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The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds

Updated September 28, 2020 21.2k votes 3.6k voters 327.2k 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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  • 1
    Minions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Minions

    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm

    Released2015

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

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    Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Despicable Me

    Steve Carell, Jason Segel

    Released2010

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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    Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Despicable Me 2

    Russell Brand, Steve Carell

    Released2013

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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    Despicable Me Presents: Minion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds

    Released2010

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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    Despicable Me 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Despicable Me 3

    Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

    Released2017

    Directed byPierre Coffin and Kyle Balda

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    The Many Adventures of Winnie  is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

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    Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Toy Story 2

    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Toy Story

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Ratatouille

    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo

    Released2007

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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    The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    The Land Before Time

    Diana Ross, Frank Welker

    Released1988

    Directed byDon Bluth

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  • 14
    Up is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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    How to Train Your Dragon: The  is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett

    Released2019

    Directed byDean DeBlois

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  • 17
    Frozen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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    Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Kung Fu Panda

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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    Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Unkrich

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    Toy Story 4 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Toy Story 4

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released2019

    Directed byJosh Cooley

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    Snoopy, Come Home is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Snoopy, Come Home

    Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria

    Released1972

    Directed byBill Melendez

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    Rio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds
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    Rio

    Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx

    Released2011

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha

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