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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 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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Despicable Me 3 is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Minions is listed (or ranked) 2 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 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
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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) 5 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
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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
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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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Toy Story 4 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal
Toy Story 4 is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Josh Cooley. Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang go on a search when Bo Peep (Annie Potts) goes missing.

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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson
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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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Up is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
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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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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
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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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Abominable is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor
Abominable is a 2019 American-Chinese computer-animated adventure film directed by Jull Culton. When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in ...more
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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
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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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Snoopy, Come Home is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for 3 Year Olds
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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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 25 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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