Best movies for children

Some are for younger, some for older children up to 13.
I added all the movies I loved as a child, plus some newer ones I think, children will like.
Please note that I added only movies certified for 0, 6 or 12 year olds in Germany! A lot of movies are certiefied 6 in Germany and 13 in the US ...
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1.
Ronja Robbersdaughter (1984)
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Borka and his band and Mattis's band of robbers are rivals. Birk, his parents and their band live in the wild in Mattisforrest... (126 mins.)
Director: Tage Danielsson
 
2.
The Dark Crystal (1982)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
 
3.
Fly Away Home (1996)
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A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air. (107 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
4.
The Brothers Lionheart (1977)
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Brothers Jonatan and Skorpan lead a revolution against the tyrant Tengil in the magical afterlife land of Nangijala. (106 mins.)
Director: Olle Hellbom
 
5.
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
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10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland... (103 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
6.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
7.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world. (115 mins.)
 
8.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
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A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. (102 mins.)
 
9.
Mary Poppins (1964)
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A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family. (139 mins.)
 
10.
Spirited Away (2001)
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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. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
11.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
12.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
13.
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
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A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service. (103 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
14.
Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)
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Life changes dramatically for a Czech housemaid when the house driver gives her three magical hazel nuts. (82 mins.)
“ The best fairytalemovie in my opinion, with a strong female character ” - rose-taylor
 
15.
Emil i Lönneberga (1971)
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Emil Svensson lives with his mother and father, little sister Ida, farmhand Alfred, and maid Lina on a picturesque farm in Småland... (95 mins.)
Director: Olle Hellbom
 
16.
My Girl (1991)
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A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Zieff
 
17.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
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Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him. (161 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
18.
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
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Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan. (74 mins.)
 
19.
Up (2009)
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Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
 
20.
Ice Age (2002)
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Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe. (81 mins.)
 
21.
Chicken Run (2000)
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When a bird "flies" into a chicken farm, the fellow chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners. (84 mins.)
 
22.
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
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Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest. (85 mins.)
Director: Steve Box, Nick Park
 
23.
Legend (1985)
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A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves. (94 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
24.
Dancing on the Moon (1997)
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Madeline is 13 years old, as are her two friends, and nothing looks the same to her. Her sister is leaving to study medicine... (87 mins.)
Director: Kit Hood
 
25.
Mermaids (1990)
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An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds. (110 mins.)
“ A movie for adults and children. I loved the scene with the blue light as a child ” - rose-taylor
 
26.
Thomas and the Falcon King (2000)
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A historical co-production with fairy tale elements. It concentrates on Tomás (Brano Holícek), a 14-year-old... (96 mins.)
 
27.
The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
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Peanut butter is the secret ingredient for magic potions made by two friendly ghosts. Eleven-year-old... (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Rubbo
 
28.
Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
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A fantasy about the lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king... (99 mins.)
 
29.
Pippi Longstocking (1969)
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Pippi Longstocking, a super-strong redheaded little girl, moves into her father's cottage Villa Villekulla, and has adventures with her next-door neighbors Tommy and Annika in this compilation film of the classic Swedish TV series. (100 mins.)
Director: Olle Hellbom
 
30.
Kvitebjørn Kong Valemon (1991)
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After his father is killed, King Valemon ascends the throne, only to be turned into a polar bear by a bitter witch who wants to be his queen... (88 mins.)
Director: Ola Solum
 
31.
Nanny McPhee (2005)
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Emma Thompson stars as a governess who uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge. (97 mins.)
Director: Kirk Jones
 
32.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
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Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. (143 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson
 
33.
Shrek (2001)
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After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, an ogre agrees to rescue a princess for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. (90 mins.)
 
34.
Stardust (2007)
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In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. (127 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
35.
Hugo (2011)
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Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
36.
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
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The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. (94 mins.)
 
37.
Despicable Me (2010)
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When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. (95 mins.)
 
38.
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
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Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder. (78 mins.)
Director: Mark Dindal
 
39.
The Lion King (1994)
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Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (89 mins.)
 
40.
Bambi (1942)
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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest. (70 mins.)
 
41.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
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A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker. (115 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
42.
Monster House (2006)
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Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster. (91 mins.)
Director: Gil Kenan
 
43.
City of Ember (2008)
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For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing ... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. (90 mins.)
Director: Gil Kenan
 
44.
Nim's Island (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading. (96 mins.)
 
45.
The Parent Trap (1998)
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Identical twins, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together. (128 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
 
46.
Back to the Future (1985)
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A young man is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
47.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
48.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
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A spoof of Robin Hood in general and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in particular. (104 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
49.
Home Alone (1990)
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An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
50.
Hook (1991)
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When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. (142 mins.)
 
51.
Babe (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
 
52.
The Addams Family (1991)
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Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. (99 mins.)
 
53.
Matilda (1996)
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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable. (98 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
 
54.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
55.
The Secret Garden (1993)
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A young British girl born and raised in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's estate... (101 mins.)
 
56.
Sister Act (1992)
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When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in. (100 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
 
57.
The Slurb (2001)
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(102 mins.)
Director: Ben Verbong
 
58.
Emil und die Detektive (1931)
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Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandma with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money, it is up to him and a group of children to save the day. (75 mins.)
 
59.
Momo (1986)
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In the village of Momo the pace of time goes very slowly. Nobody is bothering about stress but everyone has time to chat and rest... (101 mins.)
Director: Johannes Schaaf
 
60.
A Little Princess (1995)
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A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead. (97 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
61.
Little Buddha (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad... (123 mins.)
 
62.
Little Man Tate (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius,... (99 mins.)
Director: Jodie Foster
 
63.
Baby Boom (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The life of super-yuppie J.C. is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a baby from a distant relative. (110 mins.)
Director: Charles Shyer
 
64.
A Chorus Line (1985)
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Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical. (113 mins.)
 
65.
One, Two, Three (1961)
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In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter. (115 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
66.
The Witches (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse. (91 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
67.
School of Rock (2003)
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After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band. (108 mins.)
“ the following are for older children ” - rose-taylor
 
68.
Beyond Silence (1996)
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Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents... (109 mins.)
Director: Caroline Link
 
69.
HouseSitter (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Con artist Gwen moves into Newton's empty house without his knowledge, and begins setting up house posing as his new wife. (102 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
70.
Father of the Bride (1991)
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With his oldest daughter's wedding approaching, a father finds himself reluctant to let go. (105 mins.)
Director: Charles Shyer
 
71.
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut. (88 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
 
72.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin has to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. (85 mins.)
Director: David Zucker
 
73.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
74.
Life of Brian (1979)
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Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
 
75.
Hairspray (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. (92 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
76.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner. (105 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
77.
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
 
78.
Super 8 (2011)
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During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
79.
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
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Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king. (101 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
80.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time. (116 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell