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Good Movies for 3 Year Olds 

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Updated October 25, 2017 2.4k votes 588 voters 6.5k views

List Rules Vote 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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Released: 2015

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

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Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

Released: 1941

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson, + more

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Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1970

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

Released: 1967

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

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Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly

Released: 1995

Directed by: Eric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

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John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones

Released: 2000

Directed by: Mark Dindal

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Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

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Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated ...more

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Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura

Released: 2004

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

Released: 1995

Directed by: Chris Noonan

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Released: 1988

Directed by: George Scribner

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Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens

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Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peter Lord, Nick Park

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Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Lucy Liu, Kristin Chenoweth, Raven-Symoné

Released: 2009

Directed by: Klay Hall

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Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2005

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

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Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

Released: 1979

Directed by: James Frawley

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Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander

Released: 1996

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

Released: 1973

Directed by: Charles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

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