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The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years 

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List Rules Only movies rated G or PG released on or after January, 1 2015.

If you're looking for the best movies to watch with your kids, this list of new children's films is for you. Featuring the best kids movies released in 2017 and on, our ranking of family friendly films includes a variety of movies safe and fun for younger audiences. What is the best new kids movie from the past few years?

Looking for the newest Disney and Pixar movies? Inside Out and Zootopia are two of the best movies both kids and adults can enjoy. Other animated movies children will love are Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, and The Lego Batman Movie. For family friendly live-action movies, check out Goosebumps and Monster Trucks

Vote up the best new movies for kids and feel free to add any new and popular children's movies missing from the list.

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The Boss Baby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
The Boss Baby Alec Baldwin, Miles Bakshi, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2017

Directed by: Tom McGrath

The Boss Baby is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Tom McGrath, loosely based on the 2010 book by Marla Frazee. A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby (Alec Baldwin) ...more

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Despicable Me 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker

Released: 2017

Directed by: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda

Despicable Me 3 is a 2017 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It is the third installment in the Despicable Me film series. Gru (Steve Carell) faces off ...more

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The Lego Batman Movie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
The Lego Batman Movie Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera

Released: 2017

Directed by: Chris McKay

The Lego Batman Movie is a 2017 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Chris McKay. A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to ...more

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Coco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film directed by Lee Unkrich. Aspiring musician Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (Gael ...more

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Incredibles 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
starwarssuperfan added Incredibles 2 Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell

Released: 2018

Directed by: Brad Bird

Incredibles 2 is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is out ...more

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Cars 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Cars 3 Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer

Released: 2017

Directed by: Brian Fee

Cars 3 is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar. After being trounced in many races by hightech racer Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), many begin to wonder if the ...more

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The Greatest Showman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Unconquered44 added Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams

Released: 2017

Directed by: Michael Gracey

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey. American showman P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) becomes the founder of the circus that became the ...more

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Spider-Man: Into the Spi... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, based on the Marvel Comics character. ...more

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The Angry Birds Movie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride

Directed by: Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly

The Angry Birds Movie (or simply Angry Birds)[5] is a 2016 Finnish-American 3D computer-animated action-adventure comedy film based on the video game series of the same name. It was directed by ...more

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The Kid Who Would Be Kin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis, Tom Taylor

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe Cornish

The Kid Who Would Be King is a 2019 British adventure drama film directed by Joe Cornish. After discovering the mythical sword Excalibur, Alex (Louis Serkis) and his friends must thwart a ...more
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Ralph Breaks the Interne... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer

Directed by: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston. Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Natalie Yu added Beauty and the Beast Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Released: 2017

Directed by: Bill Condon

Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation ...more

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Smurfs The Lost Village ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello

Released: 2017

Directed by: Kelly Asbury

Smurfs: The Lost Village is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and The Kerner Entertainment Company, with animation by Sony Pictures ...more

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Captain Underpants: The ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch

Released: 2017

Directed by: David Soren

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (or simply Captain Underpants) is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated superhero adventure comedy film based on the children's novel series of the same ...more

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Paddington 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Paddington 2 Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

Released: 2017

Directed by: Paul King

Paddington 2 is a 2017 comedy film directed by Paul King, based on the stories by Michael Bond. Now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, Paddington ...more

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Su... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez

Released: 2018

Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Dracula (Adam Sandler), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Johnny (Andy ...more

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Toy Story 4 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal

Released: 2019

Directed by: Josh Cooley

Toy Story 4 is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Josh Cooley. Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang go on a search when Bo Peep (Annie Potts) goes missing.

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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated action fantasy film directed by Dean DeBlois. As Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) fulfills his dream of creating a ...more

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Mary Poppins Returns is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Mary Poppins Returns Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall. In 1935, during the era of the Great Depression in the United Kingdom, the now grown-up Jane (Emily ...more

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Leap! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Bragi Schut added Leap! Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler

Directed by: Eric Summer, Eric Warin

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Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
dedog added Ferdinand John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

Ferdinand is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Carlos Saldanha. After Ferdinand (John Cena), a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured ...more

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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tim Burton

Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by Helen Aberson. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a one-armed war veteran and former circus star, is ...more
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Abominable is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jill Culton

Abominable is a 2019 American-Chinese computer-animated adventure film directed by Jull Culton. When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in ...more
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Dora and the Lost City o... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Temuera Morrison

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Bobin

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American family film directed by James Bobin, based on the Nickelodeon series. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents ...more
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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Kids Movies of the Last Few Years
The Lion King Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jon Favreau

The Lion King is a 2019 American live-action epic musical drama film directed by Jon Favreau, and a remake of the 1994 animated film. When tragedy strikes home, Simba (Donald Glover) must step ...more

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