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Good Movies for 3 Year Olds

Updated October 25, 2017 3.0k votes 590 voters 6.6k views

List RulesVote up the best films appropriate for a three year old to watch.

This list features all the most awesome movies for 3 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best movies for 3 year olds tend to be colorful, cheery, and have simple plots that are easy for kids to follow. Some great movies for three year olds to watch are animated cartoons while other good films for three year olds are live action - and many feature animal characters. It won't surprise anyone that Disney and Pixar are responsible for many of the top films for 3 year olds.

What kinds of films appear on this best movies for 3 year olds list? Of course, all three of the Toy Story films appear at the top of the collection. Friendship, teamwork, and problem-solving are at the cornerstone of this popular series of animated films. Chicken Run is another popular movie for a 3 year old to watch.

Hijinks ensue whenever Kermit the Frog and his friends get together, so The Muppet Movie is fun for the entire family - even moms an dads will enjoy it! Other great films on this top movies for three year olds list include Ice Age, Finding Nemo, and Charlotte's Web.

Do you have a favorite film for 3 year olds? Give the best movies a thumbs up and share some of your favorite scenes in the comments section.
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  • 1
    Minions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Minions

    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm

    Released2015

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

    Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle... more on Wikipedia
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    Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Despicable Me Franchise

    Despicable Me is a computer-animated comedy film franchise distributed by Universal Pictures... more on Wikipedia
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    Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Dumbo

    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards

    Released1941

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson

    Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on... more on Wikipedia
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    Mulan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Pocahontas

    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale

    Released1995

    Directed byEric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

    Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia

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    The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    The Aristocats

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi

    Released1970

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Hercules is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Hercules

    Danny DeVito, James Woods

    Released1997

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature... more on Wikipedia

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    Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Howl's Moving Castle

    Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka

    Released2004

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao... more on Wikipedia
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    Chicken Run is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Chicken Run

    Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall

    Released2000

    Directed byPeter Lord, Nick Park

    Chicken Run is a 2000 British-French-American stop-motion animated comedy film made by the... more on Wikipedia

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    Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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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,... more on Wikipedia

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    Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Alice in Wonderland

    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway

    Released2010

    Directed byTim Burton

    Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 British-American live action and computer animated adventure... more on Wikipedia
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Demi Moore, Kevin Kline

    Released1996

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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    Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Oliver & Company

    Billy Joel, Bette Midler

    Released1988

    Directed byGeorge Scribner

    Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical buddy comedy-drama film produced by Walt... more on Wikipedia

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    The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    The Prince of Egypt

    Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1998

    Directed byBrenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

    The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first... more on Wikipedia
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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce

    Released1973

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

    Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions... more on Wikipedia
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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    The Emperor's New Groove

    John Goodman, David Spade

    Released2000

    Directed byMark Dindal

    The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated buddy comedy film created by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia

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    The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

    The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series... more on Wikipedia

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    Babe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Babe

    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Noonan

    Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation... more on Wikipedia

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    Toy Story Franchise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
    Toy Story is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the... more on Wikipedia

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    The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    The Rescuers

    Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens

    The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions... more on Wikipedia
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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

    Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by... more on Wikipedia
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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Madagascar

    Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

    Released2005

    Directed byEric Darnell, Tom McGrath

    Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation,... more on Wikipedia
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    Tinker Bell and the Lost Treas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good Movies for 3 Year Olds
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    Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

    Lucy Liu, Kristin Chenoweth

    Released2009

    Directed byKlay Hall

    Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is a 2009 computer-animated comedy adventure film based on... more on Wikipedia

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