Special Report

The Best G-Rated Movies Ever Made

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

5. The Lion King
> Combined score: 2.77 — #86 highest out of 17,276
> Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg
> Domestic box office: $421.8 million
> Genre: Adventure, Animation, Drama

A guilt-ridden lion cub returns from exile in this animated adventure, which features one of the best soundtracks of all time. The film capped off a meteoric comeback run for Disney and snagged two Oscars in the process.

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4. Toy Story
> Combined score: 2.80 — #47 highest out of 17,276
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney
> Domestic box office: $192.5 million
> Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

This epoch-making classic kicked open the doors for both Pixar Studios and the modern animation era at large. Replete with unforgettable characters, it depicts a group of toys who spring to life when humans aren’t around. Former Apple CEO and early Pixar financier Steve Jobs is credited as an executive producer.

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3. Singin’ in the Rain
> Combined score: 2.83 — #23 highest out of 17,276
> Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen
> Domestic box office: $7.2 million
> Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance

Few musicals achieve the earnest comedy of this enduring masterpiece, in which a silent movie production company awkwardly transitions to the talkie era. Star Gene Kelly was famously battling a high fever during the movie’s most iconic song-and-dance sequence, making his performance all the more impressive.

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2. City Lights
> Combined score: 2.85 — #14 highest out of 17,276
> Starring: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers
> Domestic box office: $18 thousand
> Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

For the love of a blind flower girl, Chaplin’s Tramp goes to dangerous extremes in this treasured silent gem. Showcasing the many talents of its lead star, it combines deft physical comedy with quick-witted storytelling and genuine heart.

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1. Modern Times
> Combined score: 2.86 — #10 highest out of 17,276
> Starring: Al Ernest Garcia, Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Stanley Blystone
> Domestic box office: $163 thousand
> Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family

Chaplin stuck to his silent-era roots (more or less) when making this timeless comedy, which was released well into the talkie era. The story sends a young factory worker (Chaplin) through the gears of industry — literally — in its satirical exploration of the machine age. Its themes were prescient then and remain so to this day.

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