Recommended Films for Kids

by Opio | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

For kids 12 years old and under: a list of movies I liked as a kid, or that I saw later and think a kid might like.

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1. A Christmas Carol (1938)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 5,487

2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 351,132 | Gross: $2.08M

3. The Red Balloon (1956)

Not Rated | 34 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Director: Albert Lamorisse | Stars: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov

Votes: 14,887

4. The Cameraman (1928)

Not Rated | 69 min | Comedy, Romance, Family

Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire.

Directors: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey

Votes: 9,198

5. Modern Times (1936)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 189,480 | Gross: $0.16M

6. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family

A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô | Stars: Yoko Honna, Issey Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi

Votes: 40,365

7. Yellow Submarine (1968)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

79 Metascore

The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.

Director: George Dunning | Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

Votes: 22,586 | Gross: $0.99M

8. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

96 Metascore

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney

Votes: 81,778 | Gross: $76.41M

9. Bambi (1942)

G | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Family

91 Metascore

The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright | Stars: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn

Votes: 117,475 | Gross: $102.80M

10. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, James Baskett, Herman Bing

Votes: 107,656 | Gross: $1.60M

11. The Art of Skiing (1941)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Goofy, staying at the Sugar Bowl resort, demonstrates the basics of downhill skiing, which the titles and announcer insist is pronounced "SHEEing". The equipment is, of course, of the era. ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kinney | Stars: George Johnson, John McLeish, Hannes Schroll

Votes: 933

12. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Not Rated | 70 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew.

Directors: Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Tom Lewis

Votes: 11,638

13. The Kid Brother (1927)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A sheriff's milquetoast son has a chance to prove himself when a medicine show run by con artists comes into town.

Directors: Ted Wilde, Harold Lloyd, Lewis Milestone, J.A. Howe | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Walter James, Leo Willis

Votes: 3,372 | Gross: $0.71M

14. The Last Unicorn (1982)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

70 Metascore

A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil King who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Alan Arkin

Votes: 22,291 | Gross: $6.46M

15. Cinderella (1950)

G | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

85 Metascore

When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 130,806 | Gross: $85.00M

16. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Short)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 40,839

17. Toy Story 2 (1999)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

88 Metascore

When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends set out on a rescue mission to save Woody before he becomes a museum toy property with his roundup gang Jessie, Prospector, and Bullseye.

Directors: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 467,516 | Gross: $245.85M

18. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 788,858 | Gross: $191.80M

19. Aquamania (1961)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mr. X buys a boat and inadvertently enters the water-skiing race. With Junior driving, with no experience, he's a bit out of his league.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Kevin Corcoran, John Dehner

Votes: 439

20. The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Family

Thomasina the cat brings a family together, through her mysterious death and reappearance.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Laurence Naismith, Jean Anderson

Votes: 1,943

21. The Wrong Trousers (1993)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Wallace takes in a new lodger, a devious penguin. Sporting some techno-trousers, the penguin plans a grand theft, a plan that involves putting Wallace in danger.

Director: Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Peter Hawkins

Votes: 47,296

22. Louvre Come Back to Me! (1962)

Approved | 6 min | Family, Animation, Short

Pepe Le Pew, the eternally amorous skunk, is in Paris, where the smell of his odor sends a female cat upward to hit a freshly painted flagpole, which puts a white stripe on her back and ... See full summary »

Directors: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble | Stars: Mel Blanc, Julie Bennett

Votes: 218

23. Ratatouille (2007)

G | 111 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

96 Metascore

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava | Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

Votes: 576,825 | Gross: $206.45M

24. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 98,844

25. Short Circuit (1986)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton

Votes: 51,602 | Gross: $40.70M

26. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 121,909 | Gross: $20.61M

27. Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 1,848

28. The Kid (1921)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller

Votes: 96,290 | Gross: $5.45M

29. 8 Ball Bunny (1950)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Bugs helps a penguin go home via New Orleans, Martinique, the Panama Canal and finally the South Pole. But the penguin's home is in New Jersey.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Dave Barry

Votes: 1,099

30. Room and Bird (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Sylvester Cat and Tweety Bird are pets of tenants in the Spinsters Arms Hotel, where pets aren't allowed. As they try to keep out of sight of the landlord, Sylvester discovers Tweety and ... See full summary »

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 438

31. Where Is the Friend's House? (1987)

83 min | Drama, Family

An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Babek Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Khodabakhsh Defaei, Iran Outari

Votes: 7,852

32. The White Balloon (1995)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Family

Several people try to help a little girl to find the money her mom gave her to buy a goldfish with.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Anna Borkowska

Votes: 5,962 | Gross: $0.47M

33. How to Sleep (1953)

7 min | Comedy, Family, Animation

After a short of history of man's eternal quest for sleep (from the stone ages to modern times) as well as a demonstration of what puts man to sleep and how man sleeps (like the dog, the ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kinney | Star: Pinto Colvig

Votes: 371

34. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 336,101 | Gross: $435.11M

35. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

G | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Mystery

Luther Heggs aspires to be a reporter for his small town newspaper, the Rachel Courier Express. He gets his big break when the editor asks him to spend the night at the Simmons mansion that... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rafkin | Stars: Don Knotts, Joan Staley, Liam Redmond, Dick Sargent

Votes: 5,202

36. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 142,102 | Gross: $102.27M

37. Motor Mania (1950)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mild-mannered average guy Mr. Walker (Goofy) turns into violent Mr. Wheeler when he starts driving. Back on his feet, Mr. Walker finds it nearly impossible to cross the street.

Director: Jack Kinney | Stars: Pinto Colvig, John McLeish

Votes: 595

38. What's Opera, Doc? (1957)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Elmer Fudd is again hunting rabbits - only this time it's an opera. Wagner's Siegfried with Elmer as the titular hero and Bugs as Brunnhilde. They sing, they dance, they eat the scenery.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 8,854

39. Grandma's Boy (1922)

Passed | 60 min | Comedy, Family

A meek young man must find the courage within when a rogue tramp menaces his home town.

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Anna Townsend, Charles Stevenson

Votes: 1,512 | Gross: $0.26M

40. Way Out West (1937)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Family, Western

Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sharon Lynn, James Finlayson

Votes: 6,974

41. Gay Purr-ee (1962)

Approved | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Mouser Jaune Tom and house cat Mewsette are living in the French countryside, but Mewsette wants to experience the refinement and excitement of the Paris living. But upon arrival she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Abe Levitow | Stars: Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons, Paul Frees

Votes: 1,521

42. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 36,845 | Gross: $2.65M

43. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett

Votes: 50,964

44. A Close Shave (1995)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Wallace's whirlwind romance with the owner of the local wool shop puts his head in a spin; Gromit is framed for sheep-rustling in a fiendish criminal plot.

Director: Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Anne Reid, Justin Fletcher, Peter Hawkins

Votes: 35,795

45. Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day (1972)

21 min | Animation, Short, Family

Vinni-Pukh is trying to help his friend donkey with huge depression which happened to be on his birthday

Directors: Fyodor Khitruk, Gennadiy Sokolskiy | Stars: Vladimir Osenev, Evgeniy Leonov, Iya Savvina, Erast Garin

Votes: 2,397

46. The Secret of NIMH (1982)

G | 82 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

76 Metascore

To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Malet

Votes: 32,925 | Gross: $10.14M

47. The Cat Returns (2002)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

After helping a cat, a 17-year-old girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

Director: Hiroyuki Morita | Stars: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 39,256

48. Magical Maestro (1952)

Approved | 6 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

A magician is spurned by an opera singer, and takes a spectacular revenge by replacing the conductor and turning the hapless tenor into one thing after another. And watch out for the hair ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Daws Butler, The Mary Kaye Trio, Carlos Ramírez

Votes: 933

49. For Scent-imental Reasons (1949)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.4