Special Report

The Best G-Rated Movies Ever Made

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15. 2001: A Space Odyssey
> Combined score: 2.69 — #310 highest out of 17,276
> Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter
> Domestic box office: $59.9 million
> Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

Murderous apes and homicidal computers notwithstanding, Kubrick’s seminal space classic was rated G upon its release. Spanning eons, it suggests that the evolution of man may be the result of alien interference. Cinema itself was never quite the same.

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14. Toy Story 2
> Combined score: 2.70 — #272 highest out of 17,276
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer
> Domestic box office: $245.9 million
> Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Originally conceived as a straight-to-video sequel, “Toy Story 2” ended up in theaters and even out-performed its predecessor at the box office. This time around, Woody and the gang square off against a maniacal toy collector.

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13. The Straight Story
> Combined score: 2.71 — #256 highest out of 17,276
> Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter
> Domestic box office: $6.2 million
> Genre: Biography, Drama

Yes, that David Lynch helmed this G-rated drama, in which an old man (Richard Farnsworth) travels from Iowa to Wisconsin on a lawnmower. While a far cry from the director’s traditional output, the film does feature a bevy of quirky small-town characters.

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12. Beauty and the Beast
> Combined score: 2.71 — #251 highest out of 17,276
> Starring: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart
> Domestic box office: $206.3 million
> Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy

A Disney renaissance continued in full stride with the release of this fairy tale adaptation. Telling a tale as old as time, it centers on the unlikely relationship between a young woman and her beastly captor. While primarily hand-drawn, it also made early use of computer animation technology, most notably during the famous ballroom sequence.

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11. Finding Nemo
> Combined score: 2.71 — #249 highest out of 17,276
> Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe
> Domestic box office: $380.5 million
> Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Most Pixar movies involve a physical journey of some sort and this one was no exception, taking the action undersea as a father fish searches for his missing son. It earned $867 million at the global box office and then an additional $53 million during a 3D re-release.