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List of the best dinosaur movies for kids, with videos, including some of the best kids' dinosaur films from the dawn of cinema. Kids' dinosaur movies are usually a hit because children are usually in awe of dinosaurs. People who grew up in the '90s usually think of The Land Before Time as the definitive dinosaur movie for kids, but there are many popular choices including the more recent dinosaur kids movie, Ice Age. This list of dinosaur films for kids includes all the best dinosaur films for children, but if we've missed one of your favorites, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. Dinosaurs have been a favorite with kids for decades. This list includes all types of dinosaur films including silent movies, live action, animation, new, and old. Parents and children alike will enjoy these dinosaur films. After all... every child, young and old, has their favorite dinosaur (movie).
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The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall. Produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, it features dinosaurs living in the prehistoric times. The plot concerns a young Apatosaurus named Littlefoot who is orphaned when his mother is killed by a Tyrannosaurus. Littlefoot flees famine and upheaval to search for the Great Valley, an area spared from devastation. On his journey, he meets four young companions: Cera, a Triceratops; Ducky, a Saurolophus; Petrie, a Pteranodon; and Spike, a Stegosaurus. The ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi, Pat Hingle, Helen Shaver, + more

Initial Release: 1988

Directed by: Don Bluth

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#39 on The Best Animated Films Ever

#99 on The Best Movies for Kids

#16 on The Best Movies of 1988

#8 on Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dinosaur Movies for Kids
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Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, with a screenplay written by Crichton and David Koepp. The film centers on the fictional Isla Nublar, an islet located off Central America's Pacific Coast, near Costa Rica Nicaragua border, where a billionaire philanthropist and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs. Before Crichton's novel was published, four studios put in bids for the film rights. With the backing of Universal Studios, Spielberg acquired the rights for $1.5 ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, + more

Initial Release: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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#13 on The Best Movies Based on Books

#4 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#24 on The Best Movies for Tweens

#26 on The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 2009 American 3-D computer animated comedy adventure film, and the third installment in the Ice Age series. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film features the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, and Chris Wedge. The story has Sid being taken by a female Tyrannosaurus after stealing her eggs, leading the rest of the protagonists to rescue him in a tropical lost world inhabited by dinosaurs beneath the ice. The film is the third installment of the Ice Age series and a sequel to the 2006 film Ice Age: The Meltdown. Despite receiving mixed ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, Simon Pegg, Ray Romano, + more

Initial Release: 2009

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

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#84 on The Best Movies for 10 Year Old Kids

#38 on The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

#54 on The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids

#29 on The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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Dinosaur is a 2000 American live-action/computer-animated science fiction adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation with The Secret Lab, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 39th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, though it is not officially labeled as one of the animated classics in the United Kingdom. Originally a stand-alone film, it was not included in the canon until 2008. At officially $127.5 million, it was the most expensive theatrical film release of the year. The film was a financial success, grossing over $349 million worldwide in total box office revenue, becoming the fifth highest-grossing film of 2000. The film received mixed ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Hayden Panettiere, Julianna Margulies, Alfre Woodard, Frank Welker, Billy West, + more

Initial Release: 2000

Directed by: Ralph Zondag, Eric Leighton

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#84 on The Best Movies for Kids

#72 on Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most

#27 on The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids

#32 on Disney Movies with the Best Soundtracks, Ranked

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