Top 100 Children’s Movies

The New York Times recently released The New York Times Essential Library: Children’s Movies
which lists their top 100 movies for kids. This is excellent timing as we’ve been trying to move
beyond the animated Disney movies. I haven’t bought the book yet, but this is a good list for
rentals at least.

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  • The African Queen (1951)
  • Apollo 13 (1995)
  • Babe (1995)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • The Bad News Bears (1976)
  • The Bear (1988)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Big (1988)
  • The Black Stallion (1979)
  • Bound for Glory (1976)
  • Breaking Away (1979)
  • Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  • The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • Cat Ballou (1965)
  • Chariots of Fire (1981)
  • Chicken Run (2000)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • Dick Tracy (1990)
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  • Duck Soup (1933)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • Emma (1996)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  • Field of Dreams (1989)
  • Fly Away Home (1996)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • The Gold Rush (1925)
  • The Great Escape (1963)
  • Great Expectations (1946)
  • Groundhog Day (1993)
  • A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
  • High Noon (1952)
  • The Iron Giant (1999)
  • It Happened One Night (1934)
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • The King and I (1956)
  • King Kong (1933)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • A League of Their Own (1992)
  • Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Little Fugitive (1953)
  • Little Man Tate (1991)
  • The Little Mermaid (1989)
  • A Little Princess (1995)
  • Little Women (1994)
  • The Longest Day (1962)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • Lost Horizon (1937)
  • The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  • The Music Man (1962)
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • National Velvet (1944)
  • Never Cry Wolf (1983)
  • North by Northwest (1959)
  • Peter Pan (1953)
  • Pinocchio (1940)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Rear Window (1954)
  • Rocky (1976)
  • The Rookie (2002)
  • The Secret Garden (1993)
  • The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
  • Shane (1953)
  • Shrek (2001)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
  • Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  • Superman (1978)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
  • The Three Musketeers (1974)
  • The Four Musketeers (1975)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • Toy Story (1995)
  • Toy Story 2 (1999)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
  • Walkabout (1971)
  • West Side Story (1961)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  • The Winslow Boy (1999)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Yellow Submarine (1968)