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15 of the Best Kid Movies You've Never Seen

By julieminer |

This one was nominated for an Oscar!

This time of year  in my house, we watch a lot of movies. It gets dark about 12 seconds after the kids get home from school and everyone is in some stage of drippiness in between sick and well.  It’s freezing outside and not even the dog wants to play. So we get our homework done and curl up together for movie time.

The only problem is what to watch. We’ve seen all the same movies a million times and we’re getting a little sick of Finding Nemo. The girls don’t want to watch Star Wars and the boy doesn’t exactly want to watch Barbie: A Fashion Fairy Tale.  Every movie we like, we’ve seen too much.

So I asked the readers of Rants from Mommyland what their favorite obscure kid movies were, the really good ones that most people didn’t know about.  We got a huge list.  Here are the top 15 that were mentioned most frequently.nggallery id=’123861′

Movies for Kids You May Not Have Seen

Fairy Tale

This very sweet movie about two young girls who photograph fairies is based on a true story. My daughter first saw it at age 5 and loved it.

For a longer list of movies, you can click over to Rants from Mommyland. If you want more information about whether a movie is age appropriate, try looking it up on Common Sense Media.

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Julie W. Miner writes the blog Rants from Mommyland. She has three kids, a long-suffering husband, a very naughty dog and a geriatric, ill-tempered cat. In addition to blogging, she teaches at a college she couldn’t have gotten into because she made bad choices in high school. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “15 of the Best Kid Movies You've Never Seen

  1. Kristin says:

    SO many of these aren’t available for streaming on Netflix, and duh! of COURSE I’ve dropped my DVD subscription. Stupid Netflix.

  2. Manjari says:

    The Secret of Kells is available on Netflix streaming. I keep wanting to watch it, but I think my kids (5) might be too young for it.

  3. Manjari says:

    We love My Neighbor Totoro and the Iron Giant. Kiki’s Delivery Service is next!

  4. renee says:

    Thank you for this list; I’m now hunting for a DVD of Fairy Tale, which does not seem to exist. Also, I’m not sure I would call The Secret of Roan Inish an “Irish movie,” as it was directed by John Sayles.

  5. renee says:

    I take it back, there is a DVD! My library and video store just don’t have it.

  6. Richan says:

    The secret of the Kells had some amazingly beautiful artwork :) and of course almost anything by Miyazaki is going to be great :) Spirited Away is one of my favorite movies.

  7. daria says:

    great list! we’re huge miyazaki fans here, especially totoro, kiki, and ponyo. maybe another list with tv shows for kids you may not have seen? we love shaun the sheep and mighty b but no one else seems to know about them. we don’t have a tv but do use netflix streaming, and those two shows are our go-to.

  8. Common Sense Media says:

    Thank you so much for referring your readers back to Common Sense Media! This is a great list of movies as well.

  9. Sara says:

    YAYA! My Milo and Otis made the list at #10! I do have to say everyone who suggested a movie did a great job, this is such a good list of movies:)

  10. Brandi says:

    @Manjari, my 4 year old LOVES The Secret of Kells. However, there are saxons coming to invade & a scary snake in the underworld, so it could be too much for some kids. But, if they aren’t easily spooked they’ll totally love all the animation.

  11. Kathryn says:

    I used to love A Little Princess! I had the VHS version and used to watch it all the time. Its an amazing movie.

  12. Kathryn says:

    In fact, I have seen almost every one of these movies and I agree, they are all pretty great!

  13. jackie says:

    who hasn’t seen the.brave little toaster or milo and it is?!?!??!?!! Omg the best movies I’ve ever watched lol

  14. Jennifer says:

    I noticed one movie quite conspicuosly missing from this list – maybe it’s already on the constant rotation, but it has been long-term in our household for all ages and I don’t see us tiring of it any time soon – “The Princess Bride.”

  15. Celticrai says:

    My two year old will sit still for Totoro. That’s the only movie she will sit through. However, she loves all things Miyazaki and will come running for her favorite parts. We would also recommend Castle in the Sky.

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  17. Lacey says:

    I have seen a few of them. Enjoyed the ones I have seen. Another one that I really liked with my kids is Howl’s Moving Castle…that is one you need to watch and use your common sense on whether it is good for your kids or not. But I enjoyed it, as did my kids.

  18. MrsK says:

    I have a handful of these on DVD and LOVE them!!

  19. M.E. Hickey says:

    Great list. Just watched Whale Rider with our 9-yr old – wonderful. Great girl power movie, but entertaining for all family members.

  20. helen says:

    Agh definitely do not agree with the Moonacre one. It is one of the worst films I have ever seen as it completely murdered ‘The Little White Horse’ (the sweet and wonderful book this film is (supposedly….) adapted from).

  21. Malika Bourne says:

    I am always surprized what movies I can borrow for free from the public library.

  22. Laurie Mekelburg says:

    My three year old never stopped watching “Mouse Hunt” and “George of the Jungle” — two of the funniest movies out there!! Granted these were late 1990′s or so, but he still talks about them at 16!

  23. Wombat Central says:

    Thanks for sharing this list! We’re huge fans of Meet the Robinsons, too! I’m always on the lookout for a quality movie to watch with the kiddos. Can’t wait to check out some of these that are new to us!

  24. Joanne says:

    How come none of the the Pixar movies made the list? I don’t think I’ve seen a bad Pixar movie and my all time favorite kids film is MATILDA, which never gets remembered either….

  25. Joanne says:

    oops never seen movies – nevermind my last comment

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