Best Animal Movies for Kids

Kids love animals -- and they love movies about animals almost as much. If you're looking for a change from animated critters, try some of our live-action favorites, from pigs and penguins to horses and lions.

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The Adventures of Milo and Otis Movie Poster Image
Lovable pet tale about friendship despite differences.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Charlotte's Web (2006) Movie Poster Image
Enchanting take on a beloved children's classic.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Air Bud Movie Poster Image
Sweet dog tale has some peril and mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Babe Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming farm story is touching and a bit scary.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Born Free Movie Poster Image
Compelling classic nature story with some animal violence.
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(Release Year: 1966)
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Born in China Movie Poster Image
Nature docu has gorgeous vistas, moments of peril.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Free Willy Movie Poster Image
A wayward boy befriends a moody killer whale.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Growing Up Wild Movie Poster Image
Intimate look at baby wildlife; some violence, peril.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Movie Poster Image
Adventurous animal tale will have kids riveted.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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March of the Penguins Movie Poster Image
Stunning, loving documentary; some intense peril.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Monkey Kingdom Movie Poster Image
Tina Fey-narrated monkey documentary is funny, educational.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Pandas: The Journey Home Movie Poster Image
Educational nature documentary encourages conservation.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Dolphin Tale Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming tale is sweet, inspiring for kids and tweens.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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National Velvet Movie Poster Image
Great family movie; even better for horse lovers.
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(Release Year: 1944)
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Racing Stripes Movie Poster Image
Live-action talking-animal movie has lots of potty humor.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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The Black Stallion Movie Poster Image
Breathtakingly beautiful, magical classic is a must-see.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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Duma Movie Poster Image
Enchanting coming-of-age story for kids.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Fly Away Home Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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The Fox and the Child Movie Poster Image
Stunning story of friendship shows the magic of patience.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Kedi Movie Poster Image
Deep thoughts, fuzzy cats in heartwarming documentary.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Secretariat Movie Poster Image
Inspiring true story about an amazing woman and her horse.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Jungle Book (2016) Movie Poster Image
Fangs and fur fly in visually dazzling but intense update.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Bear Movie Poster Image
Live-action animal saga is incredible -- and a bit scary.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Belle and Sebastian Movie Poster Image
Beautiful film about WWII has intense themes, drinking.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale Movie Poster Image
Dramatic story of a dog's devotion is emotionally intense.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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