The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids Films

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 Journey


    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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    101 Dalmatians

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    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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    Air Bud


    Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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    Lassie


    Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth

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    Cats & Dogs


    Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum

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    Stuart Little 2


    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

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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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    Benji


    Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

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    Old Yeller


    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Hayden Panettiere, Julianna Margulies, Alfre Woodard

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    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco


    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Carla Gugino

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    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

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    Free Willy


    Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

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    That Darn Cat!


    Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester

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    Babe: Pig in the City


    Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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    Garfield: The Movie


    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Debra Messing

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    Dolphin Tale


    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson

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    Dr. Dolittle


    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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    Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Gérard Depardieu

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    Alyssa Milano, Mickey Rooney, Frank Welker

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    Hotel for Dogs


    Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

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    The Shaggy Dog


    Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen, Danny Glover

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    For the Love of Benji


    Ed Nelson, Peter Bowles, Bridget Armstrong

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    Peter O'Toole, Peter Dinklage, Samantha Morton

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    Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Nolte

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall, Elsa Lanchester

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    Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2


    Alyssa Milano, Odette Annable, Bridgit Mendler

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    Firehouse Dog


    Josh Hutchersonm, Bruce Greenwood, Bree Turner

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    Black Beauty


    Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

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    Because of Winn-Dixie


    Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels

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    Marmaduke


    Emma Stone, Fergie, Kiefer Sutherland

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    The Shaggy D.A.


    Suzanne Pleshette, Dick Van Patten, Tim Conway

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    Beverly Hills Chihuahua


    Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo

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    Beethoven's 2nd


    Bonnie Hunt, Charles Grodin, Chris Penn

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    Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman

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    Richard Attenborough, Norm Macdonald, Rex Harrison

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    Flicka


    Maria Bello, Tim McGraw, Armie Hammer

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    Rex Allen, Jan RubeŇ°, John Drainie

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    Abigail Breslin, Michael Clarke Duncan, Molly Shannon

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    Air Bud: Golden Receiver


    Warren Moon, Kevin Zegers, Tim Conway

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    Brittany Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Santa Buddies


    Christopher Lloyd, Tim Conway, George Wendt

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    The Cat from Outer Space


    Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan, Sandy Duncan

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    Seabiscuit


    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    Afemo Omilami, Hamilton Camp, Dennis Letts

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    Secretariat


    Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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