37 Best Kids Movies on Netflix to Stream Right Now in UK! 


Let’s face it, we all know how hard it is to grab a kid’s attention. And when it comes to movies, well, only a handful of them manage to work their magic and make them sit quietly, and this list of the 37 best kids movies on Netflix in UK includes all those titles.

From the magical world of Harry Potter and his friends to the utterly delicious world of the famous chocolatier Willy Wonka. These titles are not just the best kids movies, but they also have a soft spot with a few adults (yep! That’s me!)

Technically if you ask us, there are numerous amazing shows and movies on Netflix that you can watch. So, before your own attention span gets in the wind, we will head straight to the list of the best kids movies on Netflix to stream right now from the UK in 2021:

1. The Grinch (2018)

Animation, Comedy, Family

IMDb: 6.3

Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones

Stop being a Grinch! Christmas is just around the corner, and the festive season is killing Grinch to the core; what should he do to ruin the festive Christmas spirit of the people of Whoville? We won’t spoil that for you, tune in and watch this top kids movie on Netflix.

2. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Animation, Comedy, Family

IMDb: 6.7

Director: Rob Marshall

Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw

Based on a decade after the original Mary Poppins movie, the nanny with extraordinary magical powers have returned, and this time she is all-hands-on-deck to help the siblings get back on their feet after facing a serious mishap.

3. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb: 7.1

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker

Stars: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey

Tania, a waitress, and an ambitious person is stuck with the arrogant frog Prince Naveen who must turn back into a human with the help of Tania, the modern touch of the classic Frog Prince movie from back in the days, definitely one of the funniest kid movies on Netflix. But adults can watch it too; it’s that evergreen.

4. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb: 6.6

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer

It’s good to know your roots, but it’s even more fun when you accidentally land in a place that would have been your home otherwise but is a foreign country, and that’s where you come to know that a simple zoo lion is also the Prince of the Lion Pride. One of the best kids movies on Netflix, Madagascar, is a treat for sore eyes.

5. Bee Movie (2007)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb: 6.1

Directors: Simon J. Smith, Steve Hickner

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick

Barry the Bee is not so thrilled to work in the same job for the rest of his life, yet his choices are limited until he meets Vanessa and discovers that their hard work is all going down the drain as humans consume their honey. So he being a responsible bee, sues humans only to release a catastrophic disaster on nature.

6. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb: 6.9

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Stars: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell

An ambitious scientist stuck in a typical mainstream town had crazy ideas, which eventually turns into an accidental success when it starts raining food and things get out of his hand soon after that.

7. Miracle (2004)

Biography, Drama, History

IMDb: 7.5

Director: Gavin O’Connor

Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West

An inspirational story for the kids and adults about Herb Brooks, the player-turned coach for the Ice Hockey team of the United States, tries his hard-luck against the unbeatable Soviet team and wins his country the 1980 Olympics.

8. The Rugrats Movie (1998)

Animation, Adventure Comedy

IMDb: 5.9

Directors: Igor Kovalyov, Norton Virgien

Stars: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie

Childhood cartoons turning into feature films do not always do justice. However, this family-oriented cartoon is an ode to the classic nickelodeon cartoon back from the days and is still one of the best kids movies on Netflix for the modern generation.

9. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)

Animation, Adventure, Action

IMDb: 6.0

Director: John A. Davis

Stars: Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, Megan Cavanagh

Speaking of Nostalgia, how can we forget the genius boy Jimmy Neutron and his robotic dog and his friends. But he is still a geek amongst his popular friends, but his lack of wits is not an issue when he has to save his parents from an alien kidnapping.

10. Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)

Animation, Adventure, Biography

IMDb: 6.5

Directors: Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez

Stars: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Richard Herd,

Story of the Prophet Joseph who could interpret dreams, if you want to educate your children about religion, this is the best way to do so, which will help them learn better and remember the message. Plus, these movies are filled with life lessons that even adults need a reminder of at times.

11. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

Biography, Drama, History

IMDb: 7.6

Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Felix Lemburo

Education is a vital asset for every child, and if deprived of the things you love, it can lead to grave consequences. But 13 years old William is here to prove to everyone that he deserves it all, and to save his family from famine, he builds a windmill from scratch.

12. The Willoughbys (2020)

Animation, Adventure Comedy

IMDb: 6.4

Directors: Kris Pearn, Cory Evans(pre-production co-director), Rob Lodermeier

Stars: Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara

When parents become selfish, children must take things into their own hands to make their lives better. And that’s what The Willoughbys siblings did, by sending their self-centred parents on vacation and going on an adventure of their own to realize the true essence of family.

13. Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution (2019)

Animation, Adventure, Action

IMDb: 6.3

Directors: Kunihiko Yuyama, Michael Haigney

Stars: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart

The name and franchise of Pokemon are enough to attract children of all ages, even the now adults who have grown up watching all the cartoons and collecting the infamous Pokemon cards. This is just another one of those feature films based on one of the famous, powerful Pokemons.

14. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)

Drama, Fantasy Action

IMDb: 6.5

Director: Andy Serkis

Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch(

Live-Action version of the famous old Disney Jungle Book starring the lone boy Mowgli, raised by a pack of wolves and has found a home in the jungle within the different species of animals.

15. Paranorman (2012)

Animation, Adventure Comedy

IMDb: 7

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell

Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Norman is highly misunderstood by the people of his ill-fated town because of his ability to talk to the creatures of death and beyond. But when in time of need, this very boy and his connections to the beings of life after death will be the first to help the town from its troubled fate.

16. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)

Animation, Adventure Comedy

IMDb: 6.4

Directors: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda

Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito

In a town that collapsed due to an environmental crisis and an exploitative mayor, Ted must play his part to save it from further damage and also impress the girl of his dreams by finding her a long-extinct real tree.

17. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb: 3.5

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Stars: Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale

What’s a better way to bond with your stepkids than to bring them over to your workplace? Of course, things turn even more adventurous and fun when you are a retired secret agent with some mad fighting and brain skills to do your job, that is, to save the world.

18. The Smurfs (2011)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb: 5.4

Director: Raja Gosnell

Stars: Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters

Stuck in a vortex after the evil wizard Gargamel drives the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, leading them to land amid New York City with no navigation whatsoever. They must find a way back home before the wizard takes over their home altogether.

19. Quest for Camelot (1998)

Animation, Adventure. Comedy

IMDb: 6.3

Director: Frederik Du Chau

Stars: Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Andrea Corr

In order to walk in her father’s footsteps and become the best Knight of all times, she must extract the lost sword of Kind Arthur and show the world her true potential. Accompanying her in this adventure is a blind hermit, his falcon, and a crazy two-headed dragon.

20. Song of the Sea (2014)

Animation, Adventure, Drama

IMDb: 8.1

Director: Tomm Moore

Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan

Ben is amazed to find out that his mute sister can turn into a seal and has the ability to help the supernatural beings of her world by freeing them from the rule and spell of a Celtic goddess.

21. Enola Holmes (2020)

Action, Adventure, Crime

IMDb: 6.6

Director: Harry Bradbeer

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin

The infamous detective Sherlock Holmes has a sister almost half his age, and she is a brilliant one if you ask us. With a sharper mind and a feminist wit, she refuses to rely on her brothers after her mother’s disappearance and hides behind different disguises to find the mysterious disappearance of her mother.

22. The Secret Life of Pets II (2019)

Animation, Adventure Comedy

IMDb: 6.3

Directors: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val(co-directed by)

Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford

Nothing new going on here, just a continuation of the first part of the secret life franchise. The story continues with Max and his friends leading a separate, personal life after their respective owners leave them for work.

23. Rango (2011)

Animation, Adventure Comedy

IMDb: 7.2

Director: Gore Verbinski

Stars: Johnny Depp(voice)Isla Fisher(voice)Timothy Olyphant

Rango, a chameleon, wants to be a hero, and life gives him a chance by landing him in a lawless town that is in desperate need of a sheriff and a saviour. Will it be able to enlighten Rango’s potential, or will it label him as a failure once and for all?

24. The Muppets (2012)

Family, Adventure Comedy

IMDb: 7.1

Director: James Bobin

Stars: Amy AdamsJason SegelChris Cooper

The old-school franchise of “The Muppet” is back; this time, the three fans, Gary, Mary, and Walter, are on a mission to reunite them all in order to bring back the Muppet Theater from closing down once and for all. The hunt will be a great adventure, but a tough one for sure.

25. Hugo (2011)

Family, Drama, Fantasy

IMDb: 7.5

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Asa ButterfieldChloë Grace MoretzChristopher Lee

Spending all his young life in a train station, Hugo knew a thing or two about it and the engineering that goes in most of the mechanical things in that station. But what remains unknown to him is his dead father’s automation that requires a unique key that Hugo must find soon.

26. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989-1998)

Animation, Drama, Comedy

IMDb: 6.8

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

Stars: Dom DeLuise, Burt Reynolds, Daryl Gilley

Dogs are a man’s best friend, this is a well-known fact, and in order to make them happy, they will rejoin earth as angels because, in the end, friendship is the most heavenly gift of all times. This one is definitely one of the best kids movies on Netflix, and it doesn’t end there; it is a great source for parents to encourage animal love in their children.

27. Over the Moon (2020)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb: 6.4

Directors: Glen Keane, John Kahrs

Stars: Glen Keane, Brycen Hall, Ruthie Ann Miles

Fei Fei is an adventurous and curious girl, and this curiosity of hers leads her to create a space rocket that will help her meet the mythical goddess of mood. It’s okay for kids to be curious, and it’s a parent’s job to encourage them to be better thinkers and learn new things.

28. The Karate Kid (1984)

Action, Drama, Family

IMDb: 7.3

Director: John G. Avildsen

Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita(as Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita), Elisabeth Shue

One of the best American martial arts movies of all time, and the one which kids will definitely enjoy a lot and learn a lot from it too. Daniel is constantly bullied by Johnny, who is a master in his martial arts skills. In order to counter him, Daniel approaches his apartment’s handyman, who teaches him all the ins and outs of Karate.

29. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb: 6.8

Directors: Eric DarnellTom McGrathConrad Vernon

Stars: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock

Madagascar is back once again, in our list of the best kids movies on Netflix, and this time Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman are trying hard to escape the capture of their beloved Animal Control. Where will they go now? The road is endless, and the adventure is there for them up for grabs.

30. The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb: 7.8

Directors: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe

Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph

Katie’s dream came true when she got into Film School. To support her dream, her family takes a road trip to drop her off until they are interrupted by a huge technological revolution started by the now alive electronic devices. With the help of 2 good robots, they must try to save themselves and the planet from destruction.

31. Real Steel (2011)

Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

IMDb: 7.0

Director: Shawn Levy

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo

Charlie, played by Hugh Jackman, discovered his fatherhood quite late, and the fact that his boxing skills were no good as robot boxing is the real future now. Together with his son and a discarded robot, Charlie aims to win the robot boxing championship and his son’s heart altogether.

32. Zathura (2005)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb: 6.2

Director: Jon Favreau

Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Kristen Stewart, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard

While playing a board game. The two brothers end up in a totally different universe unknown to mankind. They have to work hard to find their way back home before it’s too late for them to return—one of the best sci-fi kids movies on Netflix directed by the infamous Jon Favreau.

33. Zookeeper (2001)

Comedy, Family, Fantasy

IMDb: 5.8

Director: Frank Coraci

Stars: Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb

Griffin is a lovable Zookeeper who is not so lucky when it comes to human companionship. But as his time comes close to retirement, the animals let him in on a little secret of their own that they can talk about.

34. Hotel for Dogs (2009)

Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

IMDb: 5.4

Director: Thor Freudenthal

Stars: Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow

So what if Andi and Bruce are not allowed to bring in dogs at their own house, an abandoned hotel plays an excellent role by turning into an ultimate paradise for dogs and a shelter for homeless creatures. How cute is that!

35. Matilda (1996)

Comedy, Family Fantasy

IMDb: 6.9

Director: Danny DeVito

Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson

We can never forget this one, can we? The most iconic kids’ movie on Netflix, Matilda, is an evergreen classic if you ask us. With her powerful character and a big shut-up call for all the bullies out there, it is an excellent movie with individual lessons. Moreover, let’s not forget the delicious chocolate cake! If you know it, you know it.

36. Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Director: David Yates

Writer: J. K. Rowling

IMDb: 8.1

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

This one is a no-brainer for sure, Harry Potter has always been the kid’s favourite, but the primary query that people ask is that how can you watch it on Netflix. The franchise is readily available, but you will find Harry Potter on Netflix Turkey only. So, happy streaming!

37. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Adventure, Comedy, Family

IMDb: 6.6

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, etc

Charlie is all excited to be a part of the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory tour with his grandfather, and learn all about the hidden world of the imaginative chocolatier played by Johnny Depp in a wonderfully manicured attire, also teaching him a lesson or two about family and relationships.

Wrapping it up!

This list of the best kids movies on Netflix is just the beginning, there are countless other movies on Netflix that you can stream which have great lessons in them for kids and adults of all age groups. So without waiting any longer, go ahead and stream all these movies with your kids in the UK and enjoy them as the summer vacations approach!

Ellison Shirley
Ellison Shirley

Ellison Shirley tends to go down the rabbit hole when it comes to research; hence it’s up to her to present the latest happenings in streaming town. And so she does. A serial binge-watcher, opinionated with a pinch of feminism on top, you name it, she’s a bit of everything.

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