Best Movies of the Last 15 Years

In honor of Common Sense Media's 15th anniversary, we picked the 15 greatest movies for kids that were released between 2003 (when we were founded) and today. These iconic, memorable films delighted and defined a generation of kids and teens. It wasn't easy to come up with this list of the top movies. Many of our favorites just missed the cut. But now it's your turn to decide which one is the best of the best. And be sure to check out our other best-of-the-best lists: Best Books and Best TV Shows of the Last 15 Years.

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Finding Nemo Movie Poster Image
Sweet father-son tale has some very scary moments.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Frozen Movie Poster Image
Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Ponyo Movie Poster Image
Miyazaki's stunning adventure is geared to younger kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Elf Movie Poster Image
Elf
Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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How to Train Your Dragon Movie Poster Image
Thrilling 3D adventure sends brains-over-brawn message.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2010)
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The Incredibles Movie Poster Image
Top-notch, action-packed fun for the entire family.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Poster Image
Fantastic, but kids are older, themes are darker.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens Movie Poster Image
Epic Star Wars sequel delivers great performances, action.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Black Panther Movie Poster Image
Masterful Marvel film has depth, diversity -- and violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Movie Poster Image
Outstanding, but much violence and scariness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Wonder Woman Movie Poster Image
Engaging, entertaining, empowering superhero adventure.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Hunger Games Movie Poster Image
Intense adaptation is violent, thought-provoking for teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Mean Girls Movie Poster Image
Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Slumdog Millionaire Movie Poster Image
Epic romance-drama is brilliant but too mature for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
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Moonlight Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking, mature, unforgettable coming-of-age drama.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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