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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Despicable Me 3 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
jsnungaray added Despicable Me 3 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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Minions is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
jsnungaray added Minions 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 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
jsnungaray added Despicable Me 2 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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Despicable Me 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 criminal mastermind (Steve Carell) uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a ...more

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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 Despicable Me Presents: Minion Madness Pierre Coffin

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Little Mermaid 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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The Many Adventures of Winnie ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 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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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Kung Fu Panda 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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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Land Before Time 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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Mary Poppins 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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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
dee123 added Frozen 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
Finding Nemo 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 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Toy Story 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 Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Jungle Book 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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Up is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
dee123 added Up 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) 16 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Ratatouille 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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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Monsters, Inc. 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 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Toy Story 2 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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Rio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Rio 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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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
WALL-E 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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Lion King 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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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
How to Train Your Dragon 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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Brave is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Brave 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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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Shrek 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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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
dee123 added Toy Story 3 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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Beauty and the Beast 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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Snoopy, Come Home is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Snoopy, Come Home Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria, Linda Ercoli Snoopy, Come Home! is a 1972 animated musical film, released by National General Pictures, produced by Cinema Center Films and Lee Mendelson Films, directed by Bill Meléndez, and based on ...more

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more

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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Dumbo 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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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 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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The Care Bears Movie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Care Bears Movie 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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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatba... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 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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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Wreck-It Ralph 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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Babe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Babe 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 Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Brave Little Toaster 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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Kiki's Delivery Service is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
MarylyleMcCue added Kiki's Delivery Service 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 Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Wizard of Oz 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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The Nut Job is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Nut Job Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson, Brendan Fraser The Nut Job is a 2014 3D computer-animated heist-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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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 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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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Pinocchio 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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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Peter Pan 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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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Sound of Music 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 Muppets Take Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Muppets Take Manhattan 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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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Bambi 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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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 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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Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
dee123 added Robin Hood 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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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 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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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Fantastic Mr. Fox 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 steals food each night from three ...more

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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anyth... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie 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

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March of the Penguins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
March of the Penguins Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk March of the Penguins is a 2005 French nature documentary film directed and co-written by Luc Jacquet, and co-produced by Bonne Pioche and the National Geographic Society. The documentary ...more