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The best Valentine's Day movies for kids

The best Valentine's Day movies for kids and families are great ways to celebrate February 14. Don't forget the chocolate!

Written by
Phil de Semlyen
,
Danielle Valente
&
Matthew Singer
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If we’re being honest, Valentine’s Day is really a kids holiday. For adults, it’s mostly an obligation - find a gift, make dinner, don’t forget the flowers. For the young’uns, though, it’s like a mini-Christmas, full of candy, heart-shaped pancakes, superhero greeting cards and, of course, movies. 

Our choices for the ten best Valentine’s Day films for children range from romantic fairy tales to YA adaptations and classic cartoons. Some of the best kids' movies, movies for tweens and Disney movies earned a spot on our list, so you know everyone in your brood will be entertained. Heck, they might even manage to melt your cold, cynical, grown-up heart, too.

Valentine's Day movies for kids

What's more romantic than two adorable pups slurping the same spaghetti noodle until their noses touch? Although Tramp is from a dog-eat-dog world and Lady is used to being pampered by her family (until a baby comes along, that is), these two canines can't help but love each other, despite their differences. This story spans generations and leaves a pawprint on everyone's heart—especially during the Valentine's season. Rated G. 

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Although it's a shaky start for Shrek and Fiona, it appears that this ogre and princess might not be terribly different after all. Shrek sets out on a quest (with the help of his "noble steed" Donkey) to bring Princess Fiona to Lord Farquaad in exchange for the cranky ruler to remove his fairy tale friends from Shrek's swamp. When all is said and done, the narcissistic king expects to marry Fiona. However, her new friendships—and big secret—set the plan awry. It appears love can happen when you least expect it. Rated PG. 

 Princess Bride (1987)

Kingdom Florin's wicked ways are no match for a separated couple who will stop at nothing to reunite. Few films boast the cross-generational appeal of Rob Reiner’s swashbuckling crowd-pleaser, which is at once a send-up of classic fairy tales and a genuinely exciting adventure on its own. Rated PG.

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Love is loss, and the opening minutes of this Pixar classic teach that lesson in the most economical and gut-wrenching way possible. The rest of the movie is full of floating balloon houses, talking dogs and overeager Wilderness Explorers, which will have kids cheering, while the undercurrent of grief that runs through it all will leave parents just trying to keep it together. Rated PG.

Mia is in for quite a surprise when her estranged grandmother shows up to inform her that she's a princess. In the Meg Cabot bestseller-turned silver screen teen sensation, fans witness Mia learn about what it takes to be a royal in Genovia. Along the way, she uncovers a thing or two about her Prince Charming and happily-ever-after. Rated PG. 

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John Green's mega YA success is an emotional roller coaster across all media—print and film. Every scene (and chapter) of Hazel and Gus' romance leaves teens swooning, sobbing and everything in between. When the two young cancer patients meet at a support group, curiosity sparks and before you know it, they're inseparable. Make sure you have your tissues on hand for this one. Rated PG–13. 

  • Film
  • Comedy

Forget the macabre bits where Pugsley and Wednesday try to immolate each other. Forget the dark mystery of Uncle Fester’s past. Forget even that iconic finger-snapping theme. Because beneath all the lovable mayhem, The Addams Family is actually a pure-hearted tale of love between the besotted Gomez and his inscrutable enchantress of a wife, Morticia. Of course, kids will have a riot with the dark laughs, but who couldn’t love that love story too? Rated PG. 

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Spanky and the He-Man-Woman-Haters Club plan to emerge victorious at the soapbox car rally. However, tensions flair when the fellas, particularly Spanky, are distracted by their buddy Alfalfa and his blossoming romance with Darla. Can the guys accept Alfalfa's canoodling? Will Darla set her sights on another man? And, most importantly, who's going to win the race? (We highly encourage watching the original from the '30s, too!) Rated PG. 

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