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The Very Best Children's Movies

Updated June 15, 2020 68.6k votes 4.6k voters 211.5k views204 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Children's films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

Kid's movies list--all of the best films for children that were ever made, including classics like E.T. and more recent kid's movies like Finding Nemo. Find out which of your favorite kid and family-friendly movies are currently streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime

This children's movie list is a great reference if you're looking for something to watch with the whole family tonight. This list of children's films also contains children's movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film.

These are the best children's movies of all time!

These are the top films in the children's genre. You know, movies for kids, or "children's cinema." "Children's Cinema" is made up. Totally not a real thing.

This list contains movies like The Secret Life of PetsThe Lion King, and Finding Nemo.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these children's movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theaters for the first time, this is a list of good children's movies that can be helpful in any situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest children's movies, here is the full children's movies list, ordered from best to worst.



  • Toy Story Franchise1

    Toy Story Franchise

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen


    Directed byJohn Lasseter

    Toy Story is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the...  more
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  • Despicable Me Franchise2

    Despicable Me Franchise

    Steve Carell, Sandra Bullock

    Released2010 - Present

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda

    Despicable Me is a computer-animated comedy film franchise distributed by Universal Pictures...  more
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  • Monsters, Inc.3

    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman


    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

    Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter,...  more
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  • The Little Mermaid4

    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes


    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney...  more
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    #67 of 103 The Very Best Movie Franchises#88 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

  • The Incredibles5

    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter


    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A...  more
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  • Lady and the Tramp6

    Lady and the Tramp

    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg


    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde...  more
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    #18 of 297 The Best Duos of All Time#15 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time

  • 101 Dalmations7

    101 Dalmations

    Rod Taylor, Paul Frees


    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

    One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated...  more
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    #26 of 575 The Best Animated Films Ever#203 of 369 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • Wreck-It Ralph8

    Wreck-It Ralph

    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch


    Directed byRich Moore

    Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee...  more
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  • Cinderella9


    June Foray, Mike Douglas


    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and...  more
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    #11 of 206 Musical Movies With the Best Songs#66 of 75 The Greatest Classic Romance Movies

  • Happy Feet10

    Happy Feet

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman


    Directed byJudy Morris, George Miller, Warren Coleman

    Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed,...  more
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    #17 of 18 The Best Oscar-Winning Animated Films#80 of 108 The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

  • Shrek11


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy


    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

    Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks,...  more
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    Shrek Fan Theories That Add Another Chapter To The Fairytale#88 of 105 The Best Halloween Movies for Kids

  • Home Alone12

    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci


    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes...  more
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  • Up13


    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner


    Directed byPete Docter

    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar...  more
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  • Beauty and the Beast14

    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker


    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by...  more
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  • The Land Before Time15

    The Land Before Time

    Diana Ross, Frank Welker


    Directed byDon Bluth

    The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and...  more
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  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh16

    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris


    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by...  more
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    #112 of 553 The Best '70s Movies#26 of 84 Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn

  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!17


    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is...  more
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    #5 of 127 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time#117 of 215 The Best Cartoons to Watch Stoned

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory18

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson


    Directed byMel Stuart

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and...  more
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  • The Sandlot19

    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary


    Directed byDavid M. Evans

    The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy...  more
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  • Ice Age20

    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano


    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

    Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha...  more
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  • Mary Poppins21

    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced...  more
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  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe22


    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure...  more
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  • Mulan23


    Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen


    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

    Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney...  more
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  • The Lion King24

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons


    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature...  more
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  • The Jungle Book25

    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders


    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired...  more
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