family The Best Movies for Kids

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List Rules Top children's films suitable for young audiences

If you have kids, you know you are always on the lookout for a movie that they will love and that you can sit through without clawing your own soul out. These are movies that transcend the whole kids-are-idiots-and-therefore-must-be-talked-down-to trap that many movie makers seem to fall into when it comes to Family Fare. This list of the best movies for kids offers some great suggestions for keeping the little ones happy. And who knows? You might enjoy them, too! Be sure to vote for the kids' movies you like the most, and vote down any you don't. Also, feel free to add additional movies for children to the list, and rerank it anyway you see fit.

What makes a great kids movie? Two words: Great animation. Many of the best children's movies ever are animated films, with wonderful characters, a great story line and outstanding animation work. Several movies listed here are among the top 50 greatest animated films of all time (not surprisingly).

Need examples? Choose any Pixar movie. No, really, *any* movie ever made my Pixar. The greatest Pixar characters are instant classics, beloved by children young and old. Another great example: holiday movies. Check out this list of the best Halloween movies for kids, and you'll see.

If you're looking for other ideas, you might find success with some popular children's books with movie adaptations. Don't forget that the best Disney princess movies are all great for children of all ages, too. And of course, some of the greatest animal movies ever made are often fantastic children's films.  Many of these movies are also popular kids movies on Netflix.

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Minions 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm Allison Janney

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Despicable Me 2 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell Kristen Wiig

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Despicable Me 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell Julie Andrews

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Happy Feet 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman Robin Williams

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The Little Mermaid 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill Frank Welker

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Toy Story 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen Don Rickles

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Finding Nemo 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe Eric Bana

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The Lion King 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons Matthew Broderick

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Monsters, Inc. 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman Steve Buscemi

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Up 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner Laraine Newman

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Cinderella 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas Verna Felton

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Aladdin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried Frank Welker

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The Jungle Book 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders Louis Prima

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Home Alone 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci John Candy

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How to Train Your Dragon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig David Tennant

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson Tim Brooke-Taylor

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Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller Jada Pinkett Smith

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Matilda 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Matilda Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson Paul Reubens

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Hotel Transylvania 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler Snoop Dogg

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Frozen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel Alan Tudyk

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Ratatouille 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo Will Arnett

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rod Taylor, Paul Frees J. Pat O'Malley

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Jumanji 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Jumanji Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams Patricia Clarkson

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Cars 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal Sheryl Crow

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Monsters University 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Monsters University Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer Billy Crystal

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The Emperor's New Groove 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Emperor's New Groove John Goodman, David Spade Tom Jones

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A Bug's Life 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale Kevin Spacey

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe Julianne Hough

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe Gary Oldman

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The Aristocats 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Aristocats Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi Scatman Crothers

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Inside Out 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane Mindy Kaling

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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe John Cleese

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WALL-E 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman Kathy Najimy

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig Jimmy MacDonald

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Pinocchio 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards Frankie Darro

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Toy Story 2 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer Tim Allen

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Charlotte's Web 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Charlotte's Web Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce Henry Gibson

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Sleeping Beauty 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Sleeping Beauty Marvin Miller, Mary Costa Verna Felton

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Ice Age: The Meltdown 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno Ariel Winter

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The Parent Trap 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Parent Trap Maureen O'Hara, John Mills Hayley Mills

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton James McAvoy

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Wreck-It Ralph 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch Mindy Kaling

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Spy Kids 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Spy Kids George Clooney, Teri Hatcher Carla Gugino

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Kung Fu Panda 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu Dustin Hoffman

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Beauty and the Beast 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker Jerry Orbach

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Toy Story 3 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg Michael Keaton

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The Goonies 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin Sean Astin

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The Incredibles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter Jason Lee

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Mulan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen George Takei

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies for Kids
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Keri Russell, Allison Mack Rick Moranis