family movies The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids  

Stan Holton
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List Rules 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 Journey Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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101 Dalmatians Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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Stuart Little Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

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The Adventures of Milo and Otis Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Carla Gugino

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Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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Cats & Dogs Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum

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Lassie Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
The Jungle Book Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley

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Dolphin Tale Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson

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Eight Below is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
Eight Below Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

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Air Bud Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Alyssa Milano, Mickey Rooney, Frank Welker

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102 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
102 Dalmatians Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Gérard Depardieu

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Stuart Little 2 Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

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Babe: Pig in the City Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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Beethoven Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

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The Shaggy Dog [1959] Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray, Jack Albertson

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Free Willy Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

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Benji Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

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Garfield: The Movie Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Debra Messing

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Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
Dinosaur Hayden Panettiere, Julianna Margulies, Alfre Woodard

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Lassie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
Lassie Peter O'Toole, Peter Dinklage, Samantha Morton

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That Darn Cat! Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester

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Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
Robin Hood Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman

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Hotel for Dogs Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Nolte

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Because of Winn-Dixie Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels

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The Incredible Journey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
The Incredible Journey Rex Allen, Jan Rubeš, John Drainie

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Black Beauty Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

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Doctor Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
Doctor Dolittle Richard Attenborough, Norm Macdonald, Rex Harrison

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo

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The Shaggy Dog Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen, Danny Glover

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Alyssa Milano, Odette Annable, Bridgit Mendler

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Flicka Maria Bello, Tim McGraw, Armie Hammer

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Dr. Dolittle Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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Marmaduke Emma Stone, Fergie, Kiefer Sutherland

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Firehouse Dog Josh Hutchersonm, Bruce Greenwood, Bree Turner

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Good Boy! is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
Good Boy! Brittany Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Vanessa Redgrave

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The Shaggy D.A. Suzanne Pleshette, Dick Van Patten, Tim Conway

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Air Buddies is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
Air Buddies Abigail Breslin, Michael Clarke Duncan, Molly Shannon

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Lassie Come Home is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids
Lassie Come Home Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall, Elsa Lanchester

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For the Love of Benji Ed Nelson, Peter Bowles, Bridget Armstrong

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The Cat from Outer Space Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan, Sandy Duncan

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Secretariat Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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Santa Buddies Christopher Lloyd, Tim Conway, George Wendt

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Beethoven's 2nd Bonnie Hunt, Charles Grodin, Chris Penn

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Air Bud: Golden Receiver Warren Moon, Kevin Zegers, Tim Conway

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Seabiscuit Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire