Best and most fun Kids & Family movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best kids movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Steven Spielberg, Tony Bancroft & Pete Docter our new kids genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

All the marketeers in the world know that the kids market is an incredibly interesting one. And they have gotten darn good at finding ways to crawl into the minds of children in the most imaginative ways possible. We would not say this is a very good thing. But quite often, giving kids what they want, can work out wonderfully. Because at the end of the day, kids also want to see sincere movies that feel like magic. We have gathered the greatest ones here.

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  • Beauty and the Beast

    DIRECTOR: Bill Condon
    CAST: Dan Stevens Emma Watson Luke Evans

    Almost 25 years after the animated film that enchanted young and old, the live action version of French classic 'The Beauty and the Beast' arrives. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 17th, 2017

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Best kids movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated kids movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • The BFG

    DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
    CAST: Mark Rylance Ruby Barnhill Penelope Wilton

    Finally it arrived, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved classic children's book 'The BFG'. Spielberg stayed true to the book, while adding his distinctive touch. A beautiful and timeless story that will trigger everyone's imagination. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 1st, 2016

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  • Ma vie de Courgette

    DIRECTOR: Claude Barras
    CAST: Gaspard Schlatter Sixtine Murat Paulin Jaccoud

    Icarus is a ten year old boy who lives with his alcoholic mother. When she suddenly dies, Icarus is placed in a foster home where he and an eccentric bunch of orphan kids learn to cope with the difficulties they've all encountered in their lives. A heartwarming, unique and often hilarious stop-motion film that is not afraid to show the darker sides of childhood. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 15th, 2016

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  • Kauwboy

    DIRECTOR: Boudewijn Koole
    CAST: Rick Lens Loek Peters Cahit Ölmez

    Reminiscent of Ken Loach's classic 'Kes', this modest but beautiful Dutch children's film tells the story of young Jojo and his rough, unpredictable father. When Jojo finds a wounded bird, he wants to take care of it. At the same time, his father's situation deteriorate. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 18th, 2012

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  • The Rocket

    DIRECTOR: Kim Mordaunt
    CAST: Sitthiphon Disamoe Loungnam Kaosainam Suthep Po-ngam

    It's not often we see a film from Laos, let alone such a wonderful and touching children's movie. 'The Rocket' tells the story of Ahlo, a young boy living in a tribal village deep in the rainforest of Laos. According to his family, Ahlo is the bearer of bad luck. And indeed, trouble and tragedy always seems to find him. But then he decides to take part in a dangerous Rocket Contest to prove everyone wrong. Read more

    RATING: 88/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 19th, 2013

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  • Le Nouveau

    DIRECTOR: Rudi Rosenberg
    CAST: Réphaël Ghrenassia Joshua Raccah Géraldine Martineau

    Benoit is eleven years old and just got started at a new school. Soon all the popular kids are picking on him. When he throws a birthday party, only three kids show up, which his life even worse. But these three kids appear to have a lot in common with Benoit. A charming French with lots of recognizable situations and naturalistic acting. Tip! Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 23rd, 2015

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  • Lamb

    DIRECTOR: Yared Zeleke
    CAST: Rediat Amare Kidist Siyum Welela Assefa

    Ten years old Ephraim just moved to a village in the heartland of Ethiopia. He is supposed to become a man, but much rather spends his tim cooking with the women. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 20th, 2015

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  • Paper Planes

    DIRECTOR: Robert Connolly
    CAST: Sam Worthington Ed Oxenbould Deborah Mailman

    Dylan lives in a small village with his dad. His mother recently passed away. But then his new teacher introduces him to something that brings back his spirit; paper plane contests. Dylan's good at it. In fact, he might make it to the World Championships in Tokyo. A funny and touching family film. Read more

    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 3rd, 2018

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  • Pete’s Dragon

    DIRECTOR: David Lowery
    CAST: Bryce Dallas Howard Robert Redford Oakes Fegley

    A remake of the 1970's classic animation film, Pete's Dragon is a tender film about a young boy living happily in the woods with his friend Elliott, a enormous but very shy dragon. One day, a forester stumbles upon them, which sets into motion an unfortunate series of events... Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 12th, 2016

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  • Queen of Katwe

    DIRECTOR: Mira Nair
    CAST: Madina Nalwanga David Oyelowo Lupita Nyong'o

    Somewhat sentimental but nonetheless highly enjoyable coming of age film about Phiona, a girl from the slums of Uganda with an unusual dream; she wants to become an international chess champion. The pretty, colorful images of Kampala and young Madina Nalwanga's charismatic acting make this film stand out from your average sports drama's. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 30th, 2016

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