The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids

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List Criteria: Only children's films that feature live animals. No movies that are only animated.

What are the best animal movies for kids? This list of great live animal movies for children includes some of the most classic, iconic movies in cinema history. Many of them, not surprisingly, rank among the best children's movies and films of all time, and several are Disney live action movies, as well. Which ones are your favorites, and which ones do you believe are the most appropriate for youngsters? Time to vote! And, by all means, if you know of an outstanding (live action) animal movie that's great for the kiddos and isn't on the list right now, add it!

Many of the greatest animal movies ever made are geared, at least in part, towards children. From the loveable, wonderful, Academy Award-winning 'Babe' to the adventures of one of the cinema's greatest pooches, Benji, live action animal movies have entertained generations of children over the decades.

Obviously, any list of the best animal movies for children must include the animals (perhaps the greatest dog movies?) From 'Beethoven' to 'Air Bud' and Disney's 'The Shaggy Dog,' these pooches gave their all with their outstanding performances, all of our entertainment.

But it isn't just the dogs who should get all the credit: Several films on this list are among the best cat movies, including 'That Darn Cat!' and the campy classic 'The Cat From Outer Space.' Cats and dogs share the screen too, in excellent kids animal movies like 'Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,' 'The Adventures of Milo & Otis' and the aptly titled 'Cats & Dogs.'
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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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    101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids

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    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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    Babe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

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    The Adventures of Milo and Oti... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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    Lassie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth

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    Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum

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    Stuart Little 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

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    Air Bud is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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    The Shaggy Dog [1959] is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray, Jack Albertson

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    Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Carla Gugino

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    Hayden Panettiere, Julianna Margulies, Alfre Woodard

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    Benji is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

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    Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

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    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

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    That Darn Cat! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester

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    Dolphin Tale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson

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    Free Willy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

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    Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Gérard Depardieu

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    Garfield: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Debra Messing

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    Babe: Pig in the City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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    Alyssa Milano, Mickey Rooney, Frank Welker

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    Hotel for Dogs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

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    Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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    Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Nolte

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    The Shaggy Dog is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen, Danny Glover

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    Marmaduke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Emma Stone, Fergie, Kiefer Sutherland

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    Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


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    Peter O'Toole, Peter Dinklage, Samantha Morton

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    Firehouse Dog is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Josh Hutchersonm, Bruce Greenwood, Bree Turner

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    For the Love of Benji is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Ed Nelson, Peter Bowles, Bridget Armstrong

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    Because of Winn-Dixie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels

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    Beverly Hills Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo

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    Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

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    The Shaggy D.A. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


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    Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman

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    Flicka is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Maria Bello, Tim McGraw, Armie Hammer

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    Brittany Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Beethoven's 2nd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Bonnie Hunt, Charles Grodin, Chris Penn

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall, Elsa Lanchester

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    Air Bud: Golden Receiver is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Warren Moon, Kevin Zegers, Tim Conway

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    The Cat from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan, Sandy Duncan

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    Santa Buddies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Christopher Lloyd, Tim Conway, George Wendt

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    Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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    Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids


    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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