Top 20 Best Kid Movies

by jessitaran | created - 25 Jul 2014 | updated - 25 Jul 2014 | Public

Kid movies that are funny, well produced, intelligently written, well acted, have a non-standard cast of characters, and don't follow a cliched, story line.

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1. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

Emperor Kuzco (David Spade) is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma (Eartha Kitt), and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha (John Goodman), the gentle llama herder.

Director: Mark Dindal | Stars: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton

Votes: 165,323 | Gross: $89.30M

One of the least known/appreciated Disney movies ever made, but also one of the funniest.

2. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 229,292 | Gross: $120.62M

There still aren't very many seriously kick-ass, take-charge, self-determined, physically competent heroines out there. Mulan is one of the best.

3. Meet the Robinsons (2007)

G | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate.

Director: Stephen J. Anderson | Stars: Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman, Angela Bassett, Jordan Fry

Votes: 81,491 | Gross: $97.82M

Redefines traditional notions of 'family

4. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 574,064 | Gross: $10.06M

Riveting story, but may be a bit slow moving and/or uncomfortably strange for younger kids (though not as scary as Princess Mononoke -as well as just a much better movie overall).

5. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman

Votes: 180,580 | Gross: $21.00M

6. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

A five-year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 109,748 | Gross: $15.09M

Amazingly beautiful. Anyone, of any age, will be able to appreciate this movie.

7. The Dark Crystal (1982)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

Votes: 57,026 | Gross: $40.58M

8. The Last Mimzy (2007)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Family, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!

Director: Robert Shaye | Stars: Joely Richardson, Rainn Wilson, Timothy Hutton, Chris O'Neil

Votes: 20,229 | Gross: $21.47M

9. Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

54 Metascore

A mischievous dog befriends a lonely young girl in a new town and helps her make new friends.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels, Eva Marie Saint, Cicely Tyson

Votes: 9,888 | Gross: $32.65M

One of the few dog movies for kids that doesn't have a tragic ending

10. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

67 Metascore

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 164,834 | Gross: $4.00M

11. Bugsy Malone (1976)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

71 Metascore

The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Florence Garland, John Cassisi

Votes: 14,841 | Gross: $2.78M

12. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

77 Metascore

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

Votes: 367,134 | Gross: $30.86M

13. The Muppet Movie (1979)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

74 Metascore

Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog legs merchant is after Kermit.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 30,036 | Gross: $76.66M

One of the funniest kid's movies ever made

14. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 171,277 | Gross: $156.45M

A lot of kids probably aren't going to get the classic Looney Toons references - but it's a good way to get them interested in watching older cartoons

15. Black Beauty (1971)

G | 106 min | Drama, Family, Western

When farmer Evan's mare has a fine son, he promises the black stallion to his son Joe. The youngster enjoy growing up as playmates. Alas, once the good squire is buried, his mean heir, who ... See full summary »

Director: James Hill | Stars: Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Peter Lee Lawrence, Uschi Glas

Votes: 894

16. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 245,907 | Gross: $1.11M

17. The Water Horse (2007)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

71 Metascore

A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.

Director: Jay Russell | Stars: Emily Watson, David Morrissey, Alex Etel, Bruce Allpress

Votes: 36,134 | Gross: $40.41M

18. Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (2006 TV Movie)

189 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

It's Hogswatch (equivalent to Christmas) on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened.

Director: Vadim Jean | Stars: David Jason, Marc Warren, Michelle Dockery, David Warner

Votes: 9,057

BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIE EVER!!!!

19. Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.

Directors: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino | Stars: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett

Votes: 123,102 | Gross: $154.53M

20. A Wrinkle in Time (2003 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 251 min | Family, Fantasy, Adventure

A young girl and her genius kid brother are aided by three curious witches in their search for their missing scientist father, captive of an omnipotent otherworldly villain simply called 'It' whose evil is slowly infecting the universe.

Director: John Kent Harrison | Stars: Katie Stuart, David Dorfman, Gregory Smith, Chris Potter

Votes: 2,139

21. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

TV-Y7-FV | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.

Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Zach Tyler, Jack De Sena, Mae Whitman

Votes: 199,902

Ok - so this isn't technically a 'movie' - it's a TV series. That said, if you're looking for something to watch with your kids that will actually hold your interest as well (rather than making you just want to pound your head into the wall repeatedly), this is a really good bet. Not only that - but there are so many episodes, you'll be well supplied with family entertainment for MONTHS.



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