Parenting 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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Minions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
jsnungaray added Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton 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 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
jsnungaray added Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker 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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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand 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) 4 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
jsnungaray added Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 computer animated comedy film written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.

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Despicable Me Presents: Minion... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
jsnungaray added Pierre Coffin

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The Many Adventures of Winnie ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway 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 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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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman 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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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles 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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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi 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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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
dee123 added Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk 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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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana 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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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee ...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 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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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima 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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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy 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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Up is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
dee123 added Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman 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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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett 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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick 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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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi 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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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
dee123 added Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton 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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Brave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly 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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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 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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Rio is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 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