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, to more serious subjects involving our animal friends, we've got something for everyone. After some more animal adventures? Then be sure to check out our list of Children's Books About Animals. Or learn more about what these animals are actually like in the wild with our Best Animal Documentaries list.

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Kitten Party Movie Poster Image
Short, playful film of kittens romping is cute to the max.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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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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Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite Movie Poster Image
Silly sequel has mild peril and potty humor.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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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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Misty Movie Poster Image
Faithful, family-friendly adaptation of children's classic.
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(Release Year: 1961)
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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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Mighty Joe Young (1998) Movie Poster Image
Successful remake is thrilling family fun.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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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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Nim's Island Movie Poster Image
Book-based tropical adventure is good family fun.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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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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Dr. Dolittle 3 Movie Poster Image
Positive messages throughout tween-friendly animal comedy.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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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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The One and Only Ivan Movie Poster Image
Big-hearted adaptation should please fans of the book.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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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 Call of the Wild Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, sometimes intense adventure teaches resilience.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog Movie Poster Image
Gripping tale of survival; some peril, emotional intensity.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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The Incredible Journey Movie Poster Image
Classic Disney animal adventure about friendship, courage.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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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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Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues Movie Poster Image
Thrilling French sequel has tense scenes but a warm heart.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Belle and Sebastian: Friends for Life Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming sequel is emotionally intense; peril, violence.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Black Beauty (2020) Movie Poster Image
Peril, emotional intensity in adaptation of classic tale.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Brothers of the Wind Movie Poster Image
Eagle and boy come of age together in the majestic Alps.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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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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Mia and the White Lion Movie Poster Image
Save-the-lions tale shows beauty, beastliness of humanity.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Red Dog Movie Poster Image
Emotional dog tale features drinking, violence, and loss.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Zoo Movie Poster Image
Zoo
Heartwarming fact-based WWII drama has sad moments.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Max Movie Poster Image
Max
Brave military dog saves the day in intense adventure.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Alpha Movie Poster Image
Boy, wolf face intense peril in epic prehistoric adventure.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Life of Pi Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, emotional, intense story of faith and friendship.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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We Bought a Zoo Movie Poster Image
Family film tackles grief with humor and deep empathy.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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The Horse Whisperer Movie Poster Image
Gorgeous, slow-paced '90s horse drama has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Megan Leavey Movie Poster Image
Poignant, earnest drama about a Marine and her war dog.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Never Cry Wolf Movie Poster Image
Suspenseful, poignant wilderness film; a few gross scenes.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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Gorillas in the Mist Movie Poster Image
Gripping biopic has violence, animals in peril.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Lean on Pete Movie Poster Image
Haunting tale of survival and love has language, violence.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Mustang Movie Poster Image
Soulful horse movie has moments of shocking violence.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Okja Movie Poster Image
Extreme peril, swearing in violent eco-fable.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Seventeen Movie Poster Image
Subtitled coming-of-age tale has strong language.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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