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The Best Movies for 3-Year-Olds

Updated February 3, 2021 17.2k votes 3.8k voters 344.4k views123 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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    Steve Carell, Sandra Bullock

    Released2017

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    Toy Story Franchise

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released1995-Present

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

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    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1977

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  • WALL-E4
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    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

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  • Finding Nemo5
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    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    Diana Ross, Frank Welker & Judith Barsi

    Released1988-Present

    Directed byDon Bluth

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  • The Jungle Book7
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    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

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    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo

    Released2007

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    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

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  • The Lion King11
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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    Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett

    Released2019

    Directed byDean DeBlois

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    Kung Fu Panda

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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  • Frozen14
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    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

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  • Monsters, Inc.15
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    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

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    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria

    Released1972

    Directed byBill Melendez

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  • Rio18
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    Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx

    Released2011

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  • How to Train Your Dragon19
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

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  • The Incredibles21
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

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    Abominable

    Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai

    Released2019

    Directed byJill Culton

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    Brave

    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson

    Released2012

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  • Robin Hood24
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    Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov

    Released1973

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    June Foray, Bobby Driscoll

    Released1953

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