If you’ve got a dinosaur-obsessed kid at home, we’ve got the ultimate list of movies just for you. From classics like The Land Before Time to documentaries like Walking with Dinosaurs, there’s something for everyone. Scroll down to see our top picks for the best dinosaur movies for kids.

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Bob the Builder: Big Dino Dig Movie

Ideal for tots who love Bob the Builder and dinosaurs. There is nothing scary, kids watch the characters work together to build an amusement park and see what happens when they dig up some dinosaur bones! The catchy song at the end will have little kids up and moving, too. 

Rated NR

Recommended for kids ages 3 & up.

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Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City (2011)

A sweet movie that’s a spin-off of the popular PBS series. Kids will learn about dinosaurs in a fun and educational way, and they’ll also get a sense of community and social responsibility when they watch the diverse group of dinosaurs working together. 

Rated: G

Recommended for kids ages 3 & up.

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The Land Before Time (1988)

The classic dino movie you loved as a kid is just as sweet for kids today. Follow Littlefoot and his friends as they try to reach the Great Valley, all while outsmarting the scary Sharptooth, escaping volcanos and earthquakes and being separated from family. There may be some tears when Littlefoot’s mom dies, so be ready to explain things to your littlest viewers. There are over 10 more sequels, but the original is by far the best. 

Rated G

Recommended for ages 5 & up.

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third installment of the Ice Age series. This is the first one offered in 3D and is a little bit more intense than the previous two films. Sid gets the gang into trouble (no surprise there) when he swipes three eggs, and they turn out to belong to a T-Rex mama. This third film focuses more on action than friendship, but it’s still a lot of fun and will appeal to both preschoolers and older kids. 

Rated PG

Recommended for kids ages 6 & up.

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We’re Back! A Dinosaur Story (1993)

In this ‘90s film, a set of prehistoric animals are given a dose of magic cereal that gives them the ability to talk, and then, via a time machine, they're taken to modern-day New York City. Filled with a quality cast that includes John Goodman, Walter Kronkite, Julia Child, Martin Short and others, this film is best for older kids who understand the difference between real and pretend violence. There’s a spooky villain, the dinosaurs go “native” for a time, and the child protagonists are transformed, but ultimately, this is a fun flick for dino lovers. 

Rated G

Recommended for ages 7 & up.

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The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Arlo the Apatosaurus makes an unlikely friendship with a little cave boy in this visually stunning Pixar film. The pair will have to fight against some scary forces of nature (think flooding, waterfalls, carnivorous dinosaurs) on their journey, and the advanced animation will make this movie seem more realistic, especially to younger kids. 

Rated PG

Recommended for kids 8 & up.

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Dinosaur (2000)

This Disney film is visually stunning but can be extremely scary at times. Several of the featured dinosaurs battle to the death, and even with the comic-relief lemurs, this is a good choice for older kids. 

Rated PG

Recommended for kids 8 & up.

Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)

Following up on the success of Jurassic Park, this six-part BBC series is made in documentary form with impressive CGI animation. Narrator Kenneth Branagh takes viewers on an educational but entertaining journey that covers all things dinosaur in a factual way that's easy for kids to understand. The series spans the globe, featuring dinosaur hot spots like Chile, Tasmania and New Caledonia, among others, while following the evolution of the prehistoric creatures from their known beginning to their demise.

Rated NR

Recommended for kids ages 9 & up.

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Land of the Lost (2009)

Probably our least favorite on the list, this re-make of the ‘70s TV series stars Will Ferrell and Danny McBride. Follow along as Dr. Rick Marshall and a few others get sucked into a wormhole and end up in a primitive land filled with prehistoric creatures and scary lizard men. Be warned: this movie features so much adult content, including a few swear words and other gross-funny antics, that it's probably something only teens should watch. 

Rated PG-13

Recommended for kids ages 14 & up.

—Gabby Cullen

 

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