

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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    Bambi
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    Bambi

    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards

    Released1942

    Directed byJames Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright

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    Babe
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    Babe

    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Noonan

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    A Dog's Way Home
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    A Dog's Way Home

    Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos

    Released2019

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

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    The Brave Little Toaster
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    The Brave Little Toaster

    Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz

    Released1987

    Directed byJerry Rees

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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig

    Released1937

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell

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    The Nut Job
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    The Nut Job

    Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson

    Released2014

    Directed byPeter Lepeniotis

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    The Muppets Take Manhattan
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    The Muppets Take Manhattan

    Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields

    Released1984

    Directed byFrank Oz

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    The Willoughbys
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    The Willoughbys

    Will Forte, Maya Rudolph

    Released2020

    Directed byKris Pearn, Cory Evans

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    Pinocchio
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    Pinocchio

    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards

    Released1940

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

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    The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie

    Released2008

    Directed byMike Nawrocki

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    Dumbo
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    Dumbo

    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards

    Released1941

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson

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    Fantastic Mr. Fox
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    George Clooney, Meryl Streep

    Released2009

    Directed byWes Anderson

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