Favorite Children's Films

by monteamelia | created - 06 Aug 2011 | updated - 12 Aug 2011 | Public

This is no particular order and are just kid's movies that I really love.

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1. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 110,484 | Gross: $20.16M

2. The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes and active role to unravel the mysterious secrets.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally, Pat Slowey

Votes: 6,358 | Gross: $6.10M

3. The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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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: 1,802

4. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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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: 121,849 | Gross: $102.27M

5. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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88 Metascore

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 760,737 | Gross: $293.00M

6. The Red Balloon (1956)

Approved | 34 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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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: 13,841

7. The Little Prince (1974)

G | 88 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

6.5
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A pilot, stranded in the desert, meets a little boy who is a prince on a planet.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Richard Kiley, Steven Warner, Joss Ackland, Clive Revill

Votes: 2,824

8. Tangled (2010)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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71 Metascore

The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.

Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard | Stars: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman

Votes: 332,450 | Gross: $200.82M

9. Nanny McPhee (2005)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.6
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59 Metascore

A governess uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.

Director: Kirk Jones | Stars: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Kelly Macdonald

Votes: 56,278 | Gross: $47.14M

10. The Secret Garden (1993)

G | 101 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott

Votes: 31,456 | Gross: $31.18M

11. A Little Princess (1995)

G | 97 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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83 Metascore

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Rusty Schwimmer

Votes: 27,330 | Gross: $10.02M

12. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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50 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 104,695 | Gross: $12.73M

13. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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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: 158,107 | Gross: $21.00M

14. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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86 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 138,226 | Gross: $134.22M

I know this isn't necessarily a "Kid's" Movie but I loved it when I was a kid.

15. The Last Unicorn (1982)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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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: 20,893 | Gross: $6.46M

16. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.4
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Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 106,743

17. Alice in Wonderland (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 150 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.3
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Alice falls down a rabbit hole, and finds herself in Wonderland, a fantasy land of strange characters and ideas.

Director: Nick Willing | Stars: Tina Majorino, Whoopi Goldberg, Robbie Coltrane, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 6,786

18. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.2
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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: 206,302

19. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

G | 74 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.6
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A collection of animated shorts based on the stories and characters by A. A. Milne.

Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy, Howard Morris

Votes: 27,237

20. Winnie the Pooh (2011)

G | 63 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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74 Metascore

While searching for honey, Pooh and his friends embark on an adventure to find Eeyore's missing tail and rescue Christopher Robin from an unknown monster called, The Backson.

Directors: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall | Stars: Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, John Cleese, Bud Luckey

Votes: 17,323 | Gross: $26.69M

21. The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)

30 min | Animation, Short, Drama

8.6
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The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley.

Director: Frédéric Back | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 4,860

22. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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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: 710,561 | Gross: $191.80M

23. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

7.8
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Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.

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

Votes: 146,102 | Gross: $4.00M

24. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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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: 77,422 | Gross: $76.41M

25. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2
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A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Votes: 24,227 | Gross: $28.20M

26. The Hobbit (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.8
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A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Orson Bean, John Huston, Brother Theodore, Cyril Ritchard

Votes: 10,738

27. The Odyssey (1997– )

PG-13 | 176 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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This lavish small-screen adaptation of Homer's ancient epic--replete with Maltese and Turkish locations, state-of-the-art special effects, and many bronzed muscles gleaming with sweat--... See full summary »

Stars: Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Isabella Rossellini, Bernadette Peters

Votes: 11,781

28. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.8
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60 Metascore

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 198,376 | Gross: $61.50M

29. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966 TV Special)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.2
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The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer, Cathy Steinberg

Votes: 12,640

30. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.4
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Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 25,352

31. Pollyanna (1960)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Family

7.4
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A young girl comes to an embittered town and confronts its attitude with her determination to see the best in life.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Jane Wyman, Hayley Mills, Richard Egan, Karl Malden

Votes: 7,548

32. Charlotte's Web (1973)

G | 94 min | Animation, Family, Musical

6.9
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A gentle and wise grey spider with a flair for promotion pledges to save a young pig from slaughter for dinner food.

Directors: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde, Rex Allen

Votes: 14,578 | Gross: $5.23M

33. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

G | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 28,652 | Gross: $18.53M

34. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

PG | 84 min | Family, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past.

Directors: John Hough, Vincent McEveety | Stars: Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker

Votes: 4,511 | Gross: $5.00M

35. Anne of Green Gables (1985)

TV-G | 199 min | Drama, Family

8.4
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An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination.

Stars: Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth, Patricia Hamilton

Votes: 16,513

36. Little Women (1994)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.3
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87 Metascore

The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes

Votes: 40,216 | Gross: $50.08M

37. A Troll in Central Park (1994)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.4
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An evil witch banishes a flower loving troll named, Stanley, to New York City where he befriends two young children.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Dom DeLuise, Cloris Leachman, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jonathan Pryce

Votes: 5,043 | Gross: $0.07M

38. Now and Then (1995)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Four 12-year-old girls grow up together during an eventful small-town summer in 1970.

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter | Stars: Christina Ricci, Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch

Votes: 22,981 | Gross: $27.40M

39. My Girl (1991)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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56 Metascore

A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend.

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis

Votes: 61,464 | Gross: $59.85M

40. Hook (1991)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.7
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52 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 199,810 | Gross: $119.65M

41. Peter Pan (2003)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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64 Metascore

The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 58,128 | Gross: $48.46M

42. The Witches (1990)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson

Votes: 28,007 | Gross: $10.36M

43. James and the Giant Peach (1996)

PG | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.7
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An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Simon Callow

Votes: 53,224 | Gross: $28.93M

44. The Pagemaster (1994)

G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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A cowardly boy, who buries himself in accident statistics, enters a library to escape a storm, only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real-life.

Directors: Pixote Hunt, Joe Johnston | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Kanin Howell, Alexis Kirschner

Votes: 17,712 | Gross: $13.67M

45. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 249,402 | Gross: $75.08M

46. Summer Magic (1963)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

7.1
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A Bostonian widow moves with her kids to the country.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Burl Ives, Deborah Walley

Votes: 1,820

47. Matilda (1996)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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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.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 100,861 | Gross: $33.08M

48. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

PG | 95 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, Royal Dano

Votes: 7,038 | Gross: $8.40M

49. Stardust (2007)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen

Votes: 227,181 | Gross: $38.63M

50. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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80 Metascore

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 165,237 | Gross: $75.29M

51. FairyTale: A True Story (1997)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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In 1917, two children take a photograph, which is soon believed by some to be the first scientific evidence of the existence of fairies.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Paul McGann, Florence Hoath, Elizabeth Earl, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 5,003 | Gross: $14.04M