Best Movies for Kids

The 20 best films for children: plus clips
As the Government launches a new scheme to bring the joys of cinema to young people in schools, Times critics’ present their guide to the best movies for kids

The 20 best films for children: plus clips – Times Online

Blech! I’m not sure what they qualify as “children” – but they did not really hit the best movies (in my humble opinion) for kids. There are some BAD choices in there. And weird age groupings for such a title.

In lieu of their craptastic list, here is my own BEST MOVIES FOR KIDS EVER (in no particular order):

Non cartoon

  1. The Muppet Movie
  2. Pee Wee’s Great Adventure
  3. Labyrinth
  4. Little Monsters (w Fred Savage)
  5. Goonies
  6. ET
  7. Wizard of Oz
  8. Explorers
  9. Holes
  10. The Neverending Story
  11. Pirates of the Caribbean
  12. Muppets Take Manhattan
  13. Matilda
  14. The Wizard
  16. Star Wars Trilogy
  17. Indiana Jones
  18. Ghost Busters
  19. Willow
  20. Babe

Honorable Mentions: Follow That Bird, Roger Rabbit


  1. Shrek (only the first one, thank you very much)
  2. Disney’s Peter Pan
  3. The Snowman
  4. Finding Nemo
  5. Emperor’s New Groove
  6. Cinderella / Sleeping Beauty
  7. Kung Fu Panda
  8. Monsters, Inc
  9. All Dogs Go to Heaven
  10. An American Tale
  11. The Care Bears movie
  12. Alice in Wonderland
  13. Aladdin
  14. The Rescuers
  15. Anastasia
  16. Ferngully
  17. The Secret of Nihm
  18. The Land Before Time
  19. Disney’s Robin Hood
  20. Toy Story
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  1. June 13, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Hooray! It’s always exciting to find like-minded individuals who share my strong feeling that the Muppet Movie was one of the greatest films ever made. I’m even a little guilty of forcing it onto my own kids at slightly too-early of an age (2 and 4). They couldn’t quite follow the plot, but they sure got a kick out of Dad singing all the songs.

  2. June 13, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Awesome lists Izzy!
    That Times Online list was truly horrendous.

    I’ve got to say, though, I’d have to add Princess Bride to your non-cartoon list, and at *least* one Miyazaki film to your Animated category :b

  3. June 13, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    You are correct about The Princess Bride. I totally just added it. I don’t know why that slipped my mind, since I obsess about it, lol. THANKS SARA!

  4. June 13, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    LOL, Scott, that’s awesome.

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