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The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds

Updated September 28, 2020 21.3k votes 3.7k voters 331.5k 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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    Minions
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    Minions

    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm

    Released2015

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

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    Despicable Me
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    Despicable Me

    Steve Carell, Jason Segel

    Released2010

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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    Despicable Me 2
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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 Madness

    Released2010

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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    Despicable Me 3
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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 the Pooh
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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
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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
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    Toy Story

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

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    Finding Nemo
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    The Little Mermaid
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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
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    Ratatouille
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    Ratatouille

    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo

    Released2007

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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    The Land Before Time
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    The Land Before Time

    Diana Ross, Frank Welker

    Released1988

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    WALL-E
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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    Up
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

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    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett

    Released2019

    Directed byDean DeBlois

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    The Lion King
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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    Frozen
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    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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    Kung Fu Panda
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    Kung Fu Panda

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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    Monsters, Inc.
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    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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    Mary Poppins
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Toy Story 3
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    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Unkrich

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    Toy Story 4
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    Toy Story 4

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released2019

    Directed byJosh Cooley

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    Snoopy, Come Home
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    Snoopy, Come Home

    Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria

    Released1972

    Directed byBill Melendez

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    How to Train Your Dragon
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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