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The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds  

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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 his or her favorite furry friends!

These films are the best movies 3 year olds will love and include 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 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch
Rio is a 2011 animated adventure comedy film directed by Carlos Saldanha and written by Don Rhymer.
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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers
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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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatba... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, distributed by Columbia Pictures, and released on ...more
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach
Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling
Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee and directed by Rich Moore.
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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel
Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the ...more
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Kiki's Delivery Service is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
MWM added Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi, Akio Ōtsuka
Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. It was written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki as an adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same ...more
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The Care Bears Movie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Mickey Rooney, Melleny Brown, Cree Summer
The Care Bears Movie is a 1985 Canadian animated fantasy film, the second feature production from the Toronto animation studio Nelvana. One of the first films based directly on a toy line, it ...more
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the ...more
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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King
Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was ...more
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Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
dee123 added Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman
Robin Hood is a 1973 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions which was first released in the United States on November 8, 1973. The 21st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro
Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the ...more
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The Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Joe Ranft
The Brave Little Toaster is a 1987 American animated musical comedy-adventure film adapted from the 1980 novel, The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story For Small Appliances by Thomas Disch. It ...more
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Babe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes
Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the USA, ...more
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The Muppets Take Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, Liza Minnelli
The Muppets Take Manhattan is a 1984 American musical comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is the third of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets with ...more
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film's script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes and its ...more
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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton
Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. Sound was recorded conventionally using the RCA System. One voice ...more
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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker
The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more
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The Nut Job is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson, Brendan Fraser
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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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more
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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more
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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more
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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anyth... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Cam Clarke, Yuri Lowenthal, Brian K. Roberts
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie is a 2008 American computer-animated family adventure comedy film directed by Mike Nawrocki and written by Phil Vischer. Produced through ...more