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The Very Best Children's Movies

Updated June 15, 2020 68.0k votes 4.5k voters 208.0k 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.

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    Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Despicable Me Franchise

    Despicable Me is a computer-animated comedy film franchise distributed by Universal Pictures... moreamazon buy button
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    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A... moreamazon buy button

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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney... moreamazon buy button
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    Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

    Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter,... moreamazon buy button
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    101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    101 Dalmations

    Rod Taylor, Paul Frees

    Released1961

    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

    One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated... moreamazon buy button

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    Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Lady and the Tramp

    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg

    Released1955

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde... moreamazon buy button

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    Toy Story Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
    Toy Story is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the... moreamazon buy button

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Cinderella

    June Foray, Mike Douglas

    Released1950

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and... moreamazon buy button
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    Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Happy Feet

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

    Released2006

    Directed byJudy Morris, George Miller, Warren Coleman

    Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed,... moreamazon buy button

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    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

    Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks,... moreamazon buy button

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    Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Wreck-It Ralph

    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch

    Released2012

    Directed byRich Moore

    Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee... moreamazon buy button
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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes... moreamazon buy button

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    Up is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar... moreamazon buy button
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    The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    The Land Before Time

    Diana Ross, Frank Welker

    Released1988

    Directed byDon Bluth

    The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and... moreamazon buy button
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    The Many Adventures of Winnie  is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by... moreamazon buy button

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Released1991

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by... moreamazon buy button
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and... moreamazon buy button

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    The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

    The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy... moreamazon buy button

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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Released1966

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is... moreamazon buy button
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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced... moreamazon buy button

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The  is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure... moreamazon buy button
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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

    Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha... moreamazon buy button

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired... moreamazon buy button
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    Mulan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    Mulan

    Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

    Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney... moreamazon buy button

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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Children's Movies
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature... moreamazon buy button

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